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Mikkel last won the day on February 21 2012

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    GWR in all its forms. And anything pregrouping!

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  1. Many thanks John, that's useful information. I have to say that I'm quite happy with my S&Ws, and find them quite reliable. Also easy to tweak, should one go out of alignment. Just remember to always look over your shoulder...
  2. Sorry to hear about the disruption, Matt. A wise strategy, which avoids many detours and much expensive retail therapy (or at least some of it!). With much stock already done and your dedication to Chippenham, it sounds to me as if the best strategy is to adjust the original plans rather than come up with a whole new subject for the layout. I hope your experiments work out.
  3. Hurrah, always cause for celebration when there's an update on Bricklayers' Arms The cattle yard is superbly rendered, Chris. That chaff cutting machine is a work of art. There's something very Sisyphus about your 4mm scale alter egos. Suitable depictions of the railway modeller! Your post made me sit up straight as I've been studying 1900s cattle markets for my next Farthing layout. A whole world of its own, as Kit says. You can see how the markets got increasingly organised over the years, some even had trees planted to help shade the livestock. Are your pens intended as holding pens, or also for trading?
  4. A lot of good stuff in that photo, if you enlarge it. The texture of the ballast, the track keys, the uniforms. And the faces.
  5. Lovely detailing work. Those trusses in particular make a big difference, I think.
  6. These Midland types always ask such awkward questions Congratulations on the thread anniversary Charlie. Very pleasing to see those big wheels spinning!
  7. John, my own knowledge is limited to the Mk3 couplings (I use the 3mm ones), so I have no practical experience of the difference between Ml1 and Mk3. These photos of Mk1 (left) and Mk3 (right) suggest the only difference is the shape of the hook. As for radius, my layouts are small without much curvature, so it hasn't been an issue for me. Can others help?
  8. Regarding luggage racks and lids that come off (or in this case the sides, fitted with magnets), Dave's recent post here may provide a little inspiration: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blogs/entry/25145-cr-grampian-corridor-stock-part-6-some-details/
  9. Ah yes, another good reason for magnetic sides. I've been looking at this photo and thinking it would make a nice display item in itself, when not in use. Especially if the light could be kept on.
  10. Good choice Mike, jolie-laide indeed - thanks for adding to my vocabulary. The bunkers are very stylish. I look forward to seeing your creativity applied to the wheels. Three layers perhaps?
  11. Aha! That's an interesting technique, Dave, looks very good to me. You can't see that it's double-layered either, which is a little surprising. I also have some old Crafty paper, but it looks like I shouldn't be counting on that. It's a shame they closed, they had some interesting products. Thanks for the tip about Mister decal paper. In the midst of all the excitement about the panels, I think your interior deserve a mention too (the coach interior, not yours!). Looks excellent. Will there be passengers? Always a dilemma, I think.
  12. "Emergency, call the guard!" "I will, just give me 10 minutes to read this" !
  13. (COPY) GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY Chief Mechanical Engineer's Department, NEWTON ABBOT Wednesday 20th November 1935 1381135 Dear Sir, Passenger Cattle Truck No. 991 - Upholstery damaged A number of pigs loaded in this vehicle at Ivybridge on the 18th. Instant, as the animals started fighting, two were put in the passenger compartment. Upon arriving at Taunton, the animals were unloaded, but the two in the passenger compartment were forgotten, and left there overnight. During the night these pigs ate up most of the upholstery in the compartment. Will you kindly let me have your remarks as to loading pigs in a passenger compartment. Yours truly, A.W.H. Christison This typewritten note is reproduced in Atkins' "GWR Goods Train Working" Vol. 2 p.251. I picture in my mind the face of the staff member who opened the doors to the Beetle the next morning. Cattle Truck No. 991 was a W7 BEETLE. Also on p. 251 of that volume, Atkins writes: "For the Taunton Bacon Co. there was a flat rate charging for pigs over a defined area in the West of England. Similar arrangements were made for other firms. If a weekend was involved, sometimes the pigs arrived in horseboxes by passenger service." So that's special cattle vans and horseboxes. How pigs travelled on ordinary goods trains is not quite clear from what I have so far found in the Atkins volume. He does reproduce a GWR consignment note for "LIVE PIGS (FOR SLAUGHTER) TO BE CARRIED BY MERCHANDISE TRAIN" (no date). This includes the following options to be ticked and numbered: "To be loaded in: - Small trucks - Medium trucks -Large trucks -Part truck load" Those are the only options given. The S/M/L terms match those of GWR cattle trucks.
  14. Interesting tale, Chris. I wonder how many historical models based on photos would turn out wrong if the builder could go back in time to actually visit the place! Sounds like Nick has a good "excuse" for you to keep the current arrangement. The only issue is whether it will look odd of course, hopefully not. We did the same with our children. Seems to be a common thing.
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