Out with the old…?

A while back I renewed my subscription to Model Rail. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the themed issue idea but I love the work of George Dent so for me it’s well worth the subs. 

Recently I noticed that BRM we’re doing a 99p issue offer in WH Smith’s. So I picked one up. So far I’ve only really glanced through it. It’s not bad, the DVD was decent, and the magazine is stacked full of differing articles with something for everyone, surely. 

Is it enough for me to change subscription though? No, I don’t think so. Firstly there’s a quite substantial difference in price and secondly there doesn’t seem to be as many ‘how to’ articles. In addition, those that are present are not as in depth as Model Rail. 

Overall BRM was well worth a read but for me, for now, I’ll stay as I am. 



Not the most interesting picture but this is how I think the pagoda should look. It’s small in comparison to the real one at Lawley but it will capture the essence and that is the point of Little Lawley. All I need to do is cut through that horrible Wills plastic!!

Baby steps…

Yesterday I bought the box for Little Lawley. However, SWMBO has currently got it for Christmas wrapping paper and, if Little Lawley falls through, that’s how it will stay. 

With the house move happening during the next two months I have just two potential modelling jobs: Fitting a decoder to my Sentinel – yes, I’m going DCC!! – and kit bashing the pagoda. 

We’ve been here before…

At the moment railway modelling has been very much on the back burner. There are many reasons for this.Firstly, I’m undertaking a university course and, with a deadline approaching, that has taken up a lot of my time. In addition, professionally, work is rather busy. Band is band; there is always something that needs doing. Finally, we’ve bought a house and the raft of paperwork that goes with that, along with the fact that we’re also busy packing…

However, it’s a 3-bed (we’re currently in a two) and the box room has been signed over to me for an office/play room! I’ve been giving a bit of thought, on and off, to what I’d model. Recently we were in Hobbycraft and Amy spotted one of those wrapping paper Really Useful Boxes and, without warning announced ‘that’d be handy for your trains. You could pack it in there and tidy it up.’ Therefore it’s been agreed that at some point there will be a purchase of one.

I’ve decided to model a real location, albeit it modified. Lawley Village, the northern most point on the local Telford Steam Railway seems a perfect destination. A simple fork with a ready made scenic exit, and a basic station comprising of fencing and a pagoda. With the move in the offing, no major work is planned, however I have taken delivery of the Wills pagoda kit. Using a spare window fret from another kit I’ll do a small amount of bashing and the new layout, currently known as ‘Little Lawley’ (due to the down-sizing on the already small prototype I’ll be doing), will be underway.

Fingers crossed, as the title says, we’ve been here before…

Cory, Cory, hallelujah!

Via the wonders of social media Amy won tickets for us to go and see the Cory Band in Newtown, last Sunday. 
What an afternoon. Perfect seats – halfway up, slap bang in the middle – and a band in rare form made it the best concert I’ve ever been too. 

My blog about the concert at the Symphony Hall mentioned I left feeling slightly flat but it wasn’t the case on Sunday. The band performed an eclectic mix of items that tickled every taste bud. I’d pick a highlight but I honestly couldn’t. 

I left feeling hugely inspired and positive. If they are ever performing near you, go and see them. 

The Foxfield Light Railway

Yesterday Amy and myself drove over to Caverswall, Stoke-on-Trent, to take a trip on the Foxfield Light Railway.

Although the journey is just a five mile round trip it goes through some lovely Staffordshire countryside, leaving Caverswall Road and winding its way through the moors to Dilhorne Park. Here the loco runs around before heading back to Caverswall.

The railway doesn’t stop at Dilhorne, however. There is a long right bend that leads down to Foxfield Colliery, the original point of the railway. There is quite an embankment down to this and the sight of the engines working hard (look up the Foxfield Flickr group) is quite something.

All in all, it was an enjoyable morning out. At just £8 it easily justifies the fayre and I would recommend it to anyone, particularly those with young families.