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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1500 on: April 24, 2019, 09:27:23 PM »
John, your time travel has confused me no end, but it's always entertaining. And, the Prince of Wales took my eye, once more. I'll buy it one of these days!

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1501 on: April 25, 2019, 06:12:06 AM »
Thank you, John, for another excellent photo. I agree that your LNWR 'Prince of Wales' class 4-6-0 No. 5626 "Mark Twain" looks particularly fine in LNWR blackberry black livery. I'm sure the loco's new owner will maintain it in its immaculate condition. Is the new owner a friend of Lord Poppingham, I wonder?

The scenic work is progressing well.

Was there an Easter special passenger train from the Southern Railway?

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1502 on: April 25, 2019, 08:15:31 AM »
Thank you John.
What a lovely locomotive. You must be nearing the complete set of UM locomotives I think?
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« Reply #1503 on: April 25, 2019, 08:19:39 AM »
Hello Chris

Many thanks for your kind comments.  Bearing in mind Lady Poppingham's pithy observations when Bertie wanted to buy the traction engine - only resolved when I put up for a half-share - a discrete veil has been drawn over the ownership arrangements of the 'Prince of Wales'.

Yes, indeed, the Southern had quite a presence at the Easter Gala.  The weather was exceptionally bright and the 'T9's' livery added to the gaiety of the occasion.  To save you looking back through my nonsense, here's the photograph again:



Thanks again and best wishes.

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« Reply #1504 on: April 25, 2019, 09:25:06 AM »
Thank you John.
What a lovely locomotive. You must be nearing the complete set of UM locomotives I think?
Thank you very much, Martin.

You are absolutely correct; just one to go.  It's the LMS '7F' 0-8-0.  I would even break my normal 'no second-hand' rule to obtain one, as that strange 'complete the set mentality' has infected what little brain I have.  As Union Mills locomotives are so well-engineered, a second-hand example would probably be a safe bet.

I can't explain it in a few words, but these splendid little models simply appeal to me.  Here's the one that started it all for me, back on 30 January 2014; 'B12/3' 4-6-0 No. 1545.  She has been rebuilt with the GE Section tender that was introduced with the D16/3.  She was photographed in the garden in this morning's sunshine!  With no guide to scale in the photograph, I like to think she could just as easily be an '0' gauge product of Bassett-Lowke or the Leeds Model Company, dating from around the time the class was being rebuilt by the LNER.
 


Thanks again and all best wishes.

John
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« Reply #1505 on: April 25, 2019, 10:12:47 AM »

I can't explain it in a few words, but these splendid little models simply appeal to me.


..... and that old chum is what this hobby is all about surely?

Nice post John. Thank you.

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1506 on: April 27, 2019, 05:06:19 PM »
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Hello Chums

It's the Southern Railway that's operating Poppingham this weekend.  I wonder if Sir Herbert Walker will appear on one of his tours of inspection...

We are a Southern goods engine short for 'normal' operation, but that's fine as the Southern did not have as heavy goods traffic as the other three of the 'Big Four'.  It allows the diagram to become another passenger train.  This would have been rather tricky up until a couple of days ago as we had only two passenger sets.  But now, following a trip to Harburn Hobbies, there are three sets!



Here's an Up train in Poppingham station with 'T9' 4-4-0 No. 312 at the head of a train bound for the Eastern Section.  The formation comprises an ex-'Chatham' 'Birdcage' set, No. 613.  Perhaps the train is for Saxon Street - that's a nice thought*.  Wouldn't it be particularly helpful if Union Mills was to release an Eastern Section 4-4-0 of the  'D1', 'E1' or 'L1' classes?  I had a Tri-ang 'L1' years ago.

Just before the train arrived at Poppingham station, I photographed it passing the bottom of my garden with the house in the background.



The 'Birdcage' set is by Graham Farish.  I've seen the British Railways-liveried version on the Forum, but I don't recall seeing the Southern livery yet.  If you have posted a picture of a Southern one and I've missed or overlooked it, please accept my apologies.  This three-coach set is a very fine model indeed and a welcome addition to the Table-Top Railway.

*Maybe pushing the ROA a tad-ette; what do you think, Alec - can you give permission for the train to be timetabled for Saxon Street? @Invicta Alec

Many thanks for looking and best wishes.

Toodle-oo.

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« Reply #1507 on: April 27, 2019, 05:35:34 PM »
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The formation comprises an ex-'Chatham' 'Birdcage' set, No. 613.
Maybe pushing the ROA a tad-ette; what do you think, Alec - can you give permission for the train to be timetabled for Saxon Street

Many thanks for looking and best wishes.

Toodle-oo.

John

My goodness gracious what a splendid train John!
I can imagine the day she arrives in Saxon Street, the red carpet will be out and the streets will be thronged. I'd expect the mayor to be making a speech and that local dignitaries will be chipping in their two penn'orth to members of the gathered local press.
I propose we use the better set of town hall bunting to decorate the main thoroughfare . If Lord Poppingham himself could be somehow inveigled to travel then arrangements will be made for a full civic dinner to be held to celebrate this superb "Southern" classic.

