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About leslie10646

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    Born Belfast 1946 and educated there until Queens University saw through me and threw me out - a lucky break as I became a computer programmer in London and somehow survived thirty years in computing before retiring early. After a couple of years in China, I returned to the UK and became a tour manager with Great Rail Journeys - I still work for them after 19 years.


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    Steam, steam and more steam! Blue engines with mahogany coaches are best. Modelling Portadown GNR(I)


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    Tour Manager
  1. Murder on the Orient Express

    Thanks, Broithe for that link. I knew that Belfast's favourite acting son had built the train in a studio, but didn't realise that it was within eight miles of where I'm typing this - Longcross is a former MOD establishment now used by various indistries, including, and this was new to me, a film studio. Shame on me, when my other half asked me what the loco was, I thought it entirely CGI stuff, but it turns out that they DID use a real train for some shots - a French Chemin de fer de l'Est 4-8-2 - really serious engines - and there is, indeed, one preserved in Switzerland. Now I'll have to see the film a THIRD time to work out which scenes were computer-generated and which"the real thing"! Personally, I'd give the film eight out of ten - some very good acting, Branagh, of course, Johnny Depp was superb as the baddie who meets a grisly end, nice cameo roles by two favourites of mine - Willem Dafoe and Derek Jacobi. If you haven't seen it, take your other half - although she may not like to see the girls' heart-throb Depp being butchered!
  2. Warley 2017

    Just a line to say that it was great to see familiar faces at Warley again this year, including a Royal visit from Patrick and Fran! Lots of interest in Richard's drawings - it was the books of NCC and GNR station layouts and signalling diagrams produced by the late Russell Currie which seemed to steal the show! Being opposite Old Blarney and Arigna we were never short of entertainment. Lord White was in fine form, although he failed to convince a local mayor who was visiting just WHY an elephant was in an Irish town! Always a crowd in front of the layout which has dozens of super little cameo scenes built in. My observation to David that there weren't nearly enough people at the funeral taking place in the local parish church was met by the demand - do you think I am made of money - have you counted how many people there are on this layout already? Suitably chastened, I took myself off to the races (at the other end of the layout). Even Andy came up with some story as to why the first train on the Saturday morning was a loaded coal train ARRIVING at Arigna - although I can't remember what his line was, so it can't have been that convincing. Well done the Warley Club, a good way to spend a weekend, as always the place to be on the last weekend of November. And thanks to those of you who supported Richard and I. Leslie
  3. Glenderg's Projects

    I always knew that R had a dirty mind - disgraceful in one so young! Have you seen what he did to one of my beautiful H vans? (It was on display at Blackrock!). L PS I'm reporting you to the RSPCW!
  4. Brighton show, 25% Irish Broad gauge

    Ah, a shame to have missed that, David. I was just along the coast at South Hants Model Railway Club's exhibition in Portsmouth - I was picking up my Class AL and my Class UG - they had been in for chipping with Coastal DCC. I hope that you had a good and appreciative attendance.
  5. Warley 2017

    As usual, the Irish Railway Record Society will have a stand at this exhibition at the NEC this weekend 25/6 November. We're Stand B100. Show is open Saturday 9.45am to 6pm and on Sunday 9.45am to 5pm. We will particularly be showing how the Society's Archive can help the modeller, through the digitisation of loco, carriage and wagon drawings held by the Society. This is the work of my pal Richard McLachlan, who will be on hand to tell you what's available and what might become available! Recent additions to the drawings catalogue include architectural drawings (mainly GNR), station layouts and signalling diagrams (NCC only at the moment, I believe). You can pick up our current catalogue, or even buy books (or discs) of the drawings. We will be selling some Irish books, too, including the recent book on the Lough Swilly and the pictorial Irish Railways in the 1950s and 1960s. PLus many out of print items - a treasury for the collector! Please note that I won't be SELLING my wagon kits at the event, but if you pre-order kits, they can be delivered to you there. Now, even better news - WE ARE NOT ALONE! Across the aisle from us, on stands B84 and B85 you will find Andy Cundick's Arigna (Cavan and Leitrim 3foot gauge) and next door is David White's Old Blarney. Two of my favourite layouts - they pass my test of a good exhibition layout in that there is always something going on, unlike too many otherwise excellent layouts. Now, before I get the usual deluge of comments about how awful Warley is - yes, it's busy on the Saturday, without fail, but Sunday is a good bet and you get peace to admire the many superb layouts in peace. It's also a great place to visit traders and get those tools or materials which you'd otherwise be sending for in the post! Nicer to see before you buy? Do call by and say "Hallo". Leslie
  6. Ballyconnell Road in December BRM

