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    Modelling interests: pre-48 LMS, transition-era BR(LMR), NCB steam, 50's Southern 'Withered Arm',
    PO Coal wagons, & Welsh Narrow Gauge
    Other modelling interests- 50's-80's motorsport, especially rallying,touring cars and Le Mans
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  1. IIRC this is discussed in the Essery & Jenkinson Illustrated History of LMS Locomotives, vol 1, the general overview and liveries volume. As I recall, the gist of it is that at first all locomotives were supposed to have smokebox door plates, but in practice the majority of ex-LNWR locos never got them, and by about the late '20's the practice had been officially abandoned - apart from on ex-Midland locos, which of course already had them, and new-build LMS standards - and they didn't last long on the minority of ex-LNWR locos which had received them when first repainted after grouping,
  2. Just had a quick search through my stash of unbuilt kits, and (bear in mind here that some of these have been sitting in a box for over a decade) some Slaters kits definitely came with a basic self-assembly tension lock as you described- they also sometimes (I thought always, but the first one I opened didn't have them) included a pair of mounting bosses for the old wide Triang/Hornby tension-lock, but that's not much use for the modern small ones. I will confess back in the day to having made my own mounts for Bachmann tension locks from plastic strip (...and predictably ended up with slightly inconsistent coupling heights...) but would agree that the Parkside NEM mounts are probably the way ahead here.
  3. The GCR (North) at Ruddington have a Mk2 BSO, which IIRC is fitted with a brake valve in this manner- Last time I was there a couple of years back we were propelled on the return trip, with the Austerity tank 0-6-0 tender conversion '2890', which was visiting at the time, rather than the 'top and tail' arrangement (HST 41001 + 33 ) used on my previous visit. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mk2_BSO_E9389.jpg
  4. RCTS 'East Midlander' railtour, 13th May 1962, Nottingham Victoria-Darlington. I've got a very vague memory of reading somewhere that Nottingham shed put it to use for a short time after the tour on local trains before returning it to the Southern region? Can anyone confirm the story, or am I completely imagining this? https://www.sixbellsjunction.co.uk/60s/620513rc.html https://www.rail-online.co.uk/p518773543/h90D410A#h7d83f4f
  5. Invicta

    The Engine Shed

    Definitely- I'd be amazed if we don't see the Coronation Scot vehicles reappear in future catalogues in BR guise. Given that in the blog they mention the rest of the vehicles being done by modifying their existing tooling, with the RFO and kitchen car being all-new, it strikes me that they'd be missing a fairly open goal if they don't adapt the design work for these to tool up the more 'workaday' open coaches in the future as well.
  6. My local Morrison's (Coalville, N.W. Leics) has stocked BRM for a while- in fact it's been my usual source locally for a few years - funnily enough it;s local newsagents where I struggle to get a copy
  7. Essery also states that 500 were converted back to mineral wagons in 1945- if they were intended as a temporary expedient, then making the conversion as minimal as possible makes sense. The book suggests that 346 of them became twin case wagons, as you mentioned, from 1942, and a further 154 pairs were split up and converted to flat case wagons around the same time.
  8. That's brilliant Tony, exactly what I was looking for! The interior view shows the bolster arrangement much more clearly than the LMS drawing, and the photos show the side doors removed, whereas the LMS drawing seemed to imply them being left in place I've got a few Parkside RCH minerals in my wagon kit stash, and I can see a couple of them embarking on a whole new career as bolster wagons fairly shortly...
  9. One of the escorting destroyers on both PQ17 and Pedestal was HMS Ledbury, skippered by Lt-Cdr Roger Hill DSO, DSC. Hill, a man once described by a colleague as 'a natural rebel, in another age he would have made an excellent, if humane. pirate' was haunted by the outcome of PQ17, and before sailing on Pedestal, his briefing to his crew was simple "You remember what happened on PQ17. This time, as long as there's a merchant ship afloat, we'll stay alongside it and to hell with any signal we get from anybody" He was as good as his word- when the SS Waimarama, carrying fuel in drums as deck cargo, was sunk by a direct bomb hit, spilling burning oil into the sea, Hill steered Ledbury into the heart of the flames to pick up survivors, and along with HMS Penn and HMS Bramham, Ledbury was one of the three destroyers that shepherded the Ohio into Valetta harbour. Returning from Naval to railway matters, tunnel-blocking/tank traps weren't the only wartime re-purposing of mineral wagons. In order to compensate for a shortage of double bolster wagons, a quantity of mineral wagons were converted into improvised bolster wagons by the simple expedient of removing one end, coupling them in pairs with the now-open ends facing, and adding some internal timbers to strengthen them and support a bolster. According to the Bob Essery LMS Wagons books, the LMS take on this was Diagram 2050, and apparently about 2000 pairs were converted, with the LMS, LNER, GWR and SR all chipping in with varying quantities. Some were later re-converted, but about 1000 were still in traffic after 1945. There is a drawing in the book (Vol 1, p.119). but it states no photos are known. I did see one modelled on a 7mm layout at a show last year, and from very vague memory, there was an article on them in the Modeller back in the early 70's- I recall coming across it in a pile of old mags at my former club some years back. Does anyone know any more about these?- or does the vaguely-remembered RM article ring any bells? It's been on my 'I must model that sometime' list for several years!
  10. The whole 'Sealion' scenario was wargamed at Sandhurst in the 70's by a group of military historians and senior officers from both sides, and I think the outcome was that the Germans would have successfully achieved a beach-head in Kent and Sussex, but the Royal Navy then arrive in the Channel just in time to slaughter the second wave of the landing , leaving the advancing German forces short of heavy weapons, ammunition and fuel and unable to resupply, forcing them to evacuate or surrender after about a week.
  11. With Rails having the CR '812' commission in the pipeline from Bachmann, then one pretty obvious open goal would be something Caledonian to tie in with that- I have to admit my knowledge of Scottish freight stock is pretty much non-existent, but a CR brake van might be a useful thing to have. As for the SECR van, having missed out on the original batch, I'm just pleased I managed to get an order in this time!
  12. The underframes were definitely available separately- From memory, didn't the MAJ range end up with Adrian Swain? I'm sure I remember ordering a couple of the underframe kits from Mainly Trains about 20 years ago and they came in ABS rather than MAJ-branded packaging. That doesn't make them any more currently available (IIRC did some of the tooling go missing?), but it might be an alternative search term if you're scouring EBay
  13. The L&Y had some fairly ungainly big tank locos as well- You'd never describe the Class 32 0-8-2T or Class 26 2-6-2T as being pretty.... On the diesel front, I'm surprised there's been no mention of Lt-Col. Fell's efforts...
  14. Having managed to miss out on one so far, I'd definitely be tempted by a further batch- then I just need to get my act together and actually order one before they sell out!
  15. That does look nice- I'd really been trying to focus my interests more on the pre-48 period, but I'll definitely be finding a home for one of these
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