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  2. Aka David Orme on a layout I won't mention!
  3. Running board supports fashioned from some scrap brass fret, soldered and re-shaped to fit the roof. This is then soldered to the roof, after measuring and marking distances in order to align the boards with each other as well as ensuring a reasonable distance from the roof edge. Been considering omitting the second (higher) rain strip as it could appear 'too busy' but after placing the boards I fell it really should be included. This will need to be added before priming. Initial bracket fit to the boards. Shaping the bracket bases using a Hold 'n' Fold. Marking out full board length and each support position before soldering in place. Extra rain strip needs to be positioned behind the running board supports prior to priming. This will be the same material and method as the previous rain strip although this one is in three parts so will need a little cutting.
  4. I was checking on my own sales this morning when I happened to begin scanning for N gauge items for sale - up came a Peco 2251, Mint in Box (according to the seller), 5 days into it's auction, no bidders at 17 quid. Had I not just sold all my ex GWR stock I would have been tempted to punt - I hardly ever saw these Peco locos turn up on Ebay when I was looking for one, and on the face of it, this item for sale appears in excellent condition, it's boxed and there is no reason to doubt there is a problem with it. But the price for an actual fairly rare item (my words, not the seller's) is quite shocking, especially when you look at some of the stuff at the opposite end of the spectrum.
  5. I see the wagon has grease boxes, which would presumably have been replaced at some point in LMS days, if not before? Does the kit have alternative oil boxes? If not, how easy is it to replace them, please?
  6. Other equipment could be threshing, sowing or harvesting (depending on what your crops were). You might be interested in this: https://www.fwi.co.uk/machinery/tractors/machinery-milestones-the-worlds-first-tractors A little way down we have a very public demonstration of the Ivel tractor in 1905. So you could have your very early tractor being transported to 'demonstrate' its prowess to local land owners. It is worth noting that the 1911 Royal Agricultural Show was held at Crown Point. And that there is mention of an early tractor being demonstrated at the 1903 Royal Show and it failing. Another reference says that around 1900 there were 160 tractor manufacturers. https://www.farm-equipment.com/articles/15962-manufacturer-consolidation-reshaping-the-farm-equipment-marketplace Agrimotor were Saffron Waldon and we have this little bit of information here (I can't paste the link because it is straight to a pdf): So you have an example of machinery going from GER to GWR territory for a show. It is also worth noting that many tractor makers were American, and they were exporting their tractors to the UK. So you could also have a tractor that might have been imported via Bristol for example and then shipped to Suffolk. Also, do you remember a few years back there was the 'Edwardian Farm' series on TV. They tried and tested a whole series of new machinery that was available then, so this might give you some alternative loads being shipped for demonstration.
  7. I fear you are right but I persist in believing that it's no excuse. The alternative is to conclude that the Brexiteers are right: the English have no place in a community of civilised states.
  8. i generally find cutting and pasting most queries on here into google returns the previous 5 identical threads! Admire the patience of the same people answering every time rather than referring to the previous one! As to people being increasingly lazy and almost totally reliant on internet and apps, these days, (bearing in mind the one thing every place I've ever worked had in common was the the IT department were utterly useless) I am convinced future historians will regard this as a period of decline similar to the post Roman step backwards! On a brighter note, from childhood ive always been a grumpy old git and increasingly find I'm in my element. Every cloud :)
  9. It couldn't possibly be GWR practice if the "staiths" themselves were not usual GWR practice! Besides, this circles back to the key point that unloading the coal wagons wasn't the railway company's responsibility but the coal merchant's.
