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    North of Annesley Junction (Near Manchester, actually.)
  • Interests
    The Great Central Railway, pre 1923.
    (Most other railways are of interest too, particularly if they have steam engines, but I can't model them all.)
    Bury Corporation Tramways 1903-1949
    My other great interest is the middle ages, especially England and Wales in the 14th/15th century.
    I write historical novels. Two have been published.
    I also enjoy walking, beer and eating out. Sadly I can no longer walk as far as I did or drink as much as I should like.

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  1. This model makes my Slater's tar wagons - one of which I was reasonably proud of - seem quite mundane. A superb job. (The Slater's kit is one of my favourite builds, although the transfers that went on it were a nightmare. It's one of those kits I'd like to make more examples of, but suitable prototypes are elusive.)
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  3. Another similar example was 'Bridgewater Trustees.' I forget the full SP, but I believe the Trustees were in charge for a good hundred years. Later they became Bridgewater Collieries and later still part of the merged Manchester Colleries. I have seen photos of wagons lettered 'BT' but have to admit I have forgotten whether the full name was also used.
  4. The question might be exactly how, in pre-group days, the Newcastle-Barry trains were made up on 'LNER' days. Were they purely GC or a mix of GC and NER? I don't know, but I suspect someone out there does.
  5. Thank you. I am very interested. Will contact you directly in the week.
  6. Is the C14 available in 7mm by any chance?
  7. People have a nostalgia for the High Street but rarely use it. I am reminded of the people who whined bout the Beeching cuts but never used the train from one year to the next. It was as if they thought their local station should be kept simply because it had always been there, and they caught a train there in 1956. Raising taxes to subsidise a dying business model is like putting a tax on trains to keep the stage coaches running. If you want a High Street (or a local market) give it your patronage. Good luck finding a shop with 7mm scale models though.
  8. One option for a NSR loco is the Gladiator kit for the LNWR SDX. The NSR bought two or three of these babies and so it is quite correct to finish one in North Stafford livery. (It is a (very) long term project for me.) I did have a photo of one of these engines in NSR livery, but I am not sure where it was published or where it has gone. However, I'm absolutely sure it was published somewhere. Whether the NSR made any detailed changes to their SDXs or just repainted them I'm afraid I have no idea.
  9. I am ridiculously tempted by City of Leicester and the Bulleid MN, given that I don't have a 4mm layout. I don't know whether it's fondness for the prototype or nostalgia for the Hornby-Dublo boxes that is doing this to me.
  10. If Bellerophon was wheeled out in 7mm scale I would not be able to resist. Most of the others are too modern for me!
  11. The Group is brand new and "feeling its way." It therefore needs funding. Not everything can be free. How it develops is up to the members. That in itself is a novelty worth paying for. I am in so many societies I lose count, none has so small a fee as £5. Some are more like the £30 quid mark.
  12. The corners of plastic wagon kits are a problem. They almost invariably need fettling to look right and it's very easy not to get it 100% right. For opens, it would be a big improvement if the kit makers would make the corners plain and provide an etched corner plate that could be folded. This would cover many sins. Although it would not resolve the end door end, obviously. These can be just as awkward as the others.
  13. I suppose a lot would depend on individual decisions: 1. You could have the coal delivered in your own wagon. (Whether owned or hired matters little to a modeller.) 2. You could have the coal delivered in a wagon owned by your coal factor/wholesaler. 3. You could have the coal delivered in a colliery wagon. 4. You could have the coal delivered in a railway wagon - although in that case the choice might not be yours but the suppliers. 5. You could have the coal delivered in a wagon on short-term hire from a wagon owner. (As 4.) Cost would be one factor and wagon availability another. I dare say even coal factors and collieries had to hire in wagons when short of their own. You wouldn't want to turn a customer away because you were short of your own wagons, surely?
  14. I agree, most coal came in PO wagons. Some railway companies had few coal wagons, and in some cases these were mainly for loco coal. The GW is a good example. The GC is an example of a company with a good stock of coal wagons (including some on hire) so this is not quite an absolute rule. Even so their total was dwarfed by the number of PO wagons on its lines. The NER was. of course, exceptional in conveying most coal traffic in its own wagons, but the NER was very rich and could afford the capital costs involved in providing wagons for a vast traffic.
  15. The Haydock Coal wagon is the best model I have ever seen of one of their vehicles - by some way - and the only one I have ever seen in the correct pre-group livery. Haydock Colliery (Richard Evans and Co) is particularly interesting to me, as they had an extensive railway system of their own (linked to the LNWR and GC) and a whole fleet of fairly intriguing locos. Some of which they built themselves. From memory - I would need to check to be 100% - this is the company that had running powers over parts of the GC St Helens branch, not least because the said branch "took over" parts of the colliery railway. Amazingly, at one time they worked a daily coal train from Ashton-in-Makerfield to St Helens over the GC. Presumably with a GC brake at the back
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