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Travelling in Style?

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I named this blog carefully, in the belief that attention to the small things is often what transforms mere existence into Living. It is also a study in how this happens – and rather too often…

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An M25 for high speed trains?

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Our last two trips on the continent were both by train. The first was to Lyon, the second to Basel via Strasbourg. In the past it has always been necessary to change trains in Paris, and…

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Winter running on the Bryandale Railway

A neighbour’s request for trains to run so her grandson could see them rapidly grew into a long petition of locals wanting the same thing. So I agreed to a relatively rare winter outing for the Bryandale Railway to coincide with … Continue reading

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Missed again – or why Britain’s public transport lags behind its neighbours’

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In 2012, the government announced the largest investment in railway electrification since the 1970s.  Lines to Bristol and South Wales, Sheffield and the East Midlands, and across the Pennines between Manchester and Leeds, and from Southampton…

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Building work to March 2017

It’s been some time since the last post, so here’s a brief update. I’ve been spending modelling time on the block of buildings by the river. As there are seven of them, it is taking quite some time, especially as … Continue reading

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Comment créer les fond de décor maison

Le procès que j’ai dévéloppé (si on peut l’aggrandir comme ҫa) n’est ni rapide ni bon marché – mais il peut créer un fond de décor adapté précisement pour votre réseau. J’ai des procès bien bizarre, et peut-etre qu’il puissent … Continue reading

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Home-made photographic back scenes

The process I have developed (if you can call it that) is neither quick nor particularly cheap – but it can provide a tailor-made backscene to enhance your model. I have evolved some rather esoteric procedures here, and it may … Continue reading

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Next building underway/ Le prochain bâtiment en fabrication

Just a couple of pictures to show progress with the next set of buildings. These are the houses along the river. I chose them specifically for their eccentric mix of shapes and textures and they are keeping me very well … Continue reading

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Small step, big impact/ petit pas, grand éffet

One can sometimes work away on a model for hours and produce something whose effect is marginal. And sometimes the opposite is true – a simple job whose effect is huge. I have just completed one end of the backscene, … Continue reading

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Opinions wanted!/ Des avis cherchés!

What do you think of this? This is a mock-up of the buildings from Eymoutiers that I had planned for the site next to the bridge. (Those in Tulle are smaller but very dull…) Do the buildings overpower the scene … Continue reading

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