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  1. Steven, great view - only another eight Janus's to go for a full set!!! PLA never had end-tipping wagons but loads of secondhand mainline mechandice ones. Then there were the vans, few brakes only at Royals plus Breakdown vans. In Janus days there was a fleet of ex-BR Pallet Vans one of which is preserved on the Bluebell. PLA did finally sort out its wagons/vans into A, B and C prefixed numbers as the one one the Bluebell. There is another RMweb thread with much detail of the wagon/van fleet. Keep up the good work, Colin.
  2. Just doing my weekly supermarket order and see 16 rolls of Andrex Classix down from £8.95 to £6.50!!!
  3. I do not recall a London layout so named but the title suggest it to be of a northern system. Was Rob a member of T&LRS and could the articles have appeared in "Tramfare"?
  4. Thanks, Ian, for the background. Certainly I was not aware of its existence in the fifties. I assume you used the daily Rheindahlen coach from/to Bruggen. I used to get to/from the Rheindahlen model shop in my lunch times by hiding under the cloth covered table in Bruggen's postal van! Yes, Bramley is short of detail but my records show no army brakes, vans or wagons being allocated to that depot. Colin.
  5. I have checked the numbers of the 4 wheeled brakes, vans and wagons between "LMR Part 3" and my 'Bicester records' and set out those further vehicles that have been allocated to Longmoor. AD 46054 10t. 5-plank open ex-LBSCR ARMY 46182 10t. open ex-LBSCR diag.1369 47027 ramp wagon (there seems to be a number problem here} ARMY 47872 10t. non-vent. van ex-MR diag. D360 49013 ex-SR diag.1579 finally allocated to FIBUA Longmoor 49024 This appears to have been the allocated number for listed 13139 in the 1956 renumbering but the 1956 Palmers Ball accident wrote it off beforehand.
  6. Unfortunately, KMRC are not doing an army version. I pre-ordered mine when first announced but cannot recall in which century! I was either going to use it on my Wenford Mineral or repaint for Longmoor. Times change and I got fed up waiting so cancelled. Now if an army version was to be released then I will again be amongst the first to place an order now that I am purely RTR.
  7. Of which Longmoor brake, van wagon prototypes are there reasonable RTR models? Bachmann/Invicta's 37-537X provide the LMR 'standard' brake van. Strangely van ARMY 47555 was chosen by Bachmann for 37-806. That may have been chosen deliberately as no record can be found of the prototype's allocations!!! So why not make it a Longmoor van. Dapol do have moulds for some diagrams of vans which the army purchased. Large amongst these were batches of BR diagram 1/208 for general allocation with Longmoor receiving a batch. Maybe a future candidate for Wessex Wagons. When it comes to wagons, Wessex model No.345 is a 'dead ringer' for LMR's 24t. hopper AD 82692. Nice if this could be repeated but as AD 82691. Their models Nos. 246, 314/5 show a very good decoration for WD 46276 and 46299 can only be affixed to Dapol's 4-plank 'merchandice' body as there are no 'dropside' ones available for true accuracy. With so many model RTR Longmoor locos, it is a pity that there are so few vans and wagons to add to the brake van to make a reasonably Longmoor freight train. So what more can be done? There are not even transfers available to easy renumber undecorated bodies. Geddi had a good try with the artwork he produced but a technical hitch in preparation bought that to an end.
  8. Interesting point with WD 12 as its home depot being Bramley which would have been an easy transfer to Longmoor via Borden if major attention or need was required. Roger Hateley's "Locomotives of the Ministry of Defence" shows "Bramley No.1" (WD 74553) has new to Bramley and seen there in 4/52 and 6/52. Next seen at Long Marston on 3/55 and 1958 but was disposed off in 1959. I can find no reference to WD 12 (WD 74553) being at Longmoor in "LMR - Part 3". As David R said to me after Part 3 was published he and Mike C could not guarantee that every piece of army rolling stock based at Longmoor was included. Have any books been published that refer to operations at Bramley?
