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PenrithBeacon last won the day on November 5 2013

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  1. It's not so versatile that the wheelbase matches the Sentinel.
  2. I don't know anyone who has died on the road probably because there are so few, particularly so when it is compared with the number of road casualties of fifty years ago when the railway was so predominant. The two are not at all comparable. Far more people die of cancer, of obesity, of heart attacks than die of RTA. Currently there are some 65,000 excess deaths due, mostly, to Covid-19; this is not because of road transport. When I was a lot younger people were dying of diseases like bronchitis just as much an environmental disease as those we live with now. Then the environmental issues were caused by coal, now by oil. Road transport is often, perhaps too often, the most economical way of providing a service. This isn't to say it is incapable of improvement, it is. The fuel used is causing massive problems but casualties in accidents is a very minor part of the problem of road transport as it is with every other form of transport including rail. The major problem is the burning of stuff to provide energy and this isn't going away quickly enough. It is improving with the use of wind power for example but the improvement is not, absolutely not, happening quickly enough. I think you need a sense of proportion.
  3. I think CJ Allen was a bit of a fantasist, his articles in RM are just crackers. I have often thought that the LNER would have been much better off if it had modernisedits massive, and very expensive, agricultural network, replacing the Victorian 0-6-0s with modern d/e types or, better yet, with a fleet of lorries. Picking up produce from the farmers and taking it to concentration depots for onward distribution. Sometimes reduced costs are a better way of increasing profit. Not convinced about the cost/benefits of electrifying the ECML in the forties/ fifties. It's mostly flat, unlike the Woodhead route and the modern steam engine's direct costs are much the same as electric power at an average speed of 60ish which is what the LNE locomotives were intended to do. The electric loco only really scores on schedules of 80 plus average (the steam engine starts to struggle here, needing two firemen) or low speed slogging with mineral trains on inclines. Regards
  4. Yet another contributor with a massive bee in his bonnet, tilting at windmills.
  5. Although the LNER certainly had plans to electrify the Woodhead route whether it could have afforded it is another matter. The company was close to bankruptcy in the 1930s with talk of nationalisation being in the air. I don't believe that the LNER could have electrified the route and made the second tunnel, neither do I believe that anything but nationalisation was possible postwar.
  6. The photos above seem to be a little underexposed but I get the impression that the joints aren't clean. I use a fibre glass brush to clean up and rosin cored solder, with a 25W iron. I start by tacking the joint in the centre of the run and then add two more tacks towards each end . That stops expansion which will cause distortion. Then I add more rosin and just join up the tacks with no more added solder unless it's really important to do so. It is important not to melt all the solder in the joint and at least one, and preferably two, lengths of solder should be set at any one time. If I were the OP I think I would practice on two pieces of brass strip before I'd go further with the kit. Tony Wright did two DVDs on locomotive construction which include soldering techniques and there are probably tutorials on YouTube. Cheers
  7. I thought the larger boilers where 225lb as opposed to the original 180lb and they were the same design as the Patriot's boiler hence 5XP. There was the occasional fudge due to the formula used being pretty crude so the Stanier 7F became 8F this being one example amongst others.
  8. N20 motors with integrated gearboxes won't fit between the frames for OO, they are ok for EM & P4. You can get N20 without the gearbox and they do fit HL gearboxes. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182870714017 Cheers
  9. Epidemiologists have been doing contact and trace for decades without the use of smartphones and it can still be done that way. See the results in Japan and Taiwan as examples. I'm not convinced about smartphone apps either, I'm not convinced that Bluetooth technology is up to it. Having said that, with care, I do think that data protection issues can be successfully addressed no matter which way the process is carried out. Cheers
  10. It's difficult to see how you could do social distancing/shielding at shows. You could protect exhibitors using the sort of huge plastic screens seen in many shops now, but visitors would have to wear masks as a minimum and there would need to be hand gel stations too. But I wonder what would be the attitude of insurers. With contact and trace methods it will be possible to to track infections down to a place and time within a day. There will be no hiding place at all. I doubt if anyone in the insurance industry would be willing to underwrite the risk of civil action to either the show organisers or the owners of the venue. I think we have seen the last of shows for a long time, sorry. Regards
  11. And Fowler wanted to make a compound 4-6-0 too. Later he wanted to make a Pacific, but the outcome was the Scots, probably a better engine. Regards
  12. LRM do a lot of LNWR stuff and might have the bits you need. https://traders.scalefour.org/LondonRoadModels/
  13. And don't forget that the GWR produced its last Bulldog in 1911, a very small 4-4-0 (BR Class 2P) with double frames for goodness sake
  14. I thought it was the need to actually replace the tunnel which was held to be in a poor condition. I believe the geology in that part of the Pennines is pretty difficult and there were issues in maintaining it with corrosive water etc. Whatever, it's closed and nobody seems to notice much of a difference excepting those who have a bee in their bonnets. There are three routes from Manchester to Yorkshire still and it seems to be enough for the traffic presenting itself. Cheers
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