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Helen F
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826 of 839  Mon 16th Mar 2020 12:13pm  
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On 15th Mar 2020 10:37am, PhilipInCoventry said: As I use self-isolating points on our railway, does that exempt me from having to self isolate?
Certainly while riding on your excellent trains. Other franchises may differ.
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PhilipInCoventry
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827 of 839  Mon 16th Mar 2020 8:33pm  
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Hi all, Do we all have comfort zones or hideaways? My comfort zones have varied over the years, but somewhere railways have never been far away. In our current social distancing regime, trainspotting might be seen to be antisocial, or might even increase my risks of infection. So, my model railway becomes my comfort zone. It allows me to recall events that intrigued me at the time. One of my regular train spot venues was Hatton, a one time small village station a few miles north west of Warwick. It offered the spectacle of trains working hard ascending Hatton climb. One day, 1963, after an enjoyable morning, I wandered up to Hatton station to eat my sarnies. Unbelievable, was a Britannia loco, William Shakespeare, shunting the small goods yard. Ten years previously, that loco was the pride of Stewarts Lane shed, working boat trains from the continent. I haven't got a Britannia, but the sentiment is provided in this picture, where Tippers Lane depot have sent a recently overhauled Austerity Class 2-8-0, to work as area pilot. I must be easily pleased.
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Midland Red
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828 of 839  Tue 17th Mar 2020 6:04am  
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70004 William Shakespeare was regularly used to haul The Golden Arrow boat train Thumbs up
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Helen F
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829 of 839  Tue 17th Mar 2020 11:03am  
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On 16th Mar 2020 8:33pm, PhilipInCoventry said: Hi all, Do we all have comfort zones or hideaways? … I must be easily pleased.
The painstaking effort to build all that, the attention to detail, not to mention the cost, not to mention the 'loss' of a room to it - means that you are most definitely not easily pleased. A hobby like that is almost a lost art. People want their pleasures yesterday and with no effort. They're missing out. There is a lot of fun and satisfaction in making stuff. Learning new skills, including getting an eye for what will work and what won't. I have both my parents to thank for encouraging me to explore... everything. Having interests allows you to keep puffing along the tracks of life. It also creates things for other people to enjoy and think about - like MR's and Pixrobin's photos. I make great strides in my pursuits off the hobbies of others. Thumbs up I certainly need my hideaway. Where else would I put all my big girl toys ? Big grin
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830 of 839  Tue 17th Mar 2020 12:19pm  
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No words needed.
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Midland Red
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831 of 839  Tue 17th Mar 2020 1:54pm  
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On 17th Mar 2020 11:03am, Helen F said: I certainly need my hideaway. Where else would I put all my big girl toys ? Big grin
The mind boggles at what “big girl toys” might be 🤨
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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832 of 839  Tue 17th Mar 2020 2:01pm  
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I was thinking that too MR, but didn't like to comment. I didn't want to embarrass the girl Roll eyes
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Helen F
833 of 839  Tue 17th Mar 2020 2:06pm  
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Dreamtime
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834 of 839  Tue 17th Mar 2020 2:17pm  
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Could have been a 'Ken' doll - Barbie's boyfriend (hope I'm letting you off the hook here Helen) Wink
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Helen F
835 of 839  Tue 17th Mar 2020 2:20pm  
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PhilipInCoventry
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836 of 839  Thu 19th Mar 2020 11:44am  
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Hi all, My vision being reasonable this morning, I've added detailing to our new Stanier mogul loco. It's the most sophisticated Bachmann steam loco, tender axle pickups to boot. I'm uplifted today, in fact cock-a-hoop, the great news of the safe return of one of our friends from a cruise. Not just their safe return, but the fact that their cruise was completed without incidents. Wahay, brill, brill & brill. A visiting lady to our railway years ago, Helen, described it as a dolls village. I loved that, as she started to move some of the figures around.
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Midland Red
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837 of 839  Thu 19th Mar 2020 2:05pm  
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On 17th Mar 2020 2:20pm, Helen F said: I was never a Barbie kind of girl. I wanted Action Man's camouflaged dinghy with the working outboard motor.
I think I know what you mean Wink
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838 of 839  Fri 20th Mar 2020 11:18am  
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Hi all, Hall Brooks is experiencing deserted platforms in the current crisis.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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839 of 839  Fri 20th Mar 2020 11:49am  
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It's has never lost it's appeal Philip, you may not be aware but I visit often. Thumbs up
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