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  1. Much better, but of course now you need to stick a bit of boiler to the dcc socket legs as your boiler is too skinny
  2. When I used to run a theatre company we frequently used Flame/Torbay Costume Hire. They were pretty good on Victorian and Edwardian stuff, and Military Uniform, so may well have what you need as their website specifically mentionsd transport uniforms, and they are in the SW, although they will deliver anywhere in the UK. http://www.flametorbay.co.uk/?LMCL=lsnhsu
  3. Doubt they were particularly cheap. the only ones I have seen (usual caveat) have been lignum vitae, a very hard tropical wood and therefore a more expensive import rather than the more readily available native wood. from Wikipedia: "On the Janka scale of hardness, which measures hardness of woods, lignum vitae ranks highest of the trade woods, with a Janka hardness of 4500 lbf (compared with Olneya at 3260 lbf, African blackwood at 2940 lbf, hickory at 1820 lbf, red oak at 1290 lbf, yellow pine at 690 lbf, and Balsa at 100 lbf."
  4. and so we present the British Streamlined Sentinel. More Steampuppy than Steampunk I feel. Photo is on Mr Thompson's RT Models site where you can buy a 4mm scale kit of this creature.
  5. just been alerted to the Hornby "steampunk" range by Castle Aching. Thank goodness I was wearing my ionising goggles or my brain would have melted. As the kids would say OMFG. I'm trying to imagine the planning meetings which preceeded this release. This really is poorly conceived stuff. Just stick some straws and clock parts randomly on the outside of things. On the other hand maybe we are all too concerned with British aesthetics....
  6. whatever the pros and cons of sound (in a theoretical exercise!) I found that I could fit sound in tiny tank engines because I could use the chips and speakers designed for N guage. the real barrier is cost as the cost of a loco would effectively double, and I have plenty more locos to build instead.
  7. Excellent stuff with the 0-4-2T Mr Edwardian. Now I know what to do with those chassis I have in a box. No longer consigned to E-bay, but set to become part of a fleet of mid Victorian locos. Unfortunately I had no idea that I needed to build a mid Victorian layout. After close examination it appears that this must be the Penydarren, Dowlais and Cardiff Railway, running on a guage of 4'2". Damn. yet another project.
  8. Interesting. Though to be fair the sort of traffic used would be better comparing an American (4-4-0 for the uninitiated) or a Mogul with the Y14, and a Robinson 2-8-0 with the Light Mike.
  9. Looking at the "Chained up and local sets allocated to the Northern division, 1912" apart from the commuter sets in the cities, which were 50ft stock,, and the inter city (liverpool-Leeds etc) sets all the sets are made up of 31ft and/or 32ft six wheelers, with the occasional single 42ft bogie carriage in amongst them. Very few 4 wheelers appeared outside S.Wales and London, and these were I think, just in Bolton area as singles in 6 wheeler sets, apart from a single set of six carriages for the Wigan workmen's train made up of ex North London 4 wheelers.
  10. Very nice pressies Edwardian. I can see that you are also one of those whose rolling stock is always likely to far exceed the requirements of any track constructed. Whilst I do not normally buy my own presents the depressing nature of things in the run up to the 25th caused me to splash out on a loco built c1916 for the Premier Line. As you can see however this is the OTHER Premier Line, and this is a Lines West H-10, and I only exhibit it here to show how different countries took different directions in their locomotive developments. Although this is a long way from my proper project (1906 North Wales) my defence is that it will be running on one of those railways which, like the West Norfolk, exists on a fold of the map, in this case a line jointly owned by the Pennsylavania and Illinois Central roads, the old HJ&CJ, the Hammond, Joliet and Calumet Junction. After this brief exposure however I promise this colonial stuff will never darken the portals of Castle Aching again.
  11. that is everyone wearing a trilby or a derby, preferably whilst wearing a shirt or (british) vest? I know this is earlier, but you get the idea
  12. yeh, the first 20 or so were built at Edge Hill, and elsewhere there are claims it was the 20th loco built at Crewe OR the 20th of it's class, but since records are pretty sparse this still counts as a Crewe (type) loco, and in practical terms it counts as an LNWR loco as it spent most of its life there.
  13. https://collection.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/objects/co205741/grand-junction-railway-locomotive-columbine-steam-locomotive
  14. there are lots. 12 photos in chapter1 of Talbots Illustrated History of LNWR Engines. In Talbot's LNWR MIscellany vol1 there are several photos of engineer's inspection saloons beingn pulled by 6ft engines. The locos are also referred to as Trevithick 6ft and 7ft locos.
  15. And if anyone fancies rustling up a 3d print of the 6ft Crewe Passenger 2-2-2 I would be VERY interested.
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