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Bernard Lamb

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  1. The engineering stores at work carried a good selection of number drills, needle files and BA nuts and bolts. None of which had any possible official use. One day there was a man on duty who I had not had dealings with before and on asking for a certain size drill was greeted with :- "Not another modeller". He hen enquired as to my specific interests. He was more of an aircraft man. Bernard
  2. The airline based in Greece, in various formats over the years, seems to have no problem in using the name. They also use the five rings. Bernard
  3. 1/ You purchase from a dealer who has a bit of a "history" on the forum. 2/ You quote anecdotal evidence and state a figure. You fail to give any breakdown between faulty construction and transport damage. 3/ You do not know if any models purchased for review were received damaged and needed to be returned and replaced. You do not know if any were found to be faulty and were checked and replaced/faults corrected by the supplier. The magazines have no need to mention any problems that are discussed on social media unless relevant to the actual model that they have for review. What is strange about that? Caveat emptor. Bernard
  4. Why let facts get in the way of a good argument? I would have thought that the unit increase in transport costs would be far more significant in respect of road transport within the UK. Bernard
  5. From the crude but effective school. These plug into the end of the scenic part of the layout with a similar, but opposite handed, guide. Crocodile clips can be used to power them up. i use them with low sides and they are stored on a shelf above the layout. For transport a deeper side and a lid with some sort of foam lining would be needed. A yonks old idea so I am unable to credit the originator. Bernard
  6. A good few months to go yet going by my experience. Only 19 pages on the Hornby film topic in total. Rapido well ahead on points at the moment. Bernard
  7. I would suggest a cassette of a suitable length with sides that are high enough to protect the stock. That of course requires enough room to enable the stock to run onto it. A re-railer should be able to do the job with the cassette placed on top of the track. I have a German DMU by Kato that came in a long box. A very sensible idea. I have often thought that a few more of thee boxes would be very useful. As usual I have been too lazy to try and source such an item. Bernard
  8. Just wait until next year. We will probably have The Great Bear from Hornby. With the tag line. "Inspired by Paddington". Bernard
  9. It seems to be very convincing to me. We will use the language of the worst sort of estate agents or used car salesmen and play at semantics to put the boot into any one who wants to produce toy trains. I worked for the leading company in the world in its field and we always liked small firms entering the market place. It showed people just how good we were. If you are confident in both your product and your method what is there to fear? Bernard
  10. Too true. Then we come down to the difference between oil based and water based, air drying and stove enamelling, wet and powder. That is before you start to consider gloss levels. A pity Masons went the way of most good things. I used them a lot when a client required a very close match. There was a company called Parcel Line who had a particular shade of green as their corporate colour. Masons were the only people who could match it. Bernard
  11. Based on my experience of working with road rather than rail transport. Variations do exist but the general theme is:- Narrow slit coils are loaded flat as they will not stand on their own. If loaded upright they need to lean against a bulkhead. If loaded with a FLT with a boom rather than forks, then coils tend to have the hole to the side for ease of access. If loaded with a C hook then hole to end is much easier to handle. When using big coils I had to wright size and weight specifications for moving them. With a 15t crane and a choice of C hook or boom the overall diameter and the inside diameter were both critical, as was the weight. The big coils seen in most of the photos would around the 12t mark by the look of things. Bernard
  12. If you look at the photo collection of Paul Bartlett you will see that the vast majority are as you describe. The odd shot does show holes to sides. If the load is formed from narrow slit coil then the hole is to the top and bottom. Bernard
  13. Any worse than how they reacted to Hattons and Rails? Sounds about par for the course to me. Bernard
  14. Good you hear from you Peter. A very interesting web site. I thought some pf the photos seemed familiar. I have the set of 11 coach photos by Joachim Deppmeyer from David Carpenter. You have written out the details but mine just have the hand written notes from Joachim. It's a small world. Bernard
  15. About 10 years ago I managed to visit Foulness on a rare open day. We took a wrong turning and reached the sea wall at Wakering Stairs. There are various old railway tracks in the area between there and Shoeburyness that would be worth exploring. You will be under surveillance so you need to be on your best behaviour. They are not too keen on people taking photographs either in some locations. Bernard
