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    Mainly interested in "real" railways - locomotives and railway history, domesic and foreign. All types of traction, all gauges, main line and industrial systems. Photography.

    Recent RTR models are reviving a dormant interest, but never to be taken as seriously as before.

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  1. An interesting project. I must have driven through or past Tampin a few times, but never stopped there to take any photos! Neither can many photos can be found in books (just a couple in Railmac no. 60 http://railmac.com/book-list/), though it might be worth mentioning that some shots of Malayan locomotives in the 1920s are available from the Stephenson Locomotive Society https://www.stephensonloco.org.uk/SPCollec/SPClist 35.doc. There was a rail-served cement works at Tamping, which I would suggest should be retained in any modified plan. (Actually, I’m not sure when this facility opened - I’ve seen reference to wagons built at Sentul in the early 1960s).
  2. That’s essentially a more thorough analysis of what has been leaking out through contacts in China. One has only to wonder why the news of the virus had such prominence when the number of confirmed cases was apparently very small, given also China’s reputation for openness, to question the veracity of the early reports. The perception is that the official figures are starting to catch up with the reality.
  3. I probably can't add much to the information you have already. The initial report was that a freight train travelling westbound (6Z54 Barking Eurohub - Acton TC) derailed between Leyton Midland and Walthamstow Queens Road at around 6:00am on Thursday (23rd January). It was reported that some two miles of track was damaged - hence the time estimated to replace track and renew the track bed. The first I heard was a travel report on the radio that evening, that the GOBLIN was closed, with rail replacement buses in operation. It appears that repairs are taking longer than first thought, suggesting that the length of line damaged was under-estimated. As I was passing nearby on the following Sunday (26th), I noted that the access point for the works was in Yunus Khan Close. An engineering train topped and tailed by Colas class 70 locomotives (70816 and 70810, for the record) was waiting between there and the east end of the platforms at Walthamstow Queens Road (moving off toward Barking at around 15:00). A ro-rail digger was at work on the tracks.
  4. Another in Strasbourg aussi. They must have made them as a batch.
  5. Yes, a hasty correction after initially saying that it wasn't Lábatlan, and then finding it on Google Streetview (on my iPad which doesn't show the dates). Checking on a PC, most of the Google street views are from May 2018 (i.e. after demolition), but there are a couple of frames dating from 2011 and 2013 where the structures are present. Sadly I don't think the cement works is still operational (hence the demolition), but a Cement Museum(!) opened recently at Lábatlan, which includes a diorama of the railway (but without these structures, it appears). At the opposite (East) end of the station, there remains a factory that casts concrete sleepers. Most of my pictures are close-ups of locomotives or the sidings after demolition. I really should have paid more attention. The nearest I have is the background to a shot taken in 2009. MAV used to base a shunter at Lábatlan - noted as an M44 in 1999 and later an M47 later, as here. Up until 2015, an M47 (by then classified 478), worked freights along the line, but by 2018 these were worked by DB Cargo Hungaria class 0469 (ex-DB class 290). Of course none of which answers the original question!
  6. [Edit] Having denied knowledge of it being there - on checking it is at Lábatlan (Esztergom - Komárom Line) time to check whether it is a new structure, as I don’t recall seeing it there!
  7. Greece - there’s a forum for that: http://balkanmodels.biz/forum/viewforum.php?f=2&sid=1ea32f24c95755978639ae0c57c57ea6 I’d recommend an excellent recent book from the Industrial Railway Society (I’m biased) that is quite wide-ranging. Some history of Morocco can be found in “Railways of North Africa” (Bradt), long out of print, but may be available secondhand. For the off-beat and challenging to find, “Los Ferrocarriles en los Protectorados y Colonia Españolas en África” covers the Spanish possessions in Morocco, Equatorial Guinea and Ifni!
  8. There’s a whole wealth of books and magazines in the German language, besides quite a few in English. There are basic picture books, showing lots of locos, but they won’t convey the atmosphere or cover the breadth needed for a model. Your best starting point would be to decide what year/period you’re thinking of representing and then it will be easier to point to suitable resources.
  9. Both 792 and 1151 were moved to a private site in Hertfordshire, where their owner has laid a section of track (visible on Google Earth). Their exact location cannot be given in a public forum. For a short time 1151 (the red Tk3) was operated on a track laid beside Ongar station. 794 is at the front of Blumson’s timber in Barking (not Enfield). The loco plinthed in the timber yard beside Southbury was Hr1 1016, which is now (as noted above) privately preserved near Windsor. I don’t think this loco was ever at Ongar (where classmate 1008 was, and still is). The timber yard at Southbury has since been replaced by housing. Just a minor point, the Tr1 class are 2-8-2s. It’s not just the UK that “benefitted” from the disposal of the “strategic reserve”. Last year I came across Vr1 663 plinthed outside a hotel in Brüggen, Germany.
  10. I was about to point out the the steelworks are in Austria - but then I saw in the credits that the film was produced in Göttingen, which of course is in Germany!
  11. I can see that there will be a new lease of life for purveyors of junk on eBay - the damaged, “professionally weathered”, repainted, “rare, collectible” stuff - soon to be listed under the magic word “steampunk”.
  12. Some history is set out in the BH Works List, prepared for the Industrial Locomotive Society and compiled by Allan Baker. Therein an article (by Russell Wear) identifies that in 1902 Hawthorn Leslie purchased the “whole of the drawings, patterns and goodwill of the locomotive business”. After that successor company merged with Robert Stephenson & Co., the records then went to Darlington, and a subsequent takeover by English Electric/Vulcan Foundry, meant that material was further transferred to Newton-le-Willows - but it is noted that, by then, little original material remained. Philip Atkins, in an appendix in his book “Steam Locomotive Building” identifies locations where surviving records (order books, negatives, drawings) are held. Black Hawthorn is not identified specifically, but the “associated” Hawthorn companies records and drawings are given as being held at the NRM, York - which I would suggest (as per previous response) as the best place to begin an enquiry.
  13. From the same source. Cars nos 1 and 2 were 57’0” in length, and were fitted with engines nos 0801 and 0802 (respectively). Total weight was 36 tons 0 cwt. The other shorter cars were nos 15 and 16, the Kerr Stuart units (engines 0864/5). These were 56’3” long and 32 tons in weight.
  14. The values are given in “British Steam Railcars” (Rush, pub. Oakwood), and varied across the range. Grate area was 11.48 sq ft for nos 0801/2, 7.25 for 0864/5 and 11.54 for the rest. Cylinders were 12” bore x 16” stroke for all but the horizontal boilered 0864/5, which were 9” x 15”. All had maximum boiler pressure of 160 lbs which, given different wheel diameters, means that tractive effort also differed between batches.
  15. Same publication, I think it has been discussed elsewhere on RMweb that there was a connection through Trains Illustrated to Modern Railways. Quote: The title of this journal is a bibliographer's purgatory: it is normally different on the cover from that given on the opening page. Similar variations are found on the "official publisher's bindings" - http://steamindex.com/locomag/key.htm
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