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  1. It is about time someone produced a ready to run Welsh company engine; preferably Taff Vale 0-6-2T M or M1 or N or O(1-4) or even A- TVR or Kitson built - scope for other Welsh and non-Welsh versions of the M/M1
  2. Fantasising - while Wales is growing bung in Cheshire as well into Wales. Expresses from Cardiff to Birkenhead again. Covid coverage (TV) by the Senedd leaders is much better than BJ and friends. Regards Basil
  3. BMS

    EBay madness

    Try searching with: https://www.petersspares.com/?searchStr=pug £4.99 used spare, 5 in stock I have no connection except as customer. Regards
  4. Yo are not thinking of Code 100 are you; code 75 is fairly new.
  5. My technique is to vary the spacing between tracks by on the outer rail(s) extending the straight leading into the curve before starting the larger radius curve so that the track spacing on the curve is larger. To my eyes Peco spacing looks wrong. Obviously any points on the straights need the straight part of the curved bit shortened to adopt my spacing!
  6. I m making a rather simpler model than most of the correspondents but I am particularly interested in ballast colour in the SW valleys, and rather less SW mainline, esp. pre-grouping. My memory from the 50s would be black (coal dust I imagine) everywhere except where recently replaced. And composed mainly of ash. Comments?
  7. One technique i use to get max number of tracks on the straight is to make outer tracks longer before starting a curve; also on my layout I further use the difference in straight lengths by a full quarter circle of 4th radius, adjoining a quarter circle of 1 4th piece of track followed by 1 3rd radius piece of track adjoined a quarter circle of 1 3rd and and 1 2nd adjoined a quarter circle of 1 2nd and and 1 1st . So on the straight trains are protoypically close to each other on adjacent tracks and as they enter a curve the spacing increases. I've got three tracks going under a Hornby footbridge (but tight on the platform edge!!) All helped by the fact that using Hornby track each track piece covers the same angle. When did you see ALL track at the same spacing on the prototype over a significant distance?
  8. Just to correct my previous entry and agree with others: TVR 30T Timber Truck, later GWR Macaw G. Length over headstocks 35 ft, width 7ft 4", The bolsters are removeable and don't revolve. Bogies axle spacing 5ft 6", Distance beween middle of bogies 24ft. distance between buffer centres 5ft 8 1/2in. This from the outline diagram I prev mentioned. Presumable removeanle bolsters suggest the are relocatable; as drawn the spacing beween the outer pairs is less than the next inner and the middle pair are between the others. Diagram has no overall length over buffers.
  9. JN Maskelyne Editor MRN (GW Fanatic) in Sept 46 MRN Page 188 has a similar list to the one just above starting from 5071(1940) to 6952 except that 5049 splits the 5017 period: no dates unfortunately. Obviously nothing post 1946
  10. Jan 2020 Page 57, what have pictures 3,4&5 got to do with their captions? Look to be breakdown crane review material (;-)}
  11. On the uk modelshops directory listing there is a list of "local" railway stations; all are fine except the last "West Kirby" which is "9" or so miles away it says. This is, I think,as the crow flies and ignores the river Dee which would need to be crossed. Chester is closer for people without boats! I have put a note to uk....
  12. Not all platforms on a line were necessarily the same length; Halts could be shorter for example because the train/autotrain predicted to operate them was say 1 or 2 coaches as opposed to the more significant stations which could be expected to handle handling 5 or more coaches. Also some platforms could be for more than one larger train. Contrast Alberta Road Halt/ Llandough Halt, Abercwmboi Halt, Penarth Town, Cardiff General (Central?), Queen St and at the long extreme Pontypridd from my memories. Regards
  13. What scale are you on: N OO? Regards Basil
  14. A real find Just a thought - these could be ex Taff Vale Railway stock possibly condemned?; Or other South Wales stock? Llantrisant was a point where ex TVR and GW came together. I will be working on possible identification against TVR diagrams. Nice mixture of roof colours.
  15. Penarth Town (BR(WR), GWR, TVR, CP&BJR) had bays on the up and down sides;; latterly Cadoxton autotrains used the up side bay(misnomer in a sense since the track went down both ways. In early days I believe at least the up side bay was accessed by passing purple aspect signals.
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