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by Mike 1
Mon Nov 01, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Trader's Wagon Registration
Replies: 15
Views: 614

Re: Trader's Wagon Registration

It might be useful to know one dimension exactly - e.g. the overall width. Somebody could have made a new pattern, but that's expensive and/or takes a long time. Most modern copies (of other plates) I've seen have used an original plate as the pattern, with resultant shrinkage.

Mike
by Mike 1
Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Reuse of old signal arms?
Replies: 5
Views: 391

Re: Reuse of old signal arms?

At Aylesbury LNWR station there was a lamp room where handlamps were kept and signal lamps were tended to. They also kept a spare spectacle plate so that storm damage could be repaired on site, though they didn't for some reason keep a complete arm. This lasted into the 1960s when the line was close...
by Mike 1
Sun Sep 26, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Any old iron
Replies: 5
Views: 379

Re: Any old iron

That back is very unusual. Unless my eyesight is even worse than I thought, the smooth part is recessed. I've never seen one like that and the usual cheap sand casting would give a completely flat back.

Mike
by Mike 1
Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 59 wagon query
Replies: 9
Views: 950

Re: Diagram 59 wagon query

You may be right about square or hexagonal nuts but I would never rely on a preserved wagon or carriage for such details as they will have gone through several owners, been repaired several times and then "restored" on a budget, probably by people with no specific knowledge of the real thi...
by Mike 1
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Unidentified location
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: Unidentified location

Not a clue on the location, but I think the first wagon is LNWR.

Mike
by Mike 1
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: To line or not to line
Replies: 4
Views: 758

Re: To line or not to line

An old friend of mine, the late Jim Richards thought that for WCJS (and LNWR) the 1/8in white line looked overscale even in 7mm, bearing in mind that the lining should be on the curved edge of the beading, which means seen from an angle some of it wouldn't be seen at all. To compensate for the loss ...
by Mike 1
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: CR 812 Class from Rails
Replies: 16
Views: 4450

Re: CR 812 Class from Rails

Could it be that the crew had to walk along that footplate beside the cab a lot more often than along the tender, so extra width was safer?

Mike
by Mike 1
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: 4 and 6 wheel coaches
Replies: 13
Views: 4285

Re: 4 and 6 wheel coaches

Wolverton did use a very similar "toplight" style panelling, but long after they had stopped building 6-wheeled carriages. Changing the commode handles would make a big difference, and lowering the lower footboards too. Suspect drilling out the roof for gas lamps and vents would probably n...
by Mike 1
Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: LNWR Carriages
Replies: 5
Views: 1160

Re: LNWR Carriages

Very interesting. Most LNWR saloon carriages were dual fitted for that reason, though I have no specific evidence of any particular one travelling over the Caledonian it must have happened as there is evidence of them on other lines. Not quite the same (well nothing like it really) but I know an LNW...
by Mike 1
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Gunpowder Van Livery
Replies: 1
Views: 787

Re: Gunpowder Van Livery

Of questionable relevance to this Caledonian forum, but for the record, the "dear Mike" at the start is me! I edited the LNWRS magazine at the time.

And I still agree with the writer 100%.

Mike
by Mike 1
Fri Jan 01, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Loco
Replies: 22
Views: 3304

Re: Unidentified Loco

If you made a model of that people would say they were never loaded upside down!

Mike
by Mike 1
Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: True Line Models
Topic: TLM and 7mm
Replies: 12
Views: 3584

Re: TLM and 7mm

I echo everything Tony.B has written. I am a manufacturer in Gauge 3, but don't have anything Caledonian yet. www.williamsmodels.co.uk All I would add is that somebody should co-ordinate this at the start to set certain standards. For instance, you will probably need a standard width between inner f...
by Mike 1
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: White Van
Replies: 12
Views: 2079

Re: White Van

However, the colour of LNWR Gunpowder vans is straying somewhat off the subject of WCJS refrigerator vans!

Mike
by Mike 1
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: White Van
Replies: 12
Views: 2079

Re: White Van

One of the MRN correspondents said something like "anyone who remembers them will be in no doubt that they were red" and that would have presumably been at a late date Apart from unreliable Werrett I've seen no evidence at all that they were ever grey and Philip Millard couldn't find his r...
by Mike 1
Sat Dec 26, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: White Van
Replies: 12
Views: 2079

Re: White Van

Liverpool

Mike
by Mike 1
Fri Dec 25, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: White Van
Replies: 12
Views: 2079

Re: White Van

Don't believe everything you read in modern books. The HMRS LNWR Livery Register implies that LNWR Gunpowder vans were grey. In reality they might have been grey at one time but there is no evidence of that, and lots of evidence that they were red!

Mike
by Mike 1
Sat Dec 12, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Model Wagon Company
Replies: 15
Views: 2949

Re: Model Wagon Company

I bought the 7mm MWC cattle wagon when it first came out. Think it was at the limits of their small casting machine because the sides were shorter at the top than at the bottom, by a good 2mm or so. I never finished it and did wonder whether they ever solved that on later kits as the patterns were f...
by Mike 1
Sat Dec 12, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Railway Engineer Magazine Archive
Replies: 12
Views: 2360

Re: Railway Engineer Magazine Archive

Sorry, I don't have 1901. Do have 1902 if there may have been some follow up?

Mike
by Mike 1
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Railway Engineer Magazine Archive
Replies: 12
Views: 2360

Re: Railway Engineer Magazine Archive

Do you know which issue(s) of the Railway Engineer they might be in? I have quite a few volumes.

Mike
by Mike 1
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Early coach axleboxes/springs
Replies: 4
Views: 1485

Re: Early coach axleboxes/springs

Vert nice indeed Steve. I'm impressed.

Mike
by Mike 1
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Early coach axleboxes/springs
Replies: 4
Views: 1485

Re: Early coach axleboxes/springs

In 7mm there used to be an LNWR version available with hornguides fitting outside the solebars and grease or oil boxes. They may well suit some CR stock. The patterns were made (in the 80's>) by Peter Davis, cast by Gordon Heywood, then sold to John Petcher who passed them to Adrian Swain. I assume ...
by Mike 1
Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Class 670 kit
Replies: 32
Views: 8560

Re: Class 670 kit

any pictures?
by Mike 1
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: 3 1/2" gauge track.
Replies: 2
Views: 2476

Re: 3 1/2" gauge track.

Michael,

I note elsewhere that you were researching the builder of the model colliery. You may be interested that three of the wagons are currently on ebay. Drop me a note if you are interested as you'll never find them on ebay otherwise!

Mike
by Mike 1
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Colour of CR Uniforms
Replies: 7
Views: 2906

Re: Colour of CR Uniforms

The standard work on railway uniforms is "Railway Buttons, Badges & Uniforms" by David J. Froggatt. My copy is not accessible just now but somebody here will have one ....

Mike
by Mike 1
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Coach Roofs
Replies: 6
Views: 4938

Re: Coach Roofs

Thanks Mike. Sorry I missed that in the book.

Mike