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  1. I'm tempted to say 'desperation' but I have seen other wagons belonging to Wm Evans and the style is the same. This is the result of many hours spent scouring the background of old photos with a high power magnifying glass... Still, as you're modelling post-1940 when all the PO coal wagons had been pooled, you don't have to worry
  2. I can't find the original print but as it was published in Maggs' book I guess it doesn't matter too much. What I did find was a print of a detail of the photo, taken back in the day when I had a copy camera set-up, and I have scanned that for you. According to Maggs the photo must have been taken no later then 1906 as the extra loading bank had not been built at that time. Also visible is a wagon from Walsall Wood colliery. The Mark Whitwill wagon (not visible in this print) probably carried coke. Hope it is some use – no details of the wagon can be made out on the print with any degree
  3. Steve It's a shot looking across a crowded goods yard towards the station platform. It was originally a commercial postcard but has been copied and sold by Lens of Sutton. I suspect it is out of copyright being something like 100 years old so, when I can find it I will post a scan on here. Might take a day or two.... As a general rule I suspect most of the coal for merchants in the Calne area cam from the FoD and Cannock coalfields, but I can't quote you chapter and verse on that.
  4. Hi Jerry Don't have any conclusive evidence about Calne merchants buying from N Somerset, but there is a photo showing a Wm Evans (Old Mills Colliery) wagon at Calne c1910, so somebody there must have done! Richard
  5. ysnipt In that case, Ian, I'll join the chorus in favour of the Finney version. No contest as you'll be aware. Enjoy!
  6. I suppose we should temper our advice with the knowledge that the Finney kit is designed to produce a detailed scale model. It can be built to OO gauge with some modification, but it can't be persuaded to go round train set curves. I don't know what the OP's parameters are but if they include either or both of the above then I'd say don't buy the Finney kit. A much better bet would be the Ks/NuCast/Autocom/Whoeverownsitthisweek kit. By the way, some of the Falcon kits have been 'updated' in that new etches are provided for bits that Thompson got wrong. I've got an Armstrong Goods in my pil
  7. I don't know of any plastic ones but, assuming you're talking 4mm scale, MJT produces a range of axlebox/spring castings in white metal (and also some separates) which are excellent. They are for use with etched W-irons of course which is the best way anyhow, especially for scratchbuilt stock. Adrian Swain of ABS models also produces (or produced – I don't know if they're still available) suitable castings many with integral W-irons. There may be others I've forgotten about but these two are the best. MJT are available through Dart Castings, ABS possibly direct.
  8. If I understand your question correctly then the answer is no. I'm assuming you mean safety loops to stop a disconnected yoke from falling onto the track – there is no sign of such a thing on any MR fitted vans, at least at the outer end. I wonder why not? Richard
  9. Couldn't you have a collector rubbing on the top of the tread hidden behind the solebar? Or am I missing the point? Other question: why do you want to light wagons? That last bit may have something to do with the fact that my interest in railways ends with the outbreak of WW2! Richard
  10. John How are you going to tackle the 'sharp' end of the point blade where it nestles up against the stock rail? Cut the foot of the stock rail or the blade? Unfortunately all my PW reference material is for BH rail... Richard
  11. Ooops! Lack of familiarity with the prototype... If the wagon had safety chains (something not seen on UK wagons) then they would have gone where those holes are located. The holes either side of, and close to, the coupling hook would not have needed washers. Can I presume these wagons didn't have through draw-gear? In fact the underside view shows they didn't even have full length longitudinal frame members so the tie-rods might have been extended to the middle cross members – or were these wagons prone to having their headstocks pulled off? I'd better stick to British wagons.
  12. Great stuff! Re the nuts and bolts, for most applications on this wagon – where there is already a washer strip or corner plate – you'll be wanting nut/bolt mouldings rather than nut/bolt/washer. There's only a limited range of those available from Grandtline. For the longitudinal tiebars (either side of the coupling hook) you will need N/B/Ws and rather bigger ones at that. I hope the instructions say which bits go where... Keep up the good work. Richard
