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    Essex next to the LT&SR and Sardinia Costa dei Grifoni
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    GWR, DSB, FS, ATSF and SP. and trains in general.

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  1. Oops! Somewhere I got hold of the idea that 9410 was the last of the Swindon built batch. No idea where, but it must have been from someone else who can't count! Moral check first, bash the keyboard second!
  2. This is what it should look like: https://www.google.com/search?q=94xx+pannier+tank The Farish handrail is rather approximative (must replace mine!). I have to confess to using copper wire for handrails in the past (it then needs extreme care to avoid damage) having had problems with nickel-silver. (I should have annealed it....). The real thing is about 1½" -2" in diameter (perhaps someone knows the actual figure?) so 0.5-0.7mm wire is required. New knobs and a bit of hole filling will be required. The Farish model bears the number 9410 on an embossed trave
  3. I understand the the BR emblem on coaches was intended to distinguish named trains. Those who had the day to day job of running trains would have other things to worry about.
  4. If new purchases, I'd send them back. There is no excuse for out of true wheels. It's probably a problem with plastic wheel bushes. Once fitted skew, it is next to impossible to correct them.
  5. Under 'Numbering': https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SECR_P_class
  6. Thanks! They were generally just a tightening up of the previous specification and represented the existing practice of the bigger/better wagon builders. I was looking for confirmation of a statement that oil axleboxes were specified from 1923, as I thought that grease boxes lasted rather longer than this. I still don't know if it was a requirement or just a recommendation, especially since the big companies were still in the process of switching. The GWR of course had been using oil boxes since at least the turn of the century. (Well before I believe!)
  7. Deleted duplicate post - Internet playing up again!
  8. For scale 00 (a contradiction in terms I know) the correct check gauge is 15mm (for 1.25mm flangeways). The back to back then depends on the flange thickness and will vary in the range 14.4 - 14.6mm. there is plenty of slop in the standard (such as it is) so erring on the wide side is better than narrow IMHO. My trackwork is mainly a mixture of code 100 Streamline and Formoway. This has been obtained second hand from toy fairs etc.. I must have a session of measuring flangeways as they all seem in need of tightening up.
  9. I'm probably late as usual, but, finding this, I thought it would be of general interest. http://www.cs.rhul.ac.uk/~adrian/steam/RCHWagons/index.html
  10. There's a Britains L4 set on eBay at the moment. The seller rightly says to be unsure if the figures are correct. The 'stable lad' on the right is correct, but the the figure on the left, which should be a 'land girl', is actually a Crescent platelayer. The land girl figure is easy to find. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VINTAGE-BRITAINS-LILLIPUT-WORLD-L4-FARM-SET/233953227037?hash=item3678b2f11d:g:Qj8AAOSwEuFgaLfg The price is not too bad for a boxed set, seeing the individual figures usually sell for around £2 each (or at least back in the pre Covid days when toy fairs st
  11. By coincidence (I was looking for something else!), I found this in October 1998 MRE, p39. Possibly it adds a little further information: "We have learnt so far that they claimed to be the pioneers of H0 gauge although this has been disputed. The Company was based in South London with the actual address changing several times during the 1920s. The early advertisments (sic) were for their own make of track as well as coach and wagon parts for modellers who built their own stock. By the late 1920s the Company was advertising locomotives starting with an 0-6-0 tank. Other
  12. The spring tension is critical. The Tri-ang/Hornby M7 relies on a rather delicate spring (and Magnadesion IIRC).
  13. I'd start with a taper reamer and finish with a parallel. Alternative methods involve a drill stand and solid vice or a lathe. Drill from both sides to centre rather than straight through. The later bushed chassis block might be the way to go, but there may be problems with fit and a list of different spare parts
  14. If the thread is 2.7mm diameter* and the pitch 0.53mm, it will be 6BA, which fits with memory. Most (all?) Tri-ang screws are an even BA number. * The table I looked at stated 2.8mm diameter, but near enough.
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