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  1. Please can anyone tell me when the last LNWR Crewe Special Saddle Tank locos were fitted with a cab roof? Did any survive with open cabs after the grouping? When did cab roofs start to replace open cabs? I am building a Crewe special and would like to build it with an open cab (and preferably original smokebox door) so I need to be able to match a time period in order to have correct rolling stock. I would really like to go for 1918-1923 but am flexible. Thanks, Mike
  2. Many thanks for the information and especially for the link to goods traffic in the Epsom and Ewell area which mentioned horseboxes. Very interesting articles which have given me some ideas. Thanks, Mike
  3. I want to build a layout depicting horseboxes at a race course in the pre 1914 period. Information is needed as to what happens when the horseboxes arrive at the racecourse station. Did the horses remain in their horseboxes or were they taken to stables at the station or at the course? If horseboxes were unloaded were they then moved to sidings to enable more trains to unload? I have seen photos of racegoers arriving by train but nothing about the horses. Any information would be very welcome. Thanks, Mike
  4. Thank you for the information. Now I have to find out if the kit is for an A or B! Cheers, Mike
  5. Please can anyone tell me what the wheel diameters are for a North Stafford Railway Class A/B 2-4-2T? I have acquired a part built etched brass kit that does not have any instructions or prototype information. Searches on the computer have not been successful although I found photos. Thank you, Mike
  6. Thank you very much for your reply with the website link. Very useful with great photos. Mike
  7. Please can anyone tell me what colour the LMS painted woodwork on station buildings, goods and engine sheds etc. in the late 1930s? Thanks, Mike
  8. It isn't the half etched fold lines that causes a problem as I do deepen with a file. The problem is bending items such as the narrow tender top flares which have to be curved lengthwise. I agree that brass that is too soft is not suitable and hard brass can be annealed. Cheers, Mike
  9. Many thanks for help and advice. The photos are helpful so I will have another go at putting the tender together over the weekend. Bending the parts is quite difficult as the brass is extremely hard. I will have to find a gas flame for softening. Cheers, Mike
  10. I am building a London Road Models GN J6 etched brass kit (Ex George Norton) and am having great difficulty with the inside front part of the tender. Instructions are not clear on how the numerous parts fit together, an exploded diagram is really necessary. Has anyone built one of these tenders and could give advice, preferably photos of the top and front of tender? Thank you, Mike
  11. I saw one of Peter Bossom's finescale 14.2mm layouts at an exhibition a couple of years ago and was hooked. I didn't consider 12mm or 13.5mm and went straight into 14.2mm. There is such tremendous support in the 3mm Society that modelling in 14.2mm gauge has not been a problem mainly because of the superb track bases and availability of wheels and kits. If you are hesitating because of the three different gauges I say go for 14.2, you wont regret it! Mike
  12. What a problem it is. I only intended to buy a switcher and a few freight cars 12 years ago just to have a small switching layout. Now I have about 150 freight cars, steam locos, logging shays, several switchers and several GPs. I have two layouts one an urban industrial/freight yard and the other is logging. I did manage to keep mainly to NP, GN and Burlington railroads with only a few locos from other railroads. To stop myself from buying and building anymore I started modelling in British 3mm 14.2mm gauge finescale so I have to make locos, track and stock instead of buying ready to run and Athearn kits Seems to be a cure!!! Mike
  13. Thank you both for the excellent photos. I now have a starting point for doing the work. I hadn't really thought about modifying the bogies but it is the obvious answer. Now why didn't I think of that! Thanks, Mike
  14. Does anybody have any ideas about how to fit Sprat and Winkle 4mm couplings to bogie rolling stock such as coaches, parcels vans, bogie bolsters and TEA tank wagons? The presence of the bogie prevents fitting in my usual way with the hook below the headstock and there is no room for the counterbalance. Thanks, Mike
  15. I have an official sideview photo of early GER van 10062. The sides have 10 (or possibly 11) horizontal planks which are framed into two panels either side of the doors. Doors are cupboard type and have wide vertical planks with long strap hinges. Wheels are plain spoked and there are no brakes. I can't see the ends but the side view of the nearest end stanchion shows it to be close to the side so I assume there are four. Is this like the kit you have? I could send a copy of the photo by email if you wish. Cheers, Mike
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