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11 hours ago, Chas Levin said:

Good evening Tony,  I'm afraid I wouldn't have been able to help with identifying the location but what a terrific looking photo, really atmospheric, packed full of detail!

Good morning Chas,

 

What strikes me is what a fantastic location this would be for a model. 

 

I'm guessing, but it looks like the shot has been taken from a signal box steps or through a window (can anyone please confirm?). What would the scenic break be behind the cameraman? 

 

I know there has been at least one model based on the trans-Pennine L&NWR four track main line (Standedge/Marsden?). One could always tell it was at an exhibition from the racket made by the Palitoy ex-LMS 4-6-0s running on it! 

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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46 minutes ago, Compound2632 said:

This would make a superb micro-layout were it not that in order to run prototypical trains, the fiddle yard-to-scenic section ratio would beat all records!

Ah, but if it were part of a bigger scheme to include Huddersfield station itself then you've got yourself the basis of a stonking layout!

Probably well suited to N gauge and let the scenery speak...?

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17 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

Good evening Phil,

 

According to the LNER green series by the RCTS (Part 2A), EDWARD THOMPSON got her BR number, 60500, coincidental with her being painted BR green, in October 1949. So, sorry to say, your model is incorrect. You could change her to 60511, but none other (because the other 13 had their boiler cladding in five sections). 60511 in LNER green would be correct from April '48 until December '49 (when she got BR green and the boiler cladding was altered).

 

If nothing else it shows the principle of always modelling using prototype pictures.

 

Regards,

 

Tony.  

 

Thanks, Tony (and Andrew).  A3’s I am more acquainted with now, but the various guises of A2 are unfamiliar to both the GCLE and myself...

 

60511 then.

 

Much obliged,

 

Phil.

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If you dig a bit it is amazing how many were sighted on the GCLE. There is a photo of Edward Thompson at Nottingham Victoria in lner livery en route to marylebone for naming. If you want to change the numbers but not the name. 
richard 

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On 09/05/2021 at 09:10, Tony Wright said:

Good morning Chas,

 

What strikes me is what a fantastic location this would be for a model. 

 

I'm guessing, but it looks like the shot has been taken from a signal box steps or through a window (can anyone please confirm?). What would the scenic break be behind the cameraman? 

 

I know there has been at least one model based on the trans-Pennine L&NWR four track main line (Standedge/Marsden?). One could always tell it was at an exhibition from the racket made by the Palitoy ex-LMS 4-6-0s running on it! 

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

I know of a an O gauge modal of Springwood Junction modelled by Paul Knight, a member of the L&Y Railway Society.

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10 minutes ago, Leander said:

I know of a an O gauge modal of Springhead Junction modelled by Paul Knight, a member of the L&Y Railway Society.

Thanks Pete,

 

Has it featured in the comics?

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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1 minute ago, Tony Wright said:

Has it featured in the comics?

 

As far as I'm aware, only the Magazine of the L&YRS. I can look up the back issue if you wish and post a scan.

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3 minutes ago, Leander said:

As far as I'm aware, only the Magazine of the L&YRS. I can look up the back issue if you wish and post a scan.

Yes please.................

 

Thanks,

 

Tony. 

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5 hours ago, St Enodoc said:

I still smile every time I see the light at the end of the tunnel. A wonderful trick.

It is a good trick, John,

 

And, for those who didn't know, it's just a small hole drilled in the end-board to represent the north end of Catesby Tunnel. 

 

Shortly after entering the south end of the tunnel, the model tracks swing round a 3' 6", 90 degree curve to the left!

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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On 06/05/2021 at 21:41, Tony Wright said:

Today's work has seen my making of the motion on the EM frames for CLUMBER. 

 

During my 'spotting days at Retford, prior to the appearance of the 'Brits' on the boat train, the most-common loco on it was 61620, CLUMBER. Day after day it could be seen, rushing across the flat crossing heading east to Sheffield in the morning, then back again in the afternoon. 

 

For Retford's period, a B17 on the 'North Country Continental' is essential. However, the resident B17 (which has its motor in the tender driving via a shaft to the rear coupled wheels) hasn't been up to the job, despite the application of Gorilla Snot!

 

I first built 61620 in OO Gauge, and described its construction in the book I wrote for Crowood Press. Since a B17 at Little Bytham is highly-unlikely, then I've made a Comet set of frames for it in EM. 

 

Sandra Orpen tested it on Retford before its motion was made.

 

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By all accounts, it passed with flying colours! It's absolutely packed with lead in every bit of space in the body, and that's what's needed to shift this heavy train up the gradient from the GC fiddle yard. 

 

This Covid is a real nuisance, but it's back here and it's now all but complete...................

 

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Apart from the balance weights. Unlike on later Comet chassis packs, no balance weights are provided for this. Does anyone know of a source, please? 

 

The motion support brackets are attached to the body, so the Comet ones were not needed. 

 

I think this sort of thing is the way I can contribute to Retford in a practical manner.

 

 

I think Markits sell balance weights in sets. I just make mine from  black plasticard when required.

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Not many books for review this month, but interesting nonetheless....................

 

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The title of this would have made more sense if a comma and 'and' had been substituted for the ampersand.

 

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Interesting.

 

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Very interesting.

 

Full review will be appearing in BRM.  

 

 

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1 hour ago, Tony Wright said:

Not many books for review this month, but interesting nonetheless....................

 

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The title of this would have made more sense if a comma and 'and' had been substituted for the ampersand.

 

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Interesting.

 

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Very interesting.

 

Full review will be appearing in BRM.  

 

 

I always thought that George Hudson was the Railway King.

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1 hour ago, Tony Wright said:

The title of this would have made more sense if a comma and 'and' had been substituted for the ampersand.

 

Quite so - I'm not aware of any M&GN lines in Notts! Although they get off on a technicality - the line in Norfolk / Lincs was the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway (or possibly Joint Midland & Great Northern Railway... 

 

I'll look forward to their volume on Midland Great Western Railway lines in Gloucestershire or on the Great Southern & Western Railway in Ayrshire!

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1 hour ago, Tony Wright said:

The title of this would have made more sense if a comma and 'and' had been substituted for the ampersand.

Quick exam question - please give an example of a properly-constructed English sentence that includes the word "and" five times consecutively.

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9 minutes ago, St Enodoc said:

Quick exam question - please give an example of a properly-constructed English sentence that includes the word "and" five times consecutively.

 

He discovered that the spaces were wrong so he said, “The space between This and And and And and That is different. Please fix it”

 

 

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37 minutes ago, St Enodoc said:

I always thought that George Hudson was the Railway King.

Ah, but was he Victoria's Railway King? (as per title of the book). Bit of a game girl, was Vicky, by all accounts ...

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14 hours ago, Leander said:

I know of a an O gauge modal of Springhead Junction modelled by Paul Knight, a member of the L&Y Railway Society.

I think that I saw it at Guildex.  It looked great but nothing ran.  Bill

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4 minutes ago, LNER4479 said:

Ah, but was he Victoria's Railway King? (as per title of the book). Bit of a game girl, was Vicky, by all accounts ...

 

Hudson's rise began in the reign of William IV - his first decidedly dodgy dealing, declaring a dividend out of capital before the opening of the Y&NMR - was a full two months before Victoria's accession. But his fall was definitely Victorian. 

 

The Watkin book does look unjustifiably hagiographical but one shouldn't judge by the cover, especially after the publisher's been at it. "King"? No. "Baron" might be more apposite - it carries the hint of unscrupulous practices. He learnt his trade from Mark Huish, who was as sharp an operator in his own way (contrasted with Hudson) as one could wish to find in the 1840s.

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