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  1. As far as I know neither Thompson or Bulleid stock were all steel. The bodies were steel paneling on a wooden frame. The underframes were steel fitted, on vestibule stock, with buckeye couplers.
  2. I believe that continental installations use radial circuits rather than ring mains and all the fusing is done at the distribution board.
  3. I believe that shunting horses were, at least in Scotland, sometimes referred to as the 'hairy pilot'.
  4. I have reservations re the rear door. From the photos it doesn't look as if there was a raised bead around it and the actual door looks to have been set in by the thickness of the plate (presumably actually hinged behind it). I'm also not convinced that the door was split. However it's difficult to be certain about individual details as there are so many variations. https://www.railscot.co.uk/img/23/587/ https://www.railscot.co.uk/img/28/832/
  5. My son has a Creality Ender 3 filiament printer, but we are thinking of jointly purchasing a resin printer. The affordable choice appears to be either the Anycubic Photon or the Elgoo Mars. The hoped for use is war games miniatures (my son) and 7mm scale components (myself). Any advice on which is the better unit (or other possibilities) would be appreciated. (I have read various reviews and threads on here, but some users thoughts would be useful)
  6. The side window type cab shown in the second link was only fitted to those K2s allocated to Scottish sheds. https://www.lner.info/locos/K/k1k2.php
  7. Remember a BD container also has an end door. https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/bcontainer/h604fd2ef#h604fd2ef
  8. The club I'm a member of (actually the same club as Dungrange) has tried this two or three times in the past and in each case it has failed to attract or retain the 'target' group any better than our other layouts. The only result was that we had a layout in which no one was really interested and had used resources that would have been better spent on other projects.
  9. Another example of cable haulage in Scotland was the extensive Edinburgh cable tram network. http://www.hows.org.uk/personal/rail/incline/ed.htm
  10. Malcolm, the book you're looking for is David Jenkinson and Nick Campling's 'Historic Carriage Drawings in 4mm Scale'. (It is only the NBR drawings that are by Iain Smith.) I have the book and could send you a scan of the drawings if needed.
  11. Having scratchbuilt tender cabs for two j36s I can say they're a bit of a nightmare. There are 5 or 6 different designs (including 2 weather boards). The most common type is similar to that produced by Niumodels, but even here there are variations. Some points to note. The lower RH side of this cab should be cut away to provide clearance for the handbrake handle, with the side sheet being supported by a round bar frame. There are quite a number of variations in the height of the cab. Rear steps, photographs seem to suggest the rear steps on the frames and tank backs, plus the si
  12. Someone may have already pointed this out, but wasn't the issue in the Milton accident that the Western Region signals were set up for RH drive locos whereas the Britannias were LH drive leading to sighting problems. The other regions all used LH drive so the signals were positioned for that and, therefore, the problem didn't generally occur, so there wouldn't be the perceived need to alter the handrails.
  13. I'm another user of graphite. I have a small H0e layout which generally runs very well, but two locos (out of 7) had a tendency to stick and I'd spent a considerable amount of time on them for little improvement. After using graphite on the rails they now run as reliably as the rest. I find the argument about extra power usage rather amusing, were talking 6 watts total ( assuming 0.5a @ 12v) not megawatts.
  14. All the Edinburgh & Lothians layouts have both the male dowels on the same baseboard. IIRC generally each baseboard has male on one end and female on the other end. I'd agree with the previous post that it probably makes assembling the boards slightly easier.
  15. Invertrain have a kit for one https://invertrain.com/product/caledonian-7ton-dumb-buffered-coal-wagon/
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