Category Archives: Weird and wonderful

China announces plans for ‘flying train’ that can travel up to 2,500mph

From the Independent….. China announces plans for ‘flying train’ that can travel up to 2,500mph The state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has claimed it plans to develop the next generation of trains, which can travel at speeds … Continue reading

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Odd modelling ideas #2030

For the climate conscious (and it would make a cool model)….. Rail Energy Storage Harnesses the Power of Gravity All the Livelong Day A California startup is repurposing trains and rail cars to help renewable energy utilities compete with fossil … Continue reading

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Shepton Mallet yet again

It’s the start of the school holidays, so for the 21st time Maxine and I went on our annual pilgrimage to the ‘New Wine’ church conference.  Once again, there were over 10,000 people camping on the Bath & West Showground near … Continue reading

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Two odd links

Two odd links from the Daily Telegraph….. Shocked commuters gawp as woman brings desktop computer on First Class Virgin train A shocked commuter took a photograph of a woman who had turned her First Class seat on a train into … Continue reading

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An alternative grouping

‘Proto-freelancing’ is far more popular in the USA than in the UK.  Perhaps this is due to the use of the same locomotive designs, with detail differences, across many railroads – for example the iconic F3 and F7 diesels.  Bu … Continue reading

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1971 – December – you can’t please everyone

Our last look at the 1971 Railway Magazine.  From the always reliable letters page, an outbreak of outrage, but from Dawlish, not Tunbridge Wells…. Ridiculous SIR – The photograph facing page 577 of the November issue of The Railway Magazine … Continue reading

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Odd modelling idea #1677

It’s becoming a forgotten art, converting one model into another prototype.  When I was a teenager, Triang GWR Clerestory coaches could be made into almost anything, with a new roof and a bit of cutting and sticking. But this article suggests … Continue reading

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