Monthly Archives: March 2017

1971 – April – “Gricers” reach Wales

The April 1971 edition of Railway Magazine contained an article informing us that there were still seven classes of steam locomotive operating in Malaysia.  They had certainly all gone by 1985 when Maxine and I took a train from Kuala … Continue reading

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Blatant tourism interlude

Back from Singapore last weekend, having worked for 10 days solid.  But there was time to take a few photos.  So here’s a little tourism as a diversion from the usual trains. I did find time to visit the Asian … Continue reading

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A question of gauge

In March 1995, ‘Back Track’ had an interesting article on the gauge of railways, with particular reference to the GWR broad gauge and the 4′ 8.5″ ‘narrow’ gauge.  Railway history is often thought of as a battle between these gauges, … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

A good article from the BBC, exploring how ten London Underground stations got their peculiar names: How tube stations got their unusual names Scan a map of the London Underground for the first time, and you’ll likely notice that it … Continue reading

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Shunting ad infinitum

You may recall that I found this plan of a small urban goods yard in Brighton, and commented on its suitability for a model. (All maps from the National Library of Scotland site, under creative commons.) Wandering around south London, … Continue reading

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Commuter spots seven nuns at Seven Sisters

Something special from the Daily Telegraph…. A commuter was astonished when he saw seven nuns waiting for a train at Seven Sisters Tube station in London. The entertaining coincidence appeared not to have been noticed by the nuns as they sat and … Continue reading

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Book review – Creating cameo layouts’

We all get older.  Even Iain Rice gets older.  That young whipper-snapper with radical ideas on P4 modelling and on layout design is now an elder statesman of the hobby.  Fortunately he writes in just the same style as he ever … Continue reading

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