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  1. A couple of shots taken from inside buses held up by 313s crossing the road! Pensioners' bus passes keep the buses running and they are a closer fit with my excursions to Lidls.
  2. Have you thought about making your own? A length of dowel or broomstick with the top turned into a head, with or without a cap, and arms from the cheap lolly sticks sold in The Range or The Works. All could be held together with thinner dowels. To me they would be more in keeping with the wooden styling of your locos. You can get wooden balls if turning the heads is too tricky, although you already turned or carved your dome. An even simpler design could be to cut the dowel at an angle and paint faces onto the angled surface and the rest a uniform colour, with or without painted details, like hands, buttons etc. I made some crib figures with small sections of cut branches. The bark was OK for them, but plain dowel would fit your style better, I suspect.
  3. Boaters, especially for women seem to have been very much an Edwardian fashion. My family albums have a couple of photos of my Great Grandmother and other family members wearing boaters in 1901 and 1905. As a family of high class tailors, they were always turned out in the fashions of the day - albeit in Herefordshire. That said, they dressed the country house set, who spent time in London and cities abroad. In the other photo which has been dated to 1910 there are both men and women wearing boaters, although most of the women's hats had developed into wider-brimmed models. The procession seems to have a funereal air about it. The bass drum is draped in black and the escorting constables seem to be slow marching, with their arms straight down. 1910 was the year Edward VII died, so it may have been the reason for the procession.
  4. For my Highbridge Wharf diorama, I have made or converted three lowmac type wagons to approximate MR diagrams. The reason - there is a photo of eight new Babcock and Wilcox steam rollers being delivered to the wharf, for the local road building and maintenance firm, W.W. Buncombe. At one time they had 150 rollers working up and down the country. I have the rollers - slightly modified Aveling & Porter ones from Hales kits. I have the almost completed wagons. I am now working on how to replicate the lashings that held the machines steady in transit. They were lashed around the front roller's pivot - the hump where the badge is on the roller above - and down to the buffers, with multiple ropes. The front rollers and back wheel rollers were chocked with wood wedges. The rear fixings are not visible. I would guess that the towing eye and the other pair of buffers would have been used. I don't want to fix the rollers down permanently. I often get to this point with a model and go and find something easier to do. I will get there - I have some suitable thread and assorted glue to hold the harnesses together. As there doesn't seem to have been an end loading dock on the Wharf, I am not sure how they got the rollers off the wagons - possibly steered off the edge onto a timber ramp. It was next to Bland's timber yard.
  5. As above - Dad's log was showing the through train/coaches in August 1960.
  6. I must get that album of S&DJR official photos, that Dad gave me for my 21st birthday, reloaded, as with virtually all my albums it fell while changing platforms. Perhaps a figure, stumbling while climbing the footbridge steps, could be the next Modelu figure, or from the equally excellent Scale 3D ( https://scale3d.co.uk/ ). (Usual only a very satisfied customer disclaimer. Their figures are terrific, for a wide selection of eras and they have a superb very early, very tiny*, Fordson tractor- WW1 era - which only needs the printing supports removed and it is ready to paint - https://scale3d.co.uk/collections/vehicles/products/old-tractor and as you can see it is incredibly good value). If anyone needs the SDJR officials before I reload them, you can see them at http://www.ipernity.com/doc/philsutters/album/512561 * (rear wheels on 1/76th model are 13mm diam)
  7. I have only just noticed this post. I have peered through my best magnifier and I think that the month is April, but the year is indecipherable - so not a lot of help!
  8. Dad's spotting log, on Saturday 3.9.1960, records 30582 and 30583 at Lyme Regis on the 9 a.m. to Waterloo. The Radials only worked the train to Axminster. Possibly the through trains or through carriages were Summer Saturdays only. Looking at the map in the original post, that train would have to use the lower line and cross over to the up mainline before reaching the station. Coming off the down main would have been more straight forward. Here are his photos of the branch.
  9. I have wondered about the spacing of the SDJR on these Bachman 7Fs. There don't seem to be many photos of them in SDJR days. There is the works grey official photo which has the narrower version and the ones of the trial on MR metals around Cricklewood. The latter has a tender cab and wider spacing. Most SDJR tender locos had the wider spacing, fairly evenly stretched over the length of the tender. Does anyone know of photos of 7Fs in action on the SDJR with the narrower spacing? The preservation guys obviously favour the narrower style, so presumably they have evidence for it. I suspect one can't really count Derby's grey job as definitive.
  10. Now you know what 'fly ash' looks like! Best keep your cab windows shut tight, I guess.
  11. At the opposite end of the country ..... west - eastwise! If it spoils your narrative - I can hide it, but having only just been there, I thought that the similarity of style was remarkable.
  12. The only photos I can find in Dad's albums are from the '60s and one cannot see what type of van was under the tarp. One is only visible as a bit flapping out from the side of the train!
  13. I ventured into Southeastern territory last weekend, taking a Great Rail Sale half price trip to Dover.
  14. Travelling to Dover, last Satuday, I was pleased to find that the Eastbourne to Ashford International service now has 4-car 171s. The last time I used it, it was the Brighton to AI service and only had two coaches and was often crowded, especially from Eastbourne onwards. I was too busy rushing through the subway to grab a ride on a Javelin that I didn't snap the train on the way out.