  13. I've heard they're very good too – that's why I've given my order to Mike of C&M!
  14. I too remember the MRJ show at the Central Hall. Most of what I saw was the backs of other peoples' heads, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Martyn has since surpassed even himself – if you ever get the chance to see Monks Eleigh grab it with both hands... Richard
  15. The roof at Frome was designed by Hannaford but it only ever had two tracks under it. The OP's plan did scream "Tavistock" as soon as I saw it! I would add to all the comments about traps, changing the double slip to a simple diamond etc, and would add that losing the turntable would make it more realistic and give scope for an increase in goods yard space by extending the loop to the left. Perhaps use part of the space for a private siding instead? Richard
  16. I believe the liveries are reasonably authentic – though I've never been able to compare one of the kits with its actual prototype. You can be certain that the livery is more authentic than the wagon to which it's applied! Richard
  17. If the motor still hums when the loco is stuck then it is still receiving juice which means dirt can be eliminated as the cause. The likeliest answer, as others have said, is a mismatch between the track and wheel dimensions. Check the B-to-B of all your wheels and try to adjust them. Metal tyred plastic wheels on metal axles (like all decent wagon wheels) can be simply 'tweaked', loco wheels are a bit more difficult as you don't want to alter the quartering of the drivers. Standardising on one make and re-wheeling everything else is the Rolls Royce solution, not for those with severely constr
  18. Hi Paul Castings for the vacuum brake bits can be had from the ABS range. Also various people do etchings for the earlier DC1 brakes: Michael Clarke's aptly named Masokits range has some I believe, though last time I did I just cobbled it up from styrene sheet. Didn't look too bad (I'll post a shot if I cab find one). Insides of wagons are always far more difficult than the outside. Weathered wood is usually a sort of silvery grey colour with hints of light tan colour where it has suffered damage and fresh wood is showing. If the wagon carries coal then coal dust will accumulate in the
  19. It sounds like a custom etch job to me – fully etched letters stuck onto whatever you use for the nameboard – presuming there are no suitable plastic alphabets available. What part of the LNER are you modelling? The NER normally used enamel for their station nameboards as did the other constituents on occasion (white on dark blue was popular). Something like that you could do on your computer... Richard
  20. I don't want to rain on your parade but I'm afraid you've got a bit of a hybrid there. The body looks like the 8 foot tall version that was only used on the first 178 vans to diagram V4. None of these had the louvred shutters, though they did have DC1 brakes (errm, the brake shoes are on the wrong side). The number you've given it is for a V12 van built about 1911. This did have have louvred shutters on the ends, later replaced with double bonnets, but they were only 7' 7" high and had DC3 brakes. Many of them were also vacuum fitted and thus non-common user but I don't know which ones. These
  21. Yes, the requirement for either side brakes wasn't formulated until 1911 – and many wagons were scrapped in the '20s and even into the '30s without ever receiving the second set. From memory the outer V-hanger in the Slater's kit incorporates the necessary bolt heads. Richard
  22. Just a tiny bijou snagette... the POWsides transfers are for an early, probably pre 1920s or even earlier, version. When I get the chance I could scan some of the photos in Peaty's book and send them to you off-list (to avoid copyright infringement) if that would be useful. Richard
  23. Hi Mark For what it's worth I have three numbers for NA based Toads: 56535, 56536 and 53565 all of which were AA13 vans rather than the AA19 produced by Ratio – though they were very similar and could doubtless be bodged. The last mentioned allocation was dated 1940 so may be OK for your period, though you'll rapidly run out of '5's! As others have said, John Isherwood is probably your best bet. You could get him to do the numbers too. I once did a Frome based Toad the hard way, one letter at a time, but you would rapidly lose the will to live doing that for Newton Abbot. Twice!
  24. Hi Mark Teign Valley Granite was the origin of RRLtd so I assume their wagons carried the roundel at least from 1934 onwards. I don't have too much information on TVG wagons as my focus is on Somerset and points east. That said there is a photo in the book 'Moving Mountains by Rail' by Ian Peaty which shows a TVG wagon still in the red livery but with the lower part of the door panel overpainted in a lighter colour with black lettering "Roads Reconstruction Ltd/Engineering Contractors/Bristol" in three lines of black text which I take to be a precursor of the later roundel. That book has a
  25. Just to add to what Industrial said, most mineral wagons (coal and stone) were pooled as from Sept 1939 and while remaining the notional property of their owners were probably never seen by them again though the owners remained responsible for their upkeep. The increasingly woebegone survivors were nationalised with the rest of the railway system on 1 Jan 1948. Specialised wagons such as tarred roadstone were not pooled and remained with their owners until taken into BR ownership in 1949-50 when they were given numbers in the 36xxxx series. There were 10 wagons still running in Teign Valle
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