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  1. sandra

    Roy Jackson

    I’m so pleased that the request for Roy was played. He was a great jazz fan and often played jazz in the railway shed. He had a wide taste in Jazz music but he was very keen on Stan Kenton and some Stan Kenton tracks were played at his funeral. Sandra
  2. At this period the locomotive would have been painted plain green with black wheels. In 1934 the “Great Western” on the side tanks changed to the so-called monogram. Therefore you have to decide which is applicable and for that you really need a photo. I would suggest that “Great Western” is more likely. There would not be a crest between the Great and the Western. Sandra
  3. I’m not sure if 1458 ever got the late crest. I saw it at Wrexham Central in 1961 in fully lined green livery with the early crest. I have seen a number of subsequent photographs of it including, on the Chalford auto trains and it seems to have retained the early crest until withdrawal.
  4. sandra

    MRJ 272

    I bought 272 from the Ian Allan shop in Waterloo today although they also had the two previous editions.
  5. Tony, Thank you to both you and Mo for a really wonderful day. The railway, as always, worked beautifully and the only problem was the rather dramatic derailment of the Duchess. I will have to change the bogie wheels for I think that these were at fault. The Claughton is very much “work in progress” for there are lots of details yet to be added and she needs various minor modifications. However I was very pleased by her performance, she has a Mashima motor and High Level gearbox, a combination I have always found to work well. I will try to complete and paint her once I’ve decided what the livery will be. The last Claughtons with the small boiler were withdrawn in 1935 and I will probably paint her in LMS red livery as she would have been just before withdrawal. I did not build the Duke of Gloucester so I cannot claim any credit for this locomotive but I was impressed by the performance, however I did think your photograph emphasised the poor condition of the paintwork and therefore I may repaint her. However I fear the body may have been glued together and therefore if I do strip off the paint it might fall apart and I end up with a Duke of Gloucester body kit to build. The 517 class was bought from the “bring and buy” stall at Scaleforum some years ago for £30, it ran OK but the noise she made was terrible and she could achieve a scale speed I would guess of over 100 MPH. The locomotive has a D11 type motor but there is no gearbox or even a motor mount, the worm driving directly onto the gear wheel. I will therefore fit a more modern motor with a gearbox. I will probably use a High Level gearbox as I have always found them to be excellent and I will probably repaint her. I think all three of us enjoyed the day immensely and I therefore once again wish to thank you and Mo for your marvellous hospitality. Sandra
  6. sandra

