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RichardT

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  1. Very obscure bits of evidence for the former gated spur off the NER Wear Valley branch (now the Weardale Railway) into Parson Byers Quarry exchange sidings. The spur ran across the minor road from Frosterley to Stanhope on the south bank of the Wear. The quarry exchange sidings site is now comprehensively overgrown but the differing levels of the sidings can still be seen through the foliage as you walk along the road. The quarry's internal railway system was reached by a self-acting incline which kicked back from the exchange sidings up the south side of the dale. The incline is now the a
  2. Primus stove? Gas cylinders? Richard T
  3. Thank you for this thread! I hadn't realised that this functionality existed and I've just been on a mini-spree of ignoring signatures and a few topics. Only one user though. So far. (Don't get sucked in......) Thanks for all the work you do Andy Y: given the number of times I have to take a deep breath and *not* reply to a posting you must be permanently hyperventilated! Richard T
  4. The best option for shunting would be one of the LNER Sentinel shunters (which look like diesels but are in fact steam) of which several worked on various North Riding branches. P&D Marsh make/made a body kit to fit on a Farish motor bogie. See an example here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/P-D-Marsh-N-Gauge-N-Scale-A151-Sentinel-Shunter-loco-kit-requires-painting/370140493134?hash=item562e17b54e:g:RmcAAOxy4YdTXTid Another obvious gap in N rtr - couldn’t be a simpler body, and you can technically sell it in all four group colours and BR. RT
  5. Nothing wrong with modelling LMS in the West Riding, which was the bit of Yorkshire where the LMS was present. But the original question was about a branch line in James Herriot country, which is the North Riding, which means NER/LNER NE Area or BR(NE). Someone earlier mentioned troop trains to Catterick: they traversed the Richmond branch, so there is a prototype for running large LNER engines on a branch line. In N gauge Union Mills have done quite a few of the J2x NER 0-6-0 tender locos rtr that would suit a branch goods and local passenger train. UM also did an ex-NER D20 4-4-0 which w
  6. There's hope - LNER 10000! RT
  7. Aerolite is a 2-2-4T, not 2-4-2, and under the LNER became the sole member of class X1. Class X served for all the single-driver locos inherited by the LNER in 1923: three classes of ex-NER 2-2-4 single-driver tank locos comprising all of four locomotives in total (!), and Class X4 comprising six ex-GCR 4-2-2 tender locomotives. I have high hopes of Rapido filling in some of the gaps in rtr steam - perhaps even in N gauge - but optimist though I am I suspect it'll be a long time before we see any of these. Except, of course, that Aerolite is pretty, green, named and could be sold
  8. A final PS. Two excellent books if you’re interested in the railway history of the high Pennines (NOT Herriot country!): “Rails in the Fells” by David Jenkinson (Peco Publications) ”The Stainmore & Eden Valley Railways” by Peter Walton (Oxford Publishing Company) Both now long out of print, but secondhand copies keep popping up if you check with bookfinder.com (The Walton volume can get pricy though.) RT
  9. The NER & MR *did* connect at Appleby Ravenser. (Fine username!) But I’m not sure how important exchange traffic there was. You have to bear in mind that, to paraphrase David Jenkinson, no railway line in England was built with less regard to serving the local population than the Settle-Carlisle. The Stainmore Lines - the 1861 South Durham & Lancashire Union & the Eden Valley railways, later merged into the NER via the S&DR - were built both as key trans-Pennine routes *and* to tap local traffic. The 1875 Settle-Carlisle was a Johnny-come-lately unnecess
  10. Yes, the Midland and NER were historically allies, or at least friendly neutrals, both originating in George Hudson-controlled companies which involved similar networks of regional elites. The 1921 Railways Act rammed companies together based on crude geography, not on any previous affinity between them: the MR & LNWR in particular were at daggers drawn for decades. If you wanted to model a joint LNER/LMS branch line in Herriot country then depicting it as ex-MR/NER would be the way to go - avoid any hint of LNWR or L&YR. (Oh, and avoid J72s - they were built for yard shun
  11. <Puts on professional Yorkshireman’s hat> Now then, tha’ should all knaa that Herriot’s original house & practice (well, Alf Wight’s practice to be right) was in Thirsk (“Darrowby”) which lies in the Vale of Mowbray almost equidistant between t’Yorkshire Dales & North York Moors national parks (which of course hadn’t been designated as such in the pre-war period of the early books). Alf Wight later moved to Thirlby, which is by Sutton Bank on the edge of the NY Moors. The nearest station to Herriot’s first house was and is Thirsk on the East Coast mainline, s
  12. Yes, Hornby were doing a natural progression from Rocket. But Hornby were obviously incentivised to do this by producing Lion, rather than (say) a Stephenson "Planet", because they were less interested in supporting "Era 1 modelling" than in maximising sales to collectors. Lion has the advantage that it could be sold to collectors both in its 1930s restored state to match the 1930s Rocket replica they'd already produced* and as Thunderbolt. Hornby thus enquired about licensing the Titfield Thunderbolt from Studiocanal and were knocked back because Studiocanal had already licensed
  13. Tramway rails and switch, Friar's Wynd, Richmond (Yorks), just beside the Georgian Theatre Royal.
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