  16. Agreed. However as has happened you will get a wide range of responses for various reasons. I worked in QA and that included accurate colour matching. Try matching new panels for an old car in British Racing Green. You will never satisfy everybody. I worked with one person who would react strongly to the smallest amount of warmth in a grey tone while being immune to much greater differences when it was to the cold side. Most people I found tend to see things the other way round. Being involved in photographic printing, including wedding photography, I would always finish prints slightly on the warm side and never had any complaints. Natural flesh tones will tend to give cold shadows so you adjust things so as not to get that effect. Bernard
  17. I see it as a different colour. However my experience tells me that I should not believe what I see on computer screen. Particularly when the original is from rather ancient colour film and comes with no details of any intermediate process. Bernard
  18. That book is the supplement. The original, with more history of the builders is, ISBN 978 1 899890 40 8. I had a few walks that included railway interest during lockdown. The excursion round the sea wall to reach Tollesbury Pier is a good walk on a fine day. Bernard
  19. Many thanks Tony for a nostalgic photo outing. I was christened in Stock church and my grandparents lived in Stock Road so the Ingatestone area is well known to me. The twin arch tunnel is featured in the book by Peter Kay on Essex railway structures. ISBN 978 1 899890 415. He describes bridge No 141 as dating from 1842 and calls it Clark's Bridge. Two adjacent tunnels of 132ft with a horseshoe arch of 7ft span. Bernard
  20. To continue with the diversion into female anatomy. At work we had a young lady who had very large breasts and vey spindly legs. The structural engineers had great fun making drawings of her anatomy, complete with figures for weight distribution, to prove just how she was able to walk. Bernard
  21. Try 51L Wizard Models for stanchions and shackles. No connection, just a satisfied customer. Bernard
  22. I mentioned about Klein Loks being used on the line. They were used at several locations and were in service for a period of over 50 years. Apologies again for the poor quality of the photos. Many were taken in very difficult circumstances. In date order :- 4528 in Trebsen. A group of French POWs have arrived to help sort out a problem. This must be quite early in the war as the atmosphere soon changed. The other photo is the loco and a group of local railway men in Trebsen. On the far left is the driver Willy Hofmann. From the collection of Frank Platzsch. 4528 along with Willy Hoffmann headed East in March 1942 to be based at Gomel in Belarus. A trip of some 1250kms. Again from the collection of Frank Platzsch. 5007 worked in the Soviet ammunition depot at Altenhain. Very few DR personnel were allowed into the site and incoming trains stopped at the exchange siding. The loco was damaged and out of use when this photo was taken by Gennady Pasthukov in 1975. The Russian soldiers couldn't resist the unusual background. 100 951-5 in 1991 at Trebsen. Note the track panels that were stored here as part of the strategic reserve. This loco also worked in the ammunition depot at one time and during the war was with the Luftwaffe Muna Hohenleipish. Gerard van den Hoven, collection of Dirk Reinhardt. Bernard
  23. AFAIK the paint was made by a company called Masons. They supplied the same formula to both companies. As others have said the finishing accounted for any difference. Bernard
  24. Thank. I will continue with the photos as they seem to be of interest. There was a big clear out of both passenger stock and locomotives around 1967/8 when much old stock was taken out of service. Some as you say did hang on for a good few years after that. I remember wooden seats in coaches still in use in 1972 but do not have a record of what type they were. Bernard
  25. Gunter Meyer was an engine driver and a well known photographer. He made a trip along the line in 1964. He had to take care with the locations for some of his shots, as photography was prohibited near railway lines and particularly in this location due to the sensitive sites in the area. Some shots are not up to his usual standard but they do form a unique record of the line at that time. Bernard Beucha Ost.The small goods shed and the various old vans has gone soon after this date and were replaced with a bus shelter type of structure and a cycle rack. This station served the family house which is less than a 5 minute walk away. Brandis. Quite a large station that even had a Klein Lok for shunting. The compartment stock had the nickname "1000 door train". Altenhain. Site of the large Soviet ammo dump. Not a place to hang around. Especial not with a camera. Trebsen. Note the variety of stock at this time, cobbled together from any thing that would run. The motive power however was very modern with a BR65 often used.
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