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  1. The first 2 pictures are of the DBMS looking towards the guards area, count the number of hanging straps. Pictures 3, 4 are of the DTS only 2 hanging straps denoting small bench seats by the doors only the door mechanisms hidden underneath . From the pictures I have of the set that used to be at ERM Coventry. also the give away for the first 2 is the single bay by the guards door, in the second pair there are 2 bays by the back door. the 5th picture is of the TS as the area beyond the last set of doors has no bays just a bench seat only fitted to the TS, also the seats are the declassified 2+1
  2. From what I could find, for sections away from the railway the construction company used 2 cranes, The first was a was a 20 ton lift capable which was block mounted and this was rebuilt when its reach was no longer capable of lifting each beam. They may have used other methods to lift sections close to Bletchley yard, but I didn't find photos of this. This picture shows where this weekends works to remove sections was carried out but from 1958. https://www.livingarchive.org.uk/content/catalogue_item/graham-smith-collection/photographs-of-bletchley-railway-station/bletchley-st
  3. The only picture I have found of the beams being lifted into place. The photo is from the RCTS collection "Concrete Viaduct Bletchley" Construction of the concrete viaduct to carry the line from Oxford and Bicester over the West Coast main line South of Bletchley Station, photo by Bob Berry.
  4. The measurements for the RH part are 178mm x 200mm. I took a cast of the plate fitted to DE165 268881 while it was at ERM Coventry and used it to make resin copies to which were fitted to the loco. The plate over all is 260mm x 345mm cg501
  5. Came across a few great pictures of the fly over being built. When I was researching for my engineering thesis for my Masters. This shows the work involved in building each span. The photo is from the RCTS collection "Concrete Viaduct Bletchley" Construction of the concrete viaduct to carry the line from Oxford and Bicester over the West Coast main line South of Bletchley Station, photo by Bob Berry.
  6. It's not so much about budget, its about the bridge, it's design and the available space around, around the Bletchley site there is room for a large crane. At Huntingdon there is no space. Also the beams involved are very different. Each span at Bletchley is made up of 18 beams each weighting 10-15 tons with a poured reinforce concrete deck. The bridge at Huntingdon has fewer spans and less beams, but those beam are more than ten times the size and weight. But what is more important is that on the A14 bridge they have fitted a safety deck, this means they can work without closing the road
  7. It's funny they can remove the old A14 road bridge over both one of the busiest roads in Huntingdon as well as the east coast main line with very limited requirements for road closures or rail service interruptions. yet they need to closed a road for 6 months to remove or repair 3 small spans.
  8. Is the Bay platform (5) at Basingstoke electrified, I used to remember that the DEMUs from Reading coming in to the bay and those lines which were not electrified. It used to be a straight though platform but was cut back so that the station had better access from the northside. Andrew
  9. Just to correct you on this information the when BR replaced the trains on the Watford to Euston line, the class 501s were delivered to use 4th rail, with both positive and negative supply shoes fitted. During the restoration survey work on 501DT (75186) it was found that she still had the cross beams and supports for the center contact shoe. Andrew
  10. Hello Jack not sure it's the right one but try Ebay item 174269302210
  11. Hello Marc A lot of the fruit traffic from Wisbech / Ramsey and other yards in the area, as well as along the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway went up to Rowntree's in York. Andrew
  12. That's much better, looking great Andrew
  13. Darius Just to note there should be hinges on the 3 doors which are housing the grills. top hinge (bottom of the hinge inline with top of the windows). Middle hinge ( just above the bottom of the windows) and bottom hinges are inline with the bottom door hinges on the other doors. I have a picture somewhere of a Motor coach outside Stonebridge Park. For more info on the units check out the book below, has a few shots of underframe detail as well Andrew
  14. Ron Fisher has some great shots of these units after withdrawal stored at Verney Junction showing the Green with Yellow fronts on this FlickR pages, used these as reference when building my own GEC Sets January, 1964. Copyright Ron Fisher. - https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=40052043%40N03&text=Verney Junction&view_all=1 Andrew Humphries Class 501 Trust
