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    BR MR 1950s and 1960s - esp Settle-Carlisle

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  1. Thanks 34tlbB&D! Will look out for the conduction path. I have a new chassis block from Peters Spares as the original has rotted. If the new cover fails to do the trick I have a big tub of Evo Stick that should do the job! Thanks again Steve
  2. Thanks Heiter I have a spare chassis block and gear cover from Peters Spares, so am going to give that a go. If that doesn't work I will fall back on your suggestions. Thanks again, Steve
  3. Heiter, Do you have any suggestions to address the weak worm gear cover. I have a number of patriots and Scots, one of which just came back from Hornby after repair; am wondering what proactive steps I can take to prevent future problems? Thanks, Steve
  4. Back to the OP, I recently returned a Royal Scot to Hornby for repair. It had never been out of the box, but when I tested it during lockdown the gears weren't meshing. Sent it back to Hornby and after a couple of weeks got an email saying it was being sent back and when to expect it. Package arrived as promised and upon opening their letter advised they at repaired it with a new chassis block. All this was at their expense. Given the repaired loco was bought from Signal Box Rochester (long gone) for £72 (price sticker still on the box) I have to say I think this is outstanding service. Big thank you and thumbs up to Hornby for their support. Steve
  5. Ummmm, that plastic whistle didn't last long on mine. Can anyone suggest a suitable replacement? Thanks Steve
  6. Southern Pride Models have a large selection of 2nd hand items for sale, whilst some items have already been sold there is a lot left and at good prices: http://www.southernpridemodels.co.uk/
  7. Martin Lewis' MSE site is promoting a free two month trial to Readly: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/readly/#52796 There appear to be a number of railway related titles in their collection:. Model Rail, BRM, Hornby Magazine, Modern Railways, Steam Railway, Narrow Gauge World and others! May be worth a look, but remember to cancel after two months or it will cost you £7.99 per month, which is still not bad if you read multiple titles in their library. Steve
  8. Mark, So sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you and their family. I didn't know Kath or John, but a double tragedy that their lives were cut short and in such rapid succession. Too many lives are being lost because of Covid, both directly to the virus and indirectly as patients with other conditions struggle to get treatment. So tragic that John managed to get the treatment he needed only to contract Covid in hospital. This is a very nasty and virulent virus, unfortunately not something everyone appreciates. Kath and John are together again, looking down on family and friends and smiling. All the best, Stephen
  9. Another vote for perspex from me. HMBaseboards sell a control panel box and I then get a perspex top cut to size. I drew my trackplan on art card and mounted this behind the perspex using aluminium U section and steel "corners" from Wilko and bolt it all together. It can then be drilled for various switches etc. Steve
  10. I haven't built a DJH Brit, but I have built the Clan (pre Hornby. Fundamentally it is a good kit. I replaced the DJH chassis with a Comet equivalent. Not such a smart move as the Comet chassis was designed for the Hornby RTR Brit so it needed quite a lot of work to fit. I think it is fair to say that the fidelity below the footplate isn't great, nor are the twiddly bits, eg pipework and various small components- sorry I don't know what they are called. But overall the dimensions are spot on and the Clan certainly made up to a nice model. Steve
  11. Hornby R2744 BR Schools class "Blundells", £84.95 from Hereford Models and six in stock: http://herefordmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=340_350_354_351&products_id=5367 Also 3x 8 ton GWR cattle wagons (pristine or weathered) for £28
  12. Interesting to see the bent footplate in the first shot, which is not apparent in the second. I presume the second pic is later as there is a slight link in the footplate which may evidence the repair? If you saw that feature recreated on a model, imagine the response!
  13. If you are in the south east I can recommend hmbaseboards in Woodchurch, Kent: http://hmbaseboards.co.uk/. He supplies frames, legs and tops for assembly, which is very straightforward. I know he is VERY busy right now so it may take 3-4 weeks for him to supply and does send out via courier if you can't collect. No connection, other than being a satisfied customer. Steve
  14. And here: https://www.national-preservation.com/threads/w-worsdell-d20-in-b-r-era.1191713/
  15. There's a few pictures of a selection of D20s here: https://www.rail-online.co.uk/p570067176
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