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Secretary of the East Surrey N Gauge railway club

Covid-19 diary #21

Amazingly, the layout is just about done.  The scenics went together surprisingly quickly.  And the end result is OK – it can always be better, but I’m pretty happy with the whole thing Now to put a cover and some … Continue reading

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Odd modelling ideas #721

This lovely picture is in the Bournemouth/Poole area.  Taken in the 1950’s or early 60’s by that ancient Hillman Minx at the crossing.  For the modeller, this is just what you need as a prototype for everything – two level … Continue reading

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It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

Let off digging up the plum tree – it must have heard Maxine and I talking and immediately produced five plums.  Too hot to do much yesterday – how anyone can go and cram on a South Coast beach I … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #20

Weather’s improved, and I may have to go and dig up some tree roots.  And Father’s day this weekend was graced by a phone call from Berlin, and socially distanced visits from the other two children on Sunday and Monday. … Continue reading

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The eye of a needle?

We are often concerned about threading out model tracks around each other.  However, the prototype was very good at it.  Here are two pictures, rural and urban, that show how it’s done. Midford, Somerset.  The Somerset and Dorset viaduct was … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #19 – Rapid progress…

It’s been showery and grey for a couple of days, so rapid progress on the railway. Blue point controllers were bought in and were very easy to install, including the point frog switches.  The masking tape on the wiring will … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #18 – Cut and paste, N gauge style…

And now for something completely different…. Having built some rolling stock, I thought I’d move back to complete the two USA N-club modules that I’d been building.  But I just haven’t been happy with them.  It’s been a strange, shrinking, … Continue reading

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Odd modelling ideas #6512 – these are totally prototypical!

First, one for the station…. Second, one from pre-lockdown.  Model this and neither the trains, nor the rail replacement buses need to move. Lingfield Station crash: Four injured as rail replacement bus crashes  

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Too true (from somewhere on Facebook)

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Minories – the next generation

There’s been a flurry of ‘Minories’ discussion again on RMWeb.  And here are a few of the new ideas. Probably the optimum Minories arranagement, using two ‘Y’ points to reduce the reverse curves and straighten the platform. An ‘almost’ Minories … Continue reading

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