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Sunday, 17 June 2018


As this seems to be the general rule theses days of having a theme on your blog, linked to a particular day of the week, i thought i would join in on the act.
Back in the day, sort of late seventies early eighties, these were my trainspotting days. I took photos, don't you know.
Bare in mind that i was no Photographer back then and some of the picture were taken on an old Kodak instamatic camera (remember them) 
This is the plan.
I reckon i have something close to 200 photos here all taken in the Corporate blue period from all over the country. The idea is to post One, maybe Two photos depending on what mood i am in, every Sunday from now on.
There is allsorts, some with trains, some just looking down the line, some out of focus, some to dark, some to light, some you may ask yourself, 'what the hell' Some i don't know exact dates, some i don't know numbers but they are all going to get posted.
   You are welcome to use the photos but it would be nice if you would copy the link or give some credit to the guy that took em. ie ME Colin Lockyer and/or THIS BLOG.
I will probably post this note on each Sunday as these photos have never been seen before, you know, a bit of credit Please!

As this is the first one, you get Two, you lucky people.
Gives you an idea of the sort of thing you are going to get.  

See you next Sunday, if nothing else appears during the week.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Exton Quays, A small warehouse

As with all railways, Exton Quays really needs an excuse to exist.
If anyone knows the area, a Fertiliser plant you to exist near Topsham and went by the name of Odam's. They use to process guana that was shipped in from South America.
I set about building a warehouse. After viewing various photos, it became apparent that not a lot was going to fit, especially on a layout of this size and its location. Looking to become one of those 'Suck it and See' situations. No forward planning in this department.
I picked up an issue of Railway Modeller June 2018 and in there is an absolutely stunning layout built by Bob Aldermen, St Martins Wharf. On page 441 is a stunning warehouse that the gentleman has built, it got me thinking.

Odam's fertiliser factory
 Thought i would do something slightly different and change the colour of the brickwork, the idea being to Railway built structures from other buildings on the layout.
Odams Fertiliser factory
 The chimney has come from.

I think the fact that the brickwork is different actually works well.
Still some way to go.
Odams Fertiliser factory

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Heljan Class 07

Yes, its here.
I have been waiting for some time for this.
Parkstone needs one as they ran from Bournemouth to Poole and the Hamworthy branch on a regular basis.
Heljan's Class 07, 07 005 one of the 'Pushpull' fitted ones used mainly for shunting carriage stock from Southampton Docks.
Weather its right or not, i haven't checked yet but you have to give it to Heljan, it certainly looks the part. I have never heard of a bad running Heljan product and this is no exception, running is superb straight from the box.    
Heljan Class 07 07 005

Heljan Class 07 07 005

Heljan Class 07 07 005

Heljan Class 07 07 005

Heljan Class 07 07 005

Heljan Class 07 07 005
 What more can you say.