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    Far Far to the west of the Scilly Isles-Walnut Creek California
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    Southern still some lingering GWR and the Octopus-The Southern Pacific.
    Mostly in the time period 1946-48 for UK and 1947-54 for California, Nevada and Oregon.

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  1. YouTube is owned by Google. I would suspect there is some synergy going on. I use a Google Speech to Text app called Live Transcribe on my phone when I really want to understand a conversation (ie with my physician) or even a presentation at a railroad society of which I am a member. Context is always helpful. At least I knew what they meant by Holmby...
  2. A bit further off topic. I understand the license fee for the UK but I live in the USA. Instead of paying the government we have to pay either a cable company or as in my case a satelite provider (Direct TV) and to get decent set of channels it costs almost $120 a month. And then it's another $120 for broadband services and land line phone. I need to buy a new TV that will connect by my WiFi to the broadband and get rid of the satelite. I was watching the Youtube version and they must be the caption provider. And now back to playing with my trains.....
  3. I am almost completely deaf these days so I watch with the sound off and closed caption on. Nice to hear about "Holmby Trains......" Can't they pay decent closed captioner's a living wage or improve the vocabulary of automated captioning. It gets a bit annoying.
  4. Unfortunately what I could have used would have been a pack of ECLP clay 5 planks post 1945 when the clay traffic started to return after WW2.
  5. Hornby-Rivarossi USA is back again at the NMRA National Train Show in Salt Lake City Utah. I am not there preferring to spend my hard urned dollars on product (UK and US)..misspelling intentional. Is this a mis-allocation of their corporate resources given their competition in the North American market. Think about a half dozen savy competitors lead by Rapido. If their initial 50 foot box car offering is any indication, they are looking to match Bachmann USA in the toy department. (Side note, Bachmann USA has two personalities. They can make incredible models as can Bachmann Europe/UK, but they can also market stuff that has no relation to real railroad/railway hobbyists.) I understand they are also separately showing what Hornby UK can do. I wonder if Lynton Davies is going to show up. Oxford Miniatures has a nice and growing 1/87 line of vehicles.
  6. Closeup of the misplaced V Hanger. It seems to be molded as part of the truss road making modification much more difficult. And in the glare of direct close lighting, the Malachite green seems closer to what I would expect.
  7. To prove I have not completely abandoned my love of UK prototype this is a pic of my new Bulleid Compo and the misplaced V hanger. You know when looked at with under a bright light the Hornby Malachite looks much better.
  8. It was late May before the roof could be completely patched and we had 7 consecutive dry days followed by a rainstorm to ensure the fixes to the roof held. Then I had to wait until early June before the ceiling was repaired and I could throughly clean the floor. As of the first week of July I have started on the "benchwork" to support the new layout. For a more detailed story on what is going on see my https://srandsp.blogspot.com site for the ongoing saga. I wound up using poplar wood for the benchwork. I am mounting the first section (32" X72") on double way locking casters. The first section includes the Port Costa 70 foot turntable and two stall/road roundhouse/engine shed. This was an active steam depot used up until the very end of steam on the SP in 1958. It was the home of SP M class moguls and C class consolidations alongside early diesel switchers. The steam power was used to bank trains up a steep grade to the 1928 Benecia Bridge crossing of the Carquinez Strait which separates San Francisco Bay from the San Joaquin/Sacramento delta. It also was the local train motive power base for the San Ramon valley branch on which Walnut Creek was located. A lot more is on the blog site.
  9. I have used AG wheels on all of the Cambrian, Ratio, Parkside and Slaters kits I have built over the last 15 years with no problems. My old layout (Padstow in the Summer of 1947) was Peco Code 100 points/turnouts and US Atlas code 100 flex track. I won't have to replace any wheelsets on models built like this. I could only justify ordering one van to test the concept. By the time the proof of concept prints were available, the run was sold out. And, I am quite happy they are using the post 1935 SR goods paint scheme. North American fine scale resin freight car kits are now hitting US $60 and need trucks and couplers (Kadee 158) and painting to complete so the price for this very well done freight van is not out of line. I will have to figure out the body mounting and Kadee for the van. I may chuck the NEM box and body mount a Kadee 158 or similar longer shank using a Kadee box rather than use the Kadee 17-20 series.
  10. The one I have on order will fit in well with the pair of LSWR 10 ton vans from Cambrian I assembled about 2 years ago. All lettered in post 1935 small SR style as befits my postwar Cornish Southern scene.
  11. My R4882A came today. I have to dig for Maunsell cars but I quickly found a pair of SR Malachite green Maunsell 58' rebuilds. There is a slight shade difference with new Bulleid being having just a bit less blueish green. I would pass it of as a varnishing effect but the 58' Rebuilds would have just recently been painted in or just before my target point of time, the summer of 1947, whereas the Bulleids were very new from Eastleigh. Otherwise quality is about the same. I have installed Kadee #17's but will have to locate my Maunsell's before checking out performance on curves. Right now I don't have a layout ready. Maybe enough will be ready by September when the rest arrive. Then I can test on my local hobby shop layout with it's curves, grades and 200+ foot length of loop (North American roundy roundy loop not what in North America is called a siding.) Can't really complain of anything about the model. It is what I expected. The large windows on the corridor side do look better than the compartment side with less coke bottle effect. Just have to wait until the fall for the brake thirds.
  12. With this LSWR "new" brake van and the SR Bulleid 59' coaches someone at Hornby has been reading my mind's wishlist for almost completing in RTR the rolling stock component of the North Cornwall of my dreams. Do we even have an annual wishlist poll anymore. I think I am going to have to switch to modeling 1920 in Wick or Thursoe and the Highland line so I can have anguished wishlist dreams again.
  13. Any rumor of long range plans to do additional streamlined Merchant Navy's. I bough the 1941 21C1 Channel Packet more as a display shelf model, but am looking for a slightly modified higher numbered MN that would have been hauling the Atlantic Coast Express in 1946-47 Waterloo to Salisbury. Still Southern Malachite of course. I can't abide nationalization paint schemes and the subsdquent utter disfiguration of the class. When the new MN's were announced it was pointed out that the tooling design allowed almost all variations up to the full rebuild. Now we have the Bullleid coaches and a fairly wide range of Maunsells with a proper 1945-47 MN we could have a fairly good RTR recreation of the finest last flowering of the Southern.
  14. SK seems a little detached from the Bulleid coaches. Almost like he doesn't "own" them.
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