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  1. Quite a few times in preservation era since 2002. Most recently Clan Line in 2018 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Royal_Train#Steam_locomotives
  2. A couple of quick thoughts. In prototype world I think that most of the 3' gauge lines in the British isles used the same tyre profile as standard gauge. I think that its only when you get to 2'-6" or below that scaled down dimensions apply. In the US, commercial Sn3 is available including things like track from the likes of PBL. I think that they use NMRA SN3 standards but I'm not sure how fine they are without looking them up.
  3. Not sure why you would expect a list of BR locomotive allocations when the book is about the SDJR, which ceased to exist 18 years before BR was born. The SDJR locos went on after 1930 of course but anything else allocated to the line after 1930 is surely out of scope of the title as they were never SDJR locos.
  4. The drawing shows clearly that it is an odd rather than an even number of spokes as they don't go straight though the central boss. It looks like a15 spoke wheel to me.
  5. I'll try again with a blow up of the top of one of the doors. Count the courrugations in the roof. There 16 of them. The corrugations in corrugated iron are usually 3 inches wide therefore the single door is 4 foot wide. Divide by the number of planks and you have the width of a plank.
  6. Typically the pitch of the corrugations in the corrugated iron is 3 inches. You should be able to use that to work out the width of the door.
  7. The answer is the height that is most comfortable for you to operate it. One suggestion I have seen is the height to your armpit minus about a foot to enable you to reach across the layout as a maximum.
  8. Bookfinder is your friend https://www.bookfinder.com/search/?author=Bradley&title=Locomotives&lang=any&isbn=&new=1&used=1&ebooks=1&destination=gb&currency=GBP&mode=basic&st=sr&ac=qr
  9. This is simply not true. On the BR(E) there were NER, GCR. GER, and even one or two ECJS clerestory carriages in service into the early 1950s. (British Railways pre-nationalisation coaching stock Vol1 gives details).
  10. A little while back on this thread I plotted up the results of an RMweb survey on what people modelled and what they wanted to model. Two things about it were striking. Interest in the early post steam era was abnormaly low - the people who were spotter age in this era are reluctant to model it although some good models do exist. There was also rather more interest in the earlier eras beyond living memory than people modelling them - presumably because of the paucity of RTR trade support - suggesting an untapped market.
  11. HCB Roger's in "Transition from Steam" intriguingly says, when talking about the bogie design of the AL1 and AL5 classes says, "this type of bogie stood up well to 100mile/h running" which suggests regular running at this speed and of course the first AL1's were in service from 1959, well before the production Deltics. Whether the WCML was up to continuous fast running that early I have my doubts about but as a small child I well remember being driven along the bit of the M1 parallel to the WCML where the crews were instructed to go fast and being effortlessly passed by the Electrics. There may be something in C J Allen or O S Nock's writings of the time which is more definitive but I don't have any of that to hand.
  12. The Bluebell has a set of 4 wheelers too.
  13. I think that a West Coast partisan would argue their electric locos were rated at the same speed as the 55's and had a higher HP rating (3300hp at the traction motors continuous - higher for 1 hour- rather than 3300 at the engine).
  14. The 3Fs were taken into WD stock and had WD numbers. The 1Fs at Melbourne were in two groups: 1666,1708,1751,1788,1839(replaced by 1773),1890 were there the whole time and 1695, 1726, 1727 were on short loans. Tourret in "War Department locomotives" lists no WD numbers for any of these engines so it seems to me that they probably stayed in LMS livery. Certainly the coaching stock there stayed in LMS livery.
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