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  1. For many years I've had these two pictures of a derailment at Cosham on 7th January 1954 passed onto me by a family friend, maybe someone can tell me if the crane is the same as the Bachmann model and the coaches coupled to the crane may be of interest. I have recently added these pictures to my Flickr site so go there for more detail.
  2. Can't help you with your question I'm afraid, I've not seen this book before and it looks like a hit right in the middle of my interest in Cornwall and Devon railways. I would be interested how you rate the book, I take it this is the one. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Freight-Devon-Cornwall-David-Mitchell/dp/1857944739
  3. Eagle cutaway by L Ashwell Wood from Ausdew on Flickr.
  4. Hi David, you have produced some great looking parts for these auto coaches, l have had an Airfix autocoach for years and also have bought one of the Bachmann examples and your kits would certainly prompt me to get further examples, so will be following this with interest please keep me informed with your kit progress. Geoff.
  5. EX-BR 18000 + SNCF BB16685, ÜBERHERRN, GERMANY by Ian -nl, on Flickr EX-BR 18000 + SNCF BB16685, ÜBERHERRN, GERMANY In October 1972 Test Vehicle 18000 is being prepared in Überherrn, Germany for adhesion trials with SNCF locomotive BB16685 on the French-German border in the Saar Region. 18000 was originally a gas-turbine-electric locomotive, ordered in Switzerland by the GWR and delivered in 1949 to British Railways. When 18000 became surplus to BR’s requirements a proposal was developed by the International Union of Railways to convert her to a test vehicle to investigate the design parameters which influence the adhesion between wheel and rail. In this connection 18000 was completely rebuilt in 1969 in the Bellinzona workshops of the Swiss Federal Railways. Almost all of the original technical equipment was removed from the body and from the bogies. One bogie (nearest the camera) could be fitted with various types of traction motor driving the middle wheelset. This facility required a major reconstruction of the bogie, and local remodelling of the vehicle body, leading to the ‘blisters’ on the underframe. The traction motor was fed by the equipment of another specially adapted locomotive, which ran in tandem. The choice of a suitable tandem locomotive made it possible to investigate the effect of different traction control systems and catenary voltages. Part of the original engine compartment of 18000 was occupied by the traction motor and mechanical transmission; the rest of the compartment was fitted out as room for the measuring equipment and for meetings of the test team. The international test team affectionately bestowed the name Elisabetta on their unique vehicle. The tests of different technical configurations took place between 1970 and 1975. In the photo the SNCF prototype thyristor-controlled locomotive BB16685 is coupled to 18000, which has been equipped with a corresponding SNCF traction motor. The line from Wadgassen to Hargarten was chosen for these trials because it was lightly used and also could be switched to either the German or the French overhead supply system. The route has since been de-electrified and much of it has been closed to traffic. BB16685 was withdrawn from service in 2004. 18000 has been repainted in BR livery and is displayed at Didcot Railway Centre. EX-BR 18000 + SNCF BB16685 + DB BR181, WADGASSEN, FRANCE by Ian -nl, on Flickr
  6. Moving pictures of 18000 testing in 1947. http://www.zeitraumaargau.ch/?v=e86dgy9d#/detail/e86dgy9d
  7. So I’ve fitted my chosen couplings and sprung them along with sprung buffers so they will go round corners and behave themselves by staying on the track, can anyone tell me if the round bit on the end of the air pipe should be there or is it a moulding pip left over from the production process and should be cut off? Thanks in anticipation.
  8. This set was turned due to a damaged windscreen caused by a passing stone train. GWR Class 43 No.43027 in the Queens Birthday livery heads the 15.03 Paddington to Penzance, 'The Cornishman', leaving Bodmin Parkway nearly an hour late. by mailrail, on Flickr
  9. An interesting series of pictures of a PW train near Chippenham including PWM 654 bringing up the rear in January 1976 by Arnie Furniss and jetty - buns in black from Flickr. 25243 and 25267 on a class 9 near Chippenham
  10. Are both power cars motorised or is there one motor for the 6 car set with a dummy power car?
  11. WR PWM 653 Swindon 3 Aug 77 with tracklaying crane and Hawksworth mess coach just getting in the picture, by Creweboy on Flickr.
  12. Excuse me if this has been mentioned before but where was RS1097/45 located to when in red livery?
  13. I know this is a question for another thread but are both Blue Pullman/ Western Pullman power cars motorized? I know HST power cars are available without motors but I guess both these examples are only available in pairs. As I model the Western region between the late 1950s and 1985 I would like one each of these PWM's in the 3 main liveries and being old fashioned my layout is dc and far too large to convert to dcc. Just a thought but what about offing them in pairs one powered and one unpowered, I know probably a daft idea as most people will only want one anyway.
  14. Loads of pics of Dawlish Warren on my Flickr favs, over 15,000 pics of Western Region mostly 70/80s see link below.
  15. 97652 (formerly PWM652) had recently been overhauled and repainted in Swindon works 26th November 1980 by Tiptree Jon, Flickr.
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