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  1. They say the silliest question is the one you don't ask, so here goes.... Would "man with the chalk" write on both sides of the wagon, or just one side? I suspect it's just the one side, but I'll ask the question anyway as I haven't found the answer! Kind regards Possy
  2. Give that man a coconut! I had another look on fox, and there they were, staring me in the face, and were duly ordered. Thank you Mr Corbs! Back to the wagons... I decided I needed better wagon loads than the one that I had previously made from foam board, which looked okay, but weighed absolutely nothing. I had a dig about the house and came across some thin MDF board which was used as a picture board if I recall correctly. I measured them out around 24mm x 64mm and cut out 3, gluing them together with superglue and a bench vice. I made sure to file them in
  3. Hello! Me again! Not been able to do too much this week as I'm on different shift patterns again. What I have done though, is take delivery of some fox transfers, and have been "Nationalising" one of my wagons. The wagon in question is one of the ones in the above post. Presumably, the Ffarquhar Quarry bought the 3 plank wagon from the LMS, and then subsequently, after the war, was pooled into British Railway's stock. Therefore, it makes sense this wagon has a 'P' prefix. I started by rubbing down a couple of the planks, removing some of the orig
  4. Interesting, I must admit, I have seen models of them in passenger Crimson, but saw on Paul Bartlett's website them painted in BR Bauxite -might have to build a 3rd kit! Good job they aren't expensive The Ffarquhar quarry provided dressed stone as far as I'm aware, and the FQ wagons I currently have are 3 plank wagons (That Oxford rail wagon will be ex Private owner for coal traffic) Here are my ex-LMS Private owner wagons. The one at the back has an attempt at a dressed stone load, but needs re-doing. However, for spoil, I will tack on a few 5 p
  5. Thank you! Definitely something to consider, I'm going to raid my paints - I think I have bufferbeam red somewhere. Back to this week's work - A nice easy Dapol (ex-airfix) wagon. BR only made about 150 of these, so with Airfix's help, I'm pretty sure everyone's model railway has one. It probably fits nicely onto Sodor as many of the industries are still connected by rail. I am interested in building more, using the hybrid of the meat van with planks removed and parkside accompaniments. Onto the build - Pretty straight forward, glue the pieces to
  6. Thanks for the feedback and suggestion. I ended up using the Railmatch "roof grey" for my model. Daisy Has been on and off the workbench for this past week, however, I have finally made progress with her. I ended up winning a class 101 trailer coach on ebay relatively cheaply, which I have taken the windows out of, and also the cab glazing, of which I was missing a set as mentioned in previous posts. As it also had a set of windscreen wipers, I have gone back on using the brass examples I had to make in favour of the ones that came with the model. I used th
  7. Thank you for your kind words I was nervous about chopping up a Bachmann version. Luckily, I bought mine when Hattons were selling them cheap. I double, triple and doubled measured before cutting! Anyway, I got down to lining the model, and did it over 2 nights, let one side dry completely before applying transfers to the other side. It won't come as a surprise that the livery is near identical! I then sprayed the model with satin varnish, though it appears to be more matt than satin! I don't know if there's something wrong with my satin varnish - I onl
  8. Hello all, happy bank holiday Flippin'eck, 3 posts in a row, if someone doesn't get one in after me I'll have connect 4... Finished off my coke wagon today, after picking out the details in the iron work, I applied the transfers, and although the MR only latterly applied their numbers towards the end on the wagon bodies, I have done here as it would look odd without. Plus, it gave the crews at Crovan's gate something to do when this wagon arrived. I also added the missing bar across the "w" out of some thin brass wire and painted black. I just n
  9. My apologies, hadn't even thought of Wigan! (feel a right t!t now!) I fear I may have been out in the bank holiday sun a bit too much today! Need to get me some books on the subject, and the Lancashire area.
  10. The million dollar question! it had occurred to me that it could be the "sticky wicket". I'll just have to buy more wagon kits XD. in fairness, as you say the post war wagons, with the introduction of the steel bodied wagons the wooden ones would be phased out, so I hopefully wouldn't need as many. Again, thanks all for the advice, for instance, the coal arriving via boat is an interesting concept. I'm modelling somewhere in the North West of England, so my "main sources" of coal are places like copy pit, (and many others in the Burnley, Nelson and Blackburn, plus Haig Colliery in
  11. Thanks Gents, certainly some things to reflect on, and plenty of information to digest. Think I need to expand my library and get some books on this, so thank you for the recommendations. thanks again!
  12. Hello all, me again! I'm currently modeling 2 eras of rolling stock - Pre Nationalisation and nationalisation. (Debating having 1 side of the wagon Pre Nationalisation and other side Nationalised! Pre Nationalisation Questions My understanding is that companies like gas works/factories/private owners etc required coal and would more often than not have their own branded wagons, which would be sent to the colliery, filled up and then sent to their respective factory etc. I've seen a few pictures of rakes and rakes of colliery owned wagons (not int
  13. Evening (morning!) All. Bit more work on the MR coke wagon, Finished off applying the details, re-read the instructions before lopping off the "Vee" hanger and have kept it. The wagon has brake levers at both ends, and brakes on one side only. Because I sunk the solebars further down, it means I've had to also cut the vee for the brake levers too. Wasn't a big job. I also managed to lose the coupling, so some white metal ones have taken their place. Buffers will be added at the end to ensure they stay shiny. The wagon was coated with
  14. Hi all, Have had a search through the existing threads, so apologise if this has already been answered. As we know, when BR was born, most Private owner stock was retained by them from the war effort. Obviously, they weren't all painted over night, if at all, but most did at some stage, receive a new number with the "P" prefix. How did wagon works decide what number the wagons got? Most private owners, from what I've seen had their own numbering system, often adding 100 or 1000 in front to make it seem as though their 4 wagon fleet was much bigge
  15. Thanks, I'll have a dig around, on first look though I couldn't find any. However, turns out there was a secret, 4th option, that I had time to think about whilst at work. My idea was to cut "channels" out of the floor of the wagon and sink the solebars down a bit further. Like a caged potato, I was ready to give my theory a try once I got home. Normally, I'd use my dremel for jobs like this, but decided against it as I don't think my neighbours would appreciate the noise this late on, so I used a hand drill and cut out a row of holes.
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