That Trainspotter

That Trainspotter Otherwise known as “The Boy on the Footbridge” It has been said that train spotting is rather like bird watching or fishing. We think nothing of travelling miles for a rare catch or waiting patiently for long periods when nothing seems to be happening. Even today groups of enthusiasts – still mainly youngsters […]

Bringing a Dead 4F Back to Life

Fitting a tender fall-plate and crew can be easily done to an ‘out-of-the-box ‘ model without resorting to complete repainting. However, if you do want to personalise your prized possession it may be necessary to do a repaint, depending on the condition in which you want the locomotive to appear. Perth (63A) MR ‘4F’ No. […]

Behind the Firth of Tay

DILLICAR WATER TROUGHS “Dillicar troughs provided steam locomotives with an opportunity to replenish their water tanks without stopping. This was achieved by lowering a scoop into the trough situated between the rails. The train depicted is a northbound Anglo-Scottish express hauled by Britannia Pacific No. 70052 “Firth of Tay”. It is shown passing through Lune […]

The Whisky Line

Some months ago, the Oldest Dominie posed a question regarding the existence of a distillery (now closed) near to Kinross. In fact, it wasn’t so much the distillery that was of importance, but the existence of a railway line by which it was served. In fact, no information was forthcoming, at least until now. If […]

On the French Narrow Gauge

By the Not-Quite-So-Old-Dominie I confess to a love affair with France, the French, their food and (especially) their drink, their scenery, the ambience – and I’m quite partial to their trains as well. Holidays tend to be based on moving from preserved railway line to preserved railway line, with the odd museum thrown in. So […]

British Railways Headlamp Codes

The main purpose of the headlamp is that it can warn people on the rail track ahead of an approaching train, thus allowing sufficient time for them to take evasive action. The other main benefit is the ability to light up whistle posts and landmarks. Headlamp Details Express passenger train, breakdown van train going to […]

Hornby The History

Hornby Railways is the leading brand of model railway in the United Kingdom. Its roots date back to 1901, when founder Frank Hornby received a patent for his Meccano construction toy. Early history Hornby, then known as Meccano Ltd and based in Liverpool, released its first train, a clockwork 0 gauge (1:48) model, in 1920. […]