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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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Thatching – a novel way of making thatch

Thatching – a novel way of making thatch

There are few areas in Britain that do not have any buildings with thatched roofs.  It is almost everyone’s dream to live in a thatched cottage, and yet as railway modellers we tend to shy away from making any buildings with roofs of thatch.  This is understandable when we consider how easy it is to create an effective slate or tiled roof, using either proprietary products or card and paper, compared to making a realistic looking thatch.

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Clews Cottages

Clews Cottages

One of the highlights of my year is the AGM and exhibition of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Society held at Burton on Trent. It’s an intimate show illustrating all that is best in, what is for me, a fairly new found hobby. It has all the ingredients of a good day out – a variety of relevant trade stands, layouts second to none, and a warm welcome from fellow members. What more can you ask for? Oh yes, memorable beer from The Cottage Brewery and bacon cobs to die for. Perfect!

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Building a Dutch Barn

Building a Dutch Barn

It’s often very satisfying to have a project that can be completed in a short time – this is just such a project.

Dutch barns, in this case all timber with a corrugate iron roof, are not as common today as the many modern barns built with a steel or concrete frame, but most have some form of corrugated iron or asbestos roofing.  The purpose of these barns is for storage, usually over the winter period for hay and straw for feed and bedding respectively.  Being open sided the hay or straw remains relatively dry as the air is allowed to pass the outside of the rick.

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The Farm In The Landscape

The Farm In The Landscape

Well, many of our railway layouts ignore the presence of farming.  Alright, an awkward corner that needs filling often has an incongruous field with a few grazing sheep.  But I think we miss a great opportunity in many cases not including ‘working farms and buildings’ on our layouts.  They have always been an integral part of the scene and in fact many branch lines came into being as a result of the need to move livestock to market, milk to the towns, and food to the processors and markets.

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