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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. EddieB


    To revive this thread, I attach a picture of locomotive V5 of the Suez Canal Railway, taken from Locomotive Magazine, February 1904. The illustration accompanied a short piece describing that the railways was in the process of being converted to standard gauge. As can be see, the locomotive carries a nameplate affixed to the front section of the boiler barrel. Unfortunately the name itself is indistinct, but appears to be written in Arabic script (though hard to tell with certainty). A nameplate from an "unknown locomotive" was recently sold at auction, and which coul
  2. Well here is filming in progress for an episode of the Beery Hikers in a suitable railway setting - not sure which one is which! Wembley Park, on a day of invasion of German footie fans for the European Champions League Cup Final - and Steam on the Met. (May 2013).
  3. It’s Davenport no. 1695 of 1919, a 2-6-2T, US Army no. 5240. These were locomotives built in large numbers for the US Army, following a Baldwin design. There are similarities to “Mountaineer” of the Ffestiniog Railway (now out of service), but that came from a batch built by Alco for the British War Department Light Railways (WDLR), and which had lower-pitched boilers.
  4. Weak no trumps? No. 1 is Kalte Rinne on the Semmering, Austria - it’s been here before!
  5. Late to this thread, I can confirm the identities as SNCB 5814 (history as given by Sir Douglas) and an ELNA 2 type locomotive, yet to be identified specifically. Regarding 5814 (photo 23), there were 38 of these locomotives acquired by Etat Belge, and were initially allocated primary to Antwerp South and Brussels Scaerbeek. Given the backdrop, Antwerp seems the most likely and a date after 1931 (when reclassification and renumbering took place) can be ascribed. Somewhere I have a monograph on the ELNA locomotives - which I'm trying to find in the chaos that constitute
  6. His models were outstanding, and I remember something of his techniques. Cutting a delicate fret for coach panelling was beyond my skills - Francis recommended using a new scalpel blade every time, and very thin (10 thou) sheets, iirc. Glazing was always made using “slide glass”, but I never fathomed out whether that was from microscope slides, cover slips or GePe type frames. I think it might have been Francis that suggested the use of gum arabic rather than solvent in certain situations.
  7. Three pages in and, unless I'm mistaken, no mention of the products of Stephen Lewin and the Poole Foundry. Although many or most of their locomotives were of various narrower gauges, they did construct some locomotives for standard gauge - and none of their production can be described as being anything other than "small".
  8. I'll post here, rather than in "Books" as it's probably where greater interest lies. I've just purchased a copy of this book, recently published by the Transport Treasury. It is a record of a single visit to Ireland by the accomplished photographer RC ("Dick") Riley in 1950, apparently in the company of HC Casserley, HS Brighty and Tom Middlemas. Although the trip was only about a week in duration, it seems to have been an intensive schedule and they covered quite a lot of the northern half of Ireland. Locomotives dominate the photographs, but there is plenty of ext
  9. I’d agree with Joseph that the second photo appears to be 231K.22 during it’s time in the UK (the locomotive is now at Nordlingen in Bavaria). The top photo looks like a Compagnie du Nord 0-8-0T, see here: https://fr.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/040_T_Nord_4.1801_à_4.1908 The label over the smokebox might help identify the location, which in the absence of anything positive could be one of the two Paris depots of that company, La Chappelle or La Plaine.
  10. John (Old Gringo) - I really appreciate you taking the time and trouble to list out the three series of books, thereby creating both a resource and point of reference within this thread. I've tended to buy the books within these series that cover my areas of interest - while agreeing with the consensus, I find that coverage of a particular "region" can often be quite broad. More specific histories (such as those from Oakwood and Middleton Press) are more often the first point of call.
  11. Perhaps worth mentioning that there's a chapter devoted to railways in Jamaica in the Charles Small classic "Far Wheels".
  12. http://www.ws.rhrp.org.uk/ws/WagonInfo.asp?Ref=7842 Doesn't say when, but notes that the extra pair of vents were later additions.
  13. Check out the Peter Paye book “The Framlingham Branch” (Oakwood Press, 2008) which devotes a whole chapter to signalling and has diagrams (albeit from a much earlier period, late nineteenth century) for the whole of the branch. Surely the “research” includes copies of this book?
  14. Yes, I saw a posting in another place about that "protest". I thought one of the principles of the EU was a big no to state aid - which presumably means Governments can bail out nationalised organisations, not private. Which is rather handy for the still state-owned DB in the present climate.
  15. I guess that there could be a case for exports and industrials - the likes of Brush and Clayton Engineering are still building locomotives - but I guess the appeal could be to a different audience that the regular MLI following.
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