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    Modelling ECML from mid 50,s to 1963/4 or so. Enjoy modifying locos and coaches though have less success with scenery!. Have far too much stock already but keep buying and building more.

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  1. Something a little different. My Suburbans are largely excellent but bog-standard RTR and I have always fancied some legitimate ex-NER stock. So here is the first on road-test, a D & S Dia 51 Brake 3rd.. The kits are out of production and, amazingly, I haven't found any descriptions of previous builds, Moreover, details of the prototype are also thin on the ground, so any help gratefully received. I'm also going to resuscitate 3 Kirk ex-Lner kits to make an appropriate rake for Little Benton. The loco is a short-bunkered J72 modified from a couple of Mainline bodies on a Mainly Trains chassis.
  2. I have the bogies assembled and bolted temporarily to the underframe, as Jonathan describes above. they have been tested on curves and through pointwork and all seems well .The loco in the photo is my "short-bunker" J72, originally a Mainline loco on a Mainly trains chassis. Jonathan - if you have photos of the underframe details of the Dia 53 or similar, that would be great. Mike - I 'll try your roof suggestion on the T1
  3. Tyne Dock's last T1 (on test) runs light back to its' home. There is a short on the leading bogie wheel which I hope will be cured by a smear of Araldite on the chassis, but otherwise all seems well. It passes the DJH D20 which waits to take empty stock to Central, and then off to Alnwick. Tyne Dock was an easy shed to "bunk", but I was too young to see their T1's , the last of which was withdrawn in 1961. But it was a great visit from 1963 or so, as lots of V2's and A1's were stored there after withdrawal..
  4. HI Paul. Your description seems to confirm what I suspected, but if I try to spell out what I think happens, can you confirm (or correct) my assumptions. The bogie is attached with a 10ba nut, via a bush, to the bogie platform, which is then screwed through the underframe into the strip you described, which has been soldered to the bottom of the coach sides. John Wizard, like everyone else, is showing that sheet "out of stock" The HMRS site has taken my money for one, so we wwill see what happens, Thanks for the replies, John
  5. The T1 has had the glazing done, and coal added. It is numbered only on one side, I used HMRS Pressfix but, as my locos are " No 6 intensive", I ran out of 6's and 9's. I assumed getting another sheet would be simple, but there seems to be a world shortage. I prefer HMRS sheets when applying to very flat matt, black as it avoids the "halo" effect from carrier film on waterslide transfers. So a search for a 6 and 2 x 9's goes on. The current project will hopefully produce some ex-NER coaches rather than rely on Gresley or Thompson suburbans. They will be made from D&S etched kits, and I am impressed by the quality, and, no doubt, once you have build one you can build them all. First time around, however, I'm struggling to understand the instructions on how to fit the bogies and underframe together, and am looking for information on the interior colours for the compartment walls and upholstery. I assumed there would be a description of a build of a typical D&S bogie coach around to help, but haven't found one yet. Any pointers gratefully received.
  6. Railway Memories Volume on Tyneside has some useful information on freight traffic, including details on the Aberdeen-London fish and meat traffic - The Scotch beef. these trains had priority over everything but passenger trains, It gave timings, etc ,but also gave details of a relief service, from Tweedmouth to Newcastle, which I knew nothing about. It looks as though this train had both fish and meat vans in the consist. So here, the train has been put into the sidings to allow passage of the Talisman, and begins the last few miles to Heaton Yard, The K3 is a GBL body on a modified Bachmann V1 chassis, and the wagons are all Parkside kits. I have a couple more to build to flesh out the rake. John
  7. I'm struggling to light these pictures as I would wish, but they give an idea of the almost completed Little Engines T1. I assumed I had plenty of room to fit a 1220 motor, along with a Highlevel Compact+, but actually had to fit it to the leading driving axle. Otherwise, it tended to foul the firebox backplate, and was too tall to fit upright in its' original position on the second axle. I think I could have "reversed" it and used the 3rd axle, but it goes fine where it is, though it wouldn't have been my first choice. The cab roof needs fitting - I wish I could devise a way to fit it "removable", and I'll think about it- Judicious Blutack? Otherwise coal, glazing front spectacle windows and numbering, then it will join the stock for Little Benton. actually, although a Tyne Dock loco, 10 miles or so away from the prototype, you had as much chance of seeing a King or Castle as a T1. Oh.. and I need a driver to keep the fireman company.
  8. My attempt at the cab of the T1. The majority is just plasticard, together with a few castings I had in the spares box. I used Mike's photo, together with previous builds of NER tank locos, as a template, and at least it looks as though there is something going on in the cab. How much will be visible when the roof goes on is another matter...
  9. Many thanks for the quick response. These are the kits in question, and they fit the bill nicely as they were still being used around Tyneside in the early 50's. I did look at Precision Teak, Mick, but wondered if it was too light?. It's tempting, though, as I don't have an airbrush, so prefer rattle cans where possible. I need to see whether Track Dirt comes in a can.
  10. Thanks to those who posted advice here about how to get hold of ex-NER coaches. I now have 4 and just need to work out how to build them.... As they will be depicted running in their twilight years in the early 50's, I believe they should be brown, ( as opposed to teak} . I confess to have failed in my research to identify an appropriate paint, after an afternoon spent Googling. Any ideas? Thanks in anticipation. John
  11. The K4 looks very nice indeed, Eric. The loss of Dave's kits is a real shame,,especially as he was about to produce a North Tyneside Emu Artic set before he became ill. I think most of his kits had replacement etched boilers, produced for him by 52F Models. I found this a bit strange, as the DJH and SEF arrangement made more sense, giving an etched cab with thinner sides but retaining a heavy whitemetal boiler just where you need the weight. Either way ,his kits are a pleasure to build, though I understand there is the odd inaccuracy. He updated his K4 chassis a few years ago, and was selling the older main etch for £1 at local shows. I took 5 off his hands..
  12. Here is another picture I found of 69921, which may as well be the loco I'm building. It is a useful shot, as it confirms the buffer type, and also shows the "box" on the front spectacle plate behind the whistle.
  13. D249 was among the first Class 40's to be allocated to Gateshead, and was often seen at Little Benton. It seems to be on a Kings X- Edinburgh relief, I smile when I read that folk "need" a particular class of loco, but an early 40 without headcode boxes does fill a gap in my roster. Passing it is a Heaton V3 runs bunker-first on an ECS back to Heaton Sidings, having finished its' runs on Manors North -Newbiggin turns. I confess that, though I love building kits, many of those I have built disappeared during the mid to late 50's, and these photos much more accurately reflect what I saw when I began serious spotting in 1960/1 or so.
  14. Lovely work, Mike. can you remember, or better still have a photo, of what you did to the cab interior? John
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