Category Archives: critic

Wordless Wednesday, Not! (Shelfie2 The State of the Nation Pt2)

So with the track down, wired, and working, point motors fitted, the track sub road bed was finally fixed to the chassis. The sharper of you will have noted that he’s not mentioned the fiddle yard or staging yet…. And … Continue reading

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DJ Models J94 Review. Setting Higher Standards?

Well the DJM J94 is out and on the streets. This is the first product developed solely by DJM rather than working in one format or another as a partner with other stakeholders.  Yup with the ‘stakeholder’ word in there … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Bachmann, blog, Branch Line, British Rail, critic, DCC, dcc sound, djm, Eastern Region, finescale, HO, hobbies, Hornby, Kalmbach, Layout, LMS, LNER, media, Midland Region, Model Railroad, Model Railway, Model Railway Journal, modeling, Modelling, Nevard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

200 Not Out …

In the way that odd or interesting numbers sometimes appear on the car dashboard, an interesting one has appeared on the dashboard here on’t blog. That number is two hundred thousand. The number of hits the blog has achieved since … Continue reading

Posted in 200k, blog, blogger, blogging, critic, humour, hundred, life, media, Model Railroad, Model Railway, Model Railway Journal, modeling, Modelling, Nevard, Photography, research, review, shelfie, social media, thousand, toy train, toytrainset, train set | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Independence Day

Firstly to all my American readers, have a good Independence Day. I find it genuinely warming to see the way the US, and other countries for that matter, embraces and celebrates its history and culture. But what might independence day … Continue reading

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Pannier Capers & the 64xx

In amongst the flurry of Hornbys releases over the first quarter Bachmann released their latest Great Western design, Colletts 64xx 0-6-0T Pannier. These were a derivative of the earlier 54xx, very much the same engine but with larger diameter wheels. … Continue reading

Posted in Bachmann, blog, Branch Line, critic, DCC, dcc sound, Forest of Dean, Great Western, hobbies, Hornby, media, Model Railroad, Model Railway, Model Railway Journal, Modelling, Nevard, OO Gauge, research, review, social media, Uncategorized, Western Region | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Red Alert! R3243 Box Opened …

I’ve remarked before on this blog and in conversations that over the past ten years or so, most of my ready to run purchases have gone to Bachmann. That has primarily been because hornby  (and others), haven’t been making the … Continue reading

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2014, Year of the Shelfie ..

2014 the year of the Shelfie, and a note to say thank you for taking the time to read this blog over the year. Its been quite a busy year, right the way through as far as modelling projects go, … Continue reading

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Who Pays the Piper

An interesting debate has broken out, and been locked, (no change there then) in a small corner of the interweb. It all kicked off because some one asked an event organiser if their show was a commercial show or not. … Continue reading

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Hold The Front Page! Read All About It!

Bob Barlow of http://www.greystarpublications.com/ last week launched a new entry into the  UK magazine market, Finescale Railway Modelling Review, http://www.greystarpublications.com/fsr/  the first of which is seen above. This will be a welcome addition to the mag market place, MRJ readers … Continue reading

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Lettuce Page ….

It’s been a spectacularly daft couple of weeks in the compact and bijou world of toy trains. My good friend Andy Cooper remarked on this in his own style here http://newheymodelrailway.  Andy’s take on this is interesting as he looks … Continue reading

Posted in Airfix, Bachmann, Branch Line, British Rail, canon, copyright, critic, Exhibition, hobbies, Hornby, humour, Kalmbach, Layout, library, life, media, Model Railroad, Model Railway, Model Railway Journal, Modelling, Nevard, OO Gauge, Photography, research, review, social media | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments