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    Near to... yet far enough away from... Basingstoke
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    GW&GC Jt - "The New Line" in the period 1910-14... in 7mm S7.
    Helping my son build LNER A4s and Gresley teaks.

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  1. Here is a passenger service at Parkend and destined for Lydney, date is thought to be circa 1929, the image is courtesy of Ian Pope, photographer is uncertain. There are three GWR four wheel carriages, then a NPCS, then what is probably a 2021 class pannier tank engine. I think that the milk van has three sets of doors given that I think that I can see three door vents. This photo of a similar passenger service at Speech House Road, probably in the Edwardian era, is courtesy of Ian Pope, photographer is not known. The loco is a 2021 saddle tank and the milk van looks to have three sets of doors (based upon visible hinges) and with a roof profile that seems different from that shown in the Parkend picture. Are these MIdland Railway NPCS? If so, which diagram? Note that I am a 7mm modeller and as far as I know the only similar model / kit is that which I mentioned earlier (D416 from Connoisseur Models). regards, Graham
  2. Here is a different MR Milk Van to D416:- http://www.jimmcgeown.com/Coach Kits Pages/LMS Milk Van.html There are several photos of passenger services at Parkend and Speech House Road, on the Severn & Wye, and some of those photos show that some services include a Midland Railway milk NPCS. Unfortunately the photos are neither sharp enough nor at a sutiable angle to identify the milk vehicle - which seem to be four wheel examples. Any one able to offer a reasonable guess as to the diagram used circa 1900-1929? thank you, Graham
  3. I have sent words and music to Ian Pope for his thoughts.
  4. Mike, Thank you for posting a more complete image of the drawing. If we assume that the bolt at the outer corner of the end and the two bolts along the top plank on the side sheeting are related to each other then my initial thought is that there is a "strap bolt" on the inside edge of the sheeting and that the screwed portion of that strap bolt comes through the end sheeting. I expect that the drawing is meant to show a nut at the top corner of the end (rather than a bolt head) hence tightening of the nut retains the end planks in a fixed position relative to the sides. regards, Graham
  5. Mike, please excuse me if this message is off-beam... I can see neither the bolt in the end nor the bolt in the top plank in either the drawing or the model. Please post a fuller photo of the drawing. regards, Graham
  6. You are not alone. At the moment I am rebuilding a model of a road over rail bridge which I started at least eight years back, The bridge is not finished as yet and the current work is the third re-build. I have yet to obtain consistency in the width of the buttresses (made from layers of 5mm thick foamboard), and a believable profile to the top of the walls above road level (there are three slopes involved as the road is rising left to right across the bridge with a "level" central portion). Two of the three "builds" are to be seen in our layout topic over there. best wishes, Graham
  7. It is not often that one can say "It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive" knowing that the journey is not yet over for whilst I have read all that there is to be read (of this topic to date) there is every reason to believe that appreciation of D299 wagons (and LNWR D1s and GWR 4-planks) is going to continue. I started to re-read this topic just before the last Basingstoke MRS Show (early March) because I realised that there was much more in the way of content than the worshipping at the shrine of the humble mineral and merchandise wagons. The range of prototype discussions and the broad base of modelling expertise - with the depth of information all so freely given by many contributors - has made the journey an enjoyment and an education. Thank you all. regards, Graham
  8. So true in regard to the price. I have the model sold by Historex maybe ten years back, given to me by the late Paul Penn-Sayers. The punch plate and punches does from 0.3mm to 2.5mm in ten steps. I recollect that the set was circa £50 at that time. Once you have started to use the set to solve one problem then you start to think about how to use the punches to solve other problems; for example, I wanted some 20th plastic washers, 2mm OD with a 1mm ID - I made a jig to hold 2mm plastic disks (punched out of course) and then used a guide tube (2mm OD with 1mm bore) to hold over the disks and then drilled through the original disk. Result and repeatable. regards, Graham
  9. This is a really interesting photo because of the number of pre-group wagons and pre-group liveries. I note that you found the postcard on E-bay - do you own the auction item? Are you able to provide a high resolution extract for the GW wagon on the left hand side? I think that this wagon may have had cast iron number and identity plates when built - zooming on the images in your post are tantalising without being definitive. thank you, Graham
  10. If the date of the illustration is correct then the Severn & Wye was still a tramway at that date so any wagon for the Easter Iron MInes has yet to be built.
  11. JPR was born 1902 and died in 1999... see here ; he took many photos in the 1920s and some of those photos appear in the LNWR Wagon volumes (pub. Wild Swan). I consider myself lucky to have photos of GWR wagons which JP recorded in North Wales (for example:- in the Barmouth area) . The were given to me circa 1969 by Geoff Platt when he was on the academic staff of Kings College, London and I had just gone up to iniversity.
  12. You may benefit from looking at "The 4mm Coal Wagon" (the late John Hayes, Wild Swan) were there is an illustration of a a jig that John used to create the taper of wagon side knees (for the sheeting). regards, Graham
  13. Anyone care to offer a suffestion as to the colour of the interior of the sides as in this photo? thank you and regards, Graham Beare
  14. Drill Services of Horley do well although sometime difficult to work out just which drill I need for a particular job.
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