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  1. Is it unusual that Rails have the Class 90 in stock but Hattons are not showing it as yet?
  2. Considering the very short time that some early Class 90s ran without the aero fairings I would have thought that the best method of deletion would be a sharp modelling knife!
  3. Certainly 90005 had these additions and most early photos of the class seem to show them fitted. Some early photos of class members, including 90001 during testing, show that the aerodynamic aids(?) were not fitted at first. https://www.tennentstrains.co.uk/images/detailed/2/32-610.jpg
  4. Well done Cavalex! Would'nt it be great if those who are interested in this development of Class 91/Mk 4s refrained from pointless speculation and uninformed criticism until full details are released? Then perhaps helpful and constructive comments to the manufacturers may be welcome. SWFRS.
  5. "But I'm pretty sure the LMS built at least one corridor tender for a Coronation." There were no corridor tenders built specifically for the Pacifics but the LMS had one as part of the Mobile Test Plant as detailed here:- http://www.traintesting.com/MTU.htm
  6. Never seen that before! As to 87101, it never carried EWS livery, no Class 87 ever did. https://www.hattons.co.uk/175959/Lima_L204809_HR01_Class_87_Electric_87017_Iron_Duke_in_EWS_livery_Pre_owned_repainted_renumbere/StockDetail.aspx
  7. Regarding re-tooling the A1/A3 I think that other than the running plate being straightened the other major problem is the very front of the bogie. Both the A3 (and A4) need a NEM pocket but the worst detraction from the appearance is the guard irons. All locos have a double set but after the early-mid 50s the outer set were removed on all locos presenting a much tidier front end. The splash plates over the axleboxes were removed at the same time. I have modified a loco (60049) to this later arrangement and it looks much better as a result. All the Hornby models of the later BR A3s and A4s have always looked odd to me without this simple modification which could be achieved by the manufacturer very easily with a small tooling adjustment.
  8. For the record only 46257 carried a BR number from new. It was photographed in Crewe Works before entering service as M6257 but this had been changed when it entered service.
  9. A fairly easy new model to produce would be P2 2002 Earl Marischal, most of the tooling is the same as 2001. The differences are that 2002 was fitted with an extra set of smoke deflectors, Walschaerts valve gear and several smaller detail differences and by all accounts was a better loco than 2001.
  10. The air-blast circuit breaker is enclosed within the dome-ended fitting in the centre of the roof with the horizontal insulator. Compressed air is piped to it from within the locomotive. The two cranked bars are manually operated safety earthing straps for the supply bus-bar from the pantograph and the output bus-bar from the air-blast breaker to the transformer inside the body. Hope this helps. SWFRS
  11. Good photo of 87101's roof detail here: https://railphotoprints.uk/p118298982/hB3C14CE#hb3c14ce and here! http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/60204-class-87-roof-photos-wanted/
  12. Quote; " It reminded me of the guy on a new car thread who would never, ever consider buying a Skoda because they had one of those accelerator pedals that was hinged at the bottom, not on a stalk from the top. And that was the deal-breaker for him - his red line, beyond which he Would Not Go. There's nowt so queer as folk. And I include me in that sweeping generalisation. Though am willing to change my mind if appropriate evidence is presented..." Well we'll all be able to buy a Skoda next year when Bachmann bring out the Class 90!
  13. Just a small point but any A3s running after about 1953-4 had only the smaller set of front guard irons on the front bogie and no axlebox protector plates. This can be remedied very easily by undoing the screw above the guard-iron plate and removing it. I have also cut about 3mm off the front of the bogie casting to just ahead of the small remaining guard-irons, smoothed and painted the front of the bogie which then gives a more prototypical appearance. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/302726406194752799/
  14. sirwilliamfrs

    The Engine Shed

    Could the "ear to the ground" clue refer to something under the ground? Like the LT Underground or the Channel Tunnel Velaro?
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