NVDA 2018.1 has now been released offering the usual range of updates & improvements, link this with Firefox 59.0.1 & users will see a vast difference in speed & response. For those using braille displays BRLTTY 5.6 is now available, don't forget that BRLTTY is also available for Android devices.
Many visitors to my garden railway will have come across my good friend Marc Tiltman who helps me run & maintain the engines & track, few will know that he suffers from Meniere's disease which effects his hearing & balance. To help spread the knowledge about this disease we have drafted a new page on this site with details of the problem & possible sources of help.The new Meniere's page
Since just before Christmas I've been working on an idea to add sounds to my N gauge model railway, with DCC sound coming from the engines the rest of the layout seemed rather dead. The result of all this work is now taking shape in the form of the Sound Scape project which is a collection of web pages which pipe sound clips to Blue tooth speakers in the scenery on the layout. There are churches, cottages, pubs & much, much more! To find out more & have a play take a look at:-Sound scape control centre
Over the last few weeks I've been busy adding bits to these pages, for music fans I'd like to draw your attention to a new page under the useful links area, Eamonn's real music page contains loads of listening recommendations with links to YouTube clips to give you a taster of many of the artists, we are still working on adding more artists & improving search & display but do take a look & let us know what you think:-Eamonn's real music page
Following a visit from David & Alexander Henshaw from Miniature railway magazine earlier this year I'm very pleased to say that the Blatchington branch, my garden railway, is featured in issue 39 of the publication which is released today. For more details click on the link below:-Miniature Railway issue 39 is out now as a 99p digital download!
The following video clip shows us testing my new loco & features a passenger who will be our star prize for the April 2018 open weekend!AP model engineering class 37 "Loch Trent" test run
We held 3 public running weekends on the Blatchington branch railway this year, hundreds of people over the 6 days enjoyed a ride round & helped us raise a total of £1,872 - many thanks for your generosity. Thanks to all who came along & an even bigger thanks to my friends for giving up their time to help. All being well we will be doing it all again next year so we look forward to seeing you then.Latest video of my garden railway
For those of you currently on DLA you might find the following link of interest, it's a very strange & scarey process for many, people being told that you cant be blind as you are looking at them etc. & that is from the expert assessing you for the benefit! Don't panic though, many are successful with their claim.PIP assistance
Went to my good friend Mike gold's 50th a few days ago & Jan managed to catch this picture of St. Paul's church Chigwell - hope you like it.
Great to be able to say something nice about a shop for once, I'd like to thank the staff at Morrisons Seaford for their friendly help when I visit the store with my guide dog Kraken. Even at the busiest times they manage to assist.
Thanks to John Squire I was lucky enough to get a trip to the Lynton & Barnstaple railway in his 1931 Rolls Royce to attend the lines gala weekend at the end of September. Pictured above is the car with Sid, one of the locos that was in steam for the weekend - a boys dream too, I had the chance to drive the loco for a couple of minutes! Many thanks to Tony Nicholson for the copy of the picture - my camera decided to play up at the vital moment!
Just to show the world my mum was not the only person with green fingers in this family, mind you it does help that it is the sort of plant you can forget for up to a month without the bloody thing dying on you!
Just a small bit of legal stuff here, although most of the material contained in these pages is largely in the public domain please do contact me before using any text, photos or videos to double check that they are free to use.
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Site last amended - 18 March 2018 at 16:15