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  1. Apart from the rolling from side to side and the de-railing, what does it run like ? Is it a good slow runner ( on DC) and no tight spots ?
  2. North Woolwich. In town, and nobody went there on holiday. Not on the GWR so won’t upset those of a sensitive nature. Three curved platforms taking four coaches, ideal as a basis fo a model, carriage sidings one side, goods yard the other, N7’s , and in later years L1’s , standard class 4 tank(s) , and even standard class 4 2-6-0. J15’s on the freights. In the days before the world went mad and “rationalised “ it , it absolutely oozed industrial atmosphere. A national tragedy when they closed it in favour of the soul-less DLR.
  3. Yes, Swanage for me as well. All the above plus Standard class. 2&3 tanks, Standard class 4 2-6-0’s , U class 2-6-0 s , and on the goods side Drummond 0-6-0’s and both Q and Q1’s.
  4. Ah that rIses a problem . If seasides are having a poll of their own then Ihave to withdraw Cleethorpes and replace it with Penzance assuming the Rules Committee accept Penzance is a city even though it is technically a town.
  5. Cleethorpes on a Bank Hoilday Monday , it the days people still went to the seaside by train. There is probably no other terminus where you could see such a huge variety of motive power and rolling stock, except maybe Blackpool North or Skegness, but I’ve never been to either of those.
  6. Kings Cross. The first place and only place I “ cabbed “ an A4, albeit holding onto my dads hand in case it swallowed me up. Gets the vote over Paddington because there were better views from the platform end. An absolutely charismatic place even if architecturally a bit boring.
  7. Were perceptions really changed in one day or a gradual process ? The challenge for more speed was already there. It drove Gresley to go see Andre Chapaleon to get a special Kylchap blast pipe, to see Bugatti to investigate streamlining, and to adopt the GWR practice of higher boiler pressures. Surely ideas must have opened up when Flying Scotsman achieved the first authenticated 100 mph in this country with. Dynamometer car ? Silver link played its part. It could possibly have achieved the record in September 1935 but for the fact that Gresley went through the corridor tender and apparently told driver Taylor to ease the speed because the coaches were swaying far more violently than the loco. Driver Taylor certainly thought he could go a lot faster as he didnt think he was doing more than 90 mph (the speed recorder in the cab was faulty) and though there was more to come. However it was Mallard and prodigious efforts of driver Joe Duddington , and Fireman Tommy Bray that got the record so they get my vote. Worst point ( on the proper LNER not the modern incarnation ) , nobody realising, or checking to find out that there was track replacement going on in Grantham on 3rd July 1938 causing a temporary speed limit which caused Mallard to go down to 18 mph when it should have been able to attack Stoke Bank at 60. If it had a better run at Stoke Bank it would have been going faster over the top and no doubt reached more than 126m.p.h. Some theories suggest 140mph was possible. Joe Duddington himself reckoned 130mph could have been done with a faster run up the Bank, so who are we to ague? The point is a few mph faster would have killed off all these arguments that it was not a proper record.
  8. C1 passenger and K1 “Ragtimers” goods,
  9. I think weight was the deciding factor early on. At 80 tons they were not much over half the weight of a Class 40, the only comparable Locomotive at the time. This meant on Paddington - Birmingham they could take any extra revenue earning coach than a class 40,and still keep the two hour schedule. However they weren’t really up to the job they were designed for. As early as 1950 or51 a committee into the future of motive power on British Railways concluded there was insufficient experience of main line diesels in this country and much more testing needed to be done before final decisions could be made, although it was estimated that diesels of 2500 hp would be necessary to make the improvements to justify the extra building costs 5-6 times that of a steam locomotive. In true nationalised industry fashion, the left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing and without much testing they lurched into an order for 2000hp diesels. Better than the miserable class 40’s but instead of getting rid of steam with indecent haste (and waste) it would have been better to clean steam up a bit ( as was recommended in 1950) and keep them for another few years until the more powerful Westerns and class 47 were available.
  10. Nooo! Funny thing about toy trains is that they are all in the eye of the beholder.You can get a superbly modelled layout with barely rivet out of place and somehow it does nothing for you, and the times you see a an elderly model running round with some ancient coaches with no scenery , ballast , or buildings and some thing in your brain clicks and it looks great. To my eyes the video screams St. Pancras -Sheffield Exchange 1964. Just looks great.
  11. Ah, well , all I can say is the sooner we get on to Swindon Design and built the better. Enough engineering excellence and forward thinking creative, unique design thought to dispel any accusations of plagiarism there . None of this closed in cab nonsense , or bucket seats to send the crew to sleep, plenty of fresh air to keep ‘em healthy , and stay awake all the way to Plymouth non-stop. 28 inches of brake as well while the rest had 21. Went down hill when they started using German diesels though.
  12. No. Rule 57(b) (ii) applies here as amended by the Gilbert motion contained in appendix B2 of the rule book. So my vote goes to the Standard Class 4 tank, a great, looking loco that must rank amongst the top five go-almost- anywhere, do-almost- anything engines.
  13. That reminds be of the famous story of the Beatles being rejected by Decca because they thought "guitar bands are on the way out" then Parlophone only took them on because George Martin barely had enough work to do making comedy songs ! Many are finding the way forward these days is to sidestep the big record companies and open youtube channels. Here's Reina Del Cid with the massively talented Toni Lindgren on guitar. No recording contract, started her own " Sundays Mornings with Reina Del Cid channel on youtube, and and now has almost 200k subscribers which catapulted her from coffee shops to two tours of Europe, and regular dates in the US. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+reina+del+cid&refig=76026fd33f6f43c3b7d76d83b1912796&sp=-1&pq=youtube+reina+del+cid&sc=2-21&qs=n&sk=&cvid=76026fd33f6f43c3b7d76d83b1912796&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dyoutube%2breina%2bdel%2bcid%26form%3dANSPH1%26refig%3d76026fd33f6f43c3b7d76d83b1912796%26sp%3d-1%26pq%3dyoutube%2breina%2bdel%2bcid%26sc%3d2-21%26qs%3dn%26sk%3d%26cvid%3d76026fd33f6f43c3b7d76d83b1912796&view=detail&mmscn=vwrc&mid=1795DF61F5D2CFD298F21795DF61F5D2CFD298F2&FORM=WRVORC
  14. A pity the Temperance Society trip was cancelled. You could have played these gentlemen while running the train to set the mood. They were quite the fad in the Green DMU era according to Great Uncle Algernon. frequently to be seen trundling through Market Rasen at a nice steady military medium pace ( nothing too reckless) on a Bank Holiday evening enjoying soporific effects of the exhaust of a Midland 4F lingering in the corridor after someone had left the toilet window open after effusive release of his chip shop lunch at Cleethorpes. Proper music in them days. None of these silly school gels who should be in their domestic science classes learning to look after their future 'usbands.
  15. Ah, yes , but no but ...erm I don’t think rules include coal consumption . Were the Precursor tanks ever superheated ? I thought it was just the tender versions . However , I think even the I3 tanks were saturated as built but converted shortly afterwards, but it was apparently another company that led the way with superheating in this country. I forget where their works were but somewhere in down Wiltshire I think. Legend has it they were so good that their engineering tolerances were so fine they were still better when being scrapped than the rest were when they were brand new
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