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  1. 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.
  2. The axlebox looks like a standard GWR product, the 'Bible' has a photo of a single plank wagon (still in traffic) with the same sort of buffers, and many of the older wooden framed wagons had the curved brake handle, so I would think it is a pukka GWR vehicle though, as it has been relegated to internal use, it may well have been modified in some way that would not have attracted the attention of the official record keepers.
  3. Here's one of mine as tended to by Colin Dowling. As this represents an 1880s built version (I've temporarily lost the Makers' Plate but it's in the 700s) I'll leave the smokebox as is. Its companion Twm Siôn Cati – which is still languishing in Colin's 'to-do' pile it seems – will have a replacement smokebox and a few other mods. If nothing else, the delay will give me the time to pluck up the courage to assault the model. And then the weathering...
  4. Couldn't do much worse. The latest idiocy is that they are proposing Failing Grayling be head of the intelligence oversight committee and Liam Fox as boss of the WTO. WTF seems more appropriate.
  5. Gosh yes, they were old hat by then. Well, the wooden waggonways were as they had been around since the late C16 – probably earlier if you just count the underground variety. That's in the UK; Germany might have been ahead.
  6. The really cold winter was the 1946-7 vintage. Apparently it made quite an impression on me because it caused a pipe to burst which brought down the ceiling under which I was innocently dozing in my cot!. The winter of '62-3 was particularly memorable as I was the unwitting cause of an outbreak of measles at school which (un)happily coincided with the worst of the weather. I don't much like cold weather...
  7. I remember as a spotty erk cycling to Porton station in 1956 and taking some (long lost) photos on my Brownie 127. No trains, just the track in the goods yard.
  8. A couple of things... Alan Buttler of Modelu has added some 'Ragged Victorians' to his collection. As they are based on 3D scans of real people they can be scaled to any size and printed out. https://www.modelu3d.co.uk/product-category/finescale-figures/ragged-victorians/ Mortimer was a GWR station – between Reading and Basingstoke (so strictly speaking Berks & Hants Railway). Are you going to include Pictor's stone siding (on the left facing the tunnel entrance)? Slicing coaches down the middle and inserting extra bits was what Holden did fo
  9. If it is a statutory right of navigation then it is quite a complex procedure to extinguish it. When they built a new flood bank round Cley a sluice would have cut off access to the quay, historically important but now rarely used, so they built a canal-style gate instead. Every time there is a very high tide forecast the gate is closed. It's saved us from a soaking at least twice in the last 15 years.
  10. It hasn't opened since 1987 – and won't do again as they've laid continuous rail across the swing section.
  11. A swift and dirty copy out of a book (PO Wagons of the Ice Waggon & Ironworks Co by J A Watts) of Potts wagon 531, a 12-ton wagon built in 1910 to dimensions slightly smaller than the 19213 standard. Livery was dark red with white lettering shaded black. I don't know of any RCH 1923 wagons owned or operated by the company. Wagons merely hired were painted in a similar livery but with the body in grey, according to Watts.
  12. The standard length for GWR stock was 15' 6" until sometime in the '80s (I should look it up but not really relevant to this discussion) after which it became 16' 0". Later still – 1920s – they adopted the RCH standard underframe length of 17' 6". The 3-plank wagons were all to the old length, the four plankers all to the new 16' length as were most of the Iron Minks. The 3 plank wagons would have all gone from main line use by your time period I would think.
  13. An example comes to mind: Maurice Jones of Weston super Mare whose only (so far as I know) wagon was numbered 40, which just happened to be his age the year he bought it. Perhaps it was a birthday present to himself? Phipps of Devizes had five wagons numbered 111, 222, 333, 444, and 555. And so on...
  14. A rather better view of the real thing at Didcot. Note that the transom is notched into the main baulk. Also the wood packing under the rail to stop it digging into the baulk over time, and of course the (non-imaginary) fang bolts!
  15. Before you go too far I'd better point out that the cross timbers (transoms) were set between rather than underneath the longitudinal baulks. They were there to keep the rails apart – the opposing function of pulling the rails/baulks together was done with metal tie bars. The Broad Gauge Society http://www.broadgauge.org.uk/index.html will have drawings etc though you may have to join! They say "never model a model" but here is a snap of a bit of baulk track as reduced to standard gauge and still i use in 1905 – at least in my model universe. If you peer closely enough, almost lost
  16. Consulting Leleux's Index – which doesn't go later than 1974 – there was something about Norton-in-Hales (probably a drawing of the station building) in a 1964 edition of Railway Modeller. Don't know what month but it was page 277.
  17. I've only got the 1904 edition though I believe there was a facsimile of the 1923 edition. It wouldn't list coal merchants unless they had their own private siding – which Keay didn't. There was an article in the Model Railways magazine (exMRN) back in the '70s/'80s which gave a detailed analysis of the traffic at Norton-in-Hales, including its use for stabling race day trains from Market Drayton. Might be useful for operating your layout.
  18. The Manors were 'blue' engines of course. What was the weight restriction for the Teign Valley line?
  19. Mostly it would be because of its age of course. I don't think they were building new 8-tonners in 1923.
  20. Indeed. Small coal merchants were among the last users of 8-ton wagons as they much preferred them; 12-tons was too much to deal with. Granted his wagon would likely have been hired, or bought on deferred payments, but it would still have been cheaper which was one of my points.
  21. The 1913 Kelly's Directory is the latest one I can find – this has a William Henry Keay recorded as a farmer and James Meakin & Sons Ltd as coal merchants. Keay had a son Edwin George, born April 1896 who would seem a likely candidate. The 1911 census merely records him as a 'Farmers son working on farm' but then he was only 14 at the time. William died in 1921 but there were older sons to inherit Brook Farm, assuming they survived the war. None of which helps you with your wagon livery of course... James Meakin & Sons Ltd are still in business – they're based in Market Dra
  22. That's being naughty. In this case it was making up a jolly threesome. You know the saying: two's company, three's a derailment.
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