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    Member of Scalefour Society with a love of the Edwardian GWR. Planning to build a classic clich

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  1. Very interesting, four plank with 3 plank door, ribbed buffers (which seem quite short), single wooden block brake and that rather elegantly curved brake handle. I would hazard the opinion this wagon is a 'foreigner' from an acquired line such as, possibly, the Lambourn Valley Railway, where the GWR took ownership in 1905. However, while there are only a handful of pictures of the pre-GWR days in my copy of Robertson & Simmonds' 'The Lambourn Branch' (Wild Swan Publications ISBN 090686724), the opens all appear to have curved raised ends, and while they have what appear to be four plank opens with three plank doors (top picture page 15, unpainted wagons beside the goods shed) these two wagons seem to have hinges that would allow the top plank to open on either side - the GWR 1914 Health & Safety Handbook picture has a solid through plank. I'm unable to make out any brake lever details in any of the pictures of LVR stock to indicate the LVR's wagon 'style' in that department. If it is a wagon 'hired in' as suggested, then it seems likely it would be doing more productive work than hanging around the Swindon works, with a rather odd 'Factory' designation, and being used for photo opportunities rather than earning revenue to cover its cost to the Company. It seems more likely this is an inherited wagon from elsewhere and restricted to Company premises as a non-standard (and not Private Owner) wagon. Intriguing. Let's hope Mikkel has some luck with his pictures of Swindon and the mysterious wagon is spotted (and identified) - I really like that brake handle.
  2. They do look nice, much finer than the plastic injections which are heavier by necessity. RCH dimensions for W irons was 3/4" Grade B Iron, that's 0.25mm and injected plastic would not last long at that thickness.
  3. I wouldn't claim that my measuring (or my brass folding) was perfect by any means, but to fit inside a 25mm gap a spare 0.15mm either side isn't going to be a problem while too tight a fit could be. If you go for the MJT W Irons or a similar 'rocking' type compensation the distance across the ends is slightly shorter to allow the axle to rock without fouling the solebars either side.
  4. Mr Bedford's W Irons are 24.7mm across when folded, which fits nicely between the solebars that are 6' 3" (25mm) apart. All the existing W Irons have to be filed away first, leaving just the axle box, springs and spring stops on the solebars. In this case on a Ratio kit for a GWR Iron Mink. The extension of the arms front and back, to hold the spring wire, means that you are best putting the wagon floor in upside down, otherwise they are likely to foul on any cross beams moulded in the underframe detail. This is a test fit using the Ratio axle box to hold the bearing cups before fitting the sprung carriers to the W Iron.
  5. Hi Is the Skinley Drawing still looking for a home?
  6. Hi

     

    If not gone can I bag them?

     

     

