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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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  1. leslie10646

    Patricks Layout

    Heavens, Patrick - don't hide the beet bank, for when you park my corrugated wagons beside it it's the best advert I could possibly ask for! My eagle eye noted a lack of builder's plate on your bauxite "H Van". Did I not send you them with the kit (s)? They were an after thought - Steve at Railtec did them so well for my little ballast flat that I had them made (with appropitate numbers) for the "H"s as well.
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    North Down Model Show

    It was Northern Ireland man, we dont make mistakes down south Heavens, David, you didn't really type that did you? Another nail in the Peace Process. While I can understand Miller's annoyance, I must say that the NDMRC guys put on a remarkable event, year on year - especially when you realise that they are a very modestly sized club - they punch well above their weight. As ever my thanks to Derek and Co for having me at the show (the Tenth appearance at it by Provincial Wagons) and to the reliable regulars who turned up to buy my wares! Leslie Now, all I have to do is keep at Michael to have a new wagon for Raheny!
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    North Down Model Show

    Hope the Turf Burner CAD will be on show from IRM. Actually, George, I was helping them plan their first Train Set - GREEN Turf Burner, three WHITE Bubbles and three ORANGE bubbles - sure to sell well 'Up North"? Complete with crew of Oliver Bulleid, John Click and Ron Pocklington. Leslie
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    C.I.E. Last Steam Train Driver passes

    If you let us know your Grandfather's name, I could ask around. Some of us who timed trains in the 1960s will have the names of the crew in our notes.
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    North Down Model Show

    Lots of the new Brown Van kit on my stand! Good oul' Des has produced the transfers for me as you can see. However, Michael did most of it with this lovely detail, right down to the little struts which supported that huge body. See just how big it is on Saturday! I look forward to seeing some of you "up North". Leslie (posted from Dublin - I'm on the way!)
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    Wexford Model Railway Club Exhibition Easter 2018

    Thanks for those of you who bought kits from Anthony at the weekend. Thanks, too, to those on the site who kindly posted piccies which shows that I missed a good show. Well done Wexford. Leslie (Provincial wagons)
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    UTA "Brown Van" from Provincial Wagons

    The kit is now in production and I should have about fifty with me at Bangor. However, as I have over fifty "expressions of interest" on file, please let me know if you hope to pick one up at the Show and I'll reserve it for you. Same goes for any other kit you want - especially CIE wagons as I don't stock up on those for the Northerners! Please e-mail me via my website or at lesliemcallister@aol.com Thanks Leslie
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    RPSI 2018

    Great info as always snapper. Will we see 131 south of Heuston this year? Never mind Heuston - it would be nice to see her go to Greystones and back - my only Q Class run was to there in the early 1960s, with sister 132. 131 will be my second Q Class "for haulage" in May, (DV). One friend has already notched up 200 miles with her! Happy Days!
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    UTA "Brown Van" from Provincial Wagons

    Just an extra note to say that the van kit is now in production and I should have about fifty kits at Bangor on 21/22 April. As I have over fifty "statements of interest", if you plan to pick one up at Bangor, please send me a message through my website and I will reserve one for you. The van kit, is priced at £29 and comes complete with transfers offering several different numbers - these will be the original numbers which they carried - there was a re-numbering. Leslie
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    Port Cumtha - P4 21mm

    John Despite the website entry only showing the old MRN article, the Madder Valley is at Pendon in all it's glory - a whole room given up to it. I'm not sure if they ever operate it - when I saw it yesterday (yes, it was wet in Oxfordshire too) it had trains positioned in stations etc, but no sign that they use it any more. I got to chatting with one of the volunteers and guess what (Andy), he's just starting to model Courtmacsheery in 7mm! So, another correct guage layout is on the way. I can't recommend Pendon too much - friendly guides who make sure you miss nothing, and who will search out things for you if you ask "have you got an example of…..?". Add to that an impossibly good standard of scenic and buildings work - interiors to houses, for Pete's sake! To make sure you don't miss these, they turn the lights off, so that all you can see are the lighted windows of the thatched cottages, farms , barns etc. Right down to wallpaper, pictures hanging ……. If you plan a visit, make sure your satnav is working - it's not easy to find!
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    Wexford Model Railway Club Exhibition Easter 2018

    You'll find a Provincial Wagons stand at the Show but regrettably not me. Easter is a three-line whip in the family as I have to organise the Easter Egg Hunt (for my forty year kids!) in the garden of "Pettigo Fair" on Easter Sunday (after getting up for the 6.30am SONrise service, held on the banks of the Thames and then in a church that's mentioned in the Doomsday Book). Having seen the list of layouts - well done Wexford - I know where I'd prefer to be! Anthony McDonald will have a good selection of my kits with him, with an emphasis on CIE wagons. You'll have to wait for Raheny for my next new "CIE" wagon. Best wishes to everyone for an enjoyable and successful exhibition. Leslie
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    Omagh Goods Yard

    Tony Surely there would have been three men in each cabin covering the 24 hours? I must have a look at my 1964 WTT and check the hours of opening for the cabins. It's a valuable lesson to look at the WTTs to see how much DID go on in the wee small hours. I have to do this research for Portadown to work out a running sequence. Being a major junction with three lines through it, it can seldom have been very quiet and I pity local residents who may have had shunting going on at unearthly hours! I'm sure you have the WTT for your period, but if not, contact me. As I have several years of GNR (1950s) and UTA - certainly 1964, I'm happy to help you or any other friend modelling the GN. The things you pick up over the years and keep in boxes! Leslie
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    Omagh Goods Yard

    Nice picture, Tony. Very evocative with the Post Office van in front! In the days running up to Christmas 1964, I was travelling on a Runabout ticket to get as many miles as possible of steam haulage on the Derry Road before it was gone forever. One evening, I was in the signal cabin at Omagh and I asked the signalman when he finished work for the day - "In an hour or so", he answered, "and then I'll do some overtime on the platform helping with the post!" Of course, in those days, there was mountains of it. Brought it all back. Thanks. Leslie
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    Omagh Goods Yard

    Paul (and others) The book in question is McCutcheon's "Industrial Archaeology of the North of Ireland" (only). Amazing stuff on old mills, canals etc as well as railways. A useful reference work. As you say, long out of print, but there is a copy in this house and if someone has a particular query, or wants a scan - just ask. My secondhand copy came back across The Pond from the USA. "Slasher" McCutcheon taught me at school! Leslie
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    Luas Breakdown

    John, Thanks for that feedback. I have no doubt the disruption would be horrendous, but it seemed that the recent Luas building work to get across the Liffey was just as bad? The beauty of such a method, if practical, is that once it's down (and covered over) the trams run down the centre of the street, but without disrupting the traffic. The public just drop down an escalator and jump on a speedy public transport system. As I said, the one in Strasbourg is terrific and now that I've sussed it, when I lead tours through there, I save my elderly clients a long walk from our hotel near the station to the Cathedral etc by hopping on a tram for a few stops.

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