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  1. The website is back up again.
  2. Don't know if you'd get a Sulzer engine in a Hymek, they're too short. I believe the Maybach MD870 engine can go up to 2000HP, so remove the boiler and add an eth generator or an auxiliary engine. Now a Maybach MD870 will fit a Baby Deltic. Type 3/4 power with eth and air brakes.......
  3. Hi Andy, I worked in Charles House from 1976 to 1989, not for MI5 though. A few hours were spent in the Radnor and a few sandwiches were bought from Franks. Nice work!
  4. Love your diesel shunter conversion. There were 10 similar Hudswell Clarke shunters, BR class D2/12. One survives, D2511 on the Keighley and Worth Valley railway.
  5. The two Brian Hardy books were published by LURS in the 1980s, "UNDERGROUND" issues 14 and 15 which cover the Standard Stock in pictures. They come up for sale occasionally. Part 1 covers 1922-45 (ISSN 0306-8609) and Part 2, 1945 onwards (ISBN 1 870324 15 3). They are well worth seeking out.
  6. Was the guards compartment air conditioned by any chance? Looks like a warm day.
  7. C8600 at Stocksfield is simply stunning Dave, thanks for including it.
  8. Complaining here about not getting a reply does not help anybody. Tim Horn may well have seen and replied to both of your enquiries and been disappointed not to have heard back from you and lost your business. There's a very easy workaround if you don't want to / can't use a phone to follow an email up. I have two separate email accounts, one with BT, my internet provider, the other with GMX, which is free. They are linked so I only need to check the GMX inbox, which is great as all emails are stored in one non-geographic place. I've experienced situations where a reply to my BT account has just not reached my inbox or spam folder. So I followed up with a call and the supplier did indeed reply very quickly but the mail never made it to me. I then emailed them using my GMX account and received a response immediately. We then agree only to use GMX and never have any problems. It's happened to both providers. There have been times when emails I've sent don't get through to the other end and have not bounced back. So I use the alternative and they work normally. It's that easy. I use my android phone and various PCs for emails and the non-communication problem isn't linked to one device, country or continent. I suspect some firewalls don't like certain email providers, but that's just my uninformed opinion. I'd better add a disclaimer and say there are other email providers than BT and GMX
  9. J6010 - well the R stock Driving Motor started life as a Q38 trailer
  10. Dave, J5932 and J5933 are Hammersmith and City / Circle Line C69 stock.J6393 and J6398 are newly delivered C77 stock (unpainted roofs are the giveaway). J6394 is indeed A stock. Love all your photos. Regards.
  11. I remember the Poppy Hollow and Barley Dean layouts of "J L Flann" as they appeared in the Model Railway News a lifetime ago. Finding the Hintock thread here on RMweb was an exciting discovery for me and I've followed each episode keenly. A few years ago we stayed in Easton on Portland, which was, I'm sure many of you know, a major inspiration for the Hintock saga. We made sure we visited the site of the station there. Thank you John, for letting us see into your wonderful world of the 1930s and also for sharing your modelling techniques with us. RMweb won't be same now.
  12. Beeching wasn't directly responsible for the earlier demise of steam, although the mass line closures during the 1960s helped. There were several reasons, the failure to update archaic working conditions causing staff recruitment and retention problems, clean air acts as a result of the lethal smogs during the 1950s, and the huge cost of running steam traction vs diminishing revenues, among others. Critics will say that steam should have lasted longer, or that it didn't go quickly enough. Given the politics of the time and rapid changes to society post WW2, I think BR did pretty well. Britain didn't shrug off the economic shackles of two World Wars until the the end of the 20th Century and the railways suffered as a result.
  13. I can't remember if Sam Berliner III's creations have been mentioned before here, but if you scroll down the linked page you'll find his "EERIE" 2-4-6-8-10-12 multiplex. And more........ http://sbiii.com/bwrkapoc.html#multplex
  14. Sorry this is a bit late, I wanted to clarify the colours of the LT R stock trains. Almost all of them were made up with different types of car, (R38, R47, R49, R59). The earlier cars, R38 and R47, were steel bodied and therefore painted. The R49 cars were aluminum bodied and most of them were also painted but a number, including one complete R49 train, were left unpainted. The aluminium R59 cars were all unpainted. At first, the steel and painted aluminium cars were red, except for one R38 painted silver to match an unpainted R49 car. The R38 cars converted to run with R59 cars were also painted silver to match. All unpainted and silver painted cars had a red waistband (first plain, then with a "V" at the front ends). So three colours for one stock, often within one train. During the 1960s the red painted R stock cars were repainted silver without the red waistband, and it was removed from unpainted cars. The similar all steel CO/CP trains were red and the R stock silver/aluminium, lovely. But by the late 60s changes to chemicals in the trainwashes were causing the silver paint to flake off and the colour was changed to a very pale grey, which looked like off-white. Unpainted cars were left unpainted. For years, publications referred to the R stock as being painted silver, long after the event. As someone who used or saw these trains daily in the late 70s it grated, as they were obviously white, as anyone who looked could see. Hence this long TMI posting Great photos Dave. Please keep them coming.