    Roy Jackson

    I have already posted my feelings for Roy in Tony Wright’s thread. I would like to reiterate that I feel that Roy’s death is a great loss to the hobby. He was a gentleman and a friend and I am very sorry that he has gone. I again send my condolences to Geoff and Chris and to all his family. Sandra
  7. Tony, I consider myself very lucky to have known Roy and to consider him a friend. He was always extremely kind and generous to me. He let me stay at his house a number of times and we spent the day chatting and playing with the railway. I felt it was a tremendous priviledge to be allowed to operate Retford which I consider to be be one of the greatest achievements in the art of the model railway. Roy was one of the greatest modellers of the last fifty years and I think his influence was enormous in that he modelled a real place with real and accurate representations of the locomotives and stock which would have run on the line. There are a number of layouts like this now but I think that Roy was a pioneer in this type of modelling and he certainly influenced me in trying to model a real place at a specific time with models of the actual stock which operated on the line and in EM gauge. I send my condolences to Geoff and to Chris and to all the family and I am sorry to have lost a great friend and I think the model railway world is diminished as a result of his passing. Sandra
  8. This motor does certainly look like an XO4 but something about it does not look right. There are no oil retaining pads which I think the XO4 usually had. The surface of the magnet is very pitted whereas every XO4 I have owned had a magnet with a smooth surface. I don’t know if this is a Romford motor but I feel it may not be an XO4. Sandra
  9. In about July 1963 me and my cousin were travelling from Holyhead to Chester in a BR Mk 1 SK which was directly behind the engine which was Britannia 70047. My cousin discovered that not only had a gangway shield not been fitted but they had also failed to lock the the gangway door. So we could open it and watch the rear of 70047’s tender. I was amazed at how much the tender bounced about at speed. However we reached the water toughs at (I think) Aber and the water flooded into the carriage even though we had by that time closed the gangway door. The water spread the whole length of the carriage which I think shows why gangway shields were necessary. Sandra
  10. Tony, It was lovely to see you and Mo at Glasgow. I really enjoyed the show but I spent too much money. It was extremely kind of you to buy me dinner on Sunday night and I wish to thank you both once again. We we were talking about how long LNER livery lasted after nationalisation. Coincidentally I just happened to be looking through “The Book of the Princess Royal Pacifics”, I think you’ll know why, and I found on page 59 a photograph of the 8.00am ex Liverpool at Bletchley headed by 45097 and 46207 apparently taken on 1st August 1953. The first coach in the train is a Gresley coach and you can clearly see that it is lettered LNER. The livery of the coach is not clear but it could be varnished teak. However the photograph does seem to show that LNER livery still existed five years after nationalisation, if the date is correct. As to what an LNER coach is doing in a West Coast express is another matter. Sandra
  11. This isn’t a 57XX pannier. The cab roof and the cab window are the wrong shape. Also there are no springs as appear in the photo from Miss Prism. It is a GWR locomotive but I’ve no idea what type. Sandra
  12. Tony, I have studied literally hundreds of photos of trains on the Waterloo to Exeter main line and I do not recall a single photograph of a train on that line which did not have the correct headcode. Of course on the Southern the headcode showed the route of the train not the class of train and during daylight hours this was shown by white discs and at night by lamps. So on my model of Andover Junction I do intend all locomotives to show the correct daylight codes. I did think of having separate locomotives with lamps for trains that ran at night (like most of the freight) but I thought that this may be taking things too far. At Andover Junction as well as the main line there was a line down to Southampton and to Eastleigh and all these lines had different codes so the question of headcodes is more difficult for modellers of the Southern as to be strictly accurate separate locomotives have to be used according to the route and destination of the train. For example if a train were travelling from Waterloo to Exeter but was routed for some reason via East Putney rather than the direct line via Earlsfield it would have a different headcode. Ideally the discs could be changed but in 4mm scale I do not think that this is really practical. Therefore I intend to fit all locos with a headcode but if the headcode might not be strictly accurate for the destination of the train then I will have to turn a blind eye to it. Sandra
  13. Tony, I agree with you but I do think some people simply lack confidence in their own ability to do a reasonable job and they fear damaging the model and thus reducing is potential value if sold. I am often surprised at how often people on this forum refer to selling their models on and if you renumber or rename a model it no longer corresponds to its catalogue number and therefore is of no interest to collectors and this could reduce its potential value. I agree with Arun Sharma in thinking that most RTR models stay unaltered throughout their lives. I model in EM and thus when I convert stock to EM and rename and renumber it I immediately reduce the value of that stock but as I’ve no intention of selling it, it does not bother me. Sandra
  14. Tony, I think this is a great idea particularly at the moment as model railways have a higher profile as a result of the Channel Five program. However I think there could be a problem with some traders feeling that you would be undermining their business. At shows I’m often amazed at the large amount of secondhand Mainline, Airfix, Lima and even Triang stock for which quite high prices are asked and if you are going to give such stock away then I can see objections being raised. Any stock given away would also have to be able to run on modern Hornby or Peco track. However if a way could be found to do this which is acceptable to everyone concerned then I’m all in favour and I would be very happy to contribute old stock which I no longer need. Sandra
  15. 8718 was the last survivor of the low cab type being withdrawn from Shrewsbury in July 1966. I went to Shrewsbury just before it was withdrawn to seek it out and found it at the back of the shed surrounded by rubble. Unfortunately I do not remember if it had an early or late crest. However the late crest was introduced about 1957 so if it had been repainted at all in the previous nine years it would have received the late crest. Sandra
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