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Severn Tunnel East

Severn Tunnel East

Steve Fay’s year started with him planning on building some Diorama/Layouts in 7mm scale which were to be about 8 foot long and built to sell. The new owner would then be able to incorporate it in to a bigger layout, or simply add fiddle yards or add it in to a round loop.

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A DEAN GOODS IN GAUGE 1

A DEAN GOODS IN GAUGE 1

Having made a couple of locomotives from an assortment of bought in and scratch built components (mainly from ‘Plastikard’) they have proved to be reasonably successful. I should state the obvious at this stage they are battery powered, radio controlled and have the luxury of sound which, in my opinion, does cross the divide between live steam and electric propulsion. It does however add to the overall cost.

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RAIL TRAIL with PETER GRAY

RAIL TRAIL with PETER GRAY

An article by Peter Gray featured in the Torquay Herald Express on the 20th April 2016 talks about this picture of ‘Star’ class 4-6-0 No.4021 King Edward which would have been taken in the 1920s or early 1930s on one of the approach roads to Exeter (St David’s) shed. It was a plain cast iron chimney, and no brass beading to the driving wheel splashers. This was removed during the First World War. Only the first batch were named after ‘Stars’, and this one is No.4021 King Edward, later renamed British Monarch

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TIME TO STAND UP AND SAVE WOLVERTON WORKS

TIME TO STAND UP AND SAVE WOLVERTON WORKS

An article by Phil Webb on the Change.org web site talks about the fact that after over a year of St Modwen badly planning the future of the railway works it’s time the town and Milton Keynes council stood up and said enough is enough we have been promised an unwanted food store in keeping with Wolverton and the conservation area. But the have designed a glass metal box with no pitch roof or red brick it feels like we have been lied to.

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