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  1. Triang had a working 21ton hopper wagon back in the 1960s. Working end doors were part of my journey into the 7mm world.
  2. I keep promising myself but never get round to it. One of the plus points of the Hachette instructions are the reference to specific drill sizes. I invested in a set of new drills in 0.1mm increments and have preserved them for this build. Also another small pin vice so that I do not keep disturbing my default 1mm tool. The real issue was the total lack of space to fit the parts provided. This stems from the manufacturers intention that it would be a glass case model, or at best be capable of showing it's motion on a yard or two of straight track. My aim is to build a model capable of pulling a full train through station pointwork if required.
  3. Most of the paint will need redoing in situ. There simply isn't enough space between the drivers for the brakes as supplied. The instructions call for the mounting hole to be opened to 1.8mm, but there isn't even room for the drill. Plan B involved opening to 1.2 (this was the size of some brass rod I had on the bench) and cutting off the mounting pegs and drilling them to match the rod. Even so a fair bit of slimming down has been required, hence the touch up required. One day I might have the confidence to attempt a Spam Can.
  4. Good choice of loco. Not one of the most famous but there are several good photographs of her on Leeds bound trains.
  5. Some collieries had them outdoors. Ackton Hall springsro mind.
  6. Back on the bench this morning the pickups seem to be quite reliable if a little heavy in their action. Next step is to decide if there is room for the whitemetal brake gear or if I need to get some cast in resin. With all the advances in 3D printing there must be a place in the market for non conductive brake gear. The wooden cradle has allowed me to get a good hour of running in and the drawing behind it is my project manager. Drawn at 12mm / foot from an ancient Triang FS it supports my aging memory. Components are identified in red, whilst the relevant magazine issues are blue. Ideas and self reminders are black. This has already saved hours of reading and puzzling on a project which often is boxed away for weeks on end. It took only a minute this morning to locate the brake gear and relevant magazines. Please excuse the rambling but I am watching paint dry.
  7. You could also try the National Mining Museum at Caphouse. They have an extensive library and archive. The problem with most collieries was their size. A quarter of a square mile would be typical of a small / medium sized 20th century operation and would need over 100 wagons to do it justice. There were smaller mines but they really belong to the pre grouping era. You could model a canal basin loading drop or an opencast concentration point, or how about Dom Pedro. Long after it wound its last coal it was retained as a ventilation and man riding shaft. A weekly wagon or two of coal was brought to the mine for the fires and baths and a couple of wagons of manure taken away. The underground stables of the Briggs complex were close to the pit bottom. With collieries everything is bigger than you imagine. Even loco sheds and wagon repair shops have cathedral like structures. Best to forget accurate scale recreations and build something that you like from one of the books
  8. Brings back memories of student jobs in the mid 1970s. We had to manage the 2cwt sacks of barley on an oversize sack trollies. These were forced over ancient wooden floors and then loaded on to an internal use only lorry, driven 70 metres to another bay and then off loaded again with a block and tackle. The highlight of that job in 1975 was sitting in the disused rail loading bay having a morning break and watching the special train transferring display stock for the Shildon 150. This spectacle was repeated over several consecutive days.
  9. Quick update. The motor arrived and after a quick running in was installed along with the pickups. After about an a hour of running on jump leads it was time to try it on a layout. First test under its own steam looks promising although I think the pickups may need some fine tuning. No criticism of Slaters, just the alignment of the predrilled holes. I didn't notice the chocolate box on top of the building until I got back inside.
  10. Thanks. I have used Severn Mill for most of my colliery locomotives and somewhere have a set for Wild Swan when I get round to re motorising the old girl. They are pretty good. I spoke to Ragstone at Telford and purchased a suitable banjo dome and a pair of crossheads. The ones in the kit were neat and detailed but I wasn't convinced about the longevity of whitemetal valve gear parts. Once the motor arrives I will start a one shot final assembly. Whilst not afraid to spend where needed, it is easy to get carried away with the lg catalogue and take the cost into the region of a Finney 7. At the end of the day it is what it is and to be fair I have been quietly impressed by most of the parts. I don't think Hachette ever intended it to be real working layout model and that is part of the challenge.
  11. I have mentioned St Frusquin on several other threads and have decided that it is time it had it's own story. Whilst I am a huge fan of The A4, V2 and the Peppercorn locomotives, the A3 had passed me by. Perhaps it was my late father's prejudices regarding the nation's favourite pacific but given an unexpected windfall to be spent on a big loco kit the A3 would be way down the list of possible subjects. So, one day back in August, my sister in law staggers in carrying a large red box containing almost a full untouched Hattchet Flying Scotsman. Would I like it. Of course I would. Almost immediately I had made some key decisions. Firstly it would NOT be the nation's favourite, and secondly, it would be in my usual favoured period of 1955-60. First step was to check that all the magazines were present and then list which parts came with each issue and what tasks were described. Next step was to check the parts. Some were still attached to the magazine. Others were in sealed bags, others loose. All were catalogued and bagged in small sequential groups. Missing were a bogie wheel and the boiler which were quickly sourced from an internet supplier. Having read several accounts of FS and Mallard builds I had a good idea of the potential challenges ahead. Starting with the wheels. Unlike some of those supplied with the A4, mine all had matching quartering. The axles however were best described as an "easy fit". In fact there was sufficient slop to make quartering a plus/minus 10 degrees affair. Fortunately a genuine Slaters axle proved to be just oversize and a little careful fetteling made for a perfect fit. So returning from Telford I cracked on with getting a running chassis. Apart from a weird type of nickel silver that was a pain to solder, the motion parts went together quite well. I completed the tender chassis and was able to push test a coupled rolling chassis through the point work on our club layout. The next decisions resulted from my chosen time period. Firstly it would have to become LHD. It turned out that the resin firebox backhead supplied with an early issue was correct for LHD. Builders of an original FS would have to wait for a replacement whitemetal casting. Holes were drilled on the left side of the boiler for the ejector pipework and cab parts adapted to go on the other side. Now I started to research tenders and it was soon clear that most of the class retained the GN coal rail tender throughout their lives. A quick check on the cost of a Finney 7 kit was enough to send me scratch building. Apart from the chassis, I intended to use as few tender parts as possible leaving me with a kit of bits for a corridor tender should the opportunity ever arise. So here we are awaiting the arrival of the motor and gearbox. Apologies in advance for the limitations of my tablet camera. Next installment in the new year hopefully.
  12. Could be just the way that old colour film deteriorates. Agfa film in particular tended to go green.
  13. An alternative narrative. Elf&Safety demand immediate application of new overhead warning stickers. Junior is tasked with cleaning off the bunker and is let loose a steam lance. This removes all the grime and most of the paint. Senior is not impressed and gives junior an hour to get some red lead otherwise he gets parts of his anatomy painted. Eventually stickers are applied, loco is up to pressure and driver arrives too start his shift.
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