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  1. There's an article in the 1991 MRJ No.46 edition by Dave Rowe entitled "Morning, Noon and Night Layout Lighting" detailing how he experimented with lighting effects to simulate the changing hue of sunlight at various times of the day. Since being written a lot of the technology will have changed such as LED lighting and modern dimmers but the reasoning should still be pertinent to your situation.
  2. Not only ex loco tenders were used for this purpose. I remember attending the 1984 Doncaster Works open day at which 37.044 was hooked up to a mobile load bank. Numbered as internal user 041620 (ex Dia 1/208 12T Vent Van B770697), the vehicle was one of two (the other being 041619) containing two banks of load resistors which could be configured to give up to 15 different load settings. No liquid coolant was used with waste heat simply venting through hatches in the roof. https://departmentals.com/photo/041620 As I recall staff had coupled up some external panel meters
  3. Not a 47 but I previously posted this image over in the "Prototype For Everything" thread showing buckeye coupling fitted 08.643 being hauled through Bristol Temple Meads by a HST power car:
  4. The first such Soda Ash wagons were converted from LNER Diagram 186 13T all steel opens to their Diagram 215 (Dave Larkin provides a list of 34 randomly numbered vehicles). In BR days Shildon then produced 80 similar vehicles to Diagram 1/046 in 1952 to Lots 2369 / 2466 (B745500 - 579). Another 80 vehicles of the same diagram (B745580 - 659) to Lot 3000 were cancelled in August 1956 in favour of converting existing vehicles to Diagram 1/046 status. Wagons for conversion (Diagram 1/037 and Diagram 1/041) were predominately equipped with LNER style brake gear but a few came from er
  5. I think that there were two separate instances for periods of loco hauled trains in the North West. In 1988 Liverpool - Cardiff workings were due to late delivery of 'Sprinter' units to Cardiff Canton and a similar non-availability of 'Pacers' saw some workings in the North West (including Manchester Victoria - Southport) turned over to loco hauled coaching stock. Images show a variety of blue and grey stock (mainly Mk2) in use but if the workings were short term then it would be unlikely they were allocated to a specific pool. Forward to May1991 and the North West 'Clu
  6. Frank Dyer did a series of "Model Railway Operation" articles for Model Railway Journal, part two of which was titled "Layout Traffic Planning", appearing in MRJ No. 31 from 1989. There was also another article in "Modellers Backtrack" Vol 1 No 5 (Dec 1991 - Jan 1992) which was titled "Passenger trains and their operation" which provided a general survey of considerations from both prototypical and modelling standpoints. The September 1973 issue of "Model Railways" has an article by Martin Waters describing classification and operation of goods trains. Fina
  7. Jim Smith Wright has picked up one thing I hadn't picked up on (mainly because I've ditched them) in that the two vertical "L" section stanchions for the tank cross heads have their vertical webs to the same side rather than on opposite sides: https://www.p4newstreet.com/good-old-fashioned-kit-bashing-with-a-spot-of-rtr-bashing-too.html I've checked against the RCH drawings in "Oil On The Rails" by Alan Coppin and they all show these to be made from "T" section steel rather than the "L" section used on the OR tank. This may account for the error in that when
  8. Not sure how small you want to go but the following items may be of some use: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Jewellery-Circular-Round-Disc-Cutter-14-Hole-Punch-Set-Metal-Punching-3-16-mm/252866258025?hash=item3ae000e469:g:hHwAAOSwls5Y8N1H https://toolbug.co.uk/rotary-hole-punch-for-leather-working/ I have the second item and it can quite easily cut through thin brass sheet. When cutting plasticard the cut out pieces tend to stick inside the cutting head but they can easily be prodded through from behind.
  9. Freightmaster Publishing did a series of "Class One" guides to loco hauled passenger services which give details of services passing through specific locations. Although aimed at loco hauled workings they do also include details of HST operated services. They list the loco hauled diagrams but unfortunately not those for HST so wouldn't specifically identify what set went where. You may also find some details on the Taunton Trains website: https://www.tauntontrains.co.uk/workingslog
  10. The service only ran to Queen Street in 1989 and 1990 before being cut back to terminate at Edinburgh in 1991. The attached image is for the 1989 version which ran as the 09:50 Newquay - Glasgow Queen Street but the stopping pattern remained the same for 1990. Incidentally the Monday - Friday service ran as the "Cornishman" to Queen Street. Services to Queen Street from the West of England had a precedent in that in 1986 BR ran a M-F Taunton - Inverness service (Paignton - Inverness on Saturday) that went via Cumbernauld into Queen Street as part of a drive to open up
  11. Another point to watch for when numbering is that for the first three lots the 'W' irons have only the one small hole as per the kit whilst for the final three lots there are two. Lot 2682 DB992531 - 992590 1 Hole Lot 2683 DB992591 - 992650 1 Hole Lot 2775 DB992651 - 992710 1 Hole Lot 2929 DB993508 - 993566 2 Hole Lot 3039 DB983376 - 983576 2 Hole Lot 3331 DB983627 - 983896 2 Hole I've recently dug out m
  12. The 'final' issue No 247 covering the IET Class 800 - 10 types has made it onto the shelves of my local WH Smiths. Inside it carries more details of the new MLIPlus version which will be available in March - it would appear that it is to be more of a broader subject magazine with the first covering the following subjects: Western diesels through Devon Push Pull 47/7s in Scotland The Southern 'Deltic' Fleet; The 4REP Story Cornish China Clay Barrier & Translator Vehicles The Soller Railway Fitted or Unfitted, Air or Vacuum brakes 1st Generation
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. A solitary spotter pays his respects to the long line of withdrawn Deltics at BREL Doncaster, 29th January 1982.
  18. It's 4mm scale but sometimes I wish I model in 7mm....
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
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