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  1. If you decide to use the brass pins and need some turned up, please let me know.
  2. The 700 class were fitted with superheaters from 1920 onwards. This is the form of the locomotive modelled by Hornby with the extended smoke box, so only a few were in this form while in LSWR livery. Also the Goods engine livery was dark green with black and light green lining.
  3. Here is my take on fiddle yard cassettes. While I would be the first to admit that these represent a significant amount of extra work compared to gluing two bits of aluminium angel to a wood base, the complications are for reliability and ease of use. The cassette shown is for a loco. There is a basic U shaped box with an MDF base and ply sides. I have used the same track as on the layout soldered at each end to copper clad strips. Alignment and electrical connection is provided by square brass pins and tube. This needs to be slight interference fit to give continued good connection. On t
  4. Ex NLR 4 wheel coaches from a WWI ambulance train used on the LMR in the 1920's. The KESR coaches were bogie vehicles
  5. The key reference for the liveries of individual Ex LSWR locomotives is the D. L Bradley series of books. This gives full details of dates at which the changes were introduced on each locomotive. For the M7s there is a broad range of possibilities, from Malachite and British railways with 30,000 number lasting on one locomotive until 1953, Through plain black with British Railways, with s prefix and 30,000 numbers applied from 1948 , to BR lined black from 1949 onwards.
  6. For sheer modelling inspiration can I recommend Britain's Railway at War by Alan Earnshaw, either the WWII only or the combined edition. Available on Ebay for less than £6.00
  7. Glad to be of assistance. What is amusing is that there are pictures of the Swindon fitted fire iron tunnel, in use on the Western Region, with the irons still stored on the tender. The "fix" it seems was worse than the problem.
  8. I have a date for the decision to add the fire iron tunnel to the WD 2-8-0 locomotives. On the 9th Dec 1947 complaints about the locomotives were formally put to the Railway Executive by GWR drivers. Included is item 6 Tender tool racks: To be modified to GWR pattern. This comes from the Rowledge book on the Austerities published by Ian Allan, page 83.
  9. The post I was referencing did not have any pictures just referred to some commonly published ones, as show below
  10. Probably the most significant, and well documented, use of the USATC wagons in the UK during WWII was that of the bogie petrol tank wagons. A total of 500 are recorded as being in service supply aviation fuel to the air bases in East Anglia. A 1000 bomber raid required the equivalent of 650 tank wagons of fuel. While an HO model in USATC livery has been produced a quite accurate 4mm scale model can be kit bashed from an Athearn tank wagon or two. The pictures below show both models and a direct comparison of the two. The Athearn kit provides all but the minor details, the main work b
  11. I have at least one of each of the USATC wagons in HO scale from effectively two sources, as detailed in the British HO web page. The principle dimensions match those in the official diagrams to within a fraction of a millimetre.
  12. The loading ramps had such extreme changes in angle to allow loading at all states of the tide that plates were needed to prevent vertical locking of the buffer heads. Both wagons are USA flats, a close copy of the British warflat. There main use was to carry Sherman tanks and other AFVs. This was possible on the continent but not in the UK due to loading gauge restrictions. They could carry British tanks in the UK but the brakes were considered to be inadequate and required pairing with a UK warflat if so used. Many were re-designated USA Case wagons and used to transport the enor
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