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  1. Still in use on the continent, I believe - the idea is that two convex buffers, non-concentric, when pushed together develop a sideways (or vertical, depending on the direction in which they're offset) force. The idea of one flat and one concave was to provide the benefits of a concave buffer (meeting correctly at slight angles due to curves in the track) without that
  2. They look very nice, and quite similar to the 1879 block set (4-wheelers) and 1900/1901 block set carriages (6-wheelers, excepting the brake 3rd), if you ignore the duckets being the wrong shape, and the 6-wheelers having arc rather than elliptical roofs. However, I think you must be getting confused with livery colours - the LSWR livery was "Salmon and brown" (c.f. Weddell "LSWR Carriages", "Southern Style" and "HMRS Livery Register"). Invisible green was a Cambrian Railway loco livery!
  3. My concern is that the Hornby ones appear to have inside bearings which I would worry about increasing drag far more than the Hattons pinpoints in metal cups!
  4. Thank you. The hot water trick does work, yes... to a limited extent. I was inspired to try by your blog post about the LSWR stone wagon, as it happens. I made a mess of that carriage truck by using too-hot water, and it warped sideways as well as lengthways, in a way in which I couldn't straighten it out because of the details being too delicate. The reprint has shown I have made one other mistake, namely the bottom of the floor is fractionally too low so it rubs on the wheel flanges. I plan to thin it slightly and add some strengthening ribs, which should hopefully result in a free-runn
  5. Anyone who tries to blow up my wagons will find themself at the end of my very short fuse! The 3D printed wagon collection is definitely growing. Clockwise from middle rear: SER round-ended open (SR D. 1327); LSWR 5-plank open (SR D. 1309); LSWR Medium cattle wagon (SR D. 1508), LSWR open carriage truck, LSWR gunpowder van of 1900 The carriage truck isn't quite right yet - this one needed its supports adjusting so is a bit warped, and has a chunk missing from a bufferbeam, but the brake gear and the other delicate bits have all come out nicely.
  6. Not much of an update but I just had to share this photo - I knew the gunpowder van was small, but I didn't realise it was this small!
  7. Well, I've been home for a few days, pottering about. The first gunpowder van has come off the printer, and is looking pretty passable, I think! I've decided that, as the roof of this vehicle is simple (no ventilators etc), it would be easier to get a nice smooth roof by curving plasticard. By omitting the floor, I've managed to reduce the suction on the print, meaning it's much less likely to fail when printing. A few other tricks have been used, including liberal use of filleting to avoid sudden changes in cross-section wherever possible, as these seem to lead to the dreaded print lines.
  8. I have to admit, I've not seen either of the LSWR terriers done by Hornby - the real locos didn't work near where my layout is set. The neatness is due to yes, careful masking, and careful work with a white-spirit-moistened brush while the paint was half-dry to remove it from the printed lining. But this is getting away from the topic at hand, the Hornby carriages! There's a lovely photo of an LSWR 4-carriage set in Weddell (in, I think, 1899?), of which a relatively close approximation could be made using a combination of Hornby and Hattons LSWR carriages: Locomotive: O2 6-wheel
  9. Although the Drummond green as applied to the Hornby M7 is not even close to, say, the Phoenix interpretation of it, or that in "Southern Style". However, it is accurate to the colour the preserved 245 is painted in, which I believe is closer to Drummond's "Royal Green" than the standard livery colour. I've repainted my Hornby 245 with the Phoenix colour as the difference in colours is quite striking, even more so in person than in the photo!
  10. Would be lovely if they'd do the Radial in LSWR Drummond green too, to go with the LSWR liveried carriages. That being said, I've not long finished repainting my Radial, so was half expecting it to be announced in this livery this year!
  11. I did ponder this, but there are quite a lot of variations. The veranda-end fixed panel looks to be about the right size for a conversion from the Cambrian D1410 van, but the sliding door on the brake van is substantially narrower than the D1410 (4'6" wide on the brake van, 5'9" on the D1410). The non-veranda-end fixed panel on the brake van is another foot less wide than that on the D1410 (5' vs 6'). Add to that the fact the Cambrian kit is on a steel underframe, compared with the wooden one of the brake van, the brake gear being completely different... I can't imagine you'd have much of
  12. They feature central horizontal Westinghouse brake cylinders underneath, but these are less visible than vacuum brake fittings would be (no V hangers for a start, and the actuating rod runs just under the floor to behind the wheels. I attach a drawing of the brake gear from a Westinghouse-fitted horsebox: All very neat and tidy and hidden away as I'm sure you can see!
  13. The four-wheel brake looks to me to be similar to a D47/222 full brake, stretched from 20' to fit a 26' underframe by the addition of a few extra panels (although I'll admit the panelling isn't quite perfect at the luggage compartment doors as Stroudley did some interesting narrow panels for the door grooves).
  14. The LBSCR Stroudleys as-built had plated ducket sides, the panelling was added later in their lives. In this instance it would be accurate for Stroudley carriages.
  15. These do look very Stroudley - the end beading and windows on the guards compartments is a big giveaway. Stroudley-style brake shoes, roof lamp position on the 4-wheel third, Westinghouse brake fittings, panelling layout and lack of bolection mouldings which is a big giveaway. I don't have my LBSCR carriages book here, but I can recognise: D44 4-wheel third D45 4-wheel brake third D43 4-wheel first Straight off the bat. The grab rails, however, have been changed from the very distinctive tall LBSC ones, presumably in an attempt to appear more generic.
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