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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. Adding grey lighting? I'm wondering whether lighting alone will achieve the desired effects, especially if the models and scenery are coloured too strongly. The effect of pollution is to reduce visibility and soften lighting. I tend to judge daylight darkness by whether shadows form at all - they do with light cloud cover, but can disappear altogether on the worst days. With distance all colours fade to grey (more strongly with rain/water vapour/pollutants) so there should be very little contrast in the backscenes; a mere suggestion of what might be lurking
  2. Something similar was installed at Kensington Olympia, when reduced from four tracks to three. Although signalled bi-directionally, in practice the centre road tends to be a passing loop for northbound through trains most commonly.
  3. There was an Eisenbahn Kurier special on the Saar issued in 2007 (no. 86). Perhaps unsurprisingly it concentrates on DB locomotives and stock in West Germany, but does include a 1965 picture of a 141R at Saarbrucken Hbf, having arrived from Sarreguemines with a passenger service.
  4. Sarreguemines became one of the last outposts of working 141Rs - I remember an article in Railway World (or Magazine) about a trip there entitled “in search of the last 141R” from the early ‘seventies (Keith Taylorson). As noted, the proximity to Saarbrucken gives a connection to classes 23 and 50 based there. (Saarbrucken was the place where I last saw real steam in West Germany).
  5. Ten parts at £8.99 each issue? So we're talking £90 for a set of loose copies. That puts it into the peer territory of some serious book titles. I wonder whether the quality of bookazine research, captioning, proofreading and content is sufficiently developed to justify. For me it's too general and space is at a premium.
  6. Have you considered the SER Ashford to Hastings line, and Appledore in particular? Appledore served as a junction for a branch line to Lydd (extended for freight to Dungeness - originally intended as a new port, but became very useful when the power station opened in 1965 - and to New Romney). Steam on the branch was replaced by 2-car DEMU sets in 1962, that continued until withdrawal of passenger services in 1967 (freight continued until 1971). Separate or bay platforms were not required for the branch services (which frequently ran to and from Ashford). The station
  7. Not any more. Sensibly the continental notation has been adopted for many years, first appearing for ex-mainline locomotives in 1991 (9EL).
  8. Little rubber Mallets - where can you get those from? We've had plenty of plastic Fairlies, bakelite Garratts and kit-built Meyers, so there must be a huge market...
  9. Yes, after posting the photo I remembered there was a previous discussion and that the brake van had been destroyed.
  10. I visited in August 1978, but only took photos of the "Stove R", the matchboarded brake carriage and what I recorded as a former LNWR brake van - which I cannot find listed (see below - the lettering says "car park closes 530").
  11. As I know you're a member, I suggest you try the IRS IO Group, Kevin. As Northroader identifies, some Spanish GE licence-builds were exported to Uruguay - although standard gauge and built in 1972 puts them outside the frame. The latest IRS "Spanish handbook" doesn't appear to cover any construction/service stock for the Bilbao Metro (see Sections 2 and 3), but if you have the older "Locomotives and Railcars of the Spanish n.g. railways", then it might be worth checking the listings for Euskotren (FEVE/ET and ET/FFVV). There's nothing I can see that stands out, however.
  12. That'll be FC Langreo no. 301, as you say a rare instance of standard gauge in Spain. Built as GE 18148/1942, it was ex-USATC no. 7932 Casablanca, and sold on in 1962.
  13. Sorry, can't find them - which pictures?
  14. Yes, the name seems to have been applied when it went to Carnforth.
  15. Yes, Tx2-355 (0-8-0T O&K 5020/1911). Unless there was a reorganisation of the exhibits, I think the "friend" is Tx-10660 (0-8-0T Chrzanow 763/1939, ex-Solvay Krakow).
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