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James Harrison last won the day on June 26 2018

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    The Great Central and London North Eastern Railways, with the Metropolitan thrown in for good measure....

    Victorian/ Edwardian science fiction.
    (Also, Victoriana in general)

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  1. I'm trying at the moment to work out exactly how I want to go about modding the Bachmann LYR tank, I've got two of these (because I want two engines) but I've also got a secondhand scratchbuilt body (which is falling apart as a result of my efforts to get it to fit over the Bachmann chassis, and which I'm plannin to cannibalise for bits) and a quarter-built whitemetal kit. I am thinking it would be ideal if I could get the tanks and cab off the scratchbuilt body and simply fit them to the Bachmann boiler and running plates, but that is going to need a bit of careful surgery and before I rush right in I'm having a bit of a think about it. Meantime, things are progressing (of a sorts) in other areas. I've bought a copy of the Sheffield- Worksop-Lincoln 1953 working timetable, but this is for passenger workings only, the freight WTT I don't think is available. But taken in context with my Marylebone- Nottingham- Sheffield and Lincoln District WTT's of the same date it means I can start planning out more thoroughly exactly how Rufford fits into the jigsaw. I've been looking at the OS maps again and I've come to the conclusion that the ground gently rises to the west working away from the A614, this means that if I take the datum level as being the carriageway, and assume that Rufford RLS is level with that, but the time you reach Cremorne for Pittance the station ends up, as best I can tell, in a bit of a cutting, or at least on a slope (ie- cut into a gentle hillside). This is actually something I was rather hoping for as it means I can put the storage sidings under cover and there should be enough room to comfortably get my hand under there as needed. My rough thought is to have the Worksop- Rufford line fall slightly and the Rufford-Mansfield line rise slightly so that the storage sidings end up at a lower level than the layout anyway. A few buildings and trees in the 'V' of the junction between the two lines should assist in disguising the gradients. I'm going to need to properly plan how I propose to phase the building of the layout, I've given up on the idea of being able to clear the room out before I start. There's just too much stuff in there- modelling equipment, bits and pieces, my railway library- nothing that wouldn't be missed if I threw it away or misplaced it... I really think I'm going to have to start by building some low bookcases and cabinets around at least two walls of the room just to provide storage and get some working space. A recent visit to Blists Hill Victorian Town got the creative juices flowing and I've worked out how I want the environs of Cremorne for Pittance to look. Once it has been built into the layout proper there will be a goods siding on the far side of the road bridge, and that will have just a loading platform and a lock-up store. I'm going to arrange the station so that the main range is facing Rufford, so Mansfield-bound trains come into the main platform whilst Rufford-bound trains serve the smaller waiting room. My thinking there is that most passeneger traffic will be in the Mansfield direction, CfP being only 3/4 mile or so from RLS. On the far side of the station, so going up the hill, I'm going to have one or two small cottages or villas, to give the impression of what I've discussed previously about Cremorne and Pittance being a garden suburb. The slight difficulty is with this idea (what do I mean, difficulty?) is I can't find many suitable kits. I don't want to have to scratchbuild every structure, at the same time I don't want a catalogue layout, this is why I've tried to aim for a lot of kitbashing and the like. Thing is, there aren't many house kits around and those that you do find all tend to be very much on the same lines- semis and Victorian terraces. So I've gone leftfield and bought a Superquick Village School kit, my reasons for doing so being that basically I like the overall form and outline of that structure and I think I can see a way that with a bit (or a lot!) of work I can turn it into the sort of house I have in mind.
  2. Did I see right? Medium radius BH points looking close to ready too? Excellent!
  3. Encouraging, but "I'll take 'things we've heard before' for 200, Alex".
  4. After a few months spent repainting and detailing some Hornby clerestories (nine of them, some of them completely rebuilt into 'proper' GC diagrams, the others just repainted), I've decided it's time to look at getting some more locomotives sorted out. First on my list is GCR class 3 / LNER F1 #589, the only one of its class to retain a roundtop boiler beyond GCR days (by 1923 fitted with ross pop safety valves too). I anticipate that this should be a 'simple' case of converting a Bachmann Lanky tank- most of the work being a rebuild of the cab and tanks/ bunker- being one of those of the class with the short bunker I won't even have to lengthen the donor loco. And then I'll look again at that Cotswold whitemetal F1 I've got....
  5. No rush, no hurry. I've got a bit longer to set the money aside for my set at least.
  6. Where did you get the mesh from? (thinking one or two of those might look interesting on a couple of my own wagons).
  7. I'm curious why 6 or 7 of them were based at Annesley from 1911 onward. Nottingham or Sheffield suburban runs?
  8. In light of Sonic Models announcement earlier today of a Great Central passenger tank, are you (Hattons) considering a later Great Central set? The GC livery in Batch 2 was replaced in 1903, and the only RTR loco that will match is Bachmann's limited edition collector's club 9J from a few years ago (production run 500 if I remember right). IMHO going for the 1903-08(ish) cream and brown, or better yet the post-1908 teak, would be a better match for available GC locos.
  9. Granted it's a different class, but I have seen a photo (it appears in Steve Bank's book on LNER train formations) of a GCR 4-4-0 in pregrouping livery as late as 1926.
  10. The issue with that is that Hatton's GCR carriages are in the early livery (1899- circa 1903). Whereas the Coronation Tanks entered service 1911.
  11. Is the original chimney staying? Just curious whether you have a cunning plan to reprofile it or something.
  12. Coming back to the stowage of hay bales, I've dug out my copy of the GCR's July 1920 rulebook. "Guards must not take on wagons loaded with goods liable to be set on fire by sparks or hot cinders, unless the wagons are properly sheeted. Such wagons must be placed as far as possible from the engine."
  13. At least one of them made it to LNER days with a round top firebox.
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