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I can confirm our entry fee is a huge £2, and the opening hours are 10:00 to 16:00.
I think we will have 6 or 7 operating layouts, 3 of which are completed. Also there will be other non operational  layouts under construction / rebuild.

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Nothing much done this weekend, just nearly 1000 miles driving taking 18.5 hours, in a 27 hour period...

Next week regatta week...

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Regatta week  went well, only two major incidents, one sailing boat was squashed against a bank by a hire cruiser, causing damage to the boat and a lady on the sailing boat needed dental work after hitting her face.

The Other involved a diesel dayboat which managed to mount a sailing boat, and have the helm of the sailing boat lying on the cockpit floor looking up at the hull of the dayboat.

I ( we on my dory) rescued,

A topper Dinghy,

Three ladys in a canoe and one of them's son in another  canoe, paddle downwind in 40mph wind and with the tide was easy, they couldn't make it back against the wind.

A Hire boat stuck nose to the bank trying to turn to tie up, with sailing boats bearing down. a quick sideways push on the stern by the dory pushed them parallel and cleared the river.

I'll try to post a few pictures once I've sorted them out.

Meantime this weekend was:

A, resting

B, Removing a concrete fence post, which turned out to be 9ft, three of which were buried into the ground, that destroyed my rest!!

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Just a reminder if you're in the area, I won't be working in the garden on Sunday because... 

Broadland Model Railway Club are holding their Open Day on Sunday 13th of August 2107 10:00 to 16:00 at:

Stalham Town Hall, High Street Norwich Norfolk NR12 9AH.

We do have to have a small charge for entry to cover costs which is a Huge £2

There will be Club and Members layouts in a variety of Gauges,

We hope to have a second hand Stock and Book stall,

Tea and Coffee will be available, there is a pub across the road!!!


:no: Drop in if you're in the area, have a chat and see what we do. :no:



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Yesterday was Broadland Model Railway Club's Second Open day at Stalham town hall.

15:30 Saturday set off for BMRC at Catfield (ask me for details should anyone wish to visit)

16:00 start loading up about ten cars and my landrover.

16:45  ish set off in convoy..

17:00 Enter hall,  puzzle how to get all the electrics on, unload cars place layouts into piles in designated places round the hall.

18:00 layouts assembled, some tested.

18:30 Sorting finished,  depart for home via BMRC for forgotten things

There were several layouts completed, one nearly finished, one track down scenics just started,  one track still being laid.



05:00 wake up, get up, SSS,

07:00 breakfast

08:00 set off for Stalham Town Hall

08:15 Arrive at S.T.H.

08:30 we are in, Put up banner and notices inside  and outside the hall.

09:30 All members have arrived, bringing with them their rolling stock boxes,  and have started final testing read for the day.

09:45, tea and coffee for everyone

10:00 open the doors...

10:00 -16:00 Since my layout isn't being shown this year, my particular role is a spare hand wandering around, assisting should anyone need it.

16:00 we've had nearly 100 visitors, and half a dozen asked for details of how to visit the club with a view to joining. Getting new members was the whole idea for having this open day each year.

16:45 by this time, we've packed up into all the cars, I leave with one of the first of the loads.

17:00 At BMRC, unloading the club layouts into their positions inside the club rooms, except for one which is off to a show next week. Most Members layouts stay in their cars for transport home.

17:15 head for home.

Club layouts will be assembled as members come in to visit the club. For which we all have keys for and  the club house is available all the time.

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And just to keep 'em coming here are the details for our annual show in early October.

Broadland Model Railway Club's  ( http://s643945335.websitehome.co.uk/ )

Annual Exhibition at Alysham.

Jubilee Centre, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk NR11 6JG


7th October 2017,  10:00 to 16:00

Entry,   £4 Adults,    £3 Children,    £3 Concessions


Limited Disabled parking on site.

ALL others at the Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW (300 yards)


By a ticket on the BVR From Wroxham and Hoveton Station and get entry to the show for free!!


The 2017 model railway exhibition sponsored by the Bure Valley Railway will be held again in the Jubilee Centre, Aylsham, NR11 6JG on Saturday 7th October. There will be models of different gauges and sizes. These range from N gauge to 00 gauge with model steam and diesel traction as the theme.  Exhibitors will come from the surrounding counties of East Anglia.

The exhibition owes much of its success to the catering support given by the ladies.   They do a magnificent job providing refreshments for the visitors and lunches for the exhibitors, traders & our volunteer helpers.

