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Stephen Lacey (92245)

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    Modelling the Somerset & Dorset in 7mm
    Cuban and Ecuadorian Railways
    Volunteer in Loco Department at Bluebell Railway

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  1. I'm looking to replace a lot of my older Bachmann / Dapol OO gauge wagon couplings with the new NEM mounted coupling, the only problem I have is that the actual 'bracket/housing' for the new couplings isn't a part that Bachmann supply as a spare. Does anyone know of any manufacturer that make a similar product as the item shown below as a spare part? Cheers, Stephen
  2. The model that interests me the most of the SR 12 ton Uneven planked box van - I think I'm going to take the plunge and purchase a couple. I already have spare slaters wheel sets, so it's not too much of a gamble..... I've not heard of J&M Hughes before - its a shame the website isn't a bit more user friendly, but credit where it is due their range seems quite expansive. Cheers, Stephen
  3. Does anyone know whether an O gauge casting is available for the vacuum cylinders that were added to the WD varieties of the SR Pillbox Brake Van? I have a Parkside kit that is going to be built as per one of the examples that operated at Longmoor. I've identified No.49022 as an example that kept both the sand boxes, and of course has the Vacuum Cylinders. Whilst I've spent a few hours scouring the web for suitable cylinders, I'm not having any success - one of the issue is that I don't have any dimensions for the cylinders - can anyone assist? Cheers, Stephen
  4. Hi John, Many thanks for your response - I've not used Cyanoacrylate glue before, so am interested to see how that goes. It's a shame that the Freightman sides are no longer available, seeing as they would have pretty much suited my needs combined with Parkside underframes. Cheers, Stephen
  5. I've seen cake decorating turntables used for larger items, although haven't found one yet that wold hold an O gauge Mk1 coach - although I haven't made an exhaustive search of the internet! Amazon has plenty of options, at various prices. For supports and jigs, i still use various bits of scrap wood that fir between axles etc. Luckily I've been painting multiple examples of the same type of wagon, so any supports I make can be reused. Cheers, Stephen
  6. I'm starting to get back into O Gauge modelling after a break of about ten years, and I've been contemplating purchasing a number of the MM1 BR/SR/LMS 12ton Box Van kits. Having not seen any in the flesh, nor can find any reviews of construction online, I was hoping modellers on this forum could give an insight into the quality, ease of build and any pit falls involved with these kits? I've not worked with resin before, with Slaters and Parkside wagon kits being the limits of my experience. Ideally I would be looking to obtain a number of the SR 12ton Van kits to be finished in Longmoor Livery to complement a Bachmann Brass 'Austerity' tank that I'm currently having finished in LMR Blue. I'd also loo to purchase a number of the standard BR Vans and the the odd LMS Van to replace a number of Skytrex BR Vans that are surplus to requirements. Any advice on the MM1 wagons kits would be gratefully recieved! Cheers, Stephen
  7. Following on from the successful visit of the Jinty from the Great Central Railway in Feb/Mar, the Somerset and Dorset Railway Hertiage Trust will be hiring in Standard 4 2-6-4T No.80072 form the Llangollen Railway to operate services on the 10th/11th and 17th/18th September. Special prices will apply, but this is another step in the right direction to seeing regular steam operations back on former Somerset and Dorset metals. The Trust will hopefully have their BR Mk1 BSK cosmetically restored externally for the event, so we can give the feel of a proper S&D local service over the two weekends. Regards, Stephen
  8. No problems with any of the springs on the locos - we are always looking for extra hands to assist in the P'way department so please feel free to come and join us! Cheers, Stephen
  9. Great news to hear that steam will be returning to the S&D in a few weeks in the form of Roger Hibbert's 0-6-0 Jinty 47406, which is currently a resident at the Great Central Railway. Full details of the event are yet to be formally released, but it looks like she will be in steam all four days, hauling passenger services made up of a number of Mk1 coaches. Hopefully the event will be well patronised, and lead to more visiting locomotives gracing the metals of the relaid Somerset and Dorset. Cheers, Stephen
  10. Let's hope the S&DRHT also manage to secure the standard 4MT Tank from the Swanage Railway for the 5th/6th March. Cheers Stephen
  11. Evening All, The over bridge just north of Shillingstone station has been designated for demolition by Dorset CC Highways Dept. This will seriously hamper the North Dorset Railway Trust's immediate ambitions to extend North. An appeal has been started to lobby Dorset CC to get them to hopefully change their mind and see the importance of the bridge. More details can be found on the Shillingstone Project website: http://www.shillingstone-railway-project.org.uk/news.php A sample letter has been placed on the website that can be sent as is or changed to the senders preference. Time IS of the essence here, so for the cost of a stamp and an envelope, a letter sent over the next few days could make a big difference! Cheers, Stephen
  12. The following link for NGRM online shows a conversion taking place, so could be worth a look. You may need to register to view, although its a pretty good forum, so the few minutes to register is worthwhile: http://ngrm-online.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4868-forney-gets-the-chop/ I'm planning on doing a similar conversion, although using the 2-6-6-2 tender. Cheers, Stephen
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