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  1. I too did not know anything of the BnM briquettes bet certainly understand John's comments and remember the drive to use cleaner fuels to combat smog in the 80s. Do you know what the external differences were between the 40T and 48T after they were strengthened?
  2. https://www.hornby.com/us-en/shop/accessories/scenic-accessories/skale-autos.html
  3. I have no words other than what has already been expressed😡. There is something wrong with these people and the society that tolerates this. I'm just going to stop there.
  4. Not sure about the Jeep but the AEC railcar would be on CIE rails still in GNR livery post '58, then in essential CIE green and BnT. The AEC would be a complete set, hopefully with more intermediates available, and maybe a 'dummy' for use in later CIE period?
  5. Are you saying there was a specific subset upgraded to carry 48T or all were upgraded, and were there any physical modifications performed or they were just re-rated at 48T?
  6. http://studio-scale-models.com/Coaches.shtml Six wheel Rake (K13) Brake, 2x3rd, Comp, 1st €220 Mansell Wheels (W9) €30
  7. Exactly but I'd want the super train livery. Anyway no Mk3s being done by IRM but although I like the earlier period better I'd definitely be getting a rake of these if they were available. As it is the Lima MK 3s came in a variety of shades of orange or yellow(er) depending on which set they came from and obviously none were done in ST livery I'd also like to see more rtr options in steam, GSR 800 class locos would be on the menu, preferably some 'ultimate' stock to run with them
  8. I'd say that's not far off, maybe a little more red, I would have thought but see how it dries on your primed surface. The one thing I don't personally like about the color on the signals is that at some point they seem to have gone from being red and white to this tricolor arrangement where they're 'tipped' in red only. I've probably just opened a can of worms on red, orange, fading etc. but any info on this 'change' would be welcome. The 'X' on LC gates also seemed to be in a more orange color than the gate itself
  9. I'm sure there is a reason for the lids on the ore wagons and would you really want to transport that ore by road?
  10. Tremendous effort, Eoin. I was afraid it had been shipped to a customer without any photos. Spectacular coach!!
  11. There is a limited supply and these runs are normally sold out before they are built but it looks like your luck is still in..... https://www.ooworks.co.uk/products
  12. Would love to see it painted if that's still possible (although the brass alone is pretty Niiice)
  13. Only for you, Jim. Corrected above
  14. Provincial wagons did one as an rtr but they'd be hard to find now, I suspect. Talk to Leslie @leslie10646 Hopefully, the original thread might be helpful
  15. I think in your original posting of 7140 it has likely been rebranded as 'First' in the original ST livery and the windows and seats don't match as Mayner suggest. 7157 is 64F (correctly my typo in post above) for the outset and hence would match up as you say. My error on the cocktail, different books using the same suffix character to mean different things in different books). If you have a link or photo for 7157 it would be interesting to post it here. Always liked that photo of 7140 though.
  16. Eoin, @murrayec probably the best view of the staff snatchers I've seen. I guess they were positioned wherever the signal cabin was (seems intuitive). The mechanical staff exchanger seems to be a paired unit as the jaws would have to face the approaching locomotive to receive the old token being dropped to the signalman. In your photo the catcher is set to expect a left hand running locomotive, with the other available for running in the opposite direction. It seems like the exchanger on the locomotive was raised manually by the chain on the right side in the last photo. Incidentally, it seems that photo is collecting on the right side the locomotive. The jaws of the tablet snatcher on the loco would always face the direction of travel which is not problem for twin cabbed loco but when the 121s ran bonnet first did they face the other direction initially and were subsequently reversed when they were obliged to run cab first instead, or maybe 121s didn't;t regularly rub on lines using mechanical exchangers at that time?🤔
  17. I certainly thought that this could be the reason. Possibly it was modified such that the attachment point was higher making retrieval easier, but the fork of the catch remained a the correct hight to Agree. The only pictures I have seen on the tablet snatcher device has been on the approach to the station so that the snatcher would be retracted passing the platform. Actually, I'm assuming the the device retracted automatically on the exchange was made, or was easily/quickly performed before picking up non-intending passengers from the platform
  18. They wouldn't line up as most of the Mk3s had 9 sets of 8 seats facing across 2 tables but only 8 windows per coach side. The occasional one has one set removed for wheelchair spaces but the spring remained the same. 7157 was also listed as a Super Standard 64F fitted with a cocktail bar (Traction & Travel, Jones '87, '89 & Irish Railways, Fox '96) and 7104, 7133 & 7156 as 48F (Jones & Marshall, 2004). 7161 & 7162 became Executive coaches by then but no further info on 7140 at all. Incidentally Mk3s are mentioned in IRRS journals about Vol16 pp.42, 43, 95, 151, 152, 205, 251, 252,315, 360, 363, 364, 420, 421 Vol. 17 pp.49,50, 88, 147, 283, 307 Vol. 18 pp.252, 253 Vol. 19 pp. 93,124,247 Vol. 19 pp. 344, 398, 447, 448 & Vol. 20 pp.26, 54, 140, 204, 254, 292, 389, 444 so may concentrate your efforts there
  19. Photobucket has screwed this thread like so many others
  20. Yes, I saw that and assumed it was the original anchor point for the snatcher. In later photos it appear that the original mounting has been plated over removing those mounts. I don't know exactly why they would have needed to be in a more elevated position, clearance above some new platform object? I not even sure when the automatic snatchers were first used and finally ceased manual exchange seemingly more common as time went by
  21. It is indeed. GSWR standard lengths increased to 57' c.1908 but the 1914/15 52S lavatory tricomposites set a new future standard in coach building by having steel instead of wooden under frames and elliptical roofs versus the mostly vertical walled flat-roofed coaching stock that had gone before possibly why they enjoyed a working life of over 50 years into the 1960s. The two 7'3" 1st class centre compartments had their own lavatory and electrical lighting as did the two 6'6" second class on the right. Three 6' third class compartments on the left while more significantly more frugally appointed also had their own lavatory a major advancement for the GWSR renowned for its disdain of third class passengers. I/m not entirely why they're numbered out of sequence with only the 4 in service ten years later in 1924 per Dave's diagram. I'm thinking that if Dave can post some of these diagrams that the majority of this thread might be moved to a more appropriate forum for future reference?
  22. Set1 24122, 24127 & 24132 Set2 24133, 24138 & 24141 Set3 24254, 24253 & 24142
  23. Were the tablet catchers moved upwards at some point or was there a 'set' position (lower) and a' retrieved/inactive' position higher up? In all of the original grey and yellow liveries the tablet catcher is set lower on the loco and does not reach the cab side side window (which doesn't appear to have been altered) whereas, in many/most BnT livery and after, the catchers (where present) seem to reach the base of the side window
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