Category Archives: Other people’s trains

Playing Trains

Respect to West Coast Railways for providing the Lake District branch with a rail service when the best Northern can manage is a replacement bus, but I can’t help thinking they’re just playing trains. OK, big toy trains but just … Continue reading

Posted in Other people's trains, Standard gauge

Ian Holmes’s Drawer Challenge

Fellow railway modeller and micro layout enthusiast Ian Holmes has been issued a challenge by his wife. They found an old drawer in the garage of the house they’ve just moved into and she said it would make a layout. … Continue reading

Posted in Drawer Challenge, My trains, Other people's trains, Standard gauge, Toy train chit chat

Head for the hills

I visited the New Mills and District Railway Modellers’ exhibition in Chapel en le Frith yesterday. As always my prime interest was the layouts but I did also look at some of the second hand stalls. I have to say … Continue reading

Posted in Bodging and Kitbashing, Narrow gauge, Other people's trains, Toy train chit chat

New Mills & District RM Show

Always a good show, the New Mills modellers event is held in Chapel en le Frith. Click here for general info link. Click here for layout list. I’m just visiting but it’ll be good to meet up with some old … Continue reading

Posted in Narrow gauge, Other people's trains, Retro modelling, Standard gauge, Toy train chit chat

Offstage thinking

I found this on a Canadian blogger’s site after following a link in the stats here on Playing Trains. It would work for standard or narrow gauge, in any scale, to make a fairly compact layout (assuming the staging yards … Continue reading

Posted in Other people's trains, Toy train chit chat

Not so slick

My memories of working on the railway bring back vivid images of absolutely filthy track where diesel trains stood for any length of time. I usually avoid black on models, preferring dark shades of grey instead, but for the tracks … Continue reading

Posted in Bodging and Kitbashing, My trains, Other people's trains, Standard gauge, Toy train chit chat

More temptation

There is a discussion on a Facebook group about the famous Gorre and Daphetid model railroad (above) and how to model it as a microlayout. Various plans have been put forward but even in Z scale they are over four … Continue reading

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