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  1. Weren't the "Austin 7" 7F's more or less the opposite-a 4F with an extra pair of driving wheels, and a bigger boiler?
  2. This bridge, a couple of miles south of J20, is still standing, having not seen a train in nearly 50 years. The bridge must have carried traffic for 10 years or so, but I've never seen a photo of a train on it. Does anyone know of any that exist?
  3. Long time since I was in there, probably March 1990 at a guess, but I don't remember it being particularly exciting. Run of the mill town pub, average pub grub, nondescript but harmless.
  4. Not even remotely pedantic, I did wonder whether it was the exhaust ejector, but for some reason decided it was the injector. The clue of course is that if it was the injector, it would have a connection to the top feed.
  5. Does anyone know what the diameter of the large black pipe (exhaust injector?) in the photo is, please? https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-XYsKXYhXM-bkIzc29sODZtZ1U/view?usp=drivesdk I need to make a new one for an Airfix Castle. Also-are the combined pipe supports and handrails produced in 4mm scale? I have plenty of turned brass handrail knobs, but none for the combined handrail/injector pipe. Cheers N
  6. Think I may have asked this question before, but I can't find the thread now. What are the dimensions of the slow speed control axle sensors on class 26, also class 33, as I assume they are the same? I'd like to add some to my Lima class 26, as I want to model 26003 in 1984. Pic below of 33201 shows said box on the inner axle of the leading bogie. Cheers N
  7. I missed this when you first posted it. What a good way to re-use something. And people criticised BR for being wasteful!
  8. In that case, it's definitely Hornby, as the tender is tinplate, with spoked wheels.
  9. We have actually got 2, the other one bought by my father in the last 15 years or so. I've never had them side by side to compare, as the original has been kept in a box upstairs. It'll be interesting to do a comparison.
  10. Fairly sure, it looks like Hornby. Can't do any photos for a couple of weeks at least.
  11. Thanks all, some good advice there. I need to assess it properly, but, unless it's one of the rare ones, it sounds like a repaint isn't going to drastically devalue it, as long as it's done reasonably well. I may just reassemble as is and stick it on display, I'm not sure. It may not live up to modern standards, but it's still a nice model.
  12. I have a cast metal Duchess of Atholl, which is in bits, having got part way through conversion to 2 rail. I assume it dates back to the 1950's. the conversion job was started way back, probably in the 60's or early 70's, and seems to have got as far as fitting insulated wheels that look like Triang/Hornby "Hall" wheels, but was never completed. I have most of the bits, the ones missing should be sourceable. It's not in any way immaculate, nowhere near mint, and we haven't got the box. Most of the paint is still present, but there are scratches and bits that have flaked off. The tender is
  13. So, if I understand correctly, by putting the loco just into reverse, but keeping the regulator shut, the braking effort is being done by the pistons compressing air in the cylinders?
  14. Aye, I know the the word "miniature" was used in a relative sense! I have seen the real thing a couple of times. To me, miniature is anything under a cm or so! I guess they are built for reliability, robustness and longevity in service, rather than space saving.
  15. Hi all, I have 2 questions:- Is there a French equivalent of Real Time Trains? And what sort of motive power could I expect on the line along the Loire, through Saumur? Reason being a family holiday near Saumur next year (Covid permitting). cheersN
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