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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. Regarding real locations and dating the operating period:- As some will know/recall, my long term project is a 4mm scale model of Scalby, on the Scarborough & Whitby line. Now, only 1 train at a time can run through the station, so, whilst I will have models of the Camping Coaches in the goods yard, which should, in theory, limit me to the LNER and BR period, I am accumulating examples of every class of loco & stock, including DMUs, that we know ran on the line during the period 1885-1967, and the research has been fascinating. Some surprising examples have come to light - such as a Stanier 2-6-4T and, most amazing of all, a Class 124 Trans-Pennine DMU! The sheer variety has been great for allowing me to justify a very interesting collection of trains As for the presence of the Camping Coaches whilst NER liveried locos and stock pass by, I hope that I will be forgiven by the purists - but Rule 1 will apply! Mark
  2. Agreed - but I have managed to nab 3 new Mashima motors of different sizes at good prices during the last 3 months. I fancy that they may be the last ones I get though
  3. Hi John. I suspect that you made life difficult for yourself, judging by your description of your efforts to get the Mitsumi to fit. Been there, done that myself on models . I like the sound of what you're doing to the tender though - anything to reduce the weight of the tender has got to help with performance Mark.
  4. Interesting thoughts on the Nucast J27. I built one about 8 years ago, but sold it on to a friend (and fellow member of this parish) when I thought that it would not be required for my project layout. Earlier this year I discovered that one was actually seen at my chosen location - Sod's Law in action... I have subsequently aquired a collection of J27 parts from the usual notorious auction site, at a good price; with these bits and a scale drawing I'll be able to put together a reasonable "layout loco" in due course. Yes, the Nucast J27 is another kit "of its time", but it's not a complete turkey. Mark.
  5. Wasn't a special loop line built at the southern end of the MML - at Brent? - specifically to turn the Garratts? Mark
  6. Brave blokes, especially the one on the left (and also, presumably, the photographer), standing there just as the load came onto the wire... Mark
  7. It was Gary Player, I believe . "The more I practice, the luckier I get". Makes perfect sense
  8. Yes, correct. The Markits cranks are tapped 10BA and screw onto the extended axles. I lock the cranks in place with a 10BA nut behind the crank -you can get your quartering right, then nip the nut up. As for turning down Gibson axles - yes, it could be done, but it's not easy. To be honest, given that you can't see the wheels easily in a double-frame locomotive, I'd just use Markits wheels/extended axles/cranks rather than that. Opening up Markits cranks to press onto the Gibson axle? Not quite as tricky, but again, it does seem like a lot of trouble to go to. Mark
  9. Great result, Simon. At least eBay did the right thing once they got the full facts. Love your eBay ID, by the way And what a pity your feedback will be taken down - but you have screenshotted it for posterity I wonder if eBay will now take action against him? Mark
  10. Having built many 3-way points and several single and double slips, I can safely say that there is no 'black magic' involved in wiring them up. As others have said, there are simple instructions to follow if you've not tried doing it before. Mark
  11. Oh, I agree completely - but back then, this was what you got. We are very fortunate these days - are we spoiled? In many ways, perhaps we are. K's were of their time - but it could have been worse - and in some cases, such as Q Kits, they were Mark
  12. Steady on there! But yes, I have managed, both the 'ordinary' wheels and the outside cranks on different models. However, unless I kept the locos in regular use, rust was lurking just round the corner...As an impecunious youngster, the luxury of buying sets of Romfords wasn't generally an option either. I do wonder if rusting wheelsets was another factor in generating the jaded view that many people have of K's kits? Mark
  13. They were indeed. With care, you can get them to run, but the tyres are/were mild steel, and will/would become rusty at the slightest opportunity... (Mind you, some AG wheelsets do that trick too ) Mark
  14. Hello Tony Yes indeed - the K's wheels might well have been a temptation, albeit one that I hope that I would have resisted - paternal Yorkshire influence notwithstanding It does look like one of K's better offerings; the castings look very good. The chassis, however - from memory (the kit is at home, and I'm still not...), is the 'orrible brass strip assembly, so I'll be looking for a better alternative. That's a pretty tatty box - but mine came in the later packaging, with the parts mounted on card and secured with vacuum sealed plastic. I do have some old MR 0-6-0 kits in tatty boxes though, a 2F and a Kirtley await their turn. My regards to Mo, and hope to see you both sometime soon. Regards, Mark
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