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  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. I would have put the engine shed behind the platform and gained an extra goods siding, possibly with a side or end loading bank.
  4. Dogs yes, but cats are more particular. My then girlfriend had an urban cat who appreciated indoor 'plumbing' – she would spend the morning in the garden before coming inside to defecate (in her allotted space) then promptly going out again. This was her normal behaviour. Perhaps it's only London cats who are so house trained?
  5. Mr Coward obviously never tried to cycle from Cley to Blakeney on the A149.
  6. Whatever. Driving Latin masters to despair seems like the very least one should do to them. Mr Burgess, for it was he, also wanted to inflict classical Greek on me but I managed to dodge that bullet and did German instead. As a totally unintended consequence I now have a very lovely German wife – who features in my avatar providing motive power for our garden railway.
  7. But that was when people had full size bunkers, not 1:43.5 scale models.
  8. But only in the Ruhrgebiet. Try asking for one of those in Berlin and you'll get some very funny looks. There it's a Pfannkuchen. You can't get decent currywurst east of Hanover either...
  9. und dann gerade aus zum Bahnhof WNR gehen!
  10. Coal? One of the advantages of living in the country is that you can pollute the world to your heart's content, so I have (or had) a bunker full of the stuff. I'm sure I can spare enough for a Manning Wardle size bunker. PM me. The wagons in that photo are all bar the lead wagon scratch built. Back in the day, wagons were my main interest. Overall I think the rolling stock will be perhaps 30% kit.
  11. You could try an art materials shop...
  12. I get it from....my local hardware store, Blyth & Wright in Sheringham. It's a bit old fashioned – the gaffer wore a brown overall until they pensioned him off – but they do know their stuff, and stock just about everything you could need. My problem with laser cut card doilies is that they tend to stretch when coated in PVA so don't fit the underlying structure. I suppose you will say "shellac everything first"? I must try that though I confess I still prefer plastikard. Last word on ERG – he actually used a primitive wagon springing system!
  13. Should anyone be remotely interested the other vehicles are GWR wooden Mink, PO lead wagon built by Glous in 1871, Wigan Coal& Iron wagon – except that I fitted the wrong brake gear so will have to find another identity – and an LNWR D21 Medium Cattle Truck. Shelf above is P4 stuff, but that's another story...
  14. Built by the Metropolitan Carriage & Wagon co in mid 1860s for the Midland Rly. ~~~~~Some more built to the same design by Gloucester for the Spalding & Bourne Rly. Photo and 'drawing' in Midland Wagons Vol 2.
  15. Don't forget that some diagrams were issued retrospectively – V6 Iron Minks for one – and that we have already posited the idea that the N7 diagram covered a variety of wooden loco coal wagons that were rebuilt from older wagons sometime in the 1890s – either that or Atkins et al have made a balls up. As the wagon that started this is in internal use it is rather irrelevant.
  16. The combined volume has a photo of just such a wagon as used in the 1904 painting trials. The brake(s) are on the other side, the buffer housing is plain, not ribbed, and it has a bulb iron under frame rather than wood but it otherwise the same. Caption says diagram N7 which seems to be a catch-all for sundry wooden loco coal wagons as there is also a drawing of a five plank 10 ton version, also N7. Metal under frames seem to have superseded wooden ones around 1885, at first bulb-iron then, from late 1880s, channel section iron (steel from about 1895). The G . W letteri
  17. The wheel turns full circle. I refer you to the work of Mr E Rankine Grey, late of Bournemouth – indeed late of this mortal coil. http://www.binnsroad.co.uk/railways/erg/index.html
  18. The paint job is straight out of the box... As for the rest, my production rate is vastly lower than yours – likewise the quality. Where do you get that special 'invisible' solder? :-) Thanks to lockdown I have made some faltering steps, however.
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