Saturday, 2 December 2017

Here we go again!!!

I bet you were all expecting to see some sunny, warm, photo's of Malta,,,, and what do you get,,,, Lower Ince,,, which is part of Wigan!!!!

And many thanks to Apollo [Andy Rush] of various forums fame for this wonderful picture.
[click on the picture and it will magnify,,, a bit]

Porquoi, Pawchoir, Porekwa,, ask all the remainers amongst you,,, well if you look very closely in the top right hand quarter of the above picture you will see the old Great Central line going over the Leeds - Liverpool canal and into the MSLR-GCR goods yard,,, it later became Lower Ince station and the line continued into the gloom arriving at Wigan Central.

This is the next project,, subject to the boxes arriving,,, planning permission being obtained from SWMBO and the landlord,,, and me finding time to concentrate on something constructive.

Now the other line which starts in the bottom right and ends in top left quarter is the the old LMS line,,, which give's me modellers license to run my various bits of L&Y  & the occasional LNW / LMS types.


Now a long long time ago when I was still a schoolboy I used to spend an enormous amount of time doing a railway modelling apprenticeship at a place called the Welsh International Railway,,,, it was much more interesting than revising for O levels as the end results showed!!!!

How lucky we were to be able to spend Tuesday evenings learning how to solder white metal kits together and Saturdays being allowed to run the W.I.R. which started as an oval in a massive front bedroom,,, ran down the main corridor into Kings Cross station in the huge living room,,, this was all 3 rail,,, hand made points,,, many scratch built loco's,, it was HUGE,,, and made and financed by one man Des Welsh.

I guess on a "track night" there was well in excess of 100 loco's and countless carriages and wagons,,, and it was portable,, Yes,,, he used to take it to exhibitions,,,, a MAMMOTH project in itself,,, you have probably guessed Des was a confirmed bachelor and it showed,,,, for a mad keen 14 year old 34a Wostenholme Road Sheffield was paradise.

In the middle of the main oval in the bedroom was an 18 road marshalling yard,, with its own engine shed,,, where an enthusiastic shunter could waste many a happy hour,,, and I did,,, one of my life's happiest railway memories is shunting with a Rivarossi model of a Deutsche Bundesbahn 2-10-0 which for 1963 ran like a dream,,,, on the W.I.R anything went,,, UK,, USA, French, German, Italian you name it there would probably be one.

Here we are 50 odd years later and it has become clear that shunting is an important part of my modelling DNA,,,, and as much as I enjoyed playing with my engines on the Pasture's shed there was little scope for some constructive shunting,,,, so,,,, a new project is formulating in the old grey matter,,, and has been for some time,,, on initial planning I reckon 50 feet long and 10 feet wide will probably cover it,,,, but I do have a compromise strategy worked out to present to the finance committee,,,, and that all depends on how big a garage I can find!!!!


Just to prove we actually arrived I offer a couple of shots of our local environs,,,, enjoy,,, we do.

The church is still there but unfortunately all the "proper" buses have been replaced by faceless things from China,,, which appear to spend more time in the workshops than they do on the roads,,, yesterday we had 7 mile journey to Valletta,,, it took 90 minutes,,, the bus broke down,,, we walked about a quarter of the way,,, and believe me if you try hard enough you can get 70 people on a bus which is licensed for 40,,,, the good news is it's great way of meeting the locals!!!!

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