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Wickham Green

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  1. Don't forget lots of things didn't get painted in the forties - unless it was in camouflage green - so a loco scrapped in the early fifties could have still carried the livery it left main line service in the late thirties - I think one of the Brighton E1s did.
  2. Sort of ......... they were 'just' 08s with a different gear ratio - but followed the aforementioned Bulleid locos ( BR class 12 ) which were go-faster machines : oddly, those didn't have train brakes originally - so intended for short distance work between yards.
  3. If your layout is early BR period, a very care-worn LNER livery would be perfectly plausible.
  4. I thought there would be housing in view there - but the map suggests not : they've both got suitable water courses so it could be either ......... or somewhere else entirely !!?!
  5. You can't see that view for trees and a fence on the road bridge now ............. the branch and 'box have gone, of course, - and the footbridge roof - but the station's much the same. otherwise ( CTRL tracks out of sight to the left ).
  6. There's another rail-related picture they've been using in the last few days - a frosty scene with a viaduct in the background - could be the Ouse Valley aka Balcombe p'raps ?
  7. Can't believe nobody's mentioned Waterloo ( three of which railway sites I can think of ) ........... though, obviously the battle pre-dated the railway age and the name must have been adopted by the area first.
  8. Interesting theory ......... but these were Maunsell locos with normal spokey wheels ( OVSB didn't cook-up the BFB style until later ! ).
  9. Always wondered about those massive fly-cranks .... far chunkier than those on otherwise similar-looking machines
  10. Oh - i wish i had a local model shop to thieve purshase from !
  11. Indeed .......................... ( Would look even better without those 'orrible things below the headstock - but I guess there'd be howls of protest if they only fitted three-links ! )
  12. Hattons raise the issue of the Ally Pally show ( etc.) ...... I guess the whole country won't be on lockdown that soon - but York might be a casualty ??!? ( Unlike certain other hobbies, a model railway show behind closed doors would be rather pointless ! )
  13. "by April" ? ....................................... must be on the boat by now !
  14. This is not the Southern or Great Eastern so there's - effectively - no such thing as a fixed-formation carriage set ....... yes, mixed ages and liveries are certainly OK.
  15. What is it about LNWR brakes ? ............ some time back - not on RMWeb - a question was raised about a similar body, somewhere in Wigtownshire, with comments that it wasn't recognised as of Scottish origin - but speculation that it might have come from across the North Channel.
  16. Yep - all sorts of exotic liveries that would be appropriate on eight- or ten-ton wagons in the 1920s .... but applied to RCH standard 12T bodies ( often as not, stretched to fit a 17'6'' chassis ).
  17. Yes and No ............... blocks of numbers were allocated to each workshop that might receive the occasional wagon ( Railway works, Wagon Repairs etc ) but the numbers were then applied to whatever wagons appeared in random sequence : one of Dave Larkin's recent volumes give mind-numbing detail of inherited steel-bodied wagons !
  18. The better 12T '1923 standard' PO wagons ( and select others ) were allocated 'P' numbers and most received them on their original liveries .... a few would have received BR grey - but not many as they all had limited lives. Anything of less than 12T had even shorter lives under BR and were quickly replaced by thousands of 16T steel wagons : the earliest of which actually pre-dated nationalisation and were probably carrying LMS, NE or 'Ministry' liveries in '53.
  19. 1953's only five years after nationalisation so many, many wagons, many coaches and quite a few locomotives would have retained earlier liveries. A number of locos would, indeed, have the full 'BRITISH AIRWAYS' inscription. Few wagons would have retained pre'36 liveries though ............... and one variant you don't mention is former PO wagons - mainly 12-tonners by then - with 'P' prefix numbers. Livery-wise it's a complex period ........ and very fascinating !
  20. Yes, but lots of industrial saddle tank locos had the tank forward of the firebox so its shape would have been of no consequence !
  21. A freelance prototype deserves a freelance livery ....... have fun inventing something for the Unlikely & Neverwas Railway !
  22. A Belpaire 'box has a greater heating surface within the same width, length & depth ............. but it probably ain't quite that simple !
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