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  1. I have found the the colour pictures of S15 841 on Chappel Viaduct, again not great quality but included for historical interest:
  2. Now you mention it... I did not include this July 1972 picture due to the bad quality but this, showing Swindon, I thnink contains the greatest number of Hymeks I ever saw in one place..
  3. Here we are on the last working day of July and I get around to posting this months photo's. The reason being that up until now my image catalogue has only contained the slides I have taken (under 2,000) over about 25 years! It did not include photo's taken on negative film or digital photo's (about 20,000). I have been updating the system, which is written in VBA for Excel to make it more usable. That job is still not complete but is progressing. So to entries of July: July 1973 saw me undertake my first "All LInes Rover", the main aim of which was to see Scotland. It did not get off to the start I had planned as a couple of days before we were told that the last train on the Bishops Stortford to Easton Lodge train was to run on the Saturday (22/7/1973)my ticket started. Luckily the trip was in the early morning so the day could be recovered: Class 31 5637 at Easton Lodge The rest of the day was spent on a return trip to South Wales. The Sunday was an exploration of the remaining LSWR lines in the South West with the extremity being Exmouth, this being included as it shows the old station. But the return trip to London from Exeter was made via Birmingham where I saw the only Cl35 I ever saw at New Street. Monday was the start of the visit to Scotland Just the one view here which is the standard view of Kyle of Lochalsh Rather than pay hotel bills the two nights in Scotland were spent on the Glasgow - Inverness sleeper which had in i's consist an LMS Sleeper. - sorry I cannot locate the picture. The final day was a return to lines out of Waterloo with a glimpse of the future at Wimbledon depot 28/7/1972 Staying with the Southern scene for a while this was taken in July 1973 a 4-Cor driving unit which spent some time stored in Cheshunt goods yard, On 6th July 1974 all the engines stored in Preston Park were brought to Brighton Station for a display. I include 30850 as it is a loco I worked with in steam many years later. Another steam loco now released from t=its location in July 1974 is Royal Scot which was confined to the short demonstration line at Bressingham Having mentioned the LMS twice in this entry another LMS design you could travel on in July 1973 were the Cl503's at Birkenhead Another multiple unit photographed on 27/7/1974 was this Swindon unit: I had not noticed until I looked at the slide today that it had a !Z headcode. The last entries for July come from 6/7/1975. This was the year of the Stockton and Darlington 150th exhibition. Class S15 841 was down to be there but had to get out of the SVRPS site at Chappel (now the EARM). The only was of doing this was to take advantage of the fact that the Sunday service on the Sudbury branch started late. This allowed for a track slew of the BR line to take place overnight. The result was the first loco to pass in steam over Chappel viaduct since the early 1960's. These photo's are grainy as they were taken on extremely high speed film. I switched to colour and do have a colour slide of the loco on the viaduct but I loaned it to someone, and although it has been returned, I cannot find in in the scans. Here is the loco on the GE main line near Marks Tey Hope you enjoy these views and the August ones should be up next week. August 1973 was one of the most interesting in these 50 years but for a reason that will be revealed next time there are few photo's.
  4. Now in the UK newsletter, all credit to Jason and Rapido for actually putting in print this issue of cash flow regarding bringing new models to market.
