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  1. In the suvey, the last question is in my opinion the most difficult. While I put around February / March my real answer would be "when the incidence and transmission of Covid 19 has been reduced to a low level and maintained at that level for an extended period." Whether that requires a vaccine is a matter for debate, as is the period, though I would be looking at a couple of months at the least.
  2. To return to the original question. I first modelled in 0 gauge in the 1980s. I joined the GOG because at that time it was almost the only way to find out about 0 gauge suppliers as there were very few adverts in the magazines (remember this was pre-internet). I was a member for about 6 or 7 years and left simply because my interests moved away from 0 gauge. (I was also a member of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association and left for the same reason.). I restarted in 0 gauge again about three years ago because arthritis in my fingers was making scratch / kit building in 4mm quite difficult. I am a member of two clubs who have O gauge layouts (one only has an O gauge layout) both of which count GOG members among their membership. I have not considered re joining the GOG mainly because I do not see the need; searches on the internet have so far found enough suppliers of 0 gauge parts to fulfil my requirements. As has been pointed out (and was the reason the Guild was originally formed) specialised scale societies mainly exist to support those minority scales which need specialised parts / suppliers. The problem the GOG has is that there are now quite a large number of kit and component suppliers and with so much RTR now available as well 0 gauge has gone main stream and doesn't need the Guild to survive. This suggests the GOG probably needs to reinvent itself. Further back in this thread it was stated by Arun Sharma that: "It is probably worth pointing out for the sake of clarity that the Gauge 0 Guild does NOT have any branches or affiliated clubs." Perhaps this is something it should consider having? It is noticeable there is a preconception running through this thread that one reason the GOG is old fashioned is because it is steam orientated. The idea seems to be older people model steam whereas the younger modellers are into Modern Image. I know a few younger modellers (20, 30 year olds) and would say that around 50% model steam. I also know a number of older folk who model diesels. As an interesting aside. One of the proposers of the founding of the Gauge O Guild was also a founding member of my local model railway club in Edinburgh! JeremyC (Not Jeremy[space]C)
  3. From the Minutes of the Carriage Standards Committee (Quoted in the supplement to Parkin's MK Coaches book: 29/7/64 (Minute 3424) Eastleigh comments that the workshops will shortly be installing airless spray equipment and it is understood the work would be considerably easier if the ends of the coaches were painted the same colour as the sides. Would there be any objection? No objection was raised by the committee, but it was considered the opinion of the Director of Industrial Design should be obtained.
  4. The usual reason given for the NBR building atlantics was because the civil engineer wouldn't accept 4-6-0s due to the severe curves on some of the routes they were intended for.
  5. A more recent example might be Flying Scotsmen where running it with a higher pressure boiler and oversize cylinders seems to have been responsible for the frame cracking discovered during its last overhaul. Possibly the point '34theletterbetweenb&d' is making is that the Britannias suffered from their problems as originally designed and not after they'd been uprated.
  6. It's actually spelt Corstorphine. I was stopped by a tourist one day in Edinburgh and asked for directions to Costofin, took me a while to work out they meant Corstorphine. Your right though, many Edinburgh folk seem to miss the first R (my wife's from Corstorphine and pronounces it COR-STOR-FIN. Slightly OT, one pronunciation none of us could understand at work was one of our ships names. To every one in the fleet it was Minna with a short i as in independent, but when we had shore technicians visiting from the south of England they always said Meena.
  7. Peter Townends book 'LNER Pacifics Remembered' recounts a similar story about ex LMS men working the LNER A3s.
  8. I assume your question regarding +ve and -ve refers to the DC sockets (otherwise the question makes no sense). On mine the +ve is the rear most one (which seems counter intuitive). One assumes they were all the same
  9. One reason I've seen given for the appearance of a diesel locomotive and single coach on some Scottish branches was it was covering for a failed railbus.
  10. I am scratch building a model of this de-mountable tank wagon that was built for William Youngers, Brewers, Edinburgh. https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/brdemountable/h2d9b7c02#h2e71ac23 Because the photographs I can find either do not include the tank or are in black and white I am not certain what colour the tank was painted. My research suggests either red or blue as both colours seem to have been used by Youngers at various times. Does anyone have any information that would be of help in determining the likely colour?
  11. My sons use a model shop (it doesn't sell model railways, but its good for modelling sundries) whose lease fell due for renewal during the lock down and the new terms offered involved a considerable rise in what they would be paying. In this particular case the owner is planning to close the the shop and move to online business only at least until he can find more affordable premises.
  12. St Margarets in Edinburgh is better known as a loco shed, but was the original North British Railway locomotive works. According to Harry Knox's book on St Margarets the last engine built there was NBR No17 an 0-6-0 goods loco built in 1869.
  13. I think the last loco built at Cowlairs was in 1924, the final N15 LNER No. 9227 (69224)
  14. Re shunting locos. From the 1950 rule book: Rule 123. "Engines employed exclusively in shunting at stations and yards must , after sunset or during fog or falling snow, carry one red and one white light, both at the front and rear, one over each buffer." The rule doesn't state which side the white or red must be.
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