  9. My next review of available RTR LMR stock is of carriages. Many years ago I considered the Bachmann Mk.1 Suburban stock for 400 but as TonyA posted years ago beware of the colour of these carriages in relation to the livery on the 2-8-0s. Length of train then became a consideration not to proceed so I was very pleased with the Invicta release. On my current layout I can only manage a one coach train - perfect! Next will be vans and wagons.
  10. Further to my previous post, could I ask as many as possible to lobby Hornby to do an early release of CAEN in Longmoor blue. My WD 802 is a superb runner and shunter on its own. PAL3 is the number given to its Conflat 'runner' but is meaning less. Alas I can find no record of the army ever purchasing Conflats from BR. So best if the Conflat 'runner' to CAEN be decorated as a BR Conflat in their normal way. Please can the message to lobby get out to as many military railway interested folk as possible. Colin.
  11. Many thanks, Davey, for the update, it was greatly appreciated. I was at RAF Bruggen 1958-9 in the days of very active 80,87 and 213 Squadrons, the first two with their night fighters so it was a 24/7 busy noisy place! Now I appreciate that my illustrated post maybe judged as O/T but it is the standard that is best to encourage young ones to consider military railways even as an adjunct to the mainline ones. However Longmoor is well represented with the whole of my steam fleet being Longmoor but not the diesel fleet. It is here that I do beg all the group to swell a lobby to request Hornby to release their RH48DS in LMR blue named CAEN. I have also put the request in the RH48DS forum. This little machine was a true survivor!!! Page 697 of "LMR- Part 3" for drawing and photos. I have WD 802 plus its Conflat runner truck PAL3 whatever the latter means! This loco is a beautiful runner and shunter without that truck. With CAEN being self-contained what does one do about the runner? Best to re-decorate it with BR Conflat transfers!!! I can find no record of the army having a single Conflat. If anyone can prove otherwise with number I will gladly add to my 'Bicester records'. At present I have abandoned the Conflat as to make it fit for army purpose I will have to cut off the Conflat side pieces to form a flat or 1-plank open repainted in army green. The best number for a flat is AD 40004 (became 47815 and finally WGF4413 at Bicester) or as a 1-plank WD 45126 on the SMR. CAEN arrived new at Longmoor in 1945 (being sold in 1959) when during WW2 there were SHUNTERS TRUCK 1 (13642) and 2 (13641) but there are no photos or further detail. Interestingly, the army did purchase a GWR shunters truck for use at Long Marston as 42111. Not to be confused with the first 42111 at Shoeburyness which was renumbered, the shunters truck taking its number. Hornby "bring on CAEN"! Colin.
  12. Well done, Oliver. Another prototype that could result from your method is that of "CAEN" which because of its size lasted for a very long time on the Longmoor Military Railway as best suited to training army railmen on crane lifting of locomotives. A drawing and photos of "CAEN" appear on page 697 of "Longmoor Military Railway - Part 3". I thought this would have been a good candidate for Hornby to release. Colin.
  13. I never saw the LMR but as military railways go the Bruggen branch passed my Station HQ window there, Very mundane until I alerted the whole building to watch a spectacular train crash as a race between a train and a 317MT tractor hauling a Queen Mary trailer on the level crossing immediately outside! My interest in military railways came as I searched for a railway where anything goes subject to minimal regulations. I have known David Ronald since those Bruggen days but in respect of trams! It was his Part One of LMR with Mike Christensen that made me look up and realised the LMR was the basis. Then Mike introduced me to just how wide the modelling extent was of the rolling stock potential with wagon registers controlled at Bicester. My problem was space to provide a circular track like the Hollywell loop just to play trains to suit me! I only had the limited use of the dining room table and when fully extended could have temporary layout using sectional track, a few buildings but no other scenery. I discovered the Lydd camo and its connection to Lydd Town station. Hence my LMR standing for Lydd to cover all non-Longmoor stock. However, my decision to cease scratch and kit building and just use RTR has seen a resurgence in the past Lydd which can be seen in the attached views. Although Lydd Camp station is not in position yet the extent of the fiddle yard allows a 2-DEMU or 2-car motor train to deliver employees AM from Brighton and Ashford with the return to Ashford taking the town's school children and the PM return. The camp has its own internal interconnecting passenger service. Having ridden on "Western Waggoner" I just had to have the Bachmann set!
