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Mike 84C

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  1. Thompson Pacifics must be the most discussed LNE loco, would he be smiling or spinning in his grave? I understand the engineering rational for the design and layout but the front end does look strange. That smokebox could have held a huge amount of char! I wonder if Hornby picked up on the love/hate interest in Thompson's Pacifics and thought these will sell? I do hope so. 9f's; a good boiler which needed a deeper firebox, in my experience, because burning welsh coal or ovoids you need depth of fire and on a 9f the back corners always full. I felt as if you were firing up hill to keep a good fire at the backend. The deflector plate must have been the least used bit of kit on a WR 9f, never used, made a good footrest. This treatment did the brickarch and tubeplate no favours. And for some reason made working in front of that firedoor even hotter! I know this because I have used a deflector plate but only when using hard coal. But those engines could devour some coal when worked hard/ running fast like on a fitted train. At Banbury we worked the Handsworth to Hoo Juct; Presflows. It was the worst job at the depot. Rlf Oxley men at Banbury sta, right away OOC yd via the new line. Leave train at OOC yd, light engine to Greenford turn on the jct; light engine back to OOC down yd and await the loaded Presflows from Hoo Jct; just to fill your time in you cleaned the fire filled the tank and shovelled as much coal forward from the back of the tender to the front and had your snap. The two!!Southern men rolled up with the train on their Sulzer diesel, me or my mate made another can of tea and we back on the loaded train, blow up the vacuum do a brake test, the blower is on coal is going in the firebox and we get the road. Good stir with the pricker of the fire shut the doors both dampers up and see how she go's!! Usually nonstop back to Banbury,it was a night shift and pull more coal forward for the crew who relieved you at Banbury. I have to say I never did a full week or had a 9f on that job only class 5's but the routine was the same. Often too tired to ride my bike the six miles home! A class 8 load for Hatton bank was 22 = 76 wagon units. One thing about loaded Presflows was they never seemed to roll freely, shut off and the train just seemed to slow down! And the vac brake on these wagons was fitted with direct admission valves where the train pipe acts as a messenger. Once they opened at about 15" of vacuum you were lucky if the train did'nt grind to a halt. One more 9f detail, they had a most appalling insensitive regulator which would stick open, never jam shut and just a little tug would often be enough. Just reread this post gosh it ambles on! But it wernt all beer and skittles.
  2. If you guys who build stuff are interested in Branch Lines Midland coach kits and SEC etched chassis kits please pm me . Other wise they are on the bay of e's.
  3. Not so much kissing of buffers but complete compression. It made getting the loop of the shackle ( thats what we called them) over the coach hook much easier underneath the corridor gangway with maybe a hanging buckeye. Shackle, vacuum, steam and reverse order to uncouple. It always seemed much easier to roll up to the train at 2/3 mph than to stop and do a controlled( hmm) reverse onto the train. H&S is in my view a double edged sword in many instances. But how do you argue against it? So lets just ignore it and use our common sense.
  4. On the Western, a shallow pit perhaps 4ft deep and it would be emptied by a man with a shovel. Lots of pictures out there. Look on Flicker Banbury 62 to 66 is I think the title.
  5. So Tony, allowing for your present work rate to continue unabated, stash of kits should be built in just over six months! Wish I could build at that rate! The calculation only came into my head because at Sleaford club on Wednesday night we of the Bantry group were asked will it be ready for a May debut? No of weeks x hours in the evening = less than a week. Do they still sell Midnight Oil at hardware shops?
  6. A cornucopia of J15's, like the pacing shots really good. Have you left the roof's loose for loading later? Must get my track working again, got train envy.
  7. Thanks davefrk I had totally forgotten Bowness in Cumbria.
  8. Gordon Highlander still looks very good in the museum at Bowness, my wife and I both thought how stunning it would look in steam, maybe on the Far North line. Bowness is well worth a visit lots of interesting 'stuff' there.
  9. I think with the platform. But please make it the same length as the coaches, cold dark icy mornings could mean broken legs if detraining before the carriages were at the platform.
