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  1. I think that I would buy the units required and after testing put them back in the box until the after market transfers become available, or if that desperate and you have all the information required too hand you could try http://www.steamandthings.com/ No connection, only a satified customer.
  2. I was in the canteen one day when a driver was having a discussion about an incident that he was party to when working in London. There had been an accident and the police had ordered him to go down a single track road that he knew had a low bridge and had told the officer that he could not get his bus under said bridge, but he/she was inssitent that he go that way, so he did, but stopped short of the bridge and sat and waitted to see what would happen next. After a short while the traffic had backed up to where the officer was so they came to investigate the situation, there was a very red faced officer, that now had to sort out the mess as the only way the bus could go was backwards to the original junction and no way for the vehicles behind him to get past. I think he said it took nearly 2 hours to sort it all out.
  3. Try Brasssmasters. http://www.brassmasters.co.uk/track_details.htm
  4. As do full size steam locos on long banks, diesel and electric locos less so.
  5. And bankers used to shove a lot of the trains up the hill, typically the Z class 0-8-0s, but also smaller engines, sometimes in multiples.
  6. Looks like rough stone with brick corbells. I suspect that the bricks might well have come from the GW brick works at Steer Point on the Yealmpton branch, not sure what the clay colour is there, it's been a long time since I was out that way.
  7. Looking along the track it will look circular until you get close enough to see the skew.
  8. If the tender had,had an overhaul in '33 it would have remained in that condition for at least 7 years and possibly more due to the war. Locos were paired with an available tender of the correct type, not by it's paint scheme. So the king is perfectly acceptable as is and does give a little variation.
  9. The garter went with the 1927 livery change and was substituted by the crest, the next change (can't remember the date, but I thinkit was early mid 30's) was the roundel. Either could be applicable, depending on the build or rebuild at around 7 year intervals.
  10. Martin has a valid point about the type of masonry used in the bridge construction, it's pretty likely that in the South East of England brick would be the predominant building material, due to the extensive clay layers prevailing there and ISTR that your station building is brick, so it would follow that brick would be used for other structures, or brick piers and steel girders, with possibly brick parapets, just to relieve the monotony, especially in later structures. Any circle on the skew is an elipse or oval.
  11. The killer question shirley, is, is it 4mm or 7mm or some other scale, I would have used strike through and added fleece, but I don't have the facility.
  12. Gordon, First you need to create the elipse, to do this you need the magor axis (a horizontal line where the arch is horizontal) and then the minor axis (this will be measured as half of the axis, using a straight edge on the magor axis measure vertical to the midpoint of the arch and double it to get the minor axis. There are various ways to draw the elipse or oval, draw a 2nd oval parallel to the first, the distance apart of your arch stones. The arch stones should be slightly tapered in the centre and increasing in taper towards the ends. I would start drawing the arch stones from the centre key stone and work out from there. The joints should be more or less 'square' to the elipse line. If you hit a snag, post the magor and minor axis on here and your desired arch stone size and I will draw it up on cad for you.
  13. Templot is a lot easier to use now than way back when we were on version 0.*, it took me the best part of 4 months to get my head around it, before it clicked. Back in those days all slips and tandem turnouts had to be done by making a series of partial templates, now you can get the basics of those with a click or two. Once you have the basics, is to proceed by putting your mainline from end to end, if it's double track add the other line and then start adding the turnouts and crossings from there.
  14. I would suggest that you give your prospective etcher a call, as I believe that each has different criteria and it will also depend on the thickness of the metal, generally the thicker the metal the wider the line. I have a couple of projects on the go, but not got that far yet and I doubt that I will progress uuntil the new year.
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