RS Tower modules blog…

After some great feedback on our chosen method of modular railroading, both with RS Tower at Exeter and operating as a “standalone” switching layout at Gillingham, a separate sister blog for the RS Tower modules has been launched at

Neil Rogers will be handling updates on that side of things – expect some changes on both sites over the coming weeks as we try and make them complement each other more effectively!

It already carries some images & video from Gillingham, and some thoughts on future module design as well…


Post Andover photo’s – part 1

Well, the Andover show went pretty well, very few problems with the layout and it seemed very well received – many thanks to our extra operators for the weekend as well, you were a great help!

Speaking of the extra operators, Gareth shot some photo’s at the end of play on Sunday and he’s gradually getting some of them processed and online. Well worth a look!

Main Street of the Midwest?

Picked up an interesting link thanks to a chap called Shortliner on the RM-Web forum a few days back that I thought I would share. is the main site of the Illinois Historic Preservation Society (which seems to be part of the state government.) If you click on Illinois Main Street Design then it takes you to an absolutely fascinating page all about classic ‘main street’ architecture, with an emphasis on maintaining and using older urban buildings, there are two links there of special interest to modellers.

 The one posted on rmweb is build your own Illinois main street – which has PDF’s of card building kits. Whilst a scale isn’t given I suspect many are not far out for 1/87th. Even if you didn’t regard them as the final model, they could be used to mock up structures that can be scratchbuilt or kitbashed in plastic later.

 The second really useful page is their own project archive, full of PDF’s of real structures that they have given advice on redevelopment for. Especially useful to the modeller here are “before” photo’s showing clearly how the property actually looks at present and especially useful signage details.

Worth a while browsing anyhow. 🙂

Catcliffe Demon?

Just a quick post to note that Gareth Bayer has split his blog up, and railway stuff is now at the new address of and we’ve now updated the blogroll to reflect the new address. (He still has an anime and music themed blog on the old lastarial address.)

 With some great photography and the possibility of a rather nice layout on the way it should be well worth watching.

 Wonder if he’s built those boards yet…  😉 😀