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  1. There's a photo of S54663 at Wadebridge at the end of its days on p170 of The Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway 1834-1983 by Michael Messenger , Twelveheads Press. If it helps I can scan and send as a PM.
  2. Seems the BCR C40-8Ms aren't quite dead yet. I've just received word that 4609 and 4619 at least have been working recently a long way from home deep in former Wisconsin Central country.
  3. Brilliant! You may now get on with the HSTs and I'll have to build some more O13s!
  4. Are the same alternative number available in 4mm?
  5. 3626 is (was) a GE C36-7 acquired from Helm (HLCX 6705) who had upgraded it. It was new as Conrail 6605 and wears the BCR's final "economy" all-blue livery. The pair in the middle are a RS18CAT - a MLW RS18 which had been re-engined by BCR with a Caterpillar engine and a Slug rebuilt from an ALCo RS3. The locos on the right are GE C40-8Ms a type built only for the BCR and CN. Sadly, RDC no longer ply the rails of Vancouver Island and the Esquimalt roundhouse is no longer in use. In fact I think all operations on the island have shut down. No doubt others will update you on the current situation. Here it is in better days: September 1979 with CPR RDC1 9064 in residence. On the same day with three cars from the BC Museum train which had been touring the island, plus S11 6621; and GP9s 8822 and 8689. And in June 1986 with SW8 6701. Spot the difference in the skyline!
  6. As mentioned last time there is one more ‘I’ which warrants a longer entry. Iowa Traction. This is the only surviving wholly electrically operated shortline freight hauler. It’s origins are in the Mason City & Clear Lake Railroad, an interurban line dating back to 1897 providing passenger service until 1936 and freight only thereafter. This became the Iowa Terminal Railroad in 1961 and was purchased by local interests in 1987 when the present title was adopted. In 2012 it was purchased by Progressive Rail but that seems, so far, to have had little effect on the operation. It is 10½ miles long with the shop at Emery, approximately midway between Mason City and Clear Lake. Most activity takes place on the eastern end in Mason City where several customers are located and there are interchanges with UP (CNW) and CP (SOO). The line west of Emery appears to be used for long term storage of tank cars which no doubt brings in a useful income for no effort! Operations seem to take place in the mornings and can almost all be observed from public roads – it was a roadside interurban after all – and the crews and management are all “railfan friendly” and appreciate they are operating, in effect, an operating museum. By the way, there is a small trolley museum in Clear Lake. 60, a Baldwin-Westinghouse 60 Ton (41054 5/17), outside the carbarn at Emery IA on 23 March 2004. It was originally Youngstown & Ohio River 5. 54, a smaller Baldwin-Westinghouse 50 Ton (56538 5/23), stands on the spur to AG Processing plant at Mason City IA awaiting the call to action on 23 March 2004. It was built as Iowa Southern Utilities 400. Having been woken up, 54 pulls the empties from a siding at Mason City. 54 crosses 19th Street SW with empties for AG Processing whilst 50 waits to spot loads. 50 waits whilst hi-tech point reversal techniques are employed. Another Baldwin-Westinghouse 50 Ton (53784 10/20) it was new as Washington & Old Dominion 50 coming to Mason City after a spell with the Kansas City, Kaw Valley & Western. 54 propels the empties from AG Processing into the UP interchange track at Clear Lake Junction in Mason City. 51, yet another Baldwin-Westinghouse 50 Ton (54748 5/21) new as Northeast Oklahoma 2, it later served both the Crandic and KC,KV&W before coming to Mason City. In a timeless interurban scene 54 heading west alongside the road with 51 on the rear out of Mason City on 23 March 2004. A general view of the Emery IA depot on 23 March 2004. 54 glowing in the sunshine outside the depot at Emery. The traditional “Traction Orange” livery is kept in perfect condition. 54 and 51 stand side by side outside the Emery depot on 23 March 2004. Another important customer is a scrapyard adjacent to the Emery depot. 54 waits with two gondolas of scrap whilst 51 attaches two more on 23 March 2004. The operation is well worth visiting if you find yourself in the area.
  7. 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10. 12 12ton China clay O13 and/or 1/051 would surely be a huge seller given the number of Cornish layouts there are out there and the short comings of the Baccy version even the Ratio kit has the later axles boxes.
  8. Mine came Saturday by RM. I had an email from KMC on Wednesday to saw it had been despatched so I thought I might get it Friday but then I remembered "This train don't stop at Cambourne, Wednesdays"!
  9. Agreed. A few years back at Warley I expressed my disquiet on the Dapol stand that my two Class 22s were "most unprototypical". There was a concerned look in response before asking what the problem was. "Nothing", I replied "they both run as sweet as a nut". "Oh, I see. Well, we can sell you a bag of scale spanners"! Laughter all round.
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