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    Well, model railways and the full size stuff are in there somewhere....

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  1. Ho hum... Should I mention that Hornby has the Bassett Lowke brand? Considering the most recent use of the name by Hornby??
  2. The main UK contact is Mr. Bob Hamilton. Note that the email address has two “h”s. And a “d”...This is correct! @ 97XX You have a PM....
  3. Undeliverence? Day of the undelivered? Or just The Undelivered?
  4. We have the train set, with the Ringfield motor tender drive loco, and an extra brake coach in its own box... So, yes, separate coaches were indeed available. Of course, these coaches were just the standard Hornby Railways LMS coaches in a different livery. Not bespoke models of the actual coaches, and no catering vehicles...
  5. There were a few different variations in the tools for the track bases. There were modifications as well, for example, the “walls” around the track connexions on the power tracks. These started out as complete walls, then sections were lowered to allow for the connexion of the suppression capacitors. There is quite a lot of information in Pat Hammond’s books, mainly volume 1 for Standard Track. According to volume 1, capacitors on Power Tracks were introduced in 1956, with the yellow rectangle variant. This also states that the white capacitor ca
  6. From what I recall, the yellow flat plate cap came first, then the red ones, then the white ones...later a smaller orange/ yellow disc, and an even smaller square shaped cap was used in locomotives. None of those tongues is the reinforced variety... The really early power connecting tracks do not have a capacitor fitted.
  7. I produced an article published in the Train Collector, the magazine of the Train Collectors Society, about the inspiration behind the Lone Star Locos range. This is mainly from a posting on the Hornby Forum... (All photos are from our collection, except the Lone Star 3mt. ) Lone Star Inspirations... I believe that the Lone Star Locos models may well have been inspired by other models! The "Jinty" locos were not lined in BR days, but the Tri-ang models gained mixed traffic lined black livery.... The Lone Star Locos "Jinty
  8. Of hand, I think that the second from the right is the first design, with the moving brass contact. The wired one, extreme right, has a brass plate to tension the operating lever linkage. This would come after the moving contact point. I am certain that an early electric point is in our collection. The base is different from the hand operated points, and has no hand operating lever. The original hand operated points could not be converted to electric operation. The later sliding lever points could have a solenoid assembly added into the
  9. Other items with replaceable tongues are the electric level crossings, and the gravity unloading bridge. Plain track, curves and straights did have the tongues strengthened. In general, it was the more expensive items that had replaceable tongues.
  10. Yes, I think that crossing is a poly one....the replaceable tongues I believe are only found on poly track. One reason was that the replaceable tongues were introduced was because they were more likely to break off on the more rigid poly track bases...
  11. Having had fun paddling out the fire on a GWR 5700 Pannier Tank I can vouch for the limited area to swing the hot stuff around and out of the door hole! Oh the fun we had... those were the days... And to think, I really wanted to work in a Signal Box at the time....
  12. On some locos, possibly BR standard 4mt?, I believe that the front windows open, and access to items stowed on the tank tops could be via the windows?
  13. Pullman cars. Possibly available...certainly some similar ones in the Pullman Umber and Cream livery...
  14. Most certainly a family likeness there.....
  15. The very first MK1 Sleepers had open axle box bogies, that was the 1961 production. 1962 saw the introduction of the closed axle box bogies, but with plain axles. Pin point axles came in around 1963, so there was only about a year when Tri-ang coaches had closed axle boxes and the plain axles with sleeved axle split wheels. These are harder to fit and remove than the pin point axles, and care must be taken not to break the plastic bogies. The Trestrol wagon bogies also had plain axles with split sleeved axle wheels.
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