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 Posted: Sun Sep 28th, 2014 10:40 pm
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 I came across this at a small model railway show yesterday...

For those of you who are too young to remember, the Model Railway Journal instigated a project to teach readers how to build a Manning Wardle F in 4mm scale.  The project was published over five issues, Nos. 66 to 70, and, if I remember correctly, included plans for all the pieces and step by step instructions.  MRJ commissioned brass castings for all the fittings as these were not available elsewhere.  You had to order your bag of fittings from MRJ at considerably more than the £2 that I paid.  Some years later, MRJ repeated the project, only this time with No.5 Shannon of the Wantage Tramway, in 7mm scale.

Anyway, I decided to invest my £2 on the off-chance that one day I might be inclined to start the build of this loco.  If only I could trace the five MRJ's needed for this project.  Then I came across this website...

All five MRJ's have been duly ordered to be put aside until the great day dawns...


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 Posted: Mon Sep 29th, 2014 01:10 am
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Thanks for the link.  I'll have to peruse my MRJ collection to see what I'm missing - not that many.

I hope you'll have a go with the loco.  The drive train is likely to be dated but I know High Level have some very good gearboxes.  I have a 108/1 for my Hornby Pug (there's a High Level upgrade kit), along with a tiny Mashima motor, when I get a roun tuit.



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