  7. Hi, Here's hoping everyone is well I'm having a clear out and have, as far as I can tell, four left hand and six right hand turnout bases from the SMP Scaleway '00' track system. These take standard code 75 bullhead rail and there are some pieces of rail in one of the bags although not enough to make all the turnouts. There are also nine or ten of the glass-fibre tie bars and I've thrown in a couple of my home made 3D printed 5:1 V jigs to assist with filing the 'V's. Check out http://85a.co.uk/forum/view_post.php?post_id=2078 for instructions on making the 'V' if you're unsure - use the jig to bend the rail and then hold the rail while filing. There only appears to be one set of instructions but the diagram isn't exactly Templot accuracy and a couple of the bases already have rails in place as seen in the photo's. I'm not vouching for the state of any of these bases, except perhaps the one that's still in original wrapping, there may be some melted chairs but I think on the whole they are in good nick. If you're feeling adventurous the Royal Mail is offering an online postage service https://send.royalmail.com/ where you can buy a label online to be printed out and attached to the parcel that's put in a letter box. The package weight is 280g and it qualifies as large letter, second class is £1.83 and First Class is £2.14. Please wait for confirmation that you are the 'winner' before you start buying any postage though. Other than the postage these are fee, gratis and for nothing. I hope someone can make a nice little shunting plank or similar with them to wile away the lock-down hours. All the best - Ian
  8. Hi, Here's hoping everyone is well These have now been claimed and posted - thanks for looking though. I'm having a clear out and have, as far as I can tell, four left hand and six right hand turnout bases from the SMP Scaleway '00' track system. These take standard code 75 bullhead rail and there are some pieces of rail in one of the bags although not enough to make all the turnouts. There are also nine or ten of the glass-fibre tie bars and I've thrown in a couple of my home made 3D printed 5:1 V jigs to assist with filing the 'V's. Check out http://85a.co.uk/forum/view_post.php?post_id=2078 for instructions on making the 'V' if you're unsure - use the jig to bend the rail and then hold the rail while filing. There only appears to be one set of instructions but the diagram isn't exactly Templot accuracy and a couple of the bases already have rails in place as seen in the photo's. I'm not vouching for the state of any of these bases, except perhaps the one that's still in original wrapping, there may be some melted chairs but I think on the whole they are in good nick. If you're feeling adventurous the Royal Mail is offering an online postage service https://send.royalmail.com/ where you can buy a label online to be printed out and attached to the parcel that's put in a letter box. The package weight is 280g and it qualifies as large letter, second class is £1.83 and First Class is £2.14. Please wait for confirmation that you are the 'winner' before you start buying any postage though. Other than the postage these are fee, gratis and for nothing. I hope someone can make a nice little shunting plank or similar with them to wile away the lock-down hours. All the best - Ian
  9. Hi Paul - could you let me know the sleeper dimensions for the Peco BH Code 75 flex track? Good luck with the layout BTW.
  10. Ah, of course, thank you. I couldn't get past the sandwich - Bacon, Lettuce,Tomato.
  11. Concerning the matter of cross overs for run 'round loops, the prototype had a couple of wheezes up their sleeve that could be very useful. Moor Street station in Birmingham used a traverser to move locomotives between the platform lines, providing the same facility as a cross over but in a length not much longer than a locomotive. Again with the GWR in Birmingham, Snow Hill station had a Sector Table at the end of a bay, switching loco's between lines without the length required for a turnout + loco. Still in the West Midlands but LNWR this time, Harborne Station had a small turntable at the end of the platform line. https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lms/harborne.htm is a little unclear whether this was 42' or 45' diameter, but whichever, you're not going to fit a locomotive release line and crossover turnout into 180mm, which is all a 45' turntable represents. Also turning the tender locomotives would add to operating interest and viewer interest. Something like the Moor Street traverser or Snow Hill Sector Table would fit perfectly in a Minories layout's cramped urban station context - since that's what Moor Street and Snow Hill were. http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/b/birmingham_snow_hill/ has some details of the traverser, I think I might have a copy of the Ransom & Rapier production drawings somewhere. You might also try and locate some of Ian Futers' layout plans, I recall he had a 'Layout in a Week' article in Railway Modeller in the early '70's. That had a six feet long scenic section, very basic with just four turnouts but possibly a good starting point for a first layout, I'll try and dig out the plan which was reproduced in the Railway Modeller a few years ago. Addendum: Ian Futers' Ashfield layout can be found in the September 2012 Railway Modeller along with a copy of the original article published back in September 1972... when the magazine cost the princely sum of 18p!!!!! I remember the plan's first appearance in RM, and my attempt to build it as a 'Layout in a Weekend' at the first show of the Keighley Model Railway Club. The original Ashleigh plan is actually only 4'6"x1', but as noted it is rather basic with just four turnouts. The Sept'12 RM is good value as it also contains Mr Futer's Fisherrow Yard layout and Paul Marshall-Potter's Albion Yard. BTW: What is a "BLT" layout? As with most TLA's the answer will no doubt be annoyingly obvious. Anyway - best of luck finding your dream plan for Dad's Railway.
