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  1. Hello Cheers for that- I'll have a watch over the weekend And thanks for the offer too Nearholmer; depending on how I can get on with the clockwork, I might take you up on it, but we'll see if I can cobble it back together first with the wind-up gubbins...
  2. There's some lovely stuff on this thread! I wondered if those in the know could maybe advise me on something please? I've a somewhat knackered clockwork Bing George the Fifth that I picked up spares/repairs to rebuild as a prop for some photographs I'm doing (a previous owner has repainted it, and it has some cosmetic damage... plus the clockwork chassis is properly knackered). I want to convert it to track electric power for the photographs, either a tender-drive bogie or powered chassis under the loco, to run on Hornby O tracks. Can anyone recommend if there's a suitable chassis or block? I've seen a few possibilities online, but wondered if anyone on here had maybe done something similar and had any recommendations? Thanks, Ben
  3. Hello Regarding the Girder Bridge/Tunnel combo, here's a sort-of prototype; Ingrow West on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The girder half-covers the more traditional tunnel arch. Back before the road was rebuilt in connection with the new houses, I think it was more of a traditional girder structure, and may have covered more of the arch at a different angle; it's a very shallow tunnel under a couple of roads. Pictures taken from the lineside etc with permission; I was asked to record part of the Bridge 11 rebuild with the Civils team.
  4. That bottom one of the dramatically-lit MPV could qualify for the 'when the real thing looks like a model' thread
  5. Wow, that's a new one on me- I know there was some of this in the older days of the company, like the Triang-Hornby CIE-livery Hymek, but I didn't realise Hornby were still doing this sort of pseudo-Irish set so recently! I think they were missing a trick with the wagons, the cattle wagon surely would have been a better inclusion than a standard BR van?
  6. A huge improvement over the 'standard' Triang inside-frame shunter! Given all your locomotives look like plausible 'what-if' models, as if Triang etc continued the range, with the big coupling rods this looks a lot like the sort of model that would have resulted if Wrenn had tooled up a TT model based off their ex-Dublo 08 With the Triang 08, I've got one in the round-tuit box, and I've been tempted to see if it could be bodged into a representation of D0226 "Vulcan", with a bit of cutting and shutting to see if a more convincing model can be done that uses an inside-frame chassis; (My shot, taken just before the summer near Haworth)
  7. I always fancied the Lima class 101 when it came out in the late 90's, but as more of a 'train set' kid/teenager as opposed to a proper modeller, I never moved beyond my dad's trusty Triang DMU. It's nice that some of the Lima railcars are in the Hornby range now, but they are hard to get hold of. I know Bachmann, Dapol, etc are doing higher-end versions of the railcars, but I'd have thought there'd be a market for the budget-end of things, those old Lima bodies with more reliable modern chassis. But the only 'new' one Hornby are doing seems to be the yellow Bubble Car, when surely a BR blue/grey or green version would be more useful for most modellers. Given that Hornby have most of the toolings from Lima, do they have the Class 08/09 mouldings? I know the ancient Hornby inside-framed model owes them nothing after so long, but I'd have thought that even with its oversized coupling rods the Lima version would make a better toy/budget shunter in the Railroad range.
  8. A lot of early American streamlined stuff, all those silver-chromed early diesels and observation cars -stuff like the Burlington Zephyr- already looks like the Cylons were on the design panel Back onto British stock... In the early (Patrick Troughton-era) "Dr.Who" story 'The Invasion' there's sidings full of standard BR goods vans with the International Electromatics (front company for the Cybermen) branding, which must count as very late private-owner wagons on BR in context of the story timeline; https://thedoctorwhosite.co.uk/cybermen/mondas/ If you scroll down, there's a thumbnail of a van with the loco- would be reasonably easy I'd have thought to do as a home-made transfer.
  9. I rather like this idea- how about a flat like a weltrol or bogie-bolster, and have it loaded with Weighted Companion Cubes? (Dice with clay detailing?). A loco with the Apperture design ethic might look good- something like a 68 in white, with emphasised black/grey panel lines, and windscreens blanked off with maybe a glowing LED 'eye' implying AI control?
  10. Going slightly down Tangent Boulevard with this anecdote, but it's area appropriate for the DVLR- a book I read years back by a journalist in the 80's investigating Britain's cold-war readiness mentioned the food concentration depots in East Yorkshire, particularly one somewhere along the DVLR (not sure which station, but I think it's mentioned in the DVLR book which I don't have to hand) where the staff got in trouble. There were officially stockpiled long-life flour sacks for use after The Bomb dropped, but the staff were in the habit of moving sacks around by poking fingers into the sacks to give them something to hold when moving them, thus exposing the flour inside to damp and rodents, and rendering the whole stockpile useless...
  11. That's a hell of a decorative feature nice to see it safely and seccurely preserved indoors too
  12. I wonder if it's tied up with the fact Crossleys doesn't get trains now? I know in BR days both yards could be tripped as part of the same diagram, though I think towards the end CE just had block trains to Cardiff Tidal. It's probably just another case where it's cheaper to use lorries...
  13. I think Laisterdyke scrapyard still had paths a couple of years ago, but I don't think a scrap train has run for a long time to the sidings.
  14. I love the Lone Star range; I've used some of the metal stock for an Inglenook shunting puzzle game for the kids, as it's pretty indestructible, though there can be derailments with the smaller items of stock. It's come in useful for art projects too, particularly the plastic track (though a lot of that seems quite brittle). I've also started on converting some of the smaller box vans for an NN3 experimental layout, as they are pretty small compared to 'standard' N gauge stock; one good thing about Lone Star is it's cheap as chips on eBay if you shop around a bit and don't mind restoring the battered paint. Much as I'm a fan of the models though, I'd genuinely never before realised just how obvious a rip-off of the Triang range it is! I'd twigged the track looked similar, but not properly realised until seeing the side-by-side shots how the rolling stock and locomotives are just scaled-down versions. Did the two companies have any links?
  15. Actually that's a good point. Having re-done the stories with our youngest, it did occur to me that the 'Borrowers' were mainly thieves but with a good P.R department
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