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The Cromford Canal

Thursday morning, we walked down from the hotel to Cromford Mills, less than half-a-mile away.  These mills were the site of the first cotton-spinning machine invented by Richard Arkwright.  This whole stretch of the Derwent Valley and its mills has … Continue reading

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Minories #2 – Out in the suburbs – repost

Number 4 is my second Minories post.  Back to normal (whatever that may be) next week! If you leave London, and head to the other end of the commuter lines, a Minories like design, sort of ‘mini-Minories’ is another option.  … Continue reading

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A small shunting layout – repost

Interestingly, Number 3 is this little American switching layout. Model Railroad Hobbyist has a very nice ‘shunting plank’ in its October edition.  It’s in ‘O’ gauge, but the dimensions are a very reasonable 11’- 6” x 17’–19” with a 6’ … Continue reading

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Minories #1 – the original design – repost

Number 2 is this one on the classic Minories design. There are few model railway plans that can be deemed ‘classic’.  One surely must be the late Cyril Freezer’s ‘Minories’ plan.  The plan was the result a flash of inspiration whilst … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – streetcars and trolley layouts – repost

Whilst we’re on holiday this week, I’ll repost the all-time top four posts on the blog. Still the most popular post is this one trolley layouts.  If it’s so popular, why don’t we see more layouts??? Again we need a … Continue reading

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Llanastr – yet another small layout – repost

I realised that, having just written my post on expoEM and Llanastr, I had already blogged this little layout.  As it’s a busy week, I’ll repost this earlier screed.  It’s coming up to holiday season again, so I may well … Continue reading

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Loop the loop?

From the prototype for everything department.  How about a yard inside a reversing loop, including an engine shed and turntable.  Try Danbury, Connecticut, where there is a full loop at the end of the commuter services from New York.  Lines … Continue reading

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