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About snitchthebudgie

Secretary of the East Surrey N Gauge railway club

The three-point trick

I’ve always appreciated Ian Futer’s layouts, and their underlying designs.  Some of his best designs are his three-point specials.  Very simple, but with enough operation built in to be reasonably interesting to operate.  This month’s Railway Modeller brought these plans … Continue reading

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Potpourri #1002

An “operational incident” from Duncan.  Ramsgate, I think….. we’ve all done this on a layout… less so in full scale! How silly can you get? Couple posed on rail line for wedding shoot Some interesting ideas here: Five innovations that … Continue reading

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ESNG meeting – 21 October 2020

A record breaking evening on Zoom.   We started with just the four of us.  That included an impressive display with John and Alpenbahn, and five trains running around.  Paul was on-line, but no trains running, due to some wiring issues … Continue reading

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Potpourri #1001

An interesting prototype – New York City warehouses early last century.  Certainly a good basis for a small or micro layout – and to use up all that Peco SetTrack. A little humour, via Simon.  Mind you, I’ve laid track … Continue reading

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An expensive Sunday video

In case you missed it on RMWeb – $2,000,000 worth of damage, and that’s just to the cars.  Now, this would be a challenge to model?  

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Book review – I couldn’t resist a bargain!

Unfortunately I couldn’t resist Strathwood’s lockdown offer – buy five books get the cheapest free.  So a large parcel arrived with some great reading – all Southern Railway orientated you will note.  I’m sorely tempted by the volumes on the … Continue reading

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Sad to see a rail closure

Sad to see, Kerr’s Miniature Railway is closing after 85 years.  It has been a feature of Arbroath’s seafront since 1935, but there has been a decline in visitor numbers over the last decade. Hopefully, the rolling stock will find a … Continue reading

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Monday miscellany

Was this really published 30 years ago? I still think this is the most influential book on railway modelling ever published.  It introduced a string of new concepts into modelling – for example the ‘cameo’ layout, and ‘staged’ layouts with … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #29 – Planning failures!

Progress on the railway continues to be limited to say the least.  I continue to try and plan my next railway with little success.  So many ideas, and so few that really excite!  But the last few weeks have been … Continue reading

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ESNG meeting – 7 October 2020

Back on Zoom tonight for yet another club meeting.  Good to see everyone again.  No Peter tonight, as he was down at the caravan…. Down in West Sussex at the moment, oh, a Class 700 followed by a track cleaning … Continue reading

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