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  1. I’m going to vote for the B17 purely because I like the look of them. I have no idea as to their capabilities or indeed any of the other candidates.
  2. No competition today. Can only be the 9F.
  3. Tony, Its good news that Nucast Partners are going to produce a revised K2. Unfortunately it’s rather too late for me for guess what I’m building at the moment, an old Nucast kit for the K2 with the original white metal underframe. I’ve got quite far with it but still some way to go and here’s a picture of it. Retford already has a K2 which is used on a local to Lincoln. However I don’t think two is too many and also I might well buy one of the new kits. This model has had the axle holes reamed out and brass bearings fitted into the white metal chassis. It has a Mashima motor
  4. Tony, I built an M & L white metal body kit for a Grange. It was designed to fit on a Mainline Manor underframe. It was undoubtedly the worst kit I’ve ever encountered, parts didn’t fit or were badly warped and covered with flash. Eventually I did get the thing finished and after a great deal of work it didn’t look too bad. However the Mainline chassis didn’t last long, I think it probably couldn’t take the weight of the white metal body. I was going to build a Comet chassis for it but then the Hornby Grange came along and it didn’t seem worthwhile. I st
  5. Mr Thompson’s passenger locos? Bit of a difficult one that. Do his rebuilds count? Not sure. After some pondering I’ll plump for the A2/3. Some did last to 1965 and I’m building a model of one at the moment.
  6. Gresley had of course already designed three classes of 2-6-0 for the GN which became LNER classes K1, K2 and K3. The K1s were rebuilt to K2, the Peppercorn K1s came later. I don’t know why the J39 was built as an 0-6-0 but it was preceded by the J38 which had smaller wheels and was mainly confined to mineral working in Fife. The J39 followed and were essentially the same but with larger wheels but they had been rendered extinct in 1962. In fact they were all withdrawn before the first J38 was withdrawn and the last J38s were withdrawn in 1967 and were the last Gresley locomotives
  7. Thanks for that Robert. I will try and find the missing ground signal. I do notice that many of the photographs taken of the flat crossing show stock stored in that siding. As there are now a number of spare coaches I think we should store a few in that siding to recreate this scene. I presume this was intended to be a lay-by siding but it does seem to be in a strange location. Reversing any stock into it blocks both the down main and both lines of the GC. Also a few yards north there is a down goods avoiding line and a goods lay-by siding at the north end by Babworth box. So this
  8. Robert, I’ve now renamed and numbered the A4 and fitted a front numberplate which was previously missing. I used the original Hornby driving wheels and tender wheels just moved out on their axles and only replaced the bogie wheels and those on the Cortazzi truck. The frames have been widened using lead cut to the shape of the frames and glued in place. I find this effective as it adds weight directly over the driving wheels. What plans have you got for the BSK, is this for the proposed Kings Cross/Glasgow train? I don’t think that is a ground signal but I’m
  9. The late great Roy Jackson once told me that his favourite class of locomotive was the unrebuilt Merchant Navy. As Roy was known as an East Coast man this surprised me to say the least. I did wonder if he was just humouring me as I was building a Southern Region layout. However it would seem that at one point after Dunwich he was thinking of building a Southern layout based on Worting Junction. However I like the original Merchant Navy and if it was good enough for Roy then it gets my vote.
  10. Tony, I’ve now had the chance to try the top speeds of these three locomotives. 60501 Cock O’ the North reached 112 mph with a heavy 12 coach train and here she is doing it.60501 handles this heavy train effortlessly but she can’t match 60027 Merlin for speed for she reached 120 mph with the up Elizabethan. 60526 Sugar Palm with a heavy 13 coach train managed a maximum of 69 mph. The V2 60826 with an up fish train reached 66 mph but light engine she managed 75 mph. I’m building an A2/3 which is going to become 60524 Herringbone. This is fitted wi
  11. Tony, Thanks for your comments. I haven’t tried those three locomotives but I will test them and I’ll let you know what speed they will reach. I have fitted the DJH motor and gearboxes to a few locomotives and the top speed does seem relatively low. “Archibald Sturrock” will only reach 60 mph light engine but strangely adding a train doesn’t make much difference. “Bronzino “ will only reach 67 mph. I’m going to fit one in the next Pacific I build and I’ll see how I get on. I did find the High Level gearbox with Mashima motor the most satisfactory combination and
  12. Tony, I agree with you that the DJH motor and gearbox combination is smooth and powerful, I’ve used a few in locomotives for Retford. My only problem with them is that in a loco such as an A1 or A2 the gearing is such that the top speed is limited to much less than the real thing could achieve. As you know there is a speed recorder on Retford and no loco with the DJH gearbox has managed more than 67 MPH flat out. I know the speed limit over the crossing is only 65 MPH but I would like the locomotives to teach a higher speed. With some trains in the up direction it’s nec
  13. There are a couple still on Retford today and although they look a bit rough they do run very well. I will have to get round to repainting them at some stage.
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