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by Noel
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: North East of Scotland (Grampian)
Topic: January 2020 Workshop
Replies: 4
Views: 448

Re: January 2020 Workshop

As one who commonly builds rigid vehicles I would add that a bogie wheelbase is no longer than that of a 10ft wheelbase wagon, and is often significantly shorter, so individually bogies are no more intolerant of local variations in the track than such a wagon. Bogie vehicles, however, may be much mo...
by Noel
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 1996

Re: Bodmin

Regarding wartime pooling, china clay wagons would presumably have been Non-Pool – like tased loadstone wagons and tankers. I would have thought the same, but the two photographs in J. H. Russell "Freight Wagons and Loads in service on the GWR and BR, WR" referred to under 3) in mine of 5...
by Noel
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 1996

Re: Bodmin

The Devon output was of ball clay, very similar to, but not identical to, china clay. One location was near Heathfield in south Devon, the other near Meeth in north Devon; the former was served by the GWR, the latter by the SR. There was a third location near Wareham in Dorset, also served by the SR...
by Noel
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 1996

Re: Bodmin

There was another clay drier about 1 mile east of Bodmin on the down side of the West of England main line - the Newbridge Dries of the Onslow China Clay Ltd - and associates sidings and sign box - Onslow Sidings, the clay came via a pipe from Bodmin Moor. The works and its associated siding operat...
by Noel
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 1996

Re: Bodmin

https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/written-answers/1920/nov/15/china-clay-loading-facilities-fowey indicates the facilities which would have been available at Fowey, which was the major exporting port for china clay, by 1929. As Cornwall was virtually a monopoly supplier, about 75% of produ...
by Noel
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 1996

Re: Bodmin

[The GWR also built their own version of the 5-plank end-tipping ‘clay hood’, which has subsequently become available as a plastic kit.] J. H. Russell "Freight Wagons and Loads in service on the GWR and BR, WR" shows the following, 1-4 at Fowey, 5/6 at Swindon. None have sheet bars except...
by Noel
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 1996

Re: Bodmin

I know that there were at least approx 300 EEC wagons in 1922. I was wondering if the EEC wagons at Bodmin where based on any documents or photos or was it an educated guess? Most china clay workings were south and west of Bodmin, where there was a network of GWR branches. The significant exception...
by Noel
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 1697

Re: Non Railway Modelling

John Donnelly wrote:… and the gun at the bow hasn't yet been fitted.


Not un-prototypical...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-boat#/media/File:German_E-Boat_S_204_surrenders_at_Felixstowe_on_13_May_1945.jpg
by Noel
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 29
Views: 5834

Re: Dorset 1937

I am going for the overgrown look of the walls I saw near Norden. Dry stone wall building and repairing, like hedge laying and scything grass, were skilled jobs, but poorly paid. Farmers might have someone working on the farm who could do one or more of them, or they might be done by itinerant craf...
by Noel
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 1697

Re: Non Railway Modelling

essdee wrote:Interesting! Yet I can almost 'hear' the sounds associated with that lovely MTB and its superb turning wake:


Technically an S-boot [Schnellboot], known to the Allies as an E-boat [Enemy (motor) boat], driven by diesel engines as standard. I'm surprised she is not flying any Kriegsmarine ensigns...
by Noel
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 29
Views: 5834

Re: Dorset 1937

by Noel
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 1996

Re: Bodmin

EEC is actually ECC [English China Clays Ltd., created in 1919]. They used 4- or 5-plank end tippers for clay, as most of it was delivered to Fowey for onward transit in coastal vessels; they also had some coal wagons. The two traffics were never carried in the same vehicles, as coal dust contaminat...
by Noel
Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Delivering the Goods
Replies: 13
Views: 5694

Re: Delivering the Goods

They are going together well but I have been particularly impressed by the door catches - simple, easy to make and effective. I fear that there is a poor bit of kit design in the doors themselves. The doors should close together; what the 'infill' between them is supposed to be I don't know. The ra...
by Noel
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 102
Views: 29573

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

True, but Chadderton opened on 12 August 1914 - albeit less fancily titled a "Coal and Mineral yard" at that time! CCDs were on existing yards rebuilt for the purpose, and were designed for bulk mechanical handling. The point was that all other coal yards in the area were closed as part o...
by Noel
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 102
Views: 29573

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Most local railway yards did not have facilities for transhipping coal in bulk and tended to handle only bagged coal for domestic use. Even if Alpha's coal had come from the pithead by rail, I suspect it would have gone via the concentration depot at Chadderton which is only three or four miles awa...
by Noel
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Masokits sprung wagon units
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: Masokits sprung wagon units

According to Atkins et al [first edition, anyway; I don't know if the third edition changes this at all], O15 [which is the earlier] and O11 were both built after the change to cross-corner DCIII for most ordinary goods wagons in 1906. The drawing of O15 shows an offset V-hanger, and the notes go on...
by Noel
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?
Replies: 12
Views: 666

Re: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?

Which is why I included a link... :D :D :D
by Noel
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 30
Views: 5298

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Permission from the next box to enter a section on a single line can only be given by the issue of a token, staff or tablet, as appropriate, in normal circumstances [i.e. assuming the block equipment is working] unless the line is equipped with a tokenless block of some sort [unusual in steam days, ...
by Noel
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?
Replies: 12
Views: 666

Re: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?

I don't fundamentally disagree with anything said so far, but would add a few comments - I started building wagon kits quite a long time ago, before the parts to use springing were commercially available, so most are 'rigid' but with a SMALL amount of sideways movement of the axles. They have to be ...
by Noel
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 30
Views: 5298

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Begs the question about protecting the entrance to the section in that direction should a loco need to run round a train in that direction, There is one siding trailing for the Down direction, which appears to be a lie-by. All the others are trailing for the Up direction; the implication is that th...
by Noel
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems
Replies: 9
Views: 1055

Re: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems

I have no recollection of the extensive Bristol & Exeter C&W works on the southern fringe of Bridgwater, even though I must have passed it many times on the train as a child. It was here that the Bridgwater sub shed must have been located Yes, it was. Roger Griffiths in "GWR Sheds in C...
by Noel
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems
Replies: 9
Views: 1055

Re: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems

<Edited to add that since Bridgwater was a stabling point subordinate to Taunton, presumably 1338 would also have visited Taunton shed for boiler washouts and maintenance/repairs. Bridgwater was a formal sub-shed to Taunton, not just a stabling point [which is more of a diesel era concept anyway], ...
by Noel
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: GWR Mica Diag X2
Replies: 9
Views: 756

Re: GWR Mica Diag X2

59954 - may have been a Tevan because writtenb "Returned to Greenford". Greenford was the site of a major production facility for J. Lyons & Co., so this would seem to be very likely. The following exaples were not condemned until 1957 or later Which leaves the probably unanswerable q...
by Noel
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Adjustable trestles
Replies: 7
Views: 494

Re: Adjustable trestles

https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/p/diy/powerfix-profi-height-adjustable-trestle/p27854

As the moveable verticals have holes, I assume that they are pinned to maintain height, so probably not easy to alter to infinitely adjustable.
by Noel
Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: GWR Mica Diag X2
Replies: 9
Views: 756

Re: GWR Mica Diag X2

Sounds good, but did the X5 and X7 have the larger wheels, or did the X2 get rebuilt with smaller wheels? X5 and X7 both had wagon wheels and axleguards, with spring shoes [X1/2/4 as built had coach wheels and axleguards, and swing link suspension]. Atkins et al refer to changes to the brake levers...

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