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MRJ 285 edited by Jerry Clifford is now available. This issue features an impressive 2mm finescale scenic model of Moretonhampstead, a "Toplight" in 4mm scale by Gerry Beale and a Midland wagon in 1/32 scale by Richard Ellis. Other articles include platform lamps for High Wycombe from Tim Peacock, Classical Jazz part three from Dave Doe, a louvered Midland milk van in 7mm scale from Laurie Griffin, plus PO wagons and a lovely Kirtley model from the editor. Also, an obituary to the towering figure of Don Rowland who sadly left us recently.

MRJ Issue 285

MRJ Issue 284

MRJ 284 edited by Barry Norman also contains a good and varied selection of articles. The main layout featured is 'Rosehearty', a very nice 7mm scale branch terminus set on the Moray Firth. The thinking behind the model is interesting and the finished layout conveys a wonderful sense of space in what is a quite restricted domestic location. Another layout featured is Paul Rhodes very lovely 'Old Parrock'. A winner of the 'Cameo Competition', which now seems a lifetime ago, the results obtained are very convincing and it features poetry too!

MRJ Issue 283

MRJ Issue 282

Iain Rice's Issue 283 is still going down well. Great to have seen Mick Simpson's fiendishly simple "one point wonder" Callaton, another Cameo Competition winner, together with Iain's own account of how to build bad track well (or was that badly), either way it is food for thought that I am pondering as I construct some tightly curved pointwork in 1/32 scale for out in the garden... MRJ 282 edited by Karl Crowther covers a wide range of subjects, including the latest developments on Hywel Thomas's wonderful Morfa Bank Sidings and the introduction of Karl's own 'lifetime' layout.

Diesel Hydraulics

Printed and now promised for delivery in the last week of October is a new format, all colour pictorial book from Wild Swan; 'Diesel Hydraulics a colour retrospective' by Andrew Vines. Andrew previously authored 'Diesels in the Highlands' for Ian Allan and has put a tremendous amount of work into this book, which features a large number of never before published pictures of all of the WR hydraulic types, all set out in large format over 128 pages. It will be priced at £23.95 and we are taking pre-orders if you wish to secure a copy at release.

Wild Swan is working on two new modelling titles; shortly to go to the printers is 'Trains, Cranes and Automobiles, Radio Control For Model Railways' by Giles Favell and in the design stage is 'Modelling Buildings' by the highly talented Pete Goss. I had hoped to have both books available for the Warley NEC show this year, which regrettably has been cancelled, but production of both books is going ahead just the same.

Back issues of Model Railway Journal, Great Western Railway Journal and British Railway Journal continue to sell well. I recently bought in a collection of mint MRJs, so some out of print issues have just gone back on to the website. The prices are a little higher to reflect the prices paid and because they are in very short supply. The listing on the website shows what is available.

The Titfield Thunderbolt
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Tel. 01225 462332

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Simon Castens
[Title image by Ivo Peters, cty. Julian Peters]