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30543 A Q class is used for the short run to Fareham with through coaches to Plymouth where they are attached to the Brighton-Plymouth train."
Graham's latest re-naming is of a King Arthur class 30799 Sir Ironside to 30804 SIR CADOR OF CORNWALL. It was an Eastleigh 71A loco so suits his theme and, as Graham mentioned, also retained its 6 wheeled tender to the end (Feb 1962).
Graham, from Suffolk, has spoilt us this week! He has sent in not one but two layouts - and in different scales! First up (first 3 photos) we have his BR Southern OO gauge layout - the theme being Gosport Road & Stokes Bay. He said that 'Since it lost it's railway years ago this is what might have been if it had survived after the emergence of Portsmouth.' He mentioned that everything is ficticious but it gives him an excuse to run most things Southern, including his O2 and Gate set! When Graham's interest in railways started around 1959 the last Gate set was running on the Yeovil Town branch and he was lucky enough to ride in it! His Thumper Unit has also made an appearance working from Stokes Bay Pier to Alton.
These locos are shouting 'look at me, look at me!' on Mr Howell's layout! Thank you for adorning your lovely layout with some of our exclusive models. It looks like someone in yellow is appreciating them also by having their photo in front of them!:
I have received a little update from Mr Boffy on his layout we showcased a couple of weeks ago. If you recall it looked as if they were practising some social distancing! He has let me know that, thankfully, the lock down has now lifted a bit and, as you can see, the stations are full again, the worker's are building again, the schools are open, and generally people are out and about! This layout took Mr Boffy three months to build and most of the buildings are from the 80s &,90s. It is 8x4 and he can have 6 trains on it with 3 running at any one time. Brlliant:
This superb N gauge layout was created by Mr Bracking. In his words 'It is not based on any particular location - and is a mix of town, industrial and countryside scenery.' I think it is a great mix!:
The brand new Hornby L&MR Stephenson's Rocket Train Pack on Mr Gower's layout 'Fox Hill Junction'. Stunning!:
This layout was created by Mr Boffy. I am loving the unintentional social distancing in the last photo...!
Here we have a 4mm shunting layout, constructed during lockdown, by Mr Grainger! Brilliant! I knew good things would come out of this lockdown. Good luck with your next project :)
Mr Hunt set himself a retirement project to build a model railway in five years. In his words - "sounds easy enough but should it be a fictitious location or a real location? The decision was ‘a real location’. It had to be somewhere I could get to easily, somewhere that was compact, somewhere that had interesting traffic, somewhere that would be interesting to research, and would fit into the space available without losing the character of the real place." He decided on Bere Alston "as the station and most buildings still exist - what could go wrong?! A visit with a camera and a tape measure began an adventure that, after six years, is still far from finished. What I didn’t realise was that the research would be as interesting, and as time consuming, as actually building the railway." Well I must say that the six years you have spent on it so fair are more than worth it! It was hard to choose which photos to show as there were so many of this outstanding layout:
This is "Gromenfield, Change for Old Town" by Mr Mepham. He mentioned most of the track and a lot of the rolling stock was purchased from our Camborne shop back in early 2004 (when Chris had hair I believe!) when he lived at the beautiful Sennen Cove. He still visit's the shop when down here visiting his son and friends. The reason behind the layouts name - Gromenfield is the name of the street Mr Mepham grew up on in East Sussex, when he worked for B.R during 1959/60! Love a bit of background information - thank you!:
I am a big fan of Mr Gunstone's photos of his layouts! We showcased his layout 'Bleat Wharf' last year and I was impressed by both his layout and his photography skills! This layout 'Sheep Dip' is no different. In his words - "This is a small, overgrown industrial something, located just to the left of somewhere... All ready to run with use made of the Bachmann Narrow Gauge Slate buildings. The loco is one of the delightful Hornby Pecketts weathered by myself... as is everything else on the layout." Superb!
Some photos of Mr Willcocks' latest project "Almost quite on the western front". In his words "The original picture is, I believe, near the Somme and I have tried to model it. The barn is a heavily bombed metcalfe model". Very impressive!:
This is 'Bramley End' by Mr Jones. It has since been broken up because of a move but it was loosely based on the village from the film Went the Day Well. As Mr Jones puts it 'a piece of old England that we all have in our heads when we think of home!' He also said 'the only bit that reflects the village in the film, and which I am proud of, is the church and grounds.' He mentioned that Bramley End will be resurrected this year and he is looking forward to making it sharper. He is now in the process of starting from scratch a larger but more detailed layout, which I cannot wait to see!:
Mr Hastings sent in these fab photos! In his words a "generic layout, recent addition is a 009 tramway... great fun converting a Matchbox tram to a fully working model. Also rather enjoy butchering your wonderful 02s to create other locos, push pull IW No. 35 was interesting, donor was a Southern p/p model for equipment and smokebox door. The remains were renumbered in pre war IW series, two for the price of er...two! Other activity includes rebuilding 12" to the foot Drewry railcar for the IW Steam Railway" Looking brilliant!:
This week we have a wonderful example of a customer scratchbuild! Mr Burgess has sent us a couple of photos of his Southern Railway electric locomotive. He mentioned the model isn't yet complete, and it's not fully authentic in one or two respects (but pretty close), but he is building it DCC & sound ready so a little bit more work to do on it:
Mr Sinden has sent in these wonderful photos showcasing his Depot called St Stephen's Road TMD. You will have seen his amazing work in a previous newsletter showing his other project called 'Shillingstone'. You have been busy!:
Mr Dear has sent in his Cornwall branch layout - what a beauty!:
Mr Ruming, from Sydney, sent in this photo of one of his layouts that he calls 'a little bit of Pennsylvania in Oz'. He mentioned he took this shelf layout outside for this photo as the pure sunshine lifts the scene to a new level. I completely agree - I am loving the effect the sun has streaming in. Can't beat a bit of natural light - makes it very realistic!:
Mr Calverley has summed up just what the nation is doing during these uncertain times - taking a breather:
Mr Davis has shared a few more of his layout 'Mantles Wood'. I was blown away by the detail and realness of his layout last year so more than happy to show you a few more photos!:
37521 waits to head North at Rannoch with a pair of silver bullets for Corpach
62005 heading North with the empty coaching stock for the Jacobite
37521 heading south with the empty tanks from Fort William
Class 41 No D602 hauling the down 'Cornish Riviera' approaching Ashprington Road
Class 41 No D602 hauling the down 'Cornish Riviera' waiting to depart Ashprington Road
Class 41 No D602 hauling the down 'Cornish Riviera' leaving Ashprington Road
Class 41 No D602 hauling the up 'Cornish Riviera' leaving Ashprington Road
Photographed Mr Wildman on behalf of Mr Turner
Short of local milk for the production of their clotted cream, two famous Cornish dairies have dispatched tankers to collect milk from Hemyock.
Arriving at Hemyock with a load of dairy produce for distribution under the United Dairies banner, another famous Cornish dairy's vent van is followed by a GWR Toad, branded "Hayle RU". It has just passed the PW Gang fully equipped with it's Holman/Compair compressor.
Four of Mr Warren's hobbies captured in one photo - railway modelling/caravanning/South West Dairies and Morris Dancing!
A busy morning in the Creamery yard.
Mr Potter with his friend Steve
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