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  1. Splendid. Those droplights without doors must have driven people to distraction at times - imagine being a bit 'worse for wear' hanging out the window fumbling for the door handle in the dark... . Maunsell stock on the Southern had lots of them too. There would be no ventilation on the corridor side otherwise I guess.
  2. I appreciate the issue with the sharp radius and problems cutting track. Neither should really be an issue. If you have one use [or borrow] a Dremel with one of their smooth slitting discs [wear goggles!] and practice with some scrap bits first. It is very easy to get a very neat cut and there no forces on the sleepers from rasping a razor saw back and forth or those clipper things that always need cleaning up. One thing to watch out for is heat: that can melt the sleepers.
  3. For what it’s worth I thought the screws idea would work and tried it but disliked the lack of adjustment. Screw one in just a tiny bit too far and it won’t be level and then the actual area of rail soldered to the screw head is tiny. You then have to get four to all match otherwise you get rough running over the join. Lots of faff. I preferred to solder a brass chair (C&L) to a copper clad strip, this strip and its neighbour over the join are fixed with superglue and small pins or screws into the baseboard. Run the rail through and then check the levels - cut the rails once ever
  4. I'm going to chalk that up over my workbench
  5. If it looks as good as this at that magnification then it is going to be fine in real life. The microstrip hinge trick sounds great. I have an etch of door hinges and I keep looking at them and thinking is it worth it... I'm working with Hornby Maunsells in lockdown. they have many of the same features: cream paint, lots of door handles and grab rails. Half way through the paint process I noticed the odd door hinge missing - was that missing on the factory moulding? - and then was reminded to check a door on another carriage which has hinges moulded on both sides of a door.. Yep -
  6. Lovely. Appreciate the effort that goes into coaches - so many things to go wrong - you think you are almost there and then something else crops up. But that looks wonderful. Assuming it was lightly loaded I always wonder how travellers back in those days picked what to ride in as the train pulled in - and walking through a train how to choose a carriage. The differences in interiors and contrasts as you passed through the gangways must have been interesting. And for the enthusiast: hard to choose sometimes. The Great Western never really managed to harmonise their carriage stock
  7. I'm thinking of something like this would work brilliantly, all bases covered: 3rd rail, DC overhead, AC overhead [maybe needs some rewiring], bio diesel. https://bluebell-railway-museum.co.uk/archive/photos/jjs/b03/3-40-8.htm https://bluebell-railway-museum.co.uk/archive/photos/jjs/b03/3-40-7.htm
  8. Yes sorry - unclear - I meant that the Caledonian built 5 4.6.0s (which had originally been authorised as 4.4.2s). And these engines, to stay a bit on topic, were really just an extended 4.4.0. The issue is Feb 2009 if interested.
  9. tbg knows their stuff! Seeing the numbers climb through the 1950s for 4.6.0s, 2.6.0s and 2.10.0s is another way of seeing Riddles standard classes taking the work of earlier design fashions like 4.4.2s, 4.4.0s and (even) 0.6.0s. Steam Days magazine had a very good article about when Atlantics were fashionable in pre group days and how they held off 4.6.0s on the Caledonian and Great Central for a while before falling out of favour. Even the Great Western were tempted to try the 4.4.2 under what was effectively a Star but found no real advantage to their 4.6.0 platform.
  10. I was sent a screenshot of this last night by my friend who likes to find 'railways' on the telly for me to mock - but I was pleasantly surprised!
  11. In Hugh Longworth’s amazing book British Railway Steam Locomotives 1948-1968 there is a fascinating appendix which is well worth having a look at when you are considering one of those ‘green diesels and BR pre-group steam engines’ layouts to see if it’s likely to have happened. It shows what locos lasted to which year both by wheel arrangement and by region and by class. Really you’ve got to be back in the 50s for the true interesting and varied stuff. Who knew there were only 12 0.6.0 tank engines left at the end of 1966? Whereas in ‘56 there were 2,662. It says that
  12. Wow! That GWR note is definitely overzealous. And the filming definitely not causing any infection or stress on the NHS. My question would be why are there so many ‘silly’ cars and bikes roaring noisily around the empty-ish streets and roads near me. Those people are more likely to cause an accident, run someone over and cause greater stress on our emergency services than someone tripping over in a field on a country walk.
  13. I dug out a Freight Working timetable from 1962 for the SR Central Section. There were often more than one brake van in freights on this region. In the marshalling instructions there are many instances of more than one - sometimes three in a train. More often this is because of multi formation trains to/from different destinations being combined or reversals. Here is an example - 12.30 am M.O. Tonbridge to Reading West Junc. which would have to reverse at Redhill. Next down is the same train retimed to 5.50 am after 10th September. The seven vac wagons next to the
  14. Lovely job. I do like a bit of Lima... You remind me I have [I think] 5 EDs in a box that I did a similar job on many years ago and never finished. Now there is no excuse to dig them out.
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