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  1. Did the Silverfox DCC MRC Exhibition in Milton Keynes on Saturday 17/08 and I had a great time there. The night before the show: Layout set up, but the stock and controller remained boxed up in the car overnight. Just before opening time: Works Car 400 and Safety Training Car 888 test the layout. Car 56 at a very crowded departures shelter as a Toyota Crown Taxi passes by. The Arrivals Shelter collapsed once again and now replaced by a Hong Kong Tram Stop. EFE KMB (Kowloon Motor Bus) behind.
  2. All Cars Stop Here 所有的汽车停在这里 00 Hong Kong Tramway street scene microlayout (www.hongkongtramlayout.webs.com) A quiet day today and it is about time I tidied up the crossover on this microlayout. Before (18/06/19) and After (11/08/19) photos.
  3. All Cars Stop Here 所有的汽车停在这里 OO scale Hong Kong Tramways Microlayout will be out at: Silverfox DCC Model Railway Club Exhibition, Oakgrove School, Venturer Gate, Milton Keynes MK10 9JQ www.hongkongtramlayout.webs.com
  4. I've just done a Bucket List Item following my 65th Birthday last month - A Full Day Tram Driving Experience on the 3 miles long Seaton Tramway in Devon where I did 36 miles driving between 10.00 and 17.30!!! Car 16 -My tram for the day. Me, Inspector/Instructor Allan Mace and Car 16 A Very Happy Tram Driver!!! Me driving Car 16. Car 2 Works Car 02 Car 6 Car 10 Car 12 Seaton Tramway Terminus built 2018.
  5. Mental Block is still there!! So all of the above are now on eBay.
  6. Brain-Picking Time! Scale: OO, 1:76, 4mm to 1 foot. I have: One Hornby GWR Passenger Railcar (almost new) One Hornby GWR Parcels Railcar (almost new) One GWR Halt (unknown origin) 420mm (16.5") long. 4ft x 8" baseboard And a 'Mental Block'! Any suggestions for a micro-layout please?
  7. One layout, Two exhibitions, One weekend!!! Robert Barclay Academy, Hoddesdon on 13/7/19 Haverhill Transport Fair on 14/7/19!
  8. The Walmington Hydraulic Lift Company's Hydraulic Lift between beach and promenade is now lettered, complete and finally positioned. Here it is in relation to the rest of the pier. www.newwalmingtonpier.com
  9. The Walmington Hydraulic Lift Company has almost completed refurbishment of its newly-acquired lift tower and temporarily placed it in its final position to gauge the visual impact .
  10. Today the Walmington Hydraulic Lift Company took delivery of a pre-owned hydraulic lift. It was poorly made from a dubious source with upper and lower landings on the same level! and to call the structure's finish 'mediocre' is being polite! As the tower is around 8ins high it is roughly the same height as the layout's backscene. So with a good bit of 'cutting and shutting' today, the upper landing is now at the Promenade level and after re-assembly has been temporarily sealed to allow adhesive to set. The remainder of the tower would've held the accumulator to create the water pressure to operate the lift. Stage 1 photos showing sea side and land side after the cutting and shutting .
  11. Blackpool 22 & 23/06/19 and Braintree 29/06/19. Blackpool: Works Car 400 on the crossover. Blackpool: TramOramic Sightseeing Car 68 just delivered to layout after being motorised. Braintree: Car 106 and Citybus 521 Braintree: Works Car 400 and Citybus 521.
  12. My New Walmington Pier 009 Edwardian Pier Tramway layout is now almost 20 years old and here's some detail photos of life on, under and above the pier! Mixed bathing under the pier!!! How dare they!!! Preiser figures and the 'Bathing Machine' (mobile ladies changing room) made from an Atlas (USA) Telephone shanty mounted on a Preiser 4wh trolley. Shapeways/Westgate Models Southend Pier 'Toastrack' Car along the pier. My 'Magnificent Man in His Flying Machine' Corgi Wright Brothers Bi-plane. Several were made after the 1903 first manned flight prototype. A rare view of the pier head beyond the pier. An N scale GWR goods crane makes an effective boat hoist and the hole in the backscene below the pier accommodates a speaker with ambient seaside sounds. Preiser figures being entertained by a barrel organ and monkeys as they wait for the tram back to the shore. Pier Head with Faller German Carousel, Punch & Judy booth, Balloon Seller and in the distance my 'Grim Reaper' taking some time out! Shore End with Preiser figures waiting for the tram, part of Bachmann Cable Car body representing a vehicle of the former Walmington Horse Tramways in use as a shelter, A Wills garage kit adapted as a workshop/stores to cover the wiring connections through the backscene and the end scene is Dover's Burlington Hotel built in 1890 and destroyed in an air raid in 1940.
  13. New Walmington Pier 009 Edwardian seaside pier tramway microlayout. The area of beach between the shore end of the pier and the pier workshop has been secured by 'The Walmington Hydraulic Lift Company' for the future installation of a hydraulic lift linking the promenade and beach. Who said that a 20 years old layout is finished? If Gordon Bulmer's 'Ravenscar Pier' can have a funicular, then my 'New Walmington Pier' can have a promenade lift!
  14. Totally Models Weekend at Blackpool Transport Services, Rigby Road Depot on 22 & 23 June 2019 with layouts including my 'All Cars Stop Here 所有的汽车停在这里 ', Steve Smith's Hong Kong Layout 'Yellowthreads Treat' and Gordon Bulmer's 'Ravenscar Pier'. Real Trams included 700 on the Fish & Chips Tram Supper on 21/6, 717 on our private evening tour on 22/6, 600 out on the road 23/6 and a modern Flexity car thrown in for good measure. All Cars Stop Here 所有的汽车停在这里 All Cars Stop Here 所有的汽车停在这里 - Tram 56 and Citybus 521 All Cars Stop Here 所有的汽车停在这里 - 80M Models TramOramic Sightseeing Car 68 bought in Hong Kong and motorised in Birmingham. Steve Smith's 'Yellowthreads Treat' Gordon Bulmer's 'Ravenscar Pier' Refurbished 'Balloon' Car 700 on the Fish & Chips Tram Supper on 21/06/19. Restored 'Balloon' Car 717 in its original 1934 livery. 22/06/19 Boat Car 600 on Heritage Tram duty on the Promenade 23/06/19 The Modern Order - Flexity 011 at Harrow Place 22/06/19.
  15. All ready for the drive to Blackpool tomorrow (21/6), the weekend will have its sad moments for my late friend Debbie and I were there last year, but this year there are differences - Different route A1/M62/M6/M55, (last year it was M6/M55 at 25mph average speed). Different layout All Cars Stop Here 所有的汽车停在这里 , (last year it was New Walmington Pier). Different hotel. Different hall in the tram depot. and.... .... The layout will receive a new tram. More about that when I get back on Monday!