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  1. Two other things I meant to add: - the sectional appendix mentions that propulsion of empty coaching stock is permitted in both directions between Banff and Tillynaught. The guard had to ride in the leading vehicle and controlled the train with his brake valve. This was not a random de-restriction, there must have been an operational reason for it - perhaps if there was a problem with the signal box, or later the ground frame, at Banff, meaning that it was not possible for the loco to get to the other end of the train; it would then have had to propel its stock empty to Tillynaught, run r
  2. Hi Aardvark, The GNSR company's Appendix to the Working Timetables of 1898 says this: ""Double Shunts", whereby two lots of Waggons uncoupled from the Engine propelling them, are run on two different lines of rails by one throw of the Engine ("lots" meaning one Waggon, or any number of Waggons coupled together); and "Fly Shunts" whereby an Engine drawing wagons attached to it towards a set of facing points, the Waggons are uncoupled from the Engine and the Engine is run on to one line of rails, and the Waggons are run past the Engine, but onto another line of rails, are
  3. Fair enough, happy to stand corrected! I had another look at the Tatlow book we used as a reference when discussing the etch and there is a photo of a van from a batch built by outside contractors (Charles Roberts) which appears not to have the loop. I agree that the loop is more substantial than I thought on the LNE-built vans which do have them. But am I correct in thinking it is on the push-rod from the brake lever on the side away from the vac cylinder? That is how I interpreted the various photos I have seen. Your model seems to show it on the central linkage from the cross-shaft to the b
  4. Hi Angus, That is the safety loop provided on wagons so that if the cotter pin fell out of a pivot shaft and the brake rods were eventually shaken off the shaft, the rods did not drop to the track, potentially causing a derailment. They are virtually invisible in 2mm scale and would be very flimsy if modelled accurately. If you must add them, a single strand from fine multi strand wire would probably be more appropriate than an etched part, but I will happily live without them on my models. I drive through Glen Ogle a couple of times or so a month and every tim
  5. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed with these Albion Alloy filing sticks when I tried them a while back. I hoped they would be useful for removing rivet detail from plastic kits but found that the abrasive surface rubbed off more or less straight away. For some reason I had thought they would be made of solid material with embedded abrasive grit that could be carved away and reused but in fact only the surface skin is abrasive. Perhaps I was expecting too much but I think lolly sticks and glued-on strips of wet-and-dry would work better and cheaper.
  6. I passed Thornton Junction about a month ago and was disappointed to see the undergrowth as thick as ever on the track descending towards Cameron Bridge and Methil. However it seems the project is not dead: Network Rail feels confident enough to make a press release that the vegetation will be cleared to allow survey work to start: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/news/vegetation-clearance-heralds-start-of-work-to-get-levenmouth-reconnected/ That can only be good news, and hopefully the Scottish government will keep the pressure up (and the budget available) beyond the electio
  7. Hi Jim, That is a nice wee detail. I remember there was a cart track like that up Union Street in Dundee, from the West station towards the jute mills. Unusually, it had attractive red granite slabs. The cart way seems to have been removed now in favour of a nice (for cyclists at least) smooth tarred surface but the slabs have been re-used to delimit parking spaces on the same street, as you can see in Streetview here. regards Graham Seems like the link only puts you on the right street, but does not point you the right way! You need to turn round and l
  8. I was sorry to see in today's (Dundee) Courier that the wee 10¼" railway at Arbroath is to shut down next month after 85 years, due to lack of custom. I used to look forward to a run on it as a bairn visiting Arbroath to see relatives, but I am as guilty as anyone in not taking my own kids more than once or twice, and not having stopped off for a look for years now. Does anyone know more about the line's future ? Graham
  9. Indeed ... here is a more recent shot of Dyce ... Catch ‘em while you can ... Graham
  10. My memory is that most wooden boxes on the Highland in the early to mid 1970s were painted light cream wood planking with mid grey framing and stair handrails, white window frames, and light red corrugated-iron roofs. I thought that suited them very well. By the start of the 1980s some had been repainted towards a starker colour scheme of off-white wood planking with black framing and white window frames, which grew more prevalent through that decade. Most brick boxes in east lowland Scotland at the time had mid-grey woodwork on upper stories or porches/toilets and stairs, and white window-fr
  11. I asked the same question to a former West Highland line signalman, and his view was either fuel as you have said, or else to get a snowplough-fitted loco back to where it was needed for the Fort William - Crianlarich section across Rannoch moor.
  12. Hi Bob, The Great North of Scotland Railway Association publishes a good book on the Macduff branch which, at £8.50, should be your starting point. It has a number of good photos. More details here. All the GNSRA books are well researched. The NLS map library site already mentioned is your best source for maps. The 1929 1:2500 survey is generally accurate for track and building positions but has two layout errors: the loco release crossover from the main platform is missing and the goods shed siding led off the platform loop, not the yard siding. These errors are obviou
  13. Hi Nigel, you're right, I did not stop to think about the small matter of wheelsets . Nick Tilston seems to stock pinpoint bearings (item 23818, not sure about the profile) and a range of buffers. I suppose it would be feasible to make 12.25mm axles from rod to accept wheels from modern commercial N wheelsets. Easier just to join the 2mmSA. But the OP was a request for modern rolling stock kits and Stephen's range reflects his own interest of the 1970s, so may not be the answer in any case. regards Graham
  14. Stephen’s kits are available to anyone as far as I’m aware, you don’t have to be a 2mmSA member. See his listing and contact details here. They are beautifully designed kits in my view, but they are detailed and require decent soldering skills to produce a clean result. There is no shame in learning on the job, as my many early attempts show! Of course there is no reason to join the 2mmSA unless you want to, but you get a very nice magazine, access to the Association shops, and if you choose to, support from the area groups. £20 to try it out for a year is not a big risk ... regar
  15. My next-door-neighbour-but-one hails from Banff and is of the right age to remember the passenger service, so when I saw him digging his flower bed this afternoon I asked him about the longer platform. He confirmed he’d never seen it used for departing trains. However he also mentioned that summer Saturdays could see trains of up to seven or eight coaches from Glasgow, often behind a D40, “Gordon Highlander” being the one which stuck in his memory; and Caley 0-4-4T 55185. He’s going to consult various older relatives for other memories so I’ll pass on anything of interest.
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