  5. That statement proved somewhat optimistic but some modelling and much planning has taken place as follows: Although the layout will be set in March 1945 I want to include various elements of village life on the Essex / Suffolk border during WW2 and each will be represented. Allied army – a convoy of vehicles passing through the village on the way to an airfield for Operation Varsity. To date I have not found any documentary evidence about how troops were moved to the various airfields so at present this will be a mixture of Airfix Bedford’s and probably a Matador or two. USAAF 8th and 9th Airforce – the edge of an Airfield will be build using Nissen huts etc with various trucks. A B-17 will be “in the air” but other planes could be substituted. The main representation regarding the USAAF will be trucks loading in the railway goods yard. Here Airfix/Heller GMC trucks will be in the main, but other makes might put in an appearance if I can get them at a reasonable cost. The Railway – Hinckford Parva will be the fictional station at the heart of the model. Although a fictional location the layout is based on Great Yeldham as will most of the buildings. It has one platform and a passing loop as well as a goods yard. The village – the main street will contain buildings that present the main institutions of a rural community: inn, church, school, post office, police station, village shop. All these will be based on local buildings although where commercially available buildings, such as Scalescenes, look like the prototype these will be used. Agriculture – a small section of a farm will be present. Defence – As the Home Guard were formally stood down on 3rd December 1944, and became an inactive reserve unit until 31st December 1945 this aspect of local life will be represented by one or more pill boxes. The river Stour in Sudbury and the railway being part of the Eastern Command Line. As I continue to build various elements of the model, and will post the research and modelling stages as I go.
  6. As far as I know there is only one tourist railway that runs as part of a profit making commercial operation with paid employees, the vast majority rely on an army of volunteers. So to make a good tourist line I would suggest the line would need: to be reopened as part of the national network or have the required number of volunteers available to build/maintain and run the line. Not to compete too much with established lines. Have a local tourist trade, especially coach tours That would rule out any lines in Norfolk, However Suffolk and the rural areas of Essex don't have any lines so I would suggest that a line from Sudbury - Long Melford - Lavenham would have worked, but much of the infrastructure cannot be reclaimed now. The main option open in the area is the Leeston branch when it is abandoned after (if?) Sizewell C is built.
  7. Received an email today announcing this with a Youtube video Basically build a 2nd radius oval with one siding using Hornby products. Apart from a baseboard I have enough spare items to do this but I cannot really see the point in entering. I have not read the full T&C's so will leave it to others to comment.
  8. Not sure about modern vehicles but I certainly know that for certain WW2 tanks the difference between 1:72 and 00 (1:72) made them out of gauge when used on railway layouts, as many 1:1 tanks were built as close as possible to the loading gauge. SandS's website clearly says they are 1:72.
  9. All the sheet supplied with the loco says is "add a small amount of oil directly onto the exposed gears on the underside of both axles. The picture just has arrow pointing to the two oiling points (gears). As previously mentioned there is no service sheet as such as the rest of the A4 sheet is taken up with fitting DCC, the warranty and type history. It does warn that over oiling can damage the mechanism and the "No part of the motor requires oiling".
  10. I must admit I have not read every post in this thread. Looking at the summary by @GoingUnderground there is one factor missing. Although "shopping from home" is seen as a 21st Century movement we need to remember the old catalogue shopping (Littlewoods, Freemans et al) for many families this was a way of affording Christmas presents etc. Triang established themselves in this market with train sets, indeed there were some set specially produced for the catalogues. Once you had your train set from the catalogue your local toy shop would sell you the other items.
  11. Steam Dreams state Thursdays trip has been postponed due to issues with the timetable offered by Network Rail. This might be why there is a lack of info.
