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    Welsh 009 Freelance
    Late Victorian Cambrian

    I have always been interested in railways, ever since I watched a loco on a suburban train disappear under a bridge and we all ran across the path to see it appear on the other side. It was helped by reading the railway series by W R Audry, the originals are so good.
    I then read, 4 Little Engines. It would be wrong to say that it changed my life but it was the start of a love affair with narrow gauge railways which was fuelled by holidays in North Wales from my late teens onward. The Ffestiniog was closer to where we stayed and the first time I had the chance to go to the Talyllyn I decided to climb Cader Idris instead. It was a good call really as I have often since been on the Talyllyn but never climbed Cader Idris again, and am unlikely to in the future.
    The 4 Little Engines fixed in my mind that the narrow gauge railway I would model would have to connect to a main line railway as a feeder line and although the Traeth Mawr and Twll Du Railway does not share the same station its timetable means that those who live in the 'Big House' can get to London conveniently.
    The late Victorian and Edwardian period were the heyday of railways so I set my time period as 1895. This is fine for narrow gauge as all you change is the people around it. However, as it was having to be a feeder I began to investigate the local railway which was the Cambrian. When I found that I would have to build the standard gauge first it became 'interesting' as I have yet to tackle soldering brass and this could make life difficult but kits are becoming available and I will have to persevere.
    Trips on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch cemented in my mind the idea of 'school trains' which of course the Twll Du runs, hence the need in Traeth Mawr for some schools that are more than the local village school which everyone leaves at 12 if they stay on that long.
    These are the reasons behind my modelling but having set it in 1895 I am enjoying the history which you have to learn to recreate the flavour of the period.

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  1. At least I was right about the ones with the white aprons being chippys, but it appears that all the chippys are not wearing aprons. The dark aprons appear glossy, leather? Would that make them working with machines or blacksmiths? The young lad obviously has a job for life if he wants it. The 'unknowns', have they just wandered in from somewhere else for the photo or did the photographer forget to get their names? Did someone else give him the names, or did on being asked his name Fat Charlie said, "Fat Charlie"? So much information, yet not enough. And
  2. Nick, Looking good. Unfortunately I think that if you dig into the embankment at Cholsey you will find it is made of paperboard and screwed up Times newspapers. It is ok, no one will notice once you have finished.
  3. Stephen, The item was correctly described but I did not read that part of it. What sunk me was that they were offering free postage so it was cheaper than Slaters. The actual price was in fact the same as the Slaters '0' gauge seats. I was just having a bad moment. (There are lots of POW sides wagons on sale, at a snip, they start at one pound more than you can get them from POW sides. Normally i have my wits about me but they must have gone off for a cup of tea at the time.)
  4. Yes, it was probably everyone in the coach shop, but I think that they worked as a team, so probably all had a part in every coach. Just some interesting points. The lad in the front, third from the right, twelve, or just short? Certainly younger than the lads at the other side that had no names. Different aprons. If the men in the white aprons were chippys, what were the men, and lad, in the brown ones? Painters? There is a man in a bowler, and a bow tie, is he the manager, foreman, and the second from the right is named as the brother-in-law of the Ge
  5. Not much has happened this week. I started to fit the seats in the G20 Saloon. It struck me that I was not certain exactly how wide the seats should be, mainly because I had made the seats 7mm wide when I thought I had made it smaller. Fortuitously, or not as you may see, there came up on EBay, two Slaters packs of GWR seats. I looked on the Slaters web site but decided that I would buy them from EBay. I did not check them properly as I now have two packs of '0' gauge GWR seats. (If anyone wants them just shout, although I am not sure when I will get to a post office.) All
  6. Mikkel, Just brilliant! Not just the modelling but the thought that changed the story into reality. I love the use of the mountain troops. I do spend time looking at model figures to transform them into pre-grouping railway characters but this is another level. It encourages me to redouble my efforts. I look forward to the recreating of other stories.
  7. Yes, but you used the BRdatabase which I knew about but thought it only had info about BR locos.
  8. If you use the link to the database and in the menu go to withdrawals and put in any date as the start after the date you are modelling and the finish date as 1950 you will get an enormous list. If you then do Ctrl F and type 3500, it should jump you to the numbers that you want. It appears that by the late 30s all that was left were the 35xx of the class built from about 1894 onwards, so probably the larger version. Ten survived into BR ownership, but not for long.
  9. Here is a link to the page on the BRdatabase. As that is only the front page, here is the list of Metros built in February March 1882, as copied from the database. Metro Build dates 1882.xlsx
  10. It appears from this link that it is a correct number and it was built in 1881/2. In the Great Western Journal Issue 4 1992 page 153 there is an article about shed allocations from the 1930s. I think the earliest allocations that are generally available are from the early 1900s. (Generally available- in documents at Kew National Archive.) You are able to buy back copies of the Great Western Journal.
  11. I am fairly certain that @Compound2632 knows as I am certain that he put something about it on his wagon thread. (In the first thirty pages of D229 appreciation thread). EDIT: I was wrong, it was @Andy Hayter on Compound's thread, here is the link. Apparently you treat the Presfix as Methfix. Nothing at that point about the others.
  12. They did it deliberately, just to annoy you! I would do as you say, unless you want to build enough brake thirds to cover all possibilities. It is just possible that they made it up as they went along, and took less care than you have done. Whatever happens they do look good and appear to have been worth all the effort.
  13. There may be an answer to your question in the 'Prototype' section of the forum, but are they likely to have been there in the 1930s?
  14. I logged onto this earlier today and the show looks good, with everything displayed from the start. I looked at your layout first as I wanted to see how it was being shown. I shall be taking my grandson to the exhibition tomorrow afternoon, and will show him that first. When I used to take him to Henley before he went to school we would at some point go from Henley to Twyford to train spot, so he, like me, knows Henley as it is now. I shall be interested to see what he says when he sees your layout.
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