It is sixty years to the day when Dr Richard Beeching's report "The Reshaping of British Railways" was officially published on the 27th March 1963. The report and its effects are still discussed with many opinions to this to this day, often in connection with the proposed reopening of some lines and the actual reopening … Continue reading 60 years since “The Reshaping British Railways” – the Beeching report
Happiness is the road… Canute Road Quay exhibition appearances the next two weeks
Canute Road Quay is on the road again and appearing at two exhibitions the next two consecutive Saturdays. The first this Saturday 25th March is slightly unusual as it the Guidelines Publications Spring Show. This is the first of a series of seasonal shows that bring together traders from all the modelling and collecting genres … Continue reading Happiness is the road… Canute Road Quay exhibition appearances the next two weeks
Rapido Trains UK ex GWR V6 ‘Iron Mink’ as SR ‘Cone’ Improvised Gunpowder van arrives
The Rapido Trains UK ‘OO’ gauge GWR V6 'Iron Mink' covered vans have arrived, it might seem unusual for such a wagon to mentioned here you might be thinking... there is a reason, read on... The GWR covered vans of all metal construction, therefore known as 'Iron Minks', appeared between 1888 and 1901 (after which … Continue reading Rapido Trains UK ex GWR V6 ‘Iron Mink’ as SR ‘Cone’ Improvised Gunpowder van arrives
Picture of the Month – March 2023
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7mm scale Bulleid coaches under development by Greenwood & Pring
Greenwood & Pring have announced the development of a new 0 Gauge premium finescale carriage programme based on Southern Railway’s Bulleid coaches. These carriages will be manufactured in brass in Korea to a high specification with both skirted and non-skirted coach types. All metal construction Bulleid three coach sets no: 770-793 comprise the non-skirted version … Continue reading 7mm scale Bulleid coaches under development by Greenwood & Pring
Picture of the Month – February 2023
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Workbench Witterings#19 Building a Maunsell 350HP ‘trip’ locomotive
In my Talking Stock#15 post here I discuss the background to the three Maunsell 350HHp diesel 'trip' locomotives. In 1937 Maunsell ordered three six coupled 350hp diesel electric locos, built by the SR at Ashford with English Electric power units, to compare against the Z class 0-8-0 tanks. They were numbered 1,2 an d 3. These … Continue reading Workbench Witterings#19 Building a Maunsell 350HP ‘trip’ locomotive
Hornby announce their 2023 range, a summary of SR/BR(s) items
Hornby have today announced their forthcoming range for 2023 as being a year of catch up, so not a huge amount to report for SR / BR(s) modellers (or anyone really...unless you are a collector of Gresley pacifics). New Tooling Hornby's new tooling for 2023 is not SR / BR(s) orientated and includes the LNER … Continue reading Hornby announce their 2023 range, a summary of SR/BR(s) items
Picture of the Month – January 2023
Happy New Year, this months picture... The 1st January 2023 marks 100 years since the formation of the Southern Railway, click here to read more...
Marking 100 years since the formation of the Southern Railway – a potted history
It would be remiss of me not to mark the fact that today is 100 years since the Grouping and the formation of the Southern Railway, it also of course marks the demise of its constituent companies. This post attempts to provide a simplified potted history of the Grouping and the Southern Railway. Although the … Continue reading Marking 100 years since the formation of the Southern Railway – a potted history