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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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 m
  6. The Bluebell has a set of 4 wheelers too.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. Bauxite ore as dug out of the ground is a mixture of compounds. It's the iron oxide contaminants in it that give it the red/brown colour. Zinc white is definitely more stable than white lead.
  10. Most people modelling 3'-6" gauge do it in either Sn3.5 (16.5mmgauge - almost spot on) or HOn3.5 (12mm gauge again very close) or 9mm scale (on 32mm track again very close) . There is limited commercial support in the form of kits, etc. for of these scales and wheels etc just come from the mainstream scales. For example https://nzfinescale.com/ http://www.endofthelinehobbies.com.au/railway/s-sn35-164 http://www.northyard.co.nz/ http://www.blackdiamondmodels.com.au/ho.html I can't think why anyone would want to use 4mm scale for 3'-6
  11. It all depends on how you use the interaction with the punters. It can be fun meeting new people and talking to them. You might even find out new things that you don't know. I certainly have.
  12. If you haven't already seen it there is a photo of Lilleshall 5 plank 1750 on page 52 of Turtons PO wagons volume 3. White letters, red body, Vertical ironwork looks black, diagonal strapping in body colour.
  13. The 4 books in the series "Locomotives at the grouping" bya Casserley and Johnston give renumbering of the big 4 locos to the nearest year e.g Vol 3 gives MR 1P 2-4-0s 153 and 155 renumbered to 20153 and 20155 in 1934. They also give the pre-1923 company and post-1923 numbers You can find these 2nd hand - Bookfinder.com is a good places to start .
  14. You're hauling less dead weight around so either more load for the same fuel or less fuel to do the job.
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