Monthly Archives: March 2017

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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Crisis – what crisis?

The September 1982 copy of ‘Modern Railways’ has the cover sub-title of “British Rail in crisis.”  This seems to be mainly due to a prolonged strike by the ASLEF drivers.  It seems to have been due to a proposal to … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – North Hollywood yet again

Noticed recently that the restoration of the old Pacific Electric / Southern Pacific depot at North Hollywood has been completed and reopened as a commuter café on the Metro Orange Line.  This article gives the details, including: The official grand … Continue reading

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Book review – Model Railroad Planning 2017′

The new year has come around again and it’s time for this year’s ‘Model Railroad Planning’ from Kalmbach.  I get this annual publication every year, and it is almost always worth a read.  There are usually too many (for me) … Continue reading

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1971 – March – Personalities

Between the February and March editions of Railway Magazine, the price had changed from 4s (20p) to 20p (4s).  Yes, the UK had been decimalised. From “Some thoughts on the end of steam” by the prosaically named “62741”. Personalities of the … Continue reading

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