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Hello all.

I think a few of you may already know me, or know of me via the web, but for them that have not had the misfortune...

The Blackcloud tag comes from many years ago and is due to my cynical outlook on life. If you introduce a realist to an optimist you'll end up with two pessimists!

I'm Bob Hughes, I live in south Cheshire and am a member of the Crewe Model Railway and Engineering Society in addition to having founded Cheshire Railway Modellers, an on line club. My modelling interests are, to say the least, varied. My first exhibition layout back in the eighties was a rope haulage line based on the inclines above Seaham in County Durham and I have never really been one for the conventional, the nearest I get to it is with one of my current layouts, Cotton Lane, which is a fictional light railway (next exhibition Rainhill, March 3rd and 4th 2007).

My particular passion is for micro layouts and I am currently building a matching pair on small tea-trays. One is OO the other On30, both measure 11¾ x 6½ inches excluding the fiddleyard cassette.


The OO and On30 trays under construction.

These two micro layouts are about the same size as the "shoe-box" layouts featured regularly in Carl Arendt's Small Layout Scrapbook but have more durable baseboards.
 

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Hi Bob,

Welcome aboard, I'm sure you'll soon feel at home here.

Loved those teatray layouts, could we have some more pix of your work?

Regards

John
 

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Thanks for the links Bob and welcome to the forum.

After looking at your work, I've decided never to complain about lack of space in my 12ft x 10ft modelling room. (Well not for a day or two anyway)
 

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Thanks for the welcome folks.

Neil, love the photo, I saw a film of 611 on various railtours, it was quite hypnotic listening to that wonderful exhaust beat, except when she stalled on Saluda. I understand that the Norfolk Southern has since closed the line, a great pity.
 

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QUOTE (Bob Hughes @ 12 Dec 2006, 23:45) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks for the welcome folks.

Neil, love the photo, I saw a film of 611 on various railtours, it was quite hypnotic listening to that wonderful exhaust beat, except when she stalled on Saluda. I understand that the Norfolk Southern has since closed the line, a great pity.
Yes it is a real shame.

I reckon she has to be one of the most beautiful locos ever made.
Glad you like the picture.
 
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