  15. I can't do you one at Manchester, but this one was heading that way! One of Dad's, although he was a reluctant photographer of oil boxes.
  16. Use as fuel prior to WW1 was fairly commonplace in the Somerset Levels and the surrounding area. It wasn't until the railways and canals started bringing in cheap coal that the use for domestic fuel was phased out. During WW1, and possibly upto 1924, when the works was turned over to anthracite based smokeless fuel manufacture, the Eclipse Fuel Company made peat domestic fuel briquettes at the works on Highbridge Wharf. Coal in that period was needed for increased industrial output. I have a reduced footprint model of the works under construction. Locally it was known as the Winkle. It was a three storey concrete building, with lower height ancillary buildings and a pitch reservoir, which survived until the 1960s, although I am not sure when it stopped production of the smokeless fuel pellets. These links may provide you with more information. It depends on how deep you want to dig, as to whether you buy a book on the subject! http://avalonmarshes.org/the-avalon-marshes/heritage/peat/ https://avlr.org.uk/product/picking-packing-and-processing-of-peat-on-the-somerset-levels
  17. Much of the rest of the building has been modernized, but there are still some more interesting details left. The other building is at the far end of this elevation.
  18. Sarson's factory was in Bermondsey, off Tower Bridge Road. When I first worked in Southwark, our in-service training office was in Tooley Street, the other side of the railway. The pungent smell of the vinegar often wafted across if the wind was in the right direction. The smells as one walked down from London Bridge station were at that time mainly quite fragrant - coffee from an importer and roaster and spices from import warehouses and packaging plants - until you got to Tower Bridge Road when the vinegar smell could catch the back of your throat. In Victorian times it was one of the smelliest places in a generally rather smelly city. If you look at a map of the area there were loads of tanneries, for which urine was a required chemical agent. These were associated with currieries where the tanned hides were further processed or 'cured'. At the centre of this was the London Leather, Hide and Wool Exchange near to Guys Hospital Some of the leathers were from whales' and seals' skins, so another source of pungent odours was the Alaska Building. There were also a number wool warehouses that had their own distinctive odours. It had its own large and small breweries and indeed the Hop Exchange, close to London Bridge Station, served most of the country, with supplies coming in mainly from Kent and Sussex, but from as far afield as Herefordshire. There was at least one glue and size factory, which would have had some very unpleasant raw materials I guess. Who knows what the 'black lead and emery works' smelt like. All this is in addition to poor drains, horse and other animal dung in the streets, smoke from every building whether domestic or commercial etc. etc.. Now we have moving model trains, with sounds and smoke, perhaps we need to add smells as well to be really authentic. This is all one can now see of the Sarsons building from Tower Bridge Road. When I first knew it in the late 60s there were still large vats visible and they could still give off a tangy pong years after production finished there.
  19. That Handbook has a huge range of mechanical products. I hadn't come across the Internet Archive before. It looks like a good place to spend/waste a lot of time! Wouldn't they have said "the springs are inside the inner frames" ? Best of luck with both the moving and static versions. I shall look out for your progress reports.
  20. On the way back from Brighton I stopped at Lewes, to catch the Belmond heading for the sidings at Newhaven Town Yard. These were the EMU's that passed by while I was there. Although I seem to have overlooked a couple of 313s. I have fairly recently seen a GX train being used on the Seaford branch as a Brighton and Hove Albion matchday service, when the usual 313s are often replaced by one or two 377s, to give added capacity to and from the Amex stadium at Falmer. Seeing the departures board in one of these photos made me realise that my camera's 'clock' has been 16 minutes fast. So if you were to look at a photo's meta date you would see an incorrect time. The times in the caption given are the departure times from the originating station.
  21. The non-67 class traffic at Brighton last Saturday, when the Portillo Belle paid a visit.
  22. I found this by Image Googling Appleby Brothers Southwark. https://archive.org/details/ApplebyBros1876 . The detail they give in their specification would suggest that they were the manufacturers, although this design is the only loco in their catalogue. There are a number of steam cranes and other appliances, some of which seem to me quite sophisticated. Although the proximity may not have been relevant, the nearest locomotive works would have been George England's at New Cross, about four miles away. They turned out many narrow gauge locos for the welsh railways and others.
  23. In the details under the illustration of Edith in the Appleby Brothers' catalogue, it says that the springs are between the inner and outer frames. I was interested to see this firm's products, as I used to live and work in Southwark and hadn't come across any mention of them before. I also have an interest in steam cranes as Highbridge Wharf had several and I have tried to recreate three of them. These seem to have been one of their major product lines. Interestingly they say that although this loco is 2ft 8in gauge, they can produce similar locos up to standard gauge. I wonder if this could have been their works
  24. The Stoneycombe disused quarry or the escarpment to its east, looks like a serious contender, as the backdrop, when looked at on Google 3D. Streetview from Bickley Road is just trees and hedges! Has anyone done a cab-ride video of that bit of the line, I wonder?
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