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  1. Thanks Dave my preorder is in; one 4 coach GWR set plus a full brake. Hopefully my Dapol GWR Mogul will arrive before the coaches!
  2. OK, let’s do that again now that I have refreshed my memory. After I built the Peco GWR 4 wheelers I ran into the problem with the coaches stopping during a free roll as they passed over an under track magnet. I tested my Hornby coaches and they didn’t do it. So I ordered a couple sets of Hornby R8218 14.1mm coach wheels and swapped them out. I just tested these with a magnet and it is the wheels themselves that are apparently non ferrous not the axles. On the Peco wheels both the axles and wheels are apparently ferrous as they are magnetic which is why they bring the vehicle to a halt over t
  3. Well these 3D renderings have sold me on a GWR set as well as an all brake single. One question I have concerns the axles—are they of a non-ferrous material? This is a concern for those who use under the rails magnets for uncoupling as ferrous axles are attracted by the magnets and tend to afrect rolling stock performance. I have had to replace all the Peco kit wheelsets with Horby ones due to this problem. Also non-metallic axles would make power pickups much easier since they would electrically isolate the wheels. Looking forward to running these with my GWR Mogul if they ever really arrive!
  4. Well, I finally got mine quieted down quite a bit, however running it in wasn’t what did it. I disassembled the model, removing the cab, boiler, weight, and associated bits and pieces. After checking it all out and doing some lubing around where needed I reassembled it component by component. Then as I added back each section I gave it a test drive. It ran very smooth and quiet. However when I reattached the cab using the 2 small screws under the coal load it got noisy again. So I loosened those screws and it quieted down again. Also when I installed the cab roof it got a bit noisier but I thi
  5. Mine arrived today and it sounds like a 1950s coffee grinder and runs worse than my Oxford Rail Dean’s Goods did right out of the box. I turned BEMF off in the decoder and that helped a bit. I have also lubed it and now will start a long run in as The Stationmaster suggested might help—I hope he’s right.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. As always you’re the gal with the answers!
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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 pip
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