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  1. I knew I'd seen that pose somewhere before... Bad luck with work demanding more of your time, Rob, and with the varnish mishap. Watching and waiting to see what wonders you work on Westminster.
  2. I started reading this thread thinking "interesting development, but not sure its for me". Then I watched the video and saw the level of thought that has gone into these, and the possibilities and hints at future developments, and am now firmly thinking "one to watch". Clearly they are proving popular overseas, but I appreciate the various hurdles to delivering. Just as a thought, could the designs be licensed to local specialist producers, who use the CAD and get bulk supplies of the hardware? It probably couldn't cover everywhere, but might be possible for the countries with gr
  3. I'd say that is Melksham facing towards Thingley Junction / Chippenham. A similar angle, by Roger Winnen, on the excellent Cornish Railway Society site : http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/bradford-jct-to-chippenham.html
  4. That was done in preparation for the introduction of the HSTs, on 01/02/1976 according to RA Cooke. Looking more closely at Cooke, the Down Sidings GF is recorded as into use 04/12/66, as noted above by The Stationmaster, but it adds "moved to Downside 16/11/73" which I take to mean the Downside of the Down line. rather than the location in the photo. The sign on my model should be fixed this evening, even if the period normally portrayed by the layout's rolling stock is 73/74 by when continued existence of the real sign is questionable, it makes a nice addition to the building.
  5. Not just Chippenham, but a shot which answers a long standing question about my home station! I've modelled some of the buildings on the right behind the vans, but have only more recently found out about the sign running along the ridge of one of the buildings. However, I've not found a photo of the whole length of the roof with the sign in place so was unsure how long the sign was, albeit I suspected the whole length - as indeed this photo proves. Whilst a record of the location had been lost in the mists of time, I don't suppose you have a rough date, @jonny777?
  6. Indeed, plenty of backwater interest around Plymouth! The book Plymouth's Hidden Railways, by Paul Burkhalter (Twelveheads Press 2017) is now out of print, but well worth hunting down. I'll just leave this here, so you know what to look for (but mainly cos the top photo is the aforementioned Victoria Wharf...)
  7. Great to see some more photos of Newcastle from my student years, David. I keep checking each batch from Newcastle closely, in case I appear in any. Nothing yet, although I did spend as much time at Central as I did in lectures! But, I was studying transport, and the course tutors had told us that we should "get out and study our subject" so had the perfect excuse. Happy memories, and great to re-visit them on a Sunday afternoon; thank you.
  8. I've had a look for any other photos of my doors, but couldn't find anything. But i did find a photo of a real door which shows the sort of arrangement I had inside the building I remember that the top section of door was slightly taller, (but the extra height was above the door opening so it didn't show) and the horizontal track was designed so the top section came off the end and hung vertically when the door was open. Being taller it was just a little bit heavier than the bottom section which stayed vertical at the top of the door opening to keep the whole thing in the vertical tracks
  9. I'm trying to remember the detail of a raising doors I made many years ago. It was strips of plasticard, stuck to Sellotape and running in brass U shaped channels at the sides. I'm struggling to recall how the door stayed in the open position, but I think it simply rested on two horizontal rails. As the inside of the warehouse was accessible from the fiddle yard, operation was purely manual from behind the scenes. This harsh, flash-lit, photo is all I can find at the moment, and probably not quite what you want, but it might start a few ideas flowing.
  10. I've recently had some correspondence with the Editor of Railway Modeller recently and his email ends @peco.co so the above would appear to be correct.
  11. I remember the Radio Rentals Ford Escort estates with the green panels over the windows. Was there perhaps a tax advantage in using estate cars rather than vans? Did the big companies have a regional bias? I only really recall Radio Rentals here in southern England, is that just my memory, or did, say DER, have more of a presence in other regions? As mentioned above there were also local TV repair businesses, often selling and installing them (and aerials) as well as repairing. My local example, Mr Mainstone, had his shop a few doors along from my grandparents' house,
  12. Well done Rob, I remembered a Flickr photo too, but couldn't find it when I searched last night. I suspect the photo in the current magazine article is the one in the Bristol VR book as both are authored by Martin S Curtis, and that shows a different pair of chassis, further along the yard and not showing as much of modelling interest as Stephen Dowle's photo linked above. Looking again at the linked photo, what a wonderful private yard leading off the BR yard! A lean-to built up against the road retaining wall, advertising hording and neighbouring buildings. A sloping, rutted, gro
  13. The excellent Cornwall Railway Society website has an interesting feature on the working of the dairy at St Erth. It is to be found here at the section "More About Milk" part way down the page (but plenty of milk tank pictures to look at as you scroll). It includes information about shunting, loading and cleaning the tanks.
  14. I've done something along those lines with Westonmouth Central, and can confirm shunting NPCCS of all shapes and sizes, but only one colour is most enjoyable. The layout is crying out for a Bachmann 117 DMU (well, a 118 ideally) in boring blue, but 3 coaches and a Hymek/25/33 fit nicely (or with 3 x 57' vehicles a 47 etc fits too) so get used more often than originally planned. Add a Sleeper portion working which loads in the platform, and side loading Motorail flats there is a lot of operation available in a small space. I really must get the layout out of storage and
  15. Me neither, but I have filed this section away in my "plans and ideas" folder: Two sidings, both going into the building, which also provides the back-scene, a run-round and a line continuing under a scenic break. The exit to the mainline could become a headshunt on a layout, or if kept as an exit would need a bit of thought to disguise. Possibilities, possibilities.... thanks Porky.
  16. For those that "do" Facebook a new group, "British Railways. The lost Motorail Services" started today. No connection except as a group member, but it looks like it might produce some interesting posts.
  17. I haven't used them, but I came across Model Transport Graphics on eBay the other day. They have quite a range of blinds available, and a five star rating. Might be worth a look.
  18. Those with easy access to the trains (i.e. train crew and staff at terminal stations) would probably read whatever was left on the train by passengers! Publications left on trains could include regional dailies like the Western Morning News from Plymouth, or the Western Daily Press from the Bristol area etc. Drivers especially would move around to gain promotions, so the opportunity to read the local news from "down 'ome" would be welcome. I know from my bus experience, a higher proportion of drivers than you might think would read the broadsheets, a habit formed in more leisurely
  19. Thank you for your reply and the photos, which are very helpful. A scratch built body looks like the way to go, I'll have to dig out my Dinky Toys version and use that as my 3-d working drawing.
  20. I like that; relatively simple, but hugely effective. My eye is drawn to the Ford D series road sweeper, and not just because of its colour! I've been pondering on how to make one for a while, even getting a spare Base Toys D series and a Atlas Editions sweeper, but the two don't really seem to marry together well. What is the origin of yours. please?
  21. Building on Harlequin's post, I nearly went down the O gauge route when the Dapol 08 appeared. I would have been restricted to a very small layout, probably an Inglenook type shunting puzzle, but the extra size and presence of O was a real temptation. Something bigger, where each of the few items of rolling stock could be really detailed and weathered was a temptation. When the 08 appeared there were a few things about it I was less than keen on, and I dithered until prices went up (I think there was an initial offer from Dapol) and then the ones I was interested in sold out. Do I regret it? N
  22. The lower edge of the grey stripe was different between hauled and HST Mk3s. On the HST version the white stripe between the blue and the grey is on the door handle line, whereas on the hauled version it is lower. Although only a small difference it makes the HST version look sleeker, whereas the hauled version had to match livery spacing on the Mk1s & 2s.
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