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Nick Holliday

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  1. I think Compound2632 has comprehensively answered most of your points. Just to add a little extra to his reply, I have copied out a table which appears in LNWR Recalled, which itemises the wagon loads received at the 1901 LNWR Tranship Shed at Crewe, during the week ending 16th December 1922. This was a time when pooling had been in operation for several years, and yet nearly 60% of the wagons are from the home company. Another 20% are from companies with a close association to the area, the Caledonian being the LNWR's West Coast partner, and the North Staffordshire and the Great We
  2. I'm not sure whether your "on the South Coast" includes Epsom, but if not, you could try C&L at https://www.clfinescale.co.uk/online-store/Sleepers-c32279086 I know there have been occasional supply difficulties, but it should be worth trying to get in touch with Phil to see what he can do.
  3. Isinglass list the V4. https://www.isinglass-models.co.uk/Isinglass_Catalogue_May-2019.pdf They have a very good reputation for detail and accuracy, although I have had no experience of them myself.
  4. Do you really mean it must be OO? AFAIK there has not been a great market for German railways in 4mm, at least not since the Kitmaster Class 23 and coaches sixty years ago. I suspect you want an HO gauge 3.5mm scale model, which has been made by a number of companies over the years, as it was one of the DB standard types.
  5. What about the Highland, too? A colourful insignia, with shields in a circle. Admittedly rarely seen in photos, but it did exist. And the Caledonian had its own "mystery mark"; a sad emoji symbol as noted in the CR Wagons supplement. Slightly off-topic, but this reminds me of the days when I worked on site, and there was over-night security. For a period we had a lovely Maltese guard, who was most probably illiterate, and English was his second (or third) language. During the night he had to enter a brief report into his log book every hour or two. It started well when
  6. Andrew If you Google "Lochty Lane" you can find the plan of Lochty Lane form Railway Modeller. It has been drawn with squares that are 1 foot square. In 4mm, each square theoretically would be 17.5cm, and you can use this wherever an O Gauge plan is marked up in this way. The article in RM says the scenic section is 8 feet 6 inches long, which would be around 5 feet in OO, or 1.5m. I cannot find a similar plan of Victoria Park, though, but I think there was an earlier RM article that might have it.
  7. That's looking very promising. Just one point, the ballast doesn't usually stop at the end of the sleepers, as this cross section shows, albeit for a pre-grouping line. You may want to extend the ballast a bit when you do the final touching up.
  8. I'd be inclined to say it is a bit too modern, lower case lettering for signage was very unusual until the sixties. But, given St Ives was a hotbed of artistic endeavour, and the fact the the dropped second "l" implies some thought has gone into the work, it might be plausible for an up and coming business, but less likely for a long established one in a down at heel building.
  9. As you say, PO wagons were requisitioned by the Government in September 1939, but they still remained in the ownership of the various parties, and the RCH arranged for rental and repairs to be paid, as necessary. During the war, the Government paid for new wagons to be built to replace written-off vehicles, and they were painted in suitable, simplified, livery. PO wagons existed up until the creation of British Railways. Judging from the photos showing PO wagons during the war, the liveries usually stayed in good condition. Most PO wagons were repainted every 3-4 years, and, has been po
  10. Judging by the drawings by Iain Smith in Historic Carriage Drawings - LNER & Constituents they are indeed NBR non-corridor coaches. Brake Third - over 70 built from 1908 Full third - 114 built from 1919 Full first - 36 built from 1907
  11. This website is quite a useful guide https://signalbox.org with animated signals and a guide through basics.
  12. Not quite the only book! I have a copy of "History of the Maryport & Carlisle Railway" by Herbert and Mary Jackson, published in 1979. A curious book, aimed more at the local historian than the railway enthusiast. Over half of it is devoted to employees and reminiscences, the rest is a potted history of the line and a brief run through locomotives. Is there any chance that the CRA will produce an enlarged edition of the booklet on the company they produced for its 150th anniversary in 1995, more along the lines of their recent publications which now occupy a several inches of my shelv
  13. It looks to me as if someone has decided to back-date a LNER Gresley B17, built 1928, to an imaginary pre-grouping Great Northern outline, with a round roofed Stirling type of cab. Not sure where the firebox came from, it looks a bit like the top of the wide style provided on the larger Ivatt Atlantics, or a Gresley Pacific. I don't know if there were any Ivatt/early Gresley proposals for a 4-6-0 parallel with the 2-6-0 designs that were built.
  14. A fascinating picture. I'm pretty sure it isn't a model, so who Photoshopped the Modelu driver and fireman into the picture?
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