  12. Thanks for looking Tim, I am aware of the Tyling Branch layout and it's quite a bit larger than the one I'm thinking of. Looking at cover pictures on magazineexchange.co.uk the edition for Jan 1975 looks promising, content index describes a GWR branch layout called Buxton Road by T.A. Quinn - no copies available at present. I think the logical way to progress this search is a trip to the British Library, there will be a charge but hopefully I can see all editions for MRC and Model Railways in one place and time. Unfortunately, it being Sunday, a lot of their website is not available at the moment, but they definitely have Ian Allen publications listed including MRC. Well it's certainly research.
  13. I've just been playing around with the layout with XtrackCAD This extends the basic plan but perhaps makes things too busy - as Inglenookfan says, the main appeal of this layout is its bucolic sleepiness. Plus there's an awful lot of facing points on the passenger line. Paring things back a little retains the two loops which were often a feature of GWR branch termini such as Fairford, Lambourn, Tetbury and Malmesbury. Although noted the second loop often went through the goods shed, or in the case of Malmesbury the loco shed. Minimum radius is about 8' and turnouts are all B6 and B7 I think the second siding, at the bottom (baseboard front?) of the plan works best coming off the loop. The rear siding (platform rear) serving a dock for milk traffic and livestock, plus unloading of horse drawn carriages and motor cars for guests weekending at the local estate. Things could get rather busy some weekends with estate guests bringing their hunters, the station master trying to figure out where to park the horseboxes and run his regular services. The occasional special train with additional first class coach accommodation for guests attending estate shoots, or additional coaches and rakes of cattle trucks for market day trains. So sleepy most of the time, but with the occasional bout of pandemonium. Ideal period, 1905-12 - GWR locomotive livery arguably at it's best until 1906, Class 517, 1076 and 2021 being the main motive power, with the occasional 3232 2-4-0, Armstrong or Dean's Goods. Coaching stock in fully lined chocolate and cream, and for the later years newly serviced stock in crimson lake lined in gold. If loco livery was unaccountably still in 1906 condition I don't see anyone complaining - the sight would be glorious.
  14. Thanks for the reply EJ - that's a nice small layout, very reminiscent of Fairford with the loop placed beyond the platform, but I'm afraid it isn't the one. I'm almost certain it wasn't in RM. Also by 1978 I had discovered women, beer and loud loud music so I wasn't spending much time reading the model railway press. Many thanks for responding anyway.
  15. This may seem an odd request. I am seeking a model railway of my youth that appeared, I think, in the Model Railway Constructor or possibly Model Railways, but I'm pretty sure it was not Railway Modeller circa 1972-3. Unfortunately I can't be definite on the dates, but this is around 43 years ago. This is what I can recall of the layout - it was '00', the display baseboard was only 6-7' long and 12-18" wide, locomotives in the photographs definitely included a Dean's Goods (K's kit) and possibly an 850 Class saddle tank. The platform was curved along the mainline with a small station building at the back of the scene, on the left most siding was a loading dock with crane, no goods shed building I'm pretty sure. I couldn't swear but it may have had a line running behind the platform but whenever I draw that in it seems to make the layout seem cramped. Also a headshunt off the loop, but that never seems to work without a double-slip. I think it was one of the first layouts I had seen with almost all the running lines on a curve and I absolutely fell in love with it. I am fairly sure that the points and track were the old GEM fibre base, and I'm afraid that is pretty much all I can recall. Whenever I see piles of old MRC's at shows or in the better sort of model shops (you know, the ones with little dusty corners you can rootle in and find hidden treasures) then I often will flick through a few copies in the hope of finding this elusive layout.... but no joy so far. I do often end up buying a handful of copies though. If I could identify the magazine and issue date/number I could start hunting a copy down on the internet, but without knowing for sure which publication it was in or what month/year published... well, you get the picture. If anyone believes they recognise this layout from my hazy description then please post a reply, if you can identify the magazine and year then even better. Many thanks.
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