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Robin Brasher

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  1. It is one of the wonders of RM Web that an oozlum bird can appear on a topic about Hornby 4 - 6 wheel period coaches. Before more of these coaches appear on layouts you may be interested to know that we have three grounded LSWR 6 wheel coaches on the Swanage Railway. The eventual object is to restore them to running order as a vintage train. The picture shows No 0695 which arrived on the Swanage Railway on 8 May 1976 as our first item of rolling stock. It is a 34' long third class coach built in 1885 to LSWR Diagram DB66. Such was the rapid development of coaching sto
  2. Unfortunately there are no Coronation coaches in either the main or the Railroad range in the 2021 catalogue.
  3. Thank you for the information about the diesel range. In the steam range the R30039 Billinton 0-6-0T makes a welcome return. I don't think it is such a really useful engine in SECR livery as its predecessors the LBSR E2 and Thomas as there are no suitable wagons or coaches in the entire Hornby range. I thought that it would be more useful in Southern livery but there are no Southern passenger brake vans in the Railroad range.
  4. Enjoyed video. Liked evolution of 4 & 6 wheel coaches and explanation of why hobby has to start with children. I had a smoke unit fitted to my 1957 Princess Elizabeth and I would like to see smoke units fitted to modern Hornby locomotives. In view of Simon's first train set I wonder if we will see an R1 in the Hornby Dublo range and whether it will be the first one to have a plastic body.
  5. I don't think the SECR 0-6-0T is a model of an E2. The original Hornby LBSCR E2 had shorter tanks, fewer cab windows and fewer coal rails. It is simply Thomas the Tank engine without a face in SECR livery.
  6. Thank you for the information about the SR Utility vans. When I bought my Tri-ang Utility Van in 1958 I thought it was an excellent model. The green colour looked correct for Southern region green, it had 12 opening doors and imitation metal grills on the doors. My first model had a weight on the chassis but coarse scale wheel standards, open axle boxes and an older style of Tri-ang couplings. The two Southern Utility vans that I bought in 1994 were still made in England but the printing of the lettering had been improved and the grill on the windows were finer. The wheels were to a finer
  7. In Eric Bottomley's painting 'Golden Days, Beckenham Junction' the SR Bogie Luggage Van is in BR green and the Bulleid Pacific has a cycling lion emblem with the two leading coaches being crimson and cream which suggests that the luggage van had been painted shortly after the new livery had been announced. Tri-ang's original bogie luggage van was available either in crimson or green which also suggests that the utility vans were painted BR green. Not sure how accurate either source is but I expect the luggage van on the Golden Arrow would have been immaculate. On the photographs I have seen
  8. For Hornby's nostalgic 0 gauge model I suggest an electric version of the 0-4-0 that Hornby produced in various forms from 1931 to 1961 as No 0, 1, 501 and 50 and 51. I had the clockwork LNER and LMS versions of 501. They went at a scale 300mph and would do about three circuits of my track but an electric version would run more realistically. Numbers 50 in BR green and 51 in BR black were smartly lined out and finished in gloss.
  9. For trains on a fairly small layout I suggest Terriers Cowes and Carisbrooke with two coach set 44 from the ex LSWR coaches, an SR cattle wagon and an SR goods brake.
  10. It is an attractive layout. It would take a long time to ballast the track and it highlights the need for some ready ballasted track so perhaps Hornby could introduce some Fleischmann ready ballasted track into Hornby's range. There are also no signals so I would like to see Hornby reintroduce the Hornby Dublo electrically operated signals that had a compact mechanism which was mounted above the baseboard.
  11. Setting up a layout was much easier when I started. I laid my uncle's 0 gauge Hornby track on the lounge carpet where I ran his clockwork train. I could put the head and tail lamps on the locomotive and brake van which had opening doors and put milk churns in the milk vans. Dinky Toys cranes could lift loads from lorries into wagons. My grandfather made a simple wooden station and bridges made of painted wood. The semaphore signals had transparent green and red aspects. No need to spend hours building a baseboard and legs and fixing the track. The engines were not scale models but they h
  12. You will be pleased to read that the January Purbeck Gazette has come out and there are three replies to Robin Beuscher's letter. Nico, the editor did not publish mine. They cover many of the points raised here. Rebecca Mace says that Mr Beuscher will be paying for another cycle track that no-one uses. J. P. Searl points out that Nitrogen is 78% of the air we breath. David Collins gave a detailed response stating that the Swanage Railway contributes about £15 million to the local economy and most of the 200,000 passengers the railway usually carries are not train spotting nerds. The readers
  13. I have not had much luck with dating ladies but my friend took an attractive lady to the Severn Valley Railway and she thoroughly enjoyed it. She even managed to persuade an engine driver to let her into the cab of a locomotive at Hampton Load station. We had a few drinks at Bridgnorth and on the train and had a walk along the footpath by the track to Highley. She gave me a hug at the end of the day.
  14. We exhibited a large Hornby 0 gauge clockwork layout a Blandford a few years ago. The mayor, who was a young lady, went round the exhibition at lunch time and then she spent the whole afternoon watching us play with the clockwork trains which she found fascinating. The trains bore little resemblance to the prototype but they don't need to as a Hornby 0 gauge train is the real thing.
  15. The castle hall in the background of my Metcalfe model representing Corfe Castle. When I get access to my model railway I will try and blend it in with Challow Hill cutting and Corfe Castle station.
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