  12. As mentioned above rather than spend the Queen’s Silver Jubilee (1977) in the UK 5 days in the Democratic Republic of Germany (GDR - East Germany) plus another few days in Austria was the chosen destination. As we were on a package there was no issue with Visa’s for Germany but the best route from Dresden to Vienna was the overnight train. The problem was what that this went via Czechoslovakia . Even though this was a transit it required a full Visa which made the trip too expensive. Thus the alternative was Dresden – Nuremburg – Linz – Vienna. Anyway back to the trip overnight ferry to Hook of Holland and through coaches to East Berlin, under armed guard in GDR. Over 100 steam loco’s were seen during the week – here are some of the highlights: First steam loco seen 01-2069-1 at Berlin Ostbanhof 06/06/1977 During the trip we had access to steam sheds, both standard and narrow gauge such as at Wernegrobe on 07/06/1977 with 99-0234 & 99-7243. Despite being a very controlled trip we did have a lot of freedom to roam and even miss out parts of trips to get additional line side shots etc Zittau was an interesting place as the station was the boarder crossing between the GDR, Czechoslovakia, and Poland here we saw Czech 556-0334 on 09/06/1977. There was also a line down a platform which we were told not to cross as we would be leaving the GDR (I think for Poland) however no such limitation was put on a footplate ride on the rails! And a number of the party took advantage of this with the help of a friendly footplate crew and our “minders” who looked the other way, An example of lineside shots id this one of 99-1741 at Bertsdorf 09/06/1977 While in Dresden we revisited the Pioneer Railway operated by children. I only include this shot of the “Iron Curtain” as it I had taken it going into the GDR I would have possibly been arrested or at least lost my camera, \ Leaving the GDR did not mean the end of active steam here is CSD 2-10-0 at Gmund 11/06/1977 This is possibly the worst shot I will include in this series of posts it is of Sopron. Due to the border between Austria and Hungary following rivers rather than railways there was a Austrian train service that ran through Hungary and alongside a steam shed at Sopron, This shot had to be taken without the armed guards in the carriage seeing you! The last steam shot of the trip was a big surprise. All the info’ available in the UK said that all steam had ended on the Vordenburg rack line. Thus this sight as a pleasant surprise 97205 at Vordenburg 14/06/1977, one of three steam trains we saw. A postscript to this post is that in 2017 I was able to revisit a number of the locations from that 1977 trip to see how reunification in Germany, and the general passage of time, had changed things. Pictures from that trip will wait until September, That is the end of June’s pictures – July 1972 saw my first All Lines Railrover
  13. @Gilbert as you hint in your post it depends on the level of detail you require and how specific that detail is. I used to purchase both the Quail (now Railway Track Diagrams) for locations of specific items and the Baker Atlas for more general use. Now I tend to rely on online sources or scans of older Atlases on my tablet device. The most used is the online version of OS maps which gives you the ability to download maps as well which is £23.99 a year
  14. Before getting back to German (and other steam) one major event I was present at was teh end of Steam on the London Underground. Unless you had paid to travel on the special train photo opportunities on the widened lines were limited so I went straight to Neasden Depot.
  15. Into June and I have a lot to chose from. Although 1971 saw the start of these photo's it was not until 1973 that I embarked on a Regional Rover tour - with seven days around the Eastern Region. This was the first trip with a SLR, and like many at the time the only SLR that fitted my budget was a Zenit 35mm. Only two from that week: A Derby DMU at Braintree, only included as I had no idea that 30+ years later Braintree would be one of my local stations. Unretouched photo of 9005 + TSO E4574 at Peterborough 10/6/73, this was the only time I travelled on a train in normal service with a maroon coach. In 1975 during my year living and working in Reading I captured this: 33109+ DEMU1202 25/06/1975, this was certainly a service train but I know nothing more about the combination. Now a daily sight but this picture taken on the 28/06/1975 was the first? persevered steam train into Whitby However earlier the same month (07/06/1975) say me in Edinburgh. For this trip I travelled on what was the last remaining element of the St Pancras - Scotland trains. After travelling from St Pancras to Nottingham there was only a short wait for the passenger coaches attached to a Nottingham - Glasgow Postal train, via the S&C . Any attempt at reasonable length of sleep was ended when the postal workers had finished sorting and descended on the passenger coaches to drink, smoke and play cards. Even though it was a non-smoking coach. The aim of this journey was to see and photograph the only UK based A4 in green - 60009 June 1977 was a very special month, in the UK the Queen's Silver Jubilee was celebrated, but this was the first year that the East German authorities really opened up to tourism. You had to go on organised, and controlled groups, but one of the trips was a week roving the rails of East Germany - a week in which we saw over 100 steam loco's in working order. Following that week a further week was spent in Austria. The stories around that trip could fill a book: issues with Visa's, currency, but also some luck and meeting friendly people. However those pictures will wait for another day....
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