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  1. Were the metal OHVs used in the same way as the 5 plankers or were they used for bagged clay.?
  2. This morning I found a picture of 6v53 at Ashchurch taken August 1979, hauled by 25 101, which I thought was rather interesting.
  3. Not a bad shout, Phil. A scruffy Western at the front of that train really looks the business. I think a peak looks good too. I am working on a two tone green 47 with full yellow and tops numbers. Very scruffy!
  4. Thankyou for taking the trouble to have a look. Also, interesting to hear of the refurbished 50 on the milks.
  5. I would like to say thankyou for all the replies. I do find this train quite interesting. It's fairly distinctive and yet the formation can still vary slightly by the addition of a few different wagons, especially after Exeter, it seems. For example a few coal wagons, tankers or presflows could often be seen in the formation. Sometimes at the front and sometimes seemingly random within the formation. I have even seen a picture of a blue and grey mark 1 included. Most of my modelling time during the summer has been spent assembling thirty various open wooden wagons of 10ft wheelb
  6. I am interested to know if anyone has any proof that this train was ever worked by a large logo class 50. I believe the vacuum braked trains ran until 1982 and given that there were large logo 50s around from 1981, it should have been possible. I have quite a large book collection and together with internet searches, I cannot seem to find a picture. Plenty of pictures of LL 50s on clayhoods, but that is not the same. I have recently completed a rake of these wagons, pictured below and I was wondering if my LL class 50 could be employed on the train occasionally. Many thanks in advance,
  7. 156 470 together with 205 032 at Salisbury on 6 May 1989, which co incidently is the same date as the above link to Martin Loaders' website.
  8. My newly completed southbound 'Clayliner' train 6V53 is seen heading across the viaduct, above. Here the train is pictured sat in the goods loop behind the signal box. As previously mentioned, these wagons are built from N gauge Society plastic body kits, running on etched underframes from the 2mm Association. Below is a close up of a couple of the wagons which differ slightly from the more familiar 'clayhoods'. So I now have two full length china clay trains, albeit one depicts an empty train. The clayhoods are built from ex Parkwood bod
  9. Thats very kind of you. That would be nice. It would improve the front end appearance no end! As you can see, I improvised and used various wagon transers!
  10. Hi Paul. That looks very smart. Thankyou for posting. It is a model of the later version of the 07-16 featuring a slightly different design including tappered front windscreen which, I must admit, I do actually prefer and I was very tempted to model. However, I did in the end choose to go for the older, more ugly, version with a rectangular front window as I felt that type of tamper seemed more appropriate for my layout, often seen lurking in the sidings in the backgrounds of pictures of my favourite locations such as Exeter or Whiteball Summit during the 1970s. Looks like yours
  11. The pile of scrap looks quite effective
  12. Hi Rich. That is my understanding as well, that a van was sometimes used for the empty sheets. I have seen pictures of the train, consisting of a long line of open wagons with just a single van somewhere in the consist. That is the train formation I am aiming for although other wagons were often included such as vans, coal, oil tanks and presflows especially south of Exeter, it seems. Somewhere, I have seen a picture of the southbound clayliner with a mark1 coach at the front of the formation. Regarding the size of the models, because they are small, personally, I tend to simply le
  13. I have been working on new wagons for the layout. Pictured above is my recently completed model of a BR built (LMS design) unfitted Tube wagon. This is effectively a stratchbuild as the body is entirely plasticard and the chassis consists of various pieces of 2mm Association etches soldered to a strip of brass. For some time I had wondered how to tackle the corrugated ends but then I remembered how I used 0.3mm microstrip while building the pagoda and lamp huts for the layout. The brakegear is extended 12ft wheelbase etch. The real wagons are 17.5 ft wheelbase. The picture below shows the f
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