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  1. If you put an S bend into the road on the right side, so it leaves the scene closer to the railway, and put the church on a bit of a slant you could probably get at least the whole side of the building in, if not the whole building.
  2. The trick (well one of the tricks) is to overlay transfers in sequence, so for the red black red line on Edwardian's livery I would lay down a red, then overlay a black, then overlay a red, them overlay a green (the main livery colour) and paint green overlapping onto the final green line. Then add a cream line and again overlay it with green and paint up and onto the green. The individual transfer lines can be over width, but by overlaying you narrow them to the required thickness. I would gloss varnish each transfer before adding the next. Obviously you need a paint to match the final green overlay (I cheated by making that black), and the cost of the transfers adds up, but you aren't using enormous lengths for tiny pre-grouping tank locos.
  3. Narrow lining is quite possible, but it depends how much time you want to spend, and how many times you want to scrub it and start again. Poor photos, but you get the idea. 4mm foot scale.
  4. Now this is the Goth layout to end all Goth layouts., A whole railway system inside a cemetery.
  5. All this talk of rabbit trains, I'm surprised there hasn't been an intervention from a certain member of the Parish Council
  6. Also in 1906/10 according to the LNWR marshalling instructions GW traffic came from Cardiff, Kingswear and Falmouth through Bristol, then via Hereford, Shrewsbury and Crewe. At Crewe the Manchester and Liverpool sections were split and Cambrian coaches were attached. By 1910 a whole rake of LSWR carriages was making its way to Birkenhead
  7. Admiral Tegetthof! His career sat squarely in the period when ironclad ships could get to close quarters and ram each other. Tegetthof's ship, the screw frigate Schwarzenberg caught fire after a close range gunnery duel with the Danish frigates Nils Juel and Nyland at the battle of Helgoland. Here he is on the bridge of his flagship Erzherzog Ferdinand Max about to ram and sink the Italian armoured frigate Re d'Italia at the battle of Lissa
  8. according to Boyd The loco was M&B No30 an 0-6-0 tender engine. which became LNWR 430, then 1222 by Feb 1866Rebuilt at Crewe as an 0-6-0 saddle tank in 1870 and renumbered1029 in Jan 1872 and bought by thw WM&CQR in June 1872. (bought in 1872 also says on the photo in Boyd, but the drawing says 1874)
  9. the amazing thing about No6 was that it started its life in 1846 on the Manchester and Birmingham Railway as an 0-6-0 tender. Became an LNWR 0-6-0 tank, then an 0-8-0 on the WMCQR, then an 0-6-2 and finally an 0-8-0 which soldiered on for the GCR until finally being scrapped by the LNER in 1923. This kind of thing would give the WNR licence for all kind of wierd and wonderful variants if the stable wasn't already written down and fixed on the interwebs . As for Claude, Count of Liverpool becoming a WNR director that could lead dangerously to them coming to the attention of Mr Watkin and who knows where that might lead.
  10. Fiction? Pshaw. Not needed. Phase two of my historically accurate layout (Connah's Quay 1904-6) will be the Joint terminus (Britain's only Union Station) at Emilia docks, situated in the alpine coastal district of Birkenhead, where all kinds of transatlantic and Hibernian traffic will arrive. With no need to invent rolling stock the station will provide facilities for the LNWR, the GWR, the GCR, the Cheshire Lines, the WM&CQR, the Wirral Railway and the Mersey Railway, all of which actually served Birkenhead. You may be wondering about the alpine scenery. Lovers of Opera will know that the docks are named after the 18th Century Emilia di Liverpool, documented by Donizetti, who was confined to the Liverpool Convent, in the Alpine valleys, a few leagues from London, (clearly a reference to the Wildreness of Wirral, home of Sir Gawain's Green Knight), from where she is ultimately rescued by her lover, who has been a slave of the Barbary Pirates for twenty years, and has returned disguised as a sailor, pausing only to help the local mountaineers rescue her father from a coach which has been washed into the flooded Mersey.. Oh, do keep up.
  11. I was always aware of gendered tea drinking. Grannies had cups and saucers, grandads had pint mugs
  12. Well not necessarily three as the difference between second and third could be the standard of the upholstry, or the number expected to sit on each side (three for firstin a wider compartment for more legroom, then in a narrower compartment four for second, and five for third if non corridor?). Equally you might have many different sizes for the same class if your carriages have subtly different lengths
  13. If you look at any current hedge you will be able to see whether it was ever layed. Round here (South Northumberland) there are some nicely massacred-by-machine hedges but inside they show the earlier layed structure
  14. you could always park the bus on the level crossing. You would then save a fortune in motors, gearboxes, controllers, wiring, chips (if DCC inclined) etc. And the layout could be one huge cameo, with people getting in or out of carriages, train spotting boys engaging loco drivers in conversation, goods being loaded/unloaded, etc very little of which appears on most layouts.
  15. What people did with their ships and boats then was a lot more risky than they would be now. Flats ran slates from Port Dinorwick near Conwy to Liverpool, and one was sunk at the mouth of the Dee in a collision with a coaster. I doubt the men sailing in Norfolk waters were any more risk-averse than those in the NW so these boats would appear in places that surprise us now. This flat is aground on the Dee at Chester.
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