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iPod Shuffle - Trains

iPod Shuffle - Trains
Trains - "Porcupine Tree" - Play this track here.

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Porcupine Tree are a prog (progressive) rock band formed by Steven Wilson in 1987 in Hemel Hempstead, UK. A big fan of Tangerine Dream, Neu! and Can, Steven's style has moved more in recent years to heavy metal. From the 'In Absentia' album, when the band started to work with Danish photographer and filmmaker Lasse Hoile. This involvement created a distinctive image for the band and is part of the Tree's live experience.

In 2007 the band was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album with their album 'Fear of a Blank Planet' and then again in 2010 with 'The Incident'. Steven Wilson has also been involved with No-Man and Blackfield. Both of whuch are worth checking out too.

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Hornby Railways is the leading brand of model railway in the United Kingdom. Its roots date back to 1901, when founder Frank Hornby received a patent for his Meccano construction toy. The first clockwork train was produced in 1920. In 1938, Hornby launched its first 00 gauge train. In 1964, Hornby and Meccano were bought by their competitor Tri-Ang, and sold on when Tri-ang went into receivership. In the 1980s Hornby Railways became independent.

Like most kids I had one when I was young.

Hornby was at first a tradename for the railway productions of Meccano Ltd and based in Liverpool, which released its first train, a clockwork 0 gauge (1:48) model, in 1920. An electric train soon followed but was under-designed and the few that were made were sold out in France. In 1925, a much more successful electric model was introduced , operating on high voltage (220-240V ouch!) AC power. Safety concerns saw low voltage 4V and then 6V motors introduced, followed by a reliable 20V AC system, which was developed in the early 1930s. However, clockwork remained the mainstay of the Hornby 0 gauge trains until 1937 and became the only power available in Liverpool-made 0 gauge trains from 1949.

All Hornby train sets come with a TrakMat - a scenic underlay sheet which you can use as a base for your layout at any stage in its development. A TrakMat also tells you where to put the track, buildings and other accessories to complete the full TrakMat layout. So its still childs play. Grass, hedges, vegetation and gravel is easily added as is lighting for homes, shops, stations and pub models. Dont forget a railway cottage and trackside fencing to finish off!

If Matthew (pictured) reads this, it will cost me about another £150!

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