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  1. The best article on the history of the gun in France is in the magazine After the Battle No 78. The gun was stored at the French Army's central artillery workshops, the Atelier de Construction at Tarbes in the French Pyrenees. The article also has the information that one K5 was captured by the Russians and was on dislay at Lenigrad for some years but has since disappeared. The article has full details of the acquisition of the gun, and the difficulties of the movement by road to Calais.
  2. The gun now at the Atlantic Wall Museum was in storage in Southern France until the 1980's when it became available for public display. I will try to find the full story which I have somewhere, but as far as I can remember it was in store at a French military depot.
  3. While I do have some sample numbers for a few of the original conversions of the LMS coaches for use in ambulance trains unless you are prepared to modify the body sides they are not of much use. In the trains I have records for the D1694 type was converted to a Kitchen car, and 1696 to a stores car. In both cases at least one side had a double door which was not in the original vehicle. A simple repaint will make a very good stand in compared to the significant work need for an accurate train, even if all the donor vehicles were available. As to ambulance train running numbers, trains 11 to 15 and 55 were definitely made up of all LMS coaches of this type. As explained earlier this coach would have a two digit value after this which is its position in the train. A full home ambulance train as originally converted was nine vehicles.
  4. I would recommend Carr's 188 solder paste. You can get similar products more cheaply from China but my experience is that they dry out rather quickly and do not perform as well. Small amounts can be easily applied with little or no cleaning up afterward.
  5. Here is as far as I have got with a resin body SR diesel shunter. The chassis is the Bachmann one still with spoked wheels, some details, such as handrails and the ladder, still need to be added.
  6. Thanks for the various pointers, I will have to dig more deeply somewhere else.
  7. I have finally found some images of an exhibition train produced in 1937 as seen in the Pathe News clip at the following URL The train was built for Pilkington Glass and there are various images online of the interior. Can anyone provide any further information on this train, in particular what were the “donor” vehicles, I only know that they were ex LNER coaches. My reason for the interest in these vehicles is that they were used as part of the support train for one of the heavy railway guns during WWII. A “called up” version of the coaches would seem to be easy to model.
  8. Having looked more closely 3mm banana plugs are more cost effective !!!!
  9. The type of plug I have always used in the H&M sockets is known as a wander plug Various sites still have these including this example on Ebay https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/174318850674?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-134428-41853-0&mkcid=2&itemid=174318850674&targetid=908661474856&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=1007109&poi=&campaignid=10195651586&mkgroupid=107296210212&rlsatarget=pla-908661474856&abcId=1145987&merchantid=113687781&gclid=Cj0KCQjw0Mb3BRCaARIsAPSNGpXJTaSCl98UMcfM7uqV0lvM12ieq7fEGKlx8uHI8qvqfmAbGRticvUaAlrpEALw_wcB
  10. My model of coach 3207 is in its later guise as part of an ambulance train built for use by the U. S. Army. This has several modifications compared to the CET stretcher car. The louvers are plated over, various doors taken out of use, at least one window cut in to each side, roof ventilators added and a roof top water tank. The green livery is a best guess as to the correct colour. I have attached a further picture of the model to better show the changes. As to the LMS coaches used in the 1939 built ambulance trains, diagrams used were 1692 to 1696, but this is only really relevant if you are going to make the external modifications, in particular the double doors. I do know that one of the Bachmann coaches is diagram 1694 this was used for the kitchen car, but had double doors near one end on both sides. The least modified coach was for sitting patients and used diagram 1695. The brake vehicles, diagrams 1693 and 1696, also had two sets of double doors. As to numbering the train number was applied to both ends, this is 55 in the GWR album. Each coach had four a digit number, first two digits were the train number, the second two its position in the train e.g. 5501 for the first coach. Also there was a code letter, near both ends of the coach side, indicating the type of coach. Ward cars were A1, A2 etc., The sitting case car was E and the kitchen car D. All lettering was in white. Finally I have included the only war time colour pictures of a British ambulance train that I know of. These are of a train used by the U. S. Army and may well be the LMS 57 ft coaches, though with some later modifications. The close up view is useful as the inside edge of the open door, which would not be subject to much weathering, shows the original colour better. I hope this information is of use for your proposed models
  11. While searching the National records site I came across a significant number of L&B photographs, and a few drawings and articles. If yo go to the Image Library section and enter " ZSPC 11 " you will find this has over 100 relevant images. there are also other interesting pictures such as the Volks Electric Railway.
  12. The GWR livery Siphon G was part of a Casualty Evacuation Train. There were 34 of these trains, the GWR providing 6. Each train consisted of 9 ward or stretcher cars, and 3 staff cars, 2 brakes and eventually a dining car, though at first in the GWR trains this was a centre corridor third. The vehicles were converted in 1939 before the start of the war and were returned to normal use. When war was declared the trains were assembled and used to move hospital patients out of the main cities. The end stripes and the background to the letter “J” are yellow, the “J” is probably black. Each vehicle had a different letter and the trains were assembled in alphabetical order.
  13. The coach that was at Aldershot was a Cold War era vehicle, being converted to ambulance train use in 1978 and taken out of service in 1989. The records at the museum had very little on the details of the WWII ambulance trains when I visited some 25 years ago. http://www.ianclarkrestoration.com/105/Army_Ambulance_Coach/
  14. There are some useful pictures of ambulance train vehicles in the on line album from the PRO records in the UIRL below https://images.nationalarchives.gov.uk/assetbank-nationalarchives/action/quickSearch?CSRF=bBfNYYrmeXufFpegGH4X&newSearch=true&quickSearch=true&includeImplicitCategoryMembers=true&keywords=RAIL+253%2F327 If this does not work directly put RAIL 253/327 in the search engine. There are at least four examples of the 1939 conversion of LMS coaches to ambulance train use. These were farmed out to carriage works of all the four main railway companies (Eastleigh got the sitting and mental case vehicle, was Derby insinuating something?). As far as the use of ready to run coaches to convert to ambulance cars, most of the conversions made changes to the external appearance. The most significant being the creation of double doors to allow access for stretchers. This can be seen by careful inspection of the photographs. I have records which detail which LMS diagram was used for each type of coach, and the works drawings are in the NRM at York. I obtained some of them some 30 years ago via the OPC scheme. A full ambulance train has at least nine vehicles, so not easy to represent on a model railway. There are a couple of exceptions that are easier to model. Firstly while trains were being built, single ward cars were used and attached to ordinary trains. Also single unit ambulance vehicles were also built. Most were for the U. S. Army and used an ex LSWR dinning saloon as the donor vehicle, but in the album referenced above you will find a GWR H33 dinning saloon converted for use by the Admiralty. While the Hornby model is the correct type, it has earlier style windows, so Comet sides would need to be used to make an accurate conversion. This vehicle was painted Bauxite brown.
  15. Here is my conversion of the Lima Siphon G as used in an ambulance train built for the U.S.Army. These were originally used in Casualty Evacuation Trains, where they retained the GWR livery.
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