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    Railways of East Anglia. Great Eastern Railway Society Journal Editor for 20 years. Currently building a c1955 4mm scale/OO model of part of Colchester approx to scale from BR survey drawings in a 7m x 3m shed. See photos.

    My Colchester layout appeared in Model Rail magazine No 264 Summer 2019

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  1. As I said above, it would appear that some/all (??) of the vans had NE replaced by SR
  2. PaulG

    Hornby LNER N2 0-6-2T

    Thank you for the comments. I note there is a discrepancy between Yeadon's and the RCTS Green book. Depending which reference you use, 69555 may have retained the subsequently fitted condensing gear. I have a photo of 69550 and 69558 and they clearly do not have condensing gear. However, there is a poor quality photo of an unidentified N2 in BR days at Colchester St Botolph's clearly with condensing gear. So far I have unable to find a photo of 69555, which perhaps did retain the gear. Paul
  3. The GER Dia 72 van formed the basis of 100 8-ton AVB fitted, steam heated, and insulated banana vans delivered to the LNER in 1923. The vans were loaned to the Southern and there is a photo of them at Worting Junction with the “NE” being replaced by “SR”. In 1958, out of the 100 vehicles built, 85 were still in stock. See GERS Journal 61 article. Further banana vans were required for the Jamaican banana imports through London Docks and built by the LNER in 1929/30. See LNER wagons. On 1st March 1962 Geest opened a factory at Easton Lodge on the Braintree branch, for the import of green bananas, and amounted to 300tons of unripe fruit weekly. see Branch Lines to Braintree CP Lombardelli Paul
  4. Colchester had an allocation of three N2/2 0-6-2T in the 1950s: 69550 (9/52-3/53), 69555 (9/52-10/56) and 69558 (9/52-8/56). All three were from the batch built by Beyer, Peacock & Co. without condensing gear. Has Hornby produced such a model or are they all N2/1 or N2/4 version with condensing pipes and trip cocks? If so, is it just a "simple" matter of removing the pipes and are there any other "visual" aspects to address? Any help much appreciated. Paul
  5. GER would stock pile coal when the price was low and of course access to coal supplies was a problem, hence various joint lines. Paul
  6. PaulG

    Oxford N7

    I'm sure a "Buckjumper" would sell well, but for a model manufacturer it would be very difficult, with numerous variations over the J66/J67/J68/J69 class range. Lyn Brooks has published a number of articles with photos and detailed drawings in the GERS Journal over the last 40 years, and even within say "Class J67" there are numerous variations. Paul
  7. PaulG

    Oxford N7

    Having looked at Yeadons, RCTS "green" book and a number of photographs I have, the front spectacle plate does appear to very across the class of rebuild engines. I haven't yet found a photo of 69612 in the early 1950s livery to be that fussed to alter the loco. The arch above the access to the footplate doesn't seam as pronounced on the model as photos of rebuilt N7/GE, but again not anything I propose to alter. Another pernickety point is, I think in early 1950s the rear cab spectacle plate guard rails should only extend up 50% of the glass area. As for the chimney and dome, again there were so many variations, an early 1950s photo of the loco is required. So far all I have changed is removal of the rod to the smokebox on the left hand side of the loco. Overall as with the GER version, very pleased with the model and can we please have some more GER/East Anglian items (e.g. J19, F5 and a B2) Paul
  8. PaulG

    Oxford N7

    Hi Bucoops, my interest is the period 1948-1958 and I haven't anything that early. Have you had a look at the GERS website? Paul
  9. PaulG

    Oxford N7

    Correct, in 1958 the Carriage Working Diagram shows Liverpool Street to Clacton/Walton typically 8 carriages, last three being detached for Walton, front five continuing to Clacton. BSK (4), SK (8)*, SK (8)*, FK (6)*, RB, TSO*, CK (4-3)*, BCK (2-3)*. * =MK1. Note even as late as 1958 on such workings, still with pre-nationlisation stock. Paul
  10. PaulG

    Oxford N7

    The Colchester to Clacton services had a variety of stock including non-vestibuled stock. The 1951 Carriage Working Diagram shows Clacton to Colchester as Set 67 which was a CL (2-5) and a BT (3). The 1958 Diagram shows a similar working as SL (8), CL (3-4) and BS (4) Paul
  11. PaulG

    Oxford N7

    I don't think the BR MK1 non-corridor stock as manufactured by Bachmann ran on the GE in 1950s. Certainly in the 1950s anything GER, some NER and Gresley teak (and as we learnt at the GERS meeting yesterday) Gresley steel non-vestibuled stock. Paul
  12. PaulG

    Oxford N7

    Very pleased with the model and as I'm modeling Colchester c1955 it appears Oxford have fitted a Colchester shed plate, although it was a Parkston engine at the time, not going to Colchester until later in its life when by then it carried the later crest. I've removed the bits not required mentioned above and being very picky the cab roof is wrong, but don't propose to alter it and as mentioned elsewhere, the chimney may not be correct for this loco in the period modelled. As with the GE livered version I have, it runs very well and is very powerful. Paul
  13. It will be very interesting how he pitches the shop, which was mainly for model boats in later days. With Bure Valley Models at Aylsham, Model Scenic Supplies and Buoys Toys and Models in Cromer all of which are very good model railway shops each targeting different aspects of model railways, he has a hard task with his new shop. Paul
  14. The above photograph is very interesting as I'm building a model of Colchester c1955, and the following notes provided by John Watling, may be of interest. The vehicles used with the Colchester breakdown train were as follows: LNER Period Tool Van 961515 ex GE 264 diagram 219 formerly EX16, built 2/1886, converted 12/1928, withdrawn 11/1942 Mess and Tool Van 961520 ex GE 718, LNER 6460, diagram 518, built 9/1896, converted 2/1940, withdrawn c. 1945 Early BR Period Packing Van 961520 ex GE 945 brake third 62332, diagram 533, converted 3/1947, no withdrawal date. Tool Van 961515 ex 51842 34’ brake third, built Ashbury 1896, converted 10/1945, withdrawn 8/11/1958 GER 6 wheel 961520 GER 6-wheel Mess and Tool Van ex GE 945 brake third 62332, diagram 533, converted 3/1947, no withdrawal date 961604 GNR crane 961568 GER ex double bolster Apparently the GNR crane was rarely used from the mid 1940's onwards and I was given the impression it was in poor condition and reluctant to steam. It went during 1955, or perhaps a little earlier and to find it at Stratford four or five years later was most surprising but it disappeared soon after. There are photos of the crane at Stratford dated 20 December 1959. Post c1955 After the steam crane had gone two carriages appeared: 320380, a former GER 10 compartment suburban 3rd, LNER 60396 320147 an ex GCR 50ft clerestory, LNER 583 built in 1904. Paul
  15. Broad Sidlinch: At Holt Station we have on display Julian Birley, (former North Norfolk Railway (NNR) Company Chairman and current M&GN Society President) 1990s built 4mm scale/00 gauge layout, built to represent part of the Somerset and Dorset Railway. The model railway was featured in the July 1999 issue if the Railway Modeller magazine and moved to the NNR about 20 years ago. To enable the railway to run when no volunteer operators are available, sometime ago the layout was fitted with R&R Concepts stationmaster 5 automatic system. The units are very good and operate well 7hours a day, 7days a week with few problems. On activation, the units provide slow acceleration to the desired maximin speed and slow the train to stop. We now require another unit and before ordering from the USA, is there any equivalent item available from the UK? The layout is currently DC only. Any help much appreciated. Paul
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