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  1. Sounds a very interesting experiment - i will follow this with interest as I too would like my road transport to move in a meaningful way.
  2. Tree

    EBay madness

    Nearly 80 Quid for an ex-library book on the Southwold Railway http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/THE-SOUTHWOLD-RAILWAY-ALAN-R-TAYLOR-ERIC-S-TONKS-Good-Book-/130536764018?pt=Non_Fiction&hash=item1e6498f272 "Our company is dedicated to providing you with the best quality, lowest cost products on eBay."
  3. Looks really cool - thought it was 4mm to begin with, until I read about the LT logos you need.
  4. According to http://www.brdatabase.info/locoqry.php?action=locodata&id=1881&type=D&loco=D1881 the loco was allocated to Thornaby from 1968 to 1971, then Tinsley for a year or so and then Immingham for a year and back to Thornaby, where it got its TOPS number
  5. If you fancied narrow gauge for a change, the Guaqui Railway in Bolivia is a fascinating prototype - trams and trains on the same tracks climbing steeply from La Paz.
  6. Judging by the lack of a D on the loco, it is just pre-TOPS. The line looks a secondary route, not a real main line, as it is still bullhead track. There is evidence of spoilheaps on the right. The train appears to be descending on a moderately steep gradient. Maybe it is a diverted Sunday working somewhere in the Sheffield/Leeds/Doncaster area?
  7. .........presumably a very quiet period, especially on the LNWR side where a set of steps has been placed one of the running lines, next to the platform face.
  8. I have an etched kit to finish in 4mm scale and was thinking about the best wheel standards to use. People generally recommend OO wheel standards due to the clearance problem - but at the expense of very wide gaps in the track for the flanges. I was wondering about using 2mm scale wheel standards, as their wheel treads are thinner than P4. You have to join the 2mm Scale Association though, which would be an expensive option for just one tram.
  9. I think you may find the warning is a general one, rather than specific to that particular model. I remember getting that same warning a few times a few years ago when they changed my trading status. The message had nothing specific to do with what I was selling at the time.
  10. Looking at the OP's original post he clearly has tried P4 and should (by now) have a reasonable appreciation of what advantages if any EM has to offer. maybe we should ask him to make a comment before plunging even deeper into the whirlpool?
  11. I believe the main line was transferred from open air to tunnel. There was also a narrow gauge rack railway. See photos at various places here and also a collection here.
  12. Mine arrived this morning and looks as good as in photos on the web. Well done Dapol! Hopefully the missing FGW MkIIIs for the HST won't be long. Now, all I need is for Farish to issue their 150 in FGW livery, which will probably never happen, unfortunately
  13. Sold out already at Hattons, by the looks of things..... glad I pre-ordered!
  14. Perhaps we should all be issued with an Enigma machine?
  15. Other examples of private locos on BR - or the other way around - include hiring BR locos out to other companies. At one extreme, BR inherited a 99 year contract to supply locos to a steelworks in North Derbyshire. Other locos could be given to BR and predecessors by manufacturers for trials in the hope that they might be interested in buying. Slightly off-topic, but some locos and railcars manufactured for foreign nations were run over BR tracks to test the design - even narrow gauge ones fitted with standard gauge bogies. There are a number of photos of this kind of thing.
  16. And trains ran on tramways too....... http://www.srpsmuseum.org.uk/10014.htm
  17. One or more BR Subs also went to the Longmoor Military Railway - there are photos in the Longmoor blue livery.
  18. The Southern Region had the 64ft suburban coaches, painted green. I believe 1 set was a spare set used in the south east, but the rest were ordered for and used on Exeter-Exmouth services. They did get a few 57ft ones from the Western Region later, if I remember correctly, used on workmens' trains in the London area.
  19. Add to that Class 24s, Class 20s and even the odd Deltic on a run-in turn, I believe. In contrast, the only DMUs for a long while were the Cravens units.
  20. I think only the Kings Cross sets were painted blue? Then, they only ran behind Class 31s on Moorgate suburban peak time services. Most non-gangwayed stock was withdrawn very quickly when DMUs came on the scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s, so would have barely seen out the first few years of the 1960s, if that. Normally, the BR non-Gs were run as individual coaches with other, older stock. Only a few routes had whole trains of them.
  21. Apologies - I must have remembered incorrectly.
  22. Sure I saw a photo of a Central Trains 170 somewhere in Devon or Cornwall. It would be when they preferred to hire out units to other TOCs, rather than run their own train services properly
  23. How about some photos, please?
  24. So much would depend on what type of rock/soil/clay existed in the ground behind the retaining wall and the period it was built. The soft clay of London would yield different solutions to sandstone in the East Midlands, for example. As Rovex suggests, find somewhere similar in geology etc. to where you are modelling and copy it. You might even find a rock cutting, with a bit of brick or stone infill in many places, with no real retaining wall as such.
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