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Let the train take the strain!

My eldest daughter is in central Slovenia, buying hops for the craft brewery, and hiking.  She sent me the following two videos of Slovenian ‘Motorail.’ Of course, it’s best to have the whole train to oneself…. I think this is … Continue reading

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Spotted!

Thank you Brian for tipping me off that Clan Line was passing through Redhill.  I finally got a look at this wonderful locomotive, and it brought back memories of the last days of UK steam on the Southern Region. The … Continue reading

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Potpourri #1036

Just to get you in the mood for winter….  But this is a cab ride in snow in 2010 – and there was plenty of snow, too! The Great Model Railroad Museum in Switzerland – Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg … Continue reading

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Blame the horse….

From FaceBook (and a lot of other places). The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used? Well, because that’s the way they built them … Continue reading

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Potpourri #1035

I’m not sure this is so true today.  From NGF,,,, Below I have a quote from a book I’m reading called Trains Unlimited by Tim Fischer which in turn is a quote from the UK Financial Times from 2004. A … Continue reading

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Potpourri #1034 – Oh deer!

Spotted in Earlwood, next to the Tonbridge line…. And a few minutes later, the train drifting into Redhill…. Paul posted on Facebook this picture of Liverpool Street station in the 1920’s.  What a gloomy barn of a station!  But a … Continue reading

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LBSCR J Class 4-6-2T

A selection of photos of the Brighton 4-6-2 tanks.  There were just the two of them, one with Stephenson’s valve gear and one with Walschaerts.  Not quite as elegant as the slightly larger L class Baltic 4-6-4 tanks – the … Continue reading

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Potpourri #1033

Today’s modelling challenge (from Didcot Railway Centre on Facebook.) On 14 August 1925, a photograph was taken of the last shunting horse employed at Paddington station, in the goods depot. On the left are the old goods depot buildings, which … Continue reading

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Potpourri #1032

Another trawl through the internet, to cover up my lack of modelling….. A cab ride on the IOW line…. The history of Clapham Junction… I visited Ambarawa (Java) twice in the late 80’s.  All the old locos were standing in … Continue reading

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Prototype for everything?

If you are old enough, you may remember the Triang Giraffe car, where the said animal ducked its head on approaching a low obstacle.  I never had one, and would confess that I never even wanted one! But fact is … Continue reading

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