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  1. I hope the St Johns team were on hand to revive the poor woman after that incident?

    Rob, Argyle were sh1te so no beer next season sadly.

    OK. Prototype fact........ Spams, and unrebuilt ones in particular, sounded like old fashioned bog cisterns refilling when they were standing and with the Injectors running.

    If a DCC Sound Chip for a 'Spam' does not replicate that then it is carp.



    Sounds fishy.....

  2. Toilets out of order seems to be becoming more common on VTEC trains - the worst example I've come across being on a Saturday morning a month ago on the 0757 York-King's Cross (0655 from Newcastle) which had three out of order between my coach and the adjoining ones!  Whilst I know there are all sort of things that can cause this, even within a short space of time, and I wasn't privy to the actual reasons, this is disappointing given that this was presumably the set's first journey of the day after coming into service from Heaton depot, and was about an hour into it's run.


    I like the thought of a train with a privy.......

  3. The fallout from the GST and some of the personalities at the top of seem to be affecting another society too.


    I'd also wonder about non renewals.  As a Mem Sec it can be a hard job keeping members each year,  when that form drops through the door it's not always a high priority to fill it out and return it,  I work hard to keep the existing members we have and as a result we have a low loss rate.

    Mind you the GST aren't exactly keen for the existing members to know who the other members are anyway so whether you'd ever find out the true membership numbers..... 


    19 new members


    2 obituaries (sic)


    5 resignations (2 ill health)


    36 memberships lapsed

  4. Thanks Bill,


    There is a splendid picture of a J6 on a breakdown train at Wood Green on Page 32 of Eastern Steam in Colour by Hugh Ballantyne, Jane's, 1986. The first vehicle is of great antiquity and painted black. What its origins are, I have no idea but it's so wobbly that to build such a distorted piece of arcane rolling stock from one of your kits would be very difficulty - they're far too straight and correct! The other support coach is in scarlet livery. The date is the 13th of September,1958.In the same book, on Page 13 is a shot of a K2 on Boston shed in front of another breakdown train. The first vehicle in it looks exactly like the Brake Third you sent me. The other vehicles are the crane, a match truck, a six-wheeler and another Fox-bogied GNR carriage.All are painted black, with the exception of the match truck (which is faded red). Interestingly, the duckets on the brake and its roof are painted brown. The lettering on the vehicles is confined to the LH-end, and is white. Does anyone know what it might say? The picture was taken on the 24th of April, 1958.


    In some ways it's a sin to paint such lovely vehicles faded black, but I'd like to use them on LB, and that's how they must be.


    I've investigated further how to make them, and my most sincere compliments. I've seen very few kits so well-designed.     


    Hi Tony,


    Given your knowledge of the limited nature of infrastructure changes in the 40's and 50's, have you ever been tempted towards an alternate pre-war set of stock for LB? 


    That would enable you to model the products of Messrs Ivatt and Howlden in non-black liveries.  The only Thompson rebuilds would be B12s and D16s, which somehow look very Gresleyish and you could build one of Danny Pinnock's dynanometer car kits and recreate a famous event which took place the other side of the garden fence.......

  5. They are a bit smaller I think. Now you've got me thinking. " I hate meeces to pieces"  Which cartoon character from my childhood said that? Was it Top Cat? This is not off topic, by the way, as it is contemporaneous with PN.


    Mr Jinks speaking of Pixie and Dixie. The other two cartoons in a programme of three were Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear.

  6. Great photo Rob........but what is that sports car..?




    Don't know - front end looks like a Sprite but the back looks too long. 


    I can help with the vehicle on the left - a Bedford Utilabrake (12 seater).  I learned to drive and took my test in my Dad's one.  Had to reverse around a corner on the driver's side and got away with opening the sliding door and pushing it back so I could see the curb all the way round! 


    It had a front bench seat and curtains all round - very useful when taking a young lady for a drive.....

  7. See: http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=38266&view=findpost&p=456490


      "Yes, when we finish we will of course provide details to the track planning people - but that has to wait until we approve final tooling in case of tiny adjustments."


    Generally Richard Johnson posts more frequently on that forum than RMweb.




    Beware - when I clicked on this link, my virus checker detected an attack!

  8. *** Have fun with the discussion guys.... but please don't try to make an analysis of the meaning of life from a couple of press "holiday snaps".


    (1) The samples you saw used T1 tooling for the base of the turnout (Yes, we have actually cut metal / have some initial trial plastic for the B7 turnouit bases) and were put together in a few days by hand for the meeting. They most certainlywere not perfect but were "Much more perfect" than any RTR turnout using bullhead rail that has ever existed so far.


    We were quite clear about that in the meeting that saw them presented but this sort of thing never hits the press properly.


    (2) The final turnouts will be done to prototype drawings ONLY.


    ALL major details like check rails will match those drawings. You wil be free to criticise as I know some will, but the simple fact is that they WILL be pretty well right. It just may not be to your preference. We accept that.


    (3) They will be created with the minimum compromise required for smooth running of out-of-the-box RTR with minimum adjustment.


    This will require some tweaks unique to hobby use but we cannot help that. We think that looking right matters a LOT and that looking right + running quality = happy customers = trumps one-upmanship every time. 




    Please just let us get on with it for the good of the 4mm scale-OO part of the hobby and the average modeller that just wants something that much nicer to run their trains on.


    We have enough to do without the distractions :-) :-)


    Kind regards





    Very pleased to see this initiative and note that it is aimed at "the average modeller".  Didn't somebody else once headline that?

