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Phil Bullock

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  1. I really enjoy threads like this ! The detail that emerges when like minds focus on the same loco never fails to amaze me... I suspect we will re-do D4 at some stage and address the issues on the roof... hadn't picked them up, thanks John! D4 was one of the first locos added to our stud, here she is earning her corn....
  2. Right decision for sure. But sun was shining brightly on way home. Only 90 mins to scoff cake, drink tea, see layouts and woffle but still well worth the trip.....
  3. Just leaving Churchdown to head for Monmouth. A40 reported as closed west of Gloucester but plenty of alternative routes...
  4. Just leaving Churchdown to head for Monmouth. A40 reported as closed west of Gloucester but plenty of alternative routes...
  5. This one perhaps? https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0a/Kidderminster_Goods_Yard_-_geograph.org.uk_-_248565.jpg
  6. That'll open up another can of pollution worms - noise! Cant stand the racket SWMBO's Dyson makes - sent her a joke letter from the council telling her it infringed EU regs and she needed to take it to the tip....
  7. More fantastic photos Dave She has acquired a data panel .... but at the far end of the engine its hard to be sure whether the footsteps are plated or not. Always a special loco to me - great to see her preserved, she's coming to the Severn Valley this Spring
  8. None in this early 60s clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=802G0RfM7qM But might vary by area of operation.....
  9. Thats another favourite photo Dave - thanks for bringing it to the party. We are so lucky to have collections like yours and Grahame's to transport us back to what was essentially a diesel operated railway with steam era infrastructure. Wish I had a camera with me on the day I saw her at Stourbridge Junction - between Christmas and New year 68. But was a day of freezing fog .... Compared to Grahame's 1971 photo she has yet to gain a data panel, and boiler filler footsteps on body side are not plated over - and is that a shed plate on her nose doors? We have been upgrading our models with added air control hoses - need to add to our D4 too.... Cheers
  10. And why not Nick? Smokey Joe has made several appearance on Abbotswood when my back has been turned.......has been threatened with a trip round to Birds at Long Marston!
  11. There were a CCT and a GUV in the north bays at Oxford long after they finished in traffic - were the sat there until the Bicester trains restarted?
  12. Indeed - and likely to precipitate a visit from the Rivet Counting Police. Hee hee
  13. That is very kind Grahame - many thanks. As you know we have used many of your photos from your Brush Veteran Flickr stream as the inspiration for our models. Luckily we missed the big hair off our model.... Just getting more of my own slides scanned from the late 70s/early 80s.....
  14. Many thanks and indeed there does - in fact the data panel is partly obscuring it. She was one of the first locos we did and still happy with her now - difficult to amend livery details now she is weathered and varnished....but may get re-done one day. As for the colour of the roof? Dirty!
  15. And this excellent Brush Veteran photo of her at Toton in 1971 was our reference... https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6309658116/in/album-72157627919964053/ Have just noticed the boiler variables - tanks gone, filler access steps plated, roof fillers unfaired - but she still has the bogie filler access steps present - unlike our model. Luckily theres some in the spares box.... Another one for the Crimes thread..... unless I can fix it before the knock on the door......
  16. Are you planning the additional nose end footsteps John - visible under the nose grille below? The reason she had the extra OHLE flashes... Heres our homage...
  17. Many of the early locos were withdrawn whilst allocated to the LMR. Some of the NE batch D8588 - D8604 were also withdrawn in the late 60s before moving to Scotland - the rest migrated north in May/June 1971 but were all gone by the year end. D8605 - D8616 were the batch allocated to Tinsley/Barrow Hill but they didnt stay long - In Scotland by May 66. So never a time when the whole class was active in Scotland. In addition to trials on the Consett turns they were also trialled in the Leeds area - but there seemed to be a common theme.....
  18. When I visited Scotland IN 1970 - at a weekend admittedly - the only ones we saw working were on banking duties at Beattock. None at Grangemouth but examples on shed at Townhill, Bathgate, Millerhill and Haymarket. IIRC some were still in the North East at the time....
  19. HI Paul - isnt that a conflat? If theres similar evidence for Lowfits will have to add it to my list of modelling crimes..... Edit - just seen 3rd photo is Lowfit. DId see that and came to conclusion that replicating that arrangement would involve taking a chunk out of the wagon floor which gives the kit its strength - so ducked it! Sorry.....
  20. Many thanks Mike - informative as always!
  21. Charlie We were talking about this at the weekend - 7 minutes on Not sure the sound track is any use to you though!
  22. I know ! Did apologise for it.....
  23. Fantastic! SVR has some of the most appropriate coaches for Saint haulage - should be as near an accurate representation of early to mid 20th century GW Saint hauled train as we can get in this day and age....
  24. That sounds like a leading question Mr SM....... are you alluding to the use of a single stretcher bar across both sets of blades?
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