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  1. Apologies if this has been mentioned before, but I thought I’d share my efforts in the event it may prove useful to others unfortunate enough to encounter a similar issue. Scenario: Some while back, the table lights on one of my Hornby Pullman Brakes (R4742 Car No 162) began to flicker Intermittently. Wheels and axles were checked and cleaned but the problem continued. Yesterday they finally gave up the ghost. Pulling gently to unclip the bogies it was found that the lighting wire on one bogie had become detached. There is hardly any slack in the wire and it needed resolderi
  2. Forgot to add the full width footstep fitted later between the front frame angles to assist in smokebox cleaning; the preserved No 70013 still carries this, again not depicted on R3865. This modification was also later fitted to the Nines. (Unsure if all members of both these classes were so treated).
  3. Fluted (I-section) coupling rods date R3865 as representing a 1950’s engine. These were later changed to rectangular section (date uncertain).
  4. Hereford Model Centre have a couple of Hornby 12 wheel Pullmans; R4419 “Car No 294” and R4420 ”Neptune” for £33.45 each.
  5. Bromsgrove! Anybody had a go at chopping at the tender bunker or fit an original banking headlight?
  6. BR1B capacity: coal 7 tons, water 4725 gallons. Originally fitted to 73080-9, 73100-9, 73120-134, 73145-171 BR1C capacity: coal 9 tons, water 4725 gallons. Originally fitted to 73065-79, 73090-9, 73135-144 Note. Like many classes in their latter days, some of the Standard 5s did have their tenders exchanged. As an aside, coal falling the “wrong” side of the divider must have produced some colourful expletives!
  7. Depending on how far you are in the layout design stage, it is possible to achieve a given clearance with a much lesser gradient by arranging the lower track/road etc to descend before it is crossed by the rising track.
  8. A ”Railway Roundabout 1958” clip available on YouTube shows two lineside colour light signals in very close proximity to each other. Any ideas? (very poor screenshot attached)
  9. Perhaps, not a “milestone” event, but Arthur Peppercorn, last CME of the LNER, passed away in 1951.
  10. The British Transport Commission coming into operation on the first day of 1948 (under the Transport Act 1947).
  11. Rise and fall of Mr Bullied’s “Leader”.
  12. Could one of the LMS aficionados say why the boiler handrails of the “Jubilees” were so positioned in respect to the higher placed handrails of the 5MT. There does not appear to be any engineering reason for these differing positions on the two classes. The design and introduction dates being similar, one could be forgiven for expecting such a feature to be standardised on both similarly dimensioned machines.
  13. There is an interesting photograph in the August issue of “Steam World” showing a passenger train at Birmingham Snow Hill in 1955. The consist has a GW Brake 3rd leading, followed by a Maunsell Open 3rd, some Mk1’s and further GW coaches; the BR coaches may/may not have been Southern allocated. Any thoughts as to how the train came to be assembled In this fashion?
  14. There’s lots of info in here, and one is currently available on the ‘Bay.
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