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  1. Drew Can you put me down for two for Fawley Hill Sunday please. Cheers Doug
  2. Jeff Have you seen Karl Crowther's Hebble Vale Goods? I've seen it at exhibitions and his method of joining Wills sheets together produces an end product which is superb. He did an article in MRJ explaining his methods about a year ago [sorry don't have the precise date] but http://www.emgauge70s.co.uk/ will give you an idea what he's achieved. Not sure how you will mount the plastic on your ply frame, I've had a lot of success using narrow strips of double sided tape on foam board as well as ply. Just a thought. Doug
  3. An alternative might be to use plasterers scrim. I've built embankments on an expanded polystyrene base with the scrim hiding the 'regularities' of cuts on the base. The scrim is flexible and sticky and a good base for a thin layer of plaster. I've been pleased with the results. Just a thought. Doug
  4. Andy As a 'lurker' I hope you don't mind me contributing to your options for your splendid Bristol Victoria model.. I see you've made reference to coal production in the Radstock area which is of particular interest to me. As background, I've done quite a bit of research into the railways around Radstock ahead of my retirement plan to build an EM gauge model of Radstock West [GWR]. I'm now into the scenic side which extends from Marcrofts wagon works to beyond the famous level crossing based around 1959. I lived in the area for a few years before I moved away for work but hope you don't mind me sharing a little of what I've learned which might be of interest to you although it may or may not fit with your current backstory for Bristol Victoria. If it doesn't fit feel free to ignore!! By the mid '60's there were two pits still producing coal around Radstock. Writhlington pit was connected to the S & D at Radstock and when the S & D was closed a new connection to the GWR was installed specifically to allow the coal to be 'exported' from the area to Portishead Power station or for the smelter at Avonmouth. Kilmersdon pit was connected to the GWR line via a rope worked incline station and used to lower 16T minerals to the GWR connection. All told around 50 wagons of coal a day were produced in the '60's which was hauled away from the area mainly I believe by Hymeks. A slip at Pensford in July 1968 saw the direct through route to Bristol closed and as the production of coal was still profitable, this then had to be moved out via Frome Bath and Portishead a rather circuitous route but allowed Class 47's and 52's [often Western Queen I believe] to be the main hauliers. I'm not sure when the changeover took place from 16T's to MGR HOP AB's but I do have a photo of a MGR wagon with a with a slogan painted on the side indicating last wagon of coal from Writhlington and dated 16th Nov 1973. So by the end of September 1973, coal mining had ceased in the Somerset coalfield. I can't find any reference to coal being exported from Bristol docks during the period of your model but perhaps if you applied 'Rule 1' you could include MGR's as well as the 16T's. I'd recommend Colin Magg's book 'The Bristol-Radstock-Frome Line' published by The Oakwood Press to anyone who might be interested in the lines history & workings. Keep up the good work, as reading your message board is always an accompaniment to my breakfast which is a whole lot more enjoyable than the traditional press. Doug
  5. I've recently been experimenting with building materials and had some success using embossed plastikard and Wills embossed sheets on a base of 5mm foam board. I bought this cheap at a national craft shop together with a roll of narrow double sided tape which does surprisingly hold the base and surface tightly together. This gets around the problem using solvents dissolving the internal foam. I'm using this process to top out the platforms with Wills paving and Slater's embossed brick for the walls of the platforms themselves. Care needs to be taken to 'fit' the paving together but it's then a case of laying on top of the double sided tape with a minimal amount of pressure. Doug
  6. re your plans for Radstock. A while ago I shared some pics of Marcrofts with Paul B who now has them on his site http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/?q=radstock I used to live in Radstock and when I retired my long term intention of building Radstock West commenced. I have modelled from Marcrofts to beyond the infamous level crossing about 35' long almost scale length on two sides of my garage. I've set the EM gauge layout in 1959 the last year of through passenger services. If I can be of any further help give me a shout Doug
