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    Playing trains...wooh-wooh goes the whistle, chuff=chuff goes the engine
    Riding my bicycle...ting-a-ling goes the bell wheeze and gasp goes the engine.

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  1. One of these locos stood on a roundabout outside Carhaix-Plouguer until the road was redeveloped. I understand it still exists but the owner just wants it to rust away. However, if you are near that area then head towards Bon Repos on the D2164. Follow signs for the Abbaye, which is a tourist attraction and has good parking and and a Cafe. On the opposite side of the road not too far away is Bon Repos station which is being restored and is the the home to a restoration project of the RB or at least part of it. they do have big plans. They have secured the trackbed from Bon Repos to G
  2. CF- the scenic areas are too tidy? I fear that the correspondent is looking at CF and comparing it to the London of today. As a reminder, in the period CF is set in, there were less people. The streets were also clean because there were street cleaners. That and people didn't produce as much rubbish as they do today. And what waste there was was reused were ever possible. I also wouldn't expect to see much dung there either. My late Father, raised in the East End before the war and so in the period of CF, would earn money by going out to collect it and sell it t
  3. Corrections and Notes. Oh dear, Apologies I am going away from the OP... However.. I received an e-mail from Richard Stevenson, who is following this thread but is not a member. He has put together the history of EM gauge, and sent me his latest draft. An earlier version appeared on the old EMGS website, but was not included on the current version. Having read that and about the developments of 00 here, I think that the story of track standards is quite an interesting tale, if a little technical. However, Richard made a couple of points in relat
  4. Actually I am very much aware that MRC (Model Railway Constructor - a magazine,[for the benefit of our younger readers) and the BRMSB was a one man band. Or at least a small cartel of enthusiasts who should be praised for their determination in getting some kind of standardisation of OO. I have a very incomplete collection of magazines from that period so thanks for pointing out the issue that I was hunting for. I am not so sure that 19mm became EM Gauge as somewhere (probably another magazine I can't find or don't have) they were listed side by side and as sa
  5. This why the BMRSB was set up as 00 standards were all over the place. I am hunting through the old magazines to find out what they ended up with. But of interest in MRC June 1936, it was determined after some experiments that for 00 = 16,5mm gauge track the BMRSB recommended standards are. Dimension A (wheel width) 2,25mm Dimension B (Back to Back) 15mm Dimension C (Flange depth) 0,75mm Dimension D (Flange width) ,5mm The outside faces of check rails should be 14,5mm The gap between running and check rail should be 1mm Also of interest 19,00mm t
  6. An interesting subject full of myths and misinformation. I found this an interesting read and may help fill in a few gaps. https://roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com/ripley/ A part that I found interesting was that with the opening of the railway that it was the road system that suffered. I was always taught that it was only the canals.
  7. So here is 838 dirtied up and with crew. I based the weathering on a photo of 30840 at Woking in 1964. It looked similar to other photos of S15's but in colour. The photo is on page 9 of "The steaming sixties, No6 From Woking to Weymouth" by George Reeve, Irwell Press. What struck me is that the weathering was made up of streaks running from the top down and dust from the bottom up. But still, what was described in another book, "reasonably clean". The photo also has the fireman with a knotted
  8. I feel quite honored as two of my models have featured on Wright writes in just a few pages of each other. The Standard 5 is mine and is (less obviously) EM...which is why it is sitting on a bit of EM track in the six foot of LB and of course couldn't be run. For those interested this was my entry into the RM web Kitbuild challenge from way back in 2015. The link takes you to how I built this and my many diversions away from the printed instructions. I also see that my S15 has also been mentioned. Some people have even read my ramblings and found them favorable.
  9. Thanks for the kind comments playmates. Hi John, yes I am pleased as to how it turned out especially as it has attracted such kind comments. As Richard says, they are easy to put together, and are intended for OO. But don't be put off by the thought of going to EM or P4. If you are building kits/ scratch building, then life can become a little easier in the wider gauges as you have a bit more room in the chassis and less compromises to make when dimensioning. The only problem with these old kits is that dimensionally they can be a bit out. It just depends o
  10. I think that I have gone as far as I can with this for the moment. So finished. Front 3/4 view. Look about right. Close up of the Left hand side. The injector fills the gap nicely. This is my interpretation of the Dreadnought Injector. It been confirmed that the pipe coming out of the ashpan is the Boiler drain. I have also cleaned a shiny bit on the reversing rod where it sits in it's guide. This is about the same sort of angle as the photo of 30834 at Basingstoke 18/08/1962. This photo is often used to shew the AWS. Hea
  11. Some photos of progress so far... I am finding that this build is dragging on a bit. Each time I sit down at the bench, I am starting to wonder "how much longer will this take?". But I want to finish this one so I can move onto the other projects that are lined up. Anyway, eyes down and here we go. Right hand side. It looks a lot better now that the transfers have been applied. Detail below the footplate is starting to be added. Brakes, sand pipes, sand cleaning pipe (on the tender) and the cylinder drain cocks. "I see ya
  12. I am now making progress on the chassis. Again following DLT's build notes, I have fitted brakes from the mainly trains SR loco etch onto the loco. I was not so successful on finding a suitable set of brake gear for the tender. But the tender fret does have something suitable for other projects. At the moment I am fitting the sandpipes. These route down the front of the J hanger in exactly the area that I had freed up for the rear bogie wheel. I'll glue it in and then work out later how I get the clearance. Around the rear of the loco, the area under the cab look
  13. Has anyone found the correct colour for BR Southern Loco green? I did a search and all I find is the question...never the answer.
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