  14. Pleased to see that life has returned to this forum. Tony I have left messages in your RMweb mail box so look forward to your comments. Colin.
  15. Well, I have decided to cease scratch and kit building of tram and rail items. I have taken the decision as if I do get back to full health. my concentration and interest will not return. Thus, RTR will continue to see me with rail aspects only. In 00, "Welney Depot" layout based on an extension of the Wisbech & Upwell as operated in the BR era. In 009, "East Quay" based on a completely rebuilt Rye & Camber primarily as an industrial line serving a new ship terminal at the mouth of the River Rother with passenger services on sunny days! I wish very one success in developing tram models and regret having to cease my thread without completion which was not far off.
  16. With the announcement of the first Archewell Productions series on the 2022 Invicta Games, could this be the second??? A couple of further mug shots could add a touch of royalty!!!
  17. In its final BR condition, a photo shows it was LNER Brown but the old number with just the E transfer added was in fact tidied up by covering with a complete set of BR standard numerals and an E. I am all for a model in this condition plus a set of the smaller diameter wheels for W&U use.
  18. I add my voice to those already made for a prototypical bogie carriage. My preference would be one in LNER Brown and in its final BR numbered condition. However, I would not object if it came out in BR Crimson, just to have one in the BR era is important to me!!! Fortunately, in building "Welney Depot" I have the track with a concrete paved side so I have the passenger setting down point ready to accept 'mixed trams'.
  19. Loved your construction of these shops to fit the curve. My three of these are on the straight with trams passing. Great job.
  20. Now to the second area. The replacement mechs for the two cars using KW Trams current LCC m/t units. Herewith the truck sides painted and fixing points cleaned out. Note the current mechs (silver top) are slightly higher than the previous version (black top) but do allow more room under the platforms for the life guards and trays. If you have the black ones then these do fit the 4mm, shorter lower saloon overall length better. Note not for 2054-2061!
  21. Progress with improving my leg is slow but I have been able to progress a couple of areas to move on with EH 92 and CCT 384. I attach a view of the destination boxes available going from left to right. 1. Basic KW Trams E and E1 2-line box with the 3-codes lamps in original position. 2. Same part with the lamps filed down to discs. 3. Same part with the lamps completely removed and the finest of Slater's Assorted Strip affixed. Painted and with destination in place. 4. Basic KW Trams metal K-ray 2-line box unmodified, painted and with destination in place. 5. BEC-Models (Frank Vescoe) 3-line box.
  22. Well some progress is being made whilst I await the medical assessment of my hip and swollen leg. Although I have failed to be stable enough with a soldering iron to marry the pairs of mechs, I am completing the truck side assemblies. With EH 92 I have been able to prepare the replacement plain panelled wooden boxes for the incorrect K-ray version that it had. Now gone to the paint stage it will be some days before fitment. In the attached photo the top line from left to right shows the three stages. Left hand. Single width three code lamp part. Note the K-ray version has a curved back to fit the end curves. Decide on whether required unaltered or file the lamps to form discs or file the lamps off completely. Middle. Filed smooth to take rain strip. Found the perfect strip in Slaters assorted strips. Glued in place right across leaving ends clear. When dry the ends were cut off flush. Right hand. For the box to fit properly to the curved end. The upright strips seen at each side are 1mm. square. Again affix so the leaving the ends clear. When dry the ends were cut off flush, The next move is to remove 1mm, from each strip at the bottom of the box to allow the box to fit over the bottom beading of the curved end. I will continue after the paint dries, on dressing the box and its placement. E 467's inset destination boxes have had to be replaced as spoilt! The drawing beneath shows the placing of the rain strip over the aperture.
  23. Thanks, Lloyd, for the update and reference to the exhibitions. Alas age does creep up on us and I know the feeling well! All the best, Colin.
  24. That was a superb little very effective exhibition layout to generate young interest. Loved the last photo showing the height difference between OO on the left and S on the right! Now where is the layout today, please?
  25. One month later and little more done I am afraid whilst I am sorting out my strained replacement hip. I find it hard to settle down comfortably at the workbench to get on with progressing. Colin.
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