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  1. Sounds good. Especially if the rooms and garage can be connected!
  2. Interesting, I didn't realize they had been available from anyone else than DCC and Gaugemaster. The combination of that lamp housing and the angled (rather than round) post is quite characteristic. Maybe someone 'accidentally' got hold hold of the drawings from the factory I like the idea of using the lamp housing for a 7mm scale job.
  3. I do like that extract from the employment record. Do I understand correctly that the event was in 1870, and the fine was 1£ ? If this inflation calculator is correct, then that corresponds to just 125£ today. Does not seem a lot, but there may be other factors than inflation to consider there, I suppose. Sir Watkin is looking good. Thanks for the Bonsai wire tip. Do you think it is easy to get 100% straight?
  4. Very neat builds. The Dia 21 wagons look convincingly sturdy, you wouldn't think they are just bits of plasticard. Same goes for the pig iron wagon. The dumb buffers help of course. That lamp in the last photo, I assume it's the DCC Concepts/Gaugemaster ones? Interesting to see it on your layout, as I have some myself but never used them as I feel the lamp housing looks overscale. However they look fine in your photo, so maybe I should reconsider. PS: Hope I didn't ask this before! Don't think so, but as time wears on I find I'm beginning to repeat myself...
  5. Lovely Box. Nice subtle glazing/windows and those rounded "toplights" are appealing. Good luck with the house move. "Suitable space for layouts", eh - am very envious!
  6. I like the look of those CMR wagons. Very workmanlike and a lot of personality. Black suits them, it's almost a shame to paint them.
  7. Just been catching up. No. 2744 looks great, hard to see it began as a pannier. Glad to see the rolled canvas has survived the onslaught, one of the things that has always attracted me to the Hornby model. What's next at Ashdown Works, I wonder?
  8. Would be nice to see another one! The short bunker/footplate width of the Wills/Finecast kit is a bit of a mystery. I built the Saddle Tank variant of that kit (on another Bachmann chassis), and never noticed it .
  9. I bet the reprimands are more interesting than the promotions
  10. Must have been a nice discovery for you Mike. The BG often seems distant, but personal stories like these are a reminder that in the greater scheme of things it was just a few years ago, really. Those W irons look nicely detailed, you really are using your machine "to the max".
  11. I had not heard that particular story before. A good example that outlier data can be important. For the mapping, it would be nice if the number of locos allocated per shed could be made more visually apparent, e.g. with larger dots. Google Maps does not seem to allow that. Will have a look to see what other maps are out there.
  12. Following up on this. The CR locos mentioned in this 1921 allocation list for Westbury shed raised my eyebrows. The list can be found in Ian Harrison's book on GWR shed allocations for that year. Things become a little clearer in the book's Appendix A, where the author discusses locos on loan to the GWR in 1921. These were: 84 ROD GCR 2-8-0 locos which were on loan to the company to make up for the GWR locos used by the ROD overseas (in addition to the 20 purchased outright by the GWR). Three LBSCR C2X/C2 locos loaned to the GWR in December 1919, based at Old Oak Common and used on through goods to Three Bridges. The above mentioned two "CR" locomotives Nos 6 and 10, about which the author is uncertain as the original GWR registers do not indicate what CR stands for. Intriguing! The author does make some educated guesses about the "CR" locos. He doesn't think they are Cambrian or Cardiff, as that is "normally spelt out in full." Instead he thinks they may have been Caledonian Railway ROD 2-8-0s. Apparently the Caledonian borrowed 50 of those locos and overhauled another two destined for the Highland Railway. However it seems they never went to the HR but were recorded instead as sent "to the South of England" in early 1920. But, as the author concedes, the numbers 6 and 10 do not match the GWR numbering schemes for ROD 2-8-0s, and both numbers were already taken in the CR and HR numbering sequences. So he remains uncertain. Not sure why I'm writing this, except that I'm unexpectedly stuck in a hotel (first work trip since lockdown, feels strange) with little more than scans of this book to entertain me, and I do like a good railway mystery!
  13. Thanks for raising the topic here, Stephen. Glad to hear that, I couldn't remember if it was in Clement's book. When I get back home I'll dive into it and plot the details on to the Google map (for which purpose a distribution list is not only enough, but also the most convenient). That should help give a visual overview of the changing (or not) distribution patterns of Dean Goods in the Edwardian period.
