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MRJ 281 is in stock and available to purchase. Edited by Paul Karau, happily recounting both his and some of his many friends modelling achievements over the last 10 months or so. Although this might have been the Christmas issue it is unmarked and without festive decoration or baffling quiz, but the contents are as interesting as they come - the letters page is a bit livelier than usual!

MRJ Issue 281

Unconsidered Trifles

Unconsidered Trifles from Geoff Kent and Wild Swan is proving popular - full of post holiday period modelling inspiration - including lots of glorious corrugated iron architecture! Available to purchase here from the Titfield Thunderbolt bookshop, it is also now listed in more detail on the Wild Swan website.

We have taken the opportunity presented by the "quietness" arising from Coronavirus situation to put in a lot of work on the Wild Swan website. The idea is to give more bibliographic information on each book so that browsers who are unable to physically examine the books, or who do not know the Wild Swan range, can obtain a much better idea of what is in each book. We felt this was a good idea because of the current temporary lack of exhibitions at which the books may be seen, but also in recognition of the increasing rarity with which books from Wild Swan (or other specialist publishers come to that) actually appear in any physical bookshops these days.

Issue 280 of Model Railway Journal is edited by Martin Nield, the builder of a very fine P4 model of a Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway terminus, now completed and busy serving the cotton mills and folk of Eccleston. It was introduced to readers in issues 198 and 204 (both issues currently available and in stock). Martin more recently expanded upon the operational side of railway modelling in his 2016 book "Authentic Model Railway Operation".

MRJ Issue 280

Authentic Operation

Issue 279 is still selling well; this is the one where that well known hell raiser Professor Tim Watson raised a hackle or two in Towcester when he commented on exhibition layouts in relation to "Copenhagen Fields". It seems to me that Tim may have been guilty of a bit of thought provoking, but for my money that's what I'd like an article to be. Copenhagen Fields is a stunning achievement and this issue does it justice, as well as featuring a much smaller and achievable bit of excellence in "Bottom Works Siding"; which also garnered a letter in the following issue.

Whilst we are on the theme of stunning layouts that make it out to exhibitions, a recent star has got to be Geoff Kent's "Black Lion Crossing" which was fully featured in MRJ 269 - still in stock, this is another inspiring issue of the Model Railway Journal.

MRJ Issue 279

MRJ Issue 269

MRJ Back Issues Although we recently acquired copies of almost all the out of print issues of Model Railway Journal, some of these have already sold out. We now have less than half a dozen copies of some issues, but if an issue is listed on the website then it should be in stock.

BRJ & GWRJ Back Issues In addition to back issues of MRJ, we also acquired significant back stock of both Great Western Railway Journal and British Railway Journal.

One of the BRJ issues is number 29 from 1989, which features an extensive article on the Wells Branch of the Somerset and Dorset Railway by Roger Carpenter, a terrific record of a delightful corner of the national network. Amongst other articles in this issue, a real treat was V.R Webster's illustrated account of his 1931 journey through Wales - just lovely.

Every issue of Great Western Journal is a treasure trove of information, but issue 62 might be of current interest as it features a very detailed article on the 94XXs in traffic. Running to 26 pages and including a full set of works drawings and superb photographs, it must be ideal for any serious modeller contemplating a purchase of the forthcoming Bachmann model, due to arrive on our shores very soon I believe.

BRJ Issue 29

GWRJ Issue 62
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Simon Castens
[Title image cty. Monkton Coombe School Archive]