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  1. The FW sleeper was originally an LNER service that operated out of KX, as did many of the Scottish sleepers. Electrification of the WCML to Glasgow in 1974 was followed by concentration of all anglo-scottish sleeper services to Euston, including the services that had run from StPancras and which utilised ex-LMS steam heated cars until 1974. That was all well and good for those living in London, but for those living in places like York, it meant a loss of a direct service to the West Highlands. I remember as a 7 year old getting on the FW sleeper in what was platform 16 at York; walking down the steps to the platform at 1am, past the EE Type 4 and entring a Mk1 sleeper - very exciting. I woke an looked through the blind at 6am as we were shunted at Glasgow QSt and then was woken for a visit to the Mk1 restaurant car for a cooked breakfast on Rannoch Moor.
  2. Tony, I agree that these are excellent layout locos. The challenge for me is where and how to add sufficient weight. My B1 with Comet chassis and Mashima motor runs well but is too light to haul a meaningful length train
  3. I picked up three second hand books last week - Steam in Scotland Parts 1 & 2 and Roaming the Scottish Rails - all of which are full of photographs by two of the photographers that inspired my interest in northern steam: WJV Anderson and Derek Cross. They all date from the late 60s and early 70s with a quality that doesn't disappoint, including captions that, although short, take the reader into the image. One of the photos that I like is of two 'Crabs' hauling a ballast train departing a station on the Glasgow - Stranraer line in 1965 with a caption that explains that although they were in poor mechanical condition, they got over the 1:54 gradient on the curving single line without a problem. A week later, the train was hauled by a Black 5 and a Standard 5 because the Ayr shed master didn't want to risk two using Crabs again, but this time the train had to stop half way up for a 'blow-up' for 30 minutes! Another thing I learned was that the Rev W Awdry story about Donald and Douglas was based on the pair of Caley 0-6-0s that worked a colliery train in Ayrshire. Heavier locos were banned from the line so the old locos were retained - trhe working was known as 'The Twins' - fascinating
  4. It’s been a long time since my last post - other things taking up my time. However here are a couple of shots of a classic 1960 border country branch line train comprising an Ivatt 2MT plus Mk1 BCK - as small a steam hauled train as you can get including two classes of travel. Probably more train crew than passengers ! edit - just noticed the station masters house gate has fallen off its hinges - also there are no loco lamps
  5. Looks really good. I look forward to seeing the completed result
  6. I drill and solder in brass lacing pins, with the pin heads suitably squeezed using pliers and filed to shape.
  7. I find it is helpful to scrape all the extraneous ballast from the tops of sleepers and rail webs. Then tone down the ballast with thinned down track colour / sleeper grime etc. Paint the sleepers with track colour / old timber and paint the rail webs and chairs with light rust and allow that to seep into the ballast under the rails. All very tedious but worth the effort
  8. Well the crab runs well - lacked a little adhesion on the climb so assistance from the J36 was needed as far as Whitrope summit. The wagon bearings need lubricating, which should help. There is not much free space in the boiler for added weight. All in all, I am very pleased with the engine - it is just trundling round light engine atm to give it a running in
  9. or you could build a model of the Waverley Route where LNER Pacifics routinely hauled 4/5/6 coach trains - but were from St Margaret’s shed and so routinely dirty
  10. Crab 42783 is being prepared for service. A Bachmann LMS bargain from Rails of Sheffield with added parts from the Brassmasters detailing kit, a full repaint and heavy weathering - someone will get into trouble about allowing the smoke box to get so rusty - Needs a crew before it is given a run. Someone has cleaned the grime off the cab side number. These locos certainly have a muscular look about them. I have a film somewhere of one on a freight on the Waverley Route having to stop at Steele Road for a blow up.
  11. Weathered and coaled. I’ve ordered replacement LMS buffers for the loco - although the Brassmasters instructions suggest the existing buffers can be removed and fitted to a replacement buffer beam, they won’t shift. I will need to be patient until they arrive in the post so I can complete the loco next weekend
  12. Further progress on the tender, which is now ready for painting. Photos always show up issues though - I need to find the missing tender buffer !
  13. I’ve started work on upgrading a ‘bargain’ Bachmann Crab using the Brassmasters upgrade pack, starting with the tender. This will keep me busy for a bit. FB also reminded me of a photo from three years ago when I first ran the D30.
  14. It’s lunch time so there is just time for a spot of shunting before my afternoon meeting
  15. St Margaret’s ‘borrowed’ it for a run to Carlisle and back
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