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  1. Well folks, I was sent another photo to disseminate the other day, this time of a Hastings-bound August train. The Pullman car, by this time remodelled into a composite, is itself sandwiched between two loose composites - unusual. Though Pullmans on the Hastings trains were typically outside of the set, I'd never heard of them being placed between loose vehicles. One would imagine they'd be between the loose vehicles and brake end, where that would be typical. I can't be too sure, but it also looks like the Maunsell composites have been arranged to match the composite arrangement
  2. Well folks, I'm a bit nervous. I wrote up an article for the Pullman Society on 'Pullman and Prestige in Hastings', and despite two peer reviews I'm rather paranoid I've overwritten, or I've formatted it too much (the editors request things are simple so they can set everything as is needed, rather than having to undo then redo), or that I've got too many references (over 50 footnotes at my last rough count). I'm sure it'll be fine. In the meantime, however, all I can do it wait for January to roll around excitedly and see my own article - my longest yet! - published in a Society
  3. I've heard of people using Graham Farish 'Maunsell' coaches in either scale (2-4mm) and following Model Railway Constructor guides from the 1960s (Terry Gough's, I do believe) to create semblances of 'Ironclads'. You might have some joy there, and then use either Phoenix (now Southern Railway Group I think?) bogies in 4mm, or blag using Maunsell or LSWR standard ones. New buffers and gangways, and some other detailing parts, and you're on your way.
  4. Nearholmer, You're quite right, the car Bessborough is a 1908 Parlour car from the Southern Belle set, and ought to be on six-wheel equalised bogies. Nevertheless, it's a fabulous model - I'm very envious.
  5. I'm afraid I haven't touched the model since I've moved, I've been busy trying to settle in and arranging other things. Plotting the handrail knobs shouldn't be too difficult, I'll just use a template likely from the diagrams I have. The tender frames need a wider footplate, that'll be thin (.5-1mm) plastic sheet, and I'll write on the detailing when I get on with that. Unfortunately, it just hasn't been a priority lately.
  6. Whenever I'm writing anything for a society or publication I ask which format they prefer, any processor that I should avoid (some prefer Google docs, others Word etc etc), and I try to follow those strictures as closely as possible to make the editor's job easier. And I think opening oneself up to proof reading is always a good idea, as there will no no doubt be lexical choices or grammatical errors that don't always fit. There's always at least one mistake and I'm glad other people can find it!
  7. The setting: Hastings Station. Date: July 23rd, 1900. The event: the inaugural run of the ''Bexhill-on-Sea Special Express'', or, the first Pullman car to Hastings! Gleaned from the July 28th edition of the Hastings and St Leonards Observer, the train departed Hastings at 8:15 a.m. and arrived at London Bridge at 10:20 a.m.; the return trip was made from Victoria, departing at 17:20 and arriving at 19:18. I'm trying to find more information on this now - it's an excellent foundation to work from!
  8. This is something that may prove interesting; In 1904 the LNWR and L&YR held a joint conference in Hastings, but protested when asked whether any services were planned to the town that no, the directors just thought the town was 'convenient' and 'a nice place to visit'. It's a pain to get to, how can it possibly be a 'convenient' conference venue?! It's food for thought, though - through L&YR carriages with the LNWR, perhaps? Maybe there would be through ticketing from L&Y stations (I know this existed for some Southern destinations) on LNWR southbound trai
  9. After an evening of reading newspaper cuttings on my laptop screen and some encouragement from Antony Ford, I'm feeling more confident in my being able to write (eventually) on the Hastings Pullman car service. According to a March 1907 article in the Hastings and St Leonards Observer, regarding the change in railway services upcoming in April; ''SOUTH COAST TRAIN ARRANGEMENTS - A few of the train alterations to be introduced on the South Coast Line on 1st April will affect Hastings and St Leonards. We note that the Pullman Car is to be withdrawn from the 5:20 p.m. (M
  10. These are gorgeous, I'd love to know what services they ran on? Highly doubtful they'd run south of London, of course, but one hopes. The artwork implies quite a generous compartment size?
  11. I suggested Sandling at the time, but it was dismissed. Perhaps we'll never really know...
  12. Coming back to the discussion from some weeks ago regarding the LNWR train at Folkestone and the strange junction no-one could agree upon, might I suggest Swanley?
  13. Thanks for that Jack, I hadn't realised the buffers used the Romford nuts, I'll have to buy one of the screwdrivers, too!
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