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  1. Yes, I've done the 94xx conversion, though the 2721 chassis is actually the version first issued in 1978 (?) under the 'revised' Jinty and then the LBSC E2 and 2721 (and possibly also the J83 and J52), rather than the original 1950s Triang chassis. Surely though, leaving EM and P4 aside, of all the things on a RTR chassis the wheelbase is the hardest to change?
  2. Disclaimer: it's Sunday, and I have lunched well. Therefore, any opinions I express may well be completely wrong. And/or vaguely incoherent. I don't think that this idea would hold much attraction for P4 modellers - wheel profiles for one thing, arguable need for compensation, & number of spokes per wheel perhaps? Wheelbase is a potential sticking point - the Hornby 2721 Pannier can be made to look quite good, but the chassis always seems wrong because it is a generic product. A 7' 6" + 8' 6" (IIRC) 0-6-0 chassis might be useful for building a lot of Midland engines, but would that work for any other pre-grouping company?
  3. Auto-correct can be a bit of a custard sometimes
  4. In the late 70s/early 80s, the mostly unobtainable things for me were Mainline and Airfix locos and rolling stock. I had a GWR BLT powered by a Hornby pannier and a 101 tank. Rolling stock was Hornby 4 wheelers and some Cooper Craft and Ratio wagons. I am massively tempted (as others have already been) to build The Art Of Compromise to late 70s standards, with appropriate stock, for no good modelling reason at all, but for that strange sense of fulfilling some nostalgic yearning. D.H. Lawrence put the whole thing rather well in his poem "Piano", quoted in full below: Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me; Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings. In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide. So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamour With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past. As you were chaps.
  5. If I'm reading the tables in the GWRJ article correctly, the last 4 were 8466 & 8478, returned in Sep 47 from Severn Tunnel Junction and Oxley respectively, and 8467 (STJ) and 8477 (Old Oak Common) in October 47.
  6. The Jubilee sidings at Weymouth were a kickback, but it also had a goods yard along side the station. Situation there complicated by the junctions for the Quay and Portland branches.
  7. But nothing else, including the foreground, background and middle distance, is remotely similar. Apart from the sea to the left.
  8. 60s Hydraulic Maroon, with "Western Reject" nameplates
  9. As Tom Lehrer said when Henry Kissenger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while the Vietnam War was still in progress, "Satire is dead".
  10. Don't know about Cambridge, but there's this... http://simonknott.co.uk/ipswichunderground.htm
  11. The 517s had a slightly greater route availability (uncoloured, mostly) than the Metro tanks (yellow). That might have made some difference if replacing like for like. . Yes, the first 60 or so were built with saddle tanks
  12. These days I think Georgemas Junction works like this for Wick and Thurso. A much larger example is Fort William, with the Mallaig extension forming a trailing junction with the line from Glasgow.
  13. Toller station building in fact dates from 1905 and was built by the GWR a couple of years after they acquired the line. Colours would probably have been a combination of GWR light and dark 'stone' shades. I don't think it ever got repainted by BR.
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