All my photography for the last five or six years has been taken with a compact Canon that I am very pleased with, but last year replaced my seldom used phone with a smartphone, having belatedly become aware of their contents beyond talking to someone. An eventual examination of the apps on offering led to a Kindle being downloaded, and to my surprise, I liked this format a lot, being ideal for one off reads of novels that would have no further need to call on.This in turn led to a tablet for a better screen size, and a realisation of the camera possibilities of the two devices. A HDD app was added to both, which gave a lot of manual control and the results have been impressive, I must say. Of the two, the tablet has proved the more useful, as despite its bulk the lens is close to the edge of the case which can give good low level shots. Here are one or two that were taken as trials. Two of the mess shed at Helmsdale. The LMS built a series of these in the Highlands during the war to help cope with the massive increase in traffic, and were presumably more congenial than the usual timeworn van or coach that was the norm up till then. The MR diner on a passenger train. The end loading siding at Thurso with the concrete provender store to the right. These were built as rat proof grain and seed stores, hence their construction method and concrete supports. And a chinwag going on as a Caley Ben shunts in the background. A Wick departmental coach is behind them. This is based on the GSWR six wheeler that was there and is two Ratio GW brake 3rd four wheelers hacked about. The panelling is slightly not quite accurate but it gives an acceptable overall version of it. Lastly the signal box. This was demolished at some stage and replaced by a ground frame, but I felt a building looked better than some levers, so reinstated it for my model.