Category Archives: hobbies

Requiem For Steam

A year or so back I took a look at Essential Witness and Transition by Jim Shaughnessy and Colin Gifford respectively. This week our ever genial postie tapped on the door and left this gem, Requiem For Steam. If you’ve … Continue reading

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21 First One In

A while back I looked at Space and how we use it, in particular looking at a Fremo layout I’d been invited to see. I really like the concept of joining layouts together for an operating session. Last year 2020 … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday, Back to the Future

Well this is certainly from the past, one of Albion Yards panniers drifts in to the yard with a typical coal train, quite a long while ago.. I can tell its one of the earlier images the warehouses are in … Continue reading

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Unconsidered Trifles

It’s an unconventional title for an unconventional book. Written and illustrated by Geoff Kent, (builder of the above scene), it takes a look at the everyday scene, with emphasis on capturing architecture, and signage and infrastructure that is gradually becoming … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday, Happy Christmas

Well, 2020! This should probably be a #throwbackthursday post, not just because it’s a Thursday, but if you actually caught 2020, you’d certainly want to throw it back.. 2021 will have to go some to make it as memorable as … Continue reading

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Motivation Monday MDV in the bag

A few weeks back I wrote on a Monday about these MDV’s, and the straightforward simplicity of the kits. Well as per the post above they all went together really easily, and once I’d finished them the force was strong, … Continue reading

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Motivation Monday MDV’s

A few weeks back Accurascale announced the British Rail MDV mineral wagon in OO 4mm scale, naturally about three weeks after I’d bought a batch of Five 79 MDV kits. Often this can be a deterrent to finish or even … Continue reading

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Bachmann 94xx Pannier Review 35-025

If ever you wanted to know how to capture the functional, brooding mass of the last pannier, this is it. Bachmanns 94XX. The first thing that struck me on opening the box, (no video, sorry about that), is it just … Continue reading

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Warley Virtual 2020

This weekend would normally be the annual Warley National exhibition, COVID-19 obviously has taken its toll this year and well into 21 of the exhibition scene. However, this year Warley will be running a two day show on line, see … Continue reading

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Motivation Monday, Getting to the point.. I

I’m making no apologies for diving straight in to look at Geoff Forsters Off the beaten track blog for the motivation on this one Ground Frame Day and Levers and Rods. Recently Shelfie2 was visited for photos for a magazine … Continue reading

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