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  1. Captures the top heavy look of the flat sided tank version well, once described to me as looking like an elephant on roller skates!
  2. The three pipes running down the right hand side of the boiler are to do with the combination brake and the smaller pressure gauge on the left is for steam heating. Other than that it's all natural.
  3. The three pipes running down the right hand side of the boiler are to do with the combination brake and the smaller pressure gauge on the left is for steam heating. Other than that it's all natural.
  4. Put your comment into perspective and think about the frontline NHS and healthcare staff who are wearing masks for a whole shift which is often over 8 hours. You have a choice... they don't!
  5. Here’s some cab detail of Wimblebury to start with
  6. If you need any detailed shots I have access to both Wimblebury and Whiston at Foxfield. Both are fairly standard Hunslet machines, although Whiston is unusual in still carrying original single gusset plates behind the buffer beams where as most were either modified or built with two gussets.
  7. Ruston and Mike are referring to the horizontal sliding hatch at the bottom of the bunker and I think you are referring to the door in the middle of the cab back that is used to access the lamp iron (although it's pretty useless if you are using any lamp with a hint of a handle on it!).
  8. I was on the verge of pointing out the error... but you've already had the lightbulb moment
  9. Unlikely to be anywhere near Foxfield Bank until the infrastructure issues that prevent passenger working into the coliery are addressed. It will also require a whole new safety case writing and plenty of testing before it will be allowed to operate services. Its operation is also dependent on it being able negotiate the line successfully as we have numerous tight curves that already test Mk1 stock and there has, in the past, been restrictions on the use of long rigid wheelbase vehicles for this reason.
  10. Most of the heritage lines using steam worked propelling workings can't really be classed as having true driving trailers as the equipment in the vehicle is usually limited to a brake valve and possibly a means of communication with the locomotive, but no means to close the regulator. I would suggest that only vehicles that have a means of controlling the power as well as the brake can be classed as driving trailers.
  11. Looks lovely, I’m plucking up courage to get out some brass kits that have been in storage for many years and relearn the skills for them. Threads like this are a good incentive.
  12. The austerity in the photo is not S112 as she is a 50550 class 18", the precursor of the 18" austerity. Unfortunately I cannot identify what it is.
  13. There's a few questions there, some of which there will be more qualified people on here to answer. However one often misunderstood fact is repeated in the first paragraph of the OP. A boiler certificate does not last 10 years, or even 7 years, it runs for 14 months consequtively from the date of the initial hydraulic inspection when a boiler is being returned to service. The maximum length of time a boiler can operate without being stripped is 10 years (with the option of a short extension, usually no more than 6 months, dependent on a detailed inspection and other factors). However a boiler can be stopped at any point during its life span for repairs or a complete overhaul should it be necessary. The lifespan of a boiler depends on a number of factors including the type of water and any treatment of the water, the cycling of the boiler from cold to hot and back, how often and well the boiler is washed out, How the boiler is managed when in steam, etc. Other factors also include the design of the boiler and the materials used in construction, some boilers built with copper fireboxes and brass tubes were known to last for well past 10 years before requiring overhaul in years gone by.
  14. 37518 is still in its original condition having not been converrted to anything else since arrival at Foxfield, it is currently used as storage but is in need of some remedial works and repainting. A distinct lack of manpower (in common with most heritage lines) means this is highly unlikely to get carrried out and the vehicle will undoubtedly suffer as a consequence. 38268 was converted to a kitchen car in the late 80s for Wine and Dine trains and is currently stored. 37519 has masqueraded as 'The Bass Belle' following conversion to a bar car also for the Wine and Dine trains and is also currently stored although there are ongoing discussions regarding the future of this vehicle.
  15. I saw the Oamaru remains and came to the same conclusion, but the V class is far more complete and in a condition similar to the Rogers K class that were retreived and subsequently restored.
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