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  1. I thought they did, but I have never seen one, built or otherwise. I think your 175 is right - fairly sure the unbuilt one I have says 'nnn of 175'. Morgan Gilbert did a build on the LNER forum over 10 years ago where he replaced many of the less than satisfactory parts. I recall him making a new cab roof and altering the curvature of the cab front to a more realistic shape.
  2. My thought was that the strapping ending three quarters of the way up the side and the boarding over where bottom louvres might have been were more suggestive of a retrospective conversion. I agree it's refrigerated - unhelpfully, the ice hatches were inside, so we can't confirm their presence. Jury's still out, I think.
  3. I thought I'd asked this before, but I can't find any trace of a previous query, so apologies if this is a repeat. I have two images of GWR BGs in parcels/perishable workings on the LNER, most probably on the ECML. Both look to be lettered so we deduce they're in some sort of dedicated working. The first is well up the East Coast, most probably between Edinburgh and Newcastle. The second is clearer - a Dean K15? - and is at Doncaster heading south. This one raised another question. You'd expect a GWR van here to be turning right toward Sheffield to go down the GC to Banbury. This train appears to be heading towards Newark and Grantham. Does anyone know what traffic this was and where it worked? Both pictures are probably post-1930; the second has one of the last batch of K3s so most likely the later 1930s.
  4. This vehicle attracted attention last night during a discussion around the larger photograph. It is of LNER K2 4672 at Greenwood with an up meat/perishables working. Most of the identifiable vehicles were ex-NER but this one eluded us at the time. Is this an NER F4 with the upper louvres planked over and the lower ones rather less seamlessly blocked up? The photo is in the later 1930s, we reckon, so the van would be approaching the end if its natural life by then. Strapping and end handrails match, but the roof vents have gone (consistent with the side ventilation being blocked up). Shame it's not possible to see whether the louvres between the end posts have also been discarded. Unless anyone else has a better idea?
  5. In case anyone thinks I've forgotten about it, the J5 took its first run round a layout tonight after having pickups fitted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtX77nfOma8
  6. I have a number of dismantled and part painted carriages lying around the workshop now, but none really in a state to be worth photographing. We also await a delivery of paint. Being a tidy minded individual, I have gone back to the front of the train and made a start on the first vehicle, a 52'6" BTK. For this I've used the RDEB kit rather than the Kirk as it's readily available. These are a basic kit and in this one there isn't even a floor. By the time it's completed it'll be a real bitsa - RDEB sides and ends, Comet floor, MJT roof and underframe bits, Pendleton bogies, Bill Bedford coupling. It must be one of Rupert's older kits - the etches are dated 1995 - and although it had hinge holes, there are none for door handles and grab rails. The instructions cover it all adequately, though and do make it clear what you need to add. For now the body soldering is complete, just the roof to mark, drill and fix and then the underframe to populate.
  7. He did. One Fine Fish, one Weetabix. Recessed panelling filled in, new roof, scratchbuilt underframes, buffers, brake gear and Iracier axleboxes from 51L and 14mm Mansell wheels.
  8. Since my comment I've found a picture of a different set which is just a pair of these luggage compos. It's straight out of works and up against a newly painted Doncaster wall, so white on white, but I can't see any roof fittings above the luggage compartment at either end. I think the picture may have come to me from Nick Campling, ironically enough.
  9. To be honest, Steve, I couldn't remember what sources I used. I have the Campling book so I must have referred to that, but John Smart lent me his copy of the GNRS publication on articulated sets which I think was probably my main reference. It also had photographs. Looking through my GN carriage information I've also found an isinglass drawing for set 164G which also has one of these luggage compos. John has drawn it with only what might be a small torpedo vent on the centreline, but I'm not quite sure what it's supposed to represent so it looks as though I omitted it. It would make sense not to light or vent a luggage compartment, I'd have thought.
  10. Liking the tinted windows on the D245.....
  11. After the fifth it doesn't matter - the trains don't need power to go round and round.
  12. I've not long built a loop and small fiddle yard using NS track from the 1970s. M'learned colleague Mr. King has even made use of it. I used a track rubber (I prefer the DOGA ones to PECO) and cellulose thinners on a cloth for the really cruddy bits.