  10. The love of pirates and piracy runs very deep in the British (specifically English?) psyche and culture. I don’t mean simply enjoying a fictional pirate, I mean condoning and worshipping a piratical attitude and way of behaving. The idea of getting something for nothing, short-cutting hard work by scamming, gambling, dodging round the edges, outright criminality if you can get away with it, is integral to the thinking of many people right across society, but is especially core to people at the top (“above the law”) and people who perceive themselves not to have much if any stake in society (“it’s the only way I’ll ever get anywhere”). I’d go as far as to say that our “natural estate” is piratical, probably only with effective legal protection for the property of a small propertied class, and against violence of a degree that threatens social order, in short something like the early C18th. The “un-natural” bit, in our context, is an ordered, law-loving and law-abiding middle made up of skilled workers, “blue” and “white” collar to use outmoded terms, managers, technocrats, and professionals. A sort of entropic force operates, which tends to split that group into three: professionals who drift towards propertied piracy, wage-workers who drift towards property-less piracy, and leftovers which get trampled by both poles (not Poles, poles). The English character really is early C18th I reckon, and we don’t have strong strands of self-discipline like the Scots or Germans. I honestly thought my offspring would grow-up into a genuinely cosmopolitan and more-enlightened C21st, but sine about, oooh 2016 maybe, I’ve feared that they will be living in a tech-magnified version of 1720.
  11. Heres to next week or so will be a big weight off you guys minds if the customs clear quickly, I imagine Birmingham gridlocked with motorscooter style local deliverys from Uberaccurascale to get them out with the utmost urgency, as to some it sees life or death. Hope everything goes to plan ,thanks for the updates and if its as good as the A class we are in for a treat.
  12. Assuming the 57xx was the same, here's my Comet chassis under construction, for what it's worth...
  13. https://www.facebook.com/search/posts/?q=sutton's locomotive workshop This gives you are slightly better time Frame on 24/1 & 25’s .
  14. But the level of intricacy of those models is less than on an RTR model from Accurascale, Bachmann, Heljan, CavAlex, Rapido, Dapol or even Hornby.
  15. My understanding is that although dropping the hatch door onto the back of the staith would save work it was considered dangerous and so was not normal GWR practise?
  16. They should be low enough for it not to be an issue. Have you got any photos for reference?
  17. Yes, they did, when James I & VI made peace with Spain, which is why the 17th century was they heyday of piracy; then again after the end of the War of the Spanish Succession in the 1730s.
  18. Keith, Is this for route setting? In the manual on Page 62 it states; Is that what you are looking for?
  19. More or less what I meant! As Mr Slant defined it, "On the long finger"..... And we know what a moral gentleman HE is.
  20. Fairly recently I bought a limited edition loco from my local shop for £257. At around the same time there were two for sale on ebay - one BIN at just shy of £600 (which did not sell, I think) and one for auction which sold for £752 ish.
  21. And if anyone wants photos I was born in Rhyl and still live there!
  22. We are all concentrating on fuel and valve gear. One link in the chain is the regulator, the GW type was not just streets in front it was light years in front. Sensitive, light to use and pretty much instant in response. Why it was not adopted for use on BR stds beats me. Is my memory playing tricks but I seem to remember that the Stevenson valve gear was set to admit to lead steam with a longer port opening which made the loco "sit down" on the drivers, hence the lack of slipping and the GW bark. I do have experience of all the locos mentioned in Johnsters post
  23. I suspect one may appear as a special commission, or if there’s a second run
  24. Then they are, by definition, not pirates. More what, these days, we'd call government outsourcing or Public-private partnership!
  25. OLD FRENCH POSTCARDS- LOCOMOTIVES AND TRAINS. Yes, Mikkel, the balance between Romanticism and Classicism, it’s really what Railways are all about, isn’t it? Now, I’m at one with Alice, who remarked “what’s the use of a book without pictures and conversations”? and I try to apply the same principle on this thread. You can imagine how down I was about the recent loss of pictures debacle. I am trying to very slowly restore the lost ones from since May 2021, and I was quite pleased to spot that one illustration from before then has reappeared (yes, just one so far, indefinite means just that). Its probably considered totally the wrong thing to do, but while I was at it I couldn’t resist doing some additions to pad things out here and there, and make things more informative. Another job is I’m adding “tags” in bold print at the start of some posts as a kind of bookmark, to show where there’s a useful link. Fortunately this thread has kept quite compact and retained its shape, so it is possible to reference something fairly easily. Youll see there’s a tag at the top of this post, whats that about? well, looking round for a picture to fill in an old post, I found a site which has a huge collection of old French postcards. Besides all the town and country stuff, there’s a large section devoted to railway themes, quite exhaustive. It’s a tribute to the methodical logic of the Gallic mind, I would say, there isn’t anything as good for Britain: https://www.cparama.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=113
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