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 Posted: Sat May 19th, 2012 03:19 pm
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I just started giving thought to creating a mail train.  Like an idgit I allowed myself to be talked into buying the new Bachmann Royal Mail coach at a recent show.





It really is well done and there is not a lot to be found to be found wrong with it (I can't find a thing but I'll bet someone will).

After some thought and inspired by a train in a Last Days of Market Weighton film clip I decided to imagine a feeder mail train consisting of GUV, BG, TPO, BG and BSK.

As ever, my thoughts and progress can be seen here:

http://britishmodelrailwayclubofmontreal.blogspot.ca/2012/05/royal-mail-train.html

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Where did you find that clip on Market Weighton John ?  I lived a few miles from there in my mis-spent youth and occasionally drank in the "Londesbrough Arms" in the town centre.

Londesbrough Hall, just outside Market Weighton, was, for a time, owned by George Hudson, the "Railway King" and he had his own private station at the hall.



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It took me a bit of a search but here it is:

http://www.yfaonline.com/film/no6-railway-market-weighton-railway-station-closure-demolition

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Mt Uncle and Aunty lived at Londesbrough Wold Farm many many years ago.



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I enjoyed visiting your blog, great read! I love the weathering of the class 28, best pictures of this model I have seen till now. Makes me consider buying one from Hattons. But not sure if a blue one weathered by me would look any good. Hattons should use your pictures and they would sell out soon!

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Thank you for that link, John. Ordinary work-a-day scenes like that are so valuable, the more common videos of express trains charging through stations don't provide half as much interesting material [IMHO]

 

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Brossard wrote:


It really is well done and there is not a lot to be found to be found wrong with it (I can't find a thing but I'll bet someone will).



Since you ask...

Not really wrong but things you can do to improve it further.

Swap the buffers - extended if coupled to things with screw links and retracted if coupled to other mk1s

Fit end steps to the buffer beam and pipes etc.

Fit brake rigging and dynamo belt.

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Wow, thanks Thomas, very encouraging words.  The Cl 28 is a very good model - I suspect it's doing fine saleswise.  Hmmm, I may just send some pics to Hattons.

Thanks Jim for the advice, dynamo belt is easy.  Must look at some pictures to understand the location of the steps you refer to.

Coupling will be loop and hook (see Blog on Suburbans) and I do plan to represent hoses. I think the buffers may have to stay where they are in order to optimise close coupling.  Comet buffers are longer.  Before you say it, yes, I really should do sprung ones.

I will be posting other pics.

Oh, and after looking at the clip again, the train I was thinking of may not be mail but is unusual - Class 40 with 2 passenger coaches and a set of fitted 4 wheeled wagons.  No brake van.

It's a shame that the film was taken on just about the last day of MW.  The end is extremely sad.

Cheers all

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Thanks for the link John. :thumbs

I tried to watch but it takes ages to download anything here - I'll try again when the States goes to bed - it's often quicker during the night ..........:roll::roll:

The first 2 minutes took around 15 minutes to download with constant buffering - it's a real pain having slow speeds .........:twisted::twisted::twisted:



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http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/l/londesborough_park/index.shtml

http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/l/londesborough/index.shtml

(from the Disused Stations site.)



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Some interesting reading there BM.

It brings back many memories of journeys to school either behind one of our "much loved" tank engines or later, one of those horrible diesel things although, on the Cravens, as the trains were seldom full, we could often grab the seat behind the driver and "play engine drivers" as we watched the line ahead .......

The entry into York was very exciting with all the pointwork and seeing the "big" engines on the ECML.



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Just to show I do listen, I made some steps for the coaches from brass strip:




For those that are interested, here are the flexible gangways:



Just for fun, here's a shot of two coaches coupled:



I won't be using Kadees and I should be able to pull the coaches a little closer together.  One thing I noted with Kadees (and why I'm not happy with them for passenger stock) is that fully compressed (as in propelling), without flexible gangway the gap between coaches is around 5mm (measured at the step at the top of the gangway) and when in tension, the gap is 11 mm!  With the hook and loop method, the gap remains more or less constant.  The gap is limited when propelling by the gangway compression.

 
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Those gangway connections look good John. Are they documented somewhere ?



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Yes Peter, in the Blogspot link at the bottom of my post.

http://britishmodelrailwayclubofmontreal.blogspot.ca/2011/07/coach-corridor-connections-and.html

I just had a scroll through it - it's getting quite big.

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Thanks John :thumbs

Also copied to our index by Gene I note. :cheers



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Here's a picture of the five underframes:




The ex LMS BG has the rebuilt underframe.  Flush glazing was also added.  Dynamo belts and steps have also been added.

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I got the rake coupled up today for the first time.  Here's a pic of the TPO:




It is weathered.  After spraying the underframe with dirt and black, I washed the sides with Qtips and Windex (ammonia based window cleaner).

I will try to do a test on Sunday.

More pictures at the Blog, link below.

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