  15. Shane just to let you know, over 700 did go to the open day last Sunday which was the museums largest attendance for a single day. The Museum also has a petition against the closure of the museum and information can be found here https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/support-a-future-for-the-electric-railway-museum Andrew Humphries 501 Project and ERM site Manager
  16. They are looking very nice, the first door in to the guards area is still not right, the door opens inwards, so does not meet the bottom of the coach, see attached picture http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/gallery/image/81435-75186-001/ also of note is there is an indented panel on the front of the unit on the unit it is only an inch deep, it was recessed to house one of the main control cables and there should be a red light in the bottom centre (or are you adding this later). Andrew Humphries 501 Restoration project
  17. The 501s only ever had 1 periscope each end facing inwards, this was due to them having a guards area at each end, with the guard sitting at the back of the train. Andrew Humphries 501 Restoration Project
  18. The periscopes were removed during the early 70s, but they were in inline with the rear wall of the guards area (this is 360mm from the first passenger compartment door). The gutters run the length of the train and curve ends, the units also have large metal step boards above the buffers with the inner end ones being much larger. As for the vents they were in 2 lines, starting at the cab, 2 above the cab 1 each side, 1 on the right side of the guards area then above the centre of each compartment starting on the left hand side and alternating every compartment. also of note the gu
  19. looking good but just to let you know. The 501s only had periscopes looking forward, a single periscope in each brakevan and you might want to check on the number of roof vents, also the 501s had no rain strip water just flowed in to guttering. Andrew Humphries 501 Restoration project
  20. Hello James Spondon 1 is part of our collection here at the Electric Railway Museum and i will look at getting the measurements you are looking for. I also have a extensive collection of pictures of both Spondon 1 & 2. Andrew Humphries Site Manager Electric Railway Museum By the way I also have a 7 1/4 gauage version
  21. Hi Izzy Just came across this topic how is your Class 309 coming on, were you able to the detailed shots of the underframe you needed, If not please get in contact, as we have 2 class 309s at the Electric Railway Museum and it is easy for me to get any picture you still need. If not why not come over and visit. We have a open weekend 12th and 13th September 2015(it's Free to get in) Andrew Humphries Site Manager Electric Railway Museum
  22. The book I am talking about is: History of the North London Railway - Volume 1 London's North Western Electrics. I got mine from Ian Allen in Birmingham. Having been looking into the history of the Line, since talking on the mantle of restoring a class 501 Including photos of 1920s Joint stock on the Croxley Green Branch, lots of photos of the Oerlikons, Siemens Stock, 501s and London Underground, there are some very interesting shots of underframes and equipement. CG501
  23. Just got my hands on the new book published by The North London Railway Historical Society. The book contains many photos that I have not seen, including some very detailed pictures for those modelling these lines. CG501
  24. Sorry Michael the bogie frames you have there are from BR class 504 and not from a class 501 the frames fitted to both the class 501 and the tyneside BR Parcel Car and the 2EPBs were either the standard BR Southern MK1 or MK4 Motor bogie frames (they look the same) the part numbers from DCKits are : P137 Southern EMU Power bogie Sideframes - Pack of 10 and P147 SR third rail shoe beams pack of 16 £6.13 The parcels van had motor bogies at both ends and contained a pair of EE507s which gave it 1000hp not bad for a parcels car I have added pictures of both the frames and shoe beam
  25. I am also stuck at this point, I have been looking at using brass sheet with a slot cut for each louvres and the brass eased into shape. but this method is very time consuming and one error and you've wasted what you have done. Can anyone remember were the louvres suppled with the kit in question (MTK and El Crappo kits) an etch or casting. My unit is at this stage but needs the grills to finish. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/gallery/album/2621-my-model-emus/ CG501
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