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  1. There were a number of Charlies assigned to Eastleigh and Don Bradley records they were regular travellers to Templecombe and were known to reach Okehampton - so who knows? Bill
  2. TNM is well represented in MRJ 288. Our Squadron Leader has penned an obituary of Bob Essery. Also our constabularic representative has written an article on Modelling Overhead Line Equipment for Lancaster Green Ayre in 7mm. Well worth an acquisition. Bill
  3. There was just one proper railway in Swindon - the Midland & South Western Junction. Bill
  4. Phil, will these include the a-fashionable lass on the Club 18-30 holiday? Bill
  5. I have just returned from the consultant and the MRI scan revealed a meniscus tear. So will be resolved by an arthroscopy, hopefully in a couple of months. Bill
  6. Henk, may I ask you some questions? did the British exporter remove the British VAT from the transaction? are you charged customs duty in the Netherlands for model railway equipment? imports into Britain receive a Commodity Code and the model railway code incurs zero customs duty. I only paid British VAT and a processing fee of about £10-00 on the import detailed on this thread towards the end of 2021. Bill
  7. 1. The Gibson 7mm O2 makes a decent little kit. 2. Might be a sodette? Bill
  8. Andy, some of us model in 7mm. Your experiment would be followed by a trip to A&E with a broken nose. Bill
  9. He also contributed to the South Western Circular, the society house magazine; especially enthusiastic about the New Forest for some reason, especially Woodfidley (sic). Bill
  10. Bryn Athyn - there appear to be similarities to Abermule. A "nothing can go wrong attitude" until staff totally ignore the rules. Bill
  11. Looking at the Chelsea photograph, the third vehicle appears to have "Gresley" bogies and the fourth vehicle a flat topped lookout. That might mean GNR, but were there others? Thoughts?? In pre-grouping days there was a 7:09am departure from Addison Road to Waterloo bringing in all the transfers. Bill
  12. Be careful Jesse, Tony may be in a very bad mood depending on the state of the Test Match. Bill
  13. ..... and a contribution to the "how many SR vans in a train" discussion, passing Chelsea and Fulham station in 1950. What are the LNER vans? This one definitely in copyright. Bill
  14. I spent this evening working on the South Western Circle photographic collection and was collating M7s So this is my contribution to the great container debate. Taken at Clapham Junction, probably in the 1930s so could still be in copyright but there were no details on the obverse. Bill
  15. ..... and of course the LSWR means Jubilee 0-4-2 mixed traffic locomotives. Bill
  16. There is a beer in the fridge (it is called Über and is from the Old Dairy brewery at Tenterden station, described as a hoppy pale ale and is best at slightly below room temperature), I've already started on the Stilton and there is port on the sideboard. I'm also collating the South Western Circle photographic collection until I become "tired and emotional. Further postings may be incoherent so may I wish you all a Happy New Year. Bill
  17. The 9 foot wheelbase was a requirement of the RCH 1923 standard. The LSWR had standardised on 10'6" and the SECR on 9'6" so the shorter length was retrogressive. Bill
  18. The typical freight wagon at the end of the nineteenth century was some 15 foot long and had a capacity of 10 ton. Several railways experimented with larger capacity wagons, the LYR was one, the LSWR was another. So the LSWR introduced the 8 plank open goods wagon in 1904; 21 foot long, 10'6" wheelbase, 15 ton capacity. The SECR introduced their 7 plank wagon a decade later and the SR continued with the 8 plank wagon, albeit on a 9' RCH underframe. They all had three-part doors, a drop flap with two hinged doors above. A problem was they looked very similar to mineral wagons and it was not unknown for them to acquire a load of coal. So the LSWR reduced their stated capacity to 12 ton so that, if they were misappropriated, the consequential load would be below the level of the hinged doors and wouldn't burst them open. The LSWR built to last so most of the wagons survived over 40 years and were scrapped in the early 1960s because there was no traffic for them. Bill
  19. The "specials" probably cost more to design and build and often did very little mileage, so would last much longer; possibly until the cessation of the traffic for which they were designed. Bill
  20. I'll quickly analysed the Southern Railway's percentage of open to covered goods wagons in 1923, 1929, 1939 and 1949. I've ignored all other wagons, including refrigerated vans. So the figure is: open / open + van, expressed as a percentage. 1923 - 83% open 1929 - 87% open 1939 - 80% open 1949 - 67% open My understanding is the railways were required to provide an agreed number of wagons into the pool according to the volume of traffic. So the 1923 figure will be influenced by the LSWR preference for covered wagons, possibly affected by Southampton Docks traffic. Thereafter we should be close to national figures. My source is Southern Wagons, vol 4, Mike King et al. By 1960, the national figure was about 10%, so the move from open to covered wagons was extremely quick. Bill
  21. I will assume the photo dates between 1917 and 1923, when the open wagons were pooled. As we are on MR territory (that companies brake van), I'll use MR lingo in noting the "deal" wagons would not be pooled nor would some or all the vans in the background - certainly the GER van was fitted and so not pooled. Bill
  22. And helped a charity, several families and made many recipients very happy. Well one Tony. Bill
  23. My little sister started to boss me at the age of four. She is still bossing me (and everybody else) 64 years later. Bill
  24. And the SR began a replacement cycle in the late 1920s. This was funded, to a significant extent, through the refund of the Passenger Duty by the government which had to be spent on the capital account. You didn't expect Sir Herbert Walker to get too hung up by the distinction between capital and revenue accounts, build the new wagon as capital, scrap the replaced wagon 366 days later, Treasury happy. But remember the SR would have recovered more Duty than the northern companies, being primarily a passenger company. Bill
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