Category Archives: research

Hornby 61XX R3723 Review

Hornby Prairie R3723 R3723x R3719 R3719x R3721 R3721x R3725 R3725x In through the man cave doors this week from Hornby is their latest release of a GWR 61xx design. The original Hornby 61XX model was the 1970’s Airfix model, well … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday, The 74

74xx Bachmann 64xx 31-636 It was around five years back that Bachmann brought their 64xx to market. Adding to the high and low cab variations of the 57xx family already in the range. I bought a couple for the Forest … Continue reading

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Essential Witness and Transition

Essential Witness and Transition are two books that do that rare thing of capturing the railway in an engaging and artistic way. Each book contains the work of one photographer, Jim Shaughnessy for Essential Witness, and Colin Gifford for Transition. … Continue reading

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NMRA Motivation Monday

Bob Phelps receives the NMRA’s distinguished service award Saturday 13th July 2019 from NMRA President Pete Magoun, at the NMRA National Train Show in Utah. So why’s this of interest? Bob, principal product design engineer worked for Peco for 54, … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday , Paint

Whilst waiting for more tree making material to arrive, I’ve turned to a trial of the backscene. I’m using a similar technique to that I used here, Setting the Scene where myself and the late Roy Jackson painted the sky/backscene … Continue reading

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Heljan OO Class 45/1

Today Heljan are announcing their all new Derby/Sulzer Type 4 in ‘OO’. This model is currently being tooled and featuring a large number of authentic detail variations – including the first-ever accurate models of ETH-fitted Class 45/1s. The first examples … Continue reading

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Cover it!

Copyright Rutland & Stamford Mercury https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/four-arrested-at-welland-academy-after-vandalism-of-model-railway-exhibition-9070661/ https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/144657-cancelled-due-to-vandalism-stamford-show-18th-may/&ct=1558185829 Really depressing news for the exhibition circuit today. Recently we’ve seen prototype preservation organisations suffer vandalism, and this is the first time (I recall) a similar issue  within the hobby at a show. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday (except with words)….

Yup still messing around with Panniers, this one, and a 74xx being done on mates rates for goodies for future projects! A few people have messaged asking why no updates for a while? Last week saw me in Dolgellau, working … Continue reading

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Motivation Monday, Back to the future!

These three are some of the key motivators for me, and looking for some data for a friends potential product the other day, I rediscovered them in the man cave. Centre stage is the first Wild Swan magazine, British Railway … Continue reading

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Notes from the Man Cave, Getting to Grips with Dinghams

Many years back I settled on three link couplings for my rolling stock on the OO and EM layouts I’ve either made or been involved with. Their visual benefits are easy to see, but they do have a few practical … Continue reading

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