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  1. An excellent choice if I may say so, Paul. An EE Type 4 never offends! I have these two in my stash. The couplings will have to go and they'll get 2FS wheels and probably sound. I look forward to further developments at 8N. David
  2. https://mailchi.mp/760b2d3b2716/introducing-the-east-west-main-line-partnership?e=ddca3c6ce6 Includes link to submission to Secretary of State prior to the autumn spending review. David
  3. 67015 at Holyhead on 16th September with 1V98 16.36 to Cardiff Central. Had worked in on 1W93 ex-Cardiff. David
  4. Thanks, Andy. I knew that I had seen something about this subject but couldn't remember when it was. The suggestions on that thread are useful. I have checked in my stash of wires and found that I have a coil of Nickel Wound 0.508mm banjo strings made by Vega of Nazareth*, Pennsylvania which I remember that I bought from a music shop in Cambridge about thirty years ago! This is about 0.005mm bigger than Nick's 0.45mm copper wire. Just to be on the safe side I have got a couple of coils of the copper on the way to me via ebay. Now that I'm back home I will also check out Pete Wright's article as suggested by a couple of contributors. Many thanks for the suggestions both on this thread and the previous one from last year. David * Could this be the same Nazareth as in The Band's song 'The Weight'? "As I pulled in to Nazareth, was feelin' about half past dead". I guess we will never know . . .
  5. I'd forgotten that, Rich. I'll have a check in my magazines. David
  6. Anyone got any ideas for producing tall vacuum pipes for wagons. Like this: https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/?q=m422441 Rather than just a single bent piece of wire I wondered if anyone had any success with a bit of extra detailing. David Sorry, this question should have been in 'Any Question Answered'! Must concentrate . . .
  7. Sadly, David, I only just squeaked an O level pass in Maths . . . Or, as Captain Mainwaring might have said "I wondered who would be first to spot that" David
  8. Thanks, Chris. I was thinking about 9.5mm wheels as with the 0.5mm flange they would be 10mm overall which would be close to the 5'2" of the 54xx. Did you decide on a gear combination for the chassis? David
  9. Chris, I had spotted those bodies at BR Lines and I have one of your chassis etches. Am I correct in thinking that it is suitable for a 54xx? David
  10. Absolute classics from Mr Kirkham, especially the first one. Does photo 2 show the Valleys' version of 'gentrification'? David
  11. Perhaps I should have been clearer. As far as I am aware the only freight business west of Plymouth is the china clay which is operated by DB. 59003 is a GB Railfreight loco which led me to wonder if there may be new freight business on the horizon. However GBRf do specialize in route learning so they could be training drivers from another company who need to learn the road which may or may not be for freight business. David
  12. Anyone know what these training runs are for? David
  13. Good to see it coming together, Angus. Braver man than me. The wobbly loco footplate to come! I think that you are right about the buffers. Generally steam age loco buffers are notoriously weedy. Do you have a copy of 'Steaming in Three Centuries'? It tells you everything that you need to know about the 101/J15 class and very well illustrated. If you haven't i could lend you my copy. David
  14. Those 16 tonners are starting to show signs of wear and tear. I seem to recall (it may have been in the MBT articles about them) that the maintenance interval was extended in the early '60s and that's when the rot, literally, started to set in. Photos of the 1/108 diagram in the 1950s show them to be still in a reasonable state although some of the early company and MOWT vehicles were already starting to show signs of a hard life. David
  15. Rob, Your layouts are an absolute delight. Your eye for subtle details and the ability to reproduce them in such a satisfying way is truly remarkable. Despite my seventy years on the planet I have never managed to acquire the observational skills which you seem to have but I live in hope! Looking forward to the 'bubble car' making an appearance! David
  16. Quite, quite brilliant, Alan. You did lose me around "The inspiration for the scheme . . . " Do you have it on a spreadsheet for me? Been reading 'Horselunges' again. You made us wait a couple of decades for Tweedale but it was worth the wait. Now don't go away again! David
  17. I do like 0395s but very rare in modelling circles. Well done, Jack. David
  18. Go on, Jack, you know you want to and we'll all be here cheering you on! David
  19. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56716708 Could it happen here? I don't think I'll be holding my breath! David
  20. Some good work in 2FS here, Simon. I expect you're glad that we now supply 3D printed axleboxes and springs! David
  21. They use overhead wiring otherwise it is an electric bus! VLR doesn't use wiring which is part of the lower cost. Steel wheel on steel rail will always be more efficient than rubber tyre on tarmac without mentioning rubber residue. David
  22. Specifically to Coventry the details are here: https://www.coventry.gov.uk/verylightrail There was a presentation by the Coventry City Council project manager on a recent webinar from the West Midlands branch of CILT. Coventry was half the webinar, the other half was about the reopening of Darlaston and Willenhall stations and associated passenger services. The Coventry project is really interesting as due to the lightweight nature of the vehicles the idea is that that the rails only have to lie within in the tarmac without the need for the expensive part of utility diversions. It's all in the above link. Apparently there is quite a lot of interest from other smaller cities and larger towns who would like a light rail system but on a much cheaper basis than the conventional tram systems. David
  23. Very nice too! John Smith still coming up with interesting ways to paint a loco. 66793 (and 794) are two of the Beacon Rail locos from Germany. According to the current issue of TRUK they have modified gear ratios and a 65 mph maximum speed, like the Freightliner 66/6s and are expected to work out of Tonbridge. Could anyone tell me why the ex-European owned 66s have a larger than usual horn housing such as can be seen on 66793? David
  24. Excellent work, as ever, Mike. That wire must be the best investment that you ever made and it's still going! David
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