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  1. I've finally got around to some gears - these are laser cut, and for the most part surprisingly successful. I might eventually work them into masters for a set of cast whitemetal items, but until then, its just a little progress to record. Jon
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    STC have sent me a couple of emails this week pointing out Switzerland is open for tourists, my move at work has mostly happened, and it looks like we will be expected to use at least 20 days of this years leave allowance this year.... my head stays stay at home, my heart can already hear cow bells and yodelling. Jon
  3. We covered this in a great deal of detail in the topic that James linked to earlier,
  4. I think alternate language sign-writing is quite credible, I don't have time to look it up, but I'm pretty sure there were 'Dubonnet' tanks, that were lettered 'Cinzano' on the other side, I feel I've got that information from this thread on the LR Presse forum https://forum.e-train.fr/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5424 Jon
  5. I think the holding down points and ramshorns are a bit of a red-herring, both features are common (universal? ) on continental wagons, and judging by the number of preservation wagon blogs who describe straightening bent-W irons, probably better for the wagon than BR practice of horse and capstan shunting with a chain through the W-iron. In most film of the train ferry in operation I've seen, they used a chain over the buffers to hold down the wagons. https://youtu.be/-augQnu_4Bk?t=350 I imagine the average British enthusiast/railwayman only saw these fittings on 'ferry' wagons, therefore believed them to be 'ferry' fittings. Jon
  6. Its to the dimensions of a 'UIC ORE type 3 van,' and as Brian says, I number of other countries had similar vans the same size. Jon
  7. I've used evergreen styrene and a pounce wheel to emboss the rivets with some success, but getting a straight line on thin material takes some practice. Jon
  8. depends how fast its going! I can't find any photos online, but about 10 years ago, a bus went under the notorious bridge at Norbiton station. This bridge is on the skew to a falling road and is hit with monotonous regularity, usually, due to traffic conditions, at quite low speed, where, due to the skew, rather than take the top off it has the effect of tipping the bus over, so not only is it stuck under a bridge, but 2 wheels are in the air. On this occasion the bus driver got it wrong between Christmas and New Year when the traffic was flowing very freely, and took the whole lot off! Anyway - I'm not taking the project too seriously. Jon
  9. I don't think there is much mystery, the Cambrian bogie swap has been pretty widespread on Lima Seacows for decades, I was going to suggest that you must have bought one that had already had the conversion, but since it clearly isn't a Lima one, I assume its one of the Cambrian ones built by someone else. Unfortunately the Cambrian Gloucester bogie is just as wrong for BR black wagons, I'm pretty sure that they are from a batch built in the 1970's. Cambrian do (now) do types suitable for the earlier cast and I believe plate versions of the earlier Walrus types, but they are a relatively recent development. If you hadnt been such a knob with your own replies the tone of this thread might have been rather different, but I understand from other members that you could start an argument in an empty room Jon
  10. Jack, maybee it has been ignored - because as I said, those don't look like any Lima Gloucester bogie I've ever seen, however since you have taken that tone, I went and photographed my out of the box Lima seacow and it looks like this: Note the flat fronted axleboxes that Brian pointed out. In fact on closer inspection in your photo you haven't mentioned about the extra brake pipes, the extra handrail on the end, or the totally different way of mounting the handrail, or that the rivet pattern doesn't match the Lima one either, so I might go so far as to say - that isn't a LIMA seacow. Sigh to your hearts content. Jon
  11. Lots of railways already have the capability, you only have to look at the level of work being done at the Bluebell or Isle of wight railways. The isle of Wight have come close to what you describe, I think they have just had some bulb section steel rolled for a batch of new underframes for some of their bogie service coaches that are coming to the end of their useful life, and they also had a new CNC machined chassis for the Oldbury coach that appeared in Peter Snow's program on coach restoration. Jon
  12. those aren't the lima sealion/cow bogies I've ever seen. Jon
  13. Hopefully you used the Cambrian one piece Gloucester bogie, the earlier 3 piece was a pig, because one of the holes for bearings was in the wrong place, you could build the bogie square. OR with both axles parallel, but not both! I ended up doing a little etched frame because I couldn't build them, then had a horrible few minutes when one of the sideframes didn't match, before I realised that the problem was Cambrians, not mine! Jon
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