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  1. Indeed. I think it will be a useful reference when/if it finally appears.
  2. I wonder if they were done on overhaul around the same time that the 1957 units began to be lined. If I recall correctly, the GEC units were withdrawn without replacement in 1963 and, as yellow panels only appeared around 1962, the time window for the opening photo cannot have been very long. Here is one in the earlier plain green: LMS_EMU_Euston by Robert Carroll, on Flickr
  3. The model of 6224 has a double chimney, which was only fitted to the real thing in 1940, so would not be appropriate for the Coronation Scot. Edit: if you look carefully at the images, they are different as the double chimney reaches as far forward as the seam whereas the single one does not.
  4. The Talbot books note a few replacements when there was a failure en route. There is also one photo of a red streamliner on the train. There are photos of non-streamlined engines on the stock when in use on Saturday trains.
  5. Interesting to see one of these modelled. One ran briefly in The South Yorkshireman and there was also one in the Harwich-Liverpool train (as far west as Sheffield) in the mid to late 1950s. I wonder if Isinglass might be able to do 3D printed sides.
  6. There were a lot more kitchen cars than parlour cars in the 1960 Pullman Car stock built for the East Coast. If I recall correctly there were seven parlour seconds and fifteen kitchen seconds. However, the 1960 cars were built to run with an existing (or converted) brake parlour second at each end of the sets and there would have been 30 seats in each of those.
  7. I didn't comment at the time but £4,500 on eBay did seem a bit optimistic as a starting point, even for an award-winning layout, given no stock was included. However, it's good to know the layout won't be ending up in a skip, like many fine layouts have done. It's probably not a fair comparison to say you could not get it built by a professional for that amount. Look at kit-built engines for example. Second hand prices even for top quality ones are nowhere near what you would have to pay to have one built to order.
  8. As shown in the carriage working, 30 seats in a kitchen second.
  9. Summer 1963 Tees-Tyne Pullman: TTP_1963_Summer by Robert Carroll, on Flickr Would have been 1960 Metro-Cammell cars apart from the brakes.
  10. Occasionally, knocked about carriages appear on eBay or in second hand sales at shows and can be a good source of spares.
  11. I think there are differing standards, with a fine 00 needing a wider back to back than the modern standard. The Double 0 Gauge Association has promulgated some standards. They specify 14.4 mm for intermediate and 14.8 mm for fine. I have a back-to-back gauge for my layout which is 14.5 mm and dates from the 1990s. That seems to work with the 20-year old Peco Code 75 points on my layout, but things might have moved on since then.
  12. For early 1980s, you need the blue/grey ones. IC livery did not appear until the mid-1980s. So R4793 (M1712) and R4793A (listed as M1627 but this number is incorrect for the diagram they are doing and will hopefully be changed). R4794 and R4794A are InterCity 'Executive' livery without regional prefixes to their numbers. R4794A is listed as 1981 but this number is incorrect for the diagram being modelled and will hopefully change. I can't remember exactly which year the livery began to be applied but it was around 1984/5.
  13. I thought Tony's list of exhibition essentials was pretty much spot on. I would add a couple more. Firstly, get the trains right, ie right loco on right stock in right formation. Secondly, if you must use 3-link couplings, see below. I don't exhibit much but am occasionally to be found helping with operation on the P4 layout 'Harton Gill'. It usually works pretty well although uneven floors can be a problem, even with height-adjustable legs and packing. It's largely a shunting layout so there is lots of coupling and uncoupling using 3-link couplings. These can easily drive you mad but the way Graham Broad does them on Harton makes them more bearable than they otherwise would be as the bottom link is steel, so you use a small magnet to couple and uncouple. This is vastly quicker than the little hooks I have seen used on other layouts, which in my view do not stand up to exhibition use as they are too fiddly and by the time coupling has been achieved, the public will have moved on. Although small, Harton has the potential to have three trains moving at once, so there is usually something to keep the public interested. It has two different forms of electrification too. 20180210_163853_m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr 20180211_095102_m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr I didn't build any of it. It's way beyond my standard. I just help move and operate it. Edit: following numerous requests, there is even a shopping trolley in the stream, but I don't have a photo to hand.
  14. Looks to be 28 Cemflos or thereabouts in this train: 92039_nrStevenage by Robert Carroll, on Flickr
  15. Thanks, that's the one. I suspect it was substituting for a missing Pullman kitchen first. I have seen other photos with a full kitchen car performing the role.
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