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  1. This is one of them: (I was stepping through the slideshow, then when I found the photo above I right-clicked on it and opened it in a new tab, then copied & pasted the URL of that tab here.)
  2. I use Hornby R8218 14.1mm coach wheels on mine. Dunsignalling may have a point, given that all my coaches are original Airfix ones which should have been manufactured from pretty fresh moulds. However, I have also bought some Dapol coach kits going cheap and scavenged the bogies from those with no problems so I couldn't actually tell you which of the bogies I'm now using are the original Airfix ones and which are Dapol ones from 'tired' moulds. (It's certainly true some of the original moulds are now unusable, hence why the roof on the brake 3rd is now the same as the composite.) The first post on this thread says: "Recent Hornby 14mm coach wheels will fit into the Airfix and Dapol bogies." (I haven't found the need to do any "scalping" of the underframes on mine to accommodate the larger wheels. Maybe I'm missing something...)
  3. I'm a bit puzzled by this statement. I have three Dapol* LMS suburban coaches which are running very happily on Hornby wheelsets in the original bogies (modified to take Kadee couplers, but that makes no difference to the wheelsets). The only item of rolling stock in my fleet that wouldn't take Hornby wheelsets was a Lima GUV. That was solved by switching out the Lima bogies for Bachmann LMS bogies. * Actually Airfix, but the bogies are the same - I know because I have used bogies from the Dapol kits under them.
  4. Great, we now have two threads which have drifted in to reminiscences about imperial measures and their pros and cons vs metric (Level Crossing Stupidity being the other one). Perhaps we need a separate thread about it ;-)
  5. The trouble with libraries is that they keep asking for the book back! I like to keep such things to hand for reference at random times in the future. I certainly don't have a good enough memory to be able to read an Oakwood book and recall every useful or interesting piece of information in it. I can usually remember that there was "something about it" in the book, and then find the actual information by referring to the book itself. Not infrequently I find that I had misremembered stuff that I thought I "knew".
  6. Quite a few of the hot wire styrofoam cutters on eBay and Amazon come with a knife/pointy thing option as well. I recently bought this one, because I am too lazy to make my own, I don't like making excessive mess, and I hate vacuuming up tiny balls of expanded polystyrene which try to statically cling to everything else in the room, including me, rather than going inside the vacuum.
  7. If that's what you're buying them for then that would be true. I'm more interested in the pure local history, for which the Oakwood books seem to be more useful. (I've recently spent £4 on a second-hand book from the 1960s just to be able to read the four pages in there about an obscure and short-lived line that was built in 1909/1910 to carry materials to a nearby cavalry barracks.) Although I will happily allow that decent photos can be interesting, and indeed quite evocative, when you're stood on a site comparing then & now.
  8. Roger Kidner sold The Oakwood Press in 1984. The business may have changed hands again before being acquired by Stenlake Publishing in 2016. Stenlake is still using the Oakwood Press brand for the titles which originated under that imprint. AFAICS Wild Swan doesn't seem to cover my end of the island!
  9. Captain Kernow's thread about Engine Wood is here.
  10. How would people rate the Oakwood Press publications compared to the Middleton Press ones? From what's on my bookshelf I have the idea that the Oakwood ones generally contain a fair amount of historical information and can be a bit wordy as a result. In comparison, the Middleton Press ones tend to focus on photographic records, with rather more cursory written information. I have the Oakwood Press Peebles Railways volume and I've noticed that Middleton Press published Peebles Loop: plus the Dolphinton, Penicuik and Polton Branch Lines last year. The Middleton book seems to cover a bit more ground than the Oakwood one - I don't have anything about the Dolphinton or Polton lines in my library at the moment* - but given Middleton's tendency to concentrate on pictures over text I'm wondering whether I might end up feeling a bit short-changed with respect to historical detail (though I have no doubt that it is a worthy volume in its own right). Would it be fair to say that the two publishers' products tend to be complementary, rather than covering 90% of the same ground in cases where the subject matter of the title seems to be similar - or do the differences tend to be just the odd snippet and photo? * Or now that I check, Penicuik - much to my own surprise.
  11. Also in the Telegraph, if you prefer: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/14/silent-night-trains-killed-daughter-mother-claims-sues-network/ Inquest report here: https://www.brighouseecho.co.uk/news/teen-killed-in-tragic-accident-1-7117359
  12. I'd like a "go to first unread post" facility, like the old forum used to have. (On a positive note, I see that the gallery is now working. That seemed to sneak in without much fanfare.)
  13. That site doesn't seem to cover the TTTE range. It does say that R152 is the venerable 0-6-0 diesel shunter, which doesn't sound right for a tender drive 2-6-0. I suspect that the OP's best bet would either be to look for a James tender (or tender chassis) on eBay, or e-mail Peter at Peter's Spares to ask if he knows which part is required, and whether he's got one. I wouldn't hold out massive amounts of hope for that latter option, though. On the other hand, there's a James tender on eBay right now, item number 401741687066. That listing suggests that the catalogue number is R.852 (although that also seems to be the catalogue number of the LMS Ivatt 2-6-0). Then again, if you're patient you might be able to pick up a complete R.852 Thomas for only £33 on Monday (item number 173867039727: condition looks a bit "played with" but you should be able to mix and match the good bits from both). This service sheet does look right for the tender drive James. It gives the catalogue number as R852, and shows the tender wheelset as being part number X9383, per the OP.
  14. Spotted what could possibly qualify as the fastest DMU in the UK as I passed Haymarket depot on the tram the other day: two 7 Cities liveried HST power cars parked up back to back. I don't know whether they were actually coupled together, though. I didn't manage to get a piccy, sadly, and they'd gone their (presumably separate) ways by the time I passed going the other way later in the day.
  15. AIUI the Gaugemaster one is designed to be fixed to the baseboard adjacent to the point - it can't be clipped to the mounting holes on the point's trackbase like the PL-11 can. In my limited experience (one point with a PL-11) that seems to maintain the necessary alignment pretty well. (In saying this I'm thinking of OO/HO Setrack and Streamline - not including bullhead which doesn't have the mounting holes. The OP doesn't seem to have specified which manufacturer's product he's trying to use the PL-11 with, though.)
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