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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. Yes, I think Wolsztyn enjoys its own microclimate - wet and very wet! Things have moved even more since I was last there, but here are what I think are the right identities... The top picture appears to be Ty5-10 (separated from tender). The middle one is one of the "other" Wolsztyn Ty43s (noting that the loco in the previous post was Ty43-92, not Ty43-82). Out of them, I think it looks more like Ty43-123 than Ty3-2 (Ty43-126). As to the Ty2 at the bottom, I'm guessing at Ty2-1298 (presented as Ty2-1398) as the other (Ty2-406) used to have a pronounced bend in the running plate on that side.
  2. A fascinating subject. I don’t know about timetables, but the railways were certainly of strategic importance during the war. The British built blockhouses (some of which survive) to protect the railway lines in their areas of control, and used trains to move their troops around the country. South Africa didn’t become a “Union” until later (1910). At the outbreak of war, the railways of the Transvaal (Boer republic) belonged to a separate entity (ZASM) but (along with the OVGS in the Orange Free State) were absorbed into the Imperial Military Railways as war progressed. Winston Churchill’s capture and escape are well-known from his autobiography, but includes an ambush on an armoured train, and stowing away on an eastbound coal train after getting away from imprisonment near Pretoria (or North Wales, according to the film “Young Winston”). Most of the reference material I’m aware of is geared towards locomotives and their development. There are South African railway interest groups on IO Groups, whose membership includes some of the leading historians (or used to, they may be no longer with us).
  3. I can't help with kits, but plenty of old photos on this site: https://www.garesbelges.be/ If you don't have any locations in mind, take a look at a map or atlas covering lines in Belgium (even the MG Ball European Railway Atlas series from Ian Allan should identify), find branch termini and see what turns up as interesting/worthy of further investigation.
  4. There was also another horror film "Quatermass and the Pit", where alien remains are uncovered during excavations at "Hobbs End" underground station - originally thought to be ape-like, they release energy that threatens London (if not, the World). History has forgotten the name of his other leg... [Sorry!]
  5. 72 were converted and were reclassed as the 50.50. Also one 50.40 was converted. 50.4011, which was a Franco-Crosti rebuild (1958), became the only example of a DB class 50 to be converted to oil firing (in 1959, the loco was withdrawn in 1967). It was the DR that used the classification 50.50 for its oil-fired locos - which were re-numbered in the 50.00xx-x series from 1969 (and hence commonly referred to as 50.00).
  6. Rather ironic perhaps that the Westerns can be traced to German roots (at least they weren't named "Windsors")!
  7. What a fascinating collection - thank you for posting! To return to the original question, the book "Armoured Trains" by Paul Malmassari (or the French version - "Les Trains Blindes") has some photos which include wagons used by Germany in WWI.
  8. New to this thread, but I can't see the question has been answered yet. The only steam loco listed for the Seaton Brick & Tile Co, Strathbathie (Aberdeen, 3'0" gauge) is Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0ST NEWBURGH (HC 545/1899). There was also a petrol railcar built by Duff (Aberdeen), that went to the Murcar Golf Club (1924), where it was joined by another railcar (1932) from Wickham (presumbly the one shown in the original posting on p3 of this thread).
  9. If I could remember where, I have one of the Warship plaques, which came with a printed "certificate" of authenticity.
  10. 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 through the gloom. For an industrial or heavily-polluted landscape, the "grey fade" might carry a hint of yellow or orange to give an impression of something nasty and acrid hanging in the air. By way of example, I've taken the original backscene picture and reduced its contrast and slightly lifted the brightness. Is it closer to what is desired? (The black on the roofs of the building is still too heavy). Truth is, there may have to be some compromise between modelling skill/detail and impressionist art!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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).
  14. 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.
  15. 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 buildings are quite attractive, too. As my photo of DEMU set 1120 at Appledore in May 1977 shows, Appledore's short (and staggered) platforms restricted the length of trains even on the "main" cross-country line. Although it wasn't electrified, I see no reason why "modeller's licence" would not allow installation of a third rail, and there is plenty of scope for "interesting" freight workings.
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