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  1. Probably exceptionally as is evidenced by the longevity many of the MW locos, with Kitson notably producing many locomotives to identical design after they had taken over the goodwill. Paul A.
  2. I've had some of these 3D printed in resin as scenic items for my layout, not sure they would be suitable for use with C&L chairs due to the material. Excuse the poor quality photograph.
  3. How much do they need to be opened out by? It may be time to invest in some small reamers, which are thoroughly useful. Paul A.
  4. Hi Corbs Wheelbase is 12' with 5'9'' from front to centre and 6'3'' from centre to rear. The wheels were definitely 3' 6'' on all the locos whether MW, Kitson or RSH built. Kind regards Paul A.
  5. The HE50550 class certainly doesn't, though it did feature a lamp bracket in the same place. The difference being that this class had large rectangular sliding windows allowing access either side. Paul A.
  6. The plan over the winter as I understand it is to completely re-lay the mainline and cut out the dipped joints where appropriate. The sleepers you've photographed are ex-Ministry Of Supply obtained from Corby steelworks upon closure. I can't say I've seen these in any colliery images but they were certainly used at cement works and quarries. They are on Ambis Engineering's "to do" list in 4mm scale. There are two patterns of these - one for flat bottom rail as you've linked and one for bullhead as shown below: Paul A.
  7. The latest Hornby models have the wrong driving wheels as the centre driving wheel should have an offset balance weight. This was correct on the Dapol and earlier Hornby models of the same tooling. You have been warned.. Paul A.
  8. Not colliery-related but If anyone is feeling particularly brave: https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidwf2009/5577092176 This is a fairly extreme which is mainly due to the fact the track is laid directly on top of iron ore bench. There is no ballast which means that the track is free to be slewed every few months, as was the practice in open cast mineral railways. This way the line could follow the quarry face, which is fairly shallow here. Note the kinks stemming from the fishplates, exacerbated by this activity, but also seen in poorly maintained industrial track work generally. Paul A.
  9. I've never been entirely happy with my W4 (masquerading as R1 class P1050/07!) until now. Upgraded with the Rt models safety valve arms and steam dome which set it off much nicer than the plastic-looking Hornby offering. Very nice quality castings. I soldered the arms to the dome and then removed excess solder with a brass wire pen. The remaining bits of visible solder where touched over with Phoenix "brass" enamel paint. Paul A.
  10. Thanks Brian. It may well have been a new tooling for Dapol but in reality the model is the same tooling as Mainline plonked on a spurious 10' 0'' / 17' 6'' chassis. The same goes for the Bachmann rendition which they happily corrected for the N gauge Graham Farish version which was released several years ago. Clearly Bachmann have done the homework for this model for their N gauge one, now I would suggest is the time to release it in 4mm as it would undoubtedly sell well. Paul A.
  11. A couple of the locomotives had covers like this - I'm not sure my prototype did but Loddington No.2 certainly did for a time. It's a J37 dome from DMR Paul A.
  12. Hi Paul, I accept your point - a lighter gauge rail might also serve to improve appearance as many industrial lines were laid with 75lb flat bottom rail. The one observation I would make about colliery railway modelling in general, and indeed track work falls into this: Colour photography was not widely available until industrial railways ( particularly steam orientated) were in rapid decline. There is a danger that we as industrial modelers use such resources and conclude that systems at the end of their lives which were essentially being run into the ground were typical of industrial railways in general through time. That is not the case by any stretch of the imagination. In my view poorly maintained trackwork in collieries is more typical of the 1960's onwards (disposal points excepted). Compare the much photographed prototypes of Ashington Colliery/Workshops and with those of Lambton Colliery/Workshops and associated railways via google images from around the late 60's. Same era and geography, but vastly different levels of continual maintenance as one system was earmarked for closure. See also Mountain Ash 1955 vs. 1979 for an even more extreme example, it looks like a different site altogether. Paul A.
  13. Thanks Gordon, Carefully... it's all fox "fine" 0.35mm lining. First the yellow and red and laid side by side and then the black on top. This gives a "full" thickness black and a half thickness yellow and red. Mind bending stuff, like lining a loco three times. Maybe I could have gotten away with just black! Paul A.
  14. Thanks for the response Brian. For your interest S&L (and latterly BSC) used 16-ton slope sided minerals for coal only, not ore. The Dapol model of a Charles Roberts hopper actually uses a much older pre-2000's Mainline tooling, so happily can be included: BR Diagram 1/161, 1/162 22-24 ton capacity Iron Ore hopper wagon Built by Charles Roberts, Cambrian, Cravens and Birmingham RC&W. Totaling around 4,000 vehicles constructed between the years of 1940 until late 1950's. Predominantly built for the private owner market before adoption by British Railways, minor detail differences exist between the diagrams and within them, though these are not significant and typically surround axle guards, boxes and minor sole bar fittings. These could be seen running in their intended flows from as low down as Oxfordshire up to the North East of England. A wagon difficult for a 1950-1970 East Midlands LMS/NE layout to overlook. They ran in block trains or assorted with other hopper wagons of varying types and their lives were further extended being used for sand and limestone and beyond the 1970's by adoption into industrial internal user fleets etc. One example was also used on the Isle of Wight for PW work before scrapping. Liveries include ornate private owner lettering, BR grey and PW/internal user. 9' Wheel base with a length of 16' 6'' over headstocks. Only one example is preserved by the National Railway Museum currently on long term loan at Rocks by Rail Cottesmore which is B436275 Please see here for photograph: http://www.rocks-by-rail.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/NRM-support-lge.jpg Please see here for further photographs: https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/brironorehoppersmall Paul A.
  15. Hi All, A concerted effort over the weekend has seen this model running. High Level Loadhauler compact + if that helps anyone. There's lots of room in the firebox area and the tank sits fairly high so a 10 or 12 series Mashima or similar is absolutely fine. A few jobs left to do as you can see, but I'd say 95% of the way there now (thank goodness) Paul A.
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