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  1. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon (Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca).
  2. There were two variations of Kirtley's double framed 2-4-0s. 1907 numbers 1-22 (No.2, aka 158A, is the preserved one) had 6ft 3in driving wheels and nos 23-67 (the 800 Class) had 6ft 8in wheels. Looks like Jidenco/Falcon did kits for both. The engine diagrams given in Summerson's book show no details but do give the wheelbase as 8ft + 8ft 6in (what else would they be?).
  3. Going from memory, a 'crow' is one long, two short, two short (a bit Morse Code ish). I believe one use was at Bromsgrove (probably other places as well) for a banking engine to tell the train engine it was at the rear of the train and ready to go, the train engine would reply with the same code (when he had the signal of course) and off they went. Not Great Western but Hey Ho.
  4. In case anybody's been wondering where I've got to for two months (Don't all shout at once!), I've actually started ballasting in the last few days, doing bite-size sections of plain line to start with. After trying profiled coffee stirrers to create the flangeways, they either didn't provide enough clearance or hit the rail fastenings and flirted the ballast all over the place, I eventually realised that I could use actual wheels to create the effect I want. First up was a Wrenby Dublo Grain van with those awful Wrenn wheels but I had another look round and found a Triang Utility Van with even bigger flanges which still clear the rail fastenings so it looks like I may make some progress now. It's a case of dropping and rough profiling the ballast and then running the van along the track to create the flangeways, then re-profiling and running the van up and down again until happy with it. I also run the van up and down occasionally while the glue is drying just to check. One day I'll have to progress to the point blade areas (there are nine of those) and try not to glue everything up.
  5. 2020 minus 1962 comes out at 58 in my calculation , I still have photos which I took then.
  6. It's got to be a Great Eastern T26, aka LNER E4.
  7. Being a 'Coaching Stock' vehicle, it should really have 14mm disc wheels, what that will do for the ride height I don't know. You may have to compromise with 12mm wheels.
  8. Dean Sidings kits may be available through Phoenix Precision Paints although their website looks a bit vague at a quick glance.
  9. As others have said already, a 16T Mineral Wagon was designed to carry a payload of 16 tons of coal. The GLW (Gross Laden Weight) system came in with (IIRC) oil tank wagons of 35T (like the Airfix one). We are more familiar with the usage for 45T and 100T tanks and bulk wagons etc.
  10. Does this lot help? Episode 1 (I must have scanned at too high a resolution but I'm not going to do it again!), from a 1957 Freight Train Loads Book: Edit to say I've scanned some pages of a 1964 FTLB but, having reached my upload limit with this post, I thought I could do a second post but computer still saying I can only do 10megs when I try. Edit 2 - Perhaps tomorrow.
  11. Jay, Regarding the NLR Tank from CDC Design. I eventually got a response after searching for "CDC Design" in 'Smaller Suppliers' and posting a comment if you want to check out the thread. Also a response from Corbs of this parish. The recommendation was to dunk the loco body in hot water (not boiling) and then squeeze while it cooled. Seems to have done the trick so far but will be waiting a few days before final judgement.
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