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  1. These look fantastic and am very much looking forward to seeing the finished models. As others have said, an NSE TSOT would certainly plug another gap. And if we dare to dream of MK2Cs, a BSO in Intercity Swallow would be most welcome! But let's not get too carried away....
  2. I had the privilege of seeing the layout 'in the flesh' on the weekend and as I said to Alex then, the images look great on RMWeb but in real life it takes it to a whole new level! This will certainly be a big draw once out on the exhibition circuit, and deservedly so.
  3. Ha, close enough! This is a really good source for railtours: http://railtourinfo.co.uk/tours.html And of course Real Time trains for all workings: http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk All the best, Ross
  4. Nice to be able to enjoy seeing some 'exotic' beasts visiting the Duchy lately: 29th May - 43055 leads the 0600 Eastleigh - Penzance 'Cornish Coastal Pullman' through Saltash station. 02nd June - 47614 & 47593 head East through Saltash with the 1500 Penzance to Wolverhampton 'Cornish Riveria Statesman' All the best, Ross.
  5. These conversions are mentioned in a two-page spread in the recent 'bookazine' "Modelling British Railways Engineers' Wagons" (pages 48-49) - it states that 'the 1950s and early 1960s saw three different types of hopper wagon receive modifications for use on the workings, this involving adding nine-inch high steel plate sections...." It goes on to add that first were the Trouts (about 56 of them), followed by over 420 Dogfish. So maybe mid to late 1950s would be a good guess for the Dogfish, given that there were so many of them? Hope that helps, Ross.
  6. There's been a lot of coverage of these magnificent beasts over social media but just in case anyone's missed it here are some pics of the 'tractors' at Saltash: 04th April, en route to Penzance 06th April, to Plymouth then Kingswear also a video of their passing through on the 04th: All the best, Ross.
  7. Thanks for your responses, very useful! I recently bought a copy of the Lineside Video DVD 'Modern Traction Archive - Exeter in 1989' and have been trawling through it making a note of all the consists - there are quite a few of the 31-hauled services in the DVD and no two consists are the same! Even some with a single 31, which is surprising especially when even some of the 6 coach rakes are double-headed.
  8. Greetings, I've searched the site on many variations of the thread title but to no avail - would anyone please have any info regarding the Mk2 formations that could be found on the 1980's Class 31 hauled summer Saturday services that ran from the North to Paignton? I've seen various pictures and video footage but not with enough clarity to pick out particular coach types, except for the more obvious Mk2f TSO's and Mk1 BGs. I think I remember seeing an IC Mk2C in one video and various types of RU/RMB, so if anyone has spotting notes from that era of these services that they're willing to share it would be hugely appreciated Many thanks, stay safe. Ross.
  9. Great video, that sweeping banked curved is really effective, watching the large logo 50 thundering around it with its coaches was just pure joy!
  10. I don't have exact numbers but a recent Hornby magazine (issue 163) states 'only a handful carried the new blue and grey livery introduced in 1965'. It then goes on to say 'Equally unusual - for a few years at least - was a set consisting entirely of blue and grey coaches'. So, err, more than 8 but perhaps not by much?!
  11. Has anyone else had issues ordering from the Key Publishing website? I ordered this magazine and a few days later it arrived.....except it wasn't this, it was the latest Hornby magazine and the 2021 catalogue....so I sent an email, received an apology and was told a copy of the magazine I ordered had been posted that day....then this morning it arrived - great! Except....it hasn't....I now have a copy of "Britain's Railways in the 1960s"! So another email has been sent. I don't mind amassing a collection of magazines that I haven't paid for but will enjoy reading however it would be nice to receive the actual one I ordered!
  12. Here's a rough side profile shot I took at Laira depot many years ago if it helps:
  13. Hi Martin, I'd certainly be interested in seeing the 50+4 rake formations if you'd care to share them? Best regards, Ross.
  14. Most do if you initiate but in this instance I had both hands busy with the camera, although I often try to give a nod/smile. Nearly all drivers certainly do engage with young children - I was at the station with my 4-yr old son on the weekend who was giving the crew of a Castle Class HST an enthusiastic wave - they gave such a blast on the horn I thought we were about to revert to potty training - and that was just for me! Even the crew were surprised by how loudly it bounced off the surrounding buildings, they gave an apologetic grin as they pulled off!
  15. This weekend's weather is certainly suited to the appearance of the RHTT - I didn't get any usable shots but did take a video as it passed through Saltash on its outward run this morning - not quite as appealing as the diesels involved in top and tailing action last week!
  16. Now that was a great weekend to end Summer on - not just one classic loco but two? In different liveries? With multiple opportunities to see them hauling tours? In (mostly) glorious sunshine?! Yes, please
  17. I'd highly recommend these two other John Vaughan books as well - Diesels in the Duchy and An Illustrated History of the Cornish Main Line (no affiliation to either Amazon or John, just thought the links may be useful!) >> On reflection Diesels In The Duchy may be a few years too early for your time period? Regards, Ross.
  18. A nice splash of red through Saltash earlier today with 66128 leading the 1432 Parkandillack to Exeter Riverside Yard service, running 64 early. Regards, Ross.
  19. Watching that latest vid was like a form of therapy - fantastic selection of rolling stock and thoroughly enjoyable prototypical consists!
  20. Managed to catch the cement empties this morning - 70812 leads the tanks through Wearde cutting on the approach to Saltash, running around 14 minutes early. All the best, Ross.
  21. Thanks for your replies chaps, I was doing some more research via Flickr and found an image that may well provide an answer - it's a very similar load four consist (complete with RBR) running into Penzance on a local service where the stock is then used to form part of a long distance service, perhaps the same process was happening on this day? https://flic.kr/p/b4Xwh8 The caption reads - "50013 'Agincourt' heads a small but perfectly formed train of one buffet car, one first, one second and one brake van into Penzance on 16.3.87. This was the 07.27 from Plymouth, the vehicles of which then formed part of a long distance departure from Penzance - probably the 10.30 to Liverpool" Regards, Ross.
  22. While recently watching some of the videos from the The Alan Harrison Collection on YouTube (which is excellent and highly recommended viewing for fans of mid-1980s B.R.) a particular formation from the video "Part 16 Bodmin, Lostwithiel & Par" piqued my interest - it shows a 50 leaving Bodmin Road heading West with a four-coach load which initially I thought must be a Plymouth-Penzance stopper, but the consist struck me as a bit odd: Mk1 Buffet Restaurant MK2f FO (i think it's an 'f' - could be a 'd'!) MK2A with NSE flashes MK2C BSO or BSK It's a great one to model but the inclusion of a full buffet isn't something I've seen before on the many variations of the 1980's loco-hauled Plym-Penz service - is it possible this was split from a longer consist or just another of the many formation possibilities to add to the list? The video can be viewed below: Thanks, Ross.
  23. Hi Andy, It may be worth an enquiry to the 'Nostalgic St. Erth' group on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/173281783037301/ They seem to post a lot of historical photographs and associated information so someone may be able to assist you - good luck! Regards, Ross.
  24. The passing of the NRMT train through Saltash coincided nicely with my lunch break today, even though it was some 27 minutes early! It made a nice burst of colour under rather gloomy skies, as well as being a welcome change from GWR green.
  25. Looks great - that low level crossing shot is brilliant!
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