  13. Thanks to everyone who replied. John - that's the final option, but as I painted the last few blood and custard Gresleys I did (over 10 years ago!) with it, I thought a different shade might be in order. Steve - I have a very poor record with Railmatch aerosols. No matter how closely I follow the instructions they end up clogging and becoming useless. John - I might have a can of Sahara Beige from the kits I did for Tom Foster. That would solve the problem. If not it's down to Halfords for that or Barry's primula yellow. Had a good long session today so I tackled the longest job - cut out, formed and fitted the roof to the RTO. Always a fiddly slow job but worth it in the end as you get a really solid structure out of the body. I put brass angle along the top of the sides to have something to solder to (and to hide any raggy edges). The brass sheet is then cut, annealed, rolled and attached. Vent holes have been drilled, end handrails, alarm gear, solebar vac pipe, trussing, battery boxes, buffer stocks and V hangers attached. Soldering is about done on this now so I can make a start on the plastic bits.
  14. Multiple packages arrived this week so we were able to progress on multiple fronts. ] J5 now all but done and ready for final filling and fettling before paint. The balance weights are to add and I need to make a handbrake upstand for the tender. Tonight I reassembled the frames ready for pickups to be fitted and there'll be a few days of test running now i have the facility. The mech has had a few hours on the rolling road this evening. I fitted the corridor connectors to the RTO and added the little gallows brackets which are visible in the photo I have. Incidentally, does anyone know why this still had gas cylinders even after conversion to electric light? There was no pantry, so was it a supplementary supply to the kitchen car? The first D23 also detailed and primed. I've added roof vents and fillers, rain deflectors, buffers, the vac pipe along the solebar, jumper cables and bogie steps. This will be ready for paint soon, so I'll have to see what spray cans I have which still work. What are people using for BR cream these days? I gather Vauxhall Gazelle Beige is not easily available.
  15. GER D431, actually. Also from Bill but NLA. The panelling is wrong on this one too, but it'll fill a gap until I sort out a better match.
  16. As you'll find , John, it's an intermittent thing (I haven't had one for a few weeks) which seems to be associated with the 'Content I have posted in' search. I don't think anyone has managed to get to the bottom of what causes it or how to resolve it, it just seems to come and go.
  17. Just a note about FK3D, the supplier of the above - I emailed on a Sunday asking about a different set of the GER Restaurant Car seats (for an RTO), received a reply and quotation by return and had them in my hand on Wednesday afternoon. Outstanding service and a quality product.
  18. Is this what you're seeing when it times out, John?
  19. Ambis also do some in various sizes. I've used both and neither is markedly better or worse than the other.
  20. Hi Mark, Using captive nuts is a habit, I suppose - it's just what I've always done. I agree about Gresley roofs and as I usually use MJT ones (these are Kirk, I think) which are in three parts, you can't really get away without attaching the whole thing to the body. These are a decent fit, no complaints about the workmanship there. Mine are never this good, which is probably why I abandoned the idea very quickly. These are MJT kits, which are in 3 half-etched layers for the lower panelling (I assume that's what you meant). RDEB kits follow the same approach. Richard, I use epoxy and stick the roof section and ends on all at the same time after some preparatory filing. Like Dave here, I put some scrap etch or strip along the top of each side to give the glue some 'land' to adhere to. Up to now it's always been secure enough to stand up to the filling and filing which then followd to try to hide the joins.
  21. Thread drift, but have you asked Danny, Bill? He did rerelease the GER horsebox a few years ago and might still have some.
