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  1. Sorry Mallard, no 3 is not really anywhere like Matlock, but it is at the end of an EMT route. Probably a bit unfair this one, it can be hidden from view by the portakabin/relay box or whatever it is. It's just down the line from here................
  2. Hi Edwin, I tried to answer earlier but it got lost in the ether Correct, no EMT trains or staff based at Lime St. The 21.32 arrival routine at Piccadilly is empty it, lock it, back to Nottingham ECS ASAP :icon_wave: The 21.35 into Lime St attaches to the one that arrived an hour earlier, and is worked back with the rear two coaches locked out, by the crew from the earlier arrival, the crew from the 21.35 arrival travelling 'on the cushions'. The WTT allows seven minutes to do this assuming on time arrival :icon_wow: . The rear two cars are locked out because it's all stops across the Hope Valley, and 4 won't fit at some platforms. :icon_smile:
  3. Well, I now find myself with an enforced rest period for medical reasons, so time to do a bit of modelling I think. Not had the time to crack into anything much for the last couple of years really, so didn't want to start up a thread and then not touch it for weeks at a time. Jobs at the moment revolve around our new club project, Trent Lane Junction, to the east of Nottingham where the Midland, Great Northern and Nottingham Suburban lines all crossed one another. Over the years I have been modelling things that I remember, or perhaps think I remember! As many of my school holidays were spent beside the GC line just north of Nottingham, an exLNER bias is innevitable, although that section of line was absorbed by the LM region in the late 50's, so some ex LMS stuff comes in as well. The last loco build is a Little Engines O4/8, which I glazed a couple of weeks ago and stuck the cab roof on earlier this week. I must say that I found this one a good deal better than the first one I did, seemed to be better quality metal, maybe it's down to a degree of familiarity though. It's still waiting the bogie being painted and fitted. I tried a couple of new ideas on this one, which seem to work at the moment but as I can't test anything on track at the moment, we will have to see. The first is W&T driving wheels, basically old type Romfords with plastic centres, it is recommended to use the deluxe romford crankpins due to the risk of heat damage if using the soldered ones. Now being tight prudent I decided to see if it would be possible to use 10BA screws instead, with the thread removed where it passes through the coupling rod. Bench test seems to work ok. The other is due to having to provide pickups for both sides, I felt I need something a bit more rigid for pick up wire, small gauge spring steel seemed best but difficult to solder reliably to the pickup plate. Then looked again at the wife's cast off guitar strings, which I have used for years suitably modified for vacuum pipes and such like. They are nickel (silver?) wound round a steel core, perfect! Dug out one of the smaller sizes, don't ask me which, and it too was steel wound with nickel, a quick trial confirmed that it took solder very well. So stripped the nickel back from the end in contact with the wheel formed it as required then soldered it to the PCB pick up plate, good strong joint, simples! Anyway here it is, if the paint looks a bit patchy, it is! As most of my locos will be heavily weathered, I don't worry too much about a pristine initial paint job. The other loco in build at the momemt is my third ABS L1, this is a case of I'd started (before Hornby's announcemnet) so I'll finish. The wheels are old type romford from a part built Nucast K1 kit I picked up last year, I'll replace them when I start on that. The motor is one I have had for years, a 16/30 Mashima, doen't fit in anything with a narrow firebox, but if size is anything to go by, will make this a really strong loco, it's certainly no lightweight. The gearbox is a Mainlytrains mount, costing about ??1.20 I think, with Romford 30:1 gearset, I sometimes like things that have a fair turn of speed, not neccessarily prototypical, but gives (to me) the impression of actually getting somewhere. Made up the chassis, with the mount in place fitted the gearset and driving axle, perfect mesh straight away, only niggle was a slight kink at the end of the worm 'thread', motor soon saw that off though! For some reason, I may have had this kit for about 15 years, the coupling rods didn't seem right, so fine that by the time the holes were opened out to crankpin size, there wa nothing left. However there are 4 pairs of connecting rods so I've made up coupling rods by re drilling the spare sets of con rods, when they are hidden behind the rest of the valve gear I don't think it will be that noticable. I'd assembled the basic body shell, using my two hands, with a bit of difficulty, starting from the back. Question comes to mind, if evolution is so good why have we still only got TWO hands!? Then when I looked at it properly decided it was nowhere near square so took it to bits again, and rebuilt it starting from the front, which looks a lot better. Final job last night was tidying up and modifying the bunker rear where the ladder comes up, the kit is for the first loco, which had a short ladder. Hopefully, it'll finish up like this one
  4. Booked as a 6 car ECS departing Nottingham around 04.00, varies slightly according to route taken,usually due to engineering works. Arrive Lime Street around 06.00-06.30, then split, first unit forms 06.47 to Norwich with the other two the 07.40ish to Norwich, this one gets very busy usually full and standing by Warrington, sometimes Widnes, but empties out at Manchester, not good if it's shortformed. Not a bad job really sign on around 03.50, finished on arrival back in Nottingham either 09.30 or 10.30
  5. Possible, but not the reason I was told, the steel is another re-start of a flow from years ago. First given up by Railfreight, I believe, because it wasn't profitable enough, apparently, due the distances involved running either empty or light engine. One story I heard, probably true, was that a light engine was sent to Boston at the appointed time, only to return light engine because the wagons hadn't been loaded due the ship being late in dock :icon_frustrated:
