Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
This is nominally 1986; post strike, pre-sectorisation South Wales Valleys. Money being pumped in by the government to boost employment. I'm aware of how political this sounds. There is a single track lifted colliery line on the right and the replacement factory units to the left.
This is 80s rationalised railway. Simple and possibly operationally boring, but more representational than lots of EWS locos running on the trackwork reminiscent of a Great Western mainline station. This hopefully will be urban industrial wasteland.
Operation will be mixed units 155s, 142s and 121s into the rear platform road and freight with 37s and 25s through the crossover into the foreground and kicking back to the right. Thus it is a front operated double exit terminus which should please some people at least.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
So the 'next' is a problem. The regular invite to Amberley would seem an ideal target to work toward as not only is it a great weekend, but it's quite low stress in exhibition terms. The public flow is light and there is time to tweak things. This gives from now, some 60 weeks to build something. Short? Not really if stock already in hand is used. This gave light to a 'survival of the fittest' remark. What could be brought up to speed and built the quickest. The one that came out top was American HO. I still have all the stock from the Einsford Mill project (MTI No18) in the loft, though there is a but...
Others for consideration are: European HO, O-16.5, O, another 009(?) and even the part built tiny 09 competition piece, which could be switched to 009 without too much breathing-on.
Time will tell.
Suggestions on a postcard.
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
... which was understandably the highlight of the day.
Thoughts to the future are mixed. Long gone are the days of Wood End when every exhibition outing generated three more invites. No more. Am I doing something wrong or is the market flooded? It's certainly not the standard, if I do say so myself.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Getting the Unnycoombe's tiny shunt arm to work has been somewhat of a must do for him. I paused... (Unnycoombe has an exhibition outing in two days) 'Just stick it together.'
Well what else could I say?