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  1. I have no idea what the production figures for the Trader vs TK are but growing up within a couple of miles of Grahams' 'old village of England' Thames Traders seemed to be everywhere. I have no idea of the respective costs but the Trader seemed more likely to be owned by someone running a single truck of their own whilst the TK it seemed was more likely to be part of a fleet. Later in the early seventies whilst working out at Chobham on the nurseries we had a TK and a D Series. For the TK you needed an HGV licence but the D series was on fairly small wheels and to save weight carried no spare so could be driven by those of us without the HGV licence. This was the old under three tons unladen rule. Tony Comber
  2. I have used one of the lightweight fillers from the DIY sheds or Screwfix/Tool Station. These are the ones which when you pick up the pot you wonder if there is anything in them. Doesn't add much to the weight of a baseboard. For all these 'plaster' tasks I always add PVA to the mix or brush it on to the surface I'm about to cover. Tony
  3. Some years ago now but I had Bill Bedford produce a batch of his sprung bogie etches for me in 3.5mm scale. I had one on the stand at Warley a few years back. Tony
  4. I think that you may get some more responses in the 'Road Vehicles' section of this forum. Sources of wheels and various alternatives are subjects which are often discussed.
  5. looks like another of the same make here http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/forum/phpbb/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=38140&sid=2550563d4baf64ecdbc086c4f72f28c7 Tony Comber
  6. In an idle moment I had a quick search on Google but drew a blank. Shame as when I built a mobile home park for my US layout I found a manufacturer who had drawings of the vans going back pre-war to the start of the business. My only suggestion is to search for the Retro, Period & Classic and Classic Caravan clubs. I think they all have various publications or may be able to direct you to a source. Big problem is that although the names persist the actual firms often change hands, several times in some cases. When I was young we had a big site near us mainly of people who had been bombed out of London living in caravans. The one they all 'lusted' after was the Bluebird Caribbean, although there were also some home built on ex-WD chassis. Many of the owners worked at Vickers, Weybridge and had appropriate skills to do this. Hope this helps a bit. Tony Comber
  7. I noticed the OP said bolt heads in reference to the inside of wagons. Most would have been built with countersunk head nib bolts when new. Think of a countersunk head screw with a plain head and a bump to stop it rotating. The nuts are on the outside, no washers. Sometimes a row of bolts will have a long metal strip referred to as a washer plate under the nuts. This is used if the nut would otherwise tighten against the wood. The heads of the bolts present a flush appearance if fitted correctly. Countersunk head nib bolts are now very expensive so many wagons on heritage railways will have ordinary coach blots fitted to save costs. I use a counterbore to inset the heads into the wood to try and preserve the flush appearance. Short CSK head nib bolts are available incidentally in most agricultural merchants as they are used to fix plough shares to the body. Tony Comber
  8. You can buy the individual strands of elastic. I bought some a while back to simulate the electrical connections between coaches. Look for 'thonging' on Ebay. Tony Comber
  9. I don't have any involvement with S&T work on the heritage railway I am a volunteer on but do know that much of our signalling equipment has come via contacts in Network Rail. With the current removal of old mechanical boxes I suspect this is probably the only was of obtaining materials before the scrap man has them. So make contact with NR explaining what you want and see if you get anywhere. If looking for new stuff I suspect only somewhere like India is making any. It's where things like vacuum brake seals come from nowadays. Tony Comber
  10. No No, I'll be there doing a demo. I promised I'd have a go at a MSE lever frame somebody was given and passed to me. Unfortunately the first job looks like I'll be undoing the work done so far :-( Tony Comber
  11. My nearest town has a launderette which expanded into the shop next door a couple of years back. We also have a pawnbrokers again, although it trades under a more modern title. Who will be the first to model a food bank as a sign of the times? Tony Comber
  12. When first produced the supplied press studs were a good fit and there were no problems. It would seem over the years the supply of press studs has had to be changed and the quality control of their manufacture has allowed the tolerances to become sloppy. I have bought replacements in the past (from Woolworths) or resorted to filing. At present I am busy converting all of my single torsion bar bogies using the kits supplied by Palatine Models (palatinemodels.co.uk) which solves the problems caused by the press studs and sometimes failure of the soldered joint after being in service for a while. Tony Comber
  13. No stock in Lydney or Chepstow either today. Filling station is doing well out of me. Yes I know I could have it on subscription but I like to support the news agent. Once we had three in Lydney, now it's just the one. Tony Comber
  14. Possibly only marginally helpful, but there was a VHS video called Southern Suburban Cab Ride. This was five different journeys by emu filmed from the cab, including all the sounds along the way. My copy says it's CV4 but no indication of who produced it. I've no idea if it was transferred to DVD at some stage but a search for the title on the internet may produce something. Tony Comber
  15. The top picture features on the left a Bedford TK. Looking at the size of the wheels this may have been intended for drivers without a HGV licence who could drive up to 3 tons unladen at that time. The middle photo is of the rear of a Ford Anglia van. The last is of an Austin/Morris Commercial LD van with a coachbuilt body. On the other side of the road is a Ford Cortina, possibly a 'Super' model Can't see enough of the other vehicles for a positive ID Tony Comber
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