  6. No 6 correct, but why were the edgings only removed last year?
  7. Ok then, 4, 5 and 7 sorted, well done all. :icon_clap: Nobody had a stab at 3 yet, although there isn't much to give it away, I'll admit. Not that easy to get a picture of, tried 3 times before I got that one. :icon_mutter: No 6 (I am not a number, etc) Lincolnshire, yes, Joint line, no, bit of a circus, that :icon_winker: Back to the L1 now
  8. First one I'll give you, is, Mansfield Junction, second spot on. :icon_thumbsup2: Six not really...... Seven, way out I'm afraid, apart from the snow, said it could be stinker, at least nobodies got it yet Back to some modelling for a while now, somebody else wants the computer
  9. Thanks, but not that one, it stayed firmly in the East Midlands B) Thanks again, the glazing is, if I remember correctly, cut out from supermarket food trays or the front of a bubble packed tube of glue, whatever is to hand at glazing time, stuck in with matt varnish. A technique I picked up years ago for resin class 76 bodies, not had one fall out yet........
  10. Having, I think, managed to figure out how to post pictures, and having some time to spare as well, here are a few random shots taken while working. Needless to say it's up to you to figure out where First up a junction Second should be simple enough Third, couldn't resist including this. Now I know there is this culture nowadays where you have to point out the obvious, but....... Once again dead simple even if you don't know the area from a railway angle Just occasionally a shot from a (fairly rapidly) moving train works just right.... Station closed many years ago, edgings only taken off last year, why? And finally for now, what I would consider a bit of a stinker . Watch some clever clogs get it in two minutes flat
  11. Managed to get a shot of my effort today, still waiting weathering and coal. I tend to wait til I have a few to do and then do them as a batch.
  12. Looks pretty good so far, must say you progress much quicker than I manage. I think that quite a lot of kits involve a degree of filling, filing and swearing , it's just a matter of how much importance the builder attaches to that particular aspect. Also I'm sure that in many cases, the amount of FFS required is dependant on the price paid fpr the kit.
  13. Being told to rest after coming out of hospital earlier in the week I stuck a DVD on and was quite surprised to see a maroon Mk1 suburban coach complete with yellow stripe. Most of the stuff was shot around 1962-65, it did tend to jump around a bit but without digging it out again, I think the train was hauled by an L1 tank, there certainly were a lot of L1's in the film. The last L1 was witdrawn in 1962. The only colour photos I recall seeing show a distinct yellow line, although I must admit not many of these are SR, not really my sphere of interest. Not sure if that helps or not, but I was surprised to see the yellow so early on.
  14. Very sad, any fatality is regrettable, all the more so when it involves a fellow railway worker. Thoughts to all involved.
  15. Sorry, don't have a clue about workings, but might be worth going and looking at the state of the railhead, even if it has not been used overnight (say) it will take on a fine coat of rust if damp. Depending on trains, it may just have a line in the rust or if longer trains are passing the whole railhead will become shiny. Not much help, I'm afraid but may give some clues.
  16. I see you're maybe going to use the etched tender frames. Personally I don't use these as it all adds to the weight, the tender body and frames are pretty 'chunky' anyway. Once again the bodge, or as it used to be known where. I once worked the AFF (applied fiddle factor), comes into play. Drill the axleboxes to take tophat bearings, and maybe thin the frames or, and it really does get bodgy now, file away the tops of the springs as they should dissapear behind the footplating anyway, I think! This allows the removal of most of the tender floor, and while I'm at it cut the bunker out as well. The Colwick based locos I'm modelling always had a pile of coal about 2-3 ft above the cab roof all the time, must have been very efficient steamers!
