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PhilipInCoventry
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646 of 661  Thu 18th May 2017 2:05pm  
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Hi & morning all Wave, Midland Red's picture of a rail stock being moved by road, has evoked a nice thought that it is good to utilise old stock where we can. I hate throwing anything away, unless it is rubbish. The mechanisms on our model railway wear out in time & are replaced or overhauled. With the price of most current OO locomotives well over £100, an economic refit is often worth while. I have two locos which now need a full re-build so when it is convenient a trip to Sheffield or Liverpool will be on the cards. I was brought up with kit-building model railways, but the intricate nature of these modern masterpieces requires really good eyesight, for dismantling. Besides, they need new parts, so it is easier to have an expert replace the motors & or gears. The two locos are both over twenty years old. I now usually limit having new locos for our railway to these occasions, & then only if the price is right. I have today ordered a B17 ER loco, that Hattons are overstocked with. The list price is currently over £130, but they are selling two varieties off @ £74 & £79 each. So, the new loco should arrive tomorrow. If I like it, I may have the other one on offer too. That will look nice on our inter-regional trains, Pam is sure! The B17s did work into Coventry from Peterborough on regular freight as well as occasional passenger.
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PhilipInCoventry
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647 of 661  Fri 19th May 2017 12:42pm  
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Hi all Wave Oooooooooooooooow look what has arrived at Hall Brooks. Vac pipes installed footsteps to follow. It is superb! A run up to Longford to check clearances. Pam is very worried as she can feel another order coming on!
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PhilipInCoventry
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648 of 661  Fri 19th May 2017 4:24pm  
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Hi all Wave The newly arrived B17, has satisfied all clearance tests & has had its specific detail add-ons added, is departing with a light duty, the afternoon parcels from Hounds Hill to Coventry & Northampton. The most realistic aspect of our railway is the fact that the loco won't be seen again, until it returns with a fitted freight, at least eleven sequences away in time. The B17s were a three cylinder loco, quite an innovation for such a small loco, almost a baby A1/A3 kind of thing. On paper, they were to replace the aging B12s. Happy
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PhilipInCoventry
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649 of 661  Wed 24th May 2017 3:43pm  
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Hi all Wave I am in between duties today, so had time to add the fine details to the B17, brake rodding, footsteps as well as close coupling the tender. This must be one of Hornby's finest in both running as well as detail.
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PhilipInCoventry
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650 of 661  Sat 3rd Jun 2017 12:53pm  
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Hi all Wave Pam's belated birthday present has arrived today, in fact it was only ordered at 1pm yesterday. A Hatton's supplied ex-works condition Class S15. It is seen waiting at Hounds Hill starter signal, for the high-sighted repeater ground signal to clear, so as to gain access to Longford Park wharf yard. Pam is beside herself!!
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651 of 661  Sun 4th Jun 2017 9:23pm  
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Hi all Wave As with the previous Hornby loco, the B17, this Hornby S15, is just exquisite. The tender is now close coupled, along with Southern disc route indicators added. This last picture from yesterday shows it waiting to depart with the return to Leamington, canal holiday boat train running tender first. It was two years ago, November 2015 (previous post 571) when I was first considering buying this loco but the price was sky-high. Hatton's are selling two varieties now for £88 plus postage. A much better price. I have stated that I only buy new locos now to replace defunct, past their use, models. Well, the truth is that with my eyesight being quite good of late, I have successfully overhauled the two locos mentioned in a previous post. I have been given a price for a S/H exchange for two good condition surplus to needs locos, which I have posted special delivery to Hattons, using one of their high impact resistant parcel boxes. Good use of recycling hey & I don't feel too greedy at having two new locos.
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652 of 661  Mon 5th Jun 2017 1:58pm  
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Hi all on a very wet Monday, Wave Indoor hobbies do have their value on wet days like today. I have added sequins, acting as lamps to some of our semaphore signals. They are not perfect, but better than anything that I have tried so far. In the past I have used wired grain of rice bulbs, as well as optic fibre, but they are quite complex & problematic. The sequins reflect the light so at the correct viewing angle look as though they are lit without any complications. In reality, the BR semaphore were back-lit using an oil lamp. A magnifying lens focused the flame light so that its field of view was very narrow, virtually invisible, unless you were on the loco footplate. Hope you like. As said, not perfect, but give an impression of a light being there. Even where a modern failsafe electric light is added to replace the oil lamp as in this picture, just before sunset the light is hardly a search light.
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653 of 661  Tue 6th Jun 2017 4:13am  
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Looking great Philip as always, and looking at your latest pics. I can't see the difference between the models and the real thing. What's in store I ask myself? Wave
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PhilipInCoventry
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654 of 661  Tue 11th Jul 2017 1:52pm  
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Hi all Wave Whilst I was laid-up last week with a bit of knee-gip, using my swivel chair almost as a wheelchair, I assembled ten tree kits that I ordered from China last year. Today, I have placed them in and around Longford Park. I do hope you like. I have ordered more of the kits, a fraction of the UK prices.
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655 of 661  Tue 11th Jul 2017 2:41pm  
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There'll be "leaves on the line" come autumn! Oh my Thumbs up
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656 of 661  Tue 11th Jul 2017 2:58pm  
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On 3rd Jun 2017 12:53pm, PhilipInCoventry said: Hi all Wave Pam's belated birthday present has arrived today, in fact it was only ordered at 1pm yesterday. A Hatton's supplied ex-works condition Class S15. It is seen waiting at Hounds Hill starter signal, for the high-sighted repeater ground signal to clear, so as to gain access to Longford Park wharf yard. Pam is beside herself!!
Wow Philip! You certainly know how to spoil a girl, don't you.
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Dreamtime
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657 of 661  Tue 11th Jul 2017 2:59pm  
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How lovely now it looks. Falling leaves, a small price to pay for lovely greenery Philip. Thumbs up
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658 of 661  Tue 11th Jul 2017 3:40pm  
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Hi all & thank you for the comments. I wonder who does the gardens in Park Avenue? They all look so neat.
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PhilipInCoventry
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659 of 661  Wed 12th Jul 2017 7:34pm  
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Hi all Wave Natural daylight where we have sun, cloud & patches of blue sky, make such a difference to the outcome of a picture. I don't pretend to understand it, but it is a good test of the colours that I have applied to our model. This picture is looking into the railway room, showing most of the now completed Longford Park goods wharf. Even I like it.
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660 of 661  Mon 25th Sep 2017 1:45pm  
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Hi all Wave I have added this "Severn Valley Railway" video to our model railway thread, simply because it is about the most perfect example of the kind of historical activity associated with a busy end of line branch station. It is action packed with the kind of stock shunting that is a thing or the past nowadays. Severn Valley, Kidderminster Sept 2017 To add interest we see the Worcester to B'ham mainline trains running by too. I can recall so many sites, where as a train-spot-child I so loved watching this kind of activity, whether at Bournemouth West, Ilfracombe or Fort William. The video is over half an hour long, but for anyone that enjoys model railway operation, this video has to be the best that I have ever seen. The camera-man occupies a tower position throughout. Hope you enjoy.
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