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  1. The Cox & Cox lorry is the Lledo one. I find those steam lorry types difficult to identify from photos. They seem to have a very similar layout, although they come in quite different sizes. In some smaller ones the driving position is very low and the steering wheel column is at an angle, whereas larger similar looking ones have vertical columns with a much more raised driving position. I am not very scrupulous about road vehicles. If they look reasonably OK that's fine by me. I looked at my reference photo and line drawing and the size of typical early 20th century furniture containers and felt that they looked good together. The wheels are not really appropriate, but will do. The steam crane was built around a Langley vertical steam boiler. It is based on photographs in the bible for my Highbridge Wharf diorama, Chris Handley's The Maritime Activities of the Somerset and Dorset Railway. It is a hydraulic crane with the two pistons raising and lowering the pulleys at the top, which then move the chains that lift and lower the loads.
  2. Might it be an idea to update the title of this thread?
  3. All I get from clicking on either of the two photos, is the same photo in the middle of a black page, which does not enlarge when the 'enlarge' button is clicked. I only posted the other version of the single as the original looked a bit pale.
  4. I thought that you might feel your Sunday observance should be rewarded with a better view of the creation of one of your other gods. However you may need to repent for damning all outside valve gear.
  5. The other three, with different degrees of success. The Coronation has just had an overall treatment with the 'Dust and scratches' tool. The smokebox was never going to show any detail and there were too many other areas in which it would have been difficult to avoid losing details. Zephyr has some nice open areas, but removing all the irregularities there would make the whole image a bit of a patchwork. The Woodhead loco needed the least done, but effectively upping the contrast has given it a bit more life.
  6. I have had a go at tidying up the Clayton using various tools in Photoshop Elements. I don't think that I have lost any crucial parts of the image in the process. I don't think that you will get it any sharper. As soon as I tried using any of the sharpening processes it only exaggerated the grain and faults, which is what I thought would happen.
  7. To have a national advertising campaign now, companies or their agents presumably have to deal with numerous TV and radio stations, a variety of magazine and newspaper publishing groups, the various bill board companies and now of course there are social media and other digital outlets to negotiate with. I suspect it may have been a lot simpler back then, although the communication methods were slower and more laborious.
  8. I think a G would be more rounded. As stated above, railway company wagons from all over England and at different periods can be seen in the book's photos, so NE or GE would be entirely feasible. The first wagon could also be BRAYS DOWN COLLIERY, with the middle line No. XX and RADSTOCK the usual tare and load ratings below.
  9. Chris Handley thinks that it was shortly after WW1. Julia was reboilered in 1920 and this berth was used to lay up ships needing attention. There is another photo of her with the boiler that had been repaired in Highbridge Works and a rail-mounted crane ready to lift it back on board. It had a 10ft 6in inside diameter so it must have required out of gauge arrangements to get it across the Bristol and Exeter line and through Highbridge S&D station.
  10. When I worked in a social services department facilities management section, we had the wheeled version for our larger homes and day centres - brand name Paladin.
  11. I have spotted that you can see the photo at https://www.burnham-on-sea.com/news/history-of-highbridge-to-be-revisted-in-nostalgic-afternoon-of-reminiscing/ , although that is no clearer than the version in the book. The second photo is the one on which I based my model Highbridge - C. box, although I did use others from different angles and dates to try to get a reasonably authentic look to it.
  12. It is on page 128 of Chris Handley's Maritime Activities of the S&DR book. It is from his own collection. It shows the Julia up at the eastern most quay, near the sluice that leads to the Brue's new cut. Looked at more closely there are in fact five or possibly six wagons I think.
  13. The photo of the Roads Reconstruction tank wagon in PO Wagons of Somerset is unfortunately side on with the top level with the camera. Nevertheless the rodding seems to start in the channel of the vertical end framing, run towards the filler, where it kinks around it and then travels to the diagonally opposite upright framing channel. My rod's diameter is quite a bit overscale. This and a newer wagon with the lower frames were photographed at Yeovil gas works in 1954.
  14. I have spotted three PO wagons in the COOP siding, in the corner of a wharf-side view. They seem to have different liveries. The nearest one has lettering on the top plank which could be Somerset Collieries Ltd., just from the pattern of the white? lettering on the black plank. The others are too blurred to even guess at. The Bridgwater Cooperative Society, of which this would have been a small depot, does not appear to have had any wagons of its own, unlike some COOPs elsewhere in the country.
  15. Does anyone rate ratings companies? Do you trust Trustpilot? Does TripAdvisor ever trip up? Is Feefo free from bias?
  16. If the Mid-Suffolk LR have used this livery, what was their source of information?
  17. Now there's a name for a compact layout, possibly along the wall in the downstairs loo.
  18. A later version - with the horse-drawn van converted to a trailer for the steam lorry. Not as neat as yours, but I may rebuild the set when I have the time, but there are several other recent models which also don't seem up to scratch once photographed and blown-up on screen. So there is a queue and a load of new stuff to make as well.
  19. I think that I saw on another thread that even that dimension wasn't 100% guaranteed. Not all 2mms are the same apparently.
  20. The rock looks like cork or another type of tree's bark, which very well blended into the hillside shrubbery. White Rose Cement?
  21. There is another similar photo in the Leicester archives showing the construction at an earlier stage, in October 1896, when the steel section was still being constructed. It seems in that image that the same track appears on the right, although less is shown. There is a larger neat stack of bricks where the small one is in this photo. The incomplete pier looks much the same. When constructing arches the underneath was supported by timber formers. Once the structural courses of bricks in the arch were laid, the cavity between them and the track bed was filled with what one source calls 'any suitable material available locally'. Could it be that the heaps of what could be bricks are that back-fill? The loose bricks in the wagons could be more of the same. It may be that at least partially filling the cavities, at that stage, helped to secure the laid brick arch in place while the structure dried out fully.
  22. It takes a time to become aware which liveries are a. although of recognizeable products, unlikely to be authentic railway liveries and b. those that are totally fictional. Sometimes it is the use of an inappropriate vehicle that gives them away. It took me a time to realize that many of the Burnham MRC fund-raiser PO wagons were in fictional liveries for companies that never owned wagons.
  23. Would that depend on whether you have the RM subscription right to access the archive? Having said that it doesn't open for me and I have that right.
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