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  1. !4ft x 8ft would be lovely. I currently only have 11ft 6in x 7ft 6in, so I'm limited to tight 2ft 3in radius curves and turnouts and a mavimum of 4 bogie coaches - but i do have a double track circuit and a small terminal element. See:
  2. As I remember the lav at my paternal grand-parents, Grandfather and uncles had the Daily Mirror pages torn into 1/8ths and hung on a string behing the door. grandmother and aunt used the tissue that oranges came wrapped in! But they were a relatively well-off family as all were working except Grandmother - Grandfather was retired from a Class 1 signal-box at Westwood Junction on the ECML. So no trace of Izal or Bronco - nor anything on a roll! Regards Chris H
  3. Personally, I've always wondered why the 15xx class was ever devised - they are very front-end heavy and despite lots of grunt were never very useful. An aberration, with one of the toughest route restrictions applied. I could understamnd the 94xx as an updated 57xx, but not the outside cylindered job, which you always expected to trip itself up? Sorry, but I just can't see the appeal - thank goodnees they only built 10! Regards Chris H
  4. Nick, Thanks for the response with the pictures of Banbury North Signal Box. A great shame that a lot of the railway I knew as a teenager has changed almost out of recognition. But at least the railway has survived and now carries more passengers and freight than it ever did - and more efficiently with very much shorter journey times, albeit perhaps without the charm. My only picture from the morning of 4th March 1967 which includes the signal box is of Pendennis Castle on the Birkenhead Flyer, as below: With more relevance, I'm still looking for the colour slide(s) I took of 1466 on the Wallingford Branch on 21st September 1968. When I find it I will scan and post. Regards Chris H
  5. Did some one mention Clun Castle at Banbury. My pictures which follow come from 4th March 1967. Sorry if this is too much of an intrusion. I am very impressed with your developing model of Cholsey & Moulsford. Regards Chris H
  6. Beatties shut-up shop in the Holborn area more than 12 years back. I retired in early 2010 and they had given up a couple of years before then. Regards Chris H
  7. Do planning regulations pre 1945 apply to agricultural buildings of a no-more than semi-permanent nature? - I suspect not? Regards Chris H
  8. All I can hear is the noise of wheel/rail (and joints) interaction - plus the worn single reduction gears from the axle-hung motors to the driven axles. Regards Chris H
  9. It is my understanding that rabbits were introduced to Britain by the Normans for the reasons you mention - As a high protein food crop with very useful skins / fur. There is some suggestion it might have been the Romans, rather than Normans - but more likely that the Romans brought the Hare here. One local area in Milton Keynes is named "Conniburrow" - as that was an area kept for raising Coneys (Rabbits) for food. Also a friend's wife used to have a Maltese pen friend - early 1970s, when we were all much younger. When a little bit older, the lady visit the Maltese family and was introduced to the rabbits - and asked to chose which one was to be dinner that evening. Regarding Moles, I thought they were supposed to be rather earthy eating, but the skins were good for making hard-wearing and warm work trousers. Regards Chris H
  10. Don, Thats interesting. So far DCC is beyond my experience - i'm still very much a "Deliberately old fashioned type". Regarding the 20V AC trains, recent experience of a pre 1939 Maerklin "0" gauge Pacific was enlightening - when you operated the cab control, it responded exactly as a modern 3-rail DC loco would. Otherwise, I find the application of a reasonably rated bridge rectifier to the field (or armature) circuit will ensure the loco responds as desired. However, I do regret the lack of the fourth rail to give true verisimiltude to some of my favourite prototypes. Regards Chris H
  11. Only if you are using the 3-rail DC current collection system. If you are using 2-rail "Forward" and "Reverse" refer to the direction of travel along the track (which ever way the loco faces). One of the reasons I like "Deliberately Old-Fashioned trains"! Regards Chris H
  12. And here are a couple of pictures of the real thing - 251, the first and last of the Ivatt "Large Atlantics" - taken today at the new Danum Museum, Library and Gallery in Doncaster. First the best shot I could get of the backhead and regulator handle. The driver's side from the front: The crosshead, slide-bars and works plate on the fireman's side: looking forward along the fireman's side - sorry about the pillars that get in the way, but they hold the upper floors up! There are a few more - as this is one of my all time favourite locos (along with "City of Truro", LSWR No.120, the SNCF 141R and BLS 251 !!!) - but I don't want to get boring so to finish here are a couple of views of the wider "Railway Heritage Gallery" P.S. - "Green Arrow" is another favourite! Regards Chris H