Many thanks for sharing the photo. Excellent.  :NGF:


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« Reply #1508 on: April 27, 2019, 09:08:45 PM »
But now, following a trip to Harburn Hobbies, there are three sets!

I expect to peruse Harburn Hobbies, myself, in just over a week! Hope you left a bargain for me, John!

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« Reply #1509 on: April 27, 2019, 09:35:52 PM »
Thank you very much, Alec.  Absolutely spiffing.

The working is now officially confirmed as a through train for Saxon Street, Eastern Section.

I can confirm that Lord Poppingham is on board and should be glad to accept the invitation to join the Mayor for a Civic Dinner.  Lord Poppingham will appreciate some time prior to the dinner to 'freshen up' as he is travelling on the footplate of the locomotive*.

*This is based on a story I heard from an impeccable source about the late and much-missed Lord Whitelaw!
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I expect to peruse Harburn Hobbies, myself, in just over a week! Hope you left a bargain for me, John!
Leon

That's marvellous, Leon.  Harburn Hobbies don't really do bargains, but they provide very good service.  The business, which is an Edinburgh institution, is owned and managed by the Baird family.  They have a nice range of scenic features called 'Harburn Hamlet' which is well worth a look.  There is also a good selection of Peco 'N' gauge wagons.  And lots of other things, too.  I hope you have a good visit.

Best wishes.

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« Reply #1510 on: April 28, 2019, 09:45:40 AM »
Don't Knock the Southern*

Hello Chums

Eastern Section Control has kindly confirmed that the train formed of an ex-SECR 'Birdcage' set is a direct working to Saxon Street via Poppingham, Bobbington and Astolat.  An Eastern Section locomotive will take over the train at Astolat.  Bertie and Bonzo Poppingham photographed the train passing the Sidings and have kindly made their photographs available for the amusement of Forum Friends.

Bertie's photograph first:



And now Bonzo's one:



Many thanks for looking and very special thanks to Alec for allowing his excellent Saxon Street layout to be associated with the nonsense that is this thread!

Best wishes and tickety-tonk.

John

* Acknowledgement; the late George Behrend, who used this as the title of his 1993 book of recollections of the Southern Railway/Region.
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« Reply #1511 on: April 28, 2019, 08:33:59 PM »
Don't Knock the Southern II

Hello Chums

Blimey, the Southern ain't 'alf busy with special passenger traffic!  Yesterday, there was the train to Saxon Street and today we had to fit in a through working from 'Up Country' to Trepol Bay.  And we are steam-worked on our line - none of that fancy new electrification hereabouts.  Still, we are proud to maintain the level of service to the public that Sir Herbert requires of us.

I managed to take a photograph of today's special as it came past the Sidings on the Down line.  Signalman John Saxby had put a local goods train 'inside' to give the special 'the road'.  Driver Geoff Duke was at the regulator of 'T9' 4-4-0 No. 304 and was hammering along in fine style with the whistle shrieking.  Old Bill Dean, safely out of the way with his '0345' 0-6-0 No. 3441, gave a pop on the whistle in reply. 

John Saxby told me that this was a special early holiday train for people who wanted to be in North Cornwall for May Day.  The train was routed to Trepol Bay via Exeter, Meldon Jc, Halwill Jc and Wadebridge.  Our Bobbington 'T9' will come off at Exeter and Geoff Duke will, if he is lucky, be able to get tea, coal and water at Exmouth Junction shed and a nice light engine movement home.



With thanks to Martin for, sportingly, indulging our Poppingham silliness!

Many thanks for looking and best wishes.

Pip-pip.

John
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« Reply #1512 on: April 28, 2019, 10:46:29 PM »
As ever, a pleasure to read your posts here John. :thumbsup:

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1513 on: April 29, 2019, 05:15:08 PM »
Many, belated thanks, John, for all the SR train photos. I was expecting that you would add the ex-SECR 'birdcage' set to your collection. There was a BR Crimson Birdcage brake end at Wadebridge in service use and I have a brass body kit to make one, some day!

It was very good to see your two T9s plus the '0345' 0-6-0. Cant Cove still awaits the despatch from Eastleigh Works of 0395 0-6-0 in SR Black as ex-Exmouth Junction 3439; plus BR Black Late Crest 700 'Black Motor' 0-6-0 30700 (72A). I only have the old Graham Farish Corridor and non-corridor coaches in SR Lined and Unlined Green liveries for such 'time travelling' trains. In the future, I may consider a third T9 but in SR Green.

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« Reply #1514 on: April 29, 2019, 06:09:22 PM »
I managed to take a photograph of today's special as it came past the Sidings on the Down line.

John, I love the tidiness of your layout! I suppose I'll get used to the scatter when other landscaping is added to my layout, but sometimes I wish I'd just left everything on the flat with the exposed painted board - and without bothering to ballast! I think I might have been satisfied with the appearance of my Kato molded ballast, with a little painting of the rails and sleepers.

Leon
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