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    Pre-grouping South Wales
    GWR short coaches
    P4 - Awrhyllgwami

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  1. @Miss Prism I agree. @Mikkel‘s images show just how bad they are. I can’t understand how door and engine compartment windows are so short and don’t line up with the toplights.
  2. I’ve got the ANDR (just across the valley from the Taff Vale) borrowing one as theirs is having a prolonged overhaul.
  3. Yes I’m an active modeller. Extending a P4 layout (Origami Quarry) in my garage with a few friends and lots of wagons for a future EM layout (Penrhos Junction’s) of my own. Penrhos did have 5 baseboards built with some track in P4 before I decided to give up P4 and first change to OO-SF then EM when RTR EM points became available.
  4. I presume they are set by the gauge you have selected for the template. Martin, does templot allow you to specify gauge widening for use in creating the 3D dxf file? Maybe different for different curve radii?
  5. Dont branchlines supply custom rolled roofs? I’m sure a friend bought one.
  6. Do you have any idea when Thomas Ness started in Caerphilly? A quick google has revealed that one of their tank wagons is preserved on the NLR and it was bought by TN in 1939.
  7. Ah but a couple of R2s were converted to composites just before the turn of the century, diagram U14. The conversion probably involved changing the end compartments to 2nd class, later 3rds. U14 running numbers were 52, 60, 199, 208, 209, 217, 625, 626 before 1907. Add 6000 after 1907. The GWR started getting rid of 2nd class around 1908 when it realised that most people who wanted better than 3rd class could afford 1st class.
  8. It has years of usefulness left in it when you put it in your favourite loco as a smoke generator.
  9. It’s all in the compartment sizes. U9 had a pair of 6’6 compartments and a pair of 7’ compartments, give or take a fraction of an inch. The R2 was 1’ longer with four 7’ compartments. R2s can easily be distinguished as the 3 panels between compartments are the same size. http://penrhos.me.uk/Rdiags.shtml#R2 http://penrhos.me.uk/Udiags.shtml#U9 The later R2s had turn-under ends which makes soldering the butt joints even harder!
  10. At the moment I keep getting offers of maximum £3 selling fee. This time last year it was only £1 so I sold £2000 of mainly model railway stuff that I didn’t realise I wouldn’t be using. The selling link is still in the same place on my iPad app.
  11. Does anyone know a uk supplier/distributor for InterMountain? I need some of their semi scale wagon wheels. Thanks
  12. Okay I’ve read the whole of this topic and I can’t find the answer. Was there any physical differences between the South Wales and Ravenscraig wagons? After all they were given different diagrams PT003A-C and PT004D-E. Or were the only differences the livery? Has anyone renumbered theirs to a Llanwern set as running in the early 1980s? Or should I hope and wait that A/S will produce them?
  13. I’ve never invested in a tool for folding brass. That is until today when I bought this.It’s actually for working with leather. The jaws are about 35mm wide which is great for folding up the end platforms, especially the awkward two folds in between the extensions down to the well. (See my post of 7th June.)
  14. Next up is a C4 Crocodile C. This wagon is similar to the C11 Crocodile B, the key difference is that the end platforms and bogies are a little longer, much like most of the later crocodiles except the mega K & L designs. The kit design is basically the same and it goes together really quickly. The C4s were built in 2 batches. Numbers 41917 & 41918 and 41929 to 41932. And what a surprise! There were differences. Those I've been able to identify are: buffers, size of the girder to end gussett, different rivet pattern on the top near adjacent to the well. The first couple of photos pickup the build part way through and show how the end platform and side girder are joined together. Note a piece of packing is used under the girder to the left of the clamp. Having completed all for corners the well is slid in place. It is centred by aligning the central groove between the planks (marked with a highlighter so that I didn't loose it!) and the hole in the middle of the girder. It is easier to align one side, put a solder tack underneath and then align the other side. Once the well is in the correct place the girders need to be soldered to the well. The girders have a tendencey to splay out so I put several tacks along the well length, clamping the sides together to ensure that they sit tight to the edges of the floor. The end platform top overlay is in 4 pieces because thats how the GWR built them over 100 years ago. The pieces for 41917/8 are etched in order: When soldered in place there is slight differences along the joints just like the real thing.
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