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Layout Construction / Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Last post by Chris in Prague on Today at 11:01:50 am »
It's cold, grey and, when it's not raining, snowing (only lightly in Prague) which makes taking train pictures difficult as I have no special lighting. Less than two weeks now until Spring 2018 semester begins. I've been mainly researching / organising 'through' running possibilities and working on other things so no work on Cant Cove (as usual it will have to wait until the Summer break) or rolling stock to show.
Hi Tim

There were a couple of private charter rakes doing the rounds in the late 1980s, the Pilkington Mk1 set in a rather alarming green and orange livery and also a "Pullman Rail" maroon Mk1 set that saw use in the Intercity celebrations in 1987.

Intercity took over the West Highland Mk1 set in green and cream, which saw general charter use off-season and also appeared frequently on the newly electrified ECML on relief services.
You could probably replace the spring and do that but the Rapido coupling would be very floppy in the pocket without some sort of reinstatement of the pocket walls I'd have thought.   :-\
Sadly West Coast Railways seem to have moved steam away from the local Preston area so all we get is heritage diseasels which are changed for steam at Hellifield or Carnforth :(
Here are a couple of Black 5s at Bamber Bridge in happier days..........

Layout Construction / Re: The Train Shed Project
« Last post by Milton Rail on Today at 10:23:50 am »
Thanks for the updates Laurence, a great summary of your loco's I have kept the video link along with others when I get back to a non-corporate wifi

Scenery is starting to take shape too, great stuff
Sound / Re: My first sound install!
« Last post by JohnN on Today at 10:03:42 am »
Thanks for the heads up Jon.  :)

After all, 602 was a ETH example before going to Network Rail so a perfect base model there. 


Hi Anthony,
According to my records both 31601 and 31602 were converted in 1999 from 31/1's; 31186 & 31191 respectively.  They were adapted, if I recall correctly with through ETH wiring and ETH controls only and were not actually ETH fitted.  This was to allow control of the ETH when working in Top & Tail mode with an ETH fitted 31.  The sets in use with Wessex Trains in the early 2000's were through wired to allow both loco's to provide power so that the trains could hopefully maintain the unit timings...

However as you say a good base model for re-spraying as 31/4's...  A fantastic layout by the way.  It brings back a few memories of the very few visits I made to the North West to sample some of the loco hauled workings at that time.

Hope this is of interest.
N Gauge Kit Built Rolling Stock / Re: Priming metal coach sides.
« Last post by trkilliman on Today at 09:21:30 am »
That's a good point to take into consideration Paul.

The N/S sides were sealed in their Ultima bag, from their days of manufacture in Solihull. They would have been clean, whereas the brass ones had been knocking around in my drawer for a few years.  Thanks for that nugget of info'...appreciated.


'K4' 2-6-0 No. 61994 The Great Marquess in platform 3 at Keighley on Sunday 9 March 2014.  She is waiting for an Up train to arrive in Platform 4.  She will then couple on and work the train back Down to Oxenhope.  These 5'2" driving and coupled wheels will be just the thing for the 1/66 and 1/58 of Keighley bank.  And then that 1/56 between Ingrow and Damems.

A fine engine and well-cared for by Mr Cameron.  :thankyousign:

With best wishes.

General Discussion / Re: what are you listening to at the moment?
« Last post by Bob Tidbury on Today at 09:08:45 am »
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