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  1. There is a photo in British Railways - The First 25 Years: Vol 5 The South West (page 11 lower) showing one of the BR design fish vans in a train heading from Torrington to Barnstaple behind 34002 on 23 August 1963. Unfortunately no more detail is give about the service, traffic or routing. Does anyone have any information on that service or any other information on the use of these wagons in Devon/Cornwall? I’ve got a couple of the Rumney Models BR Dia 801 kits that I’ve built and was going to put them into parcels use for a ‘70s/‘80s project but this photo might cause a rethink.... Jeremy
  2. Thanks for the information, at least it seems that Warships were reasonable regular visitors in the early 1970’s. I thought the book was quite helpful. It gives a general overview of traffic from nationalisation onwards and then looks in more depth at various traffic types including china clay, ball clay, oil, timber, cement and so on. It is a bit biased to the period from the late 1970’s until current traffic but, in my view, is a very useful addition to the library and has certainly answered a few queries I had about freight services in both counties.
  3. Having been given a copy of “Devon & Cornwall Railfreight” by David Mitchell for Christmas, I was interested to see the photo of D812 at Bodmin General taken in September 1971 on a clay working from Boscarne to Lostwithiel. I had previously found that Warships may have operated on some of the heavier clay trains from Bodmin from an earlier (1965/66) working timetable but had not seen any photographic evidence until receiving the book. Does anyone have any other information about these workings and in particular which Warships may have been used? Thanks Jeremy
  4. jbg

    MRJ 273

    Spotted "in the wild" at Ian Allan Bookshop, Waterloo this morning.....
  5. Andrew, your memory is quite good - the linhay is 21.5 in long on Wheal Elizabeth but as you say, in reality this is a pretty small works like the Carbis works. I have been playing around with ideas based on the Wenfordbridge line on and off for a while but having visited the site last week while on holiday it is clear that this facility is somewhat bigger than its final output would suggest - according to "Map my Run" it is about 650 m long. The buildings are Listed and still standing and although fenced off are clearly regularly accessed by "visitors". I found a planning notice on part of the site dating to 2010 when there were plans to convert it into apartments and although that hasn't happened. the Local Authority website might have some info. Like others, I find the clay industry and the rail facilities a fascinating subject and aspect of rail operations in Cornwall but, as Stoker, has said in the original post most facilities are way too large for just a corner of a layout but may lack the operating potential needed for me to sustain interest if modelled as a single facility especially in the air brake era of clay trains. Clay hoods are a little easier but you do need a lot of them to make sense of operations! I look forward to seeing developments on Stoker's Rosevear project and also to learning much more about the clay industry as this progresses.
  6. John, That’s really helpful, thank you. I’ll have to give it a go and see how I get on. I’ll let you know in due course. Jeremy
  7. Thanks John, I’ll have to have a look at how to do that to see if I can make it work. Jeremy
  8. John That Pannier is looking really good - amazing what can be done with the RTR moulding. Just wondering how you have dealt with pick-ups on this chassis? I've got one nearly complete in P4 and am having a real struggle getting reliable, invisible pick-ups fitted. Thanks Jeremy
  9. jbg

    Hornby B12

    There was some comment earlier on this thread about converting one of these new models to EM/P4. Has anyone had any experience of doing this successfully? If not, does anyone know the distance between the inside faces of the splashers so we can assess whether wider gauged wheels might fit? Thanks Jeremy
  10. There is a good photo in John Vaughan's "Diesels in the Duchy" book of a Class 25 (either 048 or 054) on a train of 16t and 21t mineral wagons with 20t brake van west of Truro in late 1970's (1978 I think) - another good modellers train! I don't recall having seen any coal hoppers in photos in Cornwall apart from the HEA's used to Drinnick Mill in the mid-1980's although I understand that a couple of HAA's (i.e. MGR hoppers) were used as a trial for carrying clay before BR ordered the CDA's. There are some useful photos of typical trains on the Cornwall Railway Society website if you review the Cornwall Galleries section. Jeremy
  11. I've also just started a trial fitting of Dinghams to my stock as I try to get Wheal Elizabeth up and running again. The various links (especially Paul's and David's) have been very helpful but I still have a couple of queries: - The instructions don't mention whether to solder the dropper to the dropper hanger on the looped coupling or just to rely on hooking the wire around the hole - any views? does it make a difference? - The suggestion is that they aren't very reliable with sprung buffers - some of my stock is so fitted as I was originally thinking about using AJ's - is this a real issue so that I need to fix these buffers solid or something that is simply a would be better if they were avoided? Any advice from experienced users gratefully received. Thanks Jeremy
  12. Very disappointed to see that the DVD is not part of the "off the shelf" offering this month and can't be obtained via the Website as in previous months. Mini-Me's of the production team aren't a lot of use to me, would rather have had the DVD. It seems that this practice of providing different offerings for the subscribers compared to the purchasers is going to continue for the next few months. I don't want to subscribe and will now be thinking twice about buying especially as the plastic bags now prevent you from seeing the content before parting with your cash. Found the Pendon article disappointing especially when 3 of the 4 printed photographs have already appeared on RMWeb.
  13. Rich Comet did some buffers as part of their Hawksworth Autocoach kit but they don't seem to be listed separately. Similarly, there are some in the Dart Castings Autocoach detailing kit but again not listed separately. It might be worth asking either/both if they could be made available separately. In the past MJT/Dart have let me have just the castings from the Autocoach detaining kit. Good luck! Jeremy
  14. I'm in the process of putting together a small rake of these wagons as I try to re-stock Wheal Elizabeth, initially concentrating on the 1978 to 1982 period. The info on Paul Bartlett's site and various photos in the John Vaughan books suggest that there were a number on BR/LNER 12t Steel Opens used in these rakes. Were these actually used for carrying clay or were they simply "support" wagons for carrying tarpaulins etc when the clay wagons were empty? Was this also the role taken by the occasional 12t Van seen in the midst of the Clayliner consist? I'd be interested to hear any thoughts about the workings of these trains as including one or other of these would add a little variety to the consist! Jeremy
  15. Thanks to adb968008 for checking delivery dates with Dapol at the Warley show and posting the photographs. The non-DCC green, blue and blue/grey ones are now showing on Hattons website as being in stock. Jeremy
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