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  1. They don't waste money 'Up North' on fancy looks on something that nobody will notice
  2. Well the first two and 6th could be L&Y bar the fact they don't have the destination chalk plate this side of the doors. The next two look to be Midland, after that they all look like varieties if Ventilated vans similar or the same as the LNWR D445A's. All E.& O.E.
  3. When, eventually, you come to the point of adding scenic details, one of the things I haven't fathomed is how the coal for Helston Gas Works was loaded into lorries for transfer across Helston Town to the Gas Works. The Coal wagons appear to have been unloaded onto the loading dock, but I don't recall seeing any photo's of the dock with an 'elevator' there to load the coal onto lorries for transfer across Town. As far as I can see, the coal wasn't unloaded anywhere else in the station area, e.g. so a lorry could back up and the floor of the lorry be basically level with the coal wagon floor. The project is coming along very well.
  4. I would leave it alone, it has patina, looks 'comfortable', sit's nicely on the track. What's not to like.
  5. Ah, somebody else who likes an Ammeter in the circuit
  6. I shall be 'Off-Air' for a couple of days, no internet connection, after I've posted this..... I will catch-up on Wednesday.
  7. A bit off topic, but some help needed. I use to have the LMS Wagons Volumes many years ago, but they seem to be out on long term loan, well my interest is pre-grouping, so I'm not to bothered, however I'm aware in the books there are references to pre-grouping designs. What a colleague is looking for are the LNWR GAS OIL wagons, not the carriage lighting gas supply wagons, but the oil wagons that the gas was manufactured from. There were 11 of them at one time in LNWR days. I suspect they would be a smaller version of the LMS Dia 1816 etc., wagons as shown in Essery & Morgan's 1977 book 'The LMS Wagon' (which I still have). And on page 83 of that book is the Carriage gas twin tank wagon, NOT oil. If somebody can flick through their volumes of LMS Wagons and see if there's a mention or photo of the LNWR Gas Oil wagon I and my colleague would be very grateful.
  8. Some 15 years ago at an exhibition, exhibitors had to have their circuit breakers tested. I always carry a 240v outlet tester with me to exhibitions, to test supply (e.g. is it on?). The inset floor supply sockets allocated to my layout and a couple of others at the (very large) premises, was wired wrongly. They weren't happy that I pointed this out to them.
  9. I thought 'C. Eng.,' was supposed to cut out all that proliferation of titles
  10. And he produces excellent numberplates - I had some arrive the other day
  11. 1956, 'Modelling the Old Time Railways' by Edward Beal. Year Leader in Mathematics at Kynaston Comp, then we moved down to Winchester and a Sec Mod., Still have the book, though to safeguard the cover, it has a further brown paper wrapper on it.
  12. NOoooo, an interesting modelling detail is the different styles of cattle dock fencing
  13. The staff at Worcester Shrub Hill where appointed GWR / LMS / GWR / LMS.......... as each vacancy came along, but all a long time ago.
  14. A link? https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Worcester-Locomotive-Shed-Engines-and-Train-Workings-Hardback/p/17954 Unfortunately the description doesn't mention the former Midland Railway shed at Worcester, OK, title is western region etc., but a brief review may have been useful. It of course may well be in the book, but I don't have a copy. This is a copy I traced from a 1:500 O.S Map back in the 1960's.
  15. Agh, now I have pictures, thank you. This week has been a sorry tale of lots of things going wrong in all sorts of ways so I was not surprised that there was a problem earlier........
  16. From the comments above there's obviously meant to be some photos, all I'm seeing is a very thin blue line, which doesn't do anything if I click the cursor on it. In fact now looking at another post I think it's all over RMWeb for me - no photo's that is.
  17. ... and the Gloucester Plates have a square base, replicating the same 'colour' difference outside of the 'G' as at the end of the solebars.
  18. Agreed. The plus point at Dundee was the Gallery had an informal sort of Cafe, lots of students - cheap coffee. The Gallery was empty - bar me and my wife, the Cafe was packed.
  19. I'm reminded of an 'Art Work' in a Dundee Contemporary Arts Gallery by Michaelangelo Antonioni I saw a few years ago. Ellipsis To mark moments of uncertainty, to remove chunks of narrative. (Basically, a blank canvas with just the hint that a brush may have added a layer of sealer on the canvas). The guide notes to the Art Work mentions... " Michaelangelo Antonioni use of the device leaves the audience and viewer to speculate on what happens in the gap, to create their own understanding or interpretation around a moment of ambiguity". Not sure Captain how far that is from your description above, but neither mean anything to me, I'm to old now to understand these things. There's a similar theme in a work by Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988) in a Penzance Gallery. The guide notes tell us? "She's an artist drawn by Gaelic Melodic Superautomism* …… perhaps a figure from a spirit world, conjured from Aladdin’s lamp, condensed, materialised and 'ectoplasmic’, as if from a half conscious experience of the interdependence of the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms of the earth and their vitalization by the sun". At best the canvas was ethereal... *e.g. Close your eyes and let the pencil drift over the canvas, hopefully recording your dream experiences.
  20. Thank you, well I tried 'John Chivers' to no avail, so It must be me... Again thank you.
  21. In the August copy of Hornby Mag, the article on the 7mm scale coal yard diorama, mentions the Coal scales, weights etc., are available from 'John Chivers', via Ebay (I think). But I've tried searching for these without success, hoping they may be available in 4mm scale. Can somebody give a suitable reference to find them, please.
  22. I'm sure Wayne will be along to explain, ...... but that is where the instructions indicate you should solder a piece of wire between the stock rail and blade each side. Once the whole point is laid and secured, they can be cut away, prior to that there may be a chance the bases either side of those 'rectangular boxes' can move back or forth, possible closing the gaps at the crossing casting. Belt and braces again
  23. Martin, Yes, I am a pessimist an acquired habit from 50+ years of EM gauge modelling. Also my near vision is not good these days, especially after, say, 30 minutes close work. As you can see Wayne has done a successful curved point. Well done Wayne, though without the crossing V in place, the first item to be fitted to the base, according to the instructions Martin, the two points I built have replaced a 3-way point (of about 40 years vintage on Penlan Mk2) I had in the new fiddle yard, a lot smother running through them now.
  24. I think in the privacy of my own home, I might try cutting all the webs away, bar those under one stock rail. BUT, there's then going to be certain geometry problems. and I would have thought there wouldn't be that much of a reduction in radii anyway on one of the stock rails. I think you could make a 'Y' though, removing the webs (as above), but obviously any warranty is lost . The sleepers under the crossing V (3 of them) would have to remain intact, but overall I think it would end up by making a pigs ear out of a silk purse. I've built two of these points in EM, excellent.
  25. I've used the red bit - in the 4mm EM kit - to drill a 0.5mm hole through to solder the dropper wire up into. It's certainly secure in there. More 'Belt and Braces' than B & T's. Excellent kits.
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