    Folks, you've probably all seen this, but the December British Railway Modelling has an article on this far-famed 3mm Irish layout - while I don't think that the photos do full justice to the work of Steve, Mick and Alan, it's well worth a look. The other place to admire the layout (if you can't catch up with it at a show) is Model Railway Journal No.249 - for me that showed the superb weathering on wagons etc that the guys have achieved. Getting back to BRM - the same edition has "World's End" which was at Bangor recently; and the huge and remarkable Burtisland. Well worth the money for once? Leslie
  7. enniscorthymans workbench

    Heavens, Eamonn, you Wexford men work quickly - you only got the kits from me a week ago! The corrugated open is a thing of "beauty" - your weathering really makes it look the part. Great stuff! Leslie
  8. eBay Watch

    Ah, Dave, you're right as usual. What we Northerners call a "Chancer"! Note he has a score of FOURTEEN - so he hasn't got a clue what he's up to.
  9. Omagh GNRi Station

    Tony My memory is that Dapol used what they call "MILNER" Grey for the unfitted. I don't think you'll find that in any catalogue! In general, we suggest painting "grey" wagons with Halford's grey primer! As for the brown - I'm sorry I can't help. Leslie
  10. Omagh GNRi Station

    Both! Grey for unfitted wagons; brown for fitted. Take a look at "GNR Wagons" and you'll see the colours used by Dapol on my earlier conflats. I did several hundred of them. Of course they were BR ones repainted. MY Bread Containers (of which you have a couple?) were scaled a little to fit two on one of these. Are you going to scratch build a "proper" Flat? Leslie
  11. Robert's Workbench

    A hundred, Robert? Hmm, we'll have to work out a discount scheme! Can't wait to see the rake - you certainly don't hang about, as you'd only bought them a few hours ago. At least the other guys can see that they're easy to build! Richie, Old Boy, I brought twenty odd home with me (after selling about twice that, which is seriously good in the "Kit Business"). You can get one from Anthony McDonald of IRRS fame any Tuesday "Library Night" at Heuston. Leslie
  12. IRM Cement Bubble Latest News

    Have to agree with the last post - which is why I have a dozen "ornge" ones on order - they only sent ORNGE ones up North, you know? Now, what's next from you guys after your mining wagons? Maybe I should open a book on it?
  13. Just a line or two to say thanks to Paul and the SDMRC team for a great weekend. This exhibition was the first I attended in the "South" (two years ago) and I was more than pleased with the result and the splendid hospitality. A great place to meet loads of my customers, to put a name to a face and to hear the uses to which my kits get put. And, of course, just generally have great craic. Dun Laoghaire was splendid, as were Eoin's wonderful DARTS - I may be steam to the gills, but I have no doubt that electric trains are best for railways! Well done the IRM chaps with their bubbles - I took full advantage of their offer, now that they have decided to do them in the right colour! Still on the subject of bubbles - my felicitations to whoever it was who built the rake of orange ones running on Lucan South (another nice layout!). A nice piece of work. Finally, I've just heard from Richard that he made it safely home - we had left Holyhead at 1245am this morning and had our fastest ever run to Reading (and bed!!!!). R then went on to the flatlands of Ipswich once he'd been well res and rested. See you all at Raheny (DV) in a year's time. Leslie
  14. Ah, Rich, that'd be telling' (but thanks for asking, I'm certainly not complaining!) - I can afford to buy some of Project Four! Great to see a lot of my regular customers - some who have been buying Provincial Wagons since the start TEN years ago! A brave few thousand wagons spread, literally Worldwide, since then. Thanks to those who came by today - I'll be at Blackrock for the rest of the weekend! Great event as always. Well done SDMRC.
  15. Well, now that I know what Project 4 is, Christmas is sorted! Well done you guys. It really added to the fun of the day to see the queue of lads at your stand patients awaiting their bubbles! Leslie

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