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  1. Well, your question intrigued me and after a little searching, I came across this, which appears to have been written in 1890 and interestingly relates to railway practices (in Scotland): https://www.electricscotland.com/history/transport/railways3.htm And towards the end of that page it says: "Arrived at the cattle dock, the animals were walked out of their trucks almost as easily and quickly as a train-load of passengers, and off into the covered yards of the different salesmen. Hardly arc they out of the trucks, when men with great jets of water from a fire-hose set to work to wash out the trucks, and to cover the floor with layers of fresh sawdust,..." So I think they were canny enough to realize that jets of water from a hose were a quicker way to clean up after the cattle! It certainly shows that things were done this way pre-grouping. Amazing what you can find via the internet! Yours, Mike.
  2. Indeed, let alone the kind of space required. It might make a good layout for a club somewhere, as long as they had plenty of space and enthusiasm available! Yours, Mike.
  3. To which I say - well, it shouldn't be. I'd investigate the stiffness. You may find that something is binding as the switch blades move. Prime candidates include the switch blades themselves on the underlying sleepers or the tie bar against the adjacent sleeper/connectors on the outslde of the rails. A little bit of filing or scraping in the right place might deal with that problem. Yours, Mike
  4. Well, you could always have a go at Kirkby Stephen You'd be forever changing points and signals! Bit of automation called for, I think... Yours, Mike.
  5. This is one reason that I've chosen to model a preserved line, rather than an original line at some time in the past. Preserved lines have plenty of action, even on a former single track branch line. They pack in more locos, more stock and more activity than most of those lines would ever have seen historically. They give you the opportunity to mix locos and stock from many eras - and it is not out of place to have some humongous express locos trundling in to a single platform terminus. Just look at the trains the GWSR haul into sleepy Broadway today... Empty platforms? Not likely - there are plenty of folk milling around even when there are no trains due. Plus the volunteers looking after the place. Perhaps the one area that is less well served is the humble freight train, since few preserved lines have any freight traffic. However, many preserved lines have their freight enthusiasts and have exhibition freight trains - no pinch bars or loose shunting, however! No so much use for weathering, I'm sorry - the preservation boys tend to like "pristine". Although there are always the unrestored wrecks... And then again, the preserved lines certainly have engineering trains, though usually with more modern stock and more typically moved using a diesel. I was given the Pen & Sword book on the Severn Valley Railway for my recent birthday (and an excellent book it is...). It's great because it first deals with the history of the line before preservation - with lots of old photos. The contrast of the passenger traffic then - typically small trains or railcars - with the regular fare today is amazing. 7 or 8 coach train behind a Castle or an A4 - very nice. And they have that stunning rake of LNER teak coaches - utterly out of place historically, but a wonder to behold crossing the Victoria Bridge at Arley. (It would be wonderful to have the space to model something like that...) And because of the pressure to do all the preservation activities on-site, there is every excuse to have engine sheds, engineering sheds and so on, with some activity all the time. Not sure I fancy modelling the enormous carriage shed at Kidderminster, however. And as much stock as you can muster. Makes shunting operations into an art form. Yours, Mike.
  6. Nah, for that you'd have to build the platforms round a corner turning through almost 90 degrees. It'll never catch on... Yours, Mike.
  7. Ah yes, the preservation boys love a bit of spotless - zero weathering there!! Those are the wagons - and coaches - for which a shiny gloss finish is often true to life.
  8. With some point motors, at least, you don't need to remove the springs - they work just fine. I use MTB MP1 point motors and some of my points have the springs still installed. Yours, Mike.
  9. It depends on what you want to model the wagon as carrying. Coal tended to be hauled in the wagons with more planks - 7 or 8 typically in the early 1940s. Wagons with fewer planks tended to be used for other commodities, like stone, china clay and so on. Coke - even lower density than coal - often used wagons with extra planking tacked on top. However, there could be examples of smaller wagons carrying coal - so you are probably free to choose. Yours, Mike.
