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3 hours ago, Dave John said:

Ah, sorry Tony, I thought the wee pug was on ebay with a published sell price.  

 

Jidenco did the etch for the anchoridge kit, from memory it did mention that in the instructions. 

 

    The one on Ebay which sold a few days ago, apparently sold  for £335, it looks from the Bids history  as if there were initially three and then two buyers who really wanted it.    

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11 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

From memory, the Pro-Scale A3 comes with a new type, high-sided tender, which restricts the choice slightly; more than if a GN tender were supplied (I still have kits for those, hint, hint!). 

 

Thanks Tony. Will give this some thought, I will look at my records of 1962/3 when I spotted the last few A3's on my shed trips to Kings Cross and the NE. If I need a GN tender I know where to come. Keep up the good work for CRUK!

 

Kind regards,

 

Richard

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12 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

Good evening Dylan,

 

It was HYCILLA's tender which gave some trouble on the crossing (a single slip), so I'd suggest one of the wheelsets has a tight back-to-back. 

 

Are you saying that the Bachmann V2s run poorly? Where, or what is Topley Dale?

 

When I had three pre-production V2s to test on Little Bytham (in 2019!), they ran superbly.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

'Topley Dale' is Hornby Magazines test layout. They shared a video quite some time ago now of decorated samples running, unfortunately I can't seem to find said video (if anyone else can, I'd love to watch it again!). The video showed a number of running faults. One had a very noticeable wobble, the other slowed down and wheel slipped when pulling a medium sized RTR freight train around a corner. Not very good for a £200+ model by today's standards. Hopefully, these were teething issues that have now been stomped out...

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Delighted to report that the completed DJH J50 has been sold - for £200.00; all proceeds to CRUK.

 

This was generously donated by Gordon S, and I completed it and painted it. It's currently being weathered by Geoff Haynes. 

 

Granted, this hardly covers the complete kit costs, but it's a lot more than being asked for an RTR J50. It does run superbly and is a one-off.

 

I'll post shots when it's weathered. 

 

Thanks Nick. 

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36 minutes ago, Dylan Sanderson said:

'Topley Dale' is Hornby Magazines test layout. They shared a video quite some time ago now of decorated samples running, unfortunately I can't seem to find said video (if anyone else can, I'd love to watch it again!). The video showed a number of running faults. One had a very noticeable wobble, the other slowed down and wheel slipped when pulling a medium sized RTR freight train around a corner. Not very good for a £200+ model by today's standards. Hopefully, these were teething issues that have now been stomped out...

A lot of the Hornby mag content is now behind their pay wall - I haven’t got an account but that could be the reason it isn’t available on YouTube. I do recall the video though I don’t recall the running being that bad - maybe Bachmann have asked Hornby to withdraw it though especially as these would have been engineering prototypes and we know various retooling is now in process. 

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10 minutes ago, LNER4479 said:

Jeez, what's up with you? Piece o' cake them Jidenco wagons ...

 

Seriously - nice job mate. I'd be happy with that as a 'layout' wagon.

Thanks Red Leader, to be honest they’re not that difficult. Just annoying that nothing fits really.  

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Life is not all bad and not all Railway Modelling.  I had my first Eccles Cake in probably 20+ years today.  May not seem much to you Ladies and Gentlemen on the other side of the pond, but for me it was a life event, especially as the shop brought in some Bakewell Tarts and has promised some 'Custards'.  The next great challenge  will be to save them for an running session along with a cuppa and watch trains go by.

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9 hours ago, Barry O said:

The Midland locos are things of great beauty..

 

Baz

Thanks Baz,

 

They are indeed. 

 

It's incredibly generous of Dave Hunt to donate all this stuff he's made; all proceeds going to CRUK.

 

Having got the locos going again, they'll need fairly generous curves, especially the 4-2-2 and the 4-4-0, because of the tight clearances around their bogies' wheels. The 0-6-4T and the outside-framed Kirtley aren't as restricted. They'd look beautiful in a display case, anyway. 

 

A competent modeller should be able to replace the motors/gears to bring these wonderful locos up to 21st century running standards. They all run 'fine' - no tight spots, no jerking - but their motors are of the standards of the early/mid-'70s (nearly 50 years ago!). K's (especially) and Tri-ang XO4s were never renowned for being 'quiet'. That said, they're quieter than many of their contemporaries, and much quieter than one recent Portescap I had!

 

I'll post more pictures later today........................

