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  1. According to Andrew Swan, they seem to have come via Girvan. The 8Fs were officially banned from the Port Road because of weight or gauge restrictions but WD 2-8-0s and 2-10-0s were seen during the war, as well as LMS 8Fs, and the restrictions were later withdrawn. More locos for the layout!
  2. Great! Thanks Innerhome. Some of the signals were impressively tall. This picture shows the approach to Newton Stewart from the Stranraer end, with the crossover mentioned by Wheatley on the curve which I got the wrong way round at first.
  3. The big problem with the engine shed area nestling as it does between the main running line and the Whithorn branch is maintaining a 30" ruling radius. I fiddled around a lot last night and came up with this, which squeezes it all in, as well as the extra siding (it was built in 1931 but in my previous plans I sacrificed it. I still think it might be easier on the curves to leave it out). I have substituted a ruler for the turntable symbol to show the full diameter of what is, to scale, an 8 3/8" TT (a 50ft turntable with some extra rail fixed to it, in the prototype). As you can see, the extra siding is in place but in reality all these sidings, the engine shed road and the turntable and coaling roads stop more or less at the road whereas trying to squeeze them into my plan means some of them are cut short. As it is this plan uses two small points which is not ideal. It's easier if I compromise on the 1931 siding and leave it out - or even use a 3-way point. Another possible compromise would be to reduce the platform length to around six feet instead of seven. Anyway here is the revised plan:
  4. It amuses me that this is one of the few tools that would enable you to navigate an aircraft you'd just hijacked, and yet they let you take them on board...
  5. I believe Hobbies lost the sticky out weighted bars (which give plenty of momentum to the drill) some time around 1920 which is why I gave my example an earlier date. But I'm no expert! It still performs extremely well (although it was a heck of a job getting the old broken drill bit out as the threads had frozen up). The Hobbies treadle fretsaw was another lovely item. It was made for them by Gem and those saws come up for sale quite regularly too. You can get replacement leather drive belts for them. But they are a pain to operate! I tried one once and co-ordinating feet, hands and eyes was too much for me. I prefer to use a modern powered saw or even the one I built out of Meccano!
  6. OK here's a revised plan incorporating the suggestions made: the long siding on the west side is no longer a loop, and the continuous link has been lengthened to improve the gradient. I've annotated the main areas though I am finding it a pain to draw and colour proper diagrams in AnyRail
  7. I mean Cairnryan. I will edit the post! Thank you. I do know about those books and they are on my "to buy" list. I didn't know how relevant they might be to the period. I will redouble my efforts to chase them down.
  8. Crane Garden Buildings did the shed. Yes, it's fully insulated, floor and walls, and sits on a concrete base - dead level, too, I checked. So I'll know who to blame when the baseboards turn out squint... They are expensive but I found them easy to deal with. I still have to get it properly connected to the mains - I am running a cable out to it from a nearby power point but wasn't able to get an electrician in before the virus hit, so have to be careful about overloading it. Hence the portable oil heater. As you can see it's a wide shed and with the layout going round the walls, a space about 8' x 12' is still available in the middle for workbenches and tools etc. Tool cabinets and bookcases and the like can go under the baseboards. I anticipate the upper yard to be flush with the bottom edge of the window frames with viewing from ordinary chairs and perhaps operating from draughtsman chairs. I have a couple of mates who are interested in playing trains with me so someone can take care of the shed and branch, another one the goods yard, and a third the main running lines. And then there's the fiddle yard and the east and west signal boxes...you could justify quite a big group.
  9. British Thornton were originally PIC - Precision Instrument Company - and have a long pedigree. This one's a good workhorse. I prefer slide rules to calculators because a) I'm a romantic and b) when modelling you can set the scale once and then move the cursor to get the distance you need. It's particularly useful when measuring from a drawing or plan that's in some horrible scale such as 13.71 feet to the inch.
  10. Here's another old favourite of mine. I am a sucker for slide rules and have them all over the house, wherever they might be wanted. This is one of two in the workshop at present.
  11. And here is the other side of the shed from the doors - with the first baseboard being squared up.
  12. Here are two pictures of the space. As you can see, everything has a place and everything in its place. Mostly, that's in a box, on the floor, on the table, or on the chair...
  13. Did they have reasonable coach accomodations? The engineers sent to Crianlarich had to travel in ancient coaching stock with no windows and no heating - in the middle of winter! On the site they used a locomotive engine to run a generator for power and heating.
  14. I didn't know that! The track diagram in Swan's book doesn't extend that far. I shall adjust - I think it allows me to ease out the curves too which is all to the good. So that's a long headshunt, basically?
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