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  1. Hello Tony and everyone Bachmann has produced in the past a BR Mk1 Restaurant Car RU with Gresley bogies as running number E1926 (code 39-101). The Parkin Mk1 book shows a photo of this coach but - as far as I can see - does not go into any detail of how many were fitted with Gresley bogies nor what duties they were used on. And were they running as such in 1960/61? Can anyone provide details? Thanks Brian
  2. Hello Michael (KR) I know one of the 00 Poll Team has suggested 10800 to 'complete' the line up of prototypes (and that adds to comments from others above). Perhaps the Class 70 Co-Co (20001-20003) might be worth looking at? The class generally comes in towards the high end of the High Polling segment of The 00 Wishlist Poll. Although we have very often considered listing DHP 1 (and many others), it has never got onto our lists. To the best of my knowledge, I don't recall ever having had a request to list it. Brian (on behalf of The 00 Poll Team)
  3. Hello Andy & Phil Many congratulations on this show! It will certainly have been a lot of hard work...but it has paid off handsomely! Cheers! Brian
  4. Hello everyone Many congratulations to KR Models! The loco has been in The Top 50 of The 00 Wishlist Poll since 2015. In the 2019 Poll, the loco was in overall equal position 25th. All the best to KR Models with the project. Brian (on behalf of The 00 Poll Team)
  5. Hello Peter A 'must have book' is: Scenes from the Past 19: Railways in and around Newton Abbot and Torbay. Brian
  6. OK Gilbert, I will create an 'ordinary' Word document so that you can put the stock into any order or content you see fit. Might take me a day or so, but will PM to you asap. Brian
  7. Hello Gilbert I'm happy to forward The Wishlist Poll coaching stock data to you. Brian
  8. Hello Pannier Tank Just looked at my Churston branch book...no pattern there. And when the Autotrailer is 'leading', there is only one central bracket for it to go on (excluding the tail lamp one which is lower and to one side). Brian
  9. Hello GWR Modeller That code was used on many branch lines, continuing into BR days. For example, if you look at Chris Leigh's Railway World Special "Cornish Riviera", you will find on page 43 a photo of two small prairies at the head of the St Ives portion of the train in 1958...with lamp over centre buffer beam of the leading loco. The coaches cannot be counted accurately due to the angle of the photo, but there are at least eight and probably more like ten. As an aside - but related topic - empty stock trains to and from Old Oak Common (or West London Sidings) and Paddington carried lamp under chimney and lamp over right buffer (when viewed from the cab in forward direction and often with a duty number disc over the left buffer). This was a freight code elsewhere. Brian
  10. Hello Jonathan Top marks from me! Brian
  11. Hello everyone The only WTT I have for the period is Summer 1961 and shows trains from Bristol (Temple Meads) to Bath (Green Park) and then Bath (Green Park) to Templecombe which - by default - shows those progressing to and from Bournemouth West. No matter Up nor Down, the code for many trains between Bath (Green Park) and points south was 2B92. Photos show that the code was seldom displayed on the loco. No matter Up nor Down, the code for many trains between Bath (Green Park) and Bristol (Temple Meads) was 2B93. I have also seen 2B95 on a Peak (in 1963) and 2B74 on a Hymek (undated). I'm sorry that I can't offer you any reason as to why the Peaks in question show 2B92 - unless the document referred to by Mike above says something different to my document. No-one from the S&D that I ever spoke to could say who was responsible for putting train reporting numbers on locos. There was certainly no-one allocated to such a task at Branksome (the shed at the Bournemouth West end) and that is why you will see many trains heading north with the number of what was a train heading south earlier in the day...a fact that has tripped many an (unaware) author when writing captions to S&D line photos. There are many photos with captions stating that (say) "Here is train 1X01 heading to Bournemouth West" when - clearly - it is later in the day and the train is northbound. On odd occasions, the incorrect number will have been 'turned round' by the fireman, but many just remained in situ until the loco was back at Bath. Brian
  12. That is correct. Brian
  13. Hello again Chris Sorry, I should have said that I drill small holes in locos (front and rear) and employ the same track pin and lamp method. Brian
  14. Hello Chris Hope you are well. I use Springside lamps. I drill a small hole in the base (with difficulty, in a vice, but if I can do it so can you) On the coaches, I drill a small hole in the relevant position. I insert and glue into this a Peco track pin which has already been bent into an L shape. Using a pair of long arm tweezers, it is fairly easy to drop the lamp on 'the bracket'. Not 'prototypical' up close, but fine from 'normal viewing distance'. Brian
  15. Hello Mike Interesting point above. It has probably been discussed elsewhere, but it has always struck me as odd that LMS (then LMR) lamps were black...which seemed to make a Signalman's job very hard in daylight, particularly in poor light weather conditions. White lamps were used from about 1961, I think, but old habits always die hard...or not at all. As a 'slightly off topic' subject - but clearly related to headlamps - train reporting numbers on southbound S&D trains more often than not remained on northbound workings. These often trip up those writing captions who were unaware of the situation. When 4-character headcodes were introduced, the 'niceties' of typography weren't detailed to S&D crews. Peter Smith well recalls Donald Beale saying to him (such as) "We're on the Ten-Ninety-Five tomorrow, Peter". What they took as a figure zero was, of course, a capital O (thus, One-Oscar-Nine-Five). Understanding of such matters wasn't helped as a plethora of different typefaces and sizes were employed, often pasted on white discs. On the S&D, it is easy to see the same disc in use year after year. Brian
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