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  1. It's very convincing Al, Thanks for showing us. CALSTOCK revives a memory for me; a memory of being shouted at by a railway employee after my brother and I trespassed beyond the ramp of Salisbury's Down main platform to catch its number/name. It would be the late summer of 1964 and it was already dark. 34103 (though we didn't know it straight away) was simmering, light engine about 100 yards away, smokebox towards us. In the dark, it was impossible to get its number at that distance, so we ran to see it, luckily just before it ambled off to the shed. On our return into the light, we were soundly scolded, but it was worth it because CALSTOCK was a 'cop', and I never saw it again! Regards, Tony.
  2. Thanks Jonathan, The set behind this B1 at Retford might well be one of those I travelled on as described earlier (B1s certainly stopped at Kiveton Park). Its colour, of course, is impossible to detect, though the steel-sided twin in the siding looks good in carmine/cream. These Gresleys will definitely still be in teak (about 1950) and will (I imagine) soon be repainted in carmine/cream. But, it's often impossible to deduce actual colours from B&W shots.................... Please (all) observe copyright restriction with regard to the images above. Regards, Tony.
  3. Pleased to say that moments after I'd put the message about the 0-4-0ST on my thread, it's sold!
  4. Thanks for that anecdote Ian, I wonder how long teak-painted/varnished/brown-painted ex-LNER carriages lasted into BR days. You have the advantage over me of a few years, but I can recall travelling from Kiveton Park to Retford (a year or two after your trip to Tyneside) behind a wheezing 'Director' in some arcane non-corridor stock which I'm sure was not in crimson or maroon. In fact, it was often so dirty it was impossible to detect any colour apart from brown/grey. Of course, a year later, the same trip was inside a spanking new DMU (which we 'spotters preferred because you could see out of the front windows!). I honestly doubt if that old Gresley stock (which could have even been pre-Grouping) would have been repainted in crimson or maroon, but I never took any pictures. I've looked through my numerous books which show Retford (usually KRP's pictures) but cannot find any definitive images. Regards, Tony.
  5. Most-generously donated by Tony Teague, I'm offering this kit for sale for CRUK. It's not been started and comes complete with Markits driving wheels, axles (OO) and crankpins, plus a High-Level gearbox and motor. I'm asking £80.00. Anyone interested, please PM me (I'll pay the postage costs). Thanks in anticipation.
  6. Good to see it gone to a wonderful new home, Eric. Regards, Tony.
  7. Ah, that's it. Don't worry, I have a DCC-friendly motor solution. I still have the chip here from the V2 (no, I didn't immediately chuck it away!), so I'll fit that. Regards, Tony.
  8. I didn't infer anything from your post, Barclay, I'm just referring to my own limitations. Oh, I'd forgotten about the several Atlantic tanks I'd built as well. Regards, Tony.
  9. I'm puzzled, Jesse, Why would I need something for the D2? It's all here. Along with the other bits (posted this morning) I've sent you all the parts (Craftsman and scratch) to build a C12 body, as well as bogie/pony bits from SEF. You just need a set of C12 frames (SEF), wheels and motor to build a C12 then; at your leisure.................... Regards, Tony.
  10. Good evening Jesse, Me a gentleman! Anyway, I'll be sending you suitable chimneys and domes, plus smokebox doors, safety valves, buffers, backheads, cabs and numerous fittings for a variety of LNER locos. I'm also sending you sufficient parts to build a C12 (but no frames, which you can obtain from South Eastern Finecast). Regards, Tony.
  11. I'm happy to report that (apart from two, which will be collected soon) the last of the locos I've had for sale of late have all now gone to new homes. Those last five went today, when two friends came round to run LB. We also popped over to see Ian Wilson's four layouts, so a most-entertaining day. Seen before, but not on the layout, here they are.................... A 'soundly-built' DJH A2 (builder/painter unknown). Certainly not a top pro-job, and certainly not with regard to the painting. That said, a very fine runner and very powerful. A tale of two ABS L1s (builders/painters unknown). The nearer one is a running dud - it's friction-fit drivers shifted on their axles under load and it will need new ones to fully exploit its Portescap. The further one, despite its D11 motor is a very fine runner, though it's not got the pro paint finish of the other one. Both were priced accordingly. Less of a running dud, but still not a sweet mover. Again, it's got friction-fit drivers and these might well be slightly out of quartering. New Markits drivers are called for. The builder is unknown, but since these duds came from the same 'glass case' collection, the late owner probably never questioned who was responsible for his locos' constructions. The new owner has the ability to fix any problems with the locos, and he's very happy with his what he's now got. The provenance for this beautiful Nu-Cast K1 is known (but I only found out today when its new owner looked in the box lid). It's the work of Graham Varley, and it's exquisite; in its running and in its building/finish. Thanks Brian and thanks Alan for your company and hospitality today. I had a great time. Yet again, a widow and CRUK benefit.
