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by Noel
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chivers Kits Return...
Replies: 16
Views: 900

Re: Chivers Kits Return...

martin goodall wrote:I assume that it is the 'new' range of plastic kits that is being re-introduced?


Those and some cast whitemetal items. No suggestion at present of etched kits; see https://www.facebook.com/five79ng which has listings of what is currently being worked on.
by Noel
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1185

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

Julian Roberts wrote:It was this photo that had me thinking locos were emptied of their ash on this road - Well perhaps they did, but blocked that RH road from the tandem while they were doing so


I believe this photo pre-dates the construction of the ash road.
by Noel
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chivers Kits Return...
Replies: 16
Views: 900

Re: Chivers Kits Return...

I can add to the list the LMSR Diagram 1674 Double Bolster and D2069 wooden drop-sided Plate, and the D2115 6-wheel Fish Van.

The mouldings visible in their Facebook posts include parts of the Pigeon Van.
by Noel
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1185

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

the length of which depends where I put the coal platform The coal platform is shown on the map - the black line on the other side of the track to the water tank. It runs from 1/3rd of the length of the tank almost to the turntable. Photographs suggest that the ash road is only long enough for two ...
by Noel
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 78
Views: 2627

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I think that's rather harsh. When the Airfix 14xx, the Prairie and the Autocoach (which is also a mishmash of two Diagrams) came out, they represented a huge leap forward in the standard of RTR and were eagerly swooped upon and many were 'improved' with additional detail. The Airfix14xx is pretty w...
by Noel
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Dapol Stove R
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: Dapol Stove B

I've been rather confused by this thread, since a Stove B is an ex-SR bogie n/c brake, and Dapol only do a Stove R. Cleminson underframe is appropriate for the latter, so can someone change the thread title, please, or anyone trying to find it later will also be rather confused.
by Noel
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1185

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

None of the photos shows a close-up of the later turntable, but it is a vacuum operated one - see the Jones Goods film 1001056 in https://www.huntleyarchives.com/results.asp?txtkeys1=kyle
by Noel
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 78
Views: 2627

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I understand that it's a common issue with both the RTR Airfix 14xx and the Prairie from the same stable that the smokebox door is malnourished. There are also problems with the Prairie relating to the cylinders, sandboxes, buffer beam handrails, steam pipes, and generally poor detailing, plus, for...
by Noel
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1185

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

The bottom picture in your original post suggests that the point is clear of the fouling point of the two shed roads, and John's latest set of photos seem to suggest that the locos in the Transport Library shot are on the access to the turntable road, and the siding is not present, as it doesn't see...
by Noel
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Suspension for bogie coaches
Replies: 22
Views: 1036

Re: Suspension for bogie coaches

if you check the BGS website entry for this kit http://www.broadgauge.org.uk/modelling/bgs_parts_prices_4mm.html item F4009, it has a small "i" in a blue circle in the description. If you click on that, you will get a PDF with instructions on building the kit. The bogies include rocking ax...
by Noel
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Suspension for bogie coaches
Replies: 22
Views: 1036

Re: Suspension for bogie coaches

No suggestions, just questions, the answers to which will affect how you build the kits: what sort of coaches; what is their length; what is the bogie wheelbase; are they corridor or non-corridor; what is the minimum radius you will expect them to negotiate; what sort of couplings do you use; are th...
by Noel
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Q: GWR 48xx lamp irons
Replies: 21
Views: 1044

Re: Q: GWR 48xx lamp irons

But what I would say, is that if you take the Airfix route, and intend to have a post-1936 locomotive, the only really major surgery is removing and replacing the chimney and the smokebox door. Both of which are easily accessible and had little risk of damaging anything else. It rather depends on w...
by Noel
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: BR Mk1 Full brake (BG) livery query
Replies: 8
Views: 361

Re: BR Mk1 Full brake (BG) livery query

41290, but I think that's what you meant Noel - that was at Barnstaple town, while nobody bothered building 41390! Mistyped, Pete, I was in a bit of a hurry at the time [that's my story anyway!] Although Eastleigh built some BGs none were allocated to BR(S) until late 1965. These were dual heated a...
by Noel
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: BR Mk1 Full brake (BG) livery query
Replies: 8
Views: 361

