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  1. 2'4.25" - within 6mm/1/4" of the glyn valley tramway (2'4.5") and snailbeach district railways (2'4"). Given the standard of construction and maintenance on the latter I reckon there would be stretches of line it'd be dead accurate for! Either way, it's more accurate modelling either of those two on 16.5mm than it is using 14mm track for 600mm gauge stuff like the wdlr.
  2. I build (less frequently these days - kids) models, often of narrow gauge locos. In the past decade I have built over 30 locos, but have none of them, as a) people kindly offer me money for them or b) i run out of cash and offer them for sale. To be honest my interest jump about and when a loco is finished it tends to just occupy a shelf until someone offers cash. I have thought of trying to build things in less common scales (1:50 for instance, or 1:55) but if I chose such a scale it'd be much harder to move on stock I was bored with or if I needed to cash in assets. I thought it might be worth sharing that consideration - many of us switch projects and sell off stock to fund the next, but if you choose an unusual scale there is a lot less chance of that.
  3. But do you know of a modeller who was given a trophy by a serving prime minister....
  4. Devon road building From the narrow gauge heaven website. Building new road near burnt oak/edgeware rd, found on twitter.
  5. Folk in New Zealand were reportedly quite shocked at hearing news regarding old england being tyrannised by the Rule of Six, until they saw it written down.
  6. I suspect that in the past 13 years higher loco prices have become normalised/accepted and the minimum viable production run size required is much smaller, plus rtr rolling stock is now available to match it.
  7. Baroness Finlay is somewhat more qualified than many to speak on public health measures though. Going out anywhere has infinitely improved now smoking has gone from public places, and millions will live healthier, longer lives with less pain because of that change. Considering the financial, medical and societal costs of alcohol and drunkenness it's not hard to see why it's consumption should be reduced or discouraged. Many of those costs/consequences could be reduced if people could drink in moderation, but clearly there are large numbers who apparently can't or won't. Things have improved a lot in the last decade or so (a combination of drink driving being no longer acceptable and a rise in the profile of healthier lifestyles), but there is still a pervading culture in the uk that it somehow isn't possible to socialise or enjoy yourself without drinking. Besides, right now we need all the alcohol in the world to make hand sanitiser!
  8. Insert punchline regarding inhospitable, dry, rocky, desolate red wastelands where we've sent several missions in search of intelligence? Or are you suggesting that if we colonise mars then 200 years later some cheating little oiks will return to earth to sandpaper our (cricket) balls?
  9. Absolutely - look at the boiler for a big boy: Long firebox, then a combustion chamber, fairly short boiler barrel proper, then a very long smokebox. Look how constrained the grate/lower firebox is in depth due to the rear coupled wheels - the firebox isn't really much bigger in cross section than the boiler barrel. This is rather more optimally proportioned: (Albeit no smokebox fitted yet). About 2' smaller in diameter (no US loading gauge to play with in Australia), but the two photos very elegantly show how conventional or mallet type articulated loco boilers constrain the firebox, particularly as loco size increases relative to loading gauge. The second boiler is of course from a NSWGR AD60 Beyer Garratt.
  10. I hear a lot of criticism about Dysons, I dont particularly like the man - all mouth about britain, being a british company, whilst offshoring his manufacturing and taxes to the far east, but the vacuum we have is a Dyson, came to us secondhand from a family member and must be at least 15 now if not more (we've had it over 10 years). It is routinely abused to hoover up brick dust, building rubble, plaster, hamster food, plastic balls and polystyrene bits, hair from my haircuts... The filter is rarely cleaned and I usually whack the cycloney bit on the wheels bin to get the crap out, yet the thing still goes. I wont pay the prices Dyson ask for a new one, but its suffered a lot and keeps going.
  11. It seems in many quite high profile cases the point of having a nanny (as understood by the husband) was to do with convenient opportunities for infidelity...
  12. General Steel Castings in granite city, illinois was a joint venture between alco and baldwin, set up to produce cast loco frames with everything on, cylinders, pilots, the lot. It wasn't just Beyer, Peacock, they pretty much made all the cast steel loco frames for the entire world. But the sort of specialisation and investment required to make 90' precision steel castings meant that there probably wasnt enough business for a competitor - hence it being a joint project between alco and baldwin, both vast enterprises with lots of orders and capital to do it. Also, whilst a cast steel loco bed has much better alignment and strength, you probably dont see the benefit of that until locos reach a certain size and power, which was routine in the US, required in some of the colonies, but our loading gauge and antiquated wagons/operating practises meant it wasnt required here.
  13. W Worsdell visited the Pennsy in 1902 shortly before turning out the NER class V atlantics in 1903 (in fact both he and his brother had worked at Altoona for half a dozen years near the start of their careers, so I imagine he had plenty of contacts there), and it is known that he was rather impressed with them and they, plus the Ivatt GN locos, were what led him down the atlantic route. However, the earlier pennsy atlantics were a lot smaller than the E6s One (no. 7002) survives, although rebuilt with piston valves.
  14. I think brennan had calculated how long the gyroscope would keep spinning after power was cut off, cant remember the reference but I want to say that the car would stay upright for 12 hours or something daft. More than long enough to find a couple of props and wedge it in any case.
  15. Late response (I've been scratchbuilding a kitchen) but yes. Some rather talented gentleman in japan.
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