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kevinlms last won the day on May 1 2011

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    BR Blue period.
    LMS Late 1930s
    Trying to create model railway magazine index - very slow progress.

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  1. I voted for 'Informative/Useful', but I mean Informative only, because I don't it will be Useful, next time I design aircraft spars! I don't have a clue and don't believe I'm going to contribute anything worthwhile!
  2. Fact is that the Class 20s were proven to be an excellent and reliable design, so not surprising that BR decided to build more. The only possible improvement would have been a double cab version, but I guess that wasn't practical.
  3. D1890 is commonly referred to as a 'Reverse Stanier' brake van. Chivers used to make a nice etched kit.
  4. Oxalic Acid. Not very pleasant stuff if misused. But it was great for lettering. Look how bright the lettering is on Midland wagon photos. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxalic_acid#Toxicity Of course with the lettering staying white and the lead in the grey paint on wagons, which went gradually darker, Midlands wagons with their LARGE lettering, stood out very well in photographs. No missing them!
  5. I'm surprised that it's under the Junior Modeller banner. Hardly seems appropriate for the late John Allison! The layout certainly requires some automation and with the complex baseboard design, it seems not to be a layout for the beginner.
  6. It doesn't help that they used the R426 code for multiple liveries and even Mk3 coaches.
  7. Grey for unfitted, bauxite for fitted or piped. Unless an ex-LMS vehicle soon after nationalisation, in which case bauxite, even if unfitted.
  8. Yes, between 1969-71. Probably hard to find, not least because there are far more 'normal' liveried ones around. http://www.hornbyguide.com/item_details.asp?itemid=477
  9. kevinlms

    New Hornby Rocket

    Different dates, like the 1980 reenactment!
  10. kevinlms

    New Hornby Rocket

    A Broad Gauge version?
  11. kevinlms

    New Hornby Rocket

    Hopefully there is a coupling. In the original stamps released by Royal Mail in 1980, there is none between the loco and tender! https://in.pinterest.com/pin/292382200808774297/
  12. Another reason is that modern vehicles have a much higher usage, meaning they accumulate the miles much quicker. I remember reading that in 1927 when the LMS built new stock for the Royal Scot, they built 3 sets. Two ran 6 days a week on a single journey and the 3rd was a maintenance spare. Later formations (after 1974 electrification to Glasgow) were expected to do a return trip each day AND a fill in turn to places like Ayr. So roughly 2 1/2 times the daily mileage, plus no dedicated spare.
  13. 2019 - November/December 2020 - January
  14. In Australia, a 'Claytons' is something that is a poor substitute for the real thing. Its initial usage related to a then popular non-alcoholic drink, but it's usage expanded to everything, that is over rated. It seems appropriate for the Class 17! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytons
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