  13. Simon, Sorry to hear of your health event! I hope you have a good recovery - keep taking the tablets, exercise regularly without overdoing it and eat/drink sensibly. Having suffered a nasty early bout of covid in November 2019 - about 3 months before it was recognised as being at large! - I then suffered a similar "Heart-attack" a week after I thought the worst was over. Happily, a Friday breakfast time call to 111 resulted in an Ambulance crew at the door 5 minutes later, who confirmed my diagnosis and decide to take me on a "Blues and Twos" ride from Milton Keynes to John Radcliffe in Oxford. Straight into the operating theatre and a stent fitted - switching off the pain - I was into the recovery room by mid-day. I was released home on the Sunday p.m. - happy with the service. Unfortunately the recognised Pandemic commenced 4 months later just as I was supposed to start post-cardiac physiotherapy - which was then cancelled. I'm not as strong as I was, but I'm still here and enjoying the trains - of the "Deliberately Old-Fashioned 0 Gauge" variety. I look forward to more from Porth Dinllaen before too long. Regards Chris H
  14. I would be fascinated to Know when that picture was taken - and if the gentleman in the yellow Hi-Vi is Peter Pribik? The other gentleman almost looks like David Elan - late of Bracknell? Does anyone Know? The buses are both fascinating - as is your model of the Thames Valley "Tilling-Stevens", very well done. Regards Chris H
  15. One memory from my time in the Acton Works "Carbody" shop was the "Fitter" who was the quickest at removing worn door tracks - he had a two pound hammer and a strong right arm. Normally only two strikes on each stud / nut required, but it was dangerous to be in the vicinity as the schrapnel flew quite wildly. There were other nefarious practises, which eventually were stopped - to the benefit of workplace safety. Regards Chris H
  16. Very impressive, I must get on and do the similar bits for my layout - happily I only have 5 track joints across the edge (2 tracks) and end (3 tracks) of the lifting flap to deal with! Regards Chris H
  17. That is a marvellous picture of "North Box" - once grandfather's place of work (before WW2). Regards Chris H
  18. Circa 1964, our family went to Innsbruck for 2 weeks holiday. While there we travelled on the Stubital Bahn to Fulpmes and then got a bus to the waterfalls at the head of the Stubital. While on the bus, a German gentleman tapped my Father on the shoulder and asked if he came from Bottomboat, Stanley, West Yorks. Recovering his composure Father admitted that was where he was born and lived till aged 9 his family moved to Peterborough (New England - a Railway House on Lincoln Road). Further conversation made it clear that the German gentleman had been a prisoner of war for most of WW2 and spent a lot of time studying the accents of the camp guards and where they originated from. Needless to say while my Father kept his Bottomboat accent for the rest of his life his younger brothers - one born in Bottomboat and the other in New England - bothe developed real "Swedey" East Anglian accents. Nowt as strange as folk. Regards Chris H
  19. I didn't doubt the location which fitted the picture - only the possible attribution of the building. Chris H
  20. Looking at the relevant page - https://www.s-r-s.org.uk/html/gwe/S773.htm of the Signalling Record Society, that shed / greenhouse is definitely not the Dulverton Signal Box which was on the platform towards to other end of the station. It is a very interesting station layout all the same - hope someone is sufficiently inspired to build a model! Regards Chris H
  21. Possibly a bit over-dressed for Hilda - especially as it is now supposedly "Spring", but I shall not be shedding my coat - let alone my vest - for a while yet. Regards Chris H
  22. I hope it is note going "into" the wheel-drop - that suggests lots of paperwork and plenty of overtime for the Breakdown gang - with a lot of damage to the tender that will need repairing before the loco gets back in traffic. If you said "onto" the wheel-drop Id be happier. Regards Chris H
  23. Interesting that the Fire Hole door is in the side of the Firebox rather than on the boiler front (I am using proper terminology here)? Consequently this is much more esoteric beast than a Neilson "Box tank"? Regarding the Box tank, I suspect that its wheelbase is very similar to that of a W4 Peckett 0-4-0ST - but the Neilson is nothing like as pretty as the Pecketts. Apropos of nothing, I once bought a model locomotive from a Reverend Peckett - of Leigh on Sea (west of Southend). He had started work in the family firm at Atlas Engine Works, Bristol, before leaving to take Holy Orders. But in retirement he ran a LGB layout with large Diesel and Electric locos till a heart attack prevented him from lifting the heavier locos - so I purchase the RhB Ge4/4II "Arosa" for my outdoor line! Regards Chris H
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