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    Bristol and Dunstone, South Devon
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    WR hydraulics, S&D

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  1. Thanks Cameron - I had three off you! Lovely detailed 20s too. It handled the 21T rake very well. Neil
  2. Just a taster if you have placed an order with Accurascale for these. One of my Parkside rakes is running now after a lot of attention. This video was taken about 3 days ago, another two hoppers were added to the unfitted portion of the train. Should really be a Western or Bath road Brush 4 up front, but 20 177 is undergoing running trials. Still minor tweaks including fitting brake levers to some wagons which have become detached with multiple visits to the workbench. My yet to be completed layout was the test bed, 21 Hoppers plus airfix brake van- yes I know the tail light needs dimming a bit. Neil IMG_2337 2.mp4
  3. Quick video of recent running session with the Stone 21T hopper rake. Sound chip switched off! IMG_2337 2.mp4
  4. Well the 21T hopper stone rake appears now to behave, although I have my eye on number 4 (out of 22). Multiple rounds of my track circuit, removing miscreant wagons, wheels off adjustments (shaving of hopper chute and wheel “arch”; brakes, replacement of bits that have fallen off etc) and repeat. Took a while but got there I hope. If Phil gives permissive rights then D1059 will be hauling the 7V45 stone empties from Redditch to Stoke Gifford at Abbotswood’s next outing, along with hopefully a china clay rake. Second project is detailing my class 20 fleet to represent all examples I saw in Bristol in the 1970s. I’ve just discovered that I saw another pair 20 054/059 sometime in 1978, so these go on the list. The first 20 as mentioned previously (20 177) has been fitted with a Hornby HM7000 sound chip, and the second chip arrived (for 20 031) this week. But disaster - it was unable to be programmed by Bluetooth, so I resorted to putting it on my ECoS programming track. When on reading the chip it shorted everything! Grr so Rails referred me to Hornby technical department and I’m waiting their response. Coupled to this 20 177 has suddenly dropped in its speed range, and I’m yet to figure out why. A further GFYE 20, 20 175 is progressing on the workbench. Two locos renumbered this morning. A new Heljan 25 to 25 168, and 20 175 as mentioned above. I use my tried and tested sharpie pen method. Daub the number to be removed with acrylic thinner, wait a minute or two then gently rub the number away. Using a blue sharpie very quickly the thinner becomes white as the decal is removed. Rub only the decal, avoiding the surrounding area. Remove the residue with a cotton bud soaked in thinner and repeat until all traces are removed. It leaves a slight sheen, but by minimising the area attacked and the fact that all will be covered by weathering is not an issue. I’ve removed some of the factory weathering on the 20 (it’s just too “even”) but will apply some more to mask the decals a bit. As always Railtec transfers - custom TOPs (cat no 9991) are always used, and thanks Steve for a very rapid service this week. I never go down the road of replacing just one or more decal -they rarely match and stick out like a sore thumb. The decal is applied directly to the model, soaked with decalfix and left for 2-3 min. Positioning is done with a cocktail stick and then pressed home with tissue paper removing excess decalfix in the process. On adding the boiler blanking plate a smudge of superglue found its way onto the plate somehow. I used the sharpie to remove it as well. A buffed area is still visible but will vanish hopefully with weathering. 25 168 was the first late body style 25 I saw on my first days spotting.
  5. I’m baking bread tomorrow. We have a bread maker but it hasn’t been used since I did a bread making course at a local bakery (Hobbs of Chipping Sodbury) in February this year. Their recipes are very straightforward and I’ve made a load of baguettes and rolls with both strong white and whole meal flour. Fresh yeast is obtained from Morrisons, and lasts about a month in the fridge. Now the warmer weather is here proving is much more rapid and care needs to be taken as overlap in the baguette tray causes issues. It’s delicious and I’ll be using the bread for food on the bank Wednesday for my weekly fish, plus my mum and a neighbour has a standing order! A lot of kneading by hand but I prefer the traditional method to the bread maker. Neil
  6. Indeed I corrected my post- should be LNER diag 100 not 1/100
  7. Yes indeed there was a gradual evolution of classification of 21T hoppers communicated on the wagon panel which changed over the decades since their introduction. By the 1970s most were branded as HOP21 (unfitted) or HOP21VB (vac fitted); then HOP21HTO/ HOP21HTV and finally just HTO/HTV when TOPS classifications came in. The Hornby hoppers represent the early unfitted diagrams, vacuum braking became the norm from diag 1/146 (Accurascale models) but many were still built unfitted even then (about half of 1/146 were built unfitted). Unfitted wagons were still operating in large numbers into the 1970s, and the David Larkin books gives the specific wagons so treated. Some HTOs were piped so that they could continue the vacuum brakes through the train, as most consists by then were operating as fitted heads. You can readily mix Hornby and Accurascale hoppers but make sure the wagons adjacent to the loco are vac fitted, certainly the South Wales coal traffic I saw heading towards Acton were that format, but often included Brake tenders and the essential brake van bringing up the rear to ensure adequate braking when operating as class 7 or 8 freights. Neil
