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  1. My uncle spent WW 2 in the RAF Regiment, guarding a base at Lytham St. Anne's! Malcolm
  2. Referring back to the discussion on page 39 concerning P D Hancock's K's kits and equipment and in particular the J72. A replacement loco was found which had the same chassis and motor and the parts were duly swapped over. Seen in photo below passing Dundreich on a short pick up goods NER No. 2187 is again a working Craigshire loco after sitting on the cripple road for at least 33 years! Malcolm NER No.2187 Nov 2020 by Malcolm MacLeod, on Flickr
  3. You are correct David there was one on the Craig and Mertonford called 'Ian'. The body is a commercial 3.5mm scale casting of a GWR ‘1101’ class dock shunter which was produced for the toy market in the late 1940’s / early 1950’s by Richard Kohnstram under his “Moko” label. PD undertook his conversion in 1949/50 and details can be found in MRN Jun 1952 pages114 to 117 and Narrow Gauge Adventure pages 64/5 & 68/9/70. On p107 of the RM for May 1954 we learn that “Ian” has met with an accident having plunged a scale 300 feet onto the floor. “Ian’s” woes continued because on p254 of the
  4. Copped them all at one time or another at Craigentinny! Some look a bit cleaner than I remember them but that said we are talking 55 to 65 years ago and my memory may faulty . Lovely photos. Malcolm
  5. Rather odd design of corner Windows. Anyone any idea why they were designed that way? Malcolm
  6. Jeremy If you could scan and send that would be great and save me some hassle. Thanks Malcolm
  7. Nick. Thank you for that. I've arranged to get into the club room later this week. I have feeling there may be a copy of Iain Smith's book in there. Thanks to all of you another item can be properly catalogued in the collection. Malcolm
  8. I think we may be getting close to an answer. PDH had some NBR coaches built for him by D C Lawrence and painted by Larry Goddard which used zinc sides manufactured by Trevor Charlton. Where these coaches are now I have no idea but they were to different NBR diagrams. I did not say anything in my first e-mail but my first thoughts were that the metal is zinc. You will also notice that one of the coach sides has three raised cream coloured lines. These are actually some form of fine sticky tape or transfer and my thoughts are that it was a start at panelling the lower part of the coach
  9. There is a firm of that name in Kirkbymoorside which dates from 1964. Maybe they did model railway work in the past for some of the cottage industry model railway manufacturers. Malcolm
  10. Paul Not entirely sure. I am puzzled partly because I think the panelling and windows are etched but would the etching process not remove the finish on the back of the metal as well? Regret I do not know enough about the etching process to give a definitive answer. Malcolm
  11. I am trying to identify the metal coach kit parts in the attached photographs. They appear to have been cut out of a sheet of metal which has the legend MICRO-METAL and what looks like a dragon or similar animal logo on the rear. They are part of the P D Hancock collection so could date back to the 1950's but I think they may be later. I have as usual tried Google and searching this forum without success. Any help appreciated. Malcolm IMG_3476 by Malcolm MacLeod, on Flickr IMG_3477 by Malcolm MacLeod, on Flickr IMG_3480 by Malcolm MacLeod, on Flickr
  12. Definitely look at the photos. 'Mons' had differently shaped rear steps on the frames either side of the tender! Malcolm
  13. Jim You must be lucky dodging all the bad weather at the moment. Malcolm
  14. If my memory serves me correctly they carried an essential Ingredient for whisky! Malcolm
  15. The answer, at least in so far as the GNSR card coach sides used by P D Hancock in his first Craig and Mertonford coach are concerned, is yes. Malcolm
  16. Lord Craig says that if you will place one of his posters at Castle Aching he will place one of yours at Craig. Craig Castle Poster by Malcolm MacLeod, on Flickr
  17. Mick T who inhabits NGRM has an up to date list of all writings relating to the C&DR.
  18. John According to the Forsythe book the J72 was introduced in Feb 1959 and the Caley tank in Sept 1961. Due to this covid lockdown I have no access to the club library so am not able to undertake the usual thumb through the ads looking for info. So thanks for the copy of the motor ad. Rodney The main focus of my attention in this thread is the standard gauge kits and it was more as an afterthought that I inserted the photos of Moira and Angus's chassis as I thought they might be of interest to the K's aficionados on this thread. They run remarkably well for a couple o
  19. Moira's motor has been altered by PDH. Motor alterations was something he undertook almost from the days of his first models in the early 1950's. Moira's K's motor sits within a brass envelope. With Angus PD specifically refers to the availability of the new small K's motor and the flywheel in his various scribblings and he says that she has a scale chassis by K's presumably a private commission with Ken Keyser with any motor alterations also by Ken. Malcolm
  20. Michael and John I've had time to take another look at the motor in P D Hancock's Caley tank and find my copy of the Forsythe book. The motor measures in old money 3-13/32nds by 5/8ths x 3/8ths and when I compared that to the MKl and Mkll motors in the Forsythe book it matched neither, too short for a Mkl and too long for a single magnet Mkll. It does however appear to be a later, post 1960, MKll which had a second magnet added. The measurements would appear to back up that theory. The Caley kit apparently did not appear until 1960 so unless there were a lot of older
  21. I would be inclined to agree but one thing puzzles me. The left hand track from Easter Road is nice and shiny which suggests traffic running into Leith Walk goods depot and / or down to Granton however the line at Powderhall is rusty. I lived in McDonald Road 1977/83 and the oil train to Granton was still running and the Leith Walk to Millerhill or Carstairs via Lochend Junction goods was still running but may have finished by 1983. Unless my memory is playing tricks I do not think the rubbish trains from Powderhall had started until after I moved away. I seem to recall there was a
  22. Thank you gentlemen for the information on the motors. PD did have a bash at soldering the chassis together but may have given up, especially if the motor was playing up, and never got round to building a replacement chassis. As far as possible I am attempting to keep things as PD built them but in this case the existing chassis / mechanism may go into 'museum' storage with a new chassis and motor installed. As you say it is well made and painted model and it would be a shame for it to be permanently sidelined. Malcolm
  23. I am in the process of researching the standard gauge locomotives that ran on P D Hancock's Craigshire. As one might expect for a modeller of his era there are some models constructed, wholly or partly, from Keyser parts. Within the Edinburgh & Lothians PDH Collection are two Ks kits one of which is a Caley 0-4-4T No.127 and the other a J72 in NER livery No.2187. I have trawled through this thread and answered a few of my questions but....... Firstly the CR tank: Am I correct in saying the model is fitted with a MkII motor [which runs very nicely] and can anyone gi
  24. Mike I do not think you missed too much with the broken links. The unobtainable google picassa photos were all moved onto the Google archive file. When I gat a moment I'll go through the thread and update as required (and 009 and NGRM). Malcolm
  25. If you do find yourself hiding under the bed remember to take a torch with you so you can read Narrow Gauge Adventure when it arrives. Malcolm
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