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  1. Nice model of an interesting prototype. If you can find a s/hand copy of Railway Archive No4 Lightmoor Press July 2003, there is a very interesting article complete with drawings and some photos of the Cooke 0-8-2t's of the Port Talbot Rly. Its worth reading for the correspondence between the PTR, their Agents and Cooke who built them. Hope this is of interest. Mick
  2. Last night was club night at Sleaford Lincs; model railway club. One of the lads produces his Oxford Rail J 27, notwithstanding all the comments over rivets and too small cab windows, how do they do it for the money? This one was in LNER livery but I felt it carried off that classy brutishness of the class very well. As I know nothing of the variations within the class I just thought what a fine model. Compared with my Murphy Models CIE 121 class EMD, again with very fine detail and running qualities, at near half the price the J 27 looks like a steal. I hope Oxford Rail sell hundreds & hundreds of them. Very good value for money
  3. tacking along a narrow fen road and a large tractor lurches out in front of you, an oooerr mother moment!
  4. Well, G the only problem with cycling in these flat lands with long straight roads, is if the winds aginu then it can be a long way till you get a bit of relief! And my bike is only powered by those leg things no elastictrickery here mate, it also weighs a ton!
  5. Murphy Models 121, handrails missing and broken, sent back to Hattons for exchange. 2nd one runs superbly on DC , lights etc; all work. Put in DCC and the speaker is defective and does not run. Pay for repair myself, not expensive but not the point. Considering how long modelers waited for the 121 and many paid up front, myself included, is the quality control as dire as my experience suggests? Just a question I thought worth asking.
  6. One of my old BR drivers had fired and driven at Oxford. He used to say a K3 on a full digger up Swanbourne bank just shovel a load of coal on and it would blow off all the way up! I think he liked them! He never mentioned Crabs. I only fired a few being at Banbury and never thought much of them b; rough and worn out. One of our shift foremen Bert Mallard had been a driver and fireman at Saltley and thought they were marvellous. I used to tell him he had never experienced anything better.
  7. Richard, regarding the connecting rods on 70548, I think you have them in the correct place driving the second axle. Long rods and speed would set up high reciprocating stresses with probable flexing. A rough ride is almost certain. But it does look very good and believeable. Not so sure about the 2-6-2 though could be a bit of a slippery machine!
  8. I have pannier envy!! bike not steamy things. Glad your enjoying the new wheels.
  9. Johnster, you have hit the nail on the head! Two things you didn't mention, rising standards of living in China, the shrinking spending power of pensions and the other nice to haves like our old caravan, great for holidays and use as a spare bedroom. That's three! My interest in Irish Railways is suddenly getting rather expensive and when I look for that chassis on our favourite web site prices rise's of £10 from last year seem the norm. Whinge over, I'll just man up and pay or not!
  10. Looks much better, Corbs is right about the driver spacing, tight is right or even compact! But please throw away the King type axleboxes go for ones as fitted to 47's or 53's just plain spoked. I think a Chapelon trapezoidal firebox would work best fitting between the frames at the front and over them at the back, a slightly longer combustion chamber, keeping the tube length about 14-6"/ 15' so maybe the smokebox would have to be lengthened a bit rearwards. As regards the rear pony truck, Nord Super Pacifics had them under the cab so did Pacifics for the BAGS in Argentina and a number of different types in the USA. Had a thought about where to hang the brake blocks, the Americans tended to hang them lower than GB say in the 19.30hrs/ 20.00hrs position. Must have made the maintenance much easier but then it wasn't invented here! Hope this helps.
  11. Looking good my friend, ingenuity, vision and skill, please keep posting. And when do you think you will have covered the whole Irish 5-3" fleet? must be soon!! Stay safe Kirley. regards Mick.
  12. Calderwood, one of my favourite model railways. I could spend far to long watching the operations.
  13. The comments on tolerances and clearance were also applied to the products of the ell'of a mess by the chaps on the Western. It often felt there was some truth in it when a Black 5 or class 8 which was pretty rough under steam felt as if it would shake itself to pieces coasting. Western engines could be very rough under steam and sometimes for it! but coasting was usually very smooth. Happy days!
  14. The wagon sheets are looking good Kieran. But I am curious how they stopped water getting inside the container because the top ISO pockets are visible and how were the sheets secured? Twenty yrs in the grain trade just led my eye straight there!! Keep your sheets tight 'cos grain and water do not mix unless you want to make spirits. Keep up the good work.
  15. Must be something wrong with my eyes. They happily do not notice the lack of brakes, lamp irons, sand pipes etc; they tell my brain that's a nice old K's O4 pulling a long freight train. Truly a layout loco, reminded me of one I used to own. My eyes think its brilliant and so do I.
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