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Right Away

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  1. A TWW based Standard tank eases off shed, passing a commendably clean Mogul.
  2. Of course, Phil. Photo, courtesy of John Wiltshire, Wales Online.
  3. Apologies if seen by many before, but I came across this photo of Cashmore’s in Newport. A sorry sight for steam enthusiasts. Surrounded by the remains of others gone before, 34021 still manages to exude a degree of majesty in its final hours. The mountain of scrap in itself presents a tremendous modelling opportunity .... let me see, which locos can I dispense with?
  4. That’s right; I’ve a few colour shots but the earliest was taken around 1958. It was the “Z” that first caught my attention, possibly a works visit.
  5. Recently came across this rather interesting photograph of Brighton MPD in the early ‘Fifties. Viewers may wish to ponder over the variety of engines on shed. Locomotives L to R: U1 2-6-0 Two 0-6-2 tanks, the nearer of which is E5x No 32586 BR 4 2-6-4T WC/BB 4-6-2 (4500 gal tender) BR 4 2-6-4T, L 4-4-0 No 31773 C2x 0-6-0 ? N15 4-6-0 or S15 4-6-0 (4000 gal tender) Tank? Tank? Fairburn 2-6-4T, 0-6-2 tank ? Tender of WC/BB (behind the Fairburn’s smoke), Z 0-8-0T K 2-6-0 ?, Fairburn 2-6-4T WC/BB 4-6-2, H2 4-4-2 ? ..... and is that a Q1 0-6-0 lurking in the foreground without rods?
  6. For reasons of accountancy, BR liked to refer to the results of Mr R Jarvis’s work as a modification. Whichever term we choose, prior to the ingenious work of Mr Jarvis, the alterations to the Bullied Pacifics, from the subtle to the seemingly radical, have provided Southern enthusiasts and rail historians with seemingly endless fat to chew over.....“who’s getting the next round in?“
  7. My sticks are manually operated and use 0.45mm steel wire from the signal arm(s) to the under board crank and 1mm steel (piano) wire from the crank to the operating position. On the longer runs, the longer, 1mm rod passes through a support (electrical strip connector) where the screws can be used to adjust for any “whippyness”. This method has been in successful operation for a few years now.
  8. CWR gives an extremely good level of comfort for travelling customers and staff, but .... am I becoming too nostalgic by admitting I actually miss the rythmic rocking (careful here!) and sounds of the “old” railway. Rose-coloureds, yeah-yeah, but to me, the motion imparted an almost soothing effect compared to the dull, soundless environment of modern rail travel. Admittedly, the speeds were lower, had to be else we’d be off the road over those old alignments. Sprung cushioned upholstery, a gentle swaying over the joints and the heads would soon be nodding. Of course it could be far less than enticing for the suburban commuter as he or she struggled for balance in an overcrowded SUB or EPB as it cluttered around the chimney pots. (Mods: Perhaps this should be in the Prototype section)
  9. “At last. We can book off when we've put this one away!”
  10. “Sorry folks, no refreshments on this one.”
  11. Thank you so much for the info. Speaking from the prototypical side, passing our local area there were four rows (or whatever the correct term is) of pylons, 3 rows carrying 132kV and 1 carrying 33kV feeding from the Brighton “A” and “B” coal fired power stations. The “A” station was first to go in 1976 and the “B” station was later replaced by a gas fired installation. There are now only two rows of pylons, one with single conductors and one with twin conductors. Out of interest, the warning plates on these pylons no longer state the voltage; is there a specific reason for this? Apologies if this would be better on a new thread elsewhere, but the subject matter deemed it quite relevant here.
  12. Hi PK, absolutely stunning models. Considering having a bash myself; there are many pylons of differing types in my area for reference. Having to order the materials online, I would you be able to recommend which of the various Evergreen angle strips to buy. Many thanks.
  13. “Best go no further, lad; new foreman’s a bit of a worrier.”
  14. Just a little poser for thought. The Set Up: 10 year old Lenz DCC which works perfectly. Track supply configured on system at 14v. I replaced my old Victor 86D multimeter as a crack had appeared in the display screen, although most characters are still legible. The new meter is a DiLog DL9206. A random check of the track voltage produced the following disparity of readings between the two meters. Victor 86D: reading fluctuating between 14.18v and 14.40v DiLog DL9206: reading fluctuating between 20.82v and 21.19v It is appreciated the output from any DCC controller is not of a pure sinusoidal AC waveform. Never given this much thought before as the DCC works fine, but it would appear the Victor meter could be showing an RMS value (of sorts]? There is nothing to suggest it does. However, dropping these figures into an online RMS calculator would seem to show that this is indeed the case as the results are very close. Some may find this worth bearing in mind if having just invested in their first meter when checking DCC track voltage.
  15. Note the differing positions of the power “ribbon” fuses (equipment and train line) and the absence of a jumper line fuse on EP stock.
  16. Raising The Standard? “She’s never a ‘Wells engine; you can see the paint!“
  17. “Wadebridge” leaving shed to work back home on a stopper.
  18. “Hello; this looks suspiciously like another Chatham conspiracy!”
  19. That is interesting; I thought your surname rang a bell somewhere. I have a couple of the SR books (unfortunately not the west country themed volumes) where J R Besley appears in some of the photo credits. If you can’t find those books, you are still very fortunate in having the memory of those photographic locations and events. Incidentally, the ‘bay often shows used Bradford Barton for sale.
  20. Infrequent visitor; a half-tidy Nine viewed from the road bridge.
  21. A quick gander over the bridge; mustn’t be late for the flippin’ register again!
  22. Late Afternoon Rush Hour Departures “Look, he wants to get there before he’s even started.” A West Country Pacific heading an afternoon semi-fast for London, noisily looses its feet as it tries to be hurried away, whilst a BR5 changes crews before following with a parcels.
  23. A Bank Holiday extra for the Midlands waits to follow a Pacific hauled heavy express for Waterloo.
  24. Some info on the west station here: http://disused-stations.org.uk/b/bexhill_west/index.shtml
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