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  1. I went into Tesco today to see if the February Hornby magazine was out. It was, and they also had the 2021 Hornby catalogue so I bought both. When I paid for them a 'multibuy saving' of £4.00 was deducted, so it was £10.98 for both.
  2. I couldn't get a PL11 to work with a peco 0 gauge point. However I've found a gaugemaster surface mounted point motor GMC-PM20 will throw the point. I haven't tried it with a microswitch though. RobR
  3. Hepton Wharf was introduced in Modelling Railways Illustrated volume 1 No.3 in an article entitled 'The case for cameos'. It covers the design considerations and includes a perspective sketch and a track plan, as well as some photos. Rob
  4. To quote from the introduction the author 'aims to illustrate the changes that have taken place since 2001, with some additional photos included from 1991' As well as Peak Forrest there are photos at Tunstead, Earle's Sidings, Hindlow, and Great Rocks Junction. And there is a map, admittedly a small scale one. Rob
  5. Peco code 124 Bullhead is not true bullhead as the rail is flat bottom, which is why the rail joiners are the same as used for 00 code 100 track. C & L and I think Marcway use the correct bullhead profile. I am happy using Peco, as once it's ballasted and weathered I can't tell the difference. Rob
  6. The sixth book in this series, 'The North West of England' (excluding Cumbria) is now out. It has sections on the Manchester Ship Canal And Trafford Park railways, and the Port of Preston, as well as chapters covering steel etc. Up to the usual standard, and well worth getting. Rob
  7. The book 'The Steaming Sixties 4. The Days That Were - The Withered Arm in Cornwall' Irwell Press 2009 , author Peter Coster, has two sections on the Wenford Bridge branch. On 17th August 1962 he travelled on the Wenford goods, and as he had official permission to do so he says a Queen Mary was attached for his use. His photos in the book show it at various locations along the line, including Wenford dries and I think, the terminus. There is also a photo taken of the Queen Mary at Dunmere Crossing on May 5th 1964. Treneglos gets a mention in the introduction to the book. The South Western
  8. In his book Rail freight since 1968 Wagonload Paul Shannon gives the date of the last use of Blue Spot Insulfish vans in fish traffic as the early 1980s on Scotland's Far North line. Clay hoods were, and CDAs are, only intended for use between clay loading sites in Devon and Cornwall and Fowey docks and would therefore not work east of Exeter. Great layout. Rob
  9. Frank, have a look at pages 84 and 85 of this book. This shows the lamps and board used at the end of the train. The board says 'DANGER KEEP 50 FT CLEAR'. This was to allow for buffer rebound when a loose-coupled train stopped, as vehicles had been following too closely. Rob
  10. The Skytrex Spring 2013 catalogue lists them at £240.00, and shows them available in crimson, blue, and green. I've never seen one so I can't comment on the shape compared to the Westdale or Heljan ones. Rob
  11. in the south of England there was the example of Farringdon, on the Meon Valley line, two and a half miles south of Alton. After the line was closed south to Droxford freight trains were hauled to Farringdon and propelled back to Alton, because the connection to the yard was trailing from Alton. The yard at Farringdon had two sidings, one running alongside a goods shed, the other one running alongside a loading ramp. Two and possibly three enthusiast specials were run during this time, using M7s and pull push sets. (Source ' The Meon Valley Railway Part 3: Closure and Beyond' - Noodle Books).
  12. According to the 1982 article this plan originated in February 1947 with the GWR, and following nationalisation, and I quote '' was retained 'on the books' as warranting further examination by the newly formed railway executive. Here it remained 'under consideration' as a long term scheme. Indeed the final decision to abandon the proposals was not made until the early part of 1958, following a detailed appraisal of the Modernisation Plan for the south west by the Transport Commission.'' The article says the idea of a joint station was first raised in 1943 by a 'replanning appraisal team' h
  13. This article , and some additional new material, was reprinted in the Somerset And Dorset Railway Heritage Trust magazine, 'The S & D Telegraph', issue 31, December 2007. It states that it was originally published in the March 1982 Railway Magazine. The proposed site of Bath Central was Bath West goods yard. A new line was to diverge to the east of the new station to join the Bathampton to Bradford on Avon line to the north of Limpley Stoke. The new line would cross the Camerton branch just to the east of Monkton Combe, where there would be a triangular junction to a line heading south w
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