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  1. Railway workers in Holland were also a key part of the Resistance. The Government in exile called them out on strike in September 1944 to hamper German movements in conjunction with the airborne landings at Arnhem. The workers then had to stay in hiding up till liberation when they then found a railway system completely wrecked. Trains didn't run until several months after the end of the war and then only piecemeal. One aside was that one of the most popular programmes on Dutch radio in 1945 and early 1946 was a half hour or so programme once a week where the boss of Netherlands Ra
  2. Steam tram locomotives are generally boxy and ugly, but this one surely beats the lot when it comes to aesthetic horror Make a model of that and no-one will believe you actually finished it.
  3. Actually it was a 3mm scale layout, Mervyn Turvey's "Alston"
  4. How many representations of model railways are there in films and TV dramas? I know of one, a Midsomer Murders episode a few years back which featured Mervyn Turvey's 3mm scale layout, Alston. There must be others
  5. My guess is that the SR 4-4-0 is an L1. I had a Triang model of one fifty odd years ago.
  6. Well it's been a while, but finally something to show for the London and Surrey railway. I don't think a fully fledged layout will ever appear but I am building a train that can be used as a demonstrator. The carriages have got as far as the initial paint run In the end I went for dark brown and ivory rather than green. As discussed earlier, all these carriages are based on vehicles built by various Birmingham carriage builders in the 1850s. From left to right they are a pair of thirds, the right hand one being more of a saloon internally rather than each "compartment"
  7. The other thing that seems typically French in the "Tulle" scene is the clanging of the wheeltapper doing his round. I'm no SNCF expert but was that typical, either in the 1963 of the film or the 1973 of when it was filmed.
  8. The Jackal leaves Tulle on a diesel hauled train but on arrival in Paris it is electrically hauled. Did the SNCF in the 1960s swap from diesel to electric anywhere?
  9. Thanks for that, it gives me something to work with
  10. This may be an old favourite, if so I apologise. Back in Victorian and Edwardian times some railway companies painted carriage roofs with white lead paint. White lead is actually Lead Carbonate (2PbCO3·Pb(OH)2) and it darkens over time through reaction with sulphur compounds in the air creating black lead sulphide. As these carriages followed a prolific generator of sulphur pollution in their daily work you'd expect that to happen to them. Then of course there are the particulates created by coal burning and spraying oil and steam into the air. All in all, carriage roofs didn't sta
  11. I've discovered that too. I did find that Humbrol's own thinner can be used to make it flow better. Whether that's enough for a bow pen I don't know, haven't used one of them this century.
  12. Has anyone mentioned the film "Riddle of the Sands"? Some nice shots of trains on the Hoorn-Medemblik museum line standing in for the line along the German Frisian coast. Though it's a shame they used the later Austrian four-wheelers on some shots and didn't just stick with the early 1900s varnished teak Dutch steam tramway carriages.
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