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  1. Oh, interesting! Might I ask if you have a scan of that list at all? If so, could you DM me please?
  2. Aha yes, I got that far - I just wanted a little more concrete knowledge on that, numbers and so on. I agree, I imagine it's supposed to be shorter, but for an approximation of a vehicle I've not found any information on, I'm less concerned by that. That chiselling does not appeal to me... But needs must.
  3. Good evening everyone, I know I've mentioned it a few times now that the six-wheel brake bears a resemblance to a real SECR brake; So glad I found that eBay listing! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BRASS-KIT-BUILT-6-WHEEL-BRAKE-BAGGAGE-COACH-in-SE-CR-Maroon-Livery-00-Gauge/293954140479?hash=item447108393f:g:HJwAAOSwIrNf~0Is Now to get onto the SECR Society and ask my contacts what we think the diagram is... Because I don't know, myself.
  4. My fingers are slowly getting there, I do work in a warehouse and I'm head cook at home after all! And I think my best solder is leaded - I've an old electrical one in a slightly rude-shaped tube, recommended for radio and electrical work?
  5. That's exactly how it's supposed to look, yes! And it's all etched brass here. I only spoke of gluing the bearing in as it looked fiddly to solder, but then, if I'm soldering wire, I can solder a bearing... In theory.
  6. After a few days' break from the Bedford kit, I decided to return to it with a clear mind and a bit of research on different compensation types. I looked over the chassis etch again and noticed little tabs either side of all the W irons, and, having seen similar on separate W iron parts for wagons, realised that the compensation wire would be threaded through all of these, with the axle hanging strip (I don't know the proper term - the little tab with the inside bearing in it?) bent over the wire and with bearings held in place inside those, presumably by glue or by pressure from t
  7. Surely if you're wanting illuminated stock though, you'd just plump for the lighting option from either company rather than paying roughly the same price for the lighting kit after the fact? It costs the same price (£35.99 for Hornby's lit carriages compared £36 for Hattons').
  8. That's much further afield than I anticipated, or at least more connections than I imagined. Fascinating stuff. As I say, it was just a late-night mental exercise, but no less curious. Of course, it doesn't mean I will go ahead and try to model many (if any!) of the aforementioned through coaches. Right, today consists of trying to track down a pair of old tutors from university who I can politely persuade to be my references for this MA application...
  9. Aha - I have just reread an email with the L&YR Society, and in it destinations such as Torquay, Bournemouth, Cromer and Scarborough are mentioned. I expect then that anything L&YR from down in the Southwest may make its way back up north with the Caledonian stock, being passed onto the LNWR and then onto home territory. Similarly, with Bournemouth, it may have been made up into the Newcastle via Sheffield train, and attached to the portion I mentioned earlier? I'm likely greatly over-simplifying it (ah, to have simple pre-grouping journeys... That'd be a first)
  10. Further to this discussion, I was pondering on through carriages and just how many of them might have crossed paths, working their way up from the South to their respective destinations. I didn't get terribly far and I don't imagine too many are highly accurate but it was a fun exercise: Dover - Birkenhead/Sheffield train, (From 1923 using ex-LSWR corridor composite brakes (dual-braked) alongside ex-SECR Birdcage/corridor third sets, GCR 1911 carriages, Midland and GWR carriages). Possibility that the LSWR through service via the Cross Country Route was also attached to this? Detac
  11. Good evening chaps, you've reminded me of a newspaper excerpt I was shown a few years ago on this very topic, discussing the 'forthcoming testing' of a Dunalistair from London to Dover! Interesting stuff, and I do wonder whether this ever did go ahead - certainly an ex-LTSR 4-6-4 was tested but not bought due to its excessive width and weight prohibiting it from many lines.
  12. I often watch these on ebay then lose my bottle when it comes to bidding, thinking it would be another irrelevant purchase that would sit in a box or be sold on again (much like a Laura Ashley dress I bought as a birthday treat but doesn't fit me quite as well as I'd hoped. That's one to go on the sell pile...) but I'm hoping to have answers from the Southern Email Group sometime today. At any rate, even if it's not accurate, these saloons being used on Dover - Birkenhead trains, it makes sense in my mind so I may well buy one anyway. That'd be nice, another LSWR livery train behind an F1 or s
  13. Good evening all, @Skinnylinny and I were re-reading Weddell earlier tonight, comparing notes we'd found in other books on pre-grouping coaching stock, and we noticed that the D. 131 and D. 410 ex-LSWR BCKs, which we already knew of, had been dual-braked for working the aforementioned service. In addition to this, while discussing the merits of a 4mm representation of the clerestory dining saloons in their main iterations, it became apparent that these had also been used (or at least intended for use) on long-distance journeys from Bournemouth. It's because of this that I was pondering on
  14. Just an update on this - I've been starting work on a Mallard carriage kit and the paint recommendation of the day was 'Sovereign Purple Lake', which I can't find anywhere online. I found the company, however, and did make a post about it on my workbench thread. I may email the company and ask if it was a colour they ever produced and if they'd be likely to reintroduce it (I doubt it) - Alex
  15. I believe it was a similar situation to Pullman - catering vehicles would be stocked either in the carriage sidings or at the appropriate station (so for instance, Waterloo), with gas being replenished at the carriage sidings, with linen and food possibly being ordered through the company's hotel subsidiary. I know top-ups could be requested for certain stops. Certainly, gas and water were replenished at stations anyway - although I think because the gas cookers were specific companies, they provided gas refill facilities, too? Silverware looks to have been purchased from companie
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