  9. I have every sympathy with those who have been involved in clearing up after accidents and recognise the need for increased awareness and restrictions upon access.  However, these also should also be applied with common sense or they bring the regime into disrepute. 


    At Kings Cross last week, when the N2 and coach were parked on platform 8 allowing unaccompanied access, KX staff in orange jackets were instructing viewers and photographers between the loco and the stop block to stand behind the yellow line on the platform.  We were all too polite to ask why.

  10. Does this thread not make assumptions regarding that the number of people interested in model railwayana, and able to afford it, continues at the same level?  In view of concerns about the age profile of our hobby, I wonder if models will not follow books in terms of a declining  market and value.

  11. Would the Brassmasters universal 6 wheel underframe do the job?




    Obviously, there is still the question of axleboxes and footboards etc, but it's a start






    I looked at this also but am a little daunted by the apparent complexity and soldering required (I have been "a beginner" for the last 60 years!). 


    I have built two of the Diagram 3D bogie coaches, figuring that if I could build cardboard building kits, I could build the coach bodies.  One runs on Gresley bogies, whilst the other runs on MJT compensated bogies with 8' Fox cosmetic overlays - minimal soldering required and successfully accomplished.  I also used cut-down MJT trussing (but would make my own in future), with brass rod for gas cylinders and interiors, teaking (and toilet windows) as per the Mike Trice thread.  I found building these to be enjoyable and useful for developing both skills and experience.  I would like to try the 6 wheelers but am undecided as to the best way of tackling the underframes.  These Howlden coaches are narrow, which may limit sideplay. 


    By coincidence, the Mousa Models brake 3rd kit was delivered today and looks good.  This will be my first resin kit and I had read of potential proplems with blow holes etc in this medium requiring filling and fettling but the mouldings are crisp and sharp, and free of such problems.  Most impressed by the way the body, roof and underframe clip together.


    These are complete kits (less wheels) and will probably prove simpler and quicker to build than 3D but are considerably more expensive.  If Bill does release 6 wheelers, I would be seriously tempted - I believe he has previously posted a method of mounting the middle wheels on a 2mm tube free to slide across a 1mm axle.


    So the situation regarding coaches for the GN Atlantic and forthcoming single is improving - no RTR yet but two different simple approaches to build Howlden GN stock.  I still live in hope that Locomotion will commission some 6 wheel bogie ECJS clerestories to go with their locos!

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  12. I am slowly filling it with railway Ephemera, just behind me is the Down (main) home signal from the 1976 resignalling along with various boundary markers and signs. Lady bacon is fine with those but the mention of a railway in the garden was met with "one of those looks". . the 16mm Binnie skip wagons will live to fight another day though..


    Why Fill in the old pond?  well the liner was just about life expired but what we also have is a 30' self set Maple just the other side of the fence which dropped sap and leaves into it and we couldn't keep it stabilised, we slowly drained it and caught all the frogs and newts which have been transferred successfully to the new one along with the plants, Madam is dealing with the bog plants we had and again finding a new location. The ideas she has (but I'll have to do...) should mean the Maple's crud is easier to deal with. We also have another pond nearer the house but is more ornamental. We also open for the NGS so guess who has a deadline....


    Do the NGS open days include the railway room?

  13. There are some options but they all involve kit building. Bill Bedford does resin and brass carriages which would be appropriate, or with some luck and effort you might find some D & S kits. Howlden stock is mainly what you're after, either 6 wheel or bogie.


    There are some other obsolete kits for Howlden designs but they crop up quite rarely.


    There are also the Diagram 3D laser cut body kits, which make up quite nicely but require separate sourcing of underframe, etc.  There was a thead on these last year, started by Mike Trice.

  14. The BTP have seriously mis-judged this issue, IMHO. A few hefty fines, with media coverage, would have stopped a lot of the trespassing. Instead, FS is now seen as a liability on the network - brilliant! Maybe the BTP will pay the NRM to compensate for the lost revenue?


    Of perhaps the BTP will pay to fit a COckWomble-catcher to the front of FS?


    One of the things we developed when I was working was a rapidly-inflatable naval decoy (rubber duck).  We were looking for further applications for the technology but were defeated by a visitor from London Transport who wanted us to develop for tube train use a large airbag covered with some form of human flypaper.....

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  15. Arrived at the Cross about 10.25 yesterday wearing my CrisP duck, which I turned upside down as a sign of distress!  Being early, got to stand next to the barrier so had a good view of proceedings.  Even this close, heard only about half of the first two speeches and none of the Grandson's.  Strange how  guys in prominent positions have no idea of how to address a crowd! The statue itself is excellent and the sculptress spoke well.


    Good also to see the N2 (carrying express headlamps) and the restaurant car, complete with plastic duck in the kitchen.  Enjoyed "cabbing" the N2 with the heat and smell, very evocative.  When I was 5 I wanted to be an engine driver - my only experience to date has been driving and firing no 7 on themid-hants Railway.  I think the N2 would be consdierably easier to fire!


    I did buy and carry a duck call but felt that using it may have spolied the occasion.

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  16. When I was growing up in Hornsey, there was a shop on a corner site on Topsfield Parade which housed a display model railway (closed many years ago and became a launderette - don't know what it is now).  Basically a tail-chaser, I can remember very little about it except that it had an underground station under the main baseboard and whenever I visited, I asked for the train to be run.  It was many years before I learned of the Ever Ready trains and I guess that the display model was one of these.


    Does anyone else remember this railway?

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