Amazing inspiration from RailEx

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I have been to RailEx in Aylesbury three times now and the show goes from strength to strength. This time saw a couple of stalwart 2mm modellers on show – Mark Fielder and Jerry Clifford. Jerry’s Bath Queen Square is a real beauty and his Midland Railway et al locomotives really are quite impressive. Mar Fielders 2mm pizza is also spectacular as his is An Clár.


Working with the Duke of York’s Office and meeting Maggie Philbin 

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A real pleasure to work with HRH Duke of Yorks office on the presentation of iDEA – Inspiring Digital Enterprise Awards. A program dedicated to teaching children the digital skills they need to succeed and push themselves. Also such a delight to have met Maggie Philbin who was a super star on ‘Tomorrows World’ as I was a teenager.

2mm Society Super Meet Tutbury 

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I didn’t take nearly enough pictures at this event, 2mm at its finest so many great discussions that the day flew past. Laurie Adams mechanical and electronic work on the moving tractor was really super to see in action. I really failed to capture how good an event this was through chatting to many many people and learning an awful lot.

St Pancras Barlow Roof Progress

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Earlier in this blog you will have seen the etches I had prototyped in China, lets say the first experience didn’t go well, after finding another manufacturer I got lucky and now have the whole of the roof etches, there is some fettling to do but this is my first attempt at putting together the end that fits to the back of the hotel.

I am very pleased, this is my first attempt at model soldering and metalwork. The trouble is there are a huge number of components here and the structure acts as a massive heatsink but I am certainly pleased with the results.

Midland Study Centre Derby

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Another visit to one of the best study centres I’ve found in the country. Dave Harris is super and incredibly helpful, I’m really grateful to him.

Dave Harris discovered my favourite photo of St Pancras (the one with the fairground opposite, posted here previously) and a very rare view from the rear of St Pancras.

This trip I documented some of the photographs of locomotives found at St Pancras broken down by type and number

3 x 0-4-4WT
1 x 0-6-0
13 x 2-4-0
22 x 4-2-2
20 x 4-4-0
3 x 4-4-2T

A grand total 73 locomotives at St Pancras consisting of loco numbers 1013, 1020, 111, 115, 1201, 1202, 1241, 125, 128, 136, 151, 151a, 152a, 16, 1675, 1676, 173, 1757, 182, 1853, 1855, 1856, 1858, 1860, 1861, 194, 1947, 2189, 2196, 225, 230, 25, 269, 31, 35, 3608, 39, 432, 436, 44, 45, 485, 5, 57, 59, 603, 61, 613, 618, 626, 635, 65, 65a, 683, 685, 714, 715, 719, 759, 820, 820a, 825, 825a, 827, 828, 861, 94.

What was useful about this trip was also the background detail you can pick out from these photos such as advertising, track work, buffers and platform signage all of which will be very useful later in this project.


Also some further mysteries have arisen like the glazing, in many pictures it appears very different and in addition I found pictures of tarpaulin they used on the roof – this isn’t the first time I have seen this or read about it, but that too varies an awful amount.

Modelling insanity in Hamburg, Germany

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One cannot imagine the scale of this modelopolis, it literally has a full scale airport operating at its heart which reportedly cost almost as much as a real one. An incredibly fun trip with lots of lovely things to do in Hamburg – very recommended and worthwhile.

More from the National Archives 

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Here are just a few snapshots of the 200 documents I went through at the National Archives today. You can see the original plan for the roof struts, which looked completely different once constructed, you can also see here the plan for the famous  ‘grand staircase’ as well as some other amendments to the plan.