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  1. That's 100% more than DP1, DP2, Falcon, Kestrel & Lion and they sold.
  2. Well that should get the Somerset & Dorset boys interested.
  3. Thanks. Regardless of pronunciation I'm sure they'll fly of the shelves like hot cakes. We'll soon have the Dubliners all driving about in Chimeras (or Bentleys). I mean you don't even need track to run them on, as this pic of a rake of chummins* show. *Pitmatic for empty rail wagon or tub.
  4. Aye but who taught yer? In Co. Durham it the pronunciation depended on which town or village you came from and in some instances which part of the town or village you lived in. As I travelled around different collieries you soon learned that the same words could have different pronunciation and quite often a totally different meaning. Taking things to a regional level take the word "bait" in Co. Durham coalfield and "snap" in Yorkshire.
  5. Crickey! that's what I thought was a "cow" on the Stella wagons. So what was a cow I hear you ask? or probably not. It was attached to the rear wagon coupling and it's low end dragged along the ground. It prevented the wagons running "amane" (away) on inclines when the rope or a coupling failed.
  6. Mr Cholmondoly-Warner has all the answers. Also good views of the beach railway (submerged at high tide) in this clip. Then there was Mars, Milo & Dick. Number up a Hattons AB as AB-2165 of 1944 and stick a Wynyard nameplate and some dumb buffers on it and you're sorted. Heres a 1963 pic of her. Peckett W4 at South Hetton that had conventional sprung buffers in the dumb position and paltry stump like dumb buffers in the normal position at nationalisation but was rebuilt with steelworks HD buffers where you would expect and stumps in the low dumb position. Loco was then pretty much unrecognisable as a Hornby Peckett as it had a Lambton Cab, different saddle T, Chimney and safety valves. Last time a coffee pot worked the harbour was in 1971 when a non Seaham loco was temporarily "imported" for the filming of an episode of Jacob Bronowski's (an ex NCB employee) Ascent of Man. Coffee Pot loco, steam crane and chaldron wagon at Seaham Harbour by Beamish Museum, on Flickr
  7. And variations were built in Australia (Newcastle).
  8. Good on yers, you Dublin boys (and men of Kent). Please buy yourselves copious amounts of alcohol to consume this coming weekend. Lovely wheels but (there's always a but) a question that has to be asked: Do the wagons scale out at approx. 27mm (max. top width) or have they been narrowed along with the chassis to accommodate the OO wheel-sets whilst keeping the wheel flange to body side relationship in proportion? And another. Nice touch including the cow with the Stella chaldrons. Will they be included in the other Chaldron packs? Smashing announcement! Hope you follow it up with a Lewin loco or the Head Wrightson Vertical boiler. Guess I better start making up some P4 hexagonal axles. Crossed post with Compound2632 who mentions the same "dilemma". Wheels and hexagonal axle set from a abandoned 19th century chauldron (chaldron) wagon. by Porcy Mane, on Flickr Chauldron Wagon. Tanfield Railway, 14th. October 2018. by Porcy Mane, on Flickr
  9. As you can see; the first sandpipe bought it when I tried to remove it by pulling. It made me change tack, so with the dragbeams removed, I could access the bottom of the moulding and poke them out with a sharpened jewellers screw driver. No glue was used on any that I have removed.
  10. Be brave an push a little harder. Mine came away eventually. Well glued but firm thumb pressure working away from the cab corners soon had it cracking into submission. You ain't going to damage the cab with it being die-cast. Drag beams were another matter: Only one out of six has come away cleanly. Five have left their mounting spigots in the running plate casting, resulting in me having to use 16BA countersunks for retention. The heads have filler applied after reassembly. Tread carefully. Depending on how you plan to hold the running plate for milling it may be prudent to make up a tight fitting spacer for the void were the chassis sits. The casting is comparatively weak across the end bearers and will deform in the area of the hole under clamping.
  11. I think this was discussed earlier in the thread. Ebay can be helpful. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255030413407?hash=item3b60ff485f:g:EhQAAOSwYwVg1yI7 Second off last image in the ribbon, viewed full page shows the louvres are there. Looks like a standard bonnet moulding with a couple of holes drilled in the accept spigots. No sign of blanked holes on the standard bonnet. Are you off to Badsworth tomorrow?
  12. Nice oxymoron. Keep it up Hornby.
  13. Whilst I appreciate Covkid was in the area and would have liked to have bought there and then, Eilleen's can manage to swap out wheel-sets for pre-packed Parkside kits. https://www.eileensemporium.com/index.php?option=com_hikashop&view=product&layout=show&product_id=22612
  14. Hmmmmmmm. Also available in OO. ½" tyre wear. Seems like a reasonable compromise to me. P
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