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  1. Sadly perhaps coal fired steam loco's are living on borrowed time, however as they say, foreign coal has been used before so not the end. Also AFAIK many engines in BR service were used (at least for a short while) as oil burners. So is that an economic option once the cost of conversion has been paid for? As oil is a hydrocarbon (rather than coal which is mostly carbon) it should be a bit 'cleaner' burning? A bit OT, it is annoying when steam loco's are deliberately poorly fired to produce black smoke - I saw this done for a filming company once who wanted 'more smoke', not a very good a
  2. Sounds like a win win situation of fully enjoying the models when you were young and getting a good price when you had finished with them :-) well done.
  3. AFAIK wheel diameter has an influence on the loading too with larger wheels being kinder to the track. If the Co-Bo had unusually small diameter wheels this would be another negative for the class. Wikipedia has 3' 3.5" for the Co Bo and 3' 9" for class 25. The wear limits would reduce those a bit for in-service worse case.
  4. Considering this model has been available (on and off) for 60 years the "Limited Production" on the box artwork made me smile! :-)
  5. The West Somerset Railway PLC (PLC) and The Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust Ltd. (S&DRT) can confirm that they have opened discussions regarding a new 10-year lease for the Trust to occupy the Washford site. This follows from Washford Yard not now being required by the PLC in its entirety in the foreseeable future although the PLC will still, by agreement with the Trust wish to use the Yard from time to time during the period of the new lease. Any future arrangement will exclude the station which will revert to PLC management. This will allow the Trust to continue with their restoration
  6. From this photo that looks correct so it doesn't appear to have been a bidirectional passing loop at that time (early 60s?). farm4.staticflickr.com/3191/2811863063_fd34530e57_z.jpg Agree not easy to reinstate but from recent pictures it looks like there isn't anything impossible to move if they needed to put back the middle line.
  7. Great photo's of Chelmsford and a few other places I know. I came to Essex in the early 90's and seen a few railway changes since then. My only visit to Chelmsford before the 90's was in about 1982 coming out of London on a 12 car EMU to cycle in Essex. A question I have about Chelmsford station is when the centre line between the platforms was taken out, I can't remember if it was there in '82. I'd guess it was bi-directional for fast trains to avoid slower ones stopped in the station. Would this be useful now or is Chelmsford important enough that all trains stop there?
  8. There were the Aveling and Porter series of standard gauge locomotives based on traction engines. AFAIK these were a bit ligher than the one off Pecket design, but it depends if you measure size by height, length, weight etc.
  9. Do you have a link for that story? I did a quick search but no joy. I did find a WSR official info release that Andy Forster has been temporarily (re)appointed CME, for the upcoming xmas season and reopening next year. WSR also seem to have been granted 880k from the government but not sure of the terms.
  10. I realise this does not help the OP but for the amount DCC decoders cost (or rather how much is charged) they should have output protection built in. In other words even if you have a short circuit at the output they should not fry themselves. This protection is available in many voltage regulators (e.g. 7805) that cost less than £1. A DCC decoder is much more complex and sells in fewer numbers but cost 20-30x as much. Perhaps the cheap decoders could not have this (you pays yer money an takes yer choice) but to hear that the pricier ones blow is disapointing.
  11. If this has been built to work under its own power (diesel or otherwise) it may need to be mainline certified if they are filming on network rail hence working AWS? It looks very convincing, the boiler looks just right, perhaps there are some real bits on it that are scrap or life expred. Any info on who built it as I'd guess someone in UK rail preservation (probably sworn to secrecy) has been involved. If anyone knows which direction it came from that may give a clue because if it is a working (even non-steam) replica there can't be many places that could build something like that, proba
  12. In principle, rather than track plan, Bath Green Park. Lots of local services to Bristol and branch services down the old S&D. There were only 2 platform faces but 4 tracks between them. I understand turn around times were tight and some trains had locos attached at the rear for reversal, although these may have been the longer distance though services between the midlands and Bournemouth. Turn around times were perhaps not as tight as the 3-4 mins mentioned here though. After about 1962 reduced longer distance trains, but probably also a less intense timetable. A p
  13. I like the washing line analogy for a ring connection. The 2 basic ways of connecting multiple circuits to a single power supply are ring and star. Star is where each circuit, or group, is separately fed from the supply. Each has their advantages and disadvantages, e.g. with the start configuration you can have different fuses so they are tailored for each group of circuits. I don't think there is a clear winner. Your plan for a ring system looks fine.
  14. Quite! I wish the English* parliament would take heed of what has happened north of the border. * There is, of course, no such parliament, I mean the parliament with jurisdiction on such issues in England.
  15. Bristol Temple Meads was a jointly run station by GWR and MR (later LMS). Not just the old station as from about 1880 to 1948 the running costs were split 5/8 GWR to 3/8 LMS. This might of determined platform number sequences, perhaps at other places where the GWR shared stations this was also true?
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