But one was in London, England and the other will be in Brisbane, Australia. There is Brizzie, on the right where it sits as the capital of the state of Queensland.
So, Bruce, build a new line and put it in a tunnel with four underground stations. This is the Cross River Rail!
Tunnelling is now complete but it will be a couple of years before the line opens. But the design looks spectacular as in this Oz TV news item.And, although a new link on the existing network, it will have brand new trains! Indeed it was a an on-line news item that alerted fbb to the project.
Docklands Delight Delivered
This refers to the first of an order of new trains for the Docklands (no longer quite so) Light Railway, This blog has already featured the trains c/o their builder, but the first has now arrived at he Beckton depot.
Things have moved on from the very early days.
Iron Mink - A P.S.
fbb is sure (?) his readers would like to know a bit more about the GWR "Iron Mink" wagon featured in yesterday's blog.
Pertinent Poster : Parties Proceeding to Pretty Places
A marketing opportunity; certainly a Poster opportunity!
Sorry, fbb forgot - it's all on line.
Frustration and Infuriation Situation
fbb reads the Railway Modeller each month and often snivels weepingly as he gazes upon the neat, tidy and superbly modelled railways featured therein.
Authors write things like ...
The Snoddlethorpe Viaduct was built to exact scale using my own drawings made on site with the help of full rock climbing kit. The core structure is the finest marine ply cut in my extensive workshop using a powered band saw with laser sighting.
It was coated in "Gooeyplas" and each stone was hand shaped using a series of special tools made for me by Bill Stibbings, a professional architectural modeller. The viaduct was painted using a mixture of acrylics, matt enamel, weathering powders and aged with dilute sheep dung collected from a local farmer. It only took a few years to build during which time my wife kindly served all my meals in the railway room. But it was worth it!
Nobody seems to want to tell you of the repeat crises, bludners and general disasters that happen on the way.
That is just the point!
fbb pressed the switch. There was an acceptable clunk from the solenoid but ...
... the point blades did not change! They did occasionally and unpredictably.
fbb should have guessed. When he bought the point motor from Peco at Beer, "the man" suggested that he fit a CDU in the circuit. fbb nodded his agreement to avoid public humiliation and returned home to check what a CDU was!
Apparently the idea is simple (????). The little cylinders (Capcitors) fill up with the electric (like a header tank) then when you press the button the electric Discharges from the Unit giving an almighty thump to the solenoid to help it move the point blades.
Will it work? Maybe?
Anyway, whilst arranging those wires, fbb knocked over two tins of fruit that had been used to weigh down the glueing.
In turn, they fell against the model viewing platform used by the OO visitors to Peterville Quarry to gain access to interesting coaches. At the moment these are a TPO sorting van, a Pullman kitchen and restaurant car and a sleeping car.
This broke the frail fencing (frail 'cos it goes brittle in the outside air) and ...
Then there's the lighting in the model buildings.
And then there is the sad tale if the wire stripper.
Two P.S. From The Above
1. Big Hills
The faux Railway Modeller text "quoted" above was inspired by a model viaduct on an N gauge layout that featured in the January edition. Also on that layout was a train dwarfed by a realistically huge cutting.
2. The Viaduct
With a few weeds and a bit of painted variation in the brickwork it will look good on fbb's layout. Currently waiting for an opportunity to get a Round Tuit! Several such viaducts would make a useful alternative to the one at (fictional) Snoddlethorpe.
Yet more crises in tomorrow's variety!
Next Variety blog : Sunday 12h February
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