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    Midland Railway, North Eastern Railway, local (Durham area) railway history. Also now very interested in history & Scarborough-Whitby line, particularly Scalby. (All information gratefully received & appreciated). I model in 4mm scale, both OO and now EM (but NOT on the same layout!!!). Kitbuilding & scratchbuilding.

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  1. Well understood, Tony. As you say, it's definitely a BS moment when numbers like that are bandied about though. A factor of 10 out, I would suggest. The sort of thing that is a result of electric soup making one confoozled... Mark
  2. Exactly so, Joseph. The sheer variety of modern RTR has certainly impacted on kit manufacturers in recent years. More so now that even the humble small tanks and freight locos are appearing in greater numbers. I was comparing a couple of RTR tank locos vs their kit equivalents a couple of weeks ago. The difference in price, even for new RTR, is getting to be considerable. If you can obtain a 2nd hand one, especially if you're going to repaint/renumber it anyway, then the gap becomes even bigger. Whilst I'll still prefer to build, as do many others here, I suspect that we're in a sh
  3. I do wonder if the Nucast one will now reappear? As has been said, the Bradwell one is still going strong, and the RTR model is likely to satisfy many who might well have 'had a go' at the Nucast offering, particularly once you add on wheels, motor, gearbox etc to the cost of the kit. As for the Alexander kits, I too would like to see someone resurrect Dave's range, but I fear that I shouldn't hold my breath. Yes, you still see the odd one coming up on the likes of the Bay of E, but they do seem to be commanding increasingly high prices. Mark (Who has built 2 of the Nucast bea
  4. 3 minutes booked from Tebay to Shap Summit - flying start or not - who would have foreseen that happening, back in steam days? Heard on the footplate today - "I'm sure there used to be a hill round here..." Mark
  5. Who was the prolific kit builder of this parish, a few years ago? Was it Metropolitan? He seemed to rattle through his builds, but even he couldn't compete with that output rate... Mark
  6. I too like the HL gearboxes - and the gearboxes in the chassis kits produced by 52F Models (Peter Stanger), which are basically the same setup, are superb. Indeed, the two 52F chassis I've built, an A8 and a H1, are probably the nicest kits I've ever had the pleasure of using. I put together an Alan Gibson gearbox (now discontinued) with a DS10 motor, in preparation for a build for someone which sadly never happened. Not sure what it will eventually go in though. (I've another, unassembled, AG gearbox somewhere, but again, will it be used?) From memory,they're 38:1 gears, which is
  7. MarkC

    EBay madness

    Not so much Madness but Optimism... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/294210001353?du=5&ul_noapp=true How much?
  8. "No disassemble Number 5. Number 5 is alive!"
  9. Indeed so - the same argument can rage for, inter alia, the correct grey for Midland Railway open wagons & vans... Mark
  10. Yes indeed - derating engines does do that. The thermal stresses at Max Continuous Rating (MCR) can be very large; just 'taking the top off the power' can make a tremendous difference to reliability. Sometimes, as I know from personal experience, sales teams override the advice of the Technical Department and sell their product too hard. In the example I was involved with, and after having to go to the High Court to personally give evidence (as the Chief Engineer on board when the lead ship's Main Engine, only 4 months old, suffered major cracking issues with the cylinder heads), the builders
  11. The L & Y 2-4-2T is possibly Cotswold, Tony? Looking at the leading and trailing wheels, it's that sort of vintage. Mark
  12. ISTR that there's one in Darlington, in the excellent "Head of Steam" museum, too? Mark
  13. Caveat emptor... Sharp practice maybe - but not illegal. Indeed, isn't that how a lot of businesses work? You're paying for someone else to locate what you want.
  14. Indeed so - and it was, IIRC, one of the contributing causes of the head-on collision outside Hull Paragon in 1927, where a signal lever was put back in the frame early, which for a split second released the locking & allowed a set of points to be reversed... Mark
  15. Good for them! Every little (bit of publicity) helps...
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