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  1. Mine (SR brown) arrived today. The body, detailing and decoration are excellent and better than I could achieve from a kit. A previous post said the wheels were by Gibson - one of mine has a trace of flash, which I must remove before it enters traffic. My other slight criticism would relate to the slimline tension-lock couplers supplied for fitting if appropriate. Both the mounting blocks and hooks are very loose such that the latter hang low enough to foul uncoupling ramps. I hope Rails can be persuaded to produce more models by this method to give prototypes unlikely to justify the cost of mould tools.
  2. The earlier comment about the alleged unpopularity of GW brake vans off their home system prompts the question as to what extent did goods brake vans venture off their "home" system in the days before nationalisation/common user arrangement. I would think that on short journeys such as cross-London transfer freights, they would work through. Would this also be the case on long-distance freights or would they have been changed, perhaps at the same time as loco changes? Were visiting brake vans ever "borrowed" in the same way as ordinary goods wagons? Just looking for an excuse for SR and LMS brake vans on an ECML based layout!
  3. To paraphrase Churchill, who is Sighting and why does he object?
  4. If you ever give up the building/carpentry business, you might find a good market for locos like these.
  5. There used to be a Dartmouth training cruiser (HMS Devonshire at one time) for the provision of sea training to BRNC students. Later the role was undertaken by a light fleet carrier and subsequently by a frigate squadron. Budget cuts resulted in the abolition of a separate training facility, other than small craft, with longer voyages undertaken within the Fleet. Additionally, there has often been a "guardship" in attendance during regatta week, often a frigate. So there would be some scope for a warship in the scenic background (more in the build-up to D day). Additionally, the existence of a railway on the Dartmouth side of the river could have supported growth in the local boatyards. A number of minesweepers and, I believe, a couple of corvettes were built on the Dart. Did this interesting layout scheme see the light of day?
  6. Hopefully saved by AGR.... Mrs 2750 is away at the moment so I thought I'd catch up with a couple of model building projects, working on the dining room table. I was too lazy to find sprue cutters to open a new bottle of Roket cyano so tried to open it with knife on cutting mat. Disaster! Cyano everywhere. Fortunately, the table itself has a thick protector on it but the tablecloth received several large blobs, despite the quick use of a damp J cloth. A quick web search revealed Glue Buster and I placed an order with AGR yesterday afternoon, which arrived this morning. It has certainly softened and removed much of the dried cyano and the tablecloth is now on the stain removal programme in the washing machine. So hopefully my bacon has been saved by the (usual) quick postal delivery from AGR......
  7. Wasn't "hewer" a name also given to the lookout stationed on a cliff (eg the top of Burgh Island) to watch for shoals of pilchard?
  8. Wonderfully atmospheric and nostalgic as I grew up in Norf London near the ECML at this time - if I didn't see the trains in the this film I may well have heard them! I learned to drive on a Bedford similar to that being loaded on the car carrier, 3 speed column change and bench seat. Also a valuable historical record of long-gone activity such as capstan shunting and the use of wagon turntables. Are these films available in DVD format? Nice to hear "proper" music as opposed to musac in the background. I saved a 78 of this piece played on the Albert Hall organ when we cleared my Dad's house.
  9. "Dear Lord, deliver me". A long time since I heard that song!
  10. The phrase used to be "Queen Anne front, Mary Ann back".
  11. Mum used to very carefully cut it in half and share it between Dad and I!
  12. Is it true that Little Barford power station shut down yesterday when Chris P plugged in his soldering iron?
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