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Nick Holliday

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  1. Not sure if this is the right thread to answer, and I have no idea about the validity of the following comments, but in a fascinating slim volume called "Our Railway History" written by Rixon Bucknall, published in 1944, there is a listing of liveries for most of the main pre-grouping railway companies and some smaller ones. It doesn't claim to be comprehensive, but it does note most of the major changes to loco and coach liveries, even covering steamer funnels, when appropriate. For the Great Western it says; Coaches - Brown, with cream upper panels. In 1909, brown all over: in 1912, Cr
  2. The array of points in the entrance is more complex than the original and doesn't seem to add anything to the operation of shed, and I think could be simplified and result in a more spacious look. I also wonder about modelling the shed building in its entirety. It will be around 4 feet long, and whilst you will be able to have some 30 odd locos in it under cover, you won't be able to see them, which I thought was the main point of the layout. If space had been your problem, in the beginning I would have suggested modelling only the front of the shed, perhaps reduced to only 6 tra
  3. That film of Lampeter has lots of interesting vignettes for modellers. Now I know where all those Coopercraft cattle wagons have gone! I'm intrigued to know how far the intrepid gentlemen (there's another at the rear) rode shotgun on the roofs of the cattle trucks? And that's a nice old horse box with the external fodder bay.
  4. An interesting newspaper report from 1903 describes Tattersall's, an auction house in London that dealt with thoroughbreds said: "The well-known oblong building with its glass-covered roof witnesses the sale of considerably over ten thousand horses annually. In the surrounding galleries every description of vehicle is standing for sale, governess cars, shooting wagons, landaus, victorias and coaches—a veritable carriage museum. As each potential purchaser of horse-flesh enters the yard, he dives into the office and provides himself with the broad-sheet sale catalogue, which is printed on
  5. Maybe, but the major horse breeding areas were Yorkshire and Durham, and Ireland, and Norfolk and Kent were hardly just down the road!
  6. Certainly either a T6 or X6. I'd be inclined to think it was the latter, with the slightly smaller driving wheels (6' 7" compared with 7' 1"). Bradley notes that "In July 1925 (X6) No. 665 was despatched to Barnstaple, where it was kept so carefully cleaned it must have been amongst the best groomed of all the Southern Railway's locomotive stock." The date fits nicely with the opening date of the line, and Bradley doesn't place any other of the two classes in a suitable location at that time.
  7. If you are building a 4 feet wide baseboard I hope that you are having it as an island site, as if you have one edge against one of your walls you will have considerable difficulty reaching across to be able to do anything to the rear 18 inches of board without potentially clashing with stuff at the front.
  8. I'm sure the topic has been tackled here before, but I think this discussion has underestimated the demand for working horses in the big cities, especially London. Before electric trams arrived, I understand there were at least 55,000 horses employed in hauling buses and trams, and possibly cabs. In addition there was a similar number of horses employed in haulage, and one source says 25,000 horses owned by individuals. The working lives of those working on the buses and trams was tragically short, and, apparently, seeing dead and dying horses was relatively commonplace. To put it in perspe
  9. The Ilfracombe Goods were purchased by the LSWR from Beyer Peacock during the reign of W G Beattie, several years before Adams came on the LSWR scene. As others have said, the Ilfracombe Goods had all disappeared from the company by around 1918, well before the line opened in 1925, so most likely any 0-6-0 would have been Adams 395 Class, as the other two classes of Beyer Peacock goods locos had all but disappeared by 1924. According to Bradley, the first trains on the ND&CJLR were worked by "0460" class allocated to Barnstaple - 0460/2/8/70/3/5/6, 0470 surviving until December 1928.
  10. Would it make more sense if the lifting area was increased out to the wall, so that the yellow and orange tracks fit on it, so that the join to the fixed baseboard is a right angle?
  11. There's a similar sort of photo on the HMRS website, but noted as being the Miller brake. https://hmrs.org.uk/photographs/either-side-brake-co-ec-8t-5-plank-open-no-4-osp-miller-brake-either-side-brake-compositenents-highlighted-mr-miller-on-left.html Although the principles appear the same, this one looks slightly different, and it is possible to make out the name Roberts on the door on No. 2, which suggests another patentee was involved.
  12. The body kit is a nice moulding, but the Dapol chassis is a completely inappropriate choice. The LBSC wagons were steel framed, but the channel was the other way round, so all you see is a flat solebar, with a minimum of extra ironwork. I scratch-built my chassis using plain plastic strip for the solebars, with etched W-irons and brake gear. The wheelbase was 9' 9" so I suspect the Dapol chassis is wrong there, too, and I don't think there is anything suitable in the Cambrian range. The LBSC numbers were 10350-10449. When new, most just had double brakes on one side only, although from 1043
  13. NLS Maps have a handy measurement tool. You haven't said what scale you want to work in. If I assume N (~2mm to 1 ft) then the shed would be around 570mm long and 230mm wide, whilst the overall track layout is something like 670mm wide and 1,700mm long. OO gauge (4mm to 1 ft) will require double - so overall the shed scene alone in OO would be roughly 12 ft x 4 ft. But, as RobinofLoxley said, it's what you want to do with the rest of the set up that counts, if you actually want to run anything.
  14. The OP actually said:- A while back someone suggested I look at the Settle & Carlisle line as inspiration. The landscape I want to model will be grass, stonewalls, hedges, and plenty of trees in the background. I draw much of my inspiration from the original "All creatures great and small" TV-series. So the S&C was just the grit in the oyster, the ACG&S look is what she is after, and that has been established as fundamentally NER territory, but it is his layout.
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