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  1. Thanks for the second part of the article in the November issue. I can tell you one thing regarding the BULK SALT lettering the actual font is Grotesque No. 9, this was confirmed to me by one of the model transfer producers some years ago. I had some numbersets made up for the Procor PSA open mineral wagons that were numbered in the PR 255xx range that had the same style of lettering as on the Salt PGAs. I have six donor Lima PGAs now ready to make a start on cutting though will need to adapt or find a deeper mitre block to cut the bodyshells up. Cheers Paul
  2. The deviant pylon was it would seem had been demoted from being a D5S to just a lowly D2 based on field observations...
  3. Depends on the era you are modelling Kevin but as a summary this should help: 1963 Green Metro-Vick Co-Bos and English Electric Type 4s class 40s on trial 1964 to early 70s Green Derby later body style Type 2s class 25s along with one Darlington built 25 early body style. 1970s onwards BR Blue mainly class 25s any type along with class 40s 1980s same but with class 37s/45s/47s being used to often on roadstone aggregates trains. The usual limestone trains to Northwich were almost always 25s or 40s with rare substitutions by 45s or 47s. 1984 Pairs of
  4. No problem. Yes I have often wondered why they never left a connection from the ex-Midland lines coming from Peak Forest onto the ex-LNW now passenger line. It would have made sense to have kept it somehow. Both the Hindlow and PF lines used to have double-track junctions with the passenger either side of the signal box. I guess when the track layout was rationalised at end of steam into the 1970s BR decided there wasn't the need for it. Likewise they could have kept that new crossover intact after the diversion work was completed and took the opportunity to redesign the track and
  5. The sidings at Buxton were upgraded and extended to permit longer heavier loaded trains to come from Dowlow and be able to run round at Buxton before heading towards Chinley where they either head west towards Manchester or east towards Sheffield depending on the destination and operator. GBRf has just commenced a new flow of stone to the Birmingham area for HS2 work and the sidings extension was done with this in mind. Likewise empty trains can be longer too. What isn't possible is to send loaded trains out over the passenger line due to the gradients as mentioned and the need to
  6. Ok just wondered, I try and make a note of them on the Supergrid towers. I have seen yellow, blue and red on some towers and in substations and I presumed these denoted the circuit phases? Cheers Paul
  7. Do you collect the phase/circuit colour codes at all? Cheers Paul
  8. Many thanks will add to the article tonight to read again. Thanks Paul
  9. No problemo I have a stack of these models hoping to do the same conversion so wanted to ensure I get the cutting right. Mine will be ex-Salt in aggregates use for my Speedlow layout along with some 'Baby Salt' PGAs and other PGA wagons known to have worked in the Buxton area late 80s early 90s. Thanks Paul
  10. I received my copy in the post today as unable to find a copy on sale here in Northwich town centre. Even WHSmiths seem to have stopped stocking it and I have checked the last two weekends with no joy. Good to see the article on converting the Hornby PGA (ex-Lima) hopper model to the salt version. However a plea to the author is it possible to include a cutting guide diagram for the body and chassis please in part two? Many thanks Paul
  11. On this day 13 Sept 2014, I was travelling to Coventry to visit the RMweb Live show at the Ricoh Arena

    1. Huw Griffiths

      Huw Griffiths

      Struck me as an amazing show - destroyed for posterity by unfortunate timing and muted marketing (I can only assume to prevent it "cannibalising" other shows).


      I wonder how a similar event at the same venue would fare in a couple of years' time - especially if the marketing were more effective and it didn't clash with TINGS (or similar).


      Somehow, I suspect that some people might be too scared to find out ... .

  12. I received my copy on Tuesday and have had a quick look through and very comprehensive the book it is. I was wondering whether there would be any mention of the locomotives usage on the Tunstead to Northwich I.C.I. hopper traffic, on which the Metro-Vicks were trialled in 1963 and 1964. We have both used the same photo of D5714 at Northenden Jnc. on empty hoppers in our books. I managed to source two more photos including a double-header at Altrincham and from personal observations of a Manchester Locomotive Society member confirmed that 9 of the 20 locomotives were known to have been used on
  13. The two DRS branded HYAs were 37 70 6791 014-3 and 016-8 as confirmed from photos I have from Tom dating from 2010/2011. Paul
  14. Spot on Tom, I remember you showing me these photos at the time - no doubts they existed. Cheers Paul
  15. Yes the L6 D in first and last photo looks like one of the towers that are specifically under the standard tower height. Mxx design where a different tower base is used instead. In the tower drawings somewhere. Cheers Paul
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