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Martin Wynne

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Railway Modeller magazine have today announced that their digital subscribers now have access to the entire searchable back number archive of RM, back to the very first issues in 1949. Over 800 magazines. All those classic issues, all those CJF track plans and drawings. :)

It means all the CJF track plans have been scanned ready for you -- take a screenshot from the page, or download a PDF of any page. Into a picture shape, stretch it a bit to make the sizes more sensible, and you have a wonderful resource of ideas and inspiration for Templot track planning.

I may be gone for some time. :)

Martin.
 
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Martin Wynne

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Plus of course the advertisements. Look what just appeared on my screen:

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That was September 1977. And here I am, 44 years later, still tinkering about with bits of railway track.

Looking at the prices I was charging then, and the current C&L web site, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. :)

The EM kit was actually a proper B-6, likewise the machined switch blades were a proper B planing. But Howes knew that no RM reader at that date would know what any of that meant (assuming they knew themselves). The 00 kits were a more generalised design -- but when I supplied them ready-made I made them to the "EM minus 2" standard. It caused no great fuss at the time, I had no idea how much argument I was letting myself in for when I later included it in Templot with the name 00-SF.

It was only 2 years later that I drew the first Templot template -- plotted on 1mm graph paper from dimensions showing on the screen of a programmable calculator. There are still a few bits of that calculator code in Templot -- geometry doesn't change.

Martin.
 
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Paul Boyd

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Plus of course the advertisements. Look what just appeared on my screen:

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That was September 1977. And here I am, 44 years later, still tinkering about with bits of railway track.

Looking at the prices I was charging then, and the current C&L web site, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. :)

The EM kit was actually a proper B-6, likewise the machined switch blades were a proper B planing. But Howes knew that no RM reader at that date would know what any of that meant (assuming they knew themselves). The 00 kits were a more generalised design -- but when I supplied them ready-made I made them to the "EM minus 2" standard. It caused no great fuss at the time, I had no idea how much argument I was letting myself in for when I later included it in Templot with the name 00-SF.

It was only 2 years later that I drew the first Templot template -- plotted on 1mm graph paper from dimensions showing on the screen of a programmable calculator. There are still a few bits of that calculator code in Templot -- geometry doesn't change.

Martin.
Hi Martin

“Braised frogs” sounds more like a delicacy than anything to do with railway modelling!

It’s a shame we can’t download the magazine in its entirety, as you can with Hornby Magazine, for instance, although we can download individual pages as you mentioned. I wonder how long it’ll take to download 800+ magazines a page at a time! 😂

I may also be gone some time! I must keep going with scanning my negatives otherwise I’ll get distracted and never finish, but I do need something to do on the computer during the actual scanning part of the process! I might start with the Ian Beattie drawings…

Cheers,
Paul
 
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Paul Boyd

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On Railway Modeller's Facebook page they've given a link for those without a subscription to receive one hour's access to preview the archive Use that hour wisely!

Edit - it's possible that the link won't work for you as it has a load of tracking info embedded in it. If not, you'll need to go to Railway Modeller's Facebook page and look for their post.
 
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Martin Wynne

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Use that hour wisely!

A good way might be to download PDFs as fast as you can!

Each PDF is a 2-page spread.

You might like to start by looking at the seminal articles on Adavoyle's P4 loco chassis construction by Tony Miles and David Goodwin - January 1982 issue, page 8. Two of Tony's locos had full working valve gear, and one of them won a Gold Medal at the Model Engineer exhibition. Not many 4mm locomotives do that. He didn't tell me he had entered it, and on walking into the 1988 exhibition I was amazed to see a familiar loco in a glass case with a large Gold rosette on it. :)

Tony's article about that model, GNR(I) Q Class no.123, is on page 506 of the November 1988 issue.

Martin.
 
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Hayfield

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I used to love the "How to " articles. Where small projects were described using materials found st home in what we now call the recycling pile. Matchsticks, cereal boxes and tin cans were the favourite items, not forgetting card straws
 
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