One of the BMRC members is offering a “Loco Doctor” service this year.  If you have a loco that needs attention then bring it along for a once over and advice. There is no charge for this service.



OO Gauge

Billingborough                                   00

Binegar                                             00

Broadfield                                          00  16.5mm and 4mm:1ft

Cato Pass                                          00

East Park Depot                                 00

East Becton                                        EM 4mm/ft

Ebridge Mill                                       00 4mm Fine scale

Terminus All Change                          00/HO

34th Street                                         HO

Thomas 2                                           00

N Gauge

Buda                                                 N 1:160

Charleston                                         N

Harnser”s Loke                                  N

Oma Park                                          N

Thunder Mountain                           American N

Trenance Quay                                  N 2mm


Hawkins Tower Narrow Gauge       009 narrow Gauge



Bure Valley Model Shop

Joe Lock Model Railways

Bob Pearman Books

Train Terrain

David Rowlands


Advent Modellers

Malcolm Cooper

D.C.C. Demonstration and advice

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I'm sorry to hear of various people losses Human or Furry.  My brother in law is now into his 9th month after a six months to live diagnosis so sadly we are waiting.

 I  must admit the software troubles seem to have cut the number of posts I make... This lot will be copied to my personal diary to make it a bit more complete..

I buy a lot of my railway stuff secondhand but other than a few key items there is not a lot to get now, But there is a lot of conversion work to be done to wheels / couplings / weathering..

We have acquired a new furry friend, a 6 year old Border Collie. Since we lost the supervisor, AKA the cat, to a road accident last year SWMBO has insisted I rebuild the gateway first, which has been an opening in the fence for some years.  I've installed a six foot high 10ft wide gate way and I am now building two 15ft long six foot high walls to join the new gate recessed from the road to the old fence line.  Border Collies are nothing if not athletic, he leapt the temporary 4ft fence in one bound...   This has diverted my attention from viaduct building for the garden railway which has absolutely nothing done on it for ages.

At the MRC the inherited N gauge layout I received earlier on this year is starting to show some progress, two of the six boards (3ft by 2ft) have now got their folding  scenery extension on the front and now got the back scene / fiddle yard hiding boards on. At the moment they are looking like a wedding cake all In white. Once I  have finished the viaduct and a little more of the scenery in white, then it'll be time to make the scenery a little more Hebridean, lots of browns, greens and grey lumps of rock..

Time to go,  I Have to pretend to do some work, before heading off to get more breeze blocks and soft sand for the building works...

I hope you all have a better year ahead,

The Q

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


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Well still nothing doing on the garden railway or its in shed component, the new gateway and walls are  complete except for painting, there is a bin cupboard built into the wall one side, and a post box with parcels cupboard beneath the other side. Hopefully that will stop the sorry you're not in cards...

Meanwhile the inherited railway, has been proceeding well, you can see it at  http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38780.msg480978#msg480978

Ben the Border Collie accompanies me to the MRC each Friday, so when we go in, I get ignored and it's hello Ben, as he visits everyone for a pat on the head. He's become very much calmer and is turning out to be a very nice dog...

I've now reached the age when I've got the old gits card from B+Q, and during this year my strength seems to be seriously deminishing. My problems are little compared to many on this site, but I am now finding lifting and placing concrete aerated blocks hard work, my body seems to be going down hill rapidly. I'd better get the railway walls / viaducts  built soon before it goes beyond my strength. The plans for the layout have not changed, it's just taking vastly more time than I'd like. 

So as I lie here in my pit, with pain from my left elbow and lower back from mixing concrete yesterday, I'll toast you all with a glass of Highland Park, and hope you all have a happy and healthy 2018.

Nollaig Chridheil ( merry Christmas in Scottish Gaelic)


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Merry Christmas The Q, my side of the world Christmas is coming to an end and just beginning in the UK , are you having a white Christmas,lucky you, one day I will touch snow , my wife and me are on holidays up the north coast QLD in Caloundra, nature just put on a light show, storm going through, need it to cool down hot Christmas in record , beat 2001 32 here, where we live in Ipswich 37 degrees same tomorrow.

All you can do is plod along, I being at it for 3 and a half years , next May be the big month running the first train around my layout, all goes well, depends on my health.

Merry Christmas Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead.

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We didn't get a white Christmas in fact it was quite warm, 11C,

We are possibly getting snow later today, on the back edge of the Strom that's going over, it's blowing 60 mph, With horizontal rain and hail at the moment.

Time to wind up the fire a bit..




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