  22. Waiting for bits for the RTO, I made a start on one of the acquired carriages this evening. Although assembled, they need a bit of work doing - and undoing - before they can be finished. This is the starting point (they're all built to pretty much the same point): First - and absolutely no disrespect intended to Dave, who has built these well and entirely as they were intended to be built - why do people insist on producing carriages which have removable roofs instead of splitting at the solebar? I'm sorry if you've read this before, but it baffles me. It baffles me even more that the professionals do it when it makes it so much harder to finish them. You'll see in the images below, the minimal space available to paint and finish the interiors or make the changes I want to make here as well as the roof join being much harder to conceal. I was looking at an ECJS vehicle at ground level last week and it's quite apparent that they come apart at the solebar - you can see daylight clear across the thing under the body - so why not have the join where it is on the prototype instead of where it's more obvious and harder to conceal? Dave, bless him, had at least made the roof bolt on rather than gluing it as a lot of builders do. Look at the last picture in this post and imagine what an ordeal it's going to be getting the handrail along the corridor windows. It's all so unnecessarily hard. Don't even get me onto having to prise off a glued roof to replace some glazing which has fallen out, instead of unscrewing the body. Right, rant over. What do we need to do? The corridor connectors need to come off. They'd have had to be removed for painting anyway, but I've tried to use them before and when placed against another similarly fitted vehicle they're simply too bulky and stop them coupling easily and moving against each other. All the door and commode handles also need to come back off. I know Dave intended these to be finished in teak, but for me they'll make it impossible to mask for blood and custard. I'm not sure how he'd have lined behind the commode handles anyway. The roof needs vent and tank filler holes drilling and destination board holders as well as alarm gear and the rain deflectors. Then there's the bogies and coupling provision. I'll go into those in more detail. These were built to EM and fitted with what I think Dave said are Mitchell-Pendleton bogies. I've had a few carriages with these on from him and had just discarded them (after robbing the MJT sides off a few). However I had been messing about with one one day and was struck by how freely it ran. Given what I said yesterday about this being a heavy train for a (likely Hornby) 4-6-0, I decided to see whether they would regauge to OO. As you can see above, the bogie has two pairs of wires above and below the frames. These need to go between the wheelsets. The top ones were not a problem, but viewed from underneath it was obvious that OO wheels would foul the retaining wires. These bogies have two sets of springing: the carriage rests and swivels on the top pair of wires, while each wheel has a sprung bearing which slides up and down in slots in the bogie frame. The bottom wires simply retain the wheelsets, so repositioning them wouldn't have any unforeseen effects on the mechanics of the bogie. I removed the wires from the holes in the bolster and added two short pieces of tube inboard where the shape of the etch nicely located them. Pleasingly, this assembly works and they're beautifully free running. You can see the amended bogie below. Bogies dealt with, it was time to consider couplings. There was a slot in the buffer beam of each vehicle, presumably for whatever system Dave intended to employ. I use Bill Bedford's etched couplings for carriages (formerly available from Eileen's, but no longer supplied) which requires an 8BA nut soldered to the floor just behind the end of the carriage. Two issues with that: From underneath, a second thickness of brass has been added to the floor where I want to drill through for the nut (the brass hex is the mount for the bogie). From above you can see how awkward it is to get the iron in and the complete impossibility of going right round the nut with it. In the end I drilled then enlarged the hole and tinned round it first, then positioned the nut and melted it into place. I managed not to melt the end casting or hit any of the whitemetal vent hoods with the iron, but I have two more to do so there's still time. Incidentally, I now gather that these bogies are still available from Dave Bradwell. I'm tempted to use them again, but we'll see how this set runs once complete.
  23. Awaiting the last bits and bobs on the J5, I've moved on to other things just to keep the fingers busy. GN brake van has started through the paint shop. I've started on a project I think I've mentioned before - the East Suffolk line's only named train (post war), The Easterling. This ran from Liverpool Street to Yarmouth South Town and Lowestoft. I was sent a consist from the very early 1950s - apologies to whomever sent it, I can't now remember who it was. It may have been Andy Rush. At this time the train left Liverpool Street at 11:03 (10:33 SO) and consisted of: BTK(3) - D41 2 TK - D23 CK (2 1/2-5) - D7 CK (3 1/2-4) - D130 RF TO This was the Yarmouth portion and the RF/TO are noted as being GE diagrams. CK (2 1/1-5) - D7 BTK(5) - D37/A TK (8) - D23 (SO) These last 3 vehicles ran to Lowestoft Central. I already have a GE RF from D & S and had started to gather up the other diagrams. A couple of year ago Dave Scott was disposing of some Gresleys and I managed to obtain 2 D23 and a D7 from him all but complete. I also had the RTO, a GE D431, from Bill Bedford. That was what I put together over the last couple of days. I've used almost all of what Bill supplied here; I now need some brass angle for the cornice and tube to make queenposts so there are some underframe bits, including battery boxes, still to add. It's also worth noting that this vehicle, 6114, was rebuilt by the LNER in 1937 with plain panelling, so it's not accurate for the postwar period. It'll fill the gap until I can source a closer match and will be finished in teak so I can reuse elsewhere if it is replaced. It went together nicely, I have to say. I do not believe this kit is still available, though. This is the current state of play with the whole intended set: The leading BTK is available from RDEB and that'll be the next to build. After that if I work sequentially, it'll be the D130 CK, which can be had from MJT. The last two vehicles, the other D7 and D37A, I already have sides for from Bill, so they'll be to assemble onto an MJT base. This was a B1 or B17 working, so there will be some trial and test required to produce something which one of my locos can move, but there is the scope to drop one or two TKs if it starts to get too weighty. I'm not sure when Wickham Market is next due out either, so I don't have a firm deadline for this, but it gives me something to work to in among building whatever else I fancy.
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