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  1. Just a point on the Penzance-Paddington postal the sorting vans were actually diagram 721 - similar to the Bachmann diagram 720 but with two small doors instead of the traducer arms and net opening. The other side identical. The formation throughout the 70's was BPOT dia 723/POS 721/POT 726 with radio pod/721/721/723 plus various GUVs added/taken off along the way. Later on in the 80's a dia 727 was added at the Paddington end.
  2. By coincidence I was just searching on this very topic, I've also got a Hornby 50, 50018, which I bought second hand and has always run very slowly in DC (I'm not DCC) and I was wondering if it was an endemic problem. It goes a little faster than crawling and is not really a problem for me as I have a terminus layout but wouldn't be acceptable if I was running a through layout. If anyone's got a solution I'd be glad to hear it.
  3. I’ve got a MK2 rake (Some Bachmann 2a/Some detailed Lima 2bs) but for some time I’ve had an itch that it is not right without a couple of Mk2c BSOs as ran in the early 70s. Although of course the ‘Riviera generally has a BFK as supplied by Bachmann. I could of course bought a couple of kits but time is tight and I was after a quick fix. Lying around I’ve got a few Lima Mk2b coaches that I don’t use and so after a lot of pondering and studying photographs it struck me that I could probably make a Mk2c BSO by splitting a TSO and using the brake portions from two BFKs. As always with a mo
  4. One thing I needed to run Penzance was a TPO rake. It sounds straightforward but it took me a long ages to work out what diagram the coaches were in the rake because photos of the TPO are sparse (it ran at night naturally) and generally only show the loco and one or two coaches. Finally I established the rake was made up of Dia 723 brake stowage/Dia 721 sorting vans. Whilst in the interim a Bachmann Dia 720 would suffice for the sorting vans I wanted a correct looking stowage van and the Paddington-Penzance service used the unusual looking Dia 723 which has a full guards section. Making
  5. After a long hiatus of mostly working on stock I've decided I really need to get the platforms up to scratch. After the disaster with the cardboard topping warping in the variable atmospheric conditions I've gone for all all plastic platform top. Wills york paving cut up does the job just great. Just need to weather it a bit and add the tarmac centre strip. Takes quite a long time though as the platforms are roughly 12 feet long. I've also made a couple of signals for the platform ends out of the excellent (although blinking fiddly) Ratio kits, chopping them around to get the right form
  6. Thanks very much for the reply RJS, not quite the same as PZ has a hanging pendant but the pole shape is good enough for me and saves scratchbuilding. I'll go for the street light variant as the 90mm height is closer to my estimate of 20ft for the PZ platform lights.
  7. Trevor, did you ever find an answer to this question?, as I'm searching for exactly the same thing. Chris.
  8. I haven’t done a lot to the layout itself since Christmas. I was hoping to get the platforms sorted and after a lot of consideration of materials came across the excellent Metcalf paving slabs. They produced an excellent result and I was really proud to produce my first section of platform. That was until after putting it in place I discovered the slight dampness caused by the atrocious weather conditions in the new year made it warp and bend. That’s somewhat taken the wind out of my sails. Being a philosophical chap though I at least feel thankful I didn’t complete the whole lot of platforms
  9. I did a huge amount of research on the track layout using photographs in order to get the track layout ‘right’ within my confines. As part of that I realised that the current Penzance layout has been much simplified and that prior to about 1980 there was a crossover from platform 1 to a head shunt which incorporated single slips on platform 2 and 3 and a double slip on platform 4. At this time I was getting also getting fed up with having to set everything up every time I wanted to run some trains and realised that I could move the whole layout into the roof space of the garage. Doing that
  10. Spurred on by Flood I thought I’d start a blog on the progress of my layout – a model of Penzance based in the mid 70s. As I didn’t intend to start modelling again my approach has been ramshackle and in hindsight I can see the benefit of good planning beforehand! But I’ve been too impatient to get things running. I am newly returned to the hobby. I had a layout in the mid 80s but packed everything away when I was 18. Almost exact two years ago my parents insisted on me removing the boxes of train stuff from their loft and I thought I would sell it on ebay, but instead I purchased some ro
  11. I've got similar for Summer 69, Summer 75, Summer 76 and Winter 79 (if you want to run more Mk2fs and a couple of HST) - although I find running the full timetable for a Saturday takes so long that you've run out of time in a session before you get to 10.30 in the morning. Plus I find you need so many coaches at some points - I think I worked out you'd need 25 Mk1 SK/TSO. I'd also be happy to share my files - what's pm, personal mail? I'm currently making a couple of Dia 723 BPOT's so I can run a realistic TPO which is the only rake I can't make at present. Although to my charign just th
  12. I've also got a Penzance layout based in the 1970's where I'll often run a full timetable and my favorite train to run is the 8.00 Bristol to PZ which had an buffet at the front, was regularly Western hauled and in your interest formed of mark 1's. The typical rake was RUB/2SK/FK/2SK/BG on a weekday (Saturdays BG/2SK/FK/2SK/RMB/CK). There was only one other train in the mid 70's that brought a buffet to PZ. But to me you can't beat a Western on a rake of Mk2a/b/c of which the Penzance portion was usually 3TSO/2xBSO/FK, which as mentioned above should have been marshalled with the brakes fa
  13. Rugd, It's quite a coincidence you posting this as I've just purchased and taken delivery today of this very book. Hoping to get a little more accuracy to my Cornwall based layout. Interesting to read the corrections, in my version (reprint 1974) the caption on page 9 now just says 'A 'Brush' Class 47...' so someone must have realised the error. And fascinating to read your analysis of the picture in the frontspiece - spot on I'd say. Chris.
  14. I note that Jim S-W say that he uses replacement window frames from Shawplan - is this the excellent class 50 frames as I can't see that they do class 47 ones. Also what did you use for the glazing, make your own or try to cram some extreme etchings glaxing in there? I've got two lima 47's that have been on my detailing list for some time. Once the 45 and 50 that are on my bench at the moment are complete. Chris.
  15. Thanks Both, I agree the, Bachmann model looks great, especially now, and if I see a cheap body I will get one, I am just deliberatly trying to do it on a budget. I've found the thread for Plethora of Peaks http://www.rmweb.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=49957, and it makes very interesting reading. And cutting the nose and lifting it - that's a great idea and I can see that working. Chris.
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