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    Class 40's mainly, but i've a soft spot for pretty much every british mainline diesel or electric locomotives.

    London Midland Region circa May 1974.

    Engineering in general.

    Oh and Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll ;)

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  1. Wonderful shot, and from my preferred period too. Regards
  2. Masokits masterbits item 10.08, BR Mk1 Coach Detailing. Kit provides a bunch of additional detailing, well worth it. Masokits also do a working Pullman gangway, which will work down to 3ft radius curves. Regards
  3. Jon Thanks for your detailed information and reply, I've much clearer picture now as to how they were used. My working knowledge of freight is particularly woeful, as my areas of interest are generally Coaching stock and NPCCS. Regards
  4. Morning all, Colleague has bought in two additional freight stock books today, one dating from 1923 (pictures below). Again, I would be grateful if anyone could explain how these were used, assuming they had a use outside of records. Regards
  5. Hornby class 50 mechanism is butter smooth, but the model is not without its faults. I have seven of them in various states of work to convert them to P4, add detail and make applicable changes to how they looked on the LMR circa 1974. All are currently in storage with the rents. Chief negatives (your mileage may of course vary). Couple of toy like features (“working” cab doors and radiator grills) ruin the look of the bodysides. Wheels are too small 12mm instead of 14.x mm for the 3’7” prototype. Bogies too far from the Solebar. Both decisions made to accommoda
  6. Hi Gordon, It’s not just the that we have a lot of weird and wonderful now produced, but also the large increases in RTR prices, and the current turbulence re: COVID. Hence I commented on the effect rather than the cause. But I agree, the success of KR Models now leading the charge on ‘weird and wonderful’ is a factor which may change the RTR landscape, and I (as someone in the market for 9-12 decent models of 82, 83 and 84 respectively) for one could not be more happy to be proved wrong. Regards Matt
  7. Hi Martyn, It's just the one book he's brought in to show me so far, he has promised to have a dig and bring in some more. Obviously, being inherited from my colleagues late father there is a certain amount of sentiment connected to them. However, having had a chat with him explaining some of the responses so far, I think it would be possible to obtain scans of the document, which as you say may be of interest to the wider community. I'll update this thread as an when, and be in touch once i have a firmer understanding of what documents he has. Regards
  8. I'm doubtful we'll ever see Classes 82, 83 and 84 in RTR form, especially seeing as the bottom appears to have vanished from underneath the market for weird and wonderful Diesel Prototypes from a few years back, which perhaps could have seen Heljan produce them. Although, it will be worth watching if the Rails of Sheffield/ Accurascale Class 89 ends up released, which may significantly change the OHLE 'playing field' as it where. The Class 81 remains somewhat more viable, and of course with the Heljan 86/0's incoming, it may provide impetus to see it announced. It's long been specu
  9. Hi Neal, I thought I recognised the book from somewhere, and of course the Barrowmore group webpage is where I'd seen it. Regards Matt
  10. It always occurred to me, that potentially the Old Dalby Test Track could enter the sphere of 'preservation', providing 25kV OLHE suitable for running preserved AC Electric Locomotives. If one was smart about it, you could maintain weekday functionality for modern day testing, museums for British Rail's R&D history a functionality as a preserved railway with a 'not so modern image' slant. Regards Matt
  11. Looking forward to seeing these in the flesh, and indeed February is much sooner than the June/July period i was expecting. Regards
  12. Morning All, Advanced apologies if this is the wrong section. Yesterday, I had one of those conversations with a colleague, which lead to the reveal of my interest in railways, prompting the reveal that said colleagues father used to work at Derby, and at some point during the 1970's rescued a load of documents being thrown in a skip. This morning, I've arrived to find one such example on my desk (images attached), apparently the worst condition of the lot (it's missing a back cover). It's a little out of my experience field and general areas of interest (the not so mod
  13. he best colour selection box! There is actually very little wrong with the Hornby Class 86 body, and it can be made into a cracking model. I still want to finish my Bachby 86/0, although it does require a trip back to Devon to dig it out of long term storage in the rents shed. Part of the backlash against the Heljan 86/2 was because the Hornby version is pretty damn accurate if you ignore, bogies and pantograph. Lima Class 87 requires a lot more work, but getting a set of Shawplan extreme etchings Class 87 windscreens transforms the face amazingly. Likewise the Hornby 25 i
  14. Well. the short answer is, you probably would not, it's just too many risks. Like making a model in TT or S scale, it has a small following, but OO is the bulk market. But, as a thought experiment. I'd probably opt for some wildly used existing scale, just not used by railways. Something like 1:72 I'd develop two types of track. A train-set type geometry. And then an accurate scale RTP set of common points etc. Locomotives, i'm no expert on steam so can't comment sort of probably a Black Five a starter for steam. Modern image, would either be a 47, 37 or an
  15. It's probably your internet browser. Try a different one. 150ml Aerosol clearly shown as 3rd option. Regards
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