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  1. Many thanks to you all for your kind advice, and replying so promptly. I will get on the 'phone and see what is around. I did not want to sound like a total numpty to them: 3.3M is a useful length to me, and I am glad to hear it is a 'standard'. With best wishes and thanks for giving this your time.
  2. Sorry to ask what is probably a daft question, but I am trying to find some ten foot (3.2M) lengths of 2"x1" for the underframe of a 2'6"x9'6" baseboard. I have asked a few baseboard manufacturers and they say the longest they can do is six feet. This (two boards) might be my only option, but if I can find a builders' merchant who sells 3.2M/10' lengths of timber, I am happy to have a go at making a frame myself. I saw these on Travis Perkins' web-page: https://www.travisperkins.co.uk/planed-softwood-timber/redwood-planed-timber-standard-25mm-x-50mm-finished-size-20-5
  3. Apologies for blatantly 'bumping' this, but I got to play on the flat-bed scanner at work at last to-day, and took these 600 d.p.i. A3 JPEGS. I hope the improved quality is of use. If another format (TIFF?) would be preferred, do let me know and I will try and re-scan them.
  4. Mea culpa; I did not know it had popped up here before. I am still curious as to why people have changed, but I will spare further droning. Anyway, my tea is cool enough to drink now, so I will go and settle down with the latest R.M.
  5. Sign me up, please! Do not get me started on the transformation of everything into verbs (e.g., "access")...
  6. To my surprise, consulting my 'bible', the 'Oxford English Dictionary' on-line (alas, not in the 1st facsimile ed. though), I discover "train station" was first recorded, and in a London publication, in 1845. However, the usage is rather specific, I think, to a "luggage train station" (whatever that is). But the next citation is also from London: train station n. [1845 Morning Chron. [London] 11 Mar. 6/5 A box, containing two bars of gold, value £1,600, was stolen from the luggage train station of the Dover Railroad.] 1856 Daily News [London] 14 Nov. 5/3 I got int
  7. Aaaah; many thanks 'Red Kite Rail'. Thought it was too good to be true! Sorry to clutter up the board. Best wishes to you all.
  8. Dear all, Sorry if this has been happening for a while and is mentioned here elsewhere; my visits to RMWeb are not as frequent as ideal. Tracing an engineers' train, top and tailed with 73s, I overtook on the way to Sussex on Tuesday, 11th Aug., I came across the attached "623R" (Obfuscated): a Voyager unit under Civil Engineers' control. Does anyone know what these are being run for? As the railway descends into a Serpell-like network, surely there can not be new services planned, restoring the lovely Sussex-Kensington Olympia-northwards trains, can there? If there are, may I
  9. Just wanted to make a discreet plea to raid all available photo archives for inter-regional vacuum-braked goods trains, and anything 'non-block' that served Crawley New Yard, please, as content. Mind you, I will buy copies anyway. Keep up the good work. Thanks.
  10. Dreadful news! Please do NOT close the 1S76.com web-site down, if possible. You are providing much information of value to us all. I know nothing about web-page compositing, but if it is possible to move it to a different host (I use Heart Internet for my e-mail, and have no complaints) I hope I will not be alone in my gratitude for its preservation. Or you could just print it all in a book for us to buy!
  11. Thanks to you both for your help. I had not heard of the 'mozzarella flow'. I know the IIB Inter-frigos got around a lot, but was not sure what freight to/from Iran they would have carried. I do like the idea of dried apricots and nuts winding their way towards the U.K. Best wishes.
  12. Sorry if this question is thought to be more suitable for the 'Asian Railways' board, but does anyone know what goods were carried in the VIX and IIB ferry-wagons between Iran and the U.K.? I believe offal was carried in one service - perhaps not from Iran - to Pedigree Pet-foods at Melton Mowbray (Shannon, 'Wagonload', 2006, p.51). I read on this site somewhere someone saw a VIX in Iran once. I appreciate the cargo would not have been spices, saffron, carpets, and rice, but if anyone knows what the traffic was in these most romantic of wagons, and how often, I would be grateful. Thanks as
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