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Caledonian last won the day on March 23 2010

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    Currently near Backworth Colliery but originally from Aberdeen (Kitty)
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    Scottish and North Eastern Railways, especially colliery lines. Apart from that there's two sons and a bull mastiff to keep me out of trouble

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  1. Speaking of The Bear, does anyone know whether the blue livery is original to Colville's/Beardmore's at Mossend, or whether it comes from the 1942 rebuild by Barclays ?
  2. And that is exactly the point about these coaches. You might be inclined to complain that Hornby didn't take the opportunity to produce a super-detailed LBSCR range to hang behind a Terrier, but for the rest of us mere mortals wanting to run something akin to the North British or the Caledonian they are an enormous improvement on those "horrible old 4-wheelers" and Triang clerestories which are all we've been offered in the past.
  3. Me too, which makes me very happy, but it suggests that Hattons are scrambling to get enough stock to honour the pre-orders with nothing left over for general stock
  4. I posted yesterday on the 4-6 wheel coaches on that thread. As first advertised on Hattons website, they were all due out January/February, so I immediately pre-ordered two NBR ones. The other week I was advised that the 6 wheel brake was ready, so promptly paid up and received it as quickly and as efficiently as ever. There was no word at all however of the 6-wheel compo and when I looked again at the catalogue, estimated delivery dates for all of them had shifted in some cases to December-January. Then this very day I had a notification that the 6-wheel compo is ready to go. I re
  5. Back when the happy news broke I pre-ordered a 6 wheel unclassified brake and 6 wheel 3rd in North British livery from Hattons. Delivery at that time was predicted as January/February. The other week I was duly notified that if I electronically crossed their palms with silver, the 6 wheel brake would be despatched to me. I did, it was, and I'm perfectly happy with it, but there was no word of the 6 wheel 3rd. However, according to Hatton's website : The NBR 6 wheelers are not now due until December 2021- February 2022 and the 4 wheelers have vanished
  6. Back in the day it was one of my jobs to administer lineside allotments. Sheds were forbidden - so were children and other livestock. They also fell into two officially designated categories. Allotments could be quite large and weren't that common. Most were actually designated as lineside gardens and were directly accessed from adjacent properties, usually the bottom of a regular garden, and weren't fenced off. The basic principle was that they were occupied at the pleasure of the District Engineer and he had to be satisfied that they weren't going to interfere with s
  7. Looks splendid. Are you going to ruin the effect by adding the copper, it rarely seems to be visible in photies of the originals ?
  8. Another wizard wheeze might be to run the coach behind something which doesn't affect it, Then run the Dukedog on a parallel track and see what happens when they pass.
  9. From the point of view of the LBSC and its successors that lack of total fidelity is obviously going to be disappointing, but that particular market is so very much smaller than the one Hornby is aiming for. At the most basic level I have no interest at all in purchasing LBSC/Southern/British Railways[Southern] coaches, but I have been tempted by the NBR ones, notwithstanding the limitations
  10. It'll be interesting to see how all of this pans out, because we have an unusual situation here. Ordinarily, in consultation with the marketing people, a manufacturer will anticipate the demand fairly accurately and produce a certain number of say Stanier coaches in LMS livery and probably rather more in BR livery, and so away we go. Here on the other hand we have a product range, which is first split between four wheel and six wheel coaches and then between those with and without lights. Then we have an unprecedented variety of liveries. Most of these liveries are going to be rela
  11. No, its not a Diagram 45 Caledonian brake, and the Bachmann five-plank next door isn't a real Caley wagon, but they both resemble the prototype well enough for me to run a convincing Caledonian layout until I find the patience and develop the skill to gradually replace them with better ones. Similarly, I'm aware of the "shortcomings" of the generic Hornby NBR six wheelers but they will do fine until and unless something better comes along and in the meantime are infinitely better than sitting in an armchair running layouts in my head
  12. I will cheerfully confess that I have taken one of the new Hornby LSWR brakes and repainted and lettered it as a Caledonian Railway Diagram 45 brake. The side windows had to go and there are other minor imperfections but apart from the fact that its overscale by a couple of millimetres its a very easy bodge.
  13. There's a splendidly detailed photie of a stripped down 474356 at St. Rollox in British Railways Illustrated Vol.18 No.1 [October 2008] Don't know about brackets, but the sort of detail "revealed" by removing the tanks includes the settling pipe, under the boiler level with the dome, the reversing lever [on the right side] and what I take to be a sandbox lever One other essential detail if the tank is coming off is a Do Not Move sign
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