  10. PECO Parkside kits do 2 versions of a wooden 12T coal wagon: https://peco-uk.com/collections/parkside/products/rch-1923-design-12ton-coal-wagon and https://peco-uk.com/collections/parkside/products/rch-1923-design-7-plank-coal-wagon ...the second has fixed ends. You should be able to pick up one of these for £10 or so, but you will need to have paints and transfers for them. The kits have the advantage over RTR models in that you can assemble them without couplings (tension lock etc) which is probably what you need for your diorama. Alternatively, as Cypherman says, buy one on eBay. Yours, Mike. PS Since I'm a GWR fanatic, you could always base your livery for the wagon on this as used by Dapol on their 'O' gauge version : https://www.petersspares.com/Dapol-7f-071-032-7-plank-wagon-gwr-06579-o-gauge.ir
  11. No, not in all cases. In your example, the thing that does not look right is actually the 16T mineral wagon. They were painted a BR freight grey on the bodywork (bauxite brown if vacuum fitted, rarer). When pristine they were a lot lighter than you're showing in your diorama and usually had a white diagonal stripe on one side plus some lettering on the lower sides. Usually they were heavily "weathered" in use with rust and peeling paintwork in ever varying quantities. Bachmann sell their OO versions with various amounts of weathering. Eric Kemp has a selection of beauties on his site here: https://erickemp.smugmug.com/BR-16T-Mineral-Wagons/ One other item to note from Eric's pictures is the flash of white (usually stained to grey) on the end of the brake lever. He also has an exceptional almost pristine vacuum braked example in there, which is a simply gorgeous colour. The chassis was painted black when new and it usually stayed that colour although the paintwork soon lost its lustre. There were occasionally spots picked out in white on the chassis as Eric's pictures show. I lived in South Wales as a child and remember trainloads of these wagons regularly rumbling past the end of our street. Happy modelling! Yours, Mike.
  12. It's very good what you achieved with those. However, the main drawback with physical drawings like that is that it is usually very hard to make any changes once you've applied pen to paper. Either to deal with a mistake or to handle future changes. That is where the computer drawing programs really score - editing is straightforward. Yours, Mike.
  13. Ah yes, the preservation boys are sticklers for a bit of spit'n'polish Not so much use for "weathered" finishes there... Yours, Mike.
  14. Hmm - starting from scratch, that will take a while! I've been using versions of LibreOffice for 15+ years and I've probably forgotten how much I've learned! I'll start out by saying that something like the Burleigh Street Cabin should not be so hard, but the Alexandra Dock example looks very complex, especially the multiple intersecting sweeping curves. You can't realistically "cut and paste" from a picture such as those - those are bitmap pictures and taking pieces and placing them into a new diagram will be very hard - basically you can't change the shapes of pieces of a bitmap, which is what you would need to do. I would approach the problem in Draw (that's the component of LibreOffice that you use for drawings) by creating some basic elements and then combine those into a diagram. Draw diagrams are essentially "vector diagrams" based on lines and areas, which can very easily be modified in size, shape, colour, etc, - very different from a bitmap picture. So, to attempt something like Burleigh Street Cabin, I'd envisage doing the tracks as a form of line - some straight, some curved. I'd create elements for signals out of a grouped set of lines and coloured areas. Same for the black rectangles for turnouts. These elements can then be cut and paste into the diagram where required. In a sense, you'd be building a set of drawing elements to create such diagrams - there would be up-front work to create these elements before you start to draw the diagrams. Some of the tricky stuff is creating the double curved elements like the representations of crossovers. The help document for Draw is here: https://documentation.libreoffice.org/assets/Uploads/Documentation/en/DG4.3/DG43-DrawGuide.pdf ...but that's like climbing the Matterhorn, since it contains everything! As with any new tool, it is better to start simple and learn to to simple things and work out from there. Here's a plan I created earlier this week for one of the bathrooms that we're remodelling - not in any way the same as a signalbox diagram, but it can give an idea of what Draw can be used to produce in a short timescale: Top_Bathroom_Plan_3.pdf Yours, Mike.
  15. Gimp is a great tool, but it is designed for editing photos/images and that is what it is best at doing, rather than drawing diagrams from scratch. Of the Office tools, Powerpoint is the best drawing tool by far. If you need something free, that can be installed on most operating systems, try LibreOffice. It has a Drawing tool that is as good as Powerpoint. I've been using it to draw diagrams of a couple of bathrooms that we are in the process of remodelling! Yours, Mike.
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