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  1. The US influence on the early years of the deep tube lines in London led to the widespread use of 'car' there too.
  2. The skinhead 24 is a bit of a surprise given they announced two body styles of 25 several years ago, neither of which has appeared. I'm adequately stocked with the much better, and not much more expensive, SLW ones, apart from pre-TOPS blue with full yellow ends and valances and gangway doors still in place. Neither SLW nor Bachmann has announced that version. The Mark 2f stock in swallow livery is outside my modelling period but the models are excellent. Disappointed at the continuing absence of maroon Thompson stock.
  3. I have one of those and it works very well. 20170416_165837_m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr
  4. The Caledonian began with a porthole brake first and LMS 50' kitchen car. The LMR did have some Mark 1 kitchen cars and there are photos of them in the train but most were not built until the early 1960s, by which time full kitchen cars were on the way out. Mark 1 BFKs appeared in 1959 and replaced the porthole ones in the train.
  5. This might help: https://transportsofdelight.smugmug.com/RAILWAYS/LOCOMOTIVES-OF-BRITISH-RAILWAYS-EASTERN-REGION/TYPE-K-260-LOCOMOTIVES/i-QLWd3XW/A Date is 9/9/56. It was on this tour.
  6. The colour is much better than on a 00 Hornby blue/grey Mark 1.
  7. Black solebars - should be blue on blue/grey livery. Not convinced by the look of the windows - they look a bit shallow or not high enough at the top and the horizontal bar looks too thick. Hard to see whether the curve of the bodyside is correct but on previous Heljan Mark 1s it hasn't been. Looks like a hybrid of a late Mark 1 in some respects and an early one in others, as noted in other comments. In fairness, this is a difficult issue for manufacturers as there were subtle (and not so subtle) changes during the period over which the carriages were built and many earlier ones
  8. I can see room for improvement in several areas.
  9. Oh dear! I shall be interested to read that review, even though it's not my modelling scale.
  10. Some were still there in 2019: https://flic.kr/p/2heVFiB The goods shed had gone by 1976: 1053_Liskeard_1976 by Robert Carroll, on Flickr
  11. Just had a prod at some of my set. I think the main issue is the brake blocks making contact with the wheels, with the pickups being a secondary issue. I have tweaked them on five of the nine carriages including the two kitchen cars and they seem to run a bit more freely now. Will do the others tomorrow.
  12. All I know regarding that working is what is in the photo caption but I believe there is also another shot of one of the sets in use as part of a Saturday train.
  13. I suspect the train engine remained attached to facilitate the reversing move as the whole set was turned, I believe in similar manner to the West Coast Postal sets. I have never seen a photo of any of these moves other than I think one of the stock going out of Glasgow Central with the engine on the rear.
  14. Thanks, I found the diagram you are referring to in the Edward Talbot book.
  15. I have not found any evidence of such workings.
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