Monthly Archives: July 2015

Off my trolley – Pacific Electric at its best

Browsing (as one does) I came across a New York Subway site with this excellent picture of a Pacific Electric PCC car at an unknown, but very modellable location.  (OK, New York site, PE picture, does not compute…..  but it’s still … Continue reading

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Five things you can do to be happier right now

Most people are wrong about the things that will make them happy.  Professor Paul Dolan, speaking at the Hay Festive, said it’s actually quite simple.  I’ve adapted them for model railway use – I think they still work! Listening to a … Continue reading

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Australian inspiration

Rediscovering websites that seem to have gone for good is always good news.  I enjoyed Andrew Martin’s site as it had a good number of very buildable small layout plans.  Although based in Australia, small stations are small stations worldwide – … Continue reading

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Exhibitions, are they worth it?

Julias Modelopolis  (Julia makes marvellous 2mm fine scale models, with some 3-D printing thrown in for good measure) recently commented on taking your layout to an exhibition.  The money comments were….. Browsing the interweb forums I always stumble across people … Continue reading

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Less is more – two interesting examples

I used to follow a blog called ‘The Staging Yard’, following a UK based modeller’s trials at building a US layout, until it went quiet in 2014.  Reading RMWeb the other day, I saw that the blog had reappeared and was being continued … Continue reading

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Long and winding road – narrow and wide

One feature of the ‘Shed’ era that I forgot was an interest in narrow gauge railways.  A few Model Railway News articles were supplemented by a copy of Don Boreham’s seminal ‘Narrow Gauge Railway Modelling’ and a history of the Lynton … Continue reading

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ESNG meeting – 15 July 2015

A quiet but busy evening as the club.  Only 8 members present, but we had some good trains running, and more track was laid on the new end loop.  I had acquired a new Farish Southern N 2-6-0 since Sunday … Continue reading

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