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  1. Take your pick from this list... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LNER_Class_A1/A3_locomotives How about one of these: 4479 - Robert the Devil 2745 - Captain Cuttle 2506 - Salmon Trout If you're a fan of Star Trek, then there's always 4480 - Enterprise. oh, just one more thing - 2501 Colombo
  2. Hi All, Just wondering if anybody else has had a similar issue to me with getting the roofs off their Mk.1 suburbans? (for installing passengers, toning down the lighting, etc). As per the instructions, the roof is held on with captive screws at each end which can be reached with a long screwdriver up thru' the floor (after the bogies have been removed) - no problem there - the same as the mainline coaches. However, on the Brake Second, and Second coaches, the 'path' for the screwdriver is partially blocked by the seating in the end compartments making it impossible to
  3. Hi all, I have posted the following on the GoG RTR forum and had some interesting responses, so thought it might be worth a go here to catch a possibly slightly different audience. With apologies if this has been covered before, but what do people think are the chances of ever seeing a RTR HST in O gauge? Given that these trains are arguably one of the best British trains ever produced, and an integral part of the UK railway scene for at least 40 years, I am genuinely surprised that none of the bigger or even smaller RTR outfits don't seem to have considered 'doing' the HST. Maybe the
  4. This loading ramp seen this morning at Liverpool Street (Not Chesunt as indicated on the ramp). Interesting that the label refers to 'British Railways' - I thought that this was shortened to 'British Rail' in 1965 or thereabouts, and this ramp looks to be more modern than that.
  5. Hi All, Does anybody know of a reference or have definitive knowledge of the issue of loco lamp colours? i.e. is there a 'correct' colour of lamp body for a particular company/era? For example, I understand that LMS lamps should be black bodied, and the photo record generally seems to confirm this, as it does that BR(M) appeared to migrate towards using white bodies (but in some cases black lamps seem to have been used quite late on into the steam era). I think SR and LNER lamps were always white bodied?, and then of course there is the GWR with their red lamps. Is there any 'cor
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    Dapol 08

    Hello, With reference to your first photo, are you potentially confusing a missing roof hatch with what is actually the exhaust port? https://flic.kr/p/9VBNm9 (Not my photo) Regards James
  7. Thanks Neal - glad to hear that it isn't just me then. I'll do some more investigation and look more closely at the wheels - but ultimately I probably ought to get into contact with Dapol like you suggest. Cheers James
  8. Hi all, Just wondering if anybody has had trouble with the crankpins coming adrift on the Jinty? I had one come out of the RT wheel after only about 5 mins of moderate speed running, causing an abrupt stop as the coupling rod came loose and started thrashing about on the ballast. Upon investigating further it seems the crank pins are screwed into the wheel, and on my model there was only a tiny amount of thread engaging in the hole - probably less than one full thread of whatever fine series metric thread it is. At first I though the crank pin on this wheel had sheared off, but on
  9. mcjlf1

    Dapol 08

    On the rods, I rubbed them down with a fibre pen, and then gave them a coat of grey primer. Then a couple of coats of thinned yellow. Did all this in situ as I couldn't be bothered to take them off.
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    Dapol 08

    Hi All from a very occasional contributor. I have to say that I am very pleased with the 08 and think it's good value for money. The two or three that I've had on test so far seem to pull well and be quite sure-footed even on pretty heavy trains. I've decided to try and do a few 'specials' and thought people might be interested in the first attempt... at representing 08 601 in its 'fake' LMS livery from the late 80s. Just need to find somebody who can do the 'SPECTRE' nameplates now... Would be interested to see if anybody else has done any custom or special paint jobs.
  11. Gentlemen, Many thanks indeed for the detailed and informative replies and photos. Looks like I've got not excuses for not doing one now (in O gauge). Thanks James
  12. Hi all, I am wondering if anybody on here knows of any photos and/or sources of info on any Mark 1 BGs which got painted in Network Southeast livery? I know there was at least one, but photos seem to be rather thin on the ground. The only one I have found is this one: https://www.flickr.com/photos/trevor-plackett/7316040032/in/[email protected]/lightbox/ Any further info (numbers etc) and pointers to photos would be gratefully received. Many thanks in advance. James
  13. Hi all, I am wondering if anybody on here knows of any photos and/or sources of info on any Mark 1 BGs which got painted in Network Southeast livery? I know there was at least one, but photos seem to be rather thin on the ground. The only one I have found is this one: https://www.flickr.com/photos/trevor-plackett/7316040032/in/[email protected]/lightbox/ Any further info (numbers etc) and pointers to photos would be gratefully received. Many thanks in advance. James
  14. Hi, I was just wondering if anybody had any experience of installing a miniature TV camera(s) on board a model loco to allow a 'real-time' driver's eye view to be had, and even for one to drive the layout from the cab... For example (and I'm thinking for O gauge diesels as a starting point); - miniature camera mounted in one (or both) cabs in the driving position - camera broadcasts a signal to a local TV monitor adjacent to one's controller area - camera/transmitter power supply independant of track voltage (i.e. to allow operation on DC systems) - suggesting battery powered
  15. Thanks for the replies folks. Alas it seems that it's a case of 'close but no cigar' with Radley models, as they do various "L.56" type transfers for Metropolitan type locos, but not the "L8x-9x" required for the panniers, and the "London Transport" legends are in the wrong colours. :-( I have emailed on the off-chance that there may be other transfers which are not shown on their website, but no response as yet. Perhaps a call or two is in order, or I'll have to try and pefect making my own transfers, which is a whole other story of course. Thanks again James
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