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    North of Annesley Junction (Near Manchester, actually.)
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    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. As to the Parker stock, I believe it was originally etched privately for the Whetstone layout, which was famous in its day. I think the GCRS has the right to produce them and may have done so. (I have rather lost track on 4mm matters.) The Worsley etches are another product again.
  2. D&S definitely did some plastic GCR stock at one point. I used to have a whole pile of them before I changed to 7mm scale circa 1991. They were Robinson mainline and suburban stock, plus Barnums. My ex-coaches may be circling someone's attic as we type! They were quite decent models by the standards of the time, though not up to Rocar quality. Great pity such things are no longer to be had as they were a lot simpler to build than any etched kit. But the world has moved on... 3D printing may be the thing if it eventually becomes cheaper. Or maybe laser-cut timber/card/whatever will be the new technology.
  3. Very exciting; good luck finding info on WM&CQ goods stock though. Hobby horse droppings are plentiful in comparison. I always thought the former Buckley Railway was an absolutely ideal prototype for anyone who likes obscure bye-ways.
  4. Re station posters. There are quite a lot if you search on the web. These can be photostatted down in size although (unless you've got a very classy sort of copier) you will probably have to reduce them several times to get them right for 4mm. That is, you will have to reduce something already reduced. Kirtley Models do some in 7mm, complete with "headings". These could be photostatted down to 4mm very easily, and might even look better in the smaller scale. The only thing is you will find some are "foreign" posters under GC headings, which is wrong. What is not wrong is to have a few "foreign" posters under "foreign" headers. There are photographs showing (for example) Great Eastern posters on GC stations - but always on boards headed "Great Eastern". But these are, of course, always in a minority, and I suspect it was chiefly at the more important stations. My example comes from Guide Bridge.
  5. Am I right in thinking the 1903 livery is grey with big letters?
  6. Thank you, Andy. Since taking this photo I have applied some acrylic "soft black" to some spots, and this has also helped. BTW "soft black" (which I got from a craft shop) is a very useful colour that I have found any number of purposes for. I suppose it's really a sort of very dark grey.
  7. Mine has arrived. It's such a pretty, delicate-looking engine that I'm almost afraid to touch it. Splendid value.
  8. Not perfect - and it probably needs another coat - but better, I think. The paint used is Railmatch "Frame Dirt" which happened to be to hand. The 3 planker is another of my second-hand purchases and built by the same chap who did the diagram 6B. This is a Charles Roberts wagon and on hire, as the number, prefixed by "0" indicates. There is a photo of this prototype wagon in the HMRS collection. When I bought it the ironwork below the solebar was in "photographic grey" but I decided it would not have run like that and went over it in black. Again the camera's eye is merciless. In real life the coupling chains look delicate. In the photo they look untidy and in need of replacement!
  9. Thank you. I will try a dark brown, maybe with a hint of black added. The funny thing is, in real life it doesn't look too bad, but when photographed - ye gods! Blue pencil awful. There is a moral here. Possibly "don't photograph your models." I have found by experience that the camera lens is very unforgiving. It has made me more tolerant of the defects that show up in so many photos of layouts, and even more admiring of those layouts/models where no defects appear.
  10. This slightly cropped view convinces me all the more that the rail colour will not do! Any good recipes for rail colour?
  11. The siding track looks better now it is ballasted and painted. Why, I have even added some cosmetic fishplates. The diagram 15 van is from a D&S kit. This particular van retains its roof doors. Some had these removed even before grouping, and I believe they all lost them eventually. Some were, of course, reclassified as fish vans by the LNER. Quite an old van one of the first kits I built in this scale, circa 1993. It really should be "weathered" after all that time! I think this is the one I had to rebuild after it came off the road at high speed. Lesson learned that day, crashes in 7mm scale can do damage! In the background the goods shed has received a coat of red primer, over its initial grey primer coat. Now just the small job of picking out individual bricks remains. PS the ballast is meant to be ash. Photos suggest that the GC used ash ballast on the Sheffield Barnsley line - of which this is supposed to be a twig - although limestone was more normal on the main line. Not 100% happy with the rail colour, I think I need to put on a coat of something slightly different.
  12. I suspect a major factor in the choice of braking arrangements was cheapness and what was the minimum that they could get away with. PO wagons seem to have almost all had one brake until it was made mandatory for them to have a lever on both sides. Even some railway companies seem to have been more "careful" than others when it came to spending money. Given that wagons could be shunted randomly, so that all the single levers would not necessarily be one one side, I should imagine that pinning down brakes at a location like the top of Worsbrough bank (to give up one random example) was no sinecure, especially not on a wet and windy night in February.
  13. This layout is lovely.
  14. There is nothing like railway modelling to make you realise that in some aspects of life (at least) you are a bear of small brain. 

    1. Mikkel


      Looked the quote up, it does seem very appropriate :-)

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