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  1. Thanks for the correction - my ignorance -- and eyesight not able to read numbers at 100m+ distance! Now corrected
  2. A couple more from the Portsmouth trip. The further 444 in the first photo was difficult to decipher so it might not be 012
  3. It could also be used as a spice rack!
  4. Unsurprisingly only one to add from a trip to Portsmouth last week.
  5. A brief stop at Lancing to get a couple of bits from Morris' Models, so a couple of snaps of usual Coastway fare.
  6. Sitting on death row last Friday. I chose to divert eastwards from Portsmouth via Three Bridges as an 'operational incident' had caused my direct West Coastway train to be cancelled. Hence a stop at Horsham. It worked out well with many less stops, quick connections and a change of scenery - especially nice around Pulborough.
  7. After a day trip to Lancing (Morris' Models), Portsmouth Harbour (Spinnaker Tower) and Lee-on-the-Solent (last visited when in the CCF on a naval aviation course at HMS Ariel) I ended up travelling back on 201 as well. My photos are even more dodgy, as the Sun was setting and a friend was waiting to give me a lift home.) More snaps from the trip later.
  8. The wagon with raves looks very similar to the S&DJR's peat wagons, at least one of which I need to recreate for the Wharf. Even after the peat processing plant turned over to anthracite based smokeless fuel pellets, some of those wagons seem to have remained in service.
  9. Most of the coal shipped into Highbridge Wharf was for the S&D and LSWR's own locos. The wharf had a small Bridgwater COOP coal depot in the corner, but it is not recorded whether that coal came from the South Wales source or the Somerset coalfield or pits further afield. Chris Handley's first volume on 'Radstock - Coal & Steam - History' doesn't get into the customers of the pits around Radstock much at all. It would be strange if some of their coal didn't find its way south, so PO wagons from those pits may well have been found down in deepest Dorset. Brays Down, Camerton, New Rock, Writhlington-Kilmersdon-Foxcote & The Earl of Waldegrave are all collieries with large numbers of wagons, that could have turned up down south. Looking at their entries in Richard Kelham's PO wagons of Somerset several of these collieries advertise the availability of good gas-making coals among their products.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. As above - Dad's log was showing the through train/coaches in August 1960.
  15. 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)
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Now you know what 'fly ash' looks like! Best keep your cab windows shut tight, I guess.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. I ventured into Southeastern territory last weekend, taking a Great Rail Sale half price trip to Dover.
  23. 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 to snap the train on the way out.
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