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 Posted: Fri May 17th, 2019 08:48 pm
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Just a quick back-reference really.

Post 25 of this thread told the story of the "Boys" school special and how I ended up with 2 trains - one full and one empty.  The full one runs under headcode B and the empty one under code C.  The other dodge concerns the loco.  I will probably use D49's for this service - its the early 1960's and a working of this type would be an ideal turn for these old girls eeking out their last few days.  Hornby make a Railroad D49 "Cotswold" but there are no alternate names.  I bought an old Hornby D49 "Cattistock" which was not as good as "Cotswold" in terms of body detail nor in terms of chassis as it had the old horrible tender drive unit.  I managed to get another "Cotswold" cheap and simply swapped the "Cattistock" body - a bit of fettling under the boiler was all that was needed to make it fit. 

This means I now have 2 D49's which are the same Railroad chassis but different era bodies.  The chassis is actually very good.  I also have a spare "Cotswold" body of course.

The clever bit might be to re-instate the original body giving me two identical locomotives - except that one will run with B headlamps for the loaded "Boys" train and one with C lamps for the ECS working.  They will simply shuttle between the storage sidings and Highmarsh on the new layout so will never be in the scenic area at the same time so the illusion will not be found out!!  I don't even have to have the same crew as I can assume they change en route.

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Smashing layout and nice to see a track plan with proper regard to facing points and crossovers too, although to be a pedant the Lay by siding would probably have become a goods loop during WW2 to avoid delays and increase line capacity. 



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 Posted: Sun May 19th, 2019 09:39 pm
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Hi Simon

Do you know, I hadn't considered that but it sounds so logical. 

In WW2, we had a regular submarine run to Murmansk from the North East supporting the convoys that delivered support to the Russians.  It was very seasonal given the icing of the Arctic ports.  As I imagine that Northborough could have been a submarine base, anything that increases line capacity would be a good thing.

Thanks for the thought - I will scribble a facing connection in and see what it looks like.

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