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  1. Hi Dave, yes, my list 10 ends at 15731/E. I'll get list 23 scanned & off to you later today. Anyone else interested? It's laid out differently from the earlier ones in that its arranged in 2 columns/page but sideways on. That at least means the typeface size is larger & more legible. There's a total of 6 A4 sides - but each side has 2 page numbers. Martin
  2. Dave, I still have all the OPC/BR Joint Venture lists of drawings & photos relevant to the GW. List 1 ends at 7994, but there is a 'Stop Press' listing 8200 to 8236 List 6 ends at 13758 - page 7 ends at 13236 so it looks as if you are missing page 8 I also have List 23 which lists 23287 to 24493 (but not sequentially!) & 26980 to 27046. all GW rolling stock drgs. The 2nd batch are broad gauge. I can provide scans if required. Martin
  3. This gets discussed fairly regularly on RMWeb & elsewhere & I remember it being observed that whereas white van roofs appeared in greater numbers than many assume it does seem that white carriage roofs were much rarer - they seemed to discolour quicker. It was suggested that carriages spent a greater percentage of their lives actually running behind steam locos & so were subject to more loco exhaust than vans which spent a lot of their lives idle in goods yards. An interesting theory. Martin
  4. Thanks Bob, that's just wonderful, it's really raised my spirit! Martin
  5. If you wanted a lined version you could go for 6372 - a Taunton engine from late 1930s until its withdrawal in Dec 1963. There are many photos of it on the Barnstaple line & there's one of it at Ilfracombe in Martin Smith's 'Exmoor's Railways'. That was in Aug 1953 so it was in black (& it looks as if it had an intermediate tender then). It was the 1st Mogul to have the lined livery, in May 1956 so with lining on the tender fender & the 1st BR totem. There is a photo of it at Newton Abbott with a small 2nd BR totem (so in all likelihood lined) on the Rail-Online photo site, the da
  6. Well, Huxtable says 'Through GWR workings - as opposed to carriages simply being worked forward by the SR - had begun in 1925, coinciding with the upgrading of the route to main line status & the provision of a larger turntable at Ilfracombe' Yes, you're right about 1930s layout potential, tho' mid-1920s perhaps better - the Halls' photos (c1927) shew an amazing array of GWR stock on their line to Barnstaple. Rakes of 4 wheelers, clerestories, toplights, slip coaches, & many trains had horseboxes. Martin
  7. No! There are photos in the NRM's Halls' collection of GW locos beyond Barnstaple Junc c 1930. Also see Freddie Huxtable's 3 vol magnum opus on the GW's Barnstaple line. I've just picked up vol 3 & right at the beginning found an early 1930s photo (credited to Brian Perkes) of Collet 2268 piloting SR 'N' A826 across Caen Street crossing in Braunton. On the following page is another Perkes' photo, shewing prairie 5535 at the crossing with a down train. Somewhere (can't find them at the moment), there are photos at Barnstaple Town shewing Mogul & 55xx passing a L&B train - so 1935 l
  8. See this recent thread on Small Suppliers: Martin
  9. That's in 'A Great Western Gallery' (GW Soc 1974) & perhaps elsewhere subsequently. Tim, Where's your photo of? Martin
  10. Well, maybe the RM is at fault - a downside of swapping the boring flatness of Cambridgeshire for the charms of the West Country? (I'm with you in spirit but unfortunately I can't sell the charms of the West Country to my wife ) Martin
  11. Posted the cheque for my first ever MRJ subscription on 6th April, & 278 arrived this morning - so pretty good service from both Cygnet & the RM (especially as my cheque hasn't been cashed!). It looks an excellent issue too. Martin
  12. Now seems to be the time to remind RMWebbers of the Great Western Study Group's book: 'GWR Structure Colours 1912 - 1947 From Official Sources'. It includes colour photos taken in the 1950s of structures still in GWR colours - admitedly general faded - from all round the system: eg Bloxham, Longville, Chudleigh, Bletchington, and others. It is priced at £14.95 (£10.00 for members) + P&P. Further information & details of how to order can be found on the Publications page of the GWSG's website: http://www.gwsg.org.uk/ Martin
  13. An 90-year old friend of mine asked his neighbour who was shopping for him to try get 'a couple of rolls of loo paper'. The neighbour came back with a pack of 24. Never can the term 'a life-time's supply' be so apt! Martin
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