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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. Nothing very elaborate, but this is a Bachmann J39 with the tender from a DJH D20/C7. All I really did to the render was open up the rear coal rails, and added some detail on the rear. I need the upper lamp iron when I next see Perter at 52F. Models., and coal will be added. The ex- NER tender does change the look of the loco, I think I followed Yeadon to arrive at a suitable loco for Tyneside. I'd assumed most J39/3 engines with ex-NER tenders were early builds, but not so. This particular loco, fitted from new with this tender, was built in 1940. The paintwork is Railmatch Weather Black, straight from the can, over Halfotds Red Primer, which lets rust through nicely.
  2. Dave Alexander Q7 has a train of mineral wagons, heading south but destination unknown. Not the staithes on the Tyne - that would be carried in 21T hoppers. Possibly Stella South, or Tyne Dock to be then shipped up to Consett?
  3. My rather heavily modified DJH D20 has been give non-corridor stock for a SO Alnwick - Newcastle extra. We never called this place "Little Benton"- it was always The Powder Monkey, named after a spoil heap from a closed colliery. The photos have been taken from the top. The last coach is an Isinglass 3D Print Gresley 6-compartment Brake 3rd, which sits reasonably well with the Hornby stock. Hopefully his range will continue to expand. The service was excellent, and the coach built up pretty well. Extra parts were from Dart Castings/MJT. though I used the Isinglass 3D bogies as an experiment, They worked fine too, though in an ideal world I prefer the additional weight of cast bogies.
  4. The reference on page 4 is the text right at the bottom of the page. . the picture of 62396 on page 51 confirms that it had a longer smokebox than that provided in the kit. The centre picture on page 50 gives you the numbers of the loco s with the frames in our kit. Sorry..I gave you wrong information on that in the earlier post. Of course, none of this matters really..and I'm sure you will end up with a nice model. as you say..howdy the lads...I'm in Backworth.
  5. The loco seems to be coming along nicely. You prompted me to re-check my research for my build. I hope you will find it helpful. All but 2 locos were superheated by the grouping, so had the extended smokebox. Page 4 of Yeadon confirms this. I know some of the photos are unclear, but I was advised to extend the smokebox by a little under 2mm, See Yeadon P 46, 3rd photo. I assume you know that your kit is for the Raven build of the D20- the later locos built in 1906/07.. You can tell this from the shape of the upper footplate extensions, At one stage, DJH supplied the Worsdell version, but later kits (I bought mine new from DJH) supply the Raven shape. You are right that it would be safer to fit the Ross Pop safety valves directly to the boiler, ie without the plate, for a BR loco. The whistle goes behind them, next to the spectacle plate, rather than on the cab roof. Finally, as I have been adapting the tender for use with a J39, I found it easy to open up the rear part of the coal rails, and, though the tender is still a bit of a dog, unless you decide to invest in a completely new one from someone like ArthurK, this is one of the simplest amendment to improve it visually. Talking of Arthur reminds me that ex-NER tenders had a bar for the rear tender handrail, and not the more normal handrail knob/wire arrangement. Best wishes.
  6. J39/1 64701 heads empty cattle wagons north. They will be dropped off either singly or in pairs (or as required) at various points , probably as far as Berwick, before being added to freights heading for Tyneside from the various Marts in Northumberland. They will then be aggregated for the return north, as in this trip. The loco is Bachmann with a scratch - built 3500 GS tender- so the loco is the only one of this sub- group based at Heaton.
  7. Here is what I did to get my DJH D20 to run. it was a bit of a fight, but turned out OK. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/105990-building-br-ex-lner-from-kits/page/20/ As others have said, the main issue is the tender, especially the incorrect cut-outs. I used an Alexander version, sadly no longer available, but am currently looking at the DJH one as a cheap and cheerful possibility for a J39/3. It has reminded me how poor it was - for example, the solid cast coal rails are incorrect, and visually jar, even to someone like me who has affair degree of tolerance. For BR days, you probably should have extended the smokebox, as these locos became superheated. I researched it at the time, but cant remember if it applies to all locos in BR days, The kit I had only had a shorter smokebox for a saturated loco. Personally, I wouldn't fit the motor in the boiler barrel, though others have done so successfully. I decided it was too tricky to make the electrical connections , too much potentially to short against the boiler, and potentially tricky to get the body on and off. But that was just me, and I'm sure you can get your way to work. For all the playing around with weights, I found it useful to ensure the tender connection to the loco was used to help keep the rear drivers on the track. You should finish up with a decent model at the end, and a fair bit more experience as well. Best wishes.
