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  1. There are five pairs of intermodal wagons now. A sixth would help, and allow a few prototypical gaps without containers.
  2. Autumnal Interlude Having waited a while for some decent weather, I decided to go for a running session today despite it being overcast, in order to get some autumn leaves photos. Polishing up the track seemed to take a bit longer than normal, as it hadn't been used for such a long time. The new Class 66 was keen to have another stretch of her legs, and there was a new intermodal wagon to add to the rake. I hope the pictures convey that autumn feeling (and yes, it was a bit cold). A video may be along later.
  3. That cable stay bridge is looking great, Tony, after so much work on your part. Well done on getting so far. I hope you can get the main part of the layout ready soon. Looking forward to seeing the first train running! By the way, i'm not clear why you posted that photo of a very different bridge which is nothing like yours. Are you also working on a low-level pier bridge? All the best as the work continues, anyway.
  4. You've got the colour of the ballast exactly right in my view, Mick. Not many layouts seem to achieve the appropriate shade of fawny brown, as opposed to the unrealistic grey of much that is often sold as ballast.
  5. Good work, Thomas. Most impressive. We would all like to see some double-headed trains on the helix...
  6. Nice Class 50 pics, thanks, Mick. What make is that colour light signal please? Looks very authentic.
  7. DGR does globalisation: first run of the intermodal train Class 66 waiting for work Bringing home a train of containers - literally all the way from China Then it was time to form up another rake at Northdown container terminal: Before heading off again
  8. Your trees are looking great, Mick. Silver birch, perhaps. More happy leafing!
  9. A new kid on the block The 1st October celebrations in Dorking and Beijing mark an important milestone for the Fat Controller and the People's Republic of China. The date is also the anniversary of the opening of the DGR in 2012, and for all these reasons it frequently results in new stock arriving in Dorking. This year was no exception, seeing the DGR finally escape from the steam age with the acquisition of our first diesel (about time too, I hear Mick say) and what should be a decent train of intermodal wagons to complement it. Getting the too-bright and shiny intermodals couple
  10. Not the Night Mail Some old negatives recently came my way, courtesy of Julian, which look like photos from sixty years ago of the overnight mail trains that ran in both directions between Paddington and Penzance. Presumably these are summer photos, taken when the train could be seen in daylight. The trains had originally been known as the Great Western Up and Down TPOs and that continued after nationalisation. The Travelling Post Office vehicles are in the striking Post Office red livery used for the new Mk 1 mail train stock (1959 onwards) until their repainting into blue and gre
  11. Strange Cargo at Northdown Junction This curious object was recently seen on a Lowmac. Is it perhaps a prototype Korean deep diving bathysphere? Nope! It was of course Josh's 360 degree camera ready to record full details of the DGR circuit. On the following video you can swivel the field of view by tilting your device or using the mouse. Quite fun to give it a try:
  12. Belmond British Pullman in the Surrey Hills In normal times this luxury day excursion train is often hauled by Merchant Navy class engine "Clan Line", lovingly polished into gleaming condition. During periods of high fire risk, most of the tractive effort is provided by a Class 67 diesel running as the train engine, with the Bulleid sauntering along as pilot with little effort. These photos were taken near Dorking on one such trip, although no-one attached the headboard that day. Northdown Junction Running along the Downs
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