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  • Biography
    I've always been interested in model-making since a very young age, working my way through a myriad of Airfix and Matchbox 1/72 scale aircraft, until, with a bit of direction from my late Dad, I found railway modelling.

    Dad and I embarked on several GWR branch line layouts, never quite finishing them before they evolved into bigger and better schemes, and then through my mid-late teens I became interested in vintage sports cars, MGs in particular. Again, Dad's influence!

    Although we never completed a layout, the interest has remained, waxing and waning. Now, many years later, having lost Dad to cancer at a far-too-young age, and having been through marriage, children and divorce, my interest has been rekindled.

    My resurgent interest in railways is far more wide-rangeing than ever it used to be, although I tend to be drawn to the same time period of 1900-1905, and this has spawned a number of ideas for layouts.

    Most likely to appear first is an EM gauge Cambrian Railways BLT, which will initially be just fiddle yard to goods yard but will hopefully have an additional board with passenger facilities inserted between the two.

    Other interests are Irish Broad Gauge, Midland Great Western and Sligo, Leitrim & Northern Counties, which may well result in small a 21mm-gauge micro in due course, an exhibitable layout in OO9 conceived around a fictional twig off of the Ashover Light Railway in Derbyshire, and another OO9 layout featuring the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. I'm also inexorably drawn to the West Somerset Railway having grown up nearby and visited it so frequently as a youngster, and a micro layout of my favourite station is planned, again set around 1900-1905.

    And I've only managed a few wagon kits in the last twenty years.....

    Wish me luck!


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    In the Heart of England


  • Interests
    Trains, planes and automobiles! But not necessarily in that order.....

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  1. Hi David, There's no doubt that the article and photos do fair justice to your superb modelling, and the fee is a nice little bonus, I'm sure! I hope you'll forgive my little observation on the track diagram, though - it was a combination of OCD and worrying that I'd completely lost the plot (again!). Kind regards, Mark
  2. Fantastic results, David, this should certainly get you back into the rolling stock groove! Lookingforward to seeing your next build. Kind regards, Mark
  3. I've ordered a copy from Martin Bott, one of my favoured booksellers - always worth a look for anything you need. Looking forward to its arrival! E L was Ernest Leopold, apparently! Kind regards, Mark
  4. Hi David, It may be me (probably is!), but isn't the connection to the exchange sidings shown trailing instead of facing (or vice versa!)? Not that it matters, it's a fabulous layout and I do hope to be able to see it in action one day! Kind regards, Mark
  5. Reading the RM article again - is it me, or have Messrs PECO drawn the track diagram incorrectly? Kind regards, Mark
  6. I wonder if they could be persuaded to broaden their horizons slightly.....😉
  7. Dear John, many thanks for your thoughts and your photographs - I was planning on having a look on Google Maps, but you'r suggested location adjacent to the town definitely looks feasible - as a first thought I was envisaging the fictional branch running more-or-less parallel to the R358, topography notwithstanding, from a junction with the main line at Ballinasloe. To be honest, I'm not actually planning on building any pointwork - as I want it to work, I'm going to outsource it - so a double slip is certainly a possibility and would provide a siginificant reduction in length over two conventional points toe-to-toe. Edenderry has much to commend it both as is stands and as a jumping-off point for fictional terminus. I don't have a huge area available for the layout so length is my main issue, and one of the key characteristics of the MGWR's terminii is their spaciousness. I'm going to have to be a bit clever, I think! Thanks again and best regards, Mark
  8. Love the lathe and pillar drill, superb! Kind regards, Mark
  9. Although I dislike making negative comments, I have to concur. This particular manufacturer has many items listed that I would be most interested in. However, a couple of years ago I ordered some narrow gauge War Department Class D bogie wagons for an Ashover Light Railway layout project. The models when they arrived were terribly striated and the surface details were very poorly defined. Unfortunately, this supplier's models seem to only be available in one single type of material, which I've been informed isn't ideal for fine detail, and so I've made a conscious decision to not order from him again. Kind regards, Mark
  10. Crikey, its been a while since I posted anything here. That's not to say that nothing has been occurring, but unfortunately what has been occurring hasn't been particularly tangible! I'm still looking into the signal box issue, and it's looking increasingly likely that, as a fairly large proportion of MGWR cabins seem to have been to McKenzie & Holland pattern, that will be the style of cabin I'll go for for my project layout, which has the working title of Mount Bellew. As far as a model cabin is concerned, I have been looking closely at the Ratio kit of Highley Signal Box on the Severn Valley Railway because, yep, it too is a McKenzie & Holland cabin! The orientation of the planking seems to be at odds with at least some of the MGWR cabins, but hopefully not all which will give me the "could have been" get out of gaol clause..... In other news, I've been spending a few pleasant hours looking at the historic OSI 25-inch maps of the MGWR's terminii, in an attempt to get a feel of how they were laid out. The reason for this is to hopefully come up with a track layout for Mount Bellew that is "typically MGWR", and to accomplish this I've been making pencil sketches of the terminii so that they can be more easily compared. I've only Loughrea to do to complete the set (I've not sketched out Clara as its a bit of an odd one, being part junction). Far from there being a "house style", however, they all seem to be different: the only recurring theme throughout is the turntable. However, the goods shed is often sited behind the platform adjacent to the station buildings, and in the "western" terminii, i.e. Achill, Clifden and the "Baronial Lines" the presence of multiple loops is a distinctive feature. Its quite funny, really, when looking at the "western" terminii how they're actually quite train-set-like in their layouts! Now, where did I put my childhood Hornby track.....? 😉 So hopefully there should be some progress soon toward a definitive track layout for Mount Bellew, and when I actually "cut the first sod" I'll start another thread over in Irish Model Layouts, but I suspect that won't be for a while yet..... Stay safe and stay well, everyone! With kind regards, Mark
  11. Hi, nothing wrong in my book with tried and tested methods! One question, though, have you engineered some means of positively locating the switch blades against the stock rails? Looking forward to the next video! Kind regards, Mark
  12. Hi MM, if you go to the NIL website here, at the bottom of the Home page are links for subscriptions, which are priced according to where you are - click on the appropriate link and away you go! You can subscribe using either a card or via PayPal. There's also a Contact page. With kind regards, Mark
  13. Hi, I've just recently subscribed to New Irish Lines and today received my first issues, November 2019 and May 2020, and I just wanted to say that the photos of Rosses Point in the November 2019 issue look fantastic. With kind regards, Mark
  14. Sadly, there's no been progress to report, as yesterday was spent trying to make some headway in the garden, and today has been largely a lazy day. Having said that, I've spent an enjoyable couple of hours looking at OSI 25" maps of MGWR terminii, while sketching out plans for my project layout. Nothing definite yet, but some ideas are coming together. The one common aspect of the terminii plans I've looked is a very long overall length, which unfortunately I can't reproduce, so finding a way to crop the length while maintaining the feel of space is exercising my limited intellect..... Not currently having any gainful employment to go to, hopefully I'll make some progress on my wagons tomorrow! Cheers for now! Mark
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