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  1. Good afternoon Phil, Rugby would have been a fascinating location to model, it had a goods yard and like Leicester, it had terminating passenger services, that had to be remarshalled to return from whence they came. If you want to, ''capture as much of the essence of Leicester Central as I can'', you have to recognise that it was and island platform that was the final destination for a lot of workings and services, that was its essence. If you chop it in two and add extra through lines, it kind of misses the point. If you want to convert it into something else, you migh
  2. Good evening Phil, By your time, the bays were hardly being used for terminating or departing passenger traffic, so the length is not that important. However, without them the station can not be operated prototypically. The only trains that ran straight through Leicester Central station were the runners, they avoided the station via the outside lines. Every passenger train stopped at Leicester Central station on the outer platforms and did one of the following, changed engines, changed crews, dropped off or picked up extra carriages, dropped off or picked up vans, or were remarshal
  3. Good evening Phil, Nice modelling. Except, were are the bay platforms? Leicester was like a letter H with the two 'island' platforms joined in the middle creating bays at the northern and southern ends. You have through lines running right through the location of the bay platforms. The mainlines were on the outside, not in the middle! I have black and white pictures taken under the canopy during your time period, the livery appears to be slightly different from that quoted but it is rather complicated. Unfortunately, I think that the glazing was long gone, replaced by
  4. Afternoon Graham, 60501 had the jiggle, joggle, wiggle in the ejector pipe in the early fifties, prior to the fitting of the Pepp boiler . If you go even further back, when 60501 was first rebuilt and still numbered 2001, the joggle, jiggle, wiggle ne slope was at t' other end where the ejector pipe exited the cab. Even further back in time, when the locomotive as originally built, there was also had a slope in the ejector pipe at the cab end.
  5. Good evening Jonathan, it's not something that I've looked at too closely, being a bit later than my main era of interest, though I am aware of it. The impression that I get, and it's only an impression without research, is that there doesn't seem to be any rhyme nor reason as to what went crimson and what didn't, even amongst the same diagram of BZ. There could be a connection to vehicles that carried specific branding. There's a really good article on the NER types that was published many years back but I forget what it was published in, or who by. The NER types almos
  6. Good afternoon Jonathan, I forget the name of the LNER paint supplier, I think that they are still in existence and were based in Ripon. L H Loveless used them quite extensively, as they provided original paint specifications for all sorts of applications. I was told by an ex Doncaster painter, that the brown mix used on some carriages and NPC's, was a combination of wagon grey or charcoal and red oxide, later bauxite. A mix guaranteed to produce several nice shades of mud I would have thought. The story may be apocryphal, so I wouldn't take it as fact, however, it dose illustrate
  7. Lighten up man, its only a bit of fun. Incidentally, the whistles were not the same.
  8. Good evening JSpencer, So DCC sound has nothing to do with real locomotives. People pay money for that! Are they ill? Good evening MP65, Do small wheels only have room for five and a half chuffs, while big wheels can go up to eleven, just like spinal tap?
  9. You Luddite, It's fictiouse, completely the wrong dimensions. Neither the LNER or BR possessed such a thing.
  10. Thank goodness, I thought LB was ruined for a moment.
  11. Good morning Al, No way, The size of the driving wheels are not very relevant, neither is the number of axles, be it six or eight. The number of cylinders is relevant but one type of three cylinder locomotive will sound very different to another type of three cylinder locomotive, depending on the drive train and the type of blast pipe fitted. As already explained, nobody knows what the original 2001 sounded like, certainly not like an A2/2. The sound that the locomotive made, was determined by features that were actually closer to 71000, the Duck of doom, no
  12. Good morning Tony, lovely locomotive, elegant signals, lovingly installed point rodding and track, nice scenery..... That Guards van though, ugh, I thought LB was finished? Better get a Parkside kit.
  13. Good morning kiwitrains, No, not the right locomotive at all. That said, nobody really knows what a P2 with three cylinders, Lentz rotary cam poppet valve gear and a Kylchap double blastpipe actually sounded like, so the sound chip is probably BS anyway. The nearest existing locomotive to the original P2, for which sound is on record, is probably the Duck of Doom*. The best bet for an A2/2, not surprisingly, would be the A2 or the A1. I can't wait for the sound chip for the Hush Hush, that should be most amusing. *71000
  14. Good evening Jonathan, there is not much wrong with the colour you have used on your horsebox. There was quite a bit of variation in the actual shade, as it was mixed at the works or on shed. It was a combination of two matt colours with gloss varnished applied over the top. My Father recalled it quite vividly before the War, and described it as varying between the colour of mud and cold coffee if chalking had occurred. It was never 'teak' coloured and certainly not the caramel colour often used by modelers. The confusion seems to have arisen due to the LNER's intention
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