  14. Can't resist. It's something I just have to try out whenever I visit Google Translate.
  15. Excellent, thanks Kit. Lot of ideas to work with there. Of course ideally I should have thought it all through beforehand. A subshed of Westbury, I like that. Incidentally, the old shed at Salisbury was a wonderful structure, wasn't it. IIRC the new one was much more functional and a bit uninspiring.
  16. Ha ha, yes, at least the trees are there. But look again at that field with half-closed eyes and imagine the possibilities!
  17. What an effort that site and its information must have required. I was impressed already at this point: "Buttons are listed alphabetically in five separate categories". Then I clicked the categories and all those companies appeared. To take just one example among the hundreds, the Burton & Ashby Buttons are quite nice and must please Midland fans: http://www.tramwaybadgesandbuttons.com/page2/page5/page63/page63.html
  18. Agree. I'm also impressed that you can remember the details. I wouldn't be able to.
  19. Fantastica! (Fantastico?). Il mio hovercraft è pieno di anguille!
  20. Thanks Stephen, very kind of you. I'm fairly sure I don't have that issue - if so quite an omission. But I am away from home at the moment (and struggling to keep up with RMweb, I did enjoy the the reference to Benedictine monks!), so let me check before you go to the trouble. There is also the "William Dean, greatest of them all" book, which may have allocations (can't remember). Yes I'd like it to be Westbury. Of course there is still the option of a shed at Farthing itself. The N&S Rwy was inspired by the M&SWJR but especially the DN&SR. Farthing owes a lot to Newbury, only shifted further West along the Berks & Hants extension. Somewhere around Bottlesford perhaps, as seeen here on Google maps: https://www.google.com/maps/@51.3362395,-1.8507471,13z Although it's a bit flat there for a station with embankment walling Some serious rolling downs would be useful.
  21. A very convenient date. Clearly an issue worth tracking down.
  22. Ha! Well remembered - and you have a point, must ensure continuity in our character stories! We know that Station Master A. Woodcourt served the GWR for 27 years. The earliest date at which he appears in photos is, I believe, 1902. So he could still be around on a 1919 layout. Sticking with the fiction, above I mentioned how the yards at Newbury were worked by Didcot and Reading engines. If we take the liberty of transposing that situation to Farthing in 1919, then the source of an 1854 PT could include not only Salisbury shed as suggested by Miss P, but also alternatively Swindon or Westbury - all of which had 1854 allocations. The following map shows the situation before the GWR took over the N&SR, but you get the idea. Speaking of Westbury, the 1921 allocations at Westbury were interesting...
  23. Yes, my impression is also that individual locos were re-allocated quite often. That said, my guess would be that some classes (or very similar classes) would have been found at the same locations over a number of years - as Miss P also said above. It would be interesting to plot in allocations for different years in the map above, to get a feel for this. From what I can see, available publications showing GWR loco allocations include the three below. I have not yet come across compilations from earlier dates, more's the pity: Harrison, 1921 allocations: https://britishrailwaybooks.co.uk/books/ISBN/0906867215.php Pockok & Harrison, 1934 allocations: https://britishrailwaybooks.co.uk/books/ISBN/0906867347.php Rowledge, presumably (going by the title) 1922 and 1967 allocations: https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/gwr-locomotive-allocations-first-and-last-sheds-1922-1967/author/rowledge-j-w-p/
  24. In GWRJ No 102 (p 323) Chris Turner discusses the working of Newbury yards in the 1940s: "... official instructions show a No. 1 Pilot leaving Didcot at 4.0 a.m. each day and running light to Newbury, where it arrived at 4.40 and covered passenger shunting work until 9.0 a.m. For the next 21 hours until 6.0 a.m. (sic) the following morning, it became the Town yard pilot goods engine. It returned to Didcot working the first passenger service at 6.45 a.m." "No. 2 engine was supplied by Reading, leaving there at 5.0 a.m., calling at the Racecourse, just before 6.0. a.m. to pick up a shunter [...]. After shunting at the Town Yard, the engine returned to the Racecourse yard and became the pilot engine there. In addition to trip workings to and from Hungerford, the Racecourse engine shunted as required and returned working the 5.55 a.m. goods to Reading the next day, whilst a fresh engine left Reading at 5.0 a.m. to begin the daily cycle again." I found this quite interesting, not just because of the mixed goods and passenger work, but also because several engines (four?) would be required to make this happen. Mind you this is the 1940s so I'm not sure about 1919. For the DNSR, there was the Winchester shed (and Didcot), and Lambourn had its own shed. IIRC the DNSR locos sometimes also did Lambourn workings, but I'm not 100% sure.
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