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mikemeg last won the day on August 27 2012

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  1. Mick, Certainly looks like it is flangeless; though the front bogie wheels do have flanges. It is just a trick of the light. I've now just about finished 'restoring' the railway after its storage in the garage, so next time I set up the big tanks on the up slow, there'll be a few more. Cheers Mike
  2. Or perhaps this one - Big tanks on the up slow line. I never saw any of these big tanks, in my loco spotting days, so this is the nearest I can get to 'living those days'. Cheers Mike
  3. I'm approaching the end of my 'tender fest' with the completion of six of them. So, not a lot to post re their construction as they're pretty well all the same. So another old photo - home while the sun's still up - of one of the A6's; this one just before its withdrawal. The loco is weathered to represent the state in which it might have appeared at withdrawal but the sun (and that is natural light) makes it appear a little cleaner. The photo was actually lit by reflecting the sunlight back onto the railway, at a very low angle, with a big old mirror to simulate the l
  4. Chris, That huge pile on the photo! I'm not sure where this photo was taken, nor when. Certainly, in mid 1950 this loco was allocated to 50D - Starbeck in Harrogate and was one of eight D20's allocated there at this time, along with twelve D49's and thirteen J39's. That said, this photo seems to show the loco carrying a 50C - Selby - shedplate; so was the photo taken in Selby shed or anywhere else that this loco may have got to, at that time? At this time, mid 1950, Starbeck's total allocation was some forty five locomotives. I only have very scant records of the layou
  5. Richard, Re the photo of the ex-GC 4-6-0, the loco in the background is an LNER J25 - No 5712. The J25 is distinguishable from the J21 by having slightly shallower splashers. Cheers Mike
  6. As a final comment on your posting above, give that the edit function seems to be temporarily unavailable, you might like this photograph, taken in April 1947 in Hull Dairycoates shed and posted courtesy of Mick Nicholson. An ex GC 4-6-0, 1349 Glen Almond. Cheers Mike
  7. Richard, Nothing to worry about with that list, especially the V2 and A4. I've been captivated by those machines since around 1958 and I still thrill to the sight and sound of one, even now, sixty odd years later. There's a series, shown on Channel 5 - The Yorkshire Steam Railway - about the NYMR and one of the quotes of their General Manager was quite memorable - 'They are incredibly expensive to maintain and very labour intensive, these old steam locomotives, but they are beautiful things.' Sums it up, pretty well. That's why we model them!! It
  8. Is this a commercial opportunity? Perhaps another organisation selling 4 mm drawings; 'Wineinglass' perhaps. Thanks and regards MIke
  9. Richard, Lovely build and must agree with your comments about the LRM kit. For something drawn and developed around thirty years ago it has stood the test of time very well. And your final comment, on your posting above, can't disagree with that one !! Regards Mike
  10. The Isinglass Drawing No 404, showing the tank fitted to the GCR tenders, shows the overall dimensions to be the same as those of the NER 4125 gallon tank. However, the front curves on the tender coping plates of this GCR tender replacement are noticeably different in profile to the front curves of the tender shown in the photo below, so not a direct match. Thanks to Arthur, we have now identified and located the actual LNER drawing for these D20 tender rebuilds residing in the NRM archives. This drawing is a different date and number from No 16964, referenced above, and appears t
  11. I asked the original question and, clearly, the answers belong elsewhere. So I'll pick up this debate/discussion on my own thread - Mikemeg's workbench - as and when I build the 4 mm model of one of these tenders. Cheers Mike
  12. Hi Dave, If Arthur's tender models are correctly proportioned, then the footplate of the 4125 gallon tender was actually 6 inches wider than that of the 3940 gallon tender. The relative widths would seem to be c 31.3 mm (3940 gallon) - 7' 10" v c 33.3 mm (4125 gallon) - 8' 4". Drag beams and buffer beams were similarly of different widths to match the footplates. So locating a 7' 10" wide tank on a 7' 10" wide footplate of an original 3940 gallon tender would leave no footplate protruding beyond the tank sides. Arthur might know the actual footplate widths of the two di
  13. I hope Arthur will not mind if I add a further posting on his thread regarding these ten rebuilt/modified tenders attached to D20's. My thanks must be expressed to David Addyman and to 'Pebbles' for their contributions and, for at least one of those two contributors, it seems they could, quite rightly, say 'told you so!!' So two questions were asked :- a) Were these tenders rebuilds on the original tender underframes, as originally built for these D20's? b) What was the extent of the rebuild/modifications to these tenders? These tender rebuilds/
  14. The angled rivetted strip, at the base of the tank and bunker seems to have been a feature of almost all ex NER tank locomotives. I've seen it on close up photos of other ex NER tank locos. The attached photo of the rear of an A8 also shows the same thing and gives an idea of depth and thickness. However, this photo, while showing the strip, does not show any rivets. Great job you've done on the G5 bunker cage and hopper; t'aint easy!! The air in my workshop hasn't fully lost its blue tinge - even after all this time - from doing those bunker cages. Though the burns to the fingers
  15. Mick, Not my gauge but that doesn't stop me from admiring some excellent scratch building. As has already been said, an unusual prototype and some great model engineering. Regards Mike
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