Category Archives: Weird and wonderful

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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1971 – September – Nine Days to Vladivostok

Also in the September 1971 edition of the Railway Magazine, was a description of a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway.  It’s written rather in the “British Empire” style – intrepid explorer with Union Jack and pith helmet reaches the interior … Continue reading

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Flying Scotsman on the Bluebell

Thanks Peter, for this shot of the Flying Scotsman on the Bluebell Railway.  Not everyday that 60103 has to collect a tablet for single-line working.  I wonder how many times, if ever, that happened in pre-preservation days? And that’s a … Continue reading

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Odd modelling idea #999

As I return back to the UK and the depths of Redhill….. Here’s why there is a red telephone box graveyard between Merstham and Redhill For most of us who commute by train the journey to work will be a … Continue reading

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1971 – August – a pot pourri

A mixture of items from the August 1971 Railway Magazine, starting with a little deja vu. You could write a similar headline in 2016…. Across America with AMTRAK Uncertain future of United States passenger trains rests with new national corporation. … Continue reading

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