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  1. Two Collectors Club editions then
  2. You could replace the cover with open type Ramsbottom safety valves e.g. Alan Gibson 4M638.
  3. I was there somewhere Mike, that was a year before I started my apprenticeship there. Usual journalistic errors though, the roundhouse in the background of the photos was Number 2 Shed, by that time used as the Pattern Stores and also to house the three preserved locos kept in Derby: the Spinner, Kirtley 2-4-0 and Thundersley. Cecil Raikes was probably there somewhere in the background covered in tarpaulins. By the time I started work, the preserved locos seemed to be left in the open for a lot of the time, I remember sitting in the cab of one or another of them eating my sandwiches at dinner
  4. I would agree with that, I use 1/0.6 wire to the rails then go to heavier wire asap below the baseboard.
  5. According to Bulger, Skipton had 41767, 41820 and 41855 in 1950. Needs more digging to see what boilers they had.
  6. Admonishment accepted. There were, indeed, earlier examples of Kirtley double-framed 2-4-0s although no members of other classes survived to be included in the 1907 re-numbering, let alone become candidates for Jidenco/Falcon kits.
  7. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon (Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca).
  8. 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?).
  9. 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.
  10. 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 eve
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