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Dana Ashdown

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  1. I can't take complete credit for the Siphon articles. They are from a very useful website with all kinds of articles that have been scanned for download, only now I can't remember which site it was. It was posted in at least one thread on RMWeb, so someone should know.
  2. Actually, that's been known as the "Birkenhead drill," following the sinking of the Royal Navy's transport Birkenhead, a former iron frigate, in the 19th century. (I don't have the book at hand to tell me when the sinking took place, but I think its near South Africa.) When Birkenhead sunk, all of the women and children travelling with the troops were put into boats first. Whether this was done before, I can't say, but even today its not always followed. Think Italian cruise ships run onto the rocks by a captain bent on impressing his lady-friend — in that case it was captain and crew first.
  3. Private collieries were allowed to operate their own trains over the Liverpool & Manchester, so these would have hauled the bulk of the coal in the early days, rather than the L&M itself. I'm not sure when the practice stopped. But as Steamport South says, canals were still very competitive at this time.
  4. And Lewis's article on 6-wheel Siphons: Six-Wheeled Siphons by John Lewis.pdf
  5. These are Lewis's earlier articles on Siphons: The Siphon Story Pt1 by John Lewis.pdf Siphon Story Pt2 by John Lewis.pdf
  6. A beautifully done model, Mikkel. I have been thinking about buying the kit myself, so seeing how you've done it has come along at just the right time!
  7. A few notes from Francis Whishaw regarding Liverpool & Manchester wagons that may be helpful: “The dimensions of a horse-box are as follows: length, including buffers, 12 feet 3-1/2 inches; length of the box 9-1/2 feet, width 7 feet 7 inches, height 7 feet 5inches. The side-flaps, which are hung vertically, are in two heights, the lower one being 3 feet 6 inches wide, framed with four vertical outside ledges. The under side of soles is 20 inches above the level of rails. The wheels are of 3 feet diameter, and the distance between centre and centre of axles 5 feet. One pair is of wood, and the other of cast iron with wrought tires.” (Francis Whishaw, The Railways of Great Britain and Ireland, London, 1842 (2nd Edition), page 204) “Mr. Hulton's coke-wagons, which pass frequently on this line, average each 2 tons net weight, and carry 4 tons of coke. The wheels are of cast iron and 3 feet in diameter, with outside bearings; the axles being of 33inches diameter. “Some of the wooden coal-wagons which we found at the Manchester coal-depôt are 10 feet in length, 3 feet 9 inches wide, and 1 foot high. The bottom is 1-1/2 inches, and the sides are 1-7/8 inches thick. The wheels are of cast iron, 3 feet diameter, and 4 feet 8 inches from centre to centre of axles. “The gross weight of one of these wagons is 5 tons 17 cwt. 2qrs. There is a flat iron draw-bar running underneath the bottom from end to end; and each wagon is furnished with three stout draw-chains.” (Francis Whishaw, The Railways of Great Britain and Ireland, London, 1842 (2nd Edition), page 205)
  8. Mikkel, I'd like to say its never too late, but I really do want to see your finished pannier tank.
  9. No wonder it looked so good. Still, I would have expected more reaction about Lion's release, as opposed to Hornby's tie-in to old movie titles. Speaking for myself, I was hoping to see it released on its own or with a string of wagons — like the coal wagons — and not a fictionalised train based on a film.
  10. Just thought I'd mention the new Lion model here, on its own thread rather than under films. The model looks perfect, from what I can see of it. Its just too bad that Hornby couldn't release it either on its own or with the coal wagons. One things for sure: I will not be buying either of the movie themed sets. (Grumble over.)
  11. Eliminated duplicate post!!!
  12. That's true. Here's the Rocket tender and a coal wagon. In Hornby's defence, I believe that Rocket's tender was actually a wagon adapted for a tender. So now Hornby have done the reverse. Personally, I think the coal wagons look far more appropriate that the horse and sheep wagons. That said, I would have expected to see Lion released with three or six coal wagons... not something tied to a movie with carriages I don't want.
  13. Hello Ray. I printed the artwork out on the colour laser printer/copier at the local office supply store, so I just used whatever paper was in the machine. The sections were then cut out and glued in place with a regular glue stick. My printouts were slightly on the large size, so a little bit was lost around the edges of the tank panels, but otherwise it went very well. The boiler bands were cut-out and applied individually over the boiler, which was painted in Humbrol Brunswick Green. After everything was on, I varnished it with Humbrol satin. I think outlining the tanks, cab and bunker in black before applying the panels improves the final look. As I mentioned in the earlier post, with a bit of careful cutting you can make the panel for the rear of the bunker, cab doors, and the front of the side tanks. If you plan on putting lamp irons or anything else on the rear bunker, put the paper panels on first, then fit the irons. I also did an R Class in Wainwright livery with another Wrenn R1 by cutting the roof off and fitting the curved Stirling roof. The safety valve was moved to the base of the steam dome base (which had beed cut off); and I fitted wing plates to the smokebox front. I don't have a picture available, but it looked quite good even if not entirely accurate. It might/should be possible to adapt Mr. Snail's artwork for other SE&CR tank engines, and possibly a tender engine. Dana
  14. Finally done! No.2764 is finished, so now I have two late-Victorian/Edwardian saddle tanks. Each one is slightly different, so they maintain their own character within the same class/diagram. However, being made from a compromised model using a rather freelance approach, they are not absolutely true to the 2721 Class, but I think they do capture the look of GWR saddle tanks generally. I won’t go into any details, apart from mentioning that the green is again Humbrol HB1 Dark Green (no longer made); the “Indian Red” is Vallejo 70.814 Burnt Red; and the lining is HMRS. Obviously, these two will never compete with modern RTR models and expertly-made kits, but they should look quite at home on any future layout I might build. Hopefully, Nos.2744 and 2764 will inspire others to give this technique a try. If you do, please let us all know how you did. Dana (Note to Self: Push the roof down properly on 2764!)
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