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  1. Sorry for hijacking the thread but mention of the Westinghouse air brake prompts me to ask would it have been isolated in late BR days? Images of the preserved example seem to show that the Westinghouse cylinder is left in situ and is isolated from the braking system by the simple expedient of removing the link between it and the shaft to which is also attached the vacuum brake cylinder linkage. Would this have been a similar situation in BR days? Certainly some images such as the one shown earlier in the thread show Westinghouse cylinders still in place so would both a
  2. I can get you as close as April 1972 if it's of any use - the following were all M-F services: 2V52 06:24 Weymouth - Bristol TM 2V52 16:05 Weymouth - Bristol TM 2V52 17:43 Weymouth - Bristol TM 4O10 05:05 Bristol TM - Salisbury Parcels 2B10 06:35 Westbury - Bristol TM 2B14 07:25 Westbury - Bristol TM
  3. The Pink Pages I have dated October 1960 give the following instructions regarding conveyance of explosives: Maximum of five wagons per train with similar limit when unloading / loading Load of 16,000lb per van At least two vehicles (empty or conveying non-dangerous traffic) between loco and wagons conveying explosives, between wagons conveying explosives and guard's brake van and between each category of differing dangerous goods (except for radioactive substances which are not to be conveyed with explosives) GPVs to be securely padlocked both sides Geof
  4. The one immediately behind the loco would appear to be a LNER Toad D (Diagrams 61 and some 158s). At 6.55 the film shows the buffers of both the loco and brake van and this features a flat steel plate rather than a hand rail / concrete weight with which the BR Standard brakes were equipped.
  5. A solitary spotter pays his respects to the long line of withdrawn Deltics at BREL Doncaster, 29th January 1982.
  6. It's 4mm scale but sometimes I wish I model in 7mm....
  7. My layout plans dictated a requirement for a telephone box so I've had a go at the Shire Scenes etched brass kit (S45) which builds into the iconic K6 variant. I decided to solder up the components but for anyone attempting the same then it's important to clean the brass to get rid of the applied lacquer coating. The main body is a four sided etch with two tabs holding each side apart which means when folded up you have a very long gap at each corner. To get around this I made each fold one at a time then used pieces of 0.45mm brass wire as infill before filing them down. The door is a separat
  8. My pencil of choice for chalk markings are Derwent Studio types - No 1 Zinc Yellow, No 70 French Grey, No 71 Silver Grey and No 72 Chinese White. No doubt there are a multitude of suitable artist pencils but one item I'd recommend is a decent sharpener to help achieve nice thin markings (mine is a Kum Automatic AS2M Long Point sharpener, part number 1053121). The magazine article you were thinking of may be the one by Pete Johnson which appeared in MRJ 2004 with another by Paul Jarman in the same issue.
  9. Hi Andrew, according to information in "British Railway Wagons - Their Loads and Loading" by Grant & Taylor, the use of chains on the outside of the wagon for fastening down large loads could extend the loading gauge by 3" either side which would make for a scale 1mm wide link and, by measuring the drawing of the secured load you posted, the length of each link would be 6" or 2mm in length. I measured the width of the bolster wagon I used in my earlier image and it comes in at 31mm so for 24 links to cross side to side each link would need to be 1.3mm and for 30 lin
  10. For chains I use Caldercraft solid link brass chain at 42 links per inch which for me looks right and being solid link is not prone to links coming apart when stretched. I buy mine online from Ship Wright Shop: http://www.shipwrightshop.com/shop/contents/en-uk/d356_Chain.html (The above is also a good source of thread for depicting ropes!) I contacted Peco on the matter of supplying spare sprues and they are happy to do so. The person in charge of spares is Andrew Beard and he is quite happy to be contacted directly if anyone require
  11. There are similar liveried vehicles in Dave Larkin's "Non-Pool Freight Stock 1948 - 1968 Volume 2" book which carry "Prodotti Agricoli / Agricultural Produce" lettering with the anchor symbol appearing just below the left hand ventilation opening which you can just about make out on the first vehicle. One thing that came to mind as a possible traffic was leather hides for tanning? This required a plentiful supply of water and treatment plants were sited away from built up areas so may be a contender. Another possibility is the fact that there was a large fair held in Ma
  12. Just to prove that units can garner some fame, 506 002 at Manchester with the blurred outline of 506 004 backing down to form the last ever 506 operated passenger service to Hadfield 07/12/84
  13. As a diversion from lock down, I've begun to catalogue my negatives and found this amongst them. In this instance what gathered my attention was the sheer physical presence of the Bath Road over bridge as seen in low winter sunshine (I think the 33 with stock behind is 33.205). I don't suppose the Bristol skyline beyond exists in this form anymore....
  14. Where do you want it? Driver of 03.066 in conversation with shed staff at Gateshead depot 15/04/83 Plenty of onlookers at Weston-super-Mare taking in the sight of 4930 'Hagley Hall' and 7819 'Hinton Manor' with the "Great Western Limited" rail tour which ran April 1985.
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