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Mike 84C

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About Mike 84C

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  • Biography
    Ex BR loco fireman at 84C Banbury also at Bescot.
    Ex HGV driver
    Ex Transport Manager(poacher turned gamekeeper)!
    Ex full time staff at Boston Lodge and volunteer driver on Festiniog Rly
    Just gone semi retired hgv driver with Moy Park Foods.


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    Digby Lincolnshire


  • Interests
    Turn of century American RR Colorado Midland and Irish railways!


  • Occupation
    Semi retired poultry food distribution executive aka. HGV driver and its a big un!!!

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  1. Leslie how right you are, I, cannot understand how Net Work Rail cant finish the GWR electrification as it was planned,no money ?, obviating the need for the weird electrics that carry their own power station. But HS 2 ploughs ahead with a rumoured final cost of 100 Billion which we can afford? And where is all that electricity going to come from? I see only power stations being closed or farmers being paid for growing electricity covering acres of land with solar panels or growing crops for biomas plants. I'm to old for all this but 2+2 does not seem too make 44 anymore. Rant over 😖
  2. Mike 84C

    Stafford Exhibition 2019.

    Thanks for sharing Jim, I wanted to go but my lovely wife shared her vile cold which I have still got. Hope I can get to Doncaster. You got some excellent photos, the live steam is ace!
  3. Mike 84C

    Photographic Website Updates

    That looks tragic. HEY! Whizz does this look like a project for P&G! Fresh fields and all that. Mick
  4. Mike 84C

    Arthur's Quay

    Richie, little that I could add to all the previous comments. Its just good to see progress with your layout and its a shame that it has to go on the back burner till next winter. Maybe thank the physio from all of us for getting you started again.
  5. Mike 84C

    Other Groups

    Thanks for the heads up Fran. regards Mike
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    Other Groups

    Are others having a problem logging on to RM web? My machine cannot find the server even from the Google search list. I hope its not just me!
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    Model Rail mag Feb 2019

    Had to buy that issue! just to compare his plan with ours and I rather like Paul Lunns plan! He has used a bit of selective compression to advantage and it would make a more scenic layout than ours. Also not on the magazine header, their review of the oo works J15/101 which to my mind gets a good write up. MIke 84C
  8. Top job murrayec, your tutorial explaines it all. Please keep posting ;my SSM Bandon tank always gives me pleasure.
  9. Mike 84C

    Off to Bantry

    Hi Irishrail, the van is sort of set in concrete around the frame area and without wishing to get down and dirty! I thought there was dry rot in the parts of the frame I could see but there is every chance that the timbers are there. The door on the inside has been sawn off on the upper side to make it fit the building the van is part of. I wondered if it is a S&S van and it would be a shame if it just disappeared after survivig this long.
  10. Mike 84C

    Off to Bantry

    Cheers JIm, will keep that in mind but I cannot see the big layout going over within 18 months and who knows what the cost will be? and if club funds would stand it.
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    Off to Bantry

    Thanks for all your comments guys and I really think it was worth taking a small selection of our Bantry models to Bantry and a return trip with an operating layout would be the icing on the cake. For me, the worst part of the journey was Irish ferry's land you in Dublin just in time for the 5pm rush hour so its gone 11pm by the time your west of Bandon. On the return 8.55 pm from Dublin is 0.55 into Holyhead drive to Lincolnshire home at 5.0 am, eyes like the p------ in the snow but kept sucking the barley sugars! 😫 In fairness my trip was to see old friends and the model show was a bonus. I did get out and about taking photos of remains of the West Cork, surprising what is still there. The first three are at Clonakilty , then the station building at Drimoleague, then Bantry across the harbour, the water tank , lattice bridge and crane are at Skibereen, whats left of Bantry shed, a narrow gauge van at Drimoleague and the water column at Dunmanway. Sorry that the photos are not always clear as at Dunmanway but cutting down the local vets bamboo for the photo was just not on! His offices are the old station building, getting a good shot was not possible. Hope you enjoy the photos. Mick
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    Off to Bantry

    A picture of what I took to Bantry, please ignore the person behind the small display.
  13. Mike 84C

    Bantry Town Station 1950's

    Another first class set of models for our Bantry layout, you make it seem easy.
  14. Mike 84C

    GS&WR 10 ton Brake Van

    Leslie, this van looks like your best offering yet and has saved me building one! If you are at the IRRS meeting in London on Nov 18 I will be very happy to buy a kit from you. Regards Mick
  15. Mike 84C

    Off to Bantry

    And a very good show it was.I took a selection of models and had a couple of locos just shuffling about on a photo plank ,with a folder of info and photos plus Erine Shepards book. bantree sent his Bantry station models to display and there was a lot of interest. I think a lot of people thought why Ireland and why Bantry but my reply is why not? I now understand why shows in Ireland do not generally pay expenses, 900 miles by the time I got home. Bantry goes to Bantry would be a wonderful thing to do when the layout is showable but the cost?hmmm! For me one of the most watchable displays was a R/C forage harvester which picked up loose static grass and blew it into a trailer pulled by a R/C tractor. Brilliant

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