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  1. Gilbert The only way I can tell that the top three are of the model, is the porter with the barrow. I assume that the bottom one is genuine, but the others look so realistic. Lloyd
  2. Thanks. That sounds likely, though surely it is facing KC, so 'on arrival' would be a bit inaccurate. I do not remember a roof on that bit, as I was not born until after the war. Lloyd
  3. Slightly off topic, but I have been trying to identify where the first photo in the Backtrack feature this month was taken. It appears to show GNR No1 in 1938 when the new coaching stock on the Flying Scotsman was introduced. It claims to be on arrival at Peterborough, and shows No1 front to the right, next to what appears to be a platform on the far side, with behind that a brick building with at least 6 gable ends immediately at the back of the platform. Has anyone any idea where this was taken? Lloyd
  4. Gilbert I have not had a proper look at that area for over 50 years now, but, whereas your model is immediately recognizable, that backscene brings back no recollections at all. Unless there is clear evidence to the contrary, I would doubt that it is Peterborough at all. Lloyd
  5. Gilbert I am far from being as expert as some of those who regularly contribute here for our enjoyment, but I wonder if the fish looks fishy with being a head on view on a tight curve. The front wheels of the bogie are obviously too far to the left leaving that bare space under the right buffer. Apart from that, there is something atmospheric about it. Keep up the enjoyment yourself, and please continue to share it with us. Lloyd
  6. Gilbert Looking at the photo of the prototype, from under Crescent bridge you would not see further than the carriage sidings/power station, due to the way the land lies, and most of the power station would be hidden, so only the chute to the power station might be visible. From the station area itself, I think you would see very little beyond Crescent Bridge as the bridge itself would be in the way. This would apply even more the nearer you were to Spital Bridge. How do you think a backscene with the power station chute at the extreme left end to compromise between its true position and the unprototype (but essential) curve on the main line, and fill the rest of the space with Nene Sidings, probably increased in number to balance the other compromise. You would only need sky above the sidings and chute, and I am sure that you can produce a suitable smoke effect from the brickworks not much further South that hung over that area. At that end of the station, I was more familiar with River Lane, which ran down the down side of the line to the river, and was generally lower than track level. It was a favorite short cut of mine to the river bridge - except when the river flooded. Thanks again for sharing this wonderful model, and so much information, with us. Lloyd
  7. Gilbert New backscene looks better than nothing, and in that sense looks good. Losing the power station though is not realistic. I can't remember what could be seen in the distance beyond Crescent Bridge except for the power station, but after the river bridge it was embankment over Oundle Road and then, I think in cutting under London Road. I am inclined to agree with 31A. Lloyd
  8. Stephen I thoroughly agree. Living on a flood plane and excessive impermeable surfaces is asking for trouble. If you choose to live there, have a house that will float. Lloyd
  9. Rubbish. Everybody knows that the South starts at Drumochter Pass! Lloyd
  10. King Gilbert That double slip looks excellent. Must have been a nightmare working out the geometry. Congratulations. It just shows that not only is it an excellent model overall, but there is such fine detail to be found all over it. Your humble servant Lloyd
  11. Gilbert To save you the bother, as angels do not have a physical body, then the answer would be equal to the area of the pin head divided by the area of each angel which is zero. Therefore the answer would be infinite. Lloyd
  12. I didn't think that the class 40's could do 90. I though the best that they could do was about 75 or 80? Thankfully they did not last very long on the ECML. Lloyd
  13. Gilbert Just been away for a few days, so catching up with PN. Re tripod for photos, we used to use a small bean bag to sit the camera on if there was not room for even a small tripod. It would take up the shape of whatever surface it was on and still give the SLR a firm support. Re banking out of platform 3, I do not remember seeing this occuring - though my memories are more of early to mid 1960's. What I do remember, though, was the almost universal wheel slip on pulling away, though usually after a couple of spin sessions it would settle down. I have always put that down to the trailing wheels. The normal GWR express locos were all 4-6-0, and so all the weight settled back onto the driving wheels when pulling away, which made them generally more sure footed. Of course, the length of runs on GWR tended to be shorter, so not the same need for fuel capacity as for the longer ECML runs. As for flats on rolling stock, i thought that that was more likely to be caused by sticking brakes, etc.. Surely if the wheel is spinning it would wear down the whole circumference, and one spot on the track, rather than cause flats on the wheels. A stuck wheel being dragged along would spread the damage on the track, but confine the damage on the wheel to one position, causing the lack of circularity. Yet again, lovely photos of a wonderful model that is so accurate and lifelike. Thanks for keeping up with it for so long. Lloyd
  14. Gilbert Lovely video. I thought that I was there. Very many thanks to you and Andy. Lloyd
  15. Gilbert found out a bit more re the Precast Concrete factory at Tallington. See https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Dow-Mac_(Products) Made bridge beams and columns, piles, fencing, buildings, railway sleepers (for track, not rolling stock!), etc. Some interesting loads? Lloyd
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