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  1. Very nice! What's the name of your company? The name has me thinking somewhere around Shropshire...
  2. Not sure if anyone here is well-versed in the railway politics of the Nineteenth Century, but I don't think it's too unlikely for the MS&LR to acquire the same rights as the LNWR to the L&YR Mirfield-Dewsbury line and Mirfield station. The description of the Huddersfield and Halifax Railway Extension (here) mention the H&BR approaching Huddersfield from the south and building a station of its own. Would it be likely the MS&LR could get the H&BR to agree to use their station at Huddersfield?
  3. Just a small question on the Standard Class 6 Clans: do we know well they did on hills? They worked in some hilly regions, and I suppose they did well enough, but I was interested in finding out if there was anything more specific.
  4. Thank you, I'm not entirely certain how busy the Manchester-Huddersfield-Leeds line would be under GCR management. It was the least profitable LMS line to Leeds, but a GCR Huddersfield line may be different.
  5. I admit I don't know very much about stations - does anyone know how the MS&LR's style compared with that of the LNWR, as the former will be constructing the line here?
  6. Dealing with the question of the myriad companies and stations in Leeds, I'm guessing the relationship the LNWR and NER had will still make sense. However, in this case it'll be the GCR instead of the LNWR. It'll probably still make sense to build Leeds City station here as well.
  7. As most of you know, in 1846 the Huddersfield & Manchester Railway seemed likely to go to MS&LR until the last minute. The next year, the LNWR would acquire it, along with its companion scheme, the Leeds, Dewsbury & Manchester Railway. I've been casting about for Great Central modelling ideas for some time, and recently returned to this one. My idea is to model what the line between Manchester London Road and Leeds Central might have looked like under the GCR between 1905 and 1914. I'm still looking into what engines and traffic were common on the line, but I should think it w
  8. I think I may have found something that should work - the old South Yorkshire Railway's Barnsley to Doncaster line. Passenger traffic was never especially heavy on the line, but it is a spectacular example of a coal railway, with connections to collieries galore. It also allows for multiple companies to put in appearances: the L&YR, the Midland, the H&BR, the GNR, and the NER (via the Swinton & Knottingley joint anyway). I don't know if this concept has caught on in the UK as it has here in America, but several modellers are fond of "living interchanges."
  9. Applying the same logic to the North Eastern, I wouldn't surprised if some of Fletcher's aging 901 Class 2-4-0s worked the line, or some of T. W. Worsdell's older 4-4-0s.
  10. Thank you for the information - interesting that only four 2-4-0s were sufficient for the Midland's York trains.
  11. Thank you, but the GCR never ran through Knottingley, at least as far as I can tell. They did run through Swinton at the other end of the line however.
  12. I'm trying to increase my knowledge of the Great Central in South Yorkshire (future layout potential?), and I wanted to know what classes of engines and trains were common on the Swinton & Knottingley Joint Railway between 1900 and 1910. I expect older T. W. Worsdell types and Midland types, but I wanted to be sure.
  13. In reading about 34066, I learned the Bulleid Society had tried to preserve either her or 34086 '219 Squadron'. Does anyone know why they failed to preserve them? I suspect it was an issue of raising funds, but it would be interesting to know more about this regardless. Also, did the engine ever work over any Central Section lines?
  14. I suppose the hope was for traffic originating at Liverpool/Warrington headed for the Potteries and points further south. Whether that would have materialized, I'm not sure.
  15. Just to clarify, 'Belle' only appears in the television series. Awdry mentions that the North Western Railway used lots of loaned Furness and Midland designs early on. For the Kirk Ronan branch, I'm thinking there might be secondhand engines from when the LMS culled the Knotty and Furness engines. By the 1950s, I think something newer and bigger would be better - probably a Standard 4 tank.
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