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  1. Looks like a great kit, a shame Jim does not offer them in 4mm. Your soldering is so tidy, whats the secret?
  2. A long shot, does anyone have any of West Moors on the LSWR in their collection, it was a type 3a box on the old road. Whilst I have found shots in various museums, in Flickr etc the search for decent images of the box goes on, especially the whole of the rear of it. Thanks Duncan
  3. There are probably lots of ways, however this is my way which works for me. Open a new word document, or other word processor package, Now using the zoom, on Word, in the bottom left hand corner hold a bit of A4 paper vertically up to your screen and with the zoom alter it till the document on the screen is the same width as your bit of paper. Now paste your JPEG image into the document. Using a measurement you know now make sure you have selected the image right click and from the drop down select 'size and position Now alter the size, che
  4. Certainly now on the SVR we have a special grade of drivers and fireman passed for auto working. As has been said the fireman is alone on the footplate half of the time. The play in the linkage means you have to hold the regulator open as otherwise it will close. The other thing worth noting is that on the coach the driver does not have much if any exhaust beat to help with judging speed and it is easy to find yourself going quicker than you want if not paying attention. The bell is not much use but helpful if the whistle chain decides to break.
  5. What a great build and a super photo. The Tenbury line is that nearer to the photographer, the loco is on the Severn Valley line. The photo being taken just north of Bewdley, Its a shame that footbridge is no longer there too.
  6. That might be the case on some locos. On the LMS it was in the middle of the cab, GW and BR locos are on the drivers side as it is the case on the LNER and SR locos I have been on . There are of course exceptions like the West Countries where the linkage goes across the cab. As you say it is down to the driver when they shut off, and it is drilled in that before you shut the regulator for the driver to make sure the blower is on to prevent a blow back. However I am not up on Industrial engines. In the case of this one it looks very much like the blower pipe is on the
  7. Good luck with the O1, it has some challenging parts, like the footplate in 2 halves that you then need to cut to get a motor into and a boiler which is sometimes ovoid. That said the castings are very nice (boiler apart)
  8. I think you can certainly get a chimney, safety valves, buffers from PDK, not so sure on the dome or smokebox door. It would be interesting to see one built in 4mm to see what they are like to build Duncan
  9. Thanks for the information, really appreciated.
  10. Please share your progress with us Tony, it sounds like an interesting project. Duncan
  11. Does anyone know if WD 12 which as an 0-6-0 saddle tank ever ran at Longmoor?
  12. Nice photos, that last one is a new one to me so thanks for sharing it. Here you go on the coach details. 383, Ironclad BTK-BCK 3211 6562 385, Again an Ironclad set BTK-BCK 3213 6564 - 604, 1925 built Maunsell BC-SO 6676 1360 608, as above is a Maunsell set BC-SO 6689 1330 611, as above is a Maunsell set BC-SO6683 1356 612 ditto BC-SO 6688 1347 662 is a South Eastern and Chatham set formed in 1950 comprising BT-C 3546 5503 Hope that helps. I do not model in N so do not know about suitable bogies etc, but am sure someone will be able to
  13. Nice photos, blimey that is a few years ago, 4 July 2015 , and I still escape the camera on my face, lol
  14. Hi all, Does anyone have a 4mm first style L12, chimney which was lipped which might be available? Thanks Duncan
  15. 75055 is at Bedford Midland on an Up train.
  16. Try email, I get the impression they are working out what they have got. I have asked to order various spare parts and got an email back saying they would come back to me. There is of course the added bonus of covid and people not being able to work normally.
  17. This was my view of Arley yesterday whilst waiting, we did not stop on the way back.
  18. Sorry did not see you Bob, as I was concentrating on stopping in the right place. What a glorious day and weekend it was. Happy visitors, happy volunteers and a beer or two to finish it off at the end of the day. Not sure about you, but it was like putting on an old pair of comfortable slippers. The pig was a delight and you would never think she is near the end of her ticket. She steams well, no knocks to speak of, good and steam tight, well apart from the offside valve chest drain, but what's new.
  19. For the sake of clarity it is a pin in the rocker bar. There is not much room behind it for the nut and certainly not enough room for a cotter. The nut came loose and meant it could move around which damaged the pin. This was removed on Saturday evening, unfortunately one from Hagley Hall was found to be a different size so a new one is being made and fitted this week. The engine went onto the wheel drop yesterday afternoon and should be running again by the end of the week.
  20. Wonderful views, thanks for sharing them. Your right that so much just gets thrown away and will have been lost.
  21. Based on some lately that those photos were of the contents of the box showing etchings and fittings rather than just 6 of the box and a vague out of focus one of the etches wrapped in paper that you can't zoom to look at .
  22. If you want to scratch build a chassis someone on Western Thunder (say it quietly) has a drawing for a set of frames you could resize to 4mm
  23. To be strictly accurate it is both to exhaust the steam, but more importantly creates a lower vacuum than in the train pipe so air is drawn from a higher to lower pressure and is also exhausted through the pipe
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