  7. I've taken a look at Hugh Longworth's 'BR Mark 1 & Mark 2 Coaching stock' which suggests the LMR did receive a no of BSO's in the '60's. All were from the first batch Lot no 30170 built at Doncaster between 1955-1956. The dates below indicate the month of transfer to the LMR and any subsequent regional movements. E9205 .......07/65 E9206........07/65 E9208 .......07/65 E9209....... 01/66........back to ER....07/71 E9210....... 04/68 E9212........01/66 E9220........10/68 E9221........02/67 E9225........01/66 E9226........08/65 E9227........10/68 E9228........07/65 E9229........by '72.....then to Sc 02/81 E9230........04/68 E9236........01/66 E9237........01/66.....then to Sc 02/81 E9241........by '72 E9250........04/68 E9252........by '69....then back to ER 05/70 Hope that helps Doug
  8. I have no connection with SP but had a very good experience recently. I'd been after a pair of brass sides for a mark 1 diag 30 Griddle Car which was showing as out of stock on the web site. I contacted SP via their link to ask if there was any stock available and if not to tell me if there was any intention to manufacture in the near future. I heard nothing for about 6 weeks and then David emailed me to say he'd located what I wanted if still interested. Paid same day sides arrived within 48 hrs. So in my book SP exceeded my expectations as what I was asking for was out of stock. I'd buy from SP again without hesitation Doug
  9. I've been a little slow moving from the 'looking' mode to 'action' mode so now I really want a pair of brass Southern Pride BR Mark 1 Diag 30 Griddle Car sides they are no longer available. The SPM is now showing the sides [sPS118] as unavailable and although the pre printed sides remain in stock I'd prefer to use the brass sides to match my other Comet conversions. So is there anyone out there with a set of Diag 30 sides they no longer need?? BTW I've not been able to find an Email address of SPM so I've not got any indication if the sides will be produced again in the future. Cheers Doug
  10. Nick Sorry I can't be your 100th 'lurker' as I'm already lurking. Love the layout and especially all the behind the scenes stuff!! Doug
  11. Drew Many thanks for organising the open day today. Another great day out and very useful from my personal perspective. I've thanked Pete for the personal tour, as it turned out, of 9002. What a cracker of a coach and restored to such exemplary standards. Can you thank the boiler lads for turning out on their day off and explaining some of the technical background to their work, very interesting. Well done and see you in a couple of years god forgiving!! Best Wishes Doug
  12. Castle Wonder if I could ask a big favour. When everyone was chasing around for a Bachmann Inspection saloon I thought my money would be more enjoyably spent on a Comet Special Saloon No 9002. I was in the middle of ordering when Geoff was taken ill but the family ensured I got the full kit so I can have my own VIP saloon for which I'm truly grateful. As 9002 is now on the stocks and progressing, is there any chance of a look inside the original for a few pics on the Sunday open day. If this is difficult no worries at all but if I don't ask then I'll never know if it was possible. Thanks in advance whatever the answer is. Doug
  13. Castle Bad news........... my mate has just told me he has an unexpected leaving do to attend for his vicar [hence Sunday] so I'm down to a 'oner' for the open day. Sorry for the late advice Doug
  14. Hi Fender If you go onto Paul Bartlett's site and search for 'Radstock' [ sorry can't seem to c & p the link ] you will find a few pic's I took and asked Paul to display on his web page. These were taken in the early '80's but from pictures I've sourced for my EM Gauge layout of Radstock, little if anything had changed since 1965 when Derek Fear's pics of Radstock were taken [ Noodle Books Impermanent Ways Volume 5 Somerset, Page 47]. I believe there were some photo's of the wagon works served by the S & D at Radstock published in Model Railways magazine December 1972 HTH Doug
  15. Hi Drew I missed last year [my fault entirely] but I'd like to take up your offer of a couple of places for a copper and green nut and myself. Thoroughly recommend the behind the scenes guide hence my urgency in seeking a couple of places. Thanks in advance Doug
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