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  1. That would be akin to colourising colour images. We are only seeing a camera's interpretation of the event - with particular lighting: intensity; colour cast; direction; diffusion; etc, film type (incidentally, I doubt Fuji were selling film in the UK at the time this picture was taken), processing, duplication, scanning, etc. The blueness of the BR totem is probably a reflection from the blue sky of a sunny day. There is though sufficient information here for the picture to be helpful, we know the location, the type of locomotive, its number, its crest, its task, its lamps of course - important for WW readers. It's difficult when people try and colourise monochrome photographs and film. I generally don't like it, apart from the contemporary Alf Cooke/"F Moore" type images published in The Locomotive and the Railway Magazine in days gone by where I think the photographs were used to help the artist. Even then much depends on the artist using the information. This example intrigues me, an LNER locomotive in an attractive hybrid GNR (brown frames)/LNER livery. I don't think this is a true reflection of the prototype but is it helpful? Other prints of the type lighten the frames to grey to help show detail. The perspective here shows that this picture is based on a photograph, probably one of those superb builder's photographs where everything was painted in matt black, grey and white. In one recent example a colourised photograph used on a book's dust jacket there were green L&Y carriages! The further we move from the time and date of the photographer the worse the problem becomes. Tony has often alluded to this with his comments on photograph captions. Often information is lost forever - sometimes almost as soon as the shutter was pressed, there has been much discussion about Eric Treacy's collection. In the modelling domain we also get further from the original with all our compromises, for many the trick is to pull it back as closely as we can to whatever we are trying to achieve.
  2. Tony, Is it an optical illusion or are the slide bars out of alignment? They don't look to be parallel with the cylinder centre line. If so, then doesn't the piston rod bind or are the clearances sufficient for this not to matter? Adam
  3. I would visit this shop if I ever had cause to go to London for work purposes, time permitting of course, and perhaps once a year would have a special book shop trip to places such as: Charing X Road, Motor Books and Ian Allan's. The other shop at the corner of Lower Marsh mentioned above was also worth visiting and they do (did?) have other branches including one in Southampton Row or thereabouts. There is a limited railway selection at the London Transport Museum at Covent Garden. I also used to go to Kings Cross Models and W&H in New Cavendish Street but those visits were very many years ago. I never managed to get to Bond's O' Euston Road but did visit them occasionally after they moved to Sussex where they had a small area at the back of a rather good ironmonger's, alas they too are gone. On the plus side, there are still some very dedicated railway book shops and publishers who have very good on-line ordering systems although it's never the same as being in a shop and seeing the books themselves and occasionally picking up interesting looking titles.
  4. I would have loved to have shared that film with my father. He started at St John's College in York in 1939 so possibly would have witnessed the frozen Ouse, I don't recall him talking about it though. One thing he did recall was that on occasions students, operating in pairs, would reach out of the corridor windows to drop a destination board near the river (from the Scarborough Railway Bridge perhaps?). Apparently the boat house had quite a collection of these. I doubt that this was approved of by either the college or the L.N.E.R. but they probably never knew what was going on. He did not have many good things to say about the Duke of Kent so perhaps it's as well he never saw it!
  5. Tony, The reason for '88' is far more prosaic. When I signed up for RMWeb the name Adam had already been taken so I just tapped a couple of times on the keyboard at random to distinguish my handle. When I was young I knew no other Adams but nearly every Tom, Dick and Harry seems to be called Adam nowadays. Had I been a child of '88 I would have missed out on a number of fascinating steam era railway experiences - going to on holiday to Robin Hood's Bay, luggage in advance, changing at York (seeing the ex-LNER pacifics) and Scarborough. When I was about three or four years old my mother took a part-time job with Neilsen's market research agency and that involved a lot of travel by local steam-hauled train to the regional office for a briefing and then back to the station for another train ride to wherever she had been sent and the reverse in the afternoon. There seemed to be several mums doing this as I can recall that the offices had a collection of Dinky and Matchbox toys to keep myself and a few other children out of mischief during the briefing. It was a formative age and gave me a life-long interest. The line we're drawing may not be straight or continuous but it will do for now. All the best, Adam
  6. Tony, Let me not divert the thread too far from important things like lamp irons and chimneys but it is interesting to investigate these words on-line in say Chambers or Collins and compare with what is given in Merriam Webster. The latter gives definitions more in keeping with your usage, Collins also gives your usage as American English.
  7. I don't understand why two minutes after someone started a thread called 'On Cats' this thread has suddenly been taken over as well. I'm not objecting though, they don't annoy me or bark.
  8. My Dad had his RAF-issued watch stolen by a medical orderly when he was recovering in hospital at Onchan Head after his Anson crashed into the Isle of Man. It always annoyed him, probably because it was a better watch than anything he could aspire to in civvy street. Having heard so much about how the Air Force was run in those days I imagine that he got into more trouble for losing the watch than the Anson.
  9. I recall that it was said of Jim Whittaker of MMRS that if he couldn't see a detail from 3ft away then he wouldn't model it. Most people thought that this referred to the model but in his case it referred to 3ft from the prototype.
  10. The very name Daphne Oxenford fascinated me. She had one of those clearly enounced RP voices so rare nowadays but still haunting R4Ex drama. You are right about letting the radio warm up. One of the clichés now is for the actor to switch on the radio and for the assembled cast to hear instantly Neville Chamberlain lead the nation into war.
  11. I vaguely remember it but it obviously did not make any deep impressions on me, not like, say,
  12. There's a good selection here: http://www.wilflunn.com/cycles.htm
  13. In model railway terms I understood how we went from Trix Twin and HD 3 rail to two rail but I'm not clear how we would arrange electical pick-up. I think the model in the video is a bit of a cheat as it's using dry cells for power.
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