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    Pre-grouping South Wales
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  1. The National Wales museum photo of 118 shows the bar frames much better than most photos and just how much light you can see where traditional British frames would normally be. Have you looked at PTR 21 or other American locos to help make sense of it all? Is this drawing with the original boiler or the Barry boiler? I’m away from home so I can’t tell you the difference. I don’t think it was much. I’m surprised that the GWR bothered to reboiler these locos. The Barry boilers weren’t that old. The real problem with these locos was somewhere in the cylinders and valve gear. In later Barry days above the footplate they were identical to the B1 class. B1s could make it to Trehafod without topping up the tanks yet the Ks couldn’t.
  2. Apart from print size, what do you perceive the advantages of a Shapeways style polyjet over a Mars or Photon?
  3. @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.
  4. I’ve got the ANDR (just across the valley from the Taff Vale) borrowing one as theirs is having a prolonged overhaul.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. Dont branchlines supply custom rolled roofs? I’m sure a friend bought one.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. It has years of usefulness left in it when you put it in your favourite loco as a smoke generator.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. Does anyone know a uk supplier/distributor for InterMountain? I need some of their semi scale wagon wheels. Thanks
  14. 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?
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