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    Model railways in P4, prototype interests the railways in Telford. Author of 12 books on railways on ex LMS l and BR standards. Motor cycles, particularly Hinckley Triumphs. Military history, particularly the Napoleonic wars. All books by Bernard Cornwall.

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  1. Re building Jidenco wagon kits, yes some can be built into a decent model, but the first hurdle to cross is that as supplied for vans and CCTs the sides are full length and the ends full width so the don’t fold up into a box! The solution is to break off the ends, trim, clean up and then solder to the folded up sides. The etches were drawn out by a person who had no concept of assembly. The under frames and castings can usually be consigned to the bin. David
  2. Re the wondering of the Grange into deepest Yorkshire, the change over point for the inter regional workings going north was in fact Nottingham and there are lots of photos of ex GW locos at Nottingham using the turntable at the station. I have a photo of the Grange sitting at Huddersfield shed and apparently the shed master was doing his best to keep photographers away. The loco when it arrived at Crewe went down the line to Wellington and then on to Oxley. David
  3. Tony talks about the Claytons being unreliable and catching fire, unfortunately only one of those was true. Yes they were unreliable but they did not catch fire ( that was the North British Type 2s). The problem with the Claytons was that they were proposed by Claytons with the Rolls Royce V8 engines ( Claytons were owned by Rolls Royce) but the BR board insisted on a different engine ( from Paxman) which had never been used ( except for a single 2 car unit that never entered revenue service) in rail service. The result was failure after failure. I have an official Clayton document which shows
  4. I painted my 4mm industrial; Garratt last week using a tin of Cherrys Furness Red which I have had for 10 years, last used 6 years ago to paint a friends loco. The result, still tacky after 5 days indoors and lots of tiny bits (despite using an electric "whizzy" for 10 minutes). I should no better as Ian Rathbone told me this many years ago. So it will have to be stripped and a fresh tin of paint bought.
  5. In the absence of any feedback I went with the Furness Red, looks the right colour. However I have fallen foul of using a tin of paint that is some years old which has created 2 problems, one the paint is still tacky after 5 days (indoors in the warmth) and secondly it has lots of tiny bits in it. So will have to strip and repaint. David
  6. I think that there is another difference that the model of Hardwick has over the LNWR condition. The preserved Hardwick has 4 washout plugs on the firebox so if the model is to be backdated then these will need filling in. David
  7. I have a finished 4mm kit for one of the industrial Garretts ( Sneyd No 3) which is currently in primer. The question is what colour would be a good match. The only colour photo I have seen shows a deep red, but should I go for a Furness red or a Midland Railway red? It is not clear from any of the photos I have if there was any lining either. David
  8. I lived in what is now Telford from 1961 and have been researching the area ever since. Have you had a look at the following books?
  9. A change of topic for the collective. Paul Marshall Potter recently reported that one of his Hornby Re built Patriots has suddenly developed the dreaded “Mazak Rot” in the chassis. Now Mazak rot is nothing new and I believe it is caused by impurities in the metal, but I had thought that more recent models would not suffer from it. My real concern is that many of the recent RTR models not only make use of Mazak for the chassis but things like foot plates, boilers and other parts ( the Hornby Peckett is almost all Mazak castings). The Hornby re built Scots and Patriots are of course not co
  10. Referring to the thread about getting models made by professionals, I employ a different approach, that of collaborative modelling. I enjoy building and painting but the chassis I build are a bit hit and miss as far as good running. I do however like painting and weathering, so I now have loco chassis built by my friend Tony Sheffield and I paint and weather his wagons as well as painting and weathering his locos. I also do the same with that supreme modeller Dave Holt, I paint, line out and weather his locos and he does some superb detailing (Injector pipework etc ) on my locos. Attached a ph
  11. The ex LNWR brake van was destroyed by fire, I understand this was deliberate by the site owners! David
  12. Dismantled mine today and noticed that Bachmann have now had another change to axle sizes ( as a precursor to investigate possible P4 conversion) my micrometer gave me a size of 3.20mm which is as close to 1/8” as near dam it! The chassis also has individual axleboxes on all axles, but no springing and no movement up or down. Any one else had a fiddle with the chassis? David
  13. An interesting thought about the contractor built locos, how did they get to Swindon ( what route and were delivered singly or in numbers). So as conjecture, did the Bagnall locos run to Wellington on the ex LNWR from Stafford to Wellington and then down the ex GWR main line to Wolverhampton, Birmingham and onwards to Swindon. So how did the locos built in Newcastle and Yorkshire get to Swindon? David
  14. In the early 1960s there were regular Banana trains from Barry in South Wales and Shrewsbury allocated Jubilees were used on a regular basis. I think the trains went to Crewe and beyond. David
  15. Anyone had a look at the wheels/axle/gear wheel as a precursor to converting to P4? Given the wheels are the same as the 57xx and Ultrascale do a conversion set, will the Ultrascale set fit? David
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