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The KMRC Skrifa / Blog index
Welcome to the new KMRC Skrifa.
Why Skrifa you might ask... well it's Cornish for "writing" so for those of you East of the River Tamar it's our new blog.
It will comprise of an occasional series of posts from around the KMRC family covering a range of updates, tales and information that we feel would / might be of interest to you.
There is no set publishing time frame or interval for new posts, just when we feel we have something interesting to say.
The KMRC Skrifa is an evolution of a number of articles published a while ago by the boss known as "Chris's Briefs" (yes really) as we plan to have a number of the team contributing we felt a new name would be appropriate.
We hope you enjoy the content and we welcome your feedback, see Keep in Touch below.
17/03/2021 - SR Engine Headsignals
The Southern Railway / Region used discs during the day and lamps at night, officially known as Engine Headsignals, to denote the route of the train. In this post we provide an overview of the routes associated with the disc positions.
04/03/2021 - The Standard Steam and early Diesel Locomotive Headcodes
In the steam and early diesel era a system of head codes were used to denote the trains make up and purpose using either discs or lamps, (except on the Southern Railway/Region). In this post we describe what each headcode means.
07/02/2021 - The ‘Epoch’ or ‘Era’ system explained
The model railway hobby has for a while been using the ‘Epoch’ or ‘Era’ system to group models into a defined time period. In this post we take a look at the UK time periods and the 'Era' system now being used by manufacturers and ourselves within the product descriptions.
27/01/2021 - The Great Western Railway pannier tanks.
With the arrival of the highly popular 94xx class of pannier tanks from Bachmann and the 16xx class from Model Rail Magazine, we take a brief look at the background of the very characteristic Great Western Railway 0-6-0 pannier tanks.
18/01/2021 - Our Bachmann Scenecraft Limited Editions
We have updated our page dedicated to our Exclusive Bachmann Scenecraft limited editions and brought it in to the Skrifa arena to make it more accessible.
13/01/2021 - Catering for Southern travellers by Hornby
Read about the complexity of the Southern catering vehicles with our guide to using the Hornby models
12/01/2021 - Exclusive Project Update
An update on the status of all our current announced projects.
06/01/2021 - Starting younger railway modelers with Playtrains from Hornby
We take a look at the brand new Playtrains system announced by Hornby as part of their 2021 range.
10/10/2020 - Modelling the BR diesels green to blue period
We take a look at the BR green to BR blue livery transition period and some examples of the models available to recreate this interesting period.
07/12/2020 - Baseboard building made simple
Any model railway needs a good solid base and building a baseboard, The Woodland Scenics Mod-U-Rail baseboard system is available now, simple to use expandable and effective.
03/12/2020 - Southern Region EMUs
The much awaited Bachmann 2-HAP Electric Multiple Units (EMU) have now arrived, in this post we explore the background of the Southern Region EMUs currently available from Bachmann in 00 gauge.
26/11/2020 - Underlay, Underlay what to use as a track base
We take a look at what to use under your trackwork and the Proses laser cut pre-formed track beds and their compatibility with Hornby, Bachmann and Peco trackwork.
17/11/2020 - LSWR Signal Boxes
Following the release of our new exclusive Petersfield signal box and our Bude signal box we take a look at the background behind the LSWR signal box designs.
23/10/2020 - SECR / SR / BR Birdcage Coach Sets
These characteristic coach sets have been produced by Bachmann and Graham Farish we take a look their history and formations.
01/04/2020 - Woodland Scenics Diorama
The Woodland Scenics range can provide hours of scenic modelling fun! Whether you are looking to detail and improve an existing layout or diorama, or start a brand new project from scratch, the Woodland Scenics range of model scenery products offer everything you need.
01/05/2019 - Hornby Mk3 Sliding Door sets
We take a look at the prototypical formations that can be created using the latest Hornby Mk3 sliding door coaches.
From the Archive
September 2014 - To announce or not to announce
Chris discusses the development process and shares his views on when to announce a new model.
December 2014 - China Factories
Originally posted as part of series known as “Chris’s brief’s” this post details his first visit to China and number of the factories that we now deal directly with.
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