Sunday, 29 November 2015

Fifty Years On

Fifty years ago today the last trains ran on the York - Beverley line. Reminders of the line still remain - some more obvious than others. In Market Weighton, moved well away from its former home, an ex-NER bench now rests by the road out of the town.

Fifty years before, it was witnessing scenes like this on the line's final day.

Further Reading

Minsters Rail Campaign

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

What is a "Real Modeller"?!

Hornby posted a link on their official Facebook page for their 'Black Friday' deals, but nothing, apparently for the "real modeller"!

The "real modeller"?!

What is a "real modeller"? The "real modeller" can happily make use of some of the Railroad range. A Comet or High Level chassis under the Jinty body could be a good start in the world of finescale modelling. The former Lima class 31 makes an excellent basis for a model of the type too. Both these two examples were being offered when I wrote this post on Hornby's website.

I wonder if I've missed the point entirely - surely a "real modeller" can happily use even the most basic of RTR and kits as a basis for a model? They may carefully choose their starting point, after all one who doesn't mind taking their time with a model is quite likely to think and plan projects carefully in order to make the best of the parts available I think. Or is this just me? I do despair a little if this is a commonly held view - that the "real modeller" wants everything top spec with nothing left for them to do. It would be a sad state for the hobby if this was the case. I freely admit that the RTR releases of the last ten or so years has improved enormously compared with ten years before that which can allow time to be freed up to concentrate on other parts of a layout, for example. But...

Am I not a "real modeller" if I am quite happy to make use of a basic starting point for a model I would like to build?

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Class 47 Progress

A real day of progress today - one of those rare days where a good few hours of uninterrupted modelling could take place! Actually, aside from the opportunity to actually make a bit of progress, it's amazing how refreshing and satisfying it was - it reaffirms my belief that our hobbies are a very good form of therapy.

The Lima model has been transformed by Shawplan's etches around the cab and the windscreens and windows - hopefully when anyone looks at the model it won't be obviosu that it has a Lima model at its heart.

And quite a momentous day, two locos in primer and ready to be painted!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Professor Green: Suicide and Me

This has nothing to do with railways, but it really is something you watch. Professor Green, real name Stephen Manderson, takes an intensely personal journey to uncover the truth behind the suicide of his father seven years ago. It gives an insight into all sides of suicide and shows how complex it can be and that it's not a selfish act as many perceive it, incorrectly, to be.

It's not easy program to watch as it's a difficult subject but it is something which, as a society, we need to be able talk and be open about.


Professor Green: Suicide and Me - Full programe on iPlayer

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Fog

Direct Rail Services' class 20s, 20302 and 20303, power 3S14 from York on its way to Bridlington is truly dismal conditions at Gilberdyke.