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  1. Could be one if the tank ends are cast with the supports and the brake shoes are the rather odd looking square blocks (unless of course they have been filed to clear the wheels). Thanks for posting.
  2. Acro tank wagon kit still on its card. Wish I could find a made up one!
  3. Very nice to see the fully lined examples. I expect that fully lined coaches with the extra detail were made to a special order although I do not know whether Exley kept a stock of common models ready to run anyway. The models with rectangular almost square windows corners (without toplights on corridor stock) are not often found. Exley coaches seem to have gone through quite a few tooling changes where the same part looks similar at first glance but is different when examined with others together as with the inspection saloons.
  4. There are more details on wooden coaches at: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/16208-ratio-ccw-kings-cross-precision-wooden-models/ There was quite a large range of coaches from Ratio, CCW, and Kings Cross Precision and there were also quite a few EMUs and a Derby Lightweight DMU from Ratio. They fairly frequently come up for sale. Ratio and CCW kits are more common than Kings Cross ones. There high point seems to have been in the mid 1950s.
  5. I think these are Jackson wheels. They were available with a plastic insert to make the spokes less recessed, but nearly all seem to have this absent. These seem to be fairly commonly found for sale if you are not looking for them!
  6. The Graham Farish original two pole motor is difficult to persuade to start but once going is enormously powerful. The central rotating magnet seems to be of a high grade, which probably contributes to this and does not lose its magnetism. The Black 5 seems to be a better starter than the King and the Merchant Navy but I think this may be down to the steel cylinders either side of the coil being a more concentrated mass to stop the motor in the correct position to restart rather than the steel strip used on later motors and because of the centrifugal clutch that only engages on the Black 5 whe
  7. I do like the way you have used a nice gloss finish. I find that one of the attractions of the original finish. Paint flowing away from raised areas is quite common on Exleys. Sometimes where the paint is rather thin, you get almost a metallic effect with the aluminium showing through on maroon coaches. The Southern brake suburban coach is sometimes found with a Romford or Zenith motor bogie to make an EMU if it is one with windows in the end. Although Exley probably did make suburban EMUs, I think that some were homemade adaptations. They do look quite good as a suburban EMU though - a go
  8. Ramsay's recently published 8th edition of "British Model Train Catalogue" ISBN 9781907292668 has a list. I bought mine from Speedy Hen as that was much cheaper than elsewhere but took an email to customer service to get both volumes delivered as one was missing. The list in this book seems to be compiled from catalogues and known examples. It is a long list. However, catalogue entries were probably a list of what you could order, not necessarily what was actually made, but I expect that most of what is listed was made - particularly models in common liveries. In addition, the details give in
  9. The motor is Zenith. I agree that it looks to be mainly brass rather than white metal. Many sheet metal brass or nickel silver old models were heavily weighted by the addition of lead pieces or partially filling the inside with molten lead. I wish I could find such nice things at car boot sales!
  10. It will remain as a kit as I do not think it is quite complete. Nice to see some Kirdon bridges and 4-wheel motor bogies in the photos. I have never seen them in reality.
  11. Thank you for posting the adverts. I now realise why Acro bogies come with more than one sort of wheels - those for Hornby Dublo track and presumably the standard nearer scale variety of wheels.
  12. Topic for pictures of old Cimco models. A Cimco freelance 4-4-0. Not very elegant - the cab looks a bit too tall:
  13. I am not sure what Bassette Lowke scale 00 models were made - I do know of an underground train but all I can offer is this chassis that I am reliably informed is Bassette Lowke. Wheels look like Romford but I do not think they are:
  14. Kirdon box car. Wood with fine metal overlays for the body. Has sprung bogies. Not sure if this kit is complete.
  15. I am not sure what the relationship between these names was, but at some point in time, some of the products seemed to be the same. To start off a couple of pictures of an Acro Prairie. I think it only came as a kit unless you know better. As far as I am aware, this was the only cast loco they did but they did do some brass kits including a 2P and a 4F. This Prairie has been nicely built and detailed. You can always tell an Acro Prairie from the huge rivets! The roof also looks a bit tall. This model has the original cast chassis but they are sometimes found with others:
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