  8. That would be nice Mike, as you know the NEMs on the Hornby hoppers are a bit of a pig to remove. Neil
  9. Hornby’s recent (well nearly a decade ago!) model is the BR-built riveted version of the LNER designed hopper first introduced in the 1930s. They have numbered the wagons in the LNER diag 100 series (e.g E306266; built 1948) and in diag 1/141 (eg B411182). Both 100 and 1/141 wagons were built as either riveted or welded bodies, Hornby representing the former. The Parkside kit PC80 is of a LNER diag 100 wagon. Someone with more knowledge may be able to tell you what the difference between the 100 and 1/141 diagrams are, but externally they appear identical. Apart from the obvious riveted bodies on the Hornby model, the big difference are the brakes. LNER derivatives had single sided brakes with high hand levers whilst the forthcoming Accurascale models have Morton brakes as per the Parkside kits PC77/8. Huge numbers of E-prefixed and 1/141 wagons (and of course most diagrams) were rebodied in the late 1960s/1970s having two rib bodies. Most were welded, but a number had “Huck bolts” giving the wagon a different appearance. As always refer to Paul Bartlett’s excellent site and the David Larkin books wagons of the early/middle/final British railways era. David’s books give precise details of the various hopper diagrams, welded or riveted and numbers, but you will need to buy all volumes of the aforementioned series covering your years of interest. I’d always thought that the LNER design hoppers were rare on the WR, but a photo on my home turf, Stoke Gifford yard, I’ve found shows a rake of almost exclusively rebodied LNER braked examples sitting in the yard. I was wrong in my assumptions - if only I’d paid more attention 50 years ago- I blame the hydraulics for that! Neil - who’s spent the last year or so on a steep learning curve on the variety and complexity of BR 21T hoppers
  10. The alternative is that you build the Parkside kits PC77 and PC78 (around £15 plus p&p normally £4). Then there’s paint, glue, transfers (if you want to bespoke them which you’ll need to do in a large rake) on top of that. Time is the critical factor for many, and my rakes have taken (a conservative estimate) at least a hundred man hours probably more. I’m still resolving running issues with a few now so I’m still not there yet. The alternative Accurascale product is £27 a wagon, I think that’s a bargain. I’d also forgotten the loyalty discount which I may use to buy some more HTOs. Neil
  11. Not a problem Fran - I still need more! I’ve enjoyed building them but they are not for the faint hearted, and can be made into a decent rake with a lot of effort. I’ve just ordered 2 sets of HTV rebodied 1/147s. I’ve still another rake to assemble as these were bread and butter rolling stock in the 1970s. Parkside kits are wonderful, but the price differential between your excellent wagons and a kit is not too big, and doesn’t factor in time and Anglo Saxon expletives when building them. Neil
  12. Just terrific news- I’ll be adding a few sets of wagons to my Parkside builds. Plenty of 5-rib hoppers were vacuum braked too - I guess an option for future releases. Neil
  13. thanks Phil - it’s my father in law who’s ill, hopefully will be out of hospital soon. Neil
  14. I’ve almost got the full rake of 21T stone hoppers running on the up line. Many have needed attention and especially the LNER brake versions. Handrails, brake levers, brakes, solebars wheels etc have all become detached in the resultant handling and needing repair. The key issue is to remove any part of the hopper chute that makes contact with wheel backs however brief it may be, as derailments occur when they do. With this mornings Accurascale announcement, I fully expect them to announce 21T hoppers - which would be very welcome. Without doubt the Parkside kits are a challenge especially with respect to wheel clearances, and I doubt if I’ll be building many more. The photo below is one of the four errant hoppers on the workbench with plastic shards around it after having surgery. To keep it company another 1/800 van and a Chivers SR Tunny ballast spoil wagon have been put together. The Tunny went together in around 2-3 hours, and now in paint booth with its final coat of BR black. I tend normally to paint solebar bits and pieces (black) separate to wagon bodies (normally bauxite) then unite them after filing off painted surfaces where cementing is to take place. This avoids the faff of masking, and works well. However as the Tunny is all black the whole wagon can be built then sprayed. Only wheels to fit later today, The 1/800 van saga continues, I’m 99% sure the WR versions were painted bauxite now. The Stephen Dowle image I posted earlier was put through colourising software, and the 1/800 and 1/801 vans come out bauxite. However it’s not 100% conclusive as D7017 has brown hues although clearly has an overall blue tinge. I won’t post this image due to copyright issues. I guess it’s quite difficult for the software to differentiate between brown and blue, but bauxite my vans will be. finally my D1001 replica nameplate has been mounted on the wall in our back garden bar, which has had a good clear out. The wall needs painting but my suggestion it should be blue or maroon have been met with some domestic resistance! The slogans on the wall are via my daughter 1 who made the bar resemble my old local the Rose & Crown in Yealmpton where we often had Sunday lunch as a family. Neil
  15. Having just built 30+ Parkside 21T hoppers, one of them an aggregate rake, one coal, I’m thinking the inevitable will happen. Huge numbers built over lots of diagrams- BR brake versions are a big hole RTR. Hence my hours of building kits. Neil
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