Monthly Archives: April 2017

Isle of Wight railways

The railways of the Isle of Wight have always fascinated me.  Not least because of the concentration of lines on a small island – three companies pre-1923 before they were amalgamated under the Southern Railway. And the Isle of Wight … Continue reading

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1971 – July – Birdcage discomfort

Also in the July 1971 edition of Railway Magazine was an interesting article on the Oxted line of Southern Railway and BR Southern Region.  This line branched off the main Brighton line at East Croydon, wound its way through Oxted … Continue reading

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1971 – July – A polite correspondence

The letters page of the July 1971 Railway Magazine produced some interesting snippets, but most fascinating was the style.  Letter writing was still an art – no email, Fa(r)cebook or Twitter. This month’s letters had an exchange of views on whether the exhaust … Continue reading

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ESNG Exhibition 2017 #4

The Kato Racetrack had (I think) 14 independent circuits to run all of Paul’s bullet trains and some other trains as well. Another small shunting layout, Tunbridge Yard West  is a 4ft x 1.5ft, modern image, layout set in the early 90s … Continue reading

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ESNG Exhibition 2017 #3

Also in the corridor was Kuritu.  It’s unusual in three ways. It’s Japanese, it’s an inter-urban railway, and it has been designed to be viewed from both sides. A simple design, but it just ‘oozes’ Japan. Ian Lamkin lives just up … Continue reading

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ESNG Exhibition 2017 #2

A feature of ESNG shows is ERIC the Roundhouse.  We try to have ERIC appear in a new guise for each show – recent themes have been a PW depot, locomotives seen in Redhill, Japanese locomotives, and Lehigh Valley diesels.  However, … Continue reading

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ESNG Exhibition 2017 #1

Well, we’ve survived another annual exhibition!  A lot of hard work, but well worth it.  All went well, we had some good modelling on display, and received a number of very positive comments from the punters – not least about … Continue reading

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