  8. Here you go, Brian. Hope the video works as well as the model does.
  9. Hi Jon. The chances are that this working lasted for quite a few years, well into BR days. One BV would presumably go on to Blyth, from Newsham, and the other to Ashington/Newbiggin. The train may have gone from Newcastle up the ECML, or alternatively round the North Tyneside loop through South Gosforth before heading up the Blyth and Tyne mainline. It presumably then took the branch rom Bedlington through Choppington to Morpeth Either way, I'd be happy to run a train like this on my layout- I'm not that precious. I'm also not particularly thin-skinned, and certainly wont be reporting anybody. Folk are entitled to their views, and if you post stuff publicly, you live with the consequences. I do wish though, that folk would read what they post or e.mail before pushing "send". One of the individuals has been in touch to correct any misunderstanding - I suspect the effect of lockdown was part off the issue. Grateful for the messages of support.
  10. The attached photos may be of interest, The Newcastle-Consett service seemed to attract a motley collection of carriage stock- I have another photo from 1939 of aK2 of all things on a train with coaches like my leading pair. No date was given on the N8 photo, but it must be after 1951, when Darlington began turning out the N8's in lined BR livery with early crest. interesting that the passengers get ancient NER Clerestories, while luggage goes in what looks like a much younger Gresley LNER PV The loco is an LRM kit.
  11. I am gratified by the last few posts, having received a couple of messages the other day suggesting that, if this is the best I can do, I should pack it in and stick to RTR.. I'm painfully aware of my limitations, but seriously considered reverting to lurker status. Andrew and Jonathan's posts have restored my faith, if not my bruised confidence.
  12. Under the circumstances, I certainly won't be putting a photo of MY J17 here. It's a BEC kit which ran originally on a Triang chassis, then got Romford wheels, then finished up on a more modern Hornby Jinty chassis. Laughable, but it was bought as a present by Mrs RowanJ in 1971 in what were called our courting days" back then. I wouldn't part with it,
  13. Andrew, What a splendid chap you are. That picture will be very useful when I get round to it, so expect plenty of queries. Mine too will be a later build with the more "modern" lookout and electric lighting. I stole the older lookout casting for the Clerestory. I did think to paint mine in LNER teak, as I believe they were often attached to main and secondary passenger trains. Regards John
  14. It must be early 1950's. as a rake of vintage Ex-NER coaches have been pressed into service on either a relief workmans train, or a Race Special from Killingworth. The train has been put into the sidings to allow an Express to pass, and now heads to Central. The coaches are all kit-built, the Clerestory brake from Worsley Works, and the last pair from D&S. They are all in a form of LNER Brown (not teak) and are intended to reflect various shades according to when last painted. They are all far too clean, and at some stage will be weathered, when I pluck up the courage- it's not something I am very good at. The loco is my DJH A8.
  15. The Clerestory almost completed. The LNER Brown is Precision Track Dirt, and, over Halfords Red Primer, gives a suitably faded look, I think. The compartment interior is simply cut and shut from an old Hornby, (or possibly even Triang) CK, overlaid with printouts from a Bill Bedford/Mousa download. I doubt it is prototypical, but gives a decent impression of something happening inside. I see a couple of spots where the solder between roof and sides has come away, so I'll add a small spot of filler and touch it up. I built the coach without the central footboard, most of which seemed to have been removed by the LNER. Again, whether this is correct I'm not certain. At the moment, I'll not add transfers, in the hope that a photo in early BR days turned up, assuming the coaches lasted that long. I wondered about using LNER numerals with an added E. I have a D&S Dia 171 6-wheel Luggage/Milk van in the pile. Unless other kits turn up, this will complete the rake. A batch went on Ebay a couple of weeks ago for quite a bit of money, and I don't need any more at that price,
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