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  1. Another one for the wagon Midland Railway number collectors, no date or location available but post 1936, note the disc wheels. Too late a build for nearly all of you though! (Another corner of a neg) Cheers Tony
  2. Bute wagons are dealt with in Turton Vol 2 page 31. By 1907 their new wagon livery was simply BUTE across the side. They ordered lots from the Glooucester C&W company so it is likely they had some with side and end doors but there is no record of side door only wagons, especially as so much of the output was shipped at Cardiff Docks. The Hornby wagon has end stantions that are too far apart. If you can accept this some liveries are accurate enough to make conversion to finescale worthwhite. The brake lever is horrible and crudely moulded as are the brakes but with care these can all be replaced. Tony
  3. Brilliant! I would never have thought of one of these - in fact I had not even heard of them! Makes total sence as they would be bringing Dutch produce into London Cheers Tony
  4. Hi, Another wagon query. I had seen this well know Hebron image of a B12 on Brentwood bank in 1927 before. In the train were two strange looking Midland style wagons. Now we have access to the original neg it is possible to zoom in a bit and it reveals they are indeed very strange things, they appear to have toplights in the sides and ownership boards on their sides, presumably at the non sliding door end. They also have low stepboards as if they are Tariff vans. I seem to vaguely recall one in the background of an Ipswich shot as well. Any thoughts on what they are? My only guess is PO beer vans. Cheers Tony
  5. Hi Everyone, Here is an interesting wagon load I have not observed before caught on the edge of a neg. It is of course a GW van with twin end ventilators, but there is straw stuffed in the vents (or stuffed on the inside falling out of the vents) The date is 1948ish and it looks like late winter in the whole neg. The only thing I could think of is something in the van is very sensitive to cold so an excess of straw has been used. We tend to forget nowadays how much straw was used for packing (around earthenware pipes, in tea chests, around vegetables, etc etc), it is the natural predecessor to bubble wrap and plastic chips I suppose. Thoughts anyone? Tony
  6. For all us sad number-collectors here is a MR Ballast Brake van at St Albans in 1923 with a 'new' number I think? As there were less than 40 of these there does seem to be a lot of photos of them! Cheers Tony
  7. Hi Guys, Thought you would like this part of a neg. The underslung bracket signal is very interesting, it appears to be a NER lower quadrant design that has been converted to upper quadrant by the LNER necessitating an additional short post secured in front of the old one to allow the arm to clear the bracket. Was this common practice I wonder? Cheers Tony
  8. It would be 1976-9 I guess, not that often though, I wish I could have made it up to Scotland more. Unfortunately my spotting books are lost somewhere........ Tony
  9. We have just one pic of it, a little out of your period and I recall photoshopping a lot of litter off the grass! https://www.rail-online.co.uk/p992467654/h16fc7dfd#h16fc7dfd I do remember in my spotting days there being Class 40s (usually only one per visit) on Ayr shed and I always assumed they had worken in on freight to the yard. Tony
  10. Yes I see what you mean, I too would be a little dissapointed with that finish. The ironwork liiks a little 'shallow' too. I wonder if painting it with car primer would help cover those diagonal lines up (after you have re-scribed the planks)? You could probably have scratch built one in the time it takes to 're-finish' it! Good Luck, Cheers Tony
  11. The Ks kit was actually for a Caledonian Brake van - looks a little like the GER one though! Tony
  12. Another D299 in the back of a neg. I guess this gives one more running number! 1937 Crewe. Looks like it has RCH brake blocks - was this usual at that date? Tony
  13. This yard? https://www.rail-online.co.uk/p600875790/h7dc0926c#h7dc0926c https://www.rail-online.co.uk/p85572348/h123774c0#h123774c0 Tony
  14. Found another photo of it at Templecombe in 1964 with damaged tender running plate and vents outside the coal space https://www.anistr.com/media/646b0fd6-d13a-4e50-a909-f9f42c9dc25b-steam-loco-fowler-4f-44422-templecombe Clearly damage like this did not stop it being used! Tony
  15. Hi, There is a pic of it on the S&D at an unknown date here; https://www.rail-online.co.uk/p144309771/h814af4c3#h814af4c3 and it clearly has the vents outside the tender coal space. It also has an additional Overhead warning flash on the rear coal space divider, but of course this could have been added when the loco visited Horwich and had the vents moved. The Bolton photo also has the late emblem as opposed to the early crest in 1961 so clearly it was either a different tender or re-painted. Does anyone know the identity of the one preserved? If it is the one that was at Bittern in a terrible state in the 1990s then it clearly is the one recorded with the loco at Gloucester here with the damaged running board: https://www.rail-online.co.uk/p144309771/he5d2a2a#he5d2a2a Cheers Tony
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