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  1. I see what you mean Mike. Not much I can realistically do about that! I'm sure some people would tell me to scrape the beading off and re-apply it in the right position....but life's too short! I've just had a look at my 4mm version and it does have the same feature. But I finished that in BR maroon so smaller transfers anyway and it wasn't a problem. I did consider 4mm transfers for this but they'd be a lot smaller. Maybe I'll try one side to see what it looks like.
  2. I’ve made some progress with the Kirk O gauge quad art sides but have run into a problem. Here is the state of play. The problem I’m having is with the coach numbering transfers as you can see on the three sides below. The compartments were so tight on the quad arts that the space for the numbers is very tight and I’m struggling to get the transfers to fit. I’ve just about squeezed them in but they look very cramped. I’ve been using Fox transfers which have worked well on the other coaches I’ve built but they’re too big for this one. The choices I have are to keep on cramming them in or to find some smaller transfers. I could use Fox’s loco bufferbeam transfers as left below which are slightly smaller but less ‘florid’ than the coach transfers (right). Any suggestions gratefully received. Andy
  3. Oh dear…I can see me having an expensive trip to see you on Wednesday!
  4. Fair enough Andrew. I can certainly agree that you couldn’t model the ECML on LSGC!
  5. I agree that it’s not worth compromising the fiddle yard entry/ exit. Smooth running is more important the prototype fidelity (to me at least).
  6. Jessie, Can’t you go for option 3 with a very gentle curve and using Peco Bullhead points given the ‘red leader’ treatment. I appreciate bending expensive new points might be scary but given the cost of everything else you’re doing/ ripping up, I’d have thought that getting it right would be worth it in the long run. Andy
  7. Good evening Andrew, I don’t accept your premise that it is not possible to model the ECML accurately. When I run my full sequence on Gresley Jn, I run all the services which would have been seen at Hatfield between midday and midnight on a typical weekday. I model a fairly wide time period from 1948 to 1962 (an idea I borrowed from LSGC) with each train accurately formed based on the CWN for a particular year in that timeframe. There are the best part of 200 trains in the sequence split between express passenger, suburban and goods in roughly equal proportions. All the passenger trains are formed up according to the CWN with occasional coach substitutions generally in line with what I’ve seen in photos. There is a good deal of variety in the passenger trains with a good mix of ex LNER stock as well as the inevitable mark 1s. Obviously I couldn’t buy or store all of that stock, so much is reused in different trains, sometimes multiple times in the sequence. The goods stock is less accurate - I run all the trains in my 1950s WTT and a few others I know of from photos, but the formation of each is sometimes rather too much like guesswork although I’m trying to improve them all the time. I admit that this would be impractical on an exhibition layout. I take several months to run through my sequence, a few trains at a time, most of them formed up from cassettes and boxes of loose stock. It takes time but I find it absorbing. As for LSGC, I have always found it an inspirational layout. It would be a great shame if it never comes out again and even more so if your modelling is not given an exhibition airing. I understand the logistical challenge but for a layout of LSGC’s quality, I’m sure help would be available from outside your club if you asked. I appreciate that helpers would need ‘vetting’ and training but it maybe worth thinking about. Regards Andy
  8. Dreadful news. Everything’s crossed for you Gordon.
  9. I received my latest kit from Andy at Isinglass yesterday. This is a D.183 GNR 58’ BCL. I’ve been nagging Andy to produce this kit for some time as he produced a similiar GNR 58 footer but this one is the one which worked most out of KX in the pre Mark 1 era. It arrived on Tuesday looking like this. I spent a couple of hours sanding it on Tuesday evening and glued the sides and ends together. This was problematic as my superglue gel didn’t want to hold it, so I left it overnight and strengthened it yesterday with epoxy. Then I added the roof with epoxy and dropped the Hornby bogies into the clip on underframe. So I now have a rolling chassis. What a delightfully simple kit! It will take a lot of finishing as I have to source most of the underframe/ buffers etc. And those couplings will need replacing! I intend it to form part of one of my pre mark 1 outer suburban rakes - either the teak 1948 version which is usually hauled by an Atlantic or the crimson 1952 version. Does anyone care to offer an opinion on whether these vehicles would have been in teak or coach brown in 1948? Finally, the Isinglass drawing references a photo in Locomotives Illustrated 67 (page 21). I have this mag somewhere but can’t put my hands on it. If anyone has a copy available could I ask whether the photo is worth a major search of my mag stash? Andy
  10. I think Catfish may well have got across to PN as I think there were ballast quarries around Nuneaton which may have served the area. Not really my area of expertise though. I have one dogfish built from the Cambrian kit. I keep bidding on Hornby ones but give up when the price gets silly!
  11. Thanks Brian- I feel privileged, I did google it before posting but didn’t recognise it, so decided that as I didn’t know I was missing one, I probably wouldn’t buy one!
  12. I’ll go for 1,6,7 and 10. For number 11, I agree with Manna, more Trouts please Hornby. My reasoning on the others, is that 1 would make a change from sharks, I already have a Sturgeon (Cambrian) and Dolphin (Genesis?) in my engineers train, and no real need for more. The Catfish were mainly MR unless I’m mistaken. 5 is quite specific to PN, so not really for me. 6 and 7 would make good novelty vehicles. I don’t really know what 8 is or where I’d use it, so will pass on that. I have a couple of kit built wooden loco coal wagons but no steel ones so that (10) would make a change. Andy
  13. Time for a train today. This is the up Elizabethan. When I featured it in the last sequence it was before I had finished my No.9 Hornby renumbering. ‘Sir’ always ‘told me off’ for using No.13 as she didn’t feature on the Lizzie in 1957. No.9 which is my favourite did feature four times so I can get away with her. And I’ve also recently bought a rather lovely tailboard for the train from Fox. So I thought it was time for another short video.
