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    Signalling, Steam and early diesel. BR(WR AND LMR) Mid 50's to mid 60's. branchlines, small DC layouts.Mech Signalling.
    Radar and Radar Systems-(ex RAF TG12. 'scopie').1950-1960's road vehicles. Military Aircraft and radio communications.

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  1. Yes, it makes you wonder? The Whirlwind gained the nickname 'Crikey' after an advert for the time for Shell petrol. showing a man attempting to look both ways at once trying to follow a speeding car. The advertisement strapline read; 'Crikey, thats Shell that was!!' Regards SIGTECH. (Steve)
  2. Lovely model, This is my favorite aircraft. only two squadrons were operational during the war,and no.137 sqdn flew from RAF Manston in Kent - which was my local airfield for many years. As you said if only they had fitted them with Merlins... They were however good for ground attack and at low level, very well armed. Replaced by the HawkerTyphoon. Regards,Sigtech' I still have a 1/72 scale one (Airfix) to make one day!!
  3. Hello Ray, - sounds like you lived very close to where i grew up in Kent. (1956-1973) My parents house was located near the bottom of a small cul-de-sac that overlooked the main BR.(SR) lines between Margate and Broadstairs. These are in a cutting between the road overbridges at St. Peters roundabout and the next one down by the old East Kent tram/bus sheds and the gasworks. I spent many hours sitting on the platforms of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate stations, train spotting - and to start with everying was in green. Your proposed layout ideas sound interesting, and most of the places you mention, I have wandered around when young and on the lookout for railways. The Elham Valley line was one of my favourites - and I walked most of it in the early 70's. With regard to the ' Trainflow',programme mentioned, it is still available - I have purchased a copy only just recently,but have yet to try it out!! Regards. SIGTECH Steve.
  4. The oo gauge model of the van' c' in BR red, R4347C as produced by Hornby has black painted ends I believe this is correct for mid 50' s- early 60's. I have one of these models running in one of my parcels trains. Regards Steve SIGTECH.
  5. Thanks Miss P that was a speedy response... . I was sort of hoping for that answer, as I've cheated and already painted them that colour along with the wheels and roof, - have also just found a second one on the web, again in BR crimson and with black ends. Knew I'd get the info on here, it never fails!! Regards sigtech Steve.
  6. As above really, I have been searching on here for a definitive, or shall we say the most likely colour that Fruit D end walls were painted when in BR red livery. As it comes the ends are same as body, I've seen a photo of one with black ends as per other npccs during the mid BR period. Question is which is correct? Any advice gladly received, Regards, sigtech Steve.
  7. Hello again, problem with adverts is now solved, re-read my previous entries, along with the replies from Martin Wynne - he of 'Templot' fame, then altered Firefox security settings, regarding cookies, from Normal to Strict, along with change to HTTPS only and clearing out of cookies, Result, once more I am add free, and as a bonus the computer is generally running much faster (all that extra rubbish now removed at source...) Regards. gog ( grumpy old git )... SIGTECH. Steve.
  8. After an excellent two months WITHOUT adverts - I switched on the computer, clicked on RMWEB... and they're back! everywhere, just annoying - tried to get rid of a few - and they just pop back up again - I consider advertising easily the the most annoying evil of the modern so called 'smart' online world, it's a form of brain washing and there is no escape from it, on tv, radio and online ( I believe that Firefox has had an 'update',( that depends on your point of view - it seems to me that an 'update' is always a step backwards when it comes to computers ) , and that has carefully removed any settings that I had inadvertently managed to install to wipe out the little *(*&^^^!). So back to square 1 - this is turning into a war...I have to say that it is certainly a strong incentive to reduce my browsing on rmweb to a minimum!!! If I could only have it back as it was previously. Annoyed. regards, Sigtech.
  9. Thanks Martin, although it was only about 3 weeks ago that this happened, before that, using Firefox I still got all the adverts!! Regards Steve (SIGTECH.)
