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  1. Tim, You learn something every day....I'd presumed it originated with Dave Doe. Thanks Alastair
  2. I've highlighted here what I think is the key point in Tim's comment above - the eye readily detects straight lines, but break them up a bit and the eye seems to allow for them in some way. One interesting idea which very effectively hid baseboard joints was Dave Doe's 'Jigsaw Scenery' concept - this involved removable sections of scenery (divided along, say, hedgerows between fields for example) which sat on top of the baseboard and very effectively hid the joints - the eye completely misses the joins between the scenery sections as they are somewhere near the bottom of a hedge or wall, for
  3. There's at least one currently at Port Talbot - on hire from Ed Murray. I'm not sure where the loco was orginally from. As far as I am aware, it has been hired in recently (i.e. in the last 2 years or so) - I'm not aware that they had any of these earlier. Llanwern had quite a few, and still have some - including one which has recently had a very heavy overhaul (see below). Of course, Llanwern never relied on rail to the same extent as Port Talbot does - if I remember correctly even hot metal traffic (molten iron from blast furnace to steel plant) was road hauled using so
  4. Hi all, I'm after some recommendations (or offers of help, paid of course) for a laser cutting service. I'm in the process of building an industrial layout, where along the backscene is a stretch of steelworks building, based on Margam Abbey Works in Port Talbot: https://www.architecture.com/image-library/ribapix/image-information/poster/margam-steel-works-abbey-works-for-the-steel-company-of-wales-limited-port-talbot-west-glamorgan-the/posterid/RIBA87933.html It's quite a striking building in real life, and one I want to get right as it's really
  5. Hi Rebecca, I have a copy - will PM you a scan. Thanks Alastair
  6. Thanks James, it was confirmation that there was room between the frames that's key for me - happy to sort the wheels :-) Cheers Alastair
  7. Will it be possible to build in EM or P4? Thanks Alastair
  8. The only complication I can see with the logic that it's the Clayton CBD90 (90 tonne) as supplied to Port Talbot, is the statement by the manufacturer that it would also be at home with nuclear flasks. The locos to be supplied to Sellafield by Clayton are the 80 tonne variants - CBD80. I'm not sure if this means they are physically smaller, or if the weight difference is simply heavier plate used in their construction to give extra adhesion for the steelworks locos.....
  9. Thanks John. I'll give him a call on Monday then as I appear to have missed the boat for this week according to the opening times on the website. I was concerned as, having missed me paying for it, he's missed the follow up emails too. At least it sounds like all is well at C&L which is the main thing. Cheers Alastair
  10. Afternoon all, Has anyone had a delivery from C&L recently? I placed an order on 30th July, paid same day by bank transfer (following instructions on their website). Now I appreciate things can take a while, particularly at the moment, but having logged on to the website to check the order status, I see it is still "Awaiting Payment". This clearly isn't the case, but I'm getting concerned that I can't seem to raise them on the phone or via email either...... I'm sure I'm worrying about nothing, but the order was the best part of £70 and I'd like to know that all
  11. Hi Paul, Unfortunately I can't post my Port Talbot collection online as most of the photos have been sent to me by a contact on the instruction that they don't want them published online as they are using them for a series of articles in Bylines. Cheers Alastair
  12. Hi Paul, Very interesting - thanks! My motley collection of photos of this type of bogie open at Port Talbot shows wagons by at least two different builders (Head Wrightson and Cambrian Wagon) with many detail differences (and indeed, similarities), so I guess it's entirely possible that one was supplied to Ravenscraig. By the time of your photo, of course, Ravenscraig and Port Talbot were both under British Steel's Strip Products Division, although I doubt wagons like these would be transferred between works, except perhaps on works closure or downsizing (as we know ha
  13. I believe there were some at Workington - is that where this pic was taken? I believe they were originally built for pigs from a pig casting machine, hence the massively heavy construction, and then subsequently used for cropped ends from the mills. There's a scale drawing and another photo in David Monk Steel's book 'Industrial Wagons - and introduction' published by the IRS. Cheers Alastair
  14. Hi Mark, Interestingly - that's the same wagon (2551) as the original prototype photo I posted. I presume the ends got damaged perhaps at one point - these things had a hard life. Looks like it's loaded with side trimmings from the cold mill. I'll PM you about getting hold of some prints. Cheers Alastair
  15. Thought people may be interested in a few pictures of my model of one of these wagons: They were used at the Steel Company of Wales (and successors British Steel Corporation, and then PLC) Margam works as general use wagons. They were used for iron and steel scrap, mill scrap, slab crop ends, hot mill scale, hot mill and cold mill scrap and transfer/storeage of rolls, in other words, heavy traffic that would give the wagons a bit of a bashing. This particular example was built by Cambrian Wagon & Engineering of Cardiff in 1959 - built as 60T capacity but soon up
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