South West Trains- Sorry to see you go

So one of the best run rail franchises over the past 21 years, South West Trains (Stagecoach) has lost its franchise  to First.

Sorry to see them go- obviously running it well for 21 years doesn’t count much with the Department against Transport.

First- you’ve got a great act to follow and based on your performance elsewhere  we could all be in for a rough ride!

Good day at Ally Pally

Good day at the Alexandra Palace- lots of friendly modellers- what a wonderful hobby.

Met up with some ex work colleagues for a good chin wag-good to see how fit they look, even though I am nearly a decade younger!

As a new member of the N gauge Society signed up for a version of their forthcoming industrial diesel shunter. Impressed with the members on their stand- all very efficient and friendly.

Pity there was little or no N gauge layouts!

Made a few small purchases N scale Nissen hut, tank and Warflat from Gramodels  and an N scale rule from Eileen’s plus a book on Ambulance Trains from Friends of the NRM.

Interesting to see the amount of engineering works on the approaches to Waterloo in connection with reclaiming ex Eurostar space into main station (Windsor Line platforms once again- but alas no tea rooms!- showing my age here) and extending platforms 1 to 8.

How often to you see such engineering  activity modelled?


Last show for Kanjiyama

The last show for Kanjiyama, on Saturday (18th March), was a well attended exhibition at Abingdon,  the former home of MG cars. The location, some 70 miles from Liphook, is about as far as we usually go for an exhibition trip.

An enjoyable day amongst some good layouts, we were grouped with two other Japanese layouts, one in Z scale and another N scale layout.

Kanjiyama is about to be sold by Nick  to Graham, who were both present  plus the writer, as the exhibiting “team”. Graham will be converting the layout to German outline, modern image , in an East German location  near the Czech Republic border.

Nick is retaining the  buildings for a new “roundy-roundy” Japanese layout featuring high speed stock which he will start building shortly.

Building a Model Railway Group is GO!

It was a successful launch for Building a Model Railway Group 2017 at Liphook U3A’s Open Day yesterday (13th March).

I went prepared with lots of model railway reading matter to while away the hours! Actually it was quite hectic at some periods with people waiting.

Seven were signed up pus one who was already signed up so we have 8 in total. At that rate the cost will be £21 each for the 12 monthly sessions.

I have written to the 3 “associated” local U3A’s as a last check to see if we can get another 3 or so to reduce the subs a little more.

The group was a good spread with a range of types- most new to retirement, but no obvious anoraks!

E-mails out to confirm arrangements later today..

N scale added to the list of interests

With the ordering of an N scale tram for the proposed East Hants Link tram layout, I have also joined the N Gauge Society and received a hefty pack of information.  I like the look of their proposed diesel shunter  which would be very useful as a works shunter for the tram maintenance works at Whitehill/Bordon.

I have also been looking at the availability of various items to model modern Liphook  & Bentley stations.

Congratulations to Model Railroader

……….On reaching 1000 editions.

I like the new look too!

The longest continuously running model railway magazine in the UK is the Railway Modeller which was originally introduced by Ian Allan in  1949 but was sold quite quickly thereafter to Peco Publications where it has remained ever since.

The earliest UK magazine was Model Railway News, which started publication in 1925 but changed name in Sept. 1971, to Model Railways 1971 to Sept. 1984; then Your Model Railway Oct 1984 to June 1987, before reverting to Model Railways July 1987 and finally ceasing publication in February 1994.