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  1. I have long felt that the P1s were underrated and perhaps ahead of their time in anticipating the sort of power and performance of the 9Fs. The availability of a proprietary P1 would help increase knowledge of SNG's lesser-known locos - but my own model would no longer be something unusual!
  2. For street level station buildings, you also look at Crouch End, Cranley Gardens and Muswell Hill. Disused Stations website may be useful.
  3. You are, of course, totally right that second home owners can't have the same rights as residents. For example, you are entitled to vote in national and local elections in the area where you pay your council tax. I am not, as my entitlement lies elsewhere. You can, if you wish, suggest to your MP that his constituency's interests would be best served by a ban on travel from elsewhere in the UK. Longer term, you can try to influence the SW tourist industry and economy by persuading your councillors to change their policies in areas such as planning (as done in St Ives) and in t
  4. Chas, your levels of both modelling and research put many of us older modellers to shame. Thank you, and keep it up! There's hope for this hobby yet.
  5. I'm sorry, but I still think there are practical things which could be done by residents of the SW (where I am a council tax payer) to safeguard the health of both residents and of vulnerable visitors such as myself. I don't believe holding up four letter words on motorway bridges falls within that description.
  6. The simple answer would be to stop selling alcohol in the affected areas, making them safe and clean for both locals and visitors. Or would the financial impact be too great on the local economies?
  7. I'd agree with the O2 for freight, but for passenger I'd go for the original A1, progenitor of the A3, A4 and V2. For the noxious weed, I'd like to play a trump card......
  8. As a child, I knew ragwort as "Stinking Willie", which I now believe was a reference to William of Orange. It was always covered in the caterpillars of the cinnabar moth, distinctive for their yellow and black stripes. It still grows on the local common. For some years, the owners of the ponies grazing there used to diligently remove it, but it doesn't seem to affect the two ponies currently grazing there, who ignore it. Do some horses have an awareness of its toxicity not shared by all?
  9. That made me feel 50+ years younger - good start to a Monday morning!
  10. Klondike and K2, for reasons stated above.
  11. It's 56 years since I was in the apprentice training school, but I think it depends somewhat as to whether you are tapping a through or blind hole. If through, a single "first" tap will do the job, as the top will be to the full diameter, though you may have to go the full length of the tap. A second tap has a more pronounced taper, so you get to a full diameter quicker - useful for a blind hole. A plug tap has minimal taper and takes the thread at full diameter to the bottom of a blind hole. Whichever tap you are using, use plenty of lubricant and "back off" (turn anticlockwise) at interv
  12. I suspect that, at the time Edgware would have been built, the cost of land would have been low enough to enable the GN to use simple trackwork wherever possible. However, the double slip does not look out of place in your mock-up. I use one at the entrance to my goods yard and it does provide contrast (a different dimension or "feel") to simpler trackwork. My vote would be to use it - good luck with the wiring!
  13. Like the view. Picky, picky, but would the top surfaces of the checkrails be the same "brightness" as the running rails?
  14. She looks super, as do the coaches, and runs just as well. Lets hope we can see them running on Grantham soon!
  15. In 1964, my first girl friend lived in a house overlooking FP depot, so I have several reasons for choosing the Searchers' Deltic, Needles 'n Pinza.
  16. That has to be the most interesting scenic treatment I've seen of the Minories concept.
  17. I believe Colin replied to my post, which appears to have been deleted. Let's just say there are two sides to every story.
  18. Tender loco choice as per my web handle. Tank loco choice is A5.
  19. I've previously mentioned the GC Immingham and been reminded that the 4-6-0 equivalent to a Jersey Lily is the original B1, both of which are high on the list but I have to vote for my all-time second favourite loco, a B17 with group standard tender. Biggleswade? Not many people know that one......
  20. When the vote gets to "other", this wins my nomination!
  21. The N2 was present for inspection at the Cross for the unveiling of SNG's statue and I got to "cab" her. I had a feeling she was cosier and more "friendly" feeling than many larger locos. As a boy, I saw (and heard!) many N1s and N2s and wanted to be an engine driver, so I found myself imagining driving her along the stretch from Stroud Green to Crouch End, maybe whistling so my Mum could hear. So although there are other worthy contenders, it has to be the N2 for me.
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