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Poor Old Bruce

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  1. The current situation at Egginton Junction on the North Stafford line between Derby and Uttoxeter is that the signal box (a fringe box to what was Derby PSB) was sited at the junction where the Great Northern line from Nottingham and Derby Friargate joined the North Stafford. Not far away (100-150 yards-ish) is a level crossing for the Hilton to Willington road, this crossing is worked manually by a man in a little hut. A bit further towards Derby is another level crossing which I believe was one of the first AHB crossings many years ago. It shows that a level crossing not far from and within
  2. Two Collectors Club editions then
  3. You could replace the cover with open type Ramsbottom safety valves e.g. Alan Gibson 4M638.
  4. 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
  5. I would agree with that, I use 1/0.6 wire to the rails then go to heavier wire asap below the baseboard.
  6. According to Bulger, Skipton had 41767, 41820 and 41855 in 1950. Needs more digging to see what boilers they had.
  7. 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.
  8. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon (Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca).
  9. 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?).
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 2020 minus 1962 comes out at 58 in my calculation , I still have photos which I took then.
  13. It's got to be a Great Eastern T26, aka LNER E4.
  14. 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.
  15. Dean Sidings kits may be available through Phoenix Precision Paints although their website looks a bit vague at a quick glance.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
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