Re: BR Mk1 Full brake (BG) livery query

The photo's a bit fuzzy, but I think it's 41390, which was certainly in the area, although apparently allocated to Barnstaple 72E/83F [not Wadebridge 72F/84E] 5/61 to 9/64. The coaches are an interesting collection; it looks like three passenger/brake vehicles, one of them non-corridor, plus the BG.
by Noel
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: BR Mk1 Full brake (BG) livery query
Replies: 8
Views: 361

Re: BR Mk1 Full brake (BG) livery query

Some BR Mk1 BGs [80617-671 and 80965-1014] were, as you say, painted unlined crimson when built, although the majority were lined crimson and cream. However, from 3/1956 all new construction was officially in lined maroon, apart from that for the SR, in unlined green, and some for the WR in lined ch...
by Noel
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 337
Views: 88705

Re: The Burford Branch

I think this has always been pretty widespread in industry Certainly much British industry, from what I read, especially the shipbuilding and aircraft industries; each ship or aircraft handbuilt by craftsmen and no two the same as a result, which accounts for the disaster area that was Nimrod and w...
by Noel
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Q: GWR 48xx lamp irons
Replies: 21
Views: 1044

Re: Q: GWR 48xx lamp irons

According to Brian Haresnape's Pictorial History of Collett and Hawksworth Locos, the first batch was 4800-29 in 1932-3, and the second batch was 5800-19 [not auto fitted] in 1933. The picture of 5801 [which is post-1942] shows one of the second batch with the lamp iron inside the bunker, so the cha...
by Noel
Fri May 29, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: iak
Topic: BR Fruit Vans
Replies: 3
Views: 309

Re: BR Fruit Vans

And the Ratio roof as well, to match the ends. Geoff Kent, in "The 4mm Wagon" Vol 2, reprofiles the kit ends and sides, and uses the kit roof, flattened slightly; however, if you have a spare Ratio roof it produces a better result, I feel.
by Noel
Sun May 24, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 184626

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

so presumably we should be modelling our period stations etc etc witha fair few minors at work? Would they have worked on such things as track gangs etc? The railways were no different in principle to any other employer of the era in their recruiting. There were some age related restrictions impose...
by Noel
Sat May 23, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 184626

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

They were vanguards, messengers, clerks, porters, loco cleaners and assistants to various tradesmen in sheds and works at least, plus some premium apprentices in works. None of the relevant staff actually present on duty in 1876 when the Radstock accident on the S & D occurred was over 18 [so we...
by Noel
Sat May 23, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 184626

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Smoking in Victorian factories was often banned, as it was in coal mines, for safety reasons, and even carrying smoking materials or matches would be grounds for dismissal, so you would have to leave them at home. The second sequence shows people walking across a weighbridge, so these are very likel...
by Noel
Wed May 13, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: GWR AA5 Ballast Plough Brake Van
Replies: 11
Views: 1224

Re: GWR AA5 Ballast Plough Brake Van

steamraiser wrote:I have seen pictures of some P22 (Herrings) branded "Return empty to Coleford" for the quarry there


Seems reasonable, Gordon. I was questioning the entries in the AA5 and AA10 brake van schedule; I should have been clearer.
by Noel
Wed May 13, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4
Replies: 58
Views: 3993

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4

Is it worth trying to get some information from one of the heritage lines that have hosted 41708? It's run at both Llangollen and Keighley amongst others and both these have stiff gradients over several miles. Someone may remember how it was operated regarding the necessity of visits to a water col...
by Noel
Wed May 13, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: GWR AA5 Ballast Plough Brake Van
Replies: 11
Views: 1224

Re: GWR AA5 Ballast Plough Brake Van

"Empty to" seems rather unlikely for a vehicle which is not capable of carrying a load, and does not belong to the Traffic department. "Llynchys" should read "Llynclys".
by Noel
Tue May 12, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4
Replies: 58
Views: 3993

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4

I have some indication that the 0-4-4 1P tanks pulled the occasional passenger working from Buxton through to Derby ... so these distances were fine for their capacity with a shortish local train. No ... water facilities at Rowsley, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Buxton ... nothing in between. Chapel is be...

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