  10. This is the first post I have made under this topic, it's not a gripe ,- just amusement.. I have always been plagued by adverts on RMweb, - at least since they changed over from the old site software and I have attempted to remove/reduce them by resorting to antisocial tactics - not signing in to the site, reporting ads as intrusive/not appropriate/unwanted, deleting them constantly,reducing my time on the site, not posting anything etc. That was until a two or three of weeks ago - then something strange happened. ( I am a luddite and don't care much for the modern world... My pc still runs windows 7 - perfectly o.k. and with no annoying updates from Microsoft now... I still use IE 11, with Firefox and no additional software pop-up blockers as my machine is 10 years old.) I turned the machine on, checked for any new emails, then went to RMWEB site and there were no ads!!! NONE just blank squares on the sceeen where they would be... i logged in and checked out this new phenomenon, still no adverts, just empty spaces!! and this is how it has remained to this day,everything else works as normal. I have no Idea if I inadvertantly changed some pc or cookie settings, or if something was altered at the Website/Provider, BUT I HAVE NO ADS ! and that suits me fine... Regards SIGTECH Steve, (now advert free...)
  11. Howdy folks, It's been a long time (well over a month ) since my last missive about the goings on in Sproston, - my only excuses are 1. it's been cold in the loft, and 2. I have had a bad cold. The major project which had been ongoing for at least a month, and had been held up by a lack of available parts ( Bachmann 14mm dia coach wheels ) was the improvement of the Dapol Stove R. This has now been completed successfully, by carefully following the steps outlined in Ray's ("Silver Sidelines") RMWEB blog entry entitled "The Dapol Stove R - a show stopper or half baked?" I now have a Stove R that is running on the correct size wheelsets, closer coupled than before and with a rigid conventional underframe that behaves itself on points without the "anyway it feels like going" chassis arrangement that was originally fitted by the manufacturer. UPDATE 30/10/20 : Stove R wheels, (both sides) and roof gutters repainted using Humbrol matt black enamel 33. Frosted window (one side only) added using Humbrol matt light grey 147. as per Coachman's article on rmweb detailing his attempt to improve the model, see "Stoking up a Stove R". from 29th Jan 2011. I have also been busy increasing the population of Sproston - the main street no longer resembles a ghost town!! At last the signalman has a decent garden he can be proud of, and the occupants of numbers 1-3 Cider cottages (who are now all Railway staff ) also have their horticultural skills on show, which brightens up the view from the platforms. Even so, not to be outdone the station staff have resorted to a colourful display of plants in large pots, arranged beneath the station running-in board. The owner of the hardware shop in Church Street obviously has less time to spare, but still keeps his small garden neat and tidy .Everyone tries to grow a few veg wherever possible- it's a sign of the times. The Pway gang are busy sorting out a pile of sleepers next to the signalbox - it keeps them out of trouble I suppose. There appears to be a disagreement in the goods yard, concerning the 6 ton mobile Coles crane, and a couple of very large crates - I suspect someone is being told exactly where to put them...! Another Bachmann BR (ex SR) PMV has turned up- (I don't know where that came from Guv - honest...!) this time in BR Maroon, we seem to have quite a strong ex SR influence in the npccs stock.. The local coal merchant,Trevor Compton surveys his domain. A consignment of machinery parts for the creamery has recently arrived, it looks like the BRS driver is re entering his lorry cab again for the paperwork. So there you have it- more news later... Regards, SIGTECH (Steve).
  12. It looks like there is also some kind of capstan arrangement for hauling individual tanks along. I see four bollards equally spaced between the running line and the siding, with a larger, possibly motorised drive between the second and third. Regards Sigtech Steve.
  13. You could be correct Karhedron. There is evidence of water all around the wheels of this tanker (which is also chocked at its wheels) and it is standing on a concrete apron, so obviously has had a washout. Regards, sigtech Steve.
  14. I tend to agree with John - the only photo i have seen of this, is one at St Erth, where the creamery worker is seen standing on the access catwalk of a tanker and is holding a thin vertical flexible white pipe connecting to what appears to be a run of stainless steel pipework routed into the building.There seems to be some sort of cover over the open tank filler, with the white pipe inserted through a small aperture in it. Regards SIGTECH Steve.
  15. Hello Keith, I've been following this discussion since it started, as I'm a great fan of Harlequin (Phil's) drawings, and also own a small (6'7'' x 5'2") BLT. My layout 'Sproston', is on here under the blog of 'Sigtech', a contraction of my previous job title under Network Rail, Amec and previously British Rail. The layout is in the loft, oo gauge, and uses two interior flush doors - fixed together in a wooden frame as its baseboard. The trackplan is very similar to the terminal station - u- 4 track fiddle yard, you are discussing. This is the plan drawn in 'Anyrail'. Regards, SIGTECH Steve.
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