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    Scottish railways past and present, although do have an interest in the Isle of Wight system and New Zealand Railways.

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  1. Given that Hornby are seemingly quite willing to cast adrift their two largest single customers - who are arguably the two biggest names in the hobby outwith the major manufacturers - my own supposition would be that perhaps the lack of any real public protest from the trader/shop fraternity has perhaps more to do with ensuring their own self-preservation than any lack of aggrieved status.
  2. A non RETB unit did occasionally make it up the line in times past due to failures, but always in multiple and always coupled inside an RETB fitted unit. Four car units were and are generally the preserve of Glasgow-Fort William trains. Portable RETB sets do exist, although I've only heard of them used on non-RETB fitted locomotives which were visiting the area temporarily. Whether it's practical or permissible to carry and use such a portable unit within the more cramped confines of a unit cab I don't know.
  3. As I remember the boxes used could vary in size and design significantly depending on where built, type of ship etc. Those designed for longer sea voyages had roofs and side screens. Some were purpose built for the voyage and then discarded at it's conclusion. As depicted in one of the previous photos the entire box (and horse) would be lifted aboard. Normally the box was small enough to limit movement of the horse as much as possible - they were never allowed enough space to lie down as the danger of them injuring themselves was too great, e.g. broken limbs. Usual practice was tha
  4. Just had a look through my timetable stash and on finding one from summer 1972 it confirms the RMB open for the full length of the journey. However looking at the timings it involved two "out and back" trips for Inverness crews - the first Inverness of the day had no catering provision, nor the last Wick.
  5. The restaurant car (later an LMS version and at one time an ex Pullman) went as far north as The Mound or Helmsdale, was then detached and would then be attached to the next southbound service. The first northbound train would detach it's restaurant car at the Mound, whilst the second would do so at Helmsdale. This practice lasted until the end of steam, which coincided with the abandonment of the depot at Helmsdale/the Mound and the lack of any loco/pilot presence between Dingwall and Georgemas Junction. As I remember during the high summer months the RMB would be open all the way t
  6. Similar to the above, Just had my preorders for the following cancelled by Hattons: R3985 Class P2 2-8-2 2003 "Lord President" with streamlined nose in LNER green - 2021 new tooling R3984 Class P2 2-8-2 2002 "Earl Marischal" (original bodystyle) in LNER green - Era 3. 2021 new tooling R3981 Standard Class 2MT 2-6-0 78054 in BR black with late crest R3983 Class P2 2-8-2 2007 "Prince of Wales" in LNER green By my reckoning that's 8 I've lost this year so far.
  7. Most first and second generation car ferries had turntables on their decks as they had one single point of loading/discharge, e.g. drive car on normally, turn on turntable and then reverse/drive into position.
  8. It wasn't just outsiders who took a dim view of the railway. As a youngster (and already a committed enthusiast) when thinking about possible careers I was warned off BR in no uncertain terms by my maternal Grandfather because he thought there was no future in it, which perhaps was no great surprise considering he'd had to transfer no less than 4 times to keep his job in the face of closures. He'd started in 1925 with the LNER and finally retired in '74.
  9. Just had my LNER Garter Blue W1 and BR late crest W1 preorders cancelled by Hattons.
  10. As I remember the reason for the depot and turntable at Arthur's Pass was because that's where steam handed over to electric traction (and vice versa), as the Otira Tunnel was thought to be too long and steeply graded for steam traction to be practical. Latterly the electrification was removed and it's now worked by diesels. The Christchurch/Springfield to Arthur's Pass section was famously the home of the Kb class until the end of steam in the late 60s and the NZ film unit made an excellent documentary on the locos and the line prior to their demise: Kb Country. https://youtu
  11. That's really good to know, thanks. The running plate really stuck out to me as being wrong, which perhaps it wasn't massively when viewed from a normal distance rather than up close, but all the same "once seen, unable to unsee" etc.
  12. Not only that but containers aren't really designed to be lifted in such a fashion, especially 40' boxes; they're designed to be lifted vertically on four points - the upper twistlock housings - using a spreader or similar. If a spreader isn't available then it's advisable to have the slings from crane hook to 'box as long as possible. I've seen quite a few containers fold up and suffer structural failure when lifted like in that picture. They probably got away with it there because the container was new and likely empty.
  13. Received 1646 in the post from Kernow this morning having ordered it on Thursday, excellent service. It really is a smashing little model and commendably heavy. The much mentioned bunker seam is hardly visible on mine, no doubt helped by the black livery and in all honesty if I hadn't read about it on here I doubt I would have noticed it. Well done Model Rail, Rapido and Kernow.
  14. All, I've been watching the arrival of this model with interest. The Hornby catalogue photographs place the livery as being the same as the previous LSWR 120 limited edition some years ago, however photographs on the likes of the Kernow website of the actual model show it to be a much lighter and brighter shade. The latter looks to me to be the shade of LSWR green that 120 carried during it's pre preservation sojourn on the Southern Region, for example when it ran the Bluebell excursion with CR 123. Can anyone confirm if that is the case? The Hornby descriptions/pictures etc see
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