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  1. The original London and Blackwall railway used something similar, with carriages clipped to the rope and detaching at each station, you had to join the right carriage for your destination, and for some journeys go to the Minories end and go back.
  2. Ah, no wonder I didn't recognise what it is, you don't need them for finger operated points.
  3. Looks good. Sorry to be a dimwit, but, what does it do please? DCC? (You can tell I'm an electronics ignoramus, two wires and an on / off switch is my limit).
  4. A quick look at SR and constituent class designations suggests a gap in the SECR / SER / LCDR lists at I class, conveniently between an 0-4-4T and an 0-6-4T, so a Wainwright styled 0-6-2T might be an I, it doesn't interfere with subsequent class designations. An alternative would be similar to the Maunsell rebuild of the LBSCR E1 as an 0-6-2T, class E1R. You have effectively rebuilt an R1 to R1R class.
  5. Nice. Is that based on the old Triang saddle tank? I had the clockwork version in my first train set (60 years ago) - green and black. It took a flyer off the layout many years later and the chimney broke off, I never managed to glue it on straight afterwards. Like all my old Triang stuff, it was passed on to a new home. It is good to see these older models still in service.
  6. Waste not, want not.... We've been having a bit of a clear out. Among the things I've hoarded for months were the board covers from Head Gardener's thesis, which she had recycled when she semi-retired. I nearly chucked them out this time but then it struck me that the texture of the binding cloth would be quite useful for the surface of the goods yard infill between the tracks. Luckily the covers were about 3mm thick, so the rails would still stand a little proud for cleaning. Having made paper templates and transferred the shapes to the two boards I found I could just fill the sp
  7. Some more work on the trolley bus, (when I can be bothered - too hot for one thing of late). I've cut, fettled and glued the top deck, cut the glazing and seating to fit (including repairing the glazing where I cut it in the wrong place) and filled the gaps after a fashion. Then I spoiled it all with the painting. Strictly I suppose I should have stripped the original to bare metal, then after rubbing down the filler, sprayed it with primer before brush painting - but I don't have that much patience. Nor a spray can of primer. It'll do for now, I can live with it, as it is on a pa
  8. Neat. Wish I could do as well. Whatever the outcome of my model projects my painting always manages to ruin it. Years ago when I could still see well enough to do it I enjoyed 54mm Napoleonic figure model making, but even if I got all the belts and buckles done ok, the facial features made them all look like Marty Feldman. Unlined black has to be my livery of choice.
  9. Salt was used in water softening plants, to recharge the ion exchange resins. Aylesford paper mill took salt by the bulk lorry load in the 70s / 80s but probably by rail earlier. The water softening plant was adjacent to the west mill siding connection to the main line. The salt was tipped into a deep tile lined pit outside the building and covered by a timber cover which hinged up pulled by ropes like a drawbridge, the lorry backed up and tipped (10-20 t at a time) direct into the pit. If / when delivered by rail I'd expect salt was shoveled straight from wagons on the adjacent siding into th
  10. Nice, rounded corners looks better than square to my mind. Lighter shade of green on the Q1?
  11. If the Midland had taken the B&E and South Devon early enough, then perhaps Churchward would have completed his apprenticeship in Derby rather than Swindon - then what? Would Derby have the lead in loco development, and Swindon followed a more traditional approach after Dean?
  12. Thank you John-Miles. A bit more OT but your information rang a bell, I'd watched a youtube video about the remnants of this line during SI ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiBqUhHdxhE ).
  13. It's interesting you are prepared to take the risk and try out on the model, I'd be too wary I'd make a mess and ruin a good paint job (thinking here of lining out a Union Mills SR T9). Which paint pens do you use? I've tried the Uni Posca ones which were suggested in the NGS Journal but even the thinnest - 0.7mm tip - give me lining 1' wide . I tried them on a couple of wagons first and decided not to risk the loco. Looks like you use a straight edge or do you have steady hands? Like Nile I think the white version looks good, if you lighten the green in the centre panels but leave
  14. Didn't the Midland also reach Swansea from Hereford via the Neath and Brecon?
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