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Everything posted by stewartingram

  1. Was the rough riding on the A2 because they had fitted flangeless wheels to the rear truck (just like Hornby did later)? Ok, I've got my coat on....
  2. I believe early on in Lockdown 1 it was decreed that newspapers were an essential item - hence WHS could open. Also at the beginning of the year(ish) I was reading the official gov.uk regs for shops (for another reason). I'm sure I read - taking my local Tesco as an example) - that a multifunction shop that sold essentials could open and sell its normal range. But, if there were divisions within the shop, and they could be closed off, then those depts could (note -not mandatory) be kept closed. Our Tesco has a mezzanine floor selling clothes etc so that could probably be kept closed (but
  3. Hang on a minute. You rush in and buy the latest loco from Hornby/Bachmann or whoever, at £170, when first released. The retailers are not allowed to discount within the first few weeks. You are happy, because you know they are produced in a batch size (though you don't know the actual quantity to be fair) and you've managed to get hold of one, because you wanted it. Weeks later, out of the initial 'blocked' period, some retailers give a promotional 25% off. Do you complain at that? Fair retail practice. You could have waited, and risked missing the loco. But you want a m
  4. Where did you source the rimmed chimney from?
  5. Definitely July 78, I've just looked again. Also July 76 Has nothing relevant. Original post corrected.
  6. I have the July 1978 copy in front of me. It quotes the April 1975 issue for GWR3901 2-6-2T Also Railway World March & April issues for a detailed account of the Mersey fleet. The July 1976 drawing is for MR 16, 17, 18. Stewart
  7. Model Railways July 1978 has a 2 page article, with drawings, on Mersey Rly 2-6-2T built by Kitson 1892. Not sure if that is the one? Edit typo for date
  8. When Stonea was closed for the repair, a separate crash bar was mentioned (in our local rag maybe?). It was stated that it couldn't be provided as it had to be part of the bridge structure to be safer. I think the comment came from NR. Stewart.
  9. I decided when I popped into the garage today, to check my 60501 over more cloely. Earlier in the week I had brought it indoors out of the cold, to fit the accessory pack, but at that time I didn't get round to changing its id to 60502 so it went back to the garage. Now, what have I found with the build? When I got it, I unpacked it (carefully). Nothing adrift. When placed on the track, with about a 6' clear run through points, slips and crossovers, I found no issues. A quick test only, it was bitterly cold in there. Earlier this week when I brought it in, I fitted the extra bit
  10. I scanned all mine - must have been over 6000 - myself. I bought a used scanner (Epson V370 Photo) from ebay, to replace the earlier Epson Photo I had but had faults. The new one included a plastic insert to hold 4 slides at once (as indeed the old one did too). Epson software has a useful interface that can be "tuned" to my requirements, I always use the "proffesional" mode rather that the simpler ones. Most of my slides were 35mm but I had a lot of square 126 slides. Thesefit the plastic frame, and can be resized in the preview mode before scanning. After saved to the hard drive, they can ea
  11. That's a novel way of getting through a low bridge - skid through on its side!
  12. Probably a self employed local boy. Cheap(ish) small transporter - could even be one of the local scrappies. Stewart
  13. Stonea bridge re-opened at last after the major rebuild from the last strike! But, wait.........Stonea.pdf From our local weekly rag (Fenland Citizen).
  14. 71000 had brass numerals on its cabside for a while in preservation, Nicely done but I always thought it loked wrong. LU have had poppies on there cab fronts over a number of years for November memories. Stewart
  15. Do we know when 60502 gained a lipped chimney? I wish to change my 60501 to 60502 in late life, and Hornby have it as a stovepipe. Stewart
  16. Now this is just a theory of mine, and I have no need to pursue it, but I wonder if the poor fitting cab is a paint issue. If the mouldings are the correct size (firebox/cab/footplate) and will assemble ok without paint, then when they receive paint things tighten up. This could then give issues with assembly as parts won't "click" properly into place. I've seen this many times with the smaller detail parts such as buffer beam pipes. I admit to having a little chuckle (sorry) at the number of posts on here from those who can't get the pipes into the holes. Use of a small drill to enlarge
  17. I'm sure those A4-clones came from the Festival of Britain site in Battersea Park? Stewart
  18. My Austin A30 was fitted ( by me with front and rear fogs, HRW,had a factory fitted heater with a fan,and I also fitted an ammeter and battery voltmeter. My 15 mile journey to work on a foggy cold morning rarely saw the ammeter go +ve - a slow crawl in the fog with everything on! At traffic lights I wound turn the lights down to sides only (actually as stated in the highway code etc at the time, which cut the discharge. I had fitted a battery with 3x the standard capacity, and if the weather persisted I couldn't get 3 days out of it, so it was on charge overnight. How we take our modern cars f
  19. I believe that loco (or the remains of it) still exist somewhere? Stewart
  20. It would need more coal capacity surely?
  21. Blackpool Zoo, Lytham St.Annes. Stewart.
  22. Weston super Mare, & Southport again. Stewart
  23. I've got a few to throw in here, many of them long departed, or the locos moved elsewhere. I'm not sure which order these will come in, but they include: Wells Harbour Railway Southport Lakeside, Lowestoft Fleetwood More in another post Stewart
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