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Author Topic: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller  (Read 9057 times)

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #75 on: March 03, 2018, 01:25:11 am »
How about a Dapol Class 22 NYP for 1959? More reliable than the Dapol steamers.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #76 on: March 03, 2018, 06:57:14 am »
I have a Dapol Grange which performs very well but no County.

Thank you, Chris. Tony, an NGF member, is building a "County" and I'm sure it will look very good.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #77 on: March 03, 2018, 08:27:50 am »
The great thing about the Ridgacre Branch is that, at only 44by 27, it is so easily moved. It normally lives in the shed but I brought it in the house before the cold weather hit. I was able to put it on the dining table and give it a good run while staying nice and snug indoors - well until the table was needed for dinner anyway. Even then it only takes a minute to remove all the stock and put it out of the way.


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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #78 on: March 03, 2018, 08:34:14 am »
How about a Dapol Class 22 NYP for 1959? More reliable than the Dapol steamers.

Certainly a possibility but I think my funds this year will be designated to a Castle or a Hall. I will soon have the Revolution tanks to pay for and hopefully a payment for the King.

I also have a somewhat larger railway calling on my funds




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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #79 on: March 05, 2018, 12:30:40 pm »
The up Torbay Express passing through Aller Junction. This loco needs just a smidge of weathering...and I need to straighten that offside lamp.










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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #80 on: March 05, 2018, 01:02:49 pm »
Smashing pics, Chris. Can I ask where you sourced your headboards and codes from please?

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #81 on: March 05, 2018, 02:51:51 pm »
Looking very good, Chris!

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #82 on: March 05, 2018, 04:31:18 pm »
A lovely picture.
And yes, I agree, a touch of weathering on the Castle would be good.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #84 on: March 05, 2018, 05:19:30 pm »
Train reporting number from precision labels - http://www.precisionlabels.com/wl30.html?

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #85 on: March 05, 2018, 05:26:25 pm »
Re: Weathering the "Castle", I'd study photos., first. (SEE: http://www.davidheyscollection.com/page23.htm) Locomotives on named trains tended to be kept much cleaner in the late 1950s and early 1960s, especially what showed above station platform level. Below that level, unless on 'Royal Train' duty, some slight weathering would be realistic. 'Less is more'; it's very easy to overwhelm a model in 2MM Scale.

A perfect example of highly realistic weathering, for me, is:
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/6299-050318115843.jpeg

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/6299-050318115946.jpeg

And that is an old grounded van body, not a "Castle" on a named express!
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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #86 on: March 13, 2018, 02:39:29 pm »
Little Aller Junction is off to the Sutton Coldfield exhibition in April so I am working out what stock to take. At the moment im thinking 1968 or maybe 1963 one day and 1968 the other.

Im finding I really like 1968 at the moment but I will have to take the loco data panel of the Western as they werent added until 1969 or maybe 1970.
Double headed Warships on the prime express passenger trains to the South West were a feature of 1968 and were used in this way in order to provide faster acceleration and better hill climbing and thus reduce journey time with a full set of coaches. Perhaps this double heading with 4,400 horse power on tap could be seen as a precourser to the HSTs.





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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #87 on: March 14, 2018, 12:16:15 pm »
for my education, why not 1969?

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #88 on: March 14, 2018, 12:36:08 pm »
1. Maroon coaches were disappearing fast by 1969 so less justification for very many maroon coaches. There were plenty of locos in older liveries and the full yellow end had only just been introduced. This livery transition period provides plenty of variety.
2. The baggies last won the cup in 1968 making it an excellent year.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #89 on: March 15, 2018, 07:43:32 pm »
1963 one day and 1968 the other would get my vote, Chris, but I'd substitute 1962 or even 1961 as there were very few WR steam locos. running in the Southwest after 1962 and not that many in 1962. (Exeter closed 10/63, whilst Plymouth Laira closed to steam 5/64). I believe the last BR Mark 1 in Chocolate and Cream vehicle was Mark I BSK W34885 in 1968. The Western Region was painting coaches in this scheme up to 1963. However, I think very few BR Crimson & Cream livery vehicles were still around after 1962, becoming ever rarer after that.

On another topic, did the "Westerns" carry a shedplate on each side?

 

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