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Saturday, 26 March 2011

Book a Bargain

I have been researching the Surbiton-Okehampton car carrier with a view to recreating this unusual and short lived train. This will be featured on my model railway website very soon.

During my research I was directed to the book 'Southern Branch Lines' by Martin Welch, which has a colour photo of the carriages at Okehampton. I was not inclined to buy the book just for one photo. But, this all changed upon visiting my local Garden Centre!

Like most large garden centres they stock much more than garden stuff these days and it is not unusual to find a bargain book stall there, quite often with a few generalised railway books. I was amazed to see there on the shelf the above named book. A single copy of this specialised publication marked up at less than half price!

Well, I thumbed the pages to find the photo of interest. I could have made a mental note of the details in the photo and left the book on the shelf but this 120 page book is filled with rare, high quality printed colour photos of scenes on Southern Branch lines from Kent to Cornwall, a god send for modellers who want coloured photo references so, I bought it.

Two points of note here. Firstly, be amazed at what you can find at your garden centre and secondly being able to browse a book in a shop before deciding to purchase beats what the Internet shops offer and yes, the book I bought was within a few pence of the Internet's best price.

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