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  1. i can’t remember the website where I read this but it is likely they simply interpreted what Rivercider and The Stationmaster discussed as being yellow and blue ratings. Good to have this more nuanced Look at the actual facts.
  2. Prior to 1943 the line was rated yellow but during the war they upgraded the line to blue use it as a bypass in case the Germans shelled the seaside tracks at Dawlish. Be aware that Pomroy apparently did 2 books, the one you have mentioned plus another titled “The Teign Valley Line“ which is the one I purchased and have on order. The Peter Kay book sounds like a more exhaustive one but it is a bit pricier so I think I’ll hold off and see what is in the one I just bought.
  3. Thanks, I’ll look for those. I did find a copy of the Teign Valley Line by Pomroy on eBay and it is on the way, but most others were not available. I’ll keep and eye out for the South Devon book too. If I can’t find an appropriate schedule I guess I can merge the others into a reasonable facsimile. There is a fairly interesting website on the Teign Valley with some nice photos and links. I read somewhere that the largest locos used on the line were 2-6-0s and I have one on order although Dapol has now set delivery back to September—anyone interested in a Hornby King class—too big for the TVR.
  4. I think I have settled on basing my layout on the GWR Teign Valley Line in the mid-late 1930s. Is there anywhere I might find operating schedules for that time period? Of the currently available crop of books on GWR lines in Devon do any provide particular details on this line?
  5. I doubt the trackage was ever upgraded enough to take my King Class locos but the Dawlish diversion is one factor favoring this route for modeling. Maybe I need a Castle for the fleet.
  6. As always you’re the gal with the answers!
  7. Unfortunately the general search turned up nothing. Maybe the search parameters ware too specific due to asking for assignments. Computers frequently don’t give us what we want only what we ask for!
  8. I would like to reletter my brake vans to reflect their assignments to relevant yards. For example on the Mortenhampstead branch I assume brake vans would be lettered for Newton Abbot since most goods trains originated and returned there. Is this a valid assumption? Would brake vans from other locations appear on that branch, for example Penzance? I assume vans lettered for Didcot would not unless a van had been recently transferred to New Abbot and not relettered quickly. Where is there a list of locations that would have had brake vans assigned to them? For example would there have been vans lettered for Exeter for use on the Teign Valley line? Would there have been vans lettered for Plymouth? I am planning to use the Teign Valley line for my layout so need to know logical locations for lettering my vans. Thanks—Larry
  9. Thanks for the database link, very useful. If Dapol goes ahead with the yellow roundel I guess I can either replace it with the gilt decals I already have or use that as an excuse to backdate it with the Great Western lettering on the tender. My Hornby king has the yellow roundel so at least they will match!
  10. The GWR archive website says But does that mean these were the only locos in the class to receive outside steam pipes or that some were originally built with them and this 163 were modified in addition to them? My assumption was the former and that the outside pipes were a modification only and not an original build option. Interestingly, in comparing the photos on Hatton’s website I cannot see any difference in the cylinders, so was there a noticeable difference in the rebuilt loco cylinders or were they just new with different apertures to accommodate the outside steam pipes? Also since you brought up the roundel, according to the GWR Archive website the GWR shirt button roundel used from 1934-42 was gilt (which I assume meant metallic gold) when applied to locos and yellow on brown rolling stock. However on the Dapol model as shown in the Hatton’s website photos the roundel is yellow not gilt. So who is correct Dapol or the GWR archive? Or was there some variation during the time period of use?
  11. Yes, I’ve done that to 2 Bachmann 0-6-0PT’s and a Collet Good’s 0-6-0. However since I don’t have ready access to a list of locos and their modification dates I would prefer to stick with the stock Dapol versions and assume they are accurate. I still need to renumber that one as it is 3202 which really is too late a number for my time period. Thanks for all the suggestions.
  12. Great, that’s the one I’ll order then. I just wish they were doing one with steam pipes and the Great Western name on the tender, my personal favorite. Thanks again.
  13. According to the GWR Archive website the GWR shirt button roundel used from 1934-42 was gilt (which I assume meant metallic gold) when applied to locos and yellow on brown rolling stock. However on most of the locomotive models I have seen and purchased the roundel is yellow not gilt. So who is correct the manufactures or the GWR archive? Or was there some variation during the time period of use?
  14. Sorry but no time to read through all the posts on this 40 page thread, so here’s my question. I am interested in the 2-6-0 with the outside steam pipes and shirt button rondel. Anyone know whether the loco number being offered actually represents one of the locos from the time period after the steam pipes were moved outside? Also is there any information as to what year that loco was modified with external steam pipes? From the info I have seen these modifications were made between 1928-1958 so it would be nice to know where this loco fits in the spread. I like the looks of the modified locos but my time period only extends to about 1936.
  15. I installed a SoundTraxx UK diesel 21PNEM decoder which conveniently has the sounds for the early Derby Class DMUs which themselves used similar AEC diesels. I had to experiment with the various CVs to find the one for the cab lights and after that reprogrammed the decoder function map accordingly. If you are still trying to figure that out I’ll check my programming notes and get back to you. I now can control all lights. Be aware that the cab lights are by default directional and also only come on when the “headlights” are on. This is a beautiful runner even with only one powered boggie, probably due to the weight of the cast metal chassis.
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