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  1. Wasn’t a Black 5 shedded at Kings Cross for a period?
  2. Thanks for that. The curves on my layout aren’t that tight, I tried to keep the minimum radius down to 42”. It does now pull a six coach train but anything more and it really struggles on the straight or on curves. I think it may just be a poor example but you never know, with time it might improve.
  3. Tony, I’ve read the debate about the A4s with great interest. As I said I think I need at least one more A4 on Retford and preferably two. I must say the Pro Scale A4 looks pretty good but the kit is no longer available except perhaps on E-bay. I’ve got reservations about the Hornby A4, the valve gear is rather one dimensional and the cylinders are poor. Also I have doubts about whether one could manage the trains on Retford from the point of view of hauling long trains at a scale 65mph on the undulating layout. However I do already have a Hornby A4, 60020 Guillemot, which I bought
  4. Tony, I’m interested in that you are building an SEF kit for an A4. I think Retford could do with another A4 and I was pondering what would be the best way to achieve this. The easiest way would be simply to convert a Hornby A4 to EM gauge but this doesn’t quite fit with the Retford ethos and anyway its haulage capacity may not be sufficient. I did think of an SEF A4 but I’ve not heard good reports of them and therefore I discounted this possibility. I did also think of trying to find a Pro Scale A4 but I believe these kits are difficult to build and not necessarily accura
  5. My Hornby Lord Nelson is rather feeble and will hardly pull 8 coaches. As this is a new locomotive it should certainly not need remagnetizing, nor is Mazak rot likely to be an issue, I do think Bullfrog Snot may be a solution. I recently tried this on a B17 and it worked very well. It’s a green liquid that you coat the driving wheels with. It dries very hard and acts like a traction tyre. I only coated the rear drivers for whilst the loco did pick up from both loco and tender, I didn’t want to restrict the pick up too much. Sandra
  6. Tony, I’ve read this exchange with interest. I don’t think I bought Retford to enhance my own reputation, indeed that would be impossible for I don’t have any reputation. I was friend of Roys and I admired his work enormously, in fact when I first saw Retford I was quite overwhelmed and I bought it because of the real risk that his work would be destroyed. I have not previously been involved with an Eastern Region layout, indeed my own present layout is a model of Andover Junction which is joint SR/WR and thus I need a great deal of guidance when it comes to an Eastern Region
  7. Could this possibly be Saltney, west of Chester where the North Wales coast line crosses a number of lines leading to wharfs on the River Dee, The view seems to be looking north towards the river. In “Railways Around Saltney a Pictorial Record” photos appear on pages 99, 100 and 102 which appear to show this location. The photo on page 99 shows Jinty 47673 at what appears to be the identical location. Does anyone agree? Sandra
  8. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts on the B17 boat train problem. I had another go at the train today. I removed the heavy Thompson SK and the B17 managed the rest of the train - just. It’s almost painful to watch the poor thing struggling to lift the train out of the fiddle yard. I then added an ordinary Bachmann coach but the loco couldn’t manage it not even with a run at the slope. I then tried the train in the opposite, down direction, albeit wrong line. It managed the train quite easily. The problem is that there are too few storage sidings in the down direction and it makes
  9. Tony, I have got the B17 to run reasonably well in that it doesn’t keep stopping or cutting out but it still can’t get up the hill. I’m not sure what Bullfrog Snot is but it doesn’t seem the ideal solution. I do think the motor in the tender idea is flawed as it makes working on the loco difficult and the shaft easily falls out when you are handling it. I would really like to convert the loco so that it has the motor in the locomotive. The D11 failed completely and I found that the motor had become unsoldered. It is actually soldered to the tender frames which is probably why
  10. Pete, There is only one B17 on Retford, Sheffield Wednesday, and I must admit I do plead guilty to cleaning the wheels. However in my defence she was not running well and had difficulty hauling the boat train out of the storage sidings. There is quite a gradient out of the storage sidings in the up direction and the boat train is 11 coaches, so it’s a challenge for any loco. I’ve put the Britannia on the train for the time being and she has no difficulty with the train. In the meantime I’m open to any suggestions about improving the hauling power of Sheffield Wednesday.
  11. Tony, Thanks for all your help yesterday with the lamps. I’ve now got to get on with fitting lamps to the rest of the stock. I estimate there are about another sixty locos to fit. The Black Tac is really good for this as it is still possibles to remove the lamps if you want to change the head code but it does hold the lamp quite firmly. I do think the lamps make an immense improvement, they somehow lift the appearance of the locomotive. I also want to fit glazing to the few locos that don’t have it. Most of Roy’s locomotives are magnificent but one or two date from
  12. Tony, That last one, number 6132 the Wills kit, is mine, I bought it ready built but without a motor for £10 at the Scalefour Bring and Buy stand at Leatherhead many years ago. I put it in paint stripper to remove the grotty paint finish and it promptly fell apart, it had been glued together. So I soldered it all back together again. ”Great Western” on the side tanks is of course before 1934. “GWR” was during the war and post war. The previous 41XX/61XX was ex Airfix, in fact I believe it was the very first of the better models which challenged the previous rather poor Hornby
  13. I am a great supporter of High Level gearboxes. They are easily assembled and reliable and they don’t absorb too much of the motor’s power. I have also used Branchlines gearboxes and they do run very smoothly but I find that as the ones I’ve built are all brass with several gears they seem to absorb too much of the motor’s output. The DJH motor and gearbox is very good but expensive and not really suitable for smaller locos. Sandra
  14. I would go for Hartford, both the station and the junction to the north where the CLC crossed the main line. As a very small child we used to catch the train from Hartford to Liverpool and I was fascinated by the sheer quantity of locomotives and trains we saw on the journey. Later I watched trains at the junction where there were trains on two lines to watch. Sandra
  15. The GN where it goes off stage is not flat, trains do struggle at that point and a few times if speed is too low a heavy train will stall. A few days ago I was testing a coach I’d just converted to EM gauge and I propelled it across the flat crossing to make sure it ran freely through the crossing. It disappeared through the scenic break then rolled back towards the crossing which I think indicates it’s not level. I do note that lots of the baseboard legs have been adjusted in height and as the GC at the same point has a steep downward gradient, I wonder if the GN has been raised t
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