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  1. That's what it looks like to me too. As built, Great Eastern steel-panelled stock was indistinguishable from wooden-bodied stock. However, they rusted badly, and latterly Stratford tended to adopt the simplified style of panelling seen here. (Dennis Seabrook Collection/LNER Society) D
  2. They are probably the mounting points for the concrete weights on the end platforms on Bachman's BR version of the Toad D. They weren't there on the prototype. None of the LNER built ones had handrails on the end platform. All the LNER examples were vacuum fitted. The only unfitted Toad Ds before nationalisation were a half dozen supplied by the LNER to the Cheshire Lines Committee. D
  3. Corridor composite E63765E. There were a number of carriages to NER design built for the GE section (and elsewhere) shortly after grouping, but as far as I can see only these CKs match the door and window spacing of the third vehicle in the photograph of 2836. (Dennis Seabrook Collection/LNER Society) D
  4. A Great Eastern six-wheel clerestory lav third. (Dennis Seabrook Collection/LNER Society) D
  5. The first two vehicles are of Great Eastern origin, and the third is indeed of North Eastern design. It looks to be one of the eight 53' 6" corridor composites built at York shortly after grouping for service on the GE section. The rest of the train is a little difficult to make out, but the next two coaches look to be GE 50' TKs, and the one after that a GE catering car. D
  6. This is a BR-era photo, but the same arrangement is shown on the LNER official portrait of 6820 in Harris (1998). (Dennis Seabrook Collection/LNER Society) D
  7. They did, as did Adrian Swain (ABS) and, if memory serves, Ian Kirk. D
  8. For about the first decade or so of its existence, the LMS favoured 4-shoe brakegear with a cross-shaft and Morton reversing cam for most of its newbuild fitted stock, switching to clasp brakes about the same time as it moved from 9' to 10' wb for most of its newbuild ordinary merchandise wagons. For the benefit of the OP, here is a summary of the types of brake used on the wagons listed. Unfitted C57 LMS 5 Plank wagon D1667 Independent either side lever double block (as per Mark Forrest's model upthread) C58 " " " " D1666
  9. These are 12 ton general merchandise wagons to LMS dia 1666. Well over 50,000 were built between 1923 and 1930. Plenty left in 1947, I should have thought. D
  10. 11 looks rather like Leeds Neville Hill to me. D
  11. According to An Illustrated History of Southern Wagons, Vol 4, in Southern days there were 30 dia 1387s (converted from the standard open goods wagon, dia 1379), and twenty of the 12' wb 8-plank opens on a 21' 6 underframe (dia 1388). BR added a further 40 of a slightly longer version of the latter. I'm not aware of a kit for the dia 1388. D
  12. Right idea, wrong vehicle, I should have said, Clive. 4901/2 did have alarm gear both ends: the clerestory, I wouldn't have thought so. D
  13. R H N Hardy, Steam in the Blood, chapter one. D
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