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  1. Courtesy of the MR Study Centre I have a 1922 Midland Railway WTT for the Swinton & Knottingley Joint Railway (Midland & NER). This includes the NER services between Pontefract Baghill and Leeds, via the connecting line to the L& Y at Monkhill; and then Castleford. Firstly, although three services per day were straightforwardly between Leeds & Baghill, the evening service from Leeds, having made a 2 minute stop at Baghill then joined the S & K line and continued one stop to Ackworth. A quarter of an hour later it then returned tender-first to Baghill, with a fiv
  2. @47137 @micknich2003 @MarkC and for anyone else interested: NERA have now made "Servicing the North Eastern Railway's locomotives" available as an eBook for £5. https://ner.org.uk/product/servicing-the-north-eastern-railways-locomotives-ebook-new/
  3. Thank you all for your responses. @Compound2632 for clarifying that class A was "fitted", and class B "unfitted". (For some reason I was guessing the other way round!) @Crimson Rambler For the article expounding the MR's own sub categories of goods train. An interesting read! @kevinlms- and all who weighed in on running rights - no I didn't say, but the WTT relates to the Swinton & Knottingley Joint Railway - a joint venture between the Midland and North Eastern companies. In order to get their Act of Parliament they had to give varied rights to the GC (MSLR back then); GN and
  4. Courtesy of the MR Study Centre I have a 1922 Midland Railway WTT. This shows GCR trains passing through, which the WTT describes as either 'G.C. Class “A” Goods' or 'G.C. Class “B” Goods'. Can anyone tell me what these labels mean? They don't appear to align with later classification systems.
  5. Although it is increasingly obvious that it would be useful if I actually read these tomes properly rather than skimming them.
  6. Where to start?! @Compound2632 Yes, I also have Lacey & Dow (both) and the Jenkinson & Essery. (The memsahib is getting increasingly restive as more and more reference works spread across the living room surfaces. The date of the changeover from single-end steps to both: for everyone else Stephen (in a PM) has now hardened up to the view that steps both ends were universal by the end of the Great War. I will have to run an anachronism after all then for now. ("I don't know what came over me officer. When I came to I had a mek brush in my hand and it was All Over")
  7. @Compound2632 Stephen, thank you for the comprehensive answer. I will choose to believe the change in step arrangement was later rather than sooner, so I can have some of each. The clerestory top handrail - David Jenkinson ("Historic Carriage Drawings" 1998 edition p96) opined that, "the clerestory top handrail (dating from c1900) had mostly been replaced by a series of shorter rails on the side of the clerestory roof by c.1920." I can't say I've noticed either arrangement yet. You won't be surprised that I am working from Stephen Williams' "4mm coach". He models an "e
  8. Thanks Wickham. The shorter handrails - that's a thought. In the meantime it occurred to me that, going in the opposite direction, they might also have been to assist someone climbing up to slide the gas shutoff bar across. Um, these coaches had lavs from new. I think also gas lighting?
  9. Some Midland Railway coaches had steps up both sides of one end only, while others had steps up the left hand side only of both ends. Is there a logic to which was applied to particular diagrams and did it change over time? I've see the suggestion that brake-ended coaches would be "more likely" to have all the steps together at the brake end. Is there anything in this? I've looked at the usual reference works. It may be coincidence but earlier pictures of Clayton clerestories have the single-ended layout, while the few examples of the double-ended variety come with LMS livery. Or
  10. A cheap and cheerful hack to the Ratio carriage seating kit. I've been building an old Slaters D516 6 wheel Composite coach. Lacey & Dow vol 1, p113 shows the interiors of both 1st & 3rd class compartments from one of these coaches. (Essery & Jenkinson's “Midland Carriages, an illustrated review” p118 has a better reproduction of the 1st class interior btw.) The illustrations show the significant difference between the first and third class seating, particularly the height of the seat backs, visible through the windows. The third class seat backs come rough
  11. @Compound2632 Thanks for your information. I agree about the lack of clear pics. I couldn't find anything to show a mod, but thought it possible that I'd missed something. Reassured, I will follow the supplied instructions!
  12. MR Clayton 6 wheeled arc-roofed carriage stock of the 1880s was built with brakes fitted only to the end wheelsets. While building an old Slaters kit, I noticed that the instructions contained the statement "Note that on these vehicles the centre wheels were not originally braked"; implying that they, or some of them, had received brakes on the centre wheels at a later date. Does anyone know whether this actually happened, and if so roughly when?
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