  10. Clive has got it right with his comment about flow around depot layouts and many being unworkable in real life. I find, I admire the loco's and pass on to other layouts. The constant moving from siding to siding is not an observed, loco arrives, serviced, parked and departs but a confection to give interest for the paying public. As modellers we should remember that real railwaymen do not like shunting, much better to stay in the cabin, keep warm, drink tea, play cards and rank up your locos as needed for departure. How do I know? got the tea shirt donkeys years ago. As an aside, I do remember when I was driving on the Festiniog, having to do a large carriage shunt at the end of the day, maybe seven or eight separate moves. When the guard was asked why so many moves? He liked shunting! He was also a railway modeller.
  11. Nile, thank you so much very helpful. I shall order some on Monday. Help is so freely given on RM Web. Mic
  12. On one of your wagon detailing threads you show a very nice brake lever and ratchet etch, I liked the very fine holes for the lever peg. whose etch was it please? As I have some early wagons to detail which need single blocks per side. Mic
  13. Could the greater number of fish trains run by the LNER have a bearing on it? I also am a fan of the L&Y 0-8-0 but with the large boiler they remind me of an elephant stood on a drum.
  14. Thanks for all the input and interesting comments that have been made after my puzzlement remark about LNER 2-8-0 classes. And of course it has brought up interesting facts on fitted wagon numbers etc; I think it was Headstock who commented on O4 disposal times being very quick. If that's because the disposal crews pulled the firebars out and pushed the fire through the ashpan, yes that's quick but I never saw it done on the Western. The fire droppers always had their own individual long shovel and arms like my thighs! As for preperation times I seem to remember a small engine was 45 minutes, a 4 cylinder was 1hr 15min and the rest were an hour. 9fs did need a certain style of firing which involved keeping the back corners as full as possible which often meant scorched overalls even if you blacked the fire in under the, large door!,with slack or small coal. Several drivers at Banbury would let you drive one part of a trip if rostered long firebox locos. I never got to drive a 9f on the main line! As for a Black 5 being an improved Hall, never in a month of Sundays. And steam was not at its best when I was a fireman! Although there were exceptions.
  15. I like the look of LNE 2-8-0's but the complexity of the classes with all the modifications baffles me! Makes Western engines a piece of cake to understand! Churchward got it so right with the 28's ;should I don a flack jacket?
  16. JD that 350 could be the Patent Shaft jocko shunting at Wednesbury. A Bescot turn back in the day and a very boring duty for a second man, believe me I know!
  17. The white pipe will be the feed pipe to the exhaust steam injector, which should be under the footplate outside the frames somewhere near the cab steps on the firemans side. I presume they were fitted with one and one live steam.
  18. Thanks for posting this info on the Far North line. My wife and I love the whole area from Inverness northwards with Brora being our favourite spot. If in Helmsdale in the evening a visit to "La Mirage" is worth it, some of the decor just makes me smile! The food is excellent and also, in Helmsdale is a very well restored late 1950's Albion lorry that is worth photographing. The community museum on the old colliery site is well worth visiting if your in Brora.
  19. B15nac, your Manor looks really good. I like the chimney you have fitted which is far,far better than the thing that Bachmann put on. A heavy dose of weathering and it will remind me of all the Manors I fired back in the 60's!
  20. Meant to say I like the Courage cockerel, remember them well.
  21. Ford D800's, I took my HGV test on one of those but it was a 28t or maybe 30t one as it had a V 8 Cummins I think. The cabs were mounted higher to get the bigger engine in! I think your tractor unit should really be a 28/30t one with that twin axle trailer. I never really liked Ford's much, more of an AEC man! but they must have been a tough bit of kit as firms like British Vita and the biscuit companies ran them with large single axle box trailers and they always overtook you!
  22. Do you mean the range of Irish Models John Mayner produces? Quality is very good. I have some etched coach sides and they work well.
  23. Your post prodded me to look and see what I have got. Drawings for the ex [email protected] carrs 21&22 and the bogie van and a drawing for a Passage 2-4-2 plus some stuff from other ng lines. If you pm me your address I will post them to you. Regards Mick
  24. Thanks for the pointers and suggestions I shall be tyring them.
  25. An oops! moment. I remember being with Bennie Bennett on a Type 2 Sulzer which split the 3 way point in the Down local yd at Bescot. I was surprised how much angle we got before the loco stopped! It didnt seem to have done any damage 'cos we drove it down the depot for inspection! The guy in the little loco office Norman John ? gave us a lot of grief, ca'nt remember getting a form 1, but the PW were out repairing the switches bloody pronto. Happy days !
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