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  1. Nice artwork, and as Rich says, it does look convincing. But, step forward 50+ years to the late 80's, and take inspiration from the class 91-why not use a cardan shaft drive to the front axle? Then mount the forward and reverse turbines (if they are separate units) in place of the cylinders, between/across the frames, like on 6202? And if you're going to give it a trailing axle, why not go the whole hog and give it a wide firebox as well? Maybe the whole arrangement would suit either a 9F or a WD 2-10-0 better?
  2. Presumably you'd need to increase the axle diameter to maintain stiffness, which would make wheelsets very heavy, increasing the unsprung weight. To compensate, you'd need thicker, heavier rails, to avoid rail breakages.
  3. I guess as the gauge gets wider, for a given radius curve, the difference in length between inner and outer rail increases. This means that the difference in rotation speed between inner and outer wheels becomes greater, which I guess increases wheel and rail wear?
  4. Yes, Stanier knew about them, and visited Sweden to see them. All 3 are preserved, and one has been in operation, though what it's status is now I don't know.
  5. Were some of the Presflos through air piped then?
  6. I guess if you apply Rule 1, all 3 types of VB wagon could be coupled together in the same train. The AB wagons obviously not, but I guess again Rule 1 applies, they could be seen in the same yard.
  7. You are right! Conflat L, don't know where I got Conflat C from!
  8. Quick question regarding cement wagons-would Presflo, Prestwin and Conflat C ( the 3 container variant of the Conflat A) have been seen in the same train, or were the unloading requirements of each too different to make it practical to mix them? What about later varieties of cement wagon, with a v-shaped cylinder? Could they have been mixed with the earlier variants in the same train? Cheers N
  9. Earlier on in the thread, there was some discussion about turbine locos, and I suggested that some turbine driven 8F's might have been useful. I was surprised to read in Tim Hillier-Graves book "The Turbomotive, Stanier's Advanced Pacific", that Stanier himself considered exactly that. Shame it didn't come about, I think an impressive machine would have been the result.
  10. Isn't Lokführer a common term? Leiter means conductor or leader, and Führer means pretty much the same, possibly with more emphasis on overall direction and strategy.
  11. I could never understand why mk3's weren't either built with power operated sliding or plug doors, or electric door locks from scratch. For such modern, state of the art (for their time) vehicles, it seems remarkably backward.
  12. Maybe instead of building on a grid plan, new towns should be built in a series of concentric rings?
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