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Photographs of new rolling stock will be seen here first and then as soon as I remember they will be allocated onto a proper location.

1 Hidden beneath a "sheeted load" is the battery for the flashing tail light. The model for the cover was a Morris Minor Traveller. (What else?)

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2 A close up of another fine controlled weathering contract by Neil Ripley, he is also a layout designer to the nobility.

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3 A train load of four twin set IPA double deck car transporters in the red livery of STVA.

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4 A locomotive I met in reality on the 23rd August 1962 in a woodyard near Bo'ness in Scotland, it was waiting to go for scrap that day. When I had the opportunity to acquire a cheap Bachmann example, perhaps it was because the handrail on the smoke box door was straight? In any event, I couldn't resist it. Now the "Laird of Balmawhappie" has been saved for a short time to pull an enthusiasts special to Margate.

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5 After several complains from one of the operators*, I conceeded that the capacity of the fiddle yard should be increased. After careful measurements I realised that I could insert a sixth road in the fiddle yard without a significant lost of finger poking space. The extra roads are not as long as the others but being on the centre road it is bi-directional, if only one road at a time.* Remember that Ray, you wanted them!

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6 Two Hornby Cemflo's, "cut & shut" by Jeff Taylor to correct a basic dimension fault Cut & Shut by Jeff Taylor

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7 Fixed couplings are used on several trains. The second bar on the right hand coupling prevents buffer locking when the train is reversed, a throw back to Brockley Green days.

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8 I have finally purchased a Hornby Class 395 to represent as upto date as I can be with this layout. It should be noted that this video was shot on the day of purchase and the extra trailer coaches to make upto a six car set did not arrive until the next day.

9 After much difficulty I have aquired a Roco z21 control system and a "tablet" to give me a walkabout controller. The tablet may not last long as Roco are producing a cordless handset "soon".

10 In a moment of semi-madness, inflluenced by the low price, I have purchased a Hornby green 2-BIL unit. It will join the ranks of the enthusiast's specials and maybe loaned out to Mr Taylor's next 00 layout.

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11 A return empty coal train at last, to complement the "full" one. Comprising of 10 x 21T hoppers suitably weathered. Drawn by the Class N and protected in the rear by a Hornby "Queen Mary" bogie brake. The eagle eyed will notice that there are only 9 hoppers in the picture below. The 10th one has now joined the fleet! Empty coal wagons.

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12 Flash unit number 5. Fitted to one of the "in the country" sections of track. A Flash not a twinkle!

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13. Not unlucky I hope but I am awaiting the delivery of a DJM Class 71, which expected at any moment (07/12/16) I am hoping it will appear at the Pontefract show. Here's a preproduction example, loaned by kind permission of Dave Jones and Charlie Petty. There is a video by Glassland Models and should watched in it's entirety but especially from 7.46mins. Whistle blowing was done by Jeff Taylor. My thanks to all concerned.

14. A more correct Pullman coach for the steam hauled London (Victoria)-Dover boat train.

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15. An enthusiast's brake van special powered by a 08 diesel shunter to work through the cement works network..

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16. This will be a brake down crane train. Not just any crane but a Hornby-Dublo crane. Not just any crane but a Hornby-Dublo one!

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Due to circumstanes beyond my control, this project has been abandoned for the foreseeable future. The H/D wheels were somewhat worn out and needed replacement. Changing them for modern metal tyed ones lead to great increase in noise whilst running slowly. I cannot begin to imagine how this would sound at a scale 20/25 m.p.h. The crane has now gone back into storage but not in my wardrobe this time!

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