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  1. Looks to be a Super BG so perhaps it was in use as a brake vehicle?
  2. A V2 inside con rod survived in the old shedmasters office at York until the mid 2000s, this being until Green Arrow destroyed hers and it was used as a replacement.
  3. I wonder what the occasion was? The loco is very well turned out; white painted vacuum bag, smokebox smartened up and even burnished tyres.
  4. Received my SECR green version from Rails the other day and happy to say it was fully intact and runs like a sewing machine. The only loose item in the packing was the front coupling hook, but that would have been no drama to put back on. As it was I had no intention of retaining the front tension lock anyway. No lining issues/smudges as highlighted by others earlier in the thread either, all crisp and correct including the lining on the splashers. That being the case it would appear QC is perhaps variable. All the same I'm a very satisfied customer and it does look rather magnificent, even if it is something of an irrelevant indulgence!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 that once the horse was in the box a large and wide strop was passed underneath the animal and in contact with the body but not done up too tight. The idea being the horse could rest its legs by placing it's weight on the strop. The animals were always carried on deck and never below, usually down aft and somewhere with a bit of shelter with the open end of the box facing inboard. As well as a significant quantity of hay and straw a groom usually accompanied the horses with some basic veterinary supplies; in addition some kind of device/pistol was carried should the need arise to despatch the animal. The above concerns a "deep sea" voyage carrying horses, however short sea crossings e.g. ferries would have done things slightly differently due to the short duration of the voyage with open top horseboxes etc in use but likely still kept in the open air or on some kind of sheltered deck unless it was a ship specially designed for the carriage of livestock. Wartime changed things entirely of course as peacetime requirements would be relaxed so as to keep things as simple as possible. The transportation of high value horses still occurs occasionally in modern times. although now generally utilising a dervivative of an ISO 20 foot container. Today conventional road horseboxes are permitted to travel on the car decks of ferries with no specalised requirements (unless they are over 3.5T whereupon they're required to have lashing points), although accordingly their carriage is very much weather dependent.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 to Thurso.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Just had my LNER Garter Blue W1 and BR late crest W1 preorders cancelled by Hattons.
  14. 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.be/s2YH-djIASE
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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 seem notably unhelpful.
  19. That photograph looks to be when 1649 was stored at Perth shed prior to and after withdrawal. I would imagine once the Dornoch branch closed and the loco was then working in Inverness/Dingwall etc the GWR lamp irons would have become something of an inconvenience and were then replaced, which would be a straightforward enough job. That would explain the discrepancy between the last train to Dornoch footage and the picture.
  20. There is a possibility it's a diversion due to Winchburgh tunnel being closed, therefore the train wouldn't have been across the bridge. When such a closure occurs Eastbound trains turn off the E&G at Winchburgh Junction heading Northwards for Dalmeny. Once there they stop short of the station, reverse and then proceed South directly towards Edinburgh. Westbound trains do the same in reverse. In this image the train appears to be crossing from the down to the up line, which would fit in with just such a diversion.
  21. I'd be very surprised if they're local. These kind of letters/rants are generally always from "white settler" types from the SE of England who've sold up, moved to some unsuspecting part of the country thinking it's some kind of picturesque yet static museum and then demand the locals stop actually living their lives just so their delusions of the locality aren't tarnished. So-called "community councils" the length and breadth of the country are filled with them, invariably to the disgust of real locals.
  22. Interesting that the builders have chosen to include a BR AWS battery box on the running plate!
  23. He's stood in that area in the past during local council elections - unsuccessfully.
  24. Were any pre-production pictures or suchlike ever released, or perhaps prototypes show at an exhibition? I don't recall ever seeing any.
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