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    : Cornwall
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    Great Central London Extension 1948-50;
    Cornish Railways;
    Swiss metre gauge.

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  1. But only because someone has wiped that bit clean... presumably it would have been covered over prior to that! It is also ‘weathered’ in that muddy colour so favoured by the RTR manufacturers. Looks like it might have been working on the rail-head treatment train? At least a class 68 has a bit more shape to it than the extruded class 67... they really do take utilitarian to the extreme!
  2. Both lubricators look the same to me, except that the rear one appears to additionally have a lid on it, or something similar.
  3. I was taught that with ‘its’, the apostrophe is added when it can also be written in full as ‘it is’. So “Its skin” refers to the skin of the banana in your example, but “It’s skin” could be used elsewhere if clarifying that it is skin (rather than something else). The auto-correct function on my iPad doesn’t always get it right, so it’s often necessary to correct its intervention.
  4. The common RTR practice of modelling an empty bunker but with a removable plastic coal load generally works well. Several of my locomotives have had the plastic load removed and a part-load of real coal substituted. Deep bunkers can be a real nuisance though when fitting a DCC sound installation in the tender, especially if you want to fit a good sized speaker to give better quality sound. The bunker usually requires excision and a full coal load simulated to create enough space underneath. Bachmann's approach with the J11 and O4 is an interesting one, with a 35g metal weight cast to simulate the coal load, but no bunker modelled underneath. This approach makes a DCC sound install really easy, maximising the space available inside the tender, though I remove the cast weight and replace it with a real coal load, with additional weight placed under the ‘hump’. If you want to model an empty or part-filled bunker on these models, it requires rather more work. The ideal solution to cater for all users would be to have a removable bunker as well as a removable coal load. One day, perhaps...
  5. Prestige is an interesting concept: it is a carefully marketed perception that varies according to the target market. That is why you had both Pullman services and named trains like the Elisabethan, they will be regarded as being prestigious or not depending on your demographic and what you might therefore regard as mundane in comparison.
  6. Currently £123 for a brand new one in BR lined black, according to a well known retailer near Liverpool.... they list it as a BARGAIN.
  7. Indeed at least one other was outshopped from Darlington with the same lining above the front buffer beam : Yeadon’s Register vol 6, page 7, shows 1013 also with this feature so it may have been a small batch. 1013 was outshopped in December 1946 (just one month before 1016).
  8. Looks like a wagon-lift coaling stage on the left edge of the picture? 31B March had that style of yard lamp and 61119 was based there from September ‘62. ?
  9. Regarding B1 liveries, as new locomotives entered into service through the early transitional years, if you don’t have primary data for the B1’s it would be reasonable to extrapolate transitional dates from other classes with better documentation, as an approximation. For example, we know that it was in a May 1949 that the first A3’s appeared in express passenger blue, with the cycling lion logo. With the exception of experimental liveries, Apple green with ‘BRITISH RAILWAYS’ lettering would have been applied to repaints prior to this date. I’m not aware that the cycling lion totem was ever used on an Apple green painted locomotive, but you can never be sure...! Of course the only accurate way to track this for the Bongoes would be to trawl through all the photographs available to you, cross referencing with manufacturing dates and that of other members of the class in time order. Tedious at best. In the case of the A3’s, two stick out as retaining the Apple green livery for longer than the rest of the class: 60070 Gladiateur and 60076 Galopin, both of which went straight into Brunswick Green in Jan/Feb 1952. As ever, this is not information from a primary source, so comes with a caveat! Nonetheless, You can get a good indication of what each works was turning out at any given date (which of course was not necessarily the same across all the works!)
  10. B1 in Apple Green? I saw one not so long ago, at Twyford... not sure about the authenticity of the white discs/high intensity lamp though!
  11. Are you sharing your model of the real thing, or trying to replicate a photographer’s record of the real thing to share with us? The real thing had colour, so It’s colour every time, for me.
  12. A question please, gentlemen. What colour attire was worn by enginemen working on the Eastern region in the post war (peri-nationalisation) period? Was there a ‘uniform’ as such, or standard wear? I picked up some of those nice Modelu figures at Warley last weekend and am now scratching my head regarding what colour I should paint their overalls and jackets.... and all of my reference photographs are in B&W. If it makes any difference, they are going on the footplate of GC London Extension loco’s, 1948-50 (ish).
  13. Indeed the 8F was very successful, though not as long lived. The GCR 8K was introduced in 1911, the 8F was 24 years ‘newer’ being built from 1935 on. My vote goes to the old lady...
  14. To be fair to Andy, the model looks to be at a similar stage of development to the Ransome and Rapier crane when it was displayed at Warley 12 months ago. The crane is scheduled for release within the next month...
  15. When you were a boy, I reckon you would have viewed the models of rocket ships, Arthurian legends, volcanoes etc. very positively. Much more exciting than those slow moving shunting layouts on show elsewhere at Warley, with grey haired old men fiddling with uncouplers using funny little sticks (allow me to reference a stereotype here). As we age, we become more knowledgeable about our subject, therefore more aware of things and so more ‘picky’ (I include myself in this).... our tastes and tolerances change dramatically over time. I hope and expect that of those who are enthralled by the railway component of those Channel five fantasy models on display both at Warley and the telly, some will make a similar journey to our own in the future. I continue to learn new stuff each day thanks to the other modellers at Warley and other exhibitions, the modelling press and in no small part to the contributors of this thread, knowing that it makes me ‘pickier’ every day but hopefully still tolerant of those in a different place. Yesterday I learned about the non-lamping of wagons in sidings, and the complexity of lamping Caledonian trains. Two more things to be more knowledgeable/picky about when I visit the next exhibition! I must be getting older...!
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