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  1. I have also been researching this topic and came across a fascinating 50minute video available on YouTube titled "Salt In Stafford - Staffordshire Film Archive". Runs for about 50 minutes and people explain the whole process of salt manufacture from brine. Towards the end of the film there is footage of salt being loaded into BR salt wagons. There is a photo of a book on salt production in the film but I can't find any reference to it or the author on line. Like others I wonder if local distribution to butchers, bakers, etc. in towns in the 1950's and early 1960's was
  2. DPG I just thought it much easier to use track that was already perfectly gauged and the same profile as that on the layout which the cassette docks to. My method doesn't need any accurate measurement and the angles are just acting as stiffeners for the plywood base, keep the cassette track perfectly straight, and provide electrical connections for cassette to cassette and cassette to baseboard. Best regards, Trevor
  3. This is how I built mine - details of materials etc are included. They work very well and I have not had any issue with them at all. The cassettes slide on top of a laminex / melamine board and they have a slippery tape underneath them (can't remember what its called) but used for things like wooden drawer runners to make them run smoothly. Hope this helps, Regards, Trevor Cassette_Construction.docx
  4. My favourite photo of the hydraulic version of the loco is Victoria - it oozes character. Can't remember where I found this on line - it was some time ago and I did not take notes. I've often thought that if someone sold a 7mm kit of the Class O7 then it would be worth modifying it to try and achieve a reasonable representation of the industrial hydraulic version. The photo must have been taken on a summer day where Stoke on Trent (my birth place) got a bit too close to the sun. Looks like it was very warm in the cab. The photo is clearly at least late 1960's since the overhead li
  5. I think this is fantastic news. I have wanted an inspection saloon for some time. Even purchased a kit, but don't have the time to make it. This solves that issue. As for types, I'm in the group where if it looks right and has the right number of wheels then I'm happy and will buy it. Best regards to all.
  6. Like most other people I think this is fantastic news. I have very fond memories of these units. As a young trainspotter we used to buy tickets at Longport every Saturday morning to Crewe return. Then spend the day at Crewe train spotting and marking off the Ian Allen lists in the books. The view into the 104 cab when passing through Harecastle tunnels was amazing, and the purple / blue engine lights appeared really bright in the gloom (you could hardly see them in daylight). The tunnel still smelled very smoky back then (mid 60's) since there were a few steam locos around. It
  7. Phil, I am fairly sure it would have been airbrushed. Tom's video series was mostly about kit building. With an existing painted surface you could use something like T Cut locally, as others have suggested. Otherwise some fine wet & dry paper, say 2000 grit, would also polish the area on which you want to add numbers. Best regards, Trevor
  8. Phil, Tom explains the need for a gloss surface at approx 2.0 minutes into the video, but it's not full gloss, he used a semi matt gloss. Regards, Trevor
  9. Phil, I found this video on You Tube extremely helpful Best regards, Trevor
  10. I also have the attached drawing that I found somewhere on line years ago.
  11. Simon, Not sure if this helps, but probably a couple of years ago now I purchased a copy of "Voie metrique en Correze Le POC" by Stefan Hoob. Its a beautiful book with numerous photos, drawings and coloured front and side elevation drawings of De-Dion, Verney, and Billard Autorails as well as locomotives and rolling stock. Can't remember where I purchased it. Best regards, Trevor
  12. "Visions of Steam - The Four Seasons of Steam in Industrial South Wales", Peter Cavalier and Geoff Silcock, has some wonderful atmospheric photos including a full page "Watering the Horse" photo showing filling a saddle tank from what looks like a standpipe, as well as a couple of smaller photos showing tanks being filled. There are / were also some very good industrial loco photos on the Mendip Quarry website quarryfaces.org.uk including the one below showing a Sentinel being watered at Road Reconstructions Vallis Vale quarry loco facilities. Apologies to the photographer if this
  13. While researching Sentinel CE locomotives I came across a fascinating history of a very long lived loco that was purchased by the South Australian Gas Company back in 1926/27. The story is printed in a copy of Light Railways No. 146 July 1999 that can be downloaded for free at http://media.lrrsa.org.au/cais146/Light_Railways_146.pdf Well worth a read if you have any interest in these locos. Trevor
  14. I found this You Tube video on weathering a wagon very informative: Paul Jones weathers a Dapol 7mm Jones & Co 7 plank wagon
  15. p.s. The track also acts as a reference to everything else. And being manufactured to a high degree of accuracy this approach means that all Cassettes fit together perfectly without the need for accurate measurements. Regards, Trevor
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