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Alex TM

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    Scotland's road closure capital (52 this month)!
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    Subject to change at whim. Currently it's back to Mr. Stroudley's 'Rooters'!

    Pet hate: cliches of Scotland and its railways.

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  1. Stunning piece of architecture! Certainly beats most of what's around here. Thanks for sharing.
  2. Hi again, Both Superquick and Metcalfe do such an item, though the latter is probably a better starting point in terms of shape, etc. Regards, Alex.
  3. Hi again, Just a thought. If you like the general feel of the Metcalfe kit then have a think about cladding it with a commercial stone paper of a different finish, e.g. superquick red sandstone. It is by no means a perfect solution but may work. Regards, Alex.
  4. Hi again, Couldn't remember the name of this place when I wrote my previous response, but is this more what you're thinking of? https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seion_Presbyterian_Church_of_Wales,_Birkenhead_(1).JPG This is a rather small urban red brick church that could form the basis of a conversion from one of the other kits. Good luck, Alex.
  5. Hi MOH, Sorry, but the bad news is that there isn't really such a distinction as a rural/non-rural church! The other bit of bad news is that models of church buildings tend to be very, very, small compared to the real thing. (In real life, a typical small parish church of the late nineteenth century could typically seat 300+ on the ground floor alone.) If you're looking for something red brick why not try looking for street view pictures of some of the areas that were mostly occupied by such construction, see if you can find a suitable building, and then convert a ready made card one to suit. That said, ecclesiastical architecture is often a law unto itself. For example you can recreate the old opening image from 'Coronation Street' with row after row of red brick terraces, and in the middle of it have a neo-Gothic red sandstone barn of a place. The design of the church will, in part be influenced but the denomination for which it was built, and part by the whim of whoever designs or pays for it (traditions/denominations were often gifted church buildings). One thing to bear in mind is when you imagine your church to have been built, as that will influence what materials may have been used; so too will geography. Your suggested period of the 50s/60s could allow for some seriously ugly modernist or brutalist architecture (if you were so inclined)! Hope that's of help. Regards, Alex.
  6. Hi everyone, In a sense this has nothing to do with railway modelling but is more to do with a military modelling diorama. What's needed are some European TT scale wagons of a type that would have been around during WW2. It's s joint project with a friend. I think what's envisaged are a couple of box vans and a high-sided open. Although not quite to the right scale they're close enough for what's intended. Can anyone suggest names of manufacturers and UK based suppliers? Thanks in advance for any pointers. Regards, Alex.
  7. Hi again, Worth $75? If we're talking Australian dollars then it's not too overpriced, as the current exchange calculator makes that slightly over £40. Most of the time I see it going for £25-£35 (excluding postage). In part it depends what it's worth to you. I would agree with Jason, and not pay more than £10 for the brown cover version. As for the contents page, my apologies for the poor quality of the image. The scanner has died, and the replacement is till sealed in its box. Hope this helps. Regards, Alex.
  8. I know someone (well, two people actually) who lay track like that .......
  9. Hi, Although a little earlier than the time-frame of the OP, the early '80s still saw the majority of internal user wagons at both Cardowan and Bedlay collieries being RCH style 7-planks. I seem to remember a handful of BR style 16t minerals around Cardowan, but these seemed to be used for tripping landsale coal across the BR line from the pit to the sales yard; these were fairly filthy so I cannot remember seeing any markings on them. As for the coal leaving the pits for larger customers, if memory serves me correctly that from Cardowan went out in 16t steels hauled by 37s, while those from Bedlay went out in a larger traditional wagon (21.5 or 24.5t?) often hauled by pairs of 20s. Hope that's of use. Regards, Alex.
  10. Hi Rob, Yet again I am impressed with the continuing adventures in the ovine world. The one thing that keeps catching my eye is the weathering on the locos and stock; would you care to share a little about how you do this? (Sorry if you have already done this somewhere in the last couple of hundred pages!) Thanks and regards, Alex.
  11. Hi JST, I usually give them around 30 minutes in each direction, with the power up to around 50%. Normally I find that to be enough, but I do find some that require quite a bit longer. If it's of use, I also run locos in with a cheap Bachmann trainset controller; if I can get reasonable running from that then I find my Gaugemaster units will work like a dream. Hope that's of use. Regards, Alex.
  12. Hi again, Thanks for the link. Nice layout. It can't be very big, yet it doesn't look cramped .... how big is it? Again, thanks. Regards, Alex.
  13. Hi Jason, Thanks for the response. I've had a look at the links, and they are quite interesting. The "semgonline" one is one I didn't notice when I looked at their site; the photos are very helpful for details but, like a few other places I tried, are outwith my time period. The Cambrian models link was most useful, as I hadn't noticed before that they do the lighter 15t van. I eventually managed to find my book on the K&ESR, and the only identifiable BR period brakes were, with one exception, ex-SR 25t versions (even planked, unfitted, no sanding gear); the exception was an ex-LMS van. Although the question was driven out of modelling interest, I am also curious to see if non-SR vans got around that region as much as ex-SR pillboxes seem to have got around the remainder of the country. Again, thanks for the pointers. Regards, Alex.
  14. Hi everyone, I've been looking through a few images of the railways of Kent and East Sussex during the period from the latter fifties through the early sixities; this is the period represented by most of my locos and stock. There aren't that many images of freight services, and on the few that are shown what is not clear is the type of break van in use. Hence the following question: what types of brake vans would have been common across the Southern Region around the period 1957-1962? i assume that ex-SR 'pillbox' types would have been seen in revenue traffic, but what about pre-grouping local stock, imports from other regions, or even BR standards? As ever, thanks in advance for any help. Regards, Alex.
  15. Hi, A, now retired, colleague of mine spent the first few years of his adult life as a sheep farmer. He once told me that sheep were not as stupid as people generally thought they were; rather, they were worse. Regards, Alex.
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