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  1. One final question before I wrap this up. Did all of the sorting vans have bag handling equipment or are there some vans which only had sorting facilities?
  2. Thanks gents, being new to this could someone explain the meaning of the brake van numbers and PO coach numbers. Are these actual serial numbers or are they diagram numbers? Another question PO coach is obviously a type of coach, how did it differ from a regular coach? are these the ones with mail catchers?
  3. Thank you gents a great help. This begs another question, what about headlights? I see some of the later arrangements have two white lights (well tungsten) one each side of the headcode but there does not appear to be a headlight fitted to these engines at this stage of their life. I have seen one with the small yellow panel at each end featuring a box on the front, just above buffer height and on the left of centre when viewing from the front, is this the 'Wipac' headlight I keep reading about? If so when was this used? And does this mean that initially the locos ran with the driver unable to see the track ahead when it was dark? At this time were they attaching a lantern to the front end on the clip above the buffer? appreciate your assistance
  4. Typo I have dyslexic fingers! I also have D9012 Crepello and get confused!
  5. Being a tinkerer at heart I am trying my hand at DCC, in fact DCC++ a home brew complete DCC base station and control software. So I thought I would star with a converted loco. All mine are DC so because it has lots of space iinside I decided to convert D9003. This is a Lima offering and it runs well. I have obtained a Lenz standard+ decoder as I am not interested in sound on board. I have hooked everything up and it all works as it should. There are spare auxiliary outputs on the DCC decoder, and I have it in my head to tart up the old girl and giver her cab lights and running lights. I currently have two questions:- This is a early unit in BR green over lime green lower body stripe with red drawbar / buffer beams showing through the lime green stripe between the buffers. It has all green front and rear ends and has a headcode board fitted centrally above the buffers at each end. It also has mouldings to represent lights immediately above the buffers at each end. What I would like is someone to point me to a site which details the various prototypical lights fitted to the ends of this loco. The headcode board is black and does not feature a position for lights on this model I have tried to read the manual that came with the Lenz Standard plus decoder but I cannot determine if the running lights can be made to automatically change ends when the loco changes direction. I can program a change of auxy outputs into my control codes on direction change but need to know if that is going to be necessary Appreciate your assistance Bill
  6. I have acquired a number of earlier Triang Pullman coaches which I am in the process of tidying up. These have plastic wheels with steel axles which run through the axle box of the bogies and are visible. Is it possible to convert these to concealed bearing wheels and off so could you recommend the necessary wheels and bearings?
  7. Thank you gentlemen, food for thought
  8. Apologies if this has been asked before, I did try searching but nothing exactly matched what I wanted. Can anyone suggest a formation for GWR mail train running in the thirties from London to Penzance - if such a train ran. Many thanks Bill
  9. I didn't say I didn't like it - I do but it is bizarre somehow the front and rear end look out of proportion particularly height wise. I like the unusual, I'm an individualist! The Mistral models do look nice but at 400 euro a pop they're pricey. some one else also had one for sale at over 500 Euro! and they are of course HO, not that is significantly different as they were built to the European loading gauge about 2 feet higher so that kind of evens out the gauge difference a bit. I'm not a rivet counter and would be happy with that. After all my Hornby Dublo Deltic is way off scale but it's still a nice model.
  10. I came across a picture of a French railcar Made by Renault in 1959. A series of 10 were produced numbered X4601 to X4610. Not a lot of information around about this railcar. What I have found is in French (I can read it). It redefines ugly to the point of attractiveness, rather like the Daimler SP 250! These links should take you to pictures of it:- https://www.ilportalehttps://www.google.com.sg/url? https://www.blenheimgang.com/lautorail-panoramique/ Powered by a Renault V12 diesel of 800hp it could exceed 100mph. 1st class seating for 44 in the upper compartment which was sited over the engine and generator, 2nd class seating at each end, with a drivers position at each end Apparently Jouef made one in HO in 2010, but I cannot find it in any of their catalogues around that period. Mistral did / do make a very good HO model of it for nearly 400Euro. So does anyone know anything about this railcar? I would like to either scratchbuild one or get a reasonably priced one. I have only ever seen it referred to as "Autocar Panoramique" and I think it was the only design like this ever produced by Renault. Any documentation would be gratefully received
  11. Fabricated in Bristol a number operated on docksides around the south and southwest. Does anyone make a OO gauge model of this loco?
  12. I am modelling Bridestowe station as the fictitional site of a preservation society. The Rattlebrook railway was a private siding connected at Bridestowe to bring peat from the moors. It closed in 1935. But during the last years of operation a converted lorry was used on tbe standard gauge private siding to carry the peat to Bridestowe instead of a horse drawn cart. Can anyone give me an idea of the sort of lorry that would have been used and the conversion of the lorry. Bill
  13. Thanks for all the information. I have a penchant for the ugly duckling being somewhat of an individualist and actually liking the underdog. I have both versions of the Lima class 17 with twin axles and 4 axles. I also have Park royal railbusses, class 121 railbusses, Spam cans and Deltics. Somewhat eclectic in my selection. It has been very informative and interesting reading your comments
  14. I am suffering some confusion here. All the documents I have found show the Class 17 diesel shunters to have 4 axles, and there are Lima Class 17s out there with 4 axles but the one I have has only 2 axles, and was obviously intended to be like that because the frame mouldings have moulded springing and axleboxes for 2 axles only. As far as I can tell it was available in two forms D8900 in BR green livery and D8915 in BR blue and yellow. So my question is, is this an oddball design Lima produced, and subsequently corrected or was there really a 2 axle version of the Clayton Class 17 diesel Shunter? If so what was it's class number?
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