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Andy M

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  1. Hi Rich, The first time I encountered that image was in an article by Ian Sixsmith entitled UNDER THE WALL : Newton Abbot Shed - From Broad Gauge to Diesels. It is dated 29th May 1958 and the photographer was K.C.H. Fairey. I'm sure it has appeared in print elsewhere as well, but can't place where at present. Regards, Andy.
  2. Pete, It saddens me to hear the layout has fallen into slight disrepair, but I hope you can piece the puzzle back together and have at least secured its future. Maindee was a beautifully executed example of observational modelling, which I didn’t even realise was being placed on the market. I also wonder what happened to Steffan’s locomotive roster and those fantastic cranes? Regards, Andy.
  3. Pete, Did the smoke system that Steffan devised for the layout survive and be included in the Auction Lot? It was a remarkable piece of engineering, that he only used on a few occasions due to its tendency to activate venue fire detectors! Regards, Andy.
  4. That is brilliant, thank you Pete. Regards, Andy.
  5. Can anyone please help in identifying the narrow gauge 0-4-0 DM Shunter featured in the images, seen shunting at the Dean Hill Royal Navy Armament Depot during WW2? It appears to have worked there from the opening of the site in 1943 and I thought it looks like a Fowler. The Industrial Railways Society however only list a standard gauge Fowler allocated there, with most of the narrow gauge fleet being Hunslet's. Any help greatly appreciated. Regards, Andy.
  6. Andy M

    Roy Jackson

    Such very sad news and a huge loss to the railway modelling community. You just need to read the words people have used to gauge the esteem in which Roy was held. I very much enjoyed our conversations at shows over the years, his forthright opinion and pithy wit, always struck a chord with me. A generous, visionary of a man, whose legacy in Retford, will hopefully go some way towards filling the void he leaves behind. RIP Roy, and condolences to those closest to him. Andy.
  7. Indeed…………Rule 1 would have to be applied!
  8. Roy, Both locomotives received plated over headcodes during Intermediate overhauls at Doncaster: 55001 - 27 Feb 1977 55018 - 10 Dec 1977 Ballymoss got white cab surrounds at Finsbury Park on 15 Aug 1979. Regards, Andy.
  9. That is most definitely large lumps of the finest Welsh steam coal used to build the wall. You can see the contrast with the stuff to be used behind, clearest in front of the Works chimney in the first photo above. The practice appears to have continued well into British Railways days. Mike did also mention the use of compacted brickettes on the Western Region, which I think he said were produced in South Wales.
  10. Prompted by a brief conversation with Mike 'The Stationmaster' at Fawley Hill, I have been giving some thought to the practice of stacking loco coal on the stages at larger sheds. This appears to have been particularly prevalent on the Great Western, as the images below at Newton Abbot show. This method of forming a robust outer wall, behind which the reserve coal would be stored and contained would put many artisan dry stone wallers to shame. It must have been incredibly labour intensive for the Coaling Gang, already regarded as one of the most back-breaking jobs. It would be interesting to hear any anecdotes or observations about this unusual process, or to uncover detailed photographs of it in action. Regards, Andy.
  11. Rob, If it helps with your prototype selection, in addition to 1608 at 83A, 1650 was allocated to Plymouth Laira from new in Dec 54 until Mar 60. It's main duty was on the Sutton Harbour Branch, but the only image I have of it is from April 1957, sat on the Laira coal road. Additionally, throughout the 1950's the following 16xx's received attention in the Newton Factory: 1623, 1624, 1626, 1627, 1630, 1631, 1632, 1642, 1650, 1664. Regards, Andy.
  12. Blimey Rob, You’ve dug this thread out from the long grass! I’ll have a search for 1608 images for you. It went brand new to Newton in Dec 1949 and stayed till Feb 1960, when it moved up the line to Exeter for a short time. Are you stretching your period a bit? Regards, Andy.
  13. Back from my first visit to Fawley Hill, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The place has a very unique atmosphere and the railwayana collection is incredible. It was also an unexpected surprise to see John Dornom’s exquisite Swindon A Shop and Laira MPD dioramas again. Huge thank you to Drew for the invite, top man! Andy.
  14. I can recommend the ex DMR turned brass 57xx chimney, now supplied by Phoenix Precision. They had them on their stand at EM Spring this weekend. I didn’t notice the price, but £8 rings a bell.
  15. The Register quotes: 20/12/39 Swindon Intermediate 04/04/42 Swindon Light 30/07/42 Swindon Intermediate 10/12/42 Swindon Light 23/02/44 Swindon Light 19/01/46 Swindon Intermediate 16/06/48 Swindon General 06/06/50 Swindon Light Casual Its first Heavy General overhaul did not occur until 22/08/51, obviously again at Swindon.
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