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  1. Looks very interesting. Will follow this and see how it develops.
  2. A friend of mine who works for a computer manufacturer in the States recounted the following conversation between customer services and a purchaser. Support: " Ah Good afternoon Mr xxxx, I'm calling about the laptop computer you sent in for warranty repair" Customer: " Oh great. I hope you can fix it" Support: " Sir, it appears to have been crushed?" Customer " Um ya, I ran over it with my truck." Support " You ran over it? How did that happen sir?" Customer " Well I forgot that I left it on the driveway, and I reversed over it" Support " You left your laptop on the driveway? Why did you do that sir?" Customer " I left it there to dry out, and forgot about it" Support " Why did it need to dry out sir?" Customer " I needed to dry it out after I spilled Coke in it" ............
  3. Not model railway related, but I think this scores highly on the 'Clumsy when least desirable' chart. In the early days of nuclear, Alfie Maddock, a nuclear scientist, was working with the U.K.'s entire supply of plutonium, (about 10 mg) when he spilled it on the lab table. Being a clever fellow he cut the affected part of the table out and burned it, and was able to recover 95% of the plutonium before anyone found out. These days H & S would probably evacuate the entire lab. Somehow I don't think cutting a hole in the dining room table would help with spilled glue. Now a strategically placed table mats might work hmmm..... My worst ever clumsy was knocking a small tin of Humbrol paint off the dining room table. Of course the lid was off, and it was that bright red that they don't seem to make anymore. Said tin then rolled about a yard along the carpet..
  4. Rob, A great little layout,very impressive. If you are looking for something smaller in coaches you could try a couple of the Slaters 4 wheel ones. I believe these lasted into the 1950's on workmens trains, which would also fit well into your Welsh colliery scenario. I expect by that time they would be pretty decrepit, so a weathering challenge. The arrival of a coulple of filthy four wheelers with wooden seats would probably put the lady on the platform into a state of shock ! Cheers Ian
  5. Bill, Mike Lloyd notes in the book that the company was in existence by 1889/90 so the wagon could be very early. There is no date given for the drawing, but it is annotated as sources 'R.Y. Pickering General Arrangement Drawing. and Photograph', so I would guess Mr Loyd made the drawing based on those. I expect the G.A, would show a date. He also notes that a photograph appears in 'The Weshpool and Llanfair Light Railway' by R Cartwright and R T Russell. I don't have that book though. R. Y. Pickering were based in Wishaw Scotland which seems a long way to purchase wagons from, but maybe they had local agents? Cheers Ian Edited to add A bit more digging and there are references to these wagons in 'Narrow gauge Railways in Mid Wales' by J.I.C Boyd. It looks like Pickering supplied rolling stock for the W & L, and these wagons were similar to standard 4 ton W & L coal wagons. Those were supplied in 1902. The Peate wagons are noted as scrapped in 1935.
  6. Bill, The Peate wagon above appears to be one of the narrow gauge wagons which the company ran on the W & L. It closely matches a drawing in the Cambrian Wagons book. According to the book wagons 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 were narrow gauge and wagons 1, 3 and 4 were standard gauge. The book gives no details of the Standard gauge wagons, other than an opinion that the lettering was as per narrow gauge wagon. It says the company dealt in coal and lime. Lime amounting to 300 tons per season originating for the Porthywaen Lime Company at Llanymynech. No figures are provided for coal. Cheers Ian
  7. 'Private Owner Wagons on the Cambrian' lists the following at Welshpool A E Breeze Breeze Bros The Farmers Lime Coal & General Supply Co W E Morgan J & M Morris Ltd John Norris Owen & Hamer Parry, Son & Parry Peate Bros ( which you have above. Cheers Ian
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