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  1. There has been a lot of discussion of the ECML cement trains on Wright Writes recently, so I thought now would be an appropriate time to run mine (it doesn’t have a fixed place in the schedule as I don’t know what time it ran). I’m modelling the presflo era train - I.e. between 1960 and 1961. I have seen photos of it with two brake vans, possibly because it served two destinations in Scotland, so that is how I have chosen to model it. The train is about half made up of airfix kits picked up for next to nothing at toy fairs and rewheeled and, in some cases, repainted with the rest being Bachmann. I’m not sure about liveries. There should definitely be some yellow wagons and probably some bauxite, but I suspect the grey ones were slightly later. I have a lot more Airfix wagons to resurrect, so will harmonise the train then. Here is the video:
  2. Tony, That looks wonderfully complicated and very professional in the way that I would expect at Churminster. I have no real need for protection as my cassettes are all reversed onto and the point is manual. So I just pull the rakes on by hand. I can see that the aluminium will keep the ply from warping and offer side protection for the stock but I think my side strips of ply should do that as well. I will build a few more and then evaluate both. Andy
  3. I’ve been playing with my D6120 this week. It seems like a lovely model, but I’ve been struggling with decoder fitting. I opted for a Zimo decoder rather than the Dapol one, perhaps that was a mistake as I have two problems. Firstly what was a nice quiet runner after running in on DC is now rather noisy, although still very smooth. And secondly, I’ve tried inputting the CV changes suggested in Dapol’s instructions to control the lights. However, while the function keys turn lights on and off, the sequence bears little resemblance to what the Dapol instructions said that should do. For example on one key I get white lights at both ends! Has anyone else had similar problems? On the plus side, one thing which really impresses me is the way the detailing pack and coupling fit on the buffer beam which seems to allow for tension lock couplings with full detail. Andy
  4. Thanks, that sounds like a way forward. I think I'll start by seeing if I can get into the Deltic. Then order some stuff from Fox (as I think Modelmaster have pulled out of doing decals or are in the process of doing so). I'm on a decoder fitting fest at the moment so it won't be for a while.
  5. There is no evidence that I know of that 9Fs struggled with the train when it was formed of Presflos. As you say 20 wagons of 36 tons is not overly demanding for a 9F. Andrew’s photo sounds like it is a short Presflo train with an A2/3, but we don’t know whether this was a test, an on the day substitution or a regular occurrence. The comment in Townsend’s book referred to the Cemflo era, when the train changed to Cliffe to Uddingston and loaded to c.28 wagons. The Cemflos were a similar weight loaded to the Presflos but in their case, 8.5 tons of body and 27 tons of load. A 28 wagon train would weigh c.1000 tons which might tax a 9F on Stoke Bank especially if the timings were tight - perhaps the performance experts could comment? I’ve seen no other photo of an A2/3 on either Presflos or Cemflos. So the evidence as I see it is that an A2/3 worked the both Presflo and Cemflo train at least once each and possibly on an occasional basis, but was not a regular on either...certainly not on the Presflos. With regard to brake vans, I think the brake van at each end started with the Cemflos and was required because it reversed somewhere in North London. I think the Presflo train sometimes had a second brake van in the middle because it split on route. There is a good picture in ‘Focus on Freight: Eastern Region since 1960’ (p34) of 9F 92188 with 15 Presflos including two brake vans, one after the 10th wagon and one at the rear. Admittedly this is captioned as a test. The same book has a good picture (p39) of 92040 on 28 Cemflos with a brake van at each end and (p42), V2, 60845 With a longer rake of Presflos with the brake van(s) out of sight. Andy
  6. Thanks for sharing. I like the idea of the sprung point. Do you have to physically hold it over while the train is being loaded into a cassette?
  7. Today we have the return of the Tees Tyne Pullman headed this time by monster power in the form of D9006, as yet unnamed. I haven’t found a good way of changing the 4 character headcode on my diesels - has anyone else? The video is on max zoom in my iPhone to emphasise the S curve. I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or not! Andy
  8. I think mine should be pretty robust as 9mm ply glued and screwed to 9mm ply sides should be pretty bomb proof.
  9. I agree. But if I'm spending more I want to be convinced that it's actually better. Apart from elegance (which doesn't matter in the fiddle yard of a home layout) I can't see any advantage in the aluminium. That's why I'm going to pause building any more until I've tested what I have.
  10. Today we have the up Norseman. This train was a different formation on most days of the week, but I have chosen to model the 1958 MO formation. I’ve given you a choice of a lower ‘trackside’ image which results in an out of focus background with my iPhone and a higher viewpoint which has a better depth of field. The formation was all Thompson until at least 1956, but I don’t have crimson and cream catering vehicles, so I’;ve had to go later when Mark 1s had started to infiltrate. There was still a four car catering core of Thompson stock: FO/RF, and RSP/RSO I’ve also included a three compartment Thompson BSK vice Mark 1 at the rear which Andrew Neale (Headstock of this parish) tells me was a regular on the Norseman. The coach roof boards come from the excellent Pacific Models range (attached this evening before taking the photos!). Sadly, I seem to have mislaid my headboard. Here is the video which shows the full formation.
  11. Tony, Many thanks for your comments. I certainly agree the aluminium angle is an elegant solution, but it’s more expensive and takes longer to make compared with my ‘three planks of ply and a bit of old track’ method. So I’m still weighing up which way to go. I think that my cassettes are shorter than yours which makes them easier to handle, but means I need more to make up a train. What size of aluminium do you use? I used 19mm x 11.5mm angle 1.5mm thick. The 11.5 is very tight in terms of fitting in the side of a vehicle’s body, so I would go for 19x19 if I use any more. I like the idea of a sprung loaded safety system on your cassette road. Was this prompted by the ‘flying loco’ incident on my last visit when I had to catch a loco in mid air as it run off the cassette road at full speed?! Andy
  12. Peter, Many thanks for your kind words. I find 40-50 wagons the limit before derailments become commonplace. I think I get away with that number because I’ve kept the minimum radius to 36”. Andy
  13. Thanks, I’m quite pleased with them. I made them from laser cut kits by Modelux. The kits are great but the instructions are non existent, so you need to be a bit of a detective to build them. They come ready Painted and weathered. I’ve already admired your twin artic - looks great. I started on my second one while at the B&B last week, but I doubt much more will happen until I’m away again as that’s when I get concentrated soldering sessions done.
  14. Well I’ve finally got round to running another train. Next in the sequence is the 1619 King’s Cross-Peterborough. This was formed of a fairly standard Peterborough 5 set with a BG on the front. The photos I’ve seen often have a Stanier 50ft BG on, so that’s what I've used. The 5 set itself should be a pair of BSK/SK steel articulated twins with a mark 1 CK in the middle. However, I’ve only built one of the twins so far, so there’s an ordinary SK/BSK Standing in and the CK is a Thompson as happened from time to time. These trains were often headed by a New England Thompson Pacific and it’s a chance to run my DJH ‘Wolf’ before Hornby ruin its relative rarity value. This was one of the first complete kits I built with a lot of help from Tony Wright. She seems to have lost her smoke box number plate which I will have to hunt for. Andy
  15. Well if you want a 65ft sleeper drop him an email. He freely admits that emails bump things up his to do list!
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