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Wisbech & Upwell doodles

Been doodling around with track plans for the Wisbech & Upwell tramway, home to GER tram engines and latterly O4 shunters with side skirts over the motion. It all started with Iain Rice’s ‘Creating Cameo Layouts’ book, where I was … Continue reading

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How do we describe our hobby?

Some good thoughts from “The Erratic and Wandering Journey.” I think the starting point [to explaining model railways] would be to embrace the sheer range of interests and abilities encompassed by this most democratic of hobbies, from the 2 year … 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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DC or DCC?

In the latest edition of Model Railway Journal, Jerry Clifford’s editorial has some helpful thoughts on model railway electrics.  Edited highlights below…. The old and the new…. A good friend and very fine modeller recently said to me that, in … 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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New York port railroad maps

For the map enthusiast, a few more hours of tracing rail lines….. From the UMSL Digital Library, maps of the port of New York , prepared by the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors.  These maps are a set … 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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