  14. Long time no post! I have been very busy on other projects recently, so haven’t had so much time for modelling and that time I have had has been spent more on rolling stock projects than layout work, particularly as the loft gets very hot in decent summer weather. However the rain over the last 2-3 weeks has allowed me to get upstairs and sort out some longstanding projects. Firstly, I’ve managed to move the canal about 15mm from the wall to create a bit of depth and sorted out the warehouses behind. They are now glued to the wall with black painted sheets of paper behind to represent the interior. The one on the left is an interior wall which came with the kit. I think I’ll build another front and use this behind. You may also note that I’ve done some ballast infill between the lines here. That uses DCC concepts N gauge ballast to represent fine cinders between the tracks. I’ve also finished the ballasting which I started a couple of months ago and showed on here - Platform 6 (with the C12), the loop and the run into the loco depot. I’ve just got Platform 1 (with the DMU), the loco depot itself and the goods yard to do. I can finish most of that off pretty quickly, but I want to build some inspection pits for the steam shed, so that bit will have to wait. Andy
  15. Thanks Ade, That looks much better. The red looks rather over thick to me but I can live with that. I’ll take the plunge and order one. Regards Andy
  16. Tony, As regards beautiful trains on LB, I think your Elizabethan runs the MR set close and the streamliners and teak Flying Scotsman which ran during the 1930s back date are surely it’s equal? Andy
  17. Thanks, that would make sense. If Dave confirms that with a close up picture, I might buy one. Otherwise I’ll wait until I can see one in the flesh. Andy
  18. Brian, Good reminder! My vote is for 5,8,9,10. My reasoning for voting for them is that I have a steel train which could usefully be lengthened. But I have already built a Cambrian quint and the BR one is too late for me. I have the Parkside LNER quad but that is an earlier (ex NER?) diagram so number 5 would be something new. 8,9 and 10 are all a bit unusual and I probably shouldn’t be tempted but I’d go for one if they were available just to ring the changes. I love the bogie brick wagons but I already have six Parkside/ Hornby Dublo ones and at the moment I’m struggling to justify using all of them as I can’t find any evidence of them being used in block trains. I use one at the head of some of my loaded coal trains which happened occasionally to provide brake force - as below. The others are occasionally coupled up to run back North empty but I’ve seen no evidence for this. Bogie sulphate wagons are also lovely but I have enough. They fill one cassette so any more would be a pain to operate! And I’m with red leader on chemical wagons. I don’t know enough about them to comment. If one came out, I’d probably see if I could justify using it, but as I’m not really aware that I’m missing it, I won’t vote for one now. Andy
  19. Yes, that was it thanks. I’ve also found the link to the photo of the single class 20 on the bogie sulphate wagons which I’d previously posted on Wright Writes. Unfortunately the link doesn’t work any more as Goggle plus seems to be defunct. So that one is sadly lost to posterity! I do have a hard copy somewhere, butI can’t find it.
  20. Gilbert, I like the high level view but the loco needs to be properly in focus. So I’m not keen on this particular shot but I think that the angle is worth persevering with. Andy
  21. Brian, I have that article. I tracked it down a couple of years ago following your recommendation in the wish list poll. It’s very much about the contemporary operation in the late ‘60s by which time it seems it was mainly 16T mineral wagons. It also suggests that WD 2-8-0s worked it in steam days with an N7 on the branch, but I’ve read that B1s did it somewhere else. There is a picture of an N7 working it in pre bogie sulphate days in ‘steam memories 42’: P54. and a picture of an N7 with the bogie sulphate wagons in 1959 here (8th row down on the left). https://www.hertsmemories.org.uk/content/herts-history/topics/transport/railways/lostrails/ayot-greenway-photo-gallery There’s a nice picture here of the train in its bogie sulphate / class 15 heyday. http://www.railwayherald.co.uk/imagingcentre/view/129910/PL I also have a photo of the train with a single class 20 but I can’t find it now. Andy
  22. Thanks David, I did a search on BR Database and couldn’t find a single example of a transfer from LMR to ER. So the only bet would be a through traffic flow, a loan or running in turns if any were overhauled at Donny. It may not be in the spirit of this thread, but I can’t see he point of building a tender when Bachmann make one that’s better than I could achieve. I spend my building time on things not available RTR. I’ll have to approach Bachmann (but I expect that would cost more than I paid for the engine!) or hope someone on eBay splits a loco up for sale in component parts as happens from time to time. Andy
  23. The quad art has reached the ‘measles’ stage. Hopefully, I’ll get the teak coat on this afternoon before the England game.
  24. Tony, You mention the BR1B/C tenders being a MR design. I have just been doing some research in this having just bought a MR Bachmann 9F, 92116, for a song because it had a couple of glue marks on it. It has such a tender which I assumed would have found its way onto the ER over time but I can’t find a record of any MR examples being transferred to the ER. Would MR 9Fs have run on the ECML at all? If not, it looks like another item for eBay! Thanks Andy
  25. Bogie sulphate wagons (at least some ) had moved to the London area by the late ‘50s to work an Ashburton Grove to Blackridge tip rubbish train (the former is now Arsenal’s stadium so still full of rubbish!). They were initially worked by B1s but were early converts to diesel haulage, initially class 20s and later class 15s with some double heading and a smattering of other classes thrown in. I model this train on Gresley Jn - lovely wagons, sorry about the lack of weathering on the class 15! As for the poll, I’m working my way through all the bogie wagons in Tatlow and will respond in due course.
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