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  1. John Another vote for Tim Horn. He has done my bespoke boards for Bodmin General based on my drawings and with an integrated back scene. They work very well - a quality product. Jeremy
  2. John If I recall correctly, Shawplan do some etched frames for the headcode box but I’m not aware of a full replacement headcode box being available. As others have said the skirts around the buffers will also need reinstating which is a bit of a fiddle but can be done with plasticard and a bit of patience. The comments mention Bachmann versions with running numbers 37238 and 37142 which do both have skirts around the buffers but the headcode box is too high on the nose and both run on the earlier 4 axle drive chassis which is not everyone’s favourite. It does a
  3. If you wanted to use this to build up stock for the Kyle of Tongue project Kyle of Lochalsh seems to offer a couple of options. Either the half-a-station approach as adopted on the 2mm version by BCNPete documented on here, or a model of Kyle shed in its final years when in some dis-repair and when the turntable road was out of use. There was a layout plan for the latter either in MRJ or one of the Wild Swan layout design books for the steam era version with turntable fitting onto a single door sized baseboard but the turntable wouldn't necessarily need to be operable or include
  4. Not sure if its been covered earlier but could you do this by dropping the fiddle yard or staging sidings under the station/scenic area or is there insufficient clearance? At least then you could keep the layout within the sun room area rather than affecting other parts of the living space. Jeremy
  5. The roller gauges you bought from C&L look very much like they are the Exactoscale ones. They did also do a set allowing for gauge widening on curves but I'm not sure whether either are currently available. Jeremy
  6. They are different types of material. China clay is usually dry and powdery, ball clay usually wet lumps of clay. If you used the same wagon for the different types I suspect they would contaminate each other so that the load would be useless which wouldn’t be very good as they are used for very different products! The GWR wagons were built around 1910 with DC2 brakegear. This was replaced in the 1940’s/50’s and generally became independent either side brakes but varied depending on the conversion. GWR Wagon Loads in Service (OPC) and GWR Wagons both have photos showing the convers
  7. That looks good David. Will need a couple of sets please. I’ll try and get to finishing the interior for the Comet kit in a few days and post some photos. Thanks Jeremy
  8. Thanks Flood for the information, I'll have a closer look at Paul Bartlett's site for some more details. I'm modelling Cornwall in the early 1980's so the wagons look to be ok for that. The few published photos I've seen so far for that period seem to show an all over grime livery so I'm not sure I need worry about the branding too much although the earlier style black and white one would make for a nice bit of variety. Jeremy
  9. Is there a readily available source of prototype information for these wagons? I understand that there were various versions of Cargowaggon in use from the mid-1970's but was trying to find out what prototype the Heljan ones represent, when they first arrived in the UK and what get an idea of dates from livery changes from unbranded to branded (or the other way around)? Can anyone point me to a reliable source? Thanks Jeremy
  10. Yes, but..... The oil box ones were different wagons entirely. They were 10ft wheelbase conversions from assorted standard 5 plank wagons rather than the purpose built BR versions. The BR versions did get used on traffic to/from the ball clay works around Meeth and, I think, Heathfield in Devon but I'm not sure what was used to serve the Dorest clay pits although that was also ball call and therefore possibly not suitable for your customer. Sorry, but the clay wagons are a bit of a minefield and the model manufacturers struggle to get the combinations of parts right.
  11. Just an observation on the Ratio Clay wagon mentioned earlier. The Hoody bit wasn’t introduced until 1974. Prior to that the loaded wagons would have simply used wagon sheets/tarpaulins when full. Hope that makes the build simpler for a 1960’s timeframe!
  12. I’m not convinced that the GWR 013 clays were fitted at all. The first 2 lots of the BR Wagons were also built unfitted in 1954/55 but later ones were fitted. The GWR wagons were built with single ended Dean Churchward brake gear (DC2) but most were subsequently converted to independent or Morton brakes in their latter years to meet the requirement to have the brake levers at different ends of the wagons on each side. There are a few photos of my attempts to represent this on the Scalefour Society Forum. The roller bearing wagons for the Clayliner trains were a mid-1960
  13. 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 cau
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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