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  1. I'd also spotted that in the GWRA auction, glad it went to an appreciative home... I do hope you'll be leaving the plate as-is and not attempting any restoration? Paul A.
  2. Correct - top marks. Yes the water softening tube would have been fitted at Harlaxton similar to their 15'' Barclay and HE50550 types. For a short time the loco also carried a white headcode disc above the tank which was an unusual feature for an industrial...I'm not sure if I will include that as it may look a bit too odd. Still, I'm hoping this Peckett will make a nice pair with one of the forthcoming Rapido Nassington Hunslet locos. Paul A.
  3. Since you asked nicely Corbs, here's one from t'other side. And here's the next one in the queue, a B2 class Peckett. Open to guesses on the identity of this one from any industrial aficionados... it shouldn't be too hard given the general theme and trend This model has had a moderately involved renovation to the front end to depict an earlier member of the class, more on this in 2022 after paining is completed. Paul A.
  4. Manning Wardle 1317 of 1895 No.35 (formerly “Rhiwnant”) Originally ordered new by the Birmingham Corporation Waterworks for their expansive Elan Valley reservoir project and appropriate named “Rhiwnant”, this loco and sister MW1316/85 “Calettwr” came second hand to Lloyds Ironstone Co. in 1912. Uncharacteristically for Manning Wardle locos they did not feature raised fireboxes, though most other details were typical of the makers. Both were obtained chiefly to displace smaller 0-4-0 types which were unsuitable for increasingly longer trip working which was being asked of the locomotives at Corby. Much modified during working life, the loco lost her original name as was simply numbered 35 within the S&L series. The addition of full-height buffer beams to accept buckeye couplings for working dump cars is worthy of note. From the early 1950’s the locomotive was displaced from routine quarry work by the arrival of the larger 18’’ RSH 56 class and was relegated working PW trains. In the late 1960’s it was preserved, moving first to the fledgling Foxfield Railway. I've plenty of colour photographs of this loco, but can't post for copyright reasons. A fair photograph of her can be found at the bottom of this page: https://www.irsociety.co.uk/Archives/2/ironstone_tramways.htm edit - I do have one in my collection after all, shared below The model The model came about via an email exchange with another RMweb member who had part-built the loco in 7mm. See here: Jim’s CADs were passed to a Mike Edge who ran a few sets off in Nickel Silver as a first shot test etch. I’ve added a few parts from my own artwork to supplement these. All of the boiler fittings, backhead details, lubricator etc all came from the bits box. The model is fitted with a High Level gearbox and scale working buckeyes from Sergent Engineering. In the fullness of time the model will hopefully operate with the forthcoming RTmodels dump cars... Photograph below shows the model posed with my other completed S&L minerals locos. There's two more waiting in the wings, hopefully the subject of a future update. The injector pipework and actuating arms were a bit of a bodge on the real thing, hopefully captured here without looking like too much of an afterthought. The arm above the injector controlled a small valve which dropped water in front of the leading and trailing wheel sets - this was in an effort to ease progress round tight quarry trackwork. That’s all for now Paul A.
  5. Gold star Robert, nobody else has spotted that yet! The simple answer is that I'd already completed the loco before your detailing kit was announced. I decided I could make use of the spill plates but the rest went in the bits box. Paul A.
  6. So which size wheels are fitted to these, can KR models comment on this? KR seem to be happy to comment elsewhere on RMweb and this might be the different between me picking some up or not, as the ride height will be altered to suit. Paul A.
  7. There was only one MSC wooden wagon and this was ex-ketton cement. The unique 3 skip wagons used for calcining are still present. The MSC was in extremely poor condition when recovered from Ketton, the frames being life expired. The parts have now gone to another museum, where they are hoping to restore a rake of these. Paul A.
  8. In such small quantities that it would have come in by road. Certainly no evidence of dedicated rolling stock etc. The high explosive would have been kept securely with all the precautions you'd expect, but the low explosive (much more of this, quantity-wise) probably just in designated boxes in the workman's road vehicles. The idea in opencast ironstone quarries was for the charge to shatter the rock face just enough for an excavator to pick up the material. The explosive was drilled and stemmed in from above. Smaller charges were used to break up particularly large lumps. Paul A.
  9. I can confirm that steel guitar strings do indeed rust, especially if not wiped down between playing or after having been stored for a few months. Paul A.
  10. PGH made his own wheel centres in 7mm scale for his scratch built model. He doesn't post here anymore but can be found over on Western Thunder. Obviously Narrow Planet must also have this info, or know someone who does. This may all be academic ofcourse as the clearance of the motion bracket, slide bars, crosshead and overall assembly is unknown at this stage. Paul A.
  11. Hi Tom, Yes - Agenoria do one, the kits are now sold by Ragstone models. This is one of the earlier ones and won't give you too much grief, I've seen several built examples out and about. Paul A.
  12. For good measure here's a quick snap I took of the prototype earlier in the month. The notice under the nameplate notes the historical importance of the locomotive with reference to the proceedings at Harlaxton on the 14th of Feb, 1974. Paul A.
  13. Hi All, Another loco post now, albeit fairly pedestrian compared to the last couple. 30 ton Sentinel S10201 "Betty" (No relation to the Peckett covered earlier in the thread...) This loco was one of eight 30-ton examples built in 1964 for the Oxfordshire Ironstone Company, Wroxton and was fitted with buckeye couplers to work iron ore dumpcars. This design is lighter than the standard catalogue offering in order to put less strain on the basic and often poorly-ballasted quarry trackwork. The name was transferred from an earlier Hudswell Clarke locomotive, though the plates were originally sourced through the Hunslet Engine Company. OIC also had five 40-ton Sentinels, more on this in a later post. Upon closure of the quarries at Wroxton Betty was transferred to Harlaxton Ironstone Quarry in September 1967 and given the Stewarts and Lloyds plant number 8411/03. The loco had the somewhat dubious honour of hauling the last ironstone train from Harlaxton Ironstone Quarry on St. Valentines Day 1974 (the date referred to locally at the time as Black Valentines). Following a rebuild at Andrew Barclays works in May 1974 the loco was sold to NCB South Durham Area in December 1976 and sent to Blackhall Colliery County Durham and then later on to NCB Coal Products Division, Derwenthaugh. In April 1986 she was happily preserved at Cottesmore and is restored and operational. The model represents S10201 in early 1970's condition at Harlaxton and uses the Hornby model as a base with the valance join line filled and sanded flush. The sandbox spill plates are by RTmodels and the Sentinel motifs and Swords by Judith Edge. The coupling pockets (by this time the buckeyes themselves were removed, but the pockets remained) were scratch built from fret waste. The lifting eyes were also drilled out. Paul A.
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