  15. Athough billed as second radius, the inner path seems to be a composite, and not a true arc. In places it's more first radius than second, particularly around the frog. Bachmann and Hornby 9Fs baulk at them, as do many other medium / largish steam locomotives, they're ok on the outer path.
  16. These vans have always fascinated me. I went inside one (94024 I think) at the Wolverton Works open day in 1987. The inside was painted white as I remember and had flourescent lights together with fold-down/up tables along the sides for newspaper packing. The toilet was very basic and in one corner. They certainly all received B4/5 bogies in the late 80s, had buckeye couplings and retractable buffers. Sadly I don't have photos now of that visit. edited for spelling
  17. I bought a Triang TT tank wagon out of curiosity a while ago and was very pleasantly surprised at how right it looks. I'd be very tempted............
  18. Hi Jeff, FB is now very much the predominant track type in tunnels as well as the open sections. That's a nice Metropolitan Peckett and P4 track.
  19. A 1937 stock flared bodyshell would cover the following, Q38 Driving Motor, Q38 Trailer (without cab windows) C-O/P Driving Motor (with and without cab vent) C-O/P Trailer (without cab windows) R38 Driving Motor. That's an awful lot of types to amortise costs over for one basic bodyshell. Of course there are detail and underframe equipment differences. Add an R47/49/59 Non-Driving Motor bodyshell, and as an extra, an R49 Driving Motor bodyshell and you've covered a large part of LT's surface stock trains from 1937 to 1983 - Q38, COP and R stock. I'd be up for some. As a further dream, and I don't know how commercially viable this would be, how about producing the the following, all non-powered (to run with a Q38 powered Driving Motor) Q23 Driving Motor Q27 Driving Motor Q31/5 Trailer. I'm sure many of you know that the District ran 6 or 8 car trains for many years (DM+T+T+DM+T+DM and T+DM added for 8 cars) and the Q stock was not in fixed sets. So these last 3 types could legitimately be sold individually as coaches, to enable you to mix and match your own District Line "Fish and Parcels" train.
  20. I believe the DMBC was 53155 and was a one-off conversion from a DMBS. I don't know the identity of the 121 driving trailer. They were together as a "L" numbered unit for a while. I'm certain I travelled on it on the Marlow branch sometime in the early 90s.
  21. John, these photos just get better and better. They really bring Hintock to life. It may be a pain to get the camera into those awkward places, but I suppose you have to suffer for your art Regards Richard
  22. Hi Clive, For BR mark1 coaches, according to Parkin, the C1 restriction called for an ability to negotiate a 3½ chain curve (somewhere between 3 - 4 feet in 00 I think, please correct me). But reverse curves were to be a minimum of 6 chains with a 10 foot length of straight between. Even then passengers hands might be trapped. Regards Richard
  23. I have two old Mainline mark 1s which are used as development hacks. I cut off the plastic gangways and buffers and added modified MJT gangways (I only used one fold) to roughly prototypical length.. Then I fitted Sergent engineering couplings in the headstocks. Results: They will not traverse setrack points without derailing (obvious but worth saying) They will not traverse Peco small radius points without derailing They will negotiate Peco medium radius points but not a reverse curve crossover made up of two medium radius points They will negotiate Peco large radius points and a reverse curve crossover made up of two large radius points. The gangways prevent uncoupling of the Sergent couplers, you have to lift the coaches off and invert them to get the jaws to open They look absolutely brilliant, they are held close without any slack and move together as a proper train and not as a toy, which unmodified RTR coaches always do. I have some Kadee #58s to put in place of the Sergents, which would help with the uncoupling, but they have more slack, so I may use them only on the outer ends of rakes. I am not knocking the RTR manufacturers, it's the nature of the beast. What I am saying is that to look effective and be worth paying for, the coaches have to be closer coupled without expanding the gap to take train set curves. Keen systems do a very good alternative and I reckon that's as good as it gets. Just my tuppence worth
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