Category Archives: Weird and wonderful

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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A little Redhill local history

I’ll report back on the show next time.  But for now, a little local history (at least it is if you live in Redhill).  From the Surrey Mirror: The grisly tale of the tunnel between Merstham and Coulsdon South Anyone … Continue reading

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Odd modelling ideas #398

From the Daily Telegraph… Incredible train ‘disappears’ through block of flats in China’s ‘Mountain City’ Architects and planners in a Chinese city have designed a novel way to make space for an essential train route – by building it through … Continue reading

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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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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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