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  1. I believe it shuttled back and forth on the main line out of Paddington (not sure how far out), and all stations in between. There were only two - streamlined and unstreamlined.
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    New Hornby Rocket

    I was just pointing out the fact that the tracks were much closer together on the L&M then than modern tracks.
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    New Hornby Rocket

    Except the distance between the tracks on the L&M wasn't even six feet - had it been, when the door he was hanging on to got opened to allow him to get on, Rocket may not have actually hit it, knocking him off it onto the track.
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    New Hornby Rocket

    Otherwise known as foot steps...
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    New Hornby Rocket

    Searching images, it seems to be that the 1979 replica at first had the trailing wheels from the LNWR replica, but on it's later rebuild it had new trailing wheels as represented on the 1929 replicas and the new Hornby model. The real Rocket's trailing wheels are different again (but then, how much of it is 'original'?)
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    New Hornby Rocket

    Interestingly, the trailing wheels on the 1979 replica have less spokes than the 1929 replicas, and their design is completely different. The new Rocket looks like the 1929 replicas in that respect.
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    New Hornby Rocket

    No, I don't think that's the case. It's the display 'Triang Hornby' set that's shown that has got the coaches in it from the 'standard' set. The 'Triang Hornby' box clearly states that the coaches in it are 'Times', 'Despatch' and 'Experience'.
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    New Hornby Rocket

    As has been said elsewhere, this Triang Hornby set had the wrong coaches in it - the names on the actual coaches don't match what's printed on the box.
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    New Hornby Rocket

    Did you lubricate your Rocket's axles, seeing how it hasn't been used for a long while? It's possibly dried up lube that's causing the stiff axle. Did you also check how free running the tender and coaches were? I have read that the proximity of the motor's magnet can cause the rear wheel to drag. Maybe a very thin plasticard washer behind each wheel may help, if there's clearance.
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    New Hornby Rocket

    Seems they were turned on turntables, though this is, I believe, an engine shed.
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    New Hornby Rocket

    On closer inspection of various shots in both 'Our Hospitality' and 'The Iron Mule', it looks like there is a belt drive to the loco's trailing wheels, so the lever may possibly be a clutch lever of sorts, and as the train appears to have almost a fixed speed once moving, it suggests there is a hidden engine in the 'boiler' or 'firebox' running at a fixed speed.
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    New Hornby Rocket

    I wouldn't go as far as say it was a 'working' replica, in that it clearly wasn't a proper working 'steam locomotive', despite 'steam' and smoke issuing from appropriate places. There doesn't appear to be any valve mechanisms, which can clearly be seen on the genuinely working Rocket replicas. Quite what actually moved Buster Keaton's Rocket along is not obvious though.
  13. I think that may be the case. From what I can remember, the Telex network had separate exchanges from the pstn exchanges (but they tended to be within the same buildings), and used the same cable network to customer premises. Telex exchanges were only found in larger cities, and in those cities with multiple exchanges in the surrounding suburbs usually only the one telex exchange in a centrally-located exchange building. I used to wire up Telex circuits occasionally in exchanges in Bristol, but it was just copper wires coming from the Bristol Telex exchange, and all I had to do was connect it to the local network. The Telex numbers meant nothing to me as I didn't get involved with the Telex switching network (I mostly worked on the pstn network).
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    New Hornby Rocket

    But as I said previously, the 2020 catalogue states that R3809 had coaches named 'Times', 'Despatch' and 'Experience', as per the original Tri-ang set.
  15. I'v noticed that the rails at Latteridge level crossing have clearly been in use for a few months. While it was cleared of vegetation, probably over a year ago now, I've yet to see any wagons in the headshunt leading up to the A38. I live only half a mile away, but it seems the departures are in the early hours, and as I used to regularly see the trains in the daytime when the line was previously open, I'll stay in bed...
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