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  1. After some searching, I found a copy of Steam Days November 1996, which contains the picture that I had in mind. It shows a pair of BR class 4 2-6-4 tanks at Glasgow St Enoch, waiting to head the boat train to Greenock Princes Pier for the Empress Voyager in May 1959. The leading loco has been finished with white edging to the buffers, white edging to the frames where they show through the front footplate, a red smokebox dart and red smokebox door hinges. I can imagine the howls of protest if anyone ran a standard class 4 looking like that at an exhibition! Best wishes Eric
  2. I have a vague recollection of a photo showing a 2-6-4 tank heading a Stranraer boat train. Best wishes Eric
  3. A cunning plan, but, if you have scenery in the way, you would have to make sure that items interlocked with each other when the board was raised. An interesting challenge! Best wishes Eric
  4. Thanks John I can see how the lack of inter-board wiring would change things. Not something that I had thought through. Best wishes Eric
  5. Thinking about this, my brain is beginning to hurt! The least number of wires crossing the opening, that I can come up, with is three. Two are the positive and negative for the main line. One is a feed to one of the rails in the section before the hinges. If the lifting section interrupts power to the section beyond the gap, there should be no need to have a separate isolating section there. However I plan it, I can't manage with one, or even two bolts. Plan B therefore sounds like a bolt triggered relay that breaks more circuits. Plan C is a series of simple contact strips that are
  6. Thanks ITG. I had been trying to think of a way to connect the power without separate plugs. Plugging in is not the problem; it is the possibility of forgetting to unplug when you lift the bridge! Best wishes Eric
  7. Does anyone have a simple design, please, where lifting the lift section would kill the power, both for the lift section and a foot or so either side? I think I can work out how the wiring would need to be arranged but I am struggling to visualise a simple way to make/break the electrical connections. Best wishes Eric
  8. Difficult to imagine now, but the 1960s were the height of the cold war and there was still a legacy fear of invasion. I can remember a civil defence exercise, in which we were bussed to a railhead (aka Sheffield Park), to be evacuated to somewhere remote and safe (Horsted Keynes), fed and then bussed back home. Best wishes Eric
  9. I have sometimes wondered how rigorously overheads were treated when the Brighton reported the costs for locos that had been built at Brighton Works. Labour and materials (particularly the reuse of scrap material) were accounted to the penny. But, once you have a factory, it would be very tempting to regard it as a sunk cost on the revenue account and only take account of the marginal cost of the new build activity, much of which would fall to the capital account. J C Craven was particularly adept at trickle construction of new locos in pairs, which suited his taste for experimenting wit
  10. Russ I built an RTModels kit for an Old Class I to represent Wave, which belonged to the Newhaven Harbour Company. As others have suggested, a HighLevel gearbox will give you a compact solution, that will reduce the speed of a high revving motor. I think mine is geared down to 108:1, which has been fine for shuffling in and out of the gasworks siding on VIntners' Yard. It makes a Terrier look quite large. I hope that this helps Best wishes Eric
  11. Once did an archaeological dig just in front the station, looking for traces of the Roman naval base on the Rother. Hard to imagine now. Best wishes Eric
  12. J C Craven has been accused of many things, but never of lacking force of character! After the financial crash, the composition of the Board changed, although the conflict with Craven appears to have continued. I can only assume that by 1870, enough of the Board had come to appreciate that running Brighton Works as a craft workshop had had its day. Stroudley's own track record at Lochgorm had been one of make and mend, so he must have had an absolute blinder of an interview to convince them - that he was the man to take over, - that the company should spend quite lot o
  13. At the risk of being fair to J C Craven, I think this does not do him justice. Initially, he concentrated on getting Brighton Works to a viable state, with a trickle construction of new locos - usually in pairs. This allowed the adoption of technical innovations, of which, admittedly, Craven was rather fond. The Locomotive Committee of the Board micro-managed him, refusing to order additional locos from external builders when they were required. When the need became desperate, they panicked and over-ordered locos that they could not pay for. Craven actually resigned on two occasions in exaspe
  14. One article that I read recently was advocating greater effort in "backward tracing", to identify where people might have picked up the virus, rather than "forward tracing", to identify who that person might have passed it to. The point was that there was something like an 80:20 rule - where 20% of those spreading the virus were responsible for 80% of the onward transmissions. Find those 20%, some of whom might be asymptomatic, and you make a bigger impression in reducing the onward transmission. Best wishes Eric
  15. The Government might usefully have spent the last 6 months putting in place a Track and Trace system that works effectively; information is key to managing hot spots with least damage. It might have made clear that the rules apply to everyone equally. It might have worked co-operatively with our neighbours to buy supplies and equipment. It might have worked together with local authorities and trade associations to develop responses, rather than issuing top down instructions without notice. I could go on. Sadly, the effect has been to lose credibility with many people at a very critical point i
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