  12. Good evening Barclay, I don't know how many four-coupled mechanisms I've built, but it's certainly not as many as six-, eight- or ten-coupled; which reflects what would have been seen on the ECML in my chosen period. I'm trying to think, but a couple of D9s, several D11s, a couple of D2s/D3s, a few D16s, a D20, a D21, quite a few D49s, plus a few four-coupled from other railways. I've always found them harder to get running really sweetly because of a tendency for the rods to get out of the pure horizontal position from time to time. This can cause a slight jerk, where one rod catches up so to speak. This doesn't happen with rigid rods on six-coupled or more because the rods are (as near as makes no difference) always horizontal. On the DJH 8F I made last year, the rods were arranged as rigid for the first three axles then a separate set for the rear one. Those last two wheels then were trying to 'catch up' as it were, until I soldered all the rods rigid. The result, super-smooth running. It could well be my ineptitude at building, of course, which I accept. However, I know what works for me. Regards, Tony.
  13. Good evening Robert, Here's the Hornby blue/grey BCK. I think my camera and lights have rendered the colours accurately. Regards, Tony.
  14. Funny, isn't it? How there are always at least two ways (and more) of achieving success in getting a sweet-running chassis. I've always found that rigid rods always work better. Very often (in my experience), the hardest chassis to get to run really sweetly are four-coupled ones. If I divide the rods on an 0-6-0, I'm effectively trying to get two 0-4-0s to work. Regards, Tony.
  15. Friend Tony Teague popped over today, bringing with him three 'sick' locos. I did nothing to the C2X other than tweak a pick-up or two, and away she went; happily hauling 40+ loaded coals. This U Class shorted out on tighter radii, until I applied a smear of Araldite to the front face of the cylinder and the inside face of the steps on the insulated side (it has a live chassis). The result, even though the front pony wheels just touch those items, no short, and lovely running. This beautiful SR 4-4-2T (an I3?) 'Wouldn't pull the skin off custard' (to quote Tony). After removing the rear carrying wheels (which Tony managed to do - I was too weak!), I then extended the bearings 'northwards' with broach and mouse-tailed file. This resulted in those wheels then 'only going along for the ride' and not taking 50% of the loco's weight. It then bowled round with 12 bogies with absolute ease. Thanks for bringing these round Tony, and thanks for your donation of the loco kit (more, later) for me to sell for CRUK. I've asked Tony to explain the origins of these models. A splendid day!
  16. Good evening Jesse, There'll be a suitable chimney and a dome, plus numerous other LNER bits and pieces for you in the post on Friday. The loco looks great! Regards, Tony.
  17. The BR maroon example (the real one) was built as part of Lot 105 to Dia. 171 by Metro-Cammell in the spring of 1956 (so, it could represent the vehicle as being brand new, since BR maroon was introduced in that year). The blue/grey example was built as part of Lot 424 to Dia, 172 by Charles Roberts at the start of 1959. I imagine it was turned out in maroon (and painted blue/grey in the mid-/late-'60s, or later?). Regards, Tony.
  18. Out of possible interest............ I'm reviewing 46252 for BRM. After shifting 30 all-metal, kit-built coaches with ease on Little Bytham, the plastic tender became unstable on the end curves!
  19. Just to forewarn folk to make sure they don't pass out from incredulity, I've bought a new mobile phone!!!!!!! Well, actually, I'm giving it to Mo, and I'll have her old one. My old one (15 years and counting) has run out of credit and there seems to be no way of adding more. No matter, my 'new' one will live in the car, just in case of emergency. I mention the above, because what I encountered in the shop today made me incredulous. The bloke who helped us was fine, as was the more-experienced girl. They both knew their jobs and explained everything clearly (to Mo, because I glazed over). What I found incredible was that despite the girl's vast experience in technology, my jaw dropped after she asked us 'Is everything I've WENT through clear to you?'. I just replied 'I don't understand'. I'm afraid the irony was lost................. A sign of the times, I suppose.
  20. I'm just assessing Hornby's latest Mk. 1 manifestations - the BCKs................... I've taken off the tension-lock from the brake end and fitted the dummy buckeye. Though not having as many separate fittings as Bachmann's equivalents, they're reasonable models and more than adequate as layout coaches. I imagine the end steps would have been removed by the time ETH was fitted. Does anyone know?
  21. Good morning Dave, The track on Norman Colliery is laid deliberately 'badly', though the running is still excellent. I think the mass of O Gauge means that locos/stock have a greater chance of successfully negotiating any humps and dips, and it is entirely convincing. Regards, Tony.
  22. Thanks to you Geoff, 'We' almost ran the sequence perfectly - one day I'll not cock-up, but it was wonderful fun. When you move up to these parts, we'll arrange regular running evenings, along with George. I'll even help you build your layout. Regards, Tony.
  23. Good morning Andy, What's it doing indeed! It was the only O Gauge layout at the show, and I didn't have my mobile photo studio with me. It was thus 'posed' for a 'rail-tour'. That's my excuse, anyway! Regards, Tony.
  24. Another shot of Norman Colliery..................... 'Atmospheric' modelling of the highest order. I also took the opportunity over the weekend of photographing Graham Clarke's quite-amazing scratch-built O Gauge Class 195 DMU! Rather him than me.....................
  25. Friend Geoff West popped round today for his usual monthly running session on Little Bytham. He recently bought some locos from the second of the collections, and brought them with him. All have been altered/detailed/weathered by him. A DJH 9F (builder unknown). Now with the correct nine-spoked pony wheels. A C12, again, builder unknown. A K2 (scratch-built?), made/painted by Ray Lightfoot in 1985. And a South Eastern Finecast W1, built/painted by John Houlden. Thanks for bringing these round, Geoff. Before being sold, I gave all these locos (as I did with the others) a complete 'health check'. They all ran just fine.
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