Daffodils and Easter wishes

May the angels protect you, may the sadness forget you, may goodness surround you and may your God always bless you. The budding trees, the new flowers, and birds that sing, whisper to me that it's Easter, that and supermarkets full of chocolate of all shapes (many irrelevant), sizes and special offers! Here is wishing … Continue reading Daffodils and Easter wishes

And now the SR / BR(S) related news from Warley… is that this year there is no news… well almost…

Last weekend saw the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC,  as in previous years I have always endeavoured to round-up some of the news and items of interest from mainly a Southern / BR(s) perspective.  It has been usual for some of the manufacturers to use the event to make announcements of new items or showcase … Continue reading And now the SR / BR(S) related news from Warley… is that this year there is no news… well almost…

Hornby announce 2018 range includes brand new Lord Nelson class and Maunsell Kitchen Dining First catering coaches [updated 12/01/18]

Hornby have today announced their full range for 2018 hot on the heals of yesterdays Bachmann announcement.  For this year's range Hornby have gone to a single announcement rather than new toolings announced over the last few month either at Warley or via their Engineshed blog, possibly as a result of new broom(s) at the … Continue reading Hornby announce 2018 range includes brand new Lord Nelson class and Maunsell Kitchen Dining First catering coaches [updated 12/01/18]

Hornby announce full 2017 range; a Southern Railway / Southern Region related roundup [updated 16/01/17]

Hornby have today announced their full range for 2017. As with the range for 2016 new tooling announcements fro 2017 have already been made during the last year via their informative Engineshed blog and a presentation /launch at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition. These from a Southern Railway perspective has already included the announcement last … Continue reading Hornby announce full 2017 range; a Southern Railway / Southern Region related roundup [updated 16/01/17]

Workbench Witterings #4 identity changing and weathering

At long last, assisted by a few days off work over the recent Easter weekend, I have finally completed a few outstanding items on the workbench. This has mainly been around renumbering, naming and weathering a few items of rolling stock so I thought I would share with you some of the locomotives that I have … Continue reading Workbench Witterings #4 identity changing and weathering

Daffodils and Easter wishes

May the angels protect you, may the sadness forget you, may goodness surround you and may your God always bless you. The budding trees, the new flowers, and birds that sing, whisper to me that it's Easter. Here is wishing a warmth for your soul on Easter & always!

50th Anniversary of the State Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill

Today, 30th January 2015, marks the 50 anniversary of the solemn occasion of the State Funeral of one of our greatest statesman Sir Winston Churchill following his passing on 24th January 1965. Sir Winston Churchill was the only "commoner", i.e non Royal, in the 20th Century to be awarded the honour of a State Funeral. … Continue reading 50th Anniversary of the State Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill

Dapol’s Bullied Light Pacifics in N – First Cads

Last year Dapol announced their intention to produce Bulleid Light Pacifics in both original and rebuilt form. This is in addition to the 2012/13 range announcements made earlier this week. They have now released the first off CAD images for these new products as seen here. I should stress on behalf of Dapol that these are the very first CAD … Continue reading Dapol’s Bullied Light Pacifics in N – First Cads

Talking Stock #4 Cabs and Deflectors, Bulleid Light Pacific variations

When first introduced 21C101 to 21C163 had the original Bulleid style cab with narrow front lookout and two large side windows, the rear one of which slid forwards behind the front. Complaints were made due to a restricted forward view, not helped by the position, inside the cab, of the vacuum ejector controls, in front … Continue reading Talking Stock #4 Cabs and Deflectors, Bulleid Light Pacific variations