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  1. The words missing from the above are "in theory". You call it a "fix" but it's no different to cleaning the track and you need to do that in order for your live metal wheels to be firmly against continuously live rails in any case. Even the best laid track, and the most perfectly built locomotives, will benefit from the application of graphite to the rail tops. With graphite there's no need to keep cleaning the rails and so there's no need to buy cleaning products or devices s to clean them with. Before I used graphite I had to clean the rails if the layout had been left without cleaning for a few days but now I can go to the layout and reliably run trains straight away, even after weeks without running it. There's also the cost saving in that one stick of artist's graphite cost me £1.50. I'm still using the same stick after 5 years and at the current rate of wear it'll still be going in another 15 years or more. I've read many times of layout exhibitors having running problems and the need to keep cleaning the track but I did a three day exhibition, without running problems, and didn't need to clean the track at all. That would not have happened without graphite. It is a lubricant but I have a 1 in 18 gradient on one of my layouts and a tiny 0-4-0ST, weighing only 110g can still haul a load of 6 wagons up it, so to anyone using less severe gradients, and main line locomotives, it really shouldn't cause a problem as far as adhesion is concerned.
  2. How could Operation Barbarossa be the start of your alternative war? For that to happen the Nazis would already have had to invade Poland, which would bring the French and British into the war, just as it did in reality. As soon as Italy moved into Egypt, Britain would have declared war on Italy to protect its interest in the Suez Canal, and as Italy and Germany were allied in the 'Pact Of Steel', in May 1941, that would mean war with Germany. There are all sorts of scenarios that could have come from that. The whole idea is silly because everything in history is so interlinked - cause and effect. You can't change something as major as Fascism taking over half of the world and think that plans for railways in Britain would have still gone ahead.
  3. No news, no progress. I haven't touched it since September. I haven't been well over Christmas and the New Year and I have three scratch-builds and another brass kit on the go, none of which I've felt like doing much about.Most of the modelling I have done has been weathering, which can be done in the house and doesn't really need much thinking about. I have too many modelling projects on the go and this one is way down the list of things to do. I may even sell it.
  4. Welcome to the world of industrials! I haven't been doing much with this at all, except for playing with it. There isn't much more to do really and what there is is just making wagon loads, detailing and, of course, building more engines! Going back to the previous page, and Lady Of The Lakes, the one-piece 3D-printed body wasn't going to work due to clearance problems with the rods and running plate/splashers. Tom has made a new print of only what would be above the running plate, so I have to make the frames and running plate from scratch now. There's also some progress been made on the 'Lord Ward' type Manning Wardle. The buffers are borrowed from Lady Of The Lakes, for the photo. I've got a gearbox in there now but the next major job is to make the wheels from scratch. I can't bring myself to use the Markits type wheels that are under it at the moment at all. I have the brass Gibson wheels, which will donate their tyres but the wheels themselves will be scratchbuilt, possibly from brass but I'm looking at machinable plastics. I've stalled with this at the moment as both builds need me to produce drawings and patterns. To be honest, I'm having fun just opening boxes and slapping dirt on things for Charlie Strong's scrapyard.
  5. It's my Calder Vale Mineral Railway layout. I was just looking for something in a drawer and found this: It's a plastic kit for a Rolls Royce 0-6-0DH. I think it was made by Knightwing. I completely forgot about it until right now and I guess I've had it since the 1990s. I had intended to motorise it but there's no point now with the Judith Edge kit being available, if I do want a RR diesel. Instead, I will build it up as something in for scrapping and have it with the rods off, so it will roll more easily. Rolls Royce 10233, ex-Manvers Main, awating the torch, at Booths. I may even model it with the engine exposed as in the photo.
  6. I had already weathered the POAs using paint, ink and powders but I felt they needed an overall dusting of dirt from the airbrush.
  7. I've only just seen this and as no one else has replied, no, they aren't W4s. They are Class E, which is quite a bit larger than the W4.
  8. Baseboard in progress and placed in the slot where it will live. That is only one side of the bookshelves and the centre support, to the right of the bridge, will need a hole making in it so as to allow through running to a fiddle yard.
  9. The one in your photo quite clearly has the works number painted on the side. It also has the unique cab, so it must be 200793. The photo that I posted above isn't mine (it's a link that posted itself as a picture) but I photographed this loco in GLE's plant yard, in Scunthorpe, in the 1990s. The Industrial Railway Society's 13EL hanbook (published 2003) lists it as still being in Scunthorpe at time of going to print, so either you're mistaken as to when it arrived at Williton, or you have had another 48DS there that did arrive in the 1970s. As far as I'm aware, 200793 never worked for United Dairies. It was new to Wm. Evans, Old Mills Collieries at Radstock. Another thing about this one, and which without pre-cab rebuild photos I can't be certain of, is that it may actually have been a 44/48HP when new.
  10. No, this is the one that Hornby are doing in the Grant Rail livery. When built this would have not had the enclosed cab and the windows are definitely non-standard. They were probably done in the ownership of Grant Lyon Eagre. The axle guards are also the early, cranked, type and so the Hornby model is going to be wrong. The above shows it in Grant Rail's livery, which Hornby are doing it in but without the windows and axle guards, it will be wrong for this loco. Grant Lyon Eagre had another 48DS that was a standard enclosed cab type, which, with slight alteration to the earlier Grant Lyon Eagre livery, would make an accurate model.
  11. Thanks to everyone who answered my questions. That didn't quite work. Should be the second page, most recent post.
  12. I'm quite happy to have it parked up and the driver on his break. I had a 6-wheel rigid chassis, with a Thornycroft cab, which was intended for White Peak, so I've used that, instead of building a trailer. I had already built the tippper body from plasticard, so that's gone on, too. I painted the front bumper, widened the track on all axles and replaced the front wheels with white metal items that I got from Langleys, years ago. Transfers designed using Photoshop and printed on decal paper. Reg. plate, telephone and Telex codes correct for Birmingham in the 1980s, thanks to folks from this forum. "Part of the Shelby group of companies". Sprayed with matt varnish and weathered with acrylic paints and weathering powders.
  13. That bridge has featured in a few ITV Yorkshire dramas; DCI Banks, for one. The Hunslet diesel in the last photo was named PRINCE OF WALES and ended up being the shunter at the Shipley scrapyard of Crossley's. I think it's still there, although out of use since rail traffic ceased.
  14. I found this in my local model shop. It's suitable for the period and so, with a bit of work, will become one of Charlie Strong's fleet of scrap-carrying lorries.
  15. Thanks. I think that's what I meant, rather than fax. It's strange how you forget these things that really weren't that long ago. What would a telex number look like?
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