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  1. Mine is a concrete sectional garage, door sealed up and a false wall behind, walls panelled with celotex then OSB on top of that rather rhan plasterboard (less easy to damage). The floor is 50mm insulation over a waterproof membrane over the concrete floor with flooring chipboard then floatex carpet on top. It could be converted back to a garage by dismantling the false wall, it was designed to come out relatively easily (the layout wasn't though !). Spiders are taken care of by a twice yearly dousing with Insectol. I found a slug in there yesterday but I think that has more to do with Mrs Whe
  2. Thanks, that could explain a lot, and not just recently. I think a lot of us who aren't traders sometimes fail to recognize or appreciate just how fragile some of the infrastructure which supports our hobby actually is, how much of it relies on good will or exists only by chance, and how much of it has absolutely no contingency plan (because, in the wider scheme, it doesn't need one, they aren't producing flu vaccines).
  3. There are two black and white photos in HJC Cornwell's magnum opus, both have much darker bases to the firebox. 812 as built in 1899 (but not in works grey by the look of it) and 820 at a later unspecified date. Likewise 'Caledonian Cavalcade' has a photo of "a war weary 827" in 1918 with the darker base, although in that case it could just be muck. I admit that when I saw the painted samples I assumed the firebox bottom was part of the footplate casting and had just been left unpainted (the boiler bottom is the same on one of them), I was surprised that it is in fact correct !
  4. Princess Victoria (1947-53) was deisel. Hampton ferry (53-61?) and Caledonian Princess (61 on) were both steam turbines but fuelled by what I don't know. The evidence (from a railway modelling point of view) is Class B 14t tanks left in the bay platform but whether they contained deisel or bunker oil is a good question. I was using 'bunkering' in its wider sense of 'fuelling a ship' be that with coal, oil or deisel, rather than specifially with bunker oil. I've not come across any reference to a stationary boiler at Stranraer, either static or loco. Having said that, I haven't look
  5. Empty carriage at the back too, don't often see that modelled. Given the 16t minerals in front of them, both it and the fish van must be loose coupled.
  6. There are (or at least were) some on some of the user worked crossings on the Settle - Carlisle. If you picture the ramp made by the approaches to an accommodation (field to field) crossing where the railway is on a low embankment, they were in the fields marking the bottom of the smaller embankment forming the ramp. Cast iron with MR cast into them, one at each corner. The other location I know they were used was to mark the railway company's land in private sidings. The gate was not necessarily the ownership boundary.
  7. Not RMweb specific (it's not half as annoying as most non-BBC 'news' sites) - I don't mind banner ads or side bar ads, but what is it with all the ear wax adverts all over the place ? Eeeuch ! The internet is snided with them at the moment. My wife is getting them too and her browsing habits are definately not similar to mine.
  8. The basic process was: 1. Out of the ground (run of mine) 2. Washed 3. Screened (sorted for size) 4. To customer, either directly from screens in BR wagons or to landsale in NCB wagons. If all those were on the same site, close to each other and connected via conveyors or tubs, then the main use for internal users was between screens and landsale. But washers especially became increasingly centralised with run of mine coal being tripped in from several shafts. Look at Weymss, Waterside or Lambton Hetton & Joicey for examples. Increasingl
  9. Thank you :-) I confess I keep forgetting about the Glasgow line, my research has mostly been concerned with what was likely to go through Newton Stewart ! Yes, lots and lots of NPCCS of all shapes and sizes, I wouldn't be surprised at fruit vans but they aren't easy to spot in the background of photos mixed in with ordinary 12 ton vans and of course there is no way of telling whether they are in fruit traffic or general merchandise unless they are in multiples. I'd forgotten about the tractors, later on in the 60s there are photos of the morning Stranraer-Glasgow goods being doubl
  10. I think the tankers were Esso but don't quote me on that just yet, I'll have a proper look later. The 14 tons or thereabouts black (Class B) should be ok, I've not found any of the larger 35 ton tankers in pics. By 1959 the modernisation plan was in full swing with BR fitting 10'0" wb vans and opens with vacuum brakes so fewer grey and more bauxite as your period gets closer to 1964. Not common on the harbour though, mostly vans and parcels stock on there. I've not found a lot of information out about what sort of traffic was actually handled at the harbour in that pe
  11. Probably not so many 16 tonners on the harbour mind (!), just the odd tank of bunkering oil for the ferry (often left in the bay platform). Parkside don't do tanks though.
  12. Not a lot of evidence of fish traffic from Stranraer ( but I have half a dozen vans anyway !) but plenty of 12 ton fitted vans and 5 plank opens, (all varieties) and 16 ton minerals. Also Conflats with A and B containers. You could ideally do with BM containers ( fresh meat) but Parkside don't do that one. Osborne Models do it in laser cut MDF but they're pricey.
  13. Having read the letter and gone back and re-read what Tim actually wrote to raise such ire, I suspect Paul has published it to demonstrate the sort of completely-missing-the-point nonsense he receives from time to time. People build boring layouts, generic layouts based on other layouts and ignore prototype practice, I don't see why that shouldn't be cited when explaining why the MRC decided to build something as gloriously mad as CF. I wonder if he thinks Pendon looks too twee and the Madder Valley a bit too scruffy as well ?
  14. Have a read of Adrian Vaughn's "Signalman's Morning/Twilight/Nightmare" trilogy, the firdt two descibe the day to day workings along the Vale of the White Horse in some detail including regulating on four track stretches.
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