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    Great Yarmouth
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    classic cars and Scottish steam trains from 1850 to 1920

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  1. Nothing to do with the op question but out of interest I've fired 4027 while it was at the Midland Railway center way back in the day. Sorry just thought I'd throw that in. I'll go now!
  2. Plastic bags are no good the sharp coal just shreds them so I use an old cotten cloth money bag but the bottom corner of an old pillow case might work as well. Also make sure you do it on a hard surface like a concrete path - the wife's kitchen work surfaces are not an ideal alternative not unless you budget for buying her a new kitchen.
  3. Has anybody got a set of instructions and the exploded diagram for a DJH Caledonian 812 class loco kit that they could screen shot or scan/copy and send to me please. Thanks Steve
  4. Perhaps that was the time of day, it was a Tuesday in March I believe and it was raining and that famous Scottish loco expert Angus McCoatup was in a bad mood and wanted to be away for his tea said at 18-38 let's get rid of those bloody vacuum pumps. Warning the the sorce of the information is a bit patchy so there is a slight..... a very slight possibility that might not be true and ive just made it up. Anyway joking aside thanks again for all you help chaps Steve
  5. Yeah sorry Nick my fault mate, don't know how it happened but I did read it before it went so thanks for the response once again the wealth of knowledge on this site alway astounds me. Thanks to Andy for sorting it. Steve
  6. Thank you Darryl on the link you posted was a lot of information including this which seems to wrap it up
  7. On the right hand side connected to the slide rod on the motion of the LNWR 2-2-2 Lady of the Lake/problem class is this piece of equipment fitted just under the running plate. Would I be right in thinking its a force feed boiler water pump? Here's a close up and a more general view. Thanks for your help
  8. Thanks for all your help everyone. The ones Gordon mentioned the fold up ones I'm sure I've had before and got on well with them so will put them on the short list but will have a good look at all of them. Steve
  9. Cheers mate, I think your right but joking aside the only Caley truck that might have made it was the CCT vans I believe some got to London over the LNWR from time to time.
  10. High everyone Where's the best place to go to get an etch or pack of brass coupling hooks for standard 3 link coupling. I would prefer something robust and up to the job not super light weight and delicate. I've got plenty of chain for the links its just the hooks I need. Thanks Steve
  11. To add to the above the buffets and 3 link couplings have now been added now i have some super glue. The buffers are Caledonian 4 bolt self contained buffers from the Wizard range of white metal fittings. These will just need painting when the glues dried to finnish the hopper of. Now painted Hmmm just just give those buffer heads a quick file to get rid of those casting marks
  12. When all the rubbing down was done the hopper section was painted a red oxide. The hopper in the next picture shows it with the C and R added it still will needs new buffer heads and three link couplings fitted. Really the only reason they haven't been done is I've just found my super glue has become a solid lump so will get some more next time I'm out. As can be seen its had a load of iron ore added on a false base of plasticard this is from one of the well known scenic material suppliers and the wheel rims are painted white as was the Caledonian style. The red oxide paint is one of those pound shop red primers, so that it its just about done. I hope you've enjoyed this little build and hopefully the end result has captured the spirit of the Caledonian hopper as can be deen here in this reminder and using the Mainline wagon as a base has made an exceptable layout wagon at a reasonable cost. Just got another five to do now. Thanks for following Steve
  13. Having done all the cutting needed it was time to start building it back up as a Caledonian hopper and the first photo shows the now cut down hopper along side an original Mainline hopper. You can easily see the difference in size in these next two photos as well also along side an original hopper a start has been made fitting some of the details though a lot more work will be needed to make it look exceptable. When the beading at the top of the hopper was on and dry the whole wagon was upturned and sanded on a sheet of wet and dry on a pain of glass to get the top level and even. The final shot shows the two end on with an idea how much smaller the hopper is but also the massive changes to the hopper mounting compaird with the original.
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