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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Those Midland items are lovely. I would question the origin of the 12 wheeler carriage. Ratio didn't do 12 wheelers or corridor carriages. So it is either a very extensive kit bash, which would require a huge amount of work, or it is from another source, maybe on a modified Ratio underframe.

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1 hour ago, t-b-g said:

Those Midland items are lovely. I would question the origin of the 12 wheeler carriage. Ratio didn't do 12 wheelers or corridor carriages. So it is either a very extensive kit bash, which would require a huge amount of work, or it is from another source, maybe on a modified Ratio underframe.

Good morning Tony,

 

I'm sure you're right about the provenance of the 12-wheeler. I just looked underneath and saw 'Ratio' somewhere. It's probably (as you suggest) a 'very extensive kit bash'. If it is, it's marvellous................ MR items are not my 'thing'.

 

Regards,

 

Tony.

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Some more pictures of the MR items...................

 

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Assorted kit-/scratch-built wagons.

 

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A Caledonian bogie ore wagon. I believe there were only a few of these made in reality, but I've seen a rake of them on a layout in the past. 

 

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The other two locos. Scratch-built (top) and K's (bottom).

 

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More kit-/scratch-built vans.

 

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And two more.

 

Anyone interested, please PM me.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Tony Wright said:

Good morning Tony,

 

I'm sure you're right about the provenance of the 12-wheeler. I just looked underneath and saw 'Ratio' somewhere. It's probably (as you suggest) a 'very extensive kit bash'. If it is, it's marvellous................ MR items are not my 'thing'.

 

Regards,

 

Tony.

 

I think we have one or two tame Midland experts on RMWeb but whether Wright Writes is a place they frequent isn't something I can recall.

 

I have built quite a few Ratio Midland carriages and I have also altered two into a 12 wheeler but if I wanted one of those Dining Cars, I wouldn't know where to start using Ratio body parts.

 

The whole collection is rather lovely.

 

It will be interesting to see just what enthusiasm there is for such things. One of the joys of modelling this period is that you are not "following the crowd" and it makes your models that bit more unusual. The down side to that is that if you want to sell some, the market is tiny compared to BR period. 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, t-b-g said:

 

I think we have one or two tame Midland experts on RMWeb but whether Wright Writes is a place they frequent isn't something I can recall.

 

I have built quite a few Ratio Midland carriages and I have also altered two into a 12 wheeler but if I wanted one of those Dining Cars, I wouldn't know where to start using Ratio body parts.

 

The whole collection is rather lovely.

 

It will be interesting to see just what enthusiasm there is for such things. One of the joys of modelling this period is that you are not "following the crowd" and it makes your models that bit more unusual. The down side to that is that if you want to sell some, the market is tiny compared to BR period. 

 

 

This collection is beautiful enough to make me (almost) consider giving up modelling 1980s BR and 1950s West Wales, to fund a change to modelling the Midland Railway in 1920.

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I'm quite tempted by the outside framed 0-6-0.... 

I'm not sure where the MR diner comes from, as I've got a requirement for a couple of them, but of the later Clipper sided version, I've built one (It runs on 'Ben Alder's Far North lines) and will have to do another...

 

I have to say that that complete train is something else, we live in an age with no style and grace, those Victorians knew about beauty...

 

Andy G

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53 minutes ago, Tony Wright said:

I thought I'd take some pictures of a couple of Dave Hunt's MR locos/trains in action on LB......................

 

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I think this is one of the most-beautiful sets I've ever photographed on Little Bytham. 

 

The gangwayed 12-wheeled catering car is highly-unlikely in a rake of otherwise non-corridor stock, but it makes a lovely rake. 

 

Granted, the setting is even more highly-unlikely - the GN paired its four-track sections by direction and, as far as I'm aware, no Midland Railway expresses were controlled by upper-quadrant semaphores. Still, what's not to like?

 

Now for something which might be, perhaps, possible.....................................?

 

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This section of railway at LB was built by the MR itself in 1897, so, could a Kirtley 0-6-0 have taken coal to the M&GNR system? 

 

I'd like to think so.

 

 

 

 

 

Just beautiful, comfortably the best looking train ever photographed on LB - but then I would say that!

 

Jerry

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On 20/06/2021 at 13:40, Denbridge said:

With respect, bad coal is nothing new. There are many recorded instances of bad coal causing problems during BR steam and earlier. The problem with coal is that you don't necessarily know you have a bad batch of black stuff until you are out on the road. By then of course, it is too late to do anything about it.

And on one infamous occasion with Pendennis Castle the coal was too good and wrecked the grate!

 

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