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  1. The GNSR 54' coaches are available, beautifully etched, from Worsley Works with the other required parts (bogies and fittings) generally available. http://www.worsleyworks.co.uk/4mm/4mm_GNSR.htm For anyone willing to do some research, the GNSR had some very fine carriages, built and maintained at Inverurie to a high standard, John
  2. This point is very well made. Different parts of our group of nations would generate very different traffic, the different railway companies, districts or divisions of that railway all the way down to different lines and even individual stations. Seasonal traffic and market days will have a major impact on the flow of goods. I think the point for modellers would be to do the research on what traffic you are trying to represent and then work back from there. A topic that has been highlighted on one of the other threads is that prior to the pooling of wagons there would be a consider
  3. In our modelling we look to strike the right balance of home and 'foreign' wagons and that will of course vary dependent on a range of factors including where we are modelling and the time period involved. It may be that a chosen location will have more wagons of a particular type because of a local industry and that will skew the visual representation. What this conversation has highlighted is that in the period prior to WW1 the number of empty wagons is also a significant factor that we should be taking into account. It is certainly something that I am giving thought to as the number of she
  4. It looks like 2021 will be an expensive year.
  5. It may also be useful to know when lettering started to be used to identify ownership. Was it perhaps a case of, “well why don’t we just write our name on them?” Another thing that hasn’t really been accounted for are the private owner wagons, many of which had return instructions written in full. Might the term illiteracy mark possibly be a red herring? A creation of the model railway press perhaps?
  6. None of which clarifies the purpose of the symbols on railway wagons. It would be nice to know why they were used. John
  7. The choice designs between will be best determined by how you plan to use the trains stored in them but the key thing you don't show is how you will cross over between running lines. I would spend some time thinking about your operating sequence and what order you need trains and the type length that they are. If you plan around your longest sets (the MGRs?) how many sets will you have? what length will other trains be? Can you take the holding roads for your MGR out of the equation by separating them? When I designed Balbeggie Sidings I only used a training cross-over at each end,
  8. It's got to the point where some things are unwatchable. Constant interruptions for adverts has totally spoiled YouTube and I find now that I am using it less and less. In fact I have all but abandoned it. John
  9. If you are talking about the old HAA wagons with the internal pivot for the axles, I found that locking them up and fitting new metal wheels helped with running quality. John
  10. I suspect that railway was simply ashamed of its name. Unlike the proper Scottish railways which must of course have been better educated! John
  11. Earlier this week, I had my first trip to Waverley for a few months. Yours is definitely better. John
  12. One resource that is helpful is the large scale mapping from the National Library of Scotland (which covers England and some parts of Wales as well). This goes down to farm names which might be the nearest habitation to a possible station/location on a route. When I built Balbeggie Sidings that took its name from the nearest farm. If I am developing an idea, I tend to sketch out a rough route of a line, then have a look at what names are available nearby. Local landowners often had stations built as concessions to the railway using their land so I keep an eye out for big houses, e
  13. Scottish place names are often an anglicised versions of the original, as the generally recognised spellings were only established as mapping was completed. The military map making was of course just part of the wider British attempt (post Jacobite uprising) to eradicate any distinct culture and so the use of Scots, Doric and Gaelic were discouraged. The clues of course are still there with the use of "Aber", "Inver" and "Bal" in place names. One such derivative that is of interest is the use of the spelling "King" in Scottish place names. Used to indicate some sort of loyalty to a
  14. The power as far as Edinburgh was (1950's) very often a Dundee (Tay Bridge) or Aberdeen Ferryhill V2 or A2 (Peppercorn), used entirely interchangeably. Dundee crews were used Sample workings 1957 - of 14 known workings all except 1 was a V2, the other was 60531 Bahram 1958 - of 22 known workings all except 4 were V2's. with Bahram and Tudor Minstrel being the others. 1959 - 9 known workings, all except 1 were V2's the other being 60527 Sun Chariot John
  15. This is where I got to before O gauge overtook me! If anyone wants this and the signal box, please just get in touch. John
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