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  1. The excellent University of Leicester Special Collections pages have a link to a good number of Kelly's Trade Directories The 1915 Berkshire Directory lists a "T. E. Allnutt wholesale grocer & military contractor" at Earley Station. He's not mentioned in the 1899 directory, & by 1920 the business is listed as "Allnat Limited, wholesale grocers", still via the station. Perhaps the skins were destined for military use?
  2. Reminds me of this GWR Postcard view of St. Mary's, Perivale:— Not sure what the chap (Sexton?) is carrying. It looks suspiciously like a petrol can, so perhaps the photo was taken on the eve of the local Wicker Man festival. P. )
  3. You're getting your Diagrams mixed up... A.30 of 1933 - Nos. 187-196. Interiors a mixture of varnished Oak & 'grained' Pine T&G. A.38 of 1951 - Nos. 220-234. Interiors mostly Holoplast/Formica apart from Cab, Vestibule & Luggage which were grained T&G. Upholstery varied depending on era & whether Smoking or Non-Smoking. Pete S.
  4. Agreed - I think the roof was/is rather bare by usual standards. One thing does stand out though, & that's the curious Goods-type ventilator on the kitchenette end. Looking at some interior shots I wonder if the central ceiling feature is a double row of lights with a row of extractor fans up the middle? If so that could explain the vent as a simple (primitive?) form of pressure extraction. Good 3/4 view of the end here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/camperdown/6755013517/sizes/o/ Pete S.
  5. Not much on the roof as far as I can tell... L to R: Double water tank (or one with two fillers), Cast-iron sign saying "Water For Drinking Purposes Only" (red with white letters), Handrail, Chimney for Still's Boiler, Handrail, two 'shell' vents, Cast-Iron sign, single tank/filler. I can't tell if the handrails are on the centreline or if they're offset. I'm leaning towards them being central - if they're offset, there will be four of them. The Ash (shell) ventilators are definitely part way down the curve, but exactly how far isn't clear. They're positioned over the kitchenette. Downstairs, there are indeed four battery boxes plus one regulator box plus three gas cylinders. Four sets of batteries might seem excessive, but these vehicles were fitted with two electric 'fridges (see fig 278). The only other references I have to these are in 'Great Western Coaches from 1890' by Michael Harris, but to be honest I'd stick with Russell as the photos are larger. Pete S.
  6. K14

    Telegraph Poles

    https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/224530-telegraph-pole-signs https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/224530-telegraph-pole-signs Pete S.
  7. Adding a couple of drops (literally) of Household Ammonia to the inks seems to help prevent settling & clotting. A 50/50 mix with water works well as a cleaning fluid unless everything has gone abdolutely solid. Pete S.
  8. Good spot. Your H.33 notion could work too - just depends on shopping dates. The Registers at York might hold some clues, otherwise I'd cite it as further confirmation of a saying of the GWS C&W Dept... "Swindon Standardisation. What a great idea - shame they never put it into practice" Pete S.
  9. Looks about right, but don't feel compelled to adopt the italic Tons/Tare script. That photo is dated 1950 & the wagon is rather less than pristine, so I suspect it was a case of the signwriter rebelling somewhat against the new regime. If you went for Gill Sans for all the lettering, that'd conform to the official instructions.
  10. The Safety Data sheet for Dullcote suggests that it contains up to 50% Ethanol:— http://www.testors.com/product-catalog/testors-brands/testors/lacquer-paint/top-coats-and-thinners/#tab-1 That'll be why it 'melts' Tamiya acrylics. Pete S.
  11. Between, but **not** curtains — Roller Blinds were the order of the day. See Russell's Coaches Appendix Vol 2 for contemporary photographs. Pete S.
  12. Disclaimer... I did the signwriting on 4144 both times. The first time round I stuck to the 'published wisdom' & put the blue spot in the same location on each side (centreline 8" above plate edge if there was space, 4" if not). Second time around it struck me that it was a daft place to put it as it would surely get kicked to pieces by Firemen & Shed Staff and their Big Boots. Some research then happened & It was noted that on locos with bunker steps the spot was usually below the numberplate:— https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:5193_%26_4151_at_Woodham_Brothers_Scrapyard(8217419997).jpg This was chosen for 4144 in its 'Hybrid' livery (scroll down a bit):— http://www.gwr.org.uk/no-prairies.html The underslung position wasn't compulsory, as 5199 sported an offset RA spot:— http://www.railuk.info/steam/getsteam.php?row_id=2279 The above only applies on locos with bunkerside steps. If the steps are absent then both sides have the spot above the plate. Pete S.
  13. My apologies, I saw that image of 42142, but it's not the one shown in Atkins et al despite the reference numbers being the same. That shows a right 3/4 view of the suspect, allegedly at Old Oak. The same photo is reproduced in Jim Russell's "Wagons Appendix" book on page 148 (Fig 249). Pete S.
  14. Not found a photo of any Loriot to Digaram G.14, but 'GWR Goods Wagons' by Atkins, Beard & Tourret (ISBN 0-905878-07-8) has a shot (Plate 147 p.151) of G.18 No.W42142 in BR livery labelled in **almost** the same fashion as the model you found. The difference is that the Tare is written in full GWR script. LOWMAC WV WB 21-0 W42142 15Tons.Tare 8-7 The photo has a reference of: HMRS ref M14737, but that doesn't seem to work. @hmrspaul Paul Bartlett's excellent site has this photo of G.18 42155 taken at Swindon in 1975 showing a very similar layout: https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/gwrloriotlowmac/h3e98b8e#h3e98b8e Pete S.
  15. 7800 was built with full-taper buffers & 7807 retained its originals until at least 1952:— https://railway-photography.smugmug.com/GWRSteam-1/Collett-Locomotives/Collett-460-designs/Collett-Manor-Class-78007829/Manor-Class-Pre-1968/78007811-Built-1938/i-fcM6mg5 https://railway-photography.smugmug.com/GWRSteam-1/Collett-Locomotives/Collett-460-designs/Collett-Manor-Class-78007829/Manor-Class-Pre-1968/78007811-Built-1938/i-bfNtNsF I suspect a trend... Pete S.
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