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by Noel
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: 1950 building colours
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: 1950 building colours

https://www.stationcolours.com/lms BR(LMR) is at the bottom of the page. In 1950 there is every chance that a station would still be in degraded LMSR colours, since the LMSR, like the other big railways, had a lot of work to catch up on after the war, and had to prioritise. Also paint was in very s...
by Noel
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 483

Re: Suitable paint for goods vehicles

All grey paints used white lead mixed with lamp black. It's the titanium white that gives a blue cast to greys Both may be true, but not at the same time. Paint technology changed more than once in the railway era, and so, therefore, did the way paint changed over time. White pigments which were zi...
by Noel
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: iak
Topic: Screw Coupling Protocol
Replies: 11
Views: 1175

Re: Screw Coupling Protocol

My layout will be mostly greater than 30" radius with 24" minimum in the fiddle yard I use Smith's couplings, which are a little overscale, but I don't much like the look of etched couplings, and the extra length makes dealing with curves a little easier, and coupling and uncoupling a lit...
by Noel
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 492
Views: 78160

Re: Brettell Road

... the NBL class 21s ... its reported that they did appear on the Condor's occasionally (anyone got any pictures of this?) Curious, this. The Cromptons were allocated to Derby and Cricklewood before they were exiled to Barrow, and their replacements on the Condor were Class 24s; the Condor was alw...
by Noel
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: British Railways Container liveries
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: British Railways Container liveries

Page 7 shows another container in 1961, but even with examples of bauxite and maroon vehicles in the same photo it is difficult to decide whether it is slightly faded maroon or bauxite. There is enough of the base colour visible to make me fairly sure that it's maroon. Look at the drop-down part of...
by Noel
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: British Railways Container liveries
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: British Railways Container liveries

Does anyone know the date when the standard colour for these containers was changed from crimson to bauxite? Ordinary BR containers weren't crimson. They were originally bauxite with white lettering, which was changed to maroon with cream lettering in the mid-1950s, presumably when the coach livery...
by Noel
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: how to interpret this diagram?
Replies: 26
Views: 1123

Re: how to interpret this diagram?

John, I was looking at the 6" maps for the periods before and after Shotton station was built, which, incidentally, seem to show the signals there before the station. If so, it suggests that the primary reason for them being there is operational, not because of the station being built. Moving t...
by Noel
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: how to interpret this diagram?
Replies: 26
Views: 1123

Re: how to interpret this diagram?

The left hand arm is ringed. Is it remotely possible that these are Queensferry's nos. 56 and 59, and that the ringed arm reads over the Queensferry Up Fast to Up Slow crossover? Although it seems unlikely to be the explanation, I raise this possibility because, whilst I can find a mark on the 25 i...
by Noel
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: how to interpret this diagram?
Replies: 26
Views: 1123

Re: how to interpret this diagram?

Why then is the slot for the distant below 13 specifically identified, when that for 2 is not? As we do not know the conventions used, this could be a) because the distant is operated by two boxes [which cannot include No.1 box] Yes, which is what I tried to say above! I can't speak for anyone else...
by Noel
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: how to interpret this diagram?
Replies: 26
Views: 1123

Re: how to interpret this diagram?

Accepting John Palmer's identification of the Down signals, which I do, then 13 cannot really be anything but No.1 box's Up starter. It can't refer to the distant, as this leaves the home above controlled by another box, which can only be No.2 from the geography of the diagram, which is not possible...
by Noel
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

which I must say does look to me like a Diag. G.13 Loriot L, so I'd be interested to hear why Noel has ruled this out Misinterpretation of the photo, John; having had another look I agree G13. I hadn't spotted the channel section, either :oops:. Although a 15T capacity wagon, the1936 General Append...
by Noel
Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

The wagon looks a bit like GWR G13 of 1926-34, but isn't, so I can't identify it. I can't match it to a LMS, LNE or SR vehicle, so possibly pre-group? The cable is tied to the rail between the feet of the man on the far left, apparently, but I can't see any evidence of a block and tackle [I think th...
by Noel
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

May I suggest an Avro 504K as a disassembled substitute for the Camel? Extensively used by the RAF as a basic training aircraft and much more suitable for training purposes than the Camel, which acquired some notoriety as a killer of inexperienced pilots Or the later radial engined 504N. I suspect ...
by Noel
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

Since there would rarely be an adequate crane I presume it would be driven or winched down a ramp to ground level. It would have to be driven, I think, as there would not be anywhere to anchor a winch at the top of the ramp [or the bottom for that matter]. To use a winch there would also need to be...
by Noel
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

The Sopwith Camel trainer, like most such, was a two seater http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/gallery/Sopwith-Camel/P921737 . The DH4 was successful, but did not last long after WW1 in RAF service, being replaced by the DH9A, which again lasted into the 1930s. The DH4 did, however, see civilian use for ...
by Noel
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

Churchill AVREs were over 10ft wide, but could travel on Warflats, albeit as special loads. Its tracks overhung the sides of the wagon. At 8ft 6in your ploughing engine is within the loading gauge, even at platform level. Most Loriots seem to have had side raves, so an overhang would not be permitte...
by Noel
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

Horse drawn vehicles and 1920s cars, unladen apart from some fuel in the cars, < 1 ton, 1930s cars probably little more in most cases. Pre-WW2 lorries up to 3 to 5 tons at most generally, although some fairground vehicles might be a little more; WW2 military lorries up to 11.5 tons. Traction engines...
by Noel
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

I would be interested to know the date of the drawing, and the location it was done for, if it is shown. The reason for asking is that it shows cast concrete for the wall behind the buffer stop, where I would expect masonry or brick, which, to me suggests that it shows an alteration to an existing f...
by Noel
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

Martin, I don't have a copy of the drawing you refer to, so I'm guessing about what follows to some extent. This link shows an end loading dock at Shirley: https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/gwr/gwrsh1117a.htm . It's unfortunately not from the best angle, but it appears to show that the buffer sto...
by Noel
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Southern N class Mogul research
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: Southern N class Mogul research

So far as I know the letter codes are NC - not classified [either something trivial, or no work was done, probably the latter here]. LI - light intermediate, HI heavy intermediate {planned maintenance work where the loco is called into works based on the shed reports of its condition or a fixed mile...
by Noel
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 185
Views: 28950

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

martin goodall wrote:The GWR autotrailers had a turnunder, but not a tumblehome.


Apart from the matchboarded railmotor conversions, which had neither in both incarnations.
by Noel
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track on bridges and viaducts
Replies: 8
Views: 743

Re: Track on bridges and viaducts

"Bridges for Modellers" shows viaducts without guard rails in a number of cases; https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/extra-rails-over-bridges.117035/ may explain at least some of the reasons why, although some photos in the book suggest that the answer may be rather more complex. It may b...
by Noel
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Any Wheel and size!
Replies: 62
Views: 5587

Re: Any Wheel and size!

:D :D
by Noel
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Any Wheel and size!
Replies: 62
Views: 5587

Re: Any Wheel and size!

The centre axle wheels on a 9F were flangeless. The flanges on axles 2 and 4 were modified as well, although it's questionable how noticeable [or effective] that would be in 4mm.

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