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  1. I’m currently reading the excellent ‘Harton Electric Railway’ by Hatcher and it’s a fascinating system. I’d not heard of it before I randomly stumbled across it through a YouTube video of it in the 80’s. it’s amazing that the company showed such foresight to invest in an electric railway. It looks an excellent system to model albeit as a non kit builder the RTR offerings are slim. I did however think it could be a loose option for my proposed G scale garden railway as the below LGB electric loco if repainted seems to have a passing resemblance to #E2.... Greg
  2. Thanks for the feedback folks. I think regrettably kit building (esp in N) is beyond me. I suspect other manufacturers are wary of producing anything Bachman have done in OO EMU wise for fear of eventual duplication. hopefully we’ll see something one day but for now I suspect I’ll have to try and fit in OO. g
  3. Evening all, Apologies if this has been asked/discussed before. I’m looking to build a small end to end layout and ideally would love to use southern region EMUs (EPB, MLV, HAL,etc) but am debating scale. Given my size constraints N gauge would make much more sense however the rolling stock id like to use seems only available in OO. Has Bachman ever mooted the idea of scaling down its OO Southern EMU/DEMU offerings into N? Can folks see it as inevitable at some point? If I thought there was a realistic chance they might I’d be tempted to wait appreciating this
  4. Evening all, I have the kernel of an idea in mind for a small end to end layout in OO for which the main focus would be the operation of 2-car EMU’s or DEMU’s (3rd. Rail) but with the ability to run something else (i.e small loco hauled freight, single car parcel unit or MLV, etc). Aside from Croxley Green (already researched) I’d welcome any suggestions of interesting stations on either the Southern Region or the electrified sections of the North East for which 2 car EMU/DEMU operation was prototypical for me to research further. Whilst I’m not looking to repli
  5. Afternoon all, Does anyone know the origins of the Quarry Hunslet name ‘Cackler’? It strikes me as an unusual name and presume it had some meaning behind it. On a wider note there seems to be some other interesting names given to the various variations that made up the group of locos particularly ‘King of the Scarlets’, ‘Holy War’, ‘Nesta’ , ‘Rough Pup’ etc. Again any information anyone has on general origins for the names of the Quarry Hunslets would be of interest. G
  6. There’s going to be 30 of them. Exciting times ahead for us! https://www.railopsgroup.co.uk/news
  7. Hello, Having been reading the delightful book ‘Glasgow Trammerung’ I noticed an interesting picture showing a small electric loco hauling a freight train on the system in the Govan area bound for a shipyard. Does anyone have any further information on the locos or the use of freight on the Glasgow system? many thanks in advance. G
  8. Thanks for the info Mark, I think I’ve seen you discuss them on one of the tinplate Facebook groups. That’s a great collection! Out of interest, should I ever be lucky enough to own an original (the reproduction ones do look lovely too and I’m a big fan of modern tinplate) are the motors AC or DC (ie would I need to purchase a step converter?) Greg
  9. Evening all, I’ve been enjoying watching various YouTube videos of Standard or Wide Gauge tinplate layouts that seem to pop up particularly around the festive season. One thing I am curious about is whether the generic diesel electric locos produced by the likes of Ives and Lionel were actually based on a prototype of any sort? I know from a gauge perspective it doesn’t necessarily correspond to anything but they seem an unusual design for the era made. I do like the fact that the likes of Ives churned out these locos and accompanying coaches in different liveri
  10. I finally caved and ordered Lucknow and will have to build a small end to end for it to run on. One thought it did have in terms of a layout theme was somewhere near the Chance &Hunt factory in the Black Country as I’ve a number of wagons. Dad’s from Tipton took but am I safe to assume these would have run in the area? G
  11. Out of interest does anyone know the reasoning behind the Individual naming of the class? A quick glance at the list seems to show there was no consistency in theme, some being named after historical figures, others after places in the Empire and some mythical beasts thrown in too! Looks a lovely model though! G
  12. The Kirow rail crane is heading there this morning so looks like recovery will be in part via this method vice road. G
  13. I’ve always had a soft spot for Waterloo. When I worked in London on the big railway back in 2010 as a route freight manager I was based out of the offices within the station which had all sorts of interesting artefacts and nooks and crannies to explore. Around the station was also interesting to explore especially finding what was the Necropolis railway building. Ive also always had a soft spot for the ‘Merchant Navy’s’ in both original and rebuilt form which seem synonymous with 60’s Waterloo and live in eternal hope that ACE will eventually make them. Greg
  14. Afternoon all, Out of interest, is the SDJR livery authentic and if so what kind of timeframes are we talking for it’s existence? Did it exist post-grouping for example? I’m always a bit unclear how joint railways are covered livery wise! thanks in advance. G
  15. Was this their only announcement as I recall reading they were making three today (unless all three are minks!). The minks are lovely models though. G
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