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Buckjumper last won the day on May 25 2013

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  1. Ade hope you are well.

         Fred

  2. Ha! Super story with a lovely twist, and the photos are fantastic. Over here on the Eastern, contemporary documents used the words wagon and truck concurrently to indicate whether they were loaded or empty. For example loaded wagons were forwarded to... and empty trucks returned ...etc. The caveat, and there's always one, was lettering on specialist wagons which always used the word truck, viz; loco sand truck, egg truck, etc. Godt nyt
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    GWR Gas Cordon

    I think you've already got the perfect excuse in your gas-lit branch set. Park it up by the stop blocks by the bridge for easy access to your carriages, and send it down the line every few days for topping up. There are a number of photos of DD5 No.7 at Lambourn, even in the late 50s to top up gas-lit horseboxes. See the Atkins bible and here: http://www.time-capsules.co.uk/picture/show/1302/Lambourn-Railway-Station
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    GWR Gas Cordon

    Yes, I concur with Northroader. Town gas was uncompressed - the Metropolitan made use of it initially, carrying it on big bellows-like bags on carriage roofs until the mid-1870s, but it was uneconomical and the bags needed replenishing every three hours or so. The Pintsch system worked at 140psi and a typical incandescent burner consumed 7cu ft p/h (Atkins et al), so cordons were parked wherever carriages could be conveniently recharged, and the tanks replenished every few days by a trip down to the nearest resupply point.
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    GWR Gas Cordon

    Ah! That sinking feeling when you think everything is going swimmingly, and then you realise you've really screwed up. I know it so well! Happily you saved the day. I do like these wagons - they fall into that nice gap between being unusual enough to add a bit of interest from the usual opens and minks, but not so outr
  6. Oh dear! Benton knows his onions. It's not going to end well for Woods or Lawson, is it?
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    Dating

    I have this same conundrum. The real PITA of representing more than one company is that you're rarely going to get a complete historical record for a particular year which covers all the eventualities you need (or would like!) to model. Once I accepted that anachronisms are inevitable (and that was a bitter pill to swallow!) I decided that within a scene each train would be faithful to a year, even if something else it passed was a temporal anomaly. I think I once likened it to each train existing in it's own alternate reality - the setting being the unifying factor. Even so I've made a feather-edged split of two periods, c1890 - c1897 and c1898 - c1905-ish, so that the timey-wimey stuff isn't too wibbly-wobbly.
  8. It simply means that you can chop and change the image as much as you want, none of it is irreversible until you save it
  9. That's coming along splendidly Dave - Gordon's techniques provide excellent results. For anyone experiencing palpitations at the thought of the price of Gordon's book on Amazon, my chum Simon Castens is now the proprietor of Wild Swan books, and it can be bought directly from Simon's bookshop The Titfield Thunderbolt for the heart-safe sum of twenty five quid. http://titfield.co.uk/WildSwan/WSM_TECH.htm
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    Cattle dock!

    That's looking very good! Many cattle docks seem to have had hard standing with drainage in front of the dock to protect the track. ISTR reading that the docks were swept, washed and disinfected once the cattle had been removed, and the mix usually went straight over the side. Not sure if they were consistently there in Edwardian times - I'm still unpacking boxes and haven't yet found Edwardian Enterprise, my branch histories or GWRJ's to check. http://www.warwickshirerailways.com/gwr/gwrkd2801c.htm This one's dated 1932 and has a concrete apron, but I've seen (earlier?) aprons made from both timber and setts.
  11. Great story and photography. There's something deliciously farcical and oh, so very English about scoundrels tucking illicit goods down their trousers. Nice to see the many of your recent blog entries taking cameo roles - the LSW van, the shiny fittings on the Buffalo, the printed crates, and the figures. Looking forward to part 2!
  12. Nice to see the Stadden figures in 4mm at last - and 2mm too! Figure painting is definitely one of my b
  13. As I mentioned on the 1854 entry, the brass castings make a big difference. I'm surprised that neither the SE&C nor its antecedents bothered to shroud the Ramsbottom valves in the same way that, for example, the LSW and GE did, which would have prevented any possible tampering with the setting as well as directing stray steam away from the driver's vision.
  14. It's a pretty little engine, and the brass castings make a big difference. But wait - you have a workbench thread too? Noooooo! More catching up!
  15. It's a lovely little wagon, and that rich sou'western brown makes a nice change from the local reds and greys. However...in the shot from the goods shed, my eye was immediately drawn to those lovely wicker baskets as the colour and shading is absolutely spot-on. They really do look like they're made from wicker!
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