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  1. I think you'l find the whole point of having a nanny was to save mater and pater from having any but the most cursory contact with their heir and spares.
  2. In my day a D grade at O level was a pass, as was an E. F and below were the fails, appropriately enough.
  3. The ones introduced to the Isle of Wight have been known to travel widely – wouldn't you if dumped on the IoW – including East Anglia. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-52528155
  4. Gosh was it really that long ago. Thanks Mikkel – 22 October 1908 it is then. I still haven't changed the number on my model...
  5. They never ventured further west as they were barred from the Tamar bridge. This was due to axle loading rather than wheelbase as the Kings were Double Red.
  6. Having built a model of this wagon – inaccurately as I assumed it was one of the 15' 6" long variety – I did do a bit of digging. Though it would take from here to Christmas to find my notes from that time, I do have it mind that the real 5141 was withdrawn from Bridgwater in 1907.
  7. Many of the BG goods sheds had a similar arrangement where the road and rail access were both in the same end elevation. There and Aldermaston as you say were very much of that type, as was the Didcot transfer shed.
  8. Mike. The basic requirements of a small terminus: a means to run round the train, accommodation for passengers and freight – and locos/railscars – would seem fairly universal, but I was making the point that the infrastructure would be very different. I remain bemused by the apparent uselessness of the 'search'.
  9. Given that the associated infrastructure is so wildly different, this does seem a rather pointless exercise. But it's your train set, not mine.
  10. Sorry, I thought we were talking about British prototypes. My bad.
  11. Here's one I made earlier – about 40 years earlier, before the balance of probabilities on wagon colour shifted to red, of a 2-plank wagon with wooden brake blocks, ribbed buffers, wooden frames, curved brake lever, and cracked planks in the door (as per photo). Also a lot of dust.
  12. The information about hired wagons in Pannier 39 is mostly an expanded version of the list Len Tavender published in Coal Trade Wagons.
  13. The white 'X' on a wagon denoted that it was not allowed to be used on the main line – ie internal user. Many of the Docks Department wagons, among others, carried the mark.
  14. Hired from Birmingham wagon co in c.1903. There is an article in Pannier 39 about these hirings (there were quite a lot in the early 1900s).
  15. If you want to use a 43xx (or two) you're looking at secondary lines like the Barnstaple branch, the MSWJR, the Severn Valley – or of course Frome after the by-pass. But at Frome all the interesting stuff happened at the east end! The various Welsh lines formerly Cambrian could be interesting though some trains were quite long. In real life the Kingsbridge branch was almost entirely small prairie country I believe.
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