LAST REPORT FOR 2016
December again saw little progress on any of our railways, but there are a few charity shop related railway items to report.
The British Heart Foundation ebay shop had some terrific model railway items in the past few weeks: some Hornby Dublo, a Bachmann class 108 (and we thought about bidding for it), as well as a few interesting job lots of associated OO items. Of interest, there was one lot of G scale items, and two separate n gauge lots – a Farish Pullman and a Farish suburban set with a Prairie and two maroon mk 1 compartment coaches.
The charity shop where we work had a donation of some of our surplus. There was a Lima Deltic, four Mk2 coaches, a Hornby TRUB and a small number of Hornby wagons. We also finally placed Lizzie out for sale, and as the Deltic and the wagons and the Mk2s sold within days, the wagons eventually went, so Lizzie ended up with the TRUB, all alone … .
We couldn’t leave her there. We bought Lizzie. She’s ELMLR now.
ANOTHER OF OUR SHOPS
Elsewhere we found some Lone Star OOO, which to be fair, had seen better days. We acquired the lot with the idea of cleaning and repainting some of the items as they will inhabit our Irish n gauge ‘museum’ – there is a 2-6-4 that although a BR Standard, will represent a UT ‘Jeep’, another Jinty (as there were Jinty style locos on the NCC and we already have one) and a class 08 style shunter. CIE had a small fleet of Mirrlees-engined 0-6-0 shunters, all of which were scrapped long ago. They will all be static exhibits, and some of the Lone Star platforms will be cleaned, primed and repainted to serve on the railway.
One local charity shop had some O gauge. It appeared to be hand-built.
REPORT FROM THE ELMLR
We finally attacked our Thomas the Tank engine and fitted a replacement front buffer-beam. We removed some of the platform with the idea of converting the station into a through station in the Great Central style, but then we ran out of energy.
FROM THE IRISH N GAUGE
No progress. The track outside seems to be in reasonable condition, but the timber platform and baseboard although in reasonable condition, show that some form of timber treatment is required. It survived another frost.
FROM THE LMLR
We also finished the written part of the companion site, the tribute to the former Little Melton Light Railway.
To remind ourselves of the greater size and presence of O gauge, we placed some track and ran the car boot sale acquired Triang ‘Big Big’ Hymek out for a run on Christmas Day. It is battery powered and only 6 volts. Our running session was brief. Like us, ran out of energy.
And so, we suggest, there is plenty of charity shop model railway items around, if you can find out where to look, are patient and lucky.
The ELMLR and company blog will take a rest over the rest of the winter. Hopefully we might have something running by Easter and will report on it.
Here are some pictures of other items sold this year.