  17. Hi, sorry to reply to a PM in topic but I can't seem to get to the PM function from my (company) Blackberry. I used a very basic (and cheap) drive set up. Mashima 1426 (I think) can't check at the moment, with markits/romford gears in a mainly trains mount. I've used these before found them robust and cheap (me a peenypincher?) It needs a bit of modification of the firebox and boiler bottom but I paint it all at the same time as the chassis and, to me looks ok. I also found that the firebox legs need spreading anyway to fit the footplate gap. Probably a bit of a bodge really, but looks ok to me
  18. Can I offer a little advice having built one in OO last year? I spent a large chunk of a weekend trying to get the coupling rods to work without fouling the back of the crossheads, having fitted the slidebars to the cylinders and the cylinders to the frames. Eventually, in sheer frustration, I melted the whole lot off again on Sunday evening! Having given it a bit of thought I re-assembled the slidebars to the cylinders but set slightly outside of centre, if that makes sense, and the cylinders to the frames with some brass shim to space things out a bit. Then it worked. Overall, not a bad kit, I must say the first Little Engines kit I did, an O4/8, seemed pretty poor, lots of flash and the metal almost crystalline. I'd already bought the O1 and a second O4/8. The second O4/8 I'm nearly finished was much better.
  19. The D11 does look like a Bec one but the one I have doesn't have rails on the tender top, just the solid plate. The J11 could also be Bec, but once again, the tender is wrong, I believe it's a GN type. The D11 tender would be ok with the J11 but that then leaves the D11 without a tender Perhaps see how/if they run and decide what to do then
  20. Many (most) large stations have permissive platforms, if you stop using them as such you will reduce the service in many areas by at least 50%. Nottingham, for example, sometimes has 3 trains in one platform, make that 1 per platform and see what it does to the service. I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation for this, quite likely weather related. In the mean time, best wishes to all involved.
  21. There are many variations livery wise on class 76's, or EM1's as they were until TOPS renumbering. I and other members of the Deepcar crew have picked up lots of little snippets over the years. Quite a few of them were painted in electric blue, possibly after Crewe took over their overhaul following the closure of Gorton works. These often carried the steam logo. As I understand it, I think Charlie Petty told me, 76022 was a Reddish depot repaint from green and they just painted round the steam style totem, so it actually had a green background. Reddish did several repaints, perhaps they no longer went to Crewe for overhaul, but 22 was the only one not to wear the arrow of indecision. There is quite a lot of information about this much lamented line and it's locos, worth picking up the various DVD's as well. Charlie does frequent these parts from time to time and also if you have any specific questions I'll do what I can to help.
  22. So it's all over for tonight then, and I've only just git home. Still there's always tomorrow.
  23. Don't normally 'do' jigsaws but this is a new slant, it sure helps to know all the bits are the right way up to start with Figured the first one without finishing it, took a 'best guess' at the second and got it right B) . I'm on lates all week so will be doing the rest after work, good luck everyone.
  24. i'm surprised no-one has yet mentioned the East Midlands, especially the Nottingham area, if they have and I've missed it, I'm sorry. Colwick at one time or another has had 43 out of the class total of 100 L1's allocated, the last 16 of the class all withdrawn on the same day. Looking through other Colwick allocated RTR classes gives a large number of examples. 26 x 9f's, 5xstd 4 2-6-0's, 64 x 8f's, 28 black 5's,28 x Ivatt 'flying pigs', 72 x K3's the last one of which served as a stationery boiler for around 3 years after the rest were withdrawn, 11 x j94's, 58 x J39's 65 x B1's, 153(if I didn't lose count) WD's or 'Ozzies' as we knew them. Also 184 of the various types of O4 Information taken from the appendix in 'Railways of Nottingham: A history of Colwick MPD and Yard' by Peter Barry Waite. That is only using recentish RTR releases, you could add J50's and J52's as well. Add in the Annesley Brittanias, Royal Scots, rebuilt Jubilee and more 9f's, then moving to the MIdland side, there are Fowler, Stanier and Fairburn 2-6-4T, Ivatt 2mt (Mickey Mouse), Jubilees, Jinties, Crabs. Also, there were visitors from the SR and WR: MN, WC's and BB's rebuilt and not, a Schools, Halls, and others. Yep, Nottingham is fairly well served with RTR, so why am I still kitbuilding????
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