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  1. That’s just crying out for a makeover with red lampposts and seats, a modern waiting shelter, and a 2-car Thumper!
  2. I’m terrible for starting projects and not finishing them. So for the last two weeks I have been strict with myself and finished off a few things that had been stuck for one reason or another. I haven’t got anything more to completion this week as I’ve been very busy at work, but I have made significant progress with the remaining two unfinished wagons, seen here: On the left is Lancashire Tar Distillers tank wagon no.507, which is based on a Slaters kit but with a home-made tank to a smaller diameter than the one in the kit. I have made and painted this tank over the l
  3. The MFD toad is a diagram AA23, the last type of Toad built in the 1940s. The nearer one is an older vehicle, I think diagram AA15 as per the Hornby van you mention. I’m not sure if either of these are available in 7mm scale, though they could no doubt be modified from AA19.
  4. Yes, the MFD toad has more modifications including the little crane for safely unloading heavy equipment. The MFD toads were some of the last rail vehicles purchased by the MSC Railway.
  5. Please forgive me if you have posted this before. Which suppliers do you use for your detail parts such as bolt heads, brake gear parts (other than those you make yourself)? Thanks, Mol
  6. A few old MSC Railway slides I bought on eBay recently, all I think are at Mode Wheel. The colour ones were taken in 1983 and I think the monochrome is 1978.
  7. Somewhere near here: I think the modern warehouse on the right of the first photo faced onto No6 dock. The older warehouses in the distance are on the Trafford side. The swing bridge is swung for ships to pass.
  8. I agree. Several times I have started large ambitious layouts and never finished them. My current project of a 6’ long simple shunting layout has come together much more quickly, been more enjoyable, and is nearly finished after just a few months. A small layout or diorama also allows more detail to be incorporated in a reasonable timescale.
  9. I've completed the loads for the 16t mineral and the Parrot, so here's a quick update. The mineral wagon has two mounds of iron ore: it's only travelled a couple of miles since it was loaded at Irwell Park, and iron ore has a fairly high angle of repose, so I've made the mounds quite distinct. Of course, it's not filled to the brim because iron ore is much denser than coal. This load is made from a roughly shaped block of wood coated with DAS clay to get a better shape, then with ballast glued on top and painted in slightly varying red/brown shades: The Parro
  10. My other wagon project over the bank holiday weekend was to complete the 'Parrot'. This is the largest wagon for my layout, and will add an extra twist to the 'Inglenook sidings' style shunting puzzle as it is twice as long as the others. The MSC bought two lots of 'Warflat' bogie bolsters in the mid 1920s, which they numbered 2253-2257 and 2705-2724. Under War Department ownership these had been coded 'Parrot', maybe because they were similar to a Macaw? They probably arrived at the MSC Railway still carrying their WD branding, and the 'Parrot' name stuck and remained in use
  11. I've finished one more wagon for the layout, and this is the first British Railways wagon rather than an MSC one. Nothing too exciting, it's a ubiquitous 16t mineral. The MSC's main mineral wharf was at Irwell Park, which was equipped with several large grab cranes and a numerous sidings. I think this photo dates from the mid 1950s as many of the mineral wagons look almost new, and there are still a few ex-PO wagons in the trains: Irlam steelworks had its own wharf on the ship canal adjacent to the steelworks, which was used for most iron ore imports to the steelw
  12. Many thanks Paul, another fine selection of photos. As well as the Dapol Esso tank, I have bought a DJ Parkins kit for one of the vacuum-braked 35t GLW tanks, but that is destined for modification into a BR Creosote tank which were filled at LTD Cadishead in the 1960s. I'll add to this thread as the various projects move forward. I have made more progress on two more wagons this evening and am determined to get them both finished over the BH weekend and will post updates here. Best Regards, Mol
  13. Corn Products was separate, they had some very interesting tank wagons themselves including some large 6-wheelers. Southern Cotton Oil (later Kraft Foods) and CWS Margarine works in Irlam were two other edible oil firms on the MSC that had fleets of wagons.
  14. Yes, Many thanks, I’ve got my eye on one of them for my proper model of a Manchester Oil Refinery wagon. Unlike the current Dapol tanks, it looks like the anchor mounted ones will actually be made in two sizes for class A and B. Cheers, Mol
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