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  1. That's a shame, that's where my thoughts were going. Back to the drawing board! Tony
  2. Thank you for this useful info. So it should be possible to produce a Standard No 2 by extending a Standard No 3 by 3mm (in 4mm scale)? Tony
  3. This is all very interesting, thank you! I note from Russell that Armorel was fitted with a Standard 3 in 1933, does RCTS give any fitting dates for the other Bulldogs? I'm hoping for an early fitting to a straight frame Bulldog! Tony
  4. Many thanks Miss Prism and JimC I'll follow this up. Tony
  5. The excellent GWR Modelling website suggests in A Beginners Guide to Outside Framed 4-4-0s that "during the 1920s some Bulldogs, both straight and curved frame, were fitted with the smaller and shorter Number 3 boiler" . Having just completed a reasonable (to me) representation of a GWR 36xx which also used the Standard Number 3 boiler https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/131939-representational-modelling-early-1920s-gwr-36xx/page/2/ I'm seeing possibilities for another Dukedog to Bulldog conversion. I used a modified Mainline 2251 boiler to represent a Standard Number 3. Can anyone point me to information sources which might have details of Bulldogs so fitted and when please?
  6. For my 1920s Birmingham area themed layout I've been looking for typical motive power to complement the GWR 39xx 2-6-2T shown earlier in this thread. The obvious choice became a 36xx 2-4-2T. Taking inspiration from another Railway Modeller article, A Birdcage for Polly, November 1977, I looked at how to use the same techniques but with more modern materials. Bachmann's Lancashire & Yorkshire 2-4-2 seemed a likely donor as its overall dimensions are very close, despite the driving wheels being a little large, especially as some sources say the prototype 36xx was based on the L&Y prototype. The Bachmann model was stripped down to the running plate and tanks, cab and bunker built up from plasticard using the drawings in Russel's Great Western Engines. The boiler is an ex Mainline 2251 with extended firebox. Fittings are mainly from Alan Gibson, Brassmasters or the scap box. 3629 was shedded at Leamington in 1921 and so fits in with my 1920 to 25 timeframe. Fitted with a Zimo decoder it pulls well and shares passenger duties with the 39xx.
  7. Very useful, thank you Neil. I've already discovered a topic I'd missed! Tony
  8. I look forward to seeing the result. Good luck! Tony
  9. That looks really good and so full of promise for the future. Well done! Tony
  10. The colour block in the book seems to match Pantone 4625. Tony
  11. Liveries of the Pre-Grouping Railways Volume One, Wales and the West of England, shows a colour block for Taff Vale Carriage Brown and gives its specification as Pantone 4625 or British Standard 5252 06 C 40. It can be seen at https://www.e-paint.co.uk/bs5252_colour_chart.asp although they do say web colours are unreliable and you should buy the chart! I'd rather buy the book! Tony
  12. As I continue backdating my (in progress) layout from the 1950s to the early 1920s I've been looking at which items of rolling stock I can reuse. Taking my cue from Nile, of this forum, I've tackled the Bachmann Midland brake van. I mainly followed Nile's route but did find that a fibreglass burnishing brush removed the BR markings without the need for repainting. I also shortened the inner veranda access handrails and added a representation of the train control system tablet racks in accordance with a photo in Bob Essery's Illustrated History of Midland Wagons, Volume 2. The lettering is from HMRS sheet 17. An enjoyable exercise!
  13. Midland Railway 1377 class as rebuilt. No 1741 was a long term Birmingham loco, delivered new to Saltley in 1884 and returned to Saltley after its rebuilding in 1924 where it remained until withdrawn in 1932. It is fitted with Ramsbottom safety valves and is in the 1924 LMS livery. It fits in nicely with my Birmingham GWR/Midland joint themed layout Birmingham Bull Ring, as it is backdated from the 1950s to the early 1920s. The classification 1F for these locos was not introduced until 1928 and they did not exist in the form produced by Bachmann in Midland Railway days, so this is the earliest it can be backdated to without major surgery. However a really useful loco and thanks to Bachmann for producing it.
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