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ALSRM at Reading Review

ALSRM at Reading Review

The Association of Larger Scale Railway Modellers held their Annual show at the Rivermead Centre in Reading last Saturday. It was a must see show for the followers of the larger scales, with a splendid array of layouts, more than seventy traders present and a good selection of societies and demonstrations. The show was split over three halls, one for layouts, one for traders and a smaller one for demonstrators and society stands (Bring and Buy). Continue reading

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Leamington & Warwick 40th Anniversary Show

Leamington & Warwick 40th Anniversary Show

Sunday March 8th was an exhibition for the general modeller with a well balanced selection between layouts and traders. The layouts on show were of the usual high calibre for which the show has gained a good reputation. The traders had a multitude of products for sale covering an array of scales and gauges. There were companies providing custom built baseboards, digital control systems, digital sound systems, locomotive and rolling stock kits, along with a vast range of ready to run models.

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Populating Your Layout

Populating Your Layout

Want to bring your layout to life then you need to consider introducing that human element. Adding a loco crew is possibly the first step, and there are many models in all of the scales. You can get ready to plant models, but my enjoyment comes from painting and styling white metal cast figures.

Once you have your loco crews then it is a matter of time before you start introducing figures on to your station and then you start populating your carriages with passengers. The people can also add ballast to your rolling stock if you choose white metal figures, so they do have added benefits.

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London Kings Cross to Leeds Central

London Kings Cross to Leeds Central

On Sunday 28th December we had the pleasure of experiencing a steam train journey from Kings Cross to Leeds. We joined the train at Kings Cross where we saw the hustle and bustle of a main line station. After a stuttering start by the Gresley A4 No 60033 Seagull we soon plunged into Gas Works Tunnel and re-emerged into the daylight on the approaches to Hornsey, by this time the train was starting to pick up speed. Passing through Hornsey station the train soon plunged into Wood Green tunnel and after a few minutes we were in open countryside. Passing through Hatfield and Hitchin at speed we were well into our journey, before we knew it we had passed through Peterborough before speeding through Essendine.

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