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  1. That will be "Preston Steam Services" - see https://prestonservices.co.uk/about-us/ Regards Chris H
  2. They do when they need to get round corners rather than reasonably easy curves. Think Ashover coaches and ex WDLR wagons which worked on very tight radius corners. But on more grown-up railways "Body to body" couplers and buffers give a much better draft forces path and hence a much better ride for the paying passengers. Regards Chris H
  3. Is "Old George" fresh out of Crewe? - As you know from our separate communications, I share your "Lock-up" Blues, but it is making me angry - which has resulted in me making significant progress with "Gutter Lane". So much so that what I earlier estimated achieving by the end of the week is now three wire connections short of complete. Now I can get out from under the baseboards and concentrate on the main switch panel to restore circulating trains by early next week. I think the Met Locos will be due an outing first - although i need to do a gauging run with the HAG lo
  4. A very sad day. The last time I saw Roy for a chat was travelling back from Llanfair to Welshpool - sharing a balcony on one of the W&LLR Pickering replica coaches on a pleasent late afternoon - the Saturday of the 2019 W&LLR Gala. I hadn't seen Roy for some years before that, but it all seemed like no time had passed since we first met when the 7mm NGA was very young. I too built one of the early RCL "Bagnall" kits - along with a few skip wagons - of which I am still very proud. I did get the valvegear to work as Roy intended.
  5. I find these discussions interesting. While I agree if you are determined to go the fine scale route you will be limited to a short terminal to fiddle yard station - perhaps a light railway terminal, 11 feet gives more than sufficient length for a true scale model of Wantage (WTC) "Upper yard" with a fiddle yard of about 3 feet behind the gasworks (or in front - depends on the viewing side!). However, if you are prepared to countenance the use of coarser track standards you can get a double track circuit in with a bit more. My own layout - working title "Gutter Lane" - is in a room
  6. Now I have got to remember what I did 6.5 years ago - the following pictures having been taken in May 2014! So first we have a more than (still)life sized picture of the two latch bolts that are used for table location / alignment and the centre rail feed onto the turntable deck. Just bits of 1/16 inch thick brass, some 1/8 inch rod, a bit of silver solder and short wood screws. I don't have a close-up of the fixed latch sockets - but they include a but of springy nickel silver to help ensure a good electrical contact. The wire from the latch at each end of the deck to the centre r
  7. You can still buy the rail, sleepers etc - only the chairs are now plastic - see the "Tenmille" website - http://www.tenmille.com/16mmNGTrackAccessories.html The target market is different, but the components are basically the same. Regards Chris H
  8. Remember that not all railways dealt in a friendly way with PO wagons - you won't find many in NER areas - the railway wanted the revenue - and provided bottom discharge staithes at most locations for dealing with their hopper wagons. Southern Railway areas were different - as was the GWR - but not all coal went in the merchant's wagons - a pit could charge demurrage just like a railway! Regards Chris H
  9. Especially if there was a separate charge for the land / bins (staithes) you kept your coal on (in) - remembering to keep the different types / batches separate - and use in rotation, coal has a shelf life with the volatiles starting to escape as some as it is released from its bed / seam! Regards Chris H
  10. Having an interest in beer and railways - and having grown up in Bracknell, where I started taking a real interest in pubs (and girls) during the later half of the 1960s, I have been driven to comment regarding the pud signs etc. Also Mother was born in Wargrave, Maternal Grandmother came from Greys and married Grandfather in Henley circa 1905/10 (but they were chapel and while not to my knowledge tea-total there is not any real evidence of them visiting pubs). Regarding the issue of beer transport it has been going on for much more than 150 years. "IPA (India Pale Ale)
  11. I'm surprised that no one has yet mentioned the Lima 4F as an example of an 0-6-0 and tender with fine(ish) scale flange, but slightly wide treads that happily ran round their 2 foot radius curves - FB steel rail of similar section to Peco Code 100 formed into set-track sections. The one I had is now de-motored and used by the Grand-Childer-Beasts - despite having flanges on all wheels it works fine on the largest radius "Big-Jigs" wooden track curves - which amazed me! Nearholmer - I will lend you my copy of the latest GOG Gazette, when I have finished reading it - probably next w
  12. And setting the landscape alight. The only time I ended up using a fire-beater in anger. An interesting day and I still have the same girlfriend / wife - it was a good party we went to that evening! Pity I was rather tired at the time. Regards Chris H
  13. Now to a more directly related subject. The Grand-Childer-Beasts were here again today - extended half-term hols - so as we can now play trains on the two main circuits we did! So a few pictures from "Gutter Lane" station area (you wouldn't know - yet). Initially you will see that the local early-ish BR set ran - as I visited the loco at the 1954 exhibition in Willesden Roundhouse, for the International Railway Congress meeting held in London that year. The small bloke is me in 1954 - I have no idea who the big bloke is! (Dad was behind the came
  14. Regarding the weight of a 3.5 inch gauge "Maisie" GNR Atlantic versus the weight of the 3.25 inch gauge B-L one - there are different purposes and consequently different building styles: - All the frame members on LBSC's "Maisie" are at least 1/8 inch steel plate - the photos I have seen of B-L examples look as if the frames are no more than 2/3rds the thickness. - The Maisie boiler is designed for a working pressure of 80 p.s.i. and the plate thicknesses are at least 2 mm and around the firebox at least 3 mm (plus) copper. - Then we come onto the Cast iron whells and the cast G
  15. Chaps & Chapesses, I'm pleased to report that following a half-hour hunt I have found my copies of both: - FC Hambleton's "Locomotives worth Modelling", and - The GOG publication "7mm live steam : the Eddie Cooke articles". Asmay be expected, both were near therir proper locations - but the former was lying down on the shelf and the other was hiding among some similar slim volumes! Going back to the interest in "0" gauge live steam locomotives, another recommendation is Norman Dewhirst's "A Steam Locomotive for 'O' gauge" - my current copy is t
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