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  1. Glad it worked well for you, Tony. It did for me as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it, my pocket less so after a few visits to Martin’s bring and buy stand. All good bargains though!
  2. Who won best rucksack in show? Just wondering, like.
  3. Yes, it does; and many thanks. Dai ps. My brother in law had a koala in his garden, the first he had seen in over 30 years there. Whether it was escaping fires, he thinks not.
  4. Hi Chris, where do you find this information, please? I am interested in Merthyr- based autocoaches, etc; but don’t know where to easily (emphasise, easily) the info. Dai Davies
  5. As NCB says, looks like a Grange. If your pennies allowed it, I would look around for a secondhand Hornby Grange, very good model. If not, would an Anchoridge motor do the job for your white metal beast?
  6. Aiming to be there. Revisit my Merthyr roots. See you chaps, Dai
  7. There was at least one crimson and cream auto on the Merthyr-Pontsticill run in its final year, late 1960.
  8. BR(W) copied what the GWR did to a few coaches before WW2. I preferred the three-windowed saloon versions to these compartment versions. BUT I really disliked the Hawksworths versions with bus seats, call me old-fashioned.
  9. Yep, a good mix of very good layouts and trade, and met up with several members of RMRG. The only negative is that all the chippies had closed by the time I got out!
  10. You can’t get away with that. Name names, you cad and bounder! Insert emoji of your choice.
  11. For ‘hacking around old stock’, please amend to ‘ground breaking, innovative use of old stock’, please. Cheers, Dai
  12. I’d be tempted to keep your bogies, and go for Hornby wheels. These can be bought from Peter’s Spares and others, and are finer than theBachmann sets. If the Hornby ones don’t fit, Alan Gibson ones do. Both options are cheaper than buying new bogies.
  13. Hope you don’t mind this question coming into this thread. I have a resin boiler which is painted in thick gloss enamel paint. I want to remove this and repaint, either with enamel or acrylic. Is there any special removal agent needed for this? Thanks, Dai
  14. Re a previous post of mine on this thread. I have now pulled out the wheels to EM gauge on my Hornby 57’ Collett coach ( the latest sort, not the Railroad sort). The coach works fine being pulled and pushed at speed even through small radius (Ma rcway) points. Saves money on new wheels!
  15. Yes, I went three times as well, and only saw it running once. I seem to remember one of the footplate crew saying it wasn’t a popular loco, and they preferred the saddletank. I was too young to ask why, and to understand any answer!
  16. Some other EM modellers tell me that pulled-out Hornby wagon/coach wheels work better than Bachmann ones. Shall be trying this on the new Hornby Collett 57’ coaches in the next few days.
  17. happy modelling, you might need the rest after this thread farrago!
  18. Who built these locos, and were they used elsewhere at power stations? I seem to remember Upper Boat power station had an electric loco, but I was too young to be bothered with non steam!
  19. Gosh, I didn’t expect such a lively discussion. Many thanks. I have already converted a 64xx to EM with Markit axles and wheels. This has worked. I am happy to go with these or Alan Gibson’s for the 54xx and I shall try 5’1”” wheels if poss, pretending that the tyres are worn down a bit. This will give me a bit more leeway than the proper size wheels. If that doesn’t work, the loco will be converted to 6433 instead. If it does work, then I shall do the remedial work on the buffers. I warn you: it will be a while yet! Thanks again. Dai
  20. Thanks for your input, chaps. Johnster, I am hoping I’ll get away with the splashers. When I get round to it, I shall let everybody know the outcome. Be warned though, I have a few other projects before it!
  21. I’m thinking of converting the Bachmann 64xx to a 54xx. Other than wheel, splasher and brake spacing, are there any other differences to consider? Cheers, Dai
  22. Yes, I cheat by: not putting them on, or by picking a transfer with a sequence of numbers that follow but have no relationship to the coach ( so I only have one transfer to stick on) or by sticking on a transfer and dirtying the coach or by picking easy numbers and painting them any others? cheers, Dai
  23. What a fantastic thread. I have a liking for the fireless locos: Charles (?) was mounted outside Swansea Museum for years, and, as a small boy, I could not work out how they got the fire into it!
  24. I stand corrected! I now blame the original designers!
  25. Thanks for this, Johnster. Having read your response, my guess is that I was in an old GWR coach. By the way, have you been in the ‘new’ steam rail Motor?(at Didcot) It is fantastic, BUT the overall GrandEdwardian feel is spoiled by incorporating basic tram seats from a Melbourne tram. The NER railbus on the Embsay Railway does it better, for not much more cost.
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