Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

30 Neutral

Profile Information

  • Location
    Between Waterloo and the Elephant
  • Interests
    Plymouth, Devon & Cornwall
    (G)WR, Hydraulics

Recent Profile Visitors

182 profile views
  1. RE 81E's post of 5/9/16 The lower photo of a van with a three centre roof and diagonal (not cross) bacing on the end panels - a photo of what appears to be one of these appears on p35 of The Last days of Steam in Plymouth and Cornwall (M. Dart), in Enparts service in the mid 50s. ENPARTS is painted on the second plank up to the right of the centre pair of doors. The only other discernible lettering is below this on the botttom plank.
  2. To add to markw's comments - looking at David Larkin's "BR General parcels rolling Stock" (1978), the SR, GWR and BR wheels are 3 hole discs, so the Hornby R8097 are suitable, whereas the coach wheels (3'7" ?) appear to be either solid wheel pans or have small holes in them. Hornby R8234 are this type. The Dublo/Wrenn chassis is GWR, having a Dean Churchward ratchet brake lever on the end and six tank supports. The Lima then Hornby model is also GW, but a later version. Note the angle brackets between the middle J hangers on GW/BR wagons. The Dapol one has its end sta
  3. Info for Siphon 208 - if you go to the derbysulzers site, you will find a mine of information including workings and headcodes. If you specifically want a freight for Penzance, 7B34 the 1940 Bristol TM - Ponsandane (PZ goods yard with large loading bank platform - where there were still two withdrawn 100t oil tanks a couple of years ago). I've never seen a photo of this freight; but running at 45mph non stop it would not have arrived in Cornwall until about 2240, and it almost certainly stopped at some of Taunton/ Exeter Riverside / Hackney (Newton Abbot), Tavistock Junction or Friary.
  4. Further thought - it's a light avocado green (lighter than many 1980's bathroom suites !) If the wagons were previously grey underneath and it began to wear off, this plus brake dust and china clay could have produced a grey result. Paul Bartlett's valuable photos (thanks !) show several wagons from May 1984 onwards when they would have been in traffic for 15 months or more and in various stages of weathering. I do not remember seeing them after I went to university in October 86 so the yellow one is a surprise.
  5. Unfortunately none of the few photos I took of the afternoon St Blazey-STJ train include a PRA (film was relatively expensive to a teenager!). None of the images found searching "Pont's Mill china clay PRA" show a PRA in colour, apart from the photo of the 08 with two in tow, taken on 16/4/85 which appears in a Rail Photoprints calendar; it is indistinct; the wagons are dirty. Helpfullly, Rivercider has posted a photo of 45 127 heading the morning train, 6C43 0915 St Blazey to Severn Tunnel Junction on 8/3/83. It is entering platform 5 at Plymouth. This must have been soon after the wag
  6. The PRAs were definitely pale green with red hoods when introduced in 1982/3; one or two were regularly in the consist of the afternoon St Blazey-Severn Tunnel Junction which passed Plymouth around 1630. Paul Bartlett's photos show RLS6315 and one behind it looking green on 28 May 84, but 6315 is in a yellow shade by July 84. They appear to have become grey by 1988.
  7. If you mean the flat-on BR lamp bracket on the left hand side, it appears to have happened during 1972-73 The following are from photos in "Farewell to the Westerns" and "The 74 Westerns" D1023 does, 19/7/72 D1024 does not, 19/8/72 D1055 does, 10/8/72 D1000 on 23/6/73 does not have the new bracket at A end. Paul
  8. I watched the programme with my 11y.o. daughter who stayed for all of it and agreed with the judges decision. The programme format is essentially a race between experts; we thought it didn't do justice to how long most things take to make. Another format would be to have family teams of non modellers, give them a mock up of a small bedroom, 8x4 of plywood, wood framing, tools, a train set plus extra track, and an experienced modeller to act as a guide and help - they have a weekend to put up a layout in the room, which still needs to function as either a child's bedroom / guest ro
  9. Really! I can't resist asking if the shampoo was intended to dribble out of the roof and strip off the paint!!
  10. There appear to be seven of the initial batch of 12 in preservation; when I travelled in the MRC's coach I noted that it was the same as the larger batch of diagram 98/99. I have a 1957 abc of BR Mk1 coaches which shows the original arrangement. Stovepipe's posts above clear up the confusion - all of the first batch of twelve were converted to later specification by removing another four seats and adding the store, probably in the 70's. However, the original batch retain a different arrangement of roof ventilators and rainstrips. Thanks Stovepipe!
  11. This is a request for detail differences between the various batches of Mk1 RMB Miniature Buffets. Batch 1; Diagram 97, Lot 30485 [York 1957] were 1801-1812. These were basically a TSO with two sets of seating bays removed to one side of the centre door only and replaced by the buffet section. They differ from the more familiar batch 2; Diagram 98, as modelled by Hornby and Bachmann, which have an extra pantry on the buffet side at the other side of the centre door, with one less window and a bay of seats less as a result. Batch 2 were lots 30520/507/670/702, coaches 1813-1882. Th
  12. Three things: Road Markings: You've gone to lengths to include everything! I have a suggestion for improving the "FERRY" sign. Most words painted on roads for drivers to read have to be elongated so they appear normal to the drivers eye. I reckon it is about a factor of 4. One way of making an elongated font could be to print out the word, scan it into powerpoint, then stretch the image in one direction. The problem will be matching the tarmac. Have you had experience with printing your own waterslide transfers? I've seen an advert but not investigated. As for that 37, would
  13. Re. Post 150, Wickhams trolley stabling: was it ScR practice to manhandle them off a siding and keep them out of the way on a short section of track at right angles? I think the SDR have this arrangement in the goods yard north of Staverton station. Not any good if you want to run it though! Would the turntable road point have been under the bridge? It looks like there is room. You could have just enough track for the trolley and then some rail-less sleepers. Instead of a buffer stop, an upside down sleeper on top of the end of the rails.
  14. The flat roof areas currently look just like my flat porch roof; lead sheet which has been painted more than ten years ago with black bituminous paint, much of which has now worn off with the result of lighter lead showing through in places. So you could leave it exactly as it is! [and I need to get that porch repainted...]
  15. Rick, you've shown many people the flavour of Cornwall through your layout and it has inspired me to keep going through several house moves. [Currently rebuilding layout to fit into the restricted loading gauge of a London house!] The rundown at Treheligan was especially poignant - I am just old enough to remember places such as Exmouth, Barnstaple and Newquay when they still had more than one track. Hope the removal process goes smoothly with enough bubble wrap in the right places... Paul
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.