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  1. 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...
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Late response (I've been scratchbuilding a kitchen) but yes. Some rather talented gentleman in japan.
  6. That's a bit over familiar, dearie.
  7. Im often tempted to try a brennan monorail in 7mm. I know it's been done in 1:22, I rather suspect the physics gets quite a lot harder as you go down scales. I'm pretty sure I've seen models of both lartigue systems in o scale, and I think don boreham built one (probably 16mm).
  8. Er, surely if WW1/grouping/depresssion/1926 general strike hadnt intervened the ECML would've been electrified at 1.5kVDC. https://www.lner.info/locos/Electric/ee1.php
  9. Civitaveccchia: Leopold and Robert (next to the building). Apologies - I was staying up on a hamster recapturing stakeout last night (it managed to escape, chew through the edge of an old floorboard and drop into the space below the floor for 2 days, but I managed to get the beast back at 2am) so had plenty of time to do some googling!
  10. This photo at Aberdeen Proving Grounds: Shows 3 guns, which are identified as: 919219 Ausf C, 28cm "Leopold" 919214 Ausf C, 31cm Glatt 919396 Ausf D, 28cm Not Robert - which doesnt seem to have got to Aberdeen. https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=205906 Apparently the other 2 were scrapped at APG so only leopold survives.
  11. Plot thickens - I found some interesting stuff last night - From this thread: https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=70939&start=105 "sure looks like the rail car on the left is part of the Pennsylvania Railroad? That would place an K5 (E) Ausf. D in the USA, right? O'Rourke (Anzio Annie does say that in February 1946, 2 more K5 (E) guns arrived in the U.S., having been found in the Hillersheben and Leipzig rail yards - one smooth bore barrel and one standard, the standard having never been fired." So there were possibly 4 guns that made it to the US. Reference is also made to the allies capturing several others intact in italy near trieste - one going to Yugoslavia in 1946. One may have been captured in the Netherlands too. Seems there were quite a lot of them floating about at the end of the war. Makes sense - they're great big things so wouldnt be that easy to destroy completely (one report says the crews of Leopold and robert only set charges on the breech blocks and elevator mechanisms, but an air raid shortly afterwards knocked one over).
  12. Is the photo definitely in NJ? I see lots of references to them both being taken back to the US, and Leopold being fixed up with some parts from Robert. However every source I find then tells us that this gun is the one now at fort Lee, and then as an afterthought says theres also one at batterie todt. The most detailed site is this one: http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol133lw.html Which suggests that only one gun was taken back to the US, and the one left behind in Europe being that now in france.
  13. There was a proposal to build standard gauge from the NB line at arrochar over the rest and be thankful to a pier near ardkinglas. There were later narrow gauge proposals (2'6" and 3') to build from arrochar - inverary - campbeltown or dalmally - inverary - campbeltown. Either of which would've been spectacularly uneconomic! It does of course make it quite plausible as a might have been. I believe many of the schemes were defeated by opposition from inverary castle - a change of heart from those quarters might have made it happen. I've toyed with modelling something along the narrow gauge proposals a few times.
  14. It's far too fat in the boiler for a Y7 and looks quite front heavy (the skirt behind the smokebox possibly exacerbates that). It does however have a plausibly north eastern ish character to it, so to speak.
  15. I used a motor like that in my 3d printed Y7 (and that's with 3d printed frames). You might need to make new frames if it wont fit. The back end of it will likely reach into the cab though.
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