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DCC Programmer

Sometimes a tool that does a single job but does it very well is a tool worth having. Broadway Limited in the USA have come up with a device that is self powered, hand held and simple, that just programmes … Continue reading

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New Year New Layout

It has been a long time since my last post. I was all fired up to produce a diorama for my club’s exhibition in November but then my spinal disc popped for the forth time. This caused me great pain … Continue reading

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I visited ExpoEM at Bracknell Leisure Centre on Saturday even though I model OO. The advantage of shows arranged by organisations who promote the finer standards in our hobby is that they have so many high quality layouts on view … Continue reading

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Google celebrates Frank Hornby’s birthday

Today, 15th May 2013, anyone visiting Google will be presented with a graphic representing the works of Frank Hornby. Thank you Google. Find out more of Frank Hornby here.

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Raspberry Pie

The Raspberry Pie (Raspi) is a credit card sized $30 computer. It has an ARM processor, digital screen output, USB interface for keyboard and mouse and other peripherals, an Ethernet port, and it runs Linux from an SD card.  It … Continue reading

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Pendon Talk

I recently attended an evening talk at Pendon Museum about photographing models given by Andy York, RMWeb. I wasn’t expecting to learn so much about photography in general and my camera in particular. In these days of digital compacts it … Continue reading

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On Sunday 5th May I went to Thornbury MRX north of Bristol. Although it is 100 miles from home it is one of the best shows in the calendar. The previous evening Liza Tarbuck on Radio 2 asked what listeners … Continue reading

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A Diorama Challange

My model railway club in High Wycombe ( has set a challenge to be judged at the annual exhibition WycRail in November. There are a few options, but I will be entering a diorama. To quote the newsletter The maximum size is … Continue reading

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So long ago

Long ago when my school homework was all I had to worry about, I found the time to build wagon kits and I got very good at it. That was thirty years ago, and now I have the space but … Continue reading

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Here Goes

This is my first post. I want to use this blog to document my railway modelling. I hope it finds an audience somewhere.

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