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Pint of Adnams

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    East Anglian railways from the beginning until c1960, and especially in East Suffolk - both the prototype and modelling them in both 4mm and 7mm scales, LNER Coaching Rolling Stock and GE Carriage Workings.

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  1. Had you not noticed then that SK is blatantly exploiting that connection with the 'Hornby Dublo' heritage models?
  2. But I remember, and still think of, Hornby as O gauge tinplate and Dublo from Meccano in Liverpool. That stuff from Margate was called Triang, formerly Rovex, and I still think of it as such. In a sense, the successive predecessor owners '(mis)appropriated' the Hornby brand in the hope of seeming to be the better product.
  3. So selected Tesco stores only, which means mine will not have it (didn't last year), while online purchasing is for subscribers only...
  4. As micklner replied, they are different to the original Silver Jubilee set in many ways. There were two complete 'Coronation' sets with Observation Cars, all branded 'Coronation', the 'West Riding' set, identical but without the Observation Car and obviously branded 'West Riding', and a spare set, identical the the previous three but lacking any branding. That offers Hornby future scope for 3 additional sets before moving into the Crimson & Cream repaints. By this time the sets were divided and allocated to a number of different services; one subset remained on the 'West Riding' and another formed the 'Fife Coast Express' (see Railway Observer 1948 p100). As has been noted, the fire at Huntingdon destroyed one Twin (1737 & 1738 from the spare set) and led to additional doors being inserted into the middle of most of the remaining Twins. From a detail and realism point of view, the rendition of the stainless steel trims, letters and numbers could also make or break these models.
  5. Has anyone heard if Key Publishing will be repeating the January issue + new Hornby Catalogue combined offer again this year? Nothing obvious on the Hornby Magazine website...
  6. I think that these are reprints from a long-running series of drawings produced by a gentlemen named Buckle that accompanied articles in the Locomotive Magazine. The GER Society has the articles and drawings available in its Files Emporium, the drawings only are here: LM007 The Artwork from LM001-LM006 (gersociety.org.uk) whilst that page also links to the series of articles.
  7. Perhaps the greatest loss is that of the contents listings for BRILL and Bylines from the Irwell website...
  8. A little more about Len's background here index.htm (permaway.co.uk), on Richard McLeish's Permaway website - Richard is also Karlgarin Models, a reseller and distributor of Len's products. RIP Len, and thank you for your substantial contribution to railway modelling.
  9. Further edit required for spelling, it is Claud (without the 'e' at the end) Hamilton; hope you spelled it correctly in the magazine...
  10. He may have travelled to the 'four corners' but he will have found little to photograph in East Anglia; diesels began taking over main line duties by 1957 and steam was gone by 1962.
  11. The Kenneth Werrett drawings were also deemed to be inaccurate, but the critics in general failed to itemise the specific errors. I do have in my garage storage crates with most of the useful drawings and a few articles extracted from the Destructor, Toddler, MRN and certain other railway modelling magazines from c1960 to the early part of this century if they were relevant to East Anglia, principally concerning the GER and LNER. However, given their ubiquity, I also retained almost all of the wagon drawings, together with any letters pages where there were meaningful comments or additional detail provided by readers.
  12. But that is really an unanswered question from back in the Model Rail 'Toby' commission thread, when folks were wondering if a tram carriage to match was on the cards. For those that purchased a Rapido/Model Rail J70 I'm sure that the opportunity to add at least one if not two tram carriages would be very welcome.
  13. These are real beauties, perhaps the first time in RTR that proper representations of Gresley bogies will have been available. The 8' 0" Heavy type was used under Brake Vans and certain non-gangwayed carriages built principally for the GE Section. The 8' 6" Light type was the standard bogie The 8' 6" Heavy type was used under the weightier coaching stock, typically catering and sleeping cars. These appear to correctly detailed right down to the letter codes on the axlebox covers.
  14. The Southwold Railway Trust has announced the publication of a book of drawings of the SR locomotives and rolling stock. These are the David Negus drawings, published during 1979 by the MRC, reproduced at 16mm/foot scale and in an A4 spiral bound format, the drawings folding out to A3. These drawings were not included in either of the recently-published books on the SR and some, me included, consider them to be more accurate. Obtainable on-line from the SR Trust online shop for £15 + £5 p&p: Southwold Railway Locomotive and Rolling Stock Drawings – Southwold Railway Trust
  15. There might have been differences in the areas the paint was applied to, such as the cylinder covers, but any difference was more likely to be in the actual application of that the colour. I say this because an article in the LNER Magazine of October 1935 by a Mr E Rhodes, assistant chief chemist and chairman of the internal paint users' committee, wrote: 'The use of paints, etc., in the Company's service may be divided broadly into: (a) the protection and decoration of rolling stock; (b) the protection and decoration of property (stations, warehouses, hotels, etc.); (c) the protection and decoration of steam­ships, etc. New main line coaching stock built of teak is varnished only and it is probably news to most people that no fewer than ten coats are applied in the preparation and finishing of these coaches which are turned out with a finish almost equal in appearance to that of a nitro-cellulose lacquer. New steel stock, and other wooden stock, is finished to resemble the varnished teak, the standard procedure involving no less than nine coats of paint followed by five coats of varnish with suitable preparation between. These elaborate processes are necessitated by the constant exposure to extremes of climatic conditions, including the abnormal conditions existing in tunnels, of which there are a large number in the Southern Area of the Company. The protection of freight rolling stock is very much simpler and is afforded by two coats of an oil paint usually applied by spraying. The bulk of the locomotives are finished in black but the remainder, chiefly main line passenger engines, are finished in the standard green of the old Great Northern Company. The surface of the metal in both cases is carefully prepared by the use of priming paints, stopping, rubbing down, etc., before the undercoats and finishing coats of black or green are applied and followed by one or more coats of varnish.' 'The bulk of the paint the Company uses is mixed ready for use from raw materials purchased under contract and detailed specifications for these materials have been drawn up to ensure the uniform supply of the materials required. Some of the paint required is purchased in a ready-mixed condition, also to specification, and samples both of raw materials and of the ready mixed paints are examined from time to time to see that the standards are maintained.' To this end there was a Paint Mixing Mill at Doncaster that produced, canned and distributed paints and finishes across the system.
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