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Ozexpatriate last won the day on October 14

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    Portland, Oregon USA
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    Steam in the west country, Ca 1930, primarily GWR but also SR (former LSWR) and S&DJR.

    Also late 1930s steam on the Southern Pacific and the Norfolk & Western.

    Off Cadiz on October 9th 1805, in a memorandum to his Captains, Nelson remarked that "no Captain can do very wrong if he places his Ship alongside that of an Enemy."

    We could paraphrase that.

    No railway modeller could do very wrong by having a go at building a layout. (I should follow that advice some time.)

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  1. Some "crossing of the streams" there I suspect? (Intended for Early Risers?)
  2. In my 34 years in the US I've never heard the term "bus station" used by a person in the US. If Googled, yes, I can find it. "Greyhound terminal" yes, "bus depot" yes, "bus stop", yes. Interestingly the "bus station" Wikipedia page leads to this, but there isn't a single US example.
  3. Thank you, though I am very familiar with the "do not show me this again" drill with AdChoices by Google. It's effectiveness seems highly variable to me. The most effective thing to do with Chrome is click on the selling page for an unobjectionable product and that will be presented to you more than anything else.
  4. Andy, is there anything that can be done to prevent Ad Choices by Google from displaying overt political advertisements? Like this: I would prefer not to see political advertisements supporting any candidate.
  5. Hi,

    Apologies for not remembering your  proper name but the quote you gave came from Chris F not me.  I quoted him since I too have a real problem with curry in any shape or form - the smell for a start.  Once in an Indian restaurant for a department do ... best not mentioned.


    Keep safe, keep well, cheers, Peter

    1. Ozexpatriate




      yes, I see that now. I had replied to your post, but you were both sharing the same concern. I should have quoted your next paragraph. Food sensitivity can be a big problem.


      You keep safe and well too.




      (My name is in my signature line on all posts)

    2. truffy


      Signatures don't show on handheld devices, or otherwise if turned off.


      I like curry.

    3. PeterBB


      Thanks Michael, Peter

  6. I was making an edit while you posted. I maintain that the 12 spoked wheels and the fall plate pointing up at 45° were quality control issues - either in manufacture or the design approval process. The cabside shelf was a design consideration.
  7. Which is why I kept my Star models instead of returning them. Two out of three were nonetheless totally unacceptable quality control and the other was a very poor design choice for what was a "top of the line" model as released and one that was greatly anticipated. If you recall it was also a commissioned item by STEAM. Have they commissioned an item with Hornby since then? I'm not sure.
  8. I agree, but that is rarely the angle from which we view our models. It is certainly a cosmetic issue - hence the "ha'porth of tar" reference used when this model was released. It didn't help that the paint colour was also changed from what had been conventionally used to represent "GWR" green (middle chrome or Brunswick or whatever) on model locomotives to the very flat almost olive drab colour I used as a teenager to paint models of US half tracks and Sherman tanks. Your digital illustration looks very nice by the way.
  9. I'm guessing that's the C class in SECR livery. Does that have a moulded cabside (horizontal) grab railing? It's hard to tell on your picture - it's blown out with the flash. I actually don't object to moulded details if they look "OK". The cabside "shelf" on the Hornby Star looks awful. It is very obvious, even to a casual glance.
  10. Rob, this was the whole point of the criticisms (aka panning) at the time. Hornby made a really nice model of the Star except for a small number of really stupid*, careless** and lazy*** choices. * the shelf instead of cab handrail ** the twelve spoked pilot bogie wheels *** the fall plate glued at an angle. If not for these flaws the model would have been truly outstanding. There was NO reason for this model not to be outstanding other than stupidity, carelessness and laziness on the part of the implementation by Hornby. "Don't spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar".
  11. Rob, is the fall plate in the cab level, or is it glued at an angle pointing up to the rear?
  12. This one from perhaps 1933? There are a lot of high-profile Britons who dodged a terrible legacy for admiration of the Third Reich. After the abdication in December of 1936 the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were courted by the Nazis and would visit Germany in October of 1937 as guests of the Führer and would pay their hosts many compliments. I'm not suggesting that the Duke or Duchess were sympathizers, but there's no doubt that there were many amongst Britain's most influential people at this time.
  13. On May 11, 1936 the Deutsche Reichsbahn's Class 05 achieved 200.4 km/h (124.5 mph) on the Berlin–Hamburg line. Papyrus had reached 108 mph (173.8 km/h) on March 5, 1935. It would be July 3, 1938 before Mallard reached 126 mph (203 km/h). All these speed record settings weren't just about British railways. There was an intentional dimension of political prestige. Churchill had given a speech in the Commons on May 2, 1935 declaring that Britain had lost parity of air power with Germany "in the number of machines and their quality", having already debated the Air Estimates in 1933 and 1934. The Re-militarization of the Rhineland began on March 7, 1936. The coup d'etat which would precipitate the Spanish Civil war began on July 17 of 1936. The Condor Legion was quickly formed to respond to the a Nationalist request for German aircraft on July 22. The Games of the XI Olympiad were held in Berlin in August 1936. It's true that the Sudeten crisis and the Anschluss (which greatly ratcheted up tensions) would not occur until 1938, but European tensions were well underway in 1936. Nevertheless, your point that it was perfectly normal for Germans to travel to England in 1936 is accurate.
  14. Is there any evidence to suggest that the Bachmann 94xx will have traction tyres? That would surprise me for an 0-6-0PT. If not, any discussion of traction tyres here is moot. I've seen many US steam locomotives that come with optional traction tyres to haul prototypical length trains of more than a dozen coaches. The driving wheels on these locomotives are geared to the motor. The issue I have with UK models with traction tyres is with models dating back to the 1980s with tender drives. On these models, traction tyres are necessary to make the driving wheels connecting rods rotate. These are abomination. Without the traction tyres the sticking friction can make the driving wheels slide along the tracks without rotating. Secondarily there are issues with disintegration.
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