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 Posted: Mon May 3rd, 2021 05:16 am
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Another LNER loco purchased from Fleabay;a J39 0-6-0 but in BR livery,due to arrive this week.I'll re-number it to a locally shedded loco ASAP and do a photoshoot on all my LNER locos which no-one have seen yet. I came DANGEROUSLY close to purchasing a 4-6-2 "A H Peppercorn"superbly weathered in LNER green, then realised it was a 40's design....similarly a B1.It's amazing how I've suddenly got to like some of these LNER locos.....maybe I need to see a doctor!!!
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 Posted: Mon May 3rd, 2021 03:34 pm
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It's good to see common sense prevailing at last John. All the best from Perranporth.

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Look forwards to seeing them on the layout!



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 Posted: Tue May 4th, 2021 07:09 am
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Hi  Derek,Chris, Thanks for your replies guys.I was beginning to feel I was writing this for myself.
Since deciding to make a layout that is based locally, where the old Great Central and Midland reigned supreme,(or in my 30's era, the LNER and LMS)and only possessing 4 ex-LNER locos and two coaches' decided I had to bite the bullet and spend a few shillings on some stock that was appropriate to the area!Those that know me will know I have an aversion to spending money!!!:roll:
  My vast fleet of GWR locos that run around on the lower level are my own fantasy.The only GWR loco that came through Hyde that I'm aware of was Witherslack Hall on an exchange trial in the 40's although the Great Western did have a large goods depot in Manchester.Perhaps my conceit that the Great Western reached Hyde is not all that unbelievable or impossible.We're only 8 miles away from Manchester after all.
  The Flying Scotsman,Mallard and two small Holden tanks, one in GER blue and one in Southern Green were my complete LNER fleet until buying my B17 Manchester City.That had a problem with the walschaerts valve gear on one side that kept 'popping out' whenever you ran it, but I'm both amazed and pleased to say that after a few attempts and a bit of cursing, have managed to repair, and she now runs very sweet...or as sweet as a Dapol N gauge tender drive CAN!!(Noisey beggers!!!)
 Three more coaches,a J39 and possibly a "Claude"are on their way too.Next month some more LNER coaches and then we'll be something like.I also want to try to attempt to build a C1 Atlantic,but that's on the back burner for now as I have just too many urgent jobs that need to be done.The main priorities are to complete the circuits of both the tramway and the upper LMS/LNER circuit.

Onwards and Upwards!

Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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 Posted: Tue May 4th, 2021 07:25 am
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I do read most people's posts when they come in, but in absence of a like button I often don't have enough to warrant a reply, mainly due to lack of knowledge in the subject :P 
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 Posted: Tue May 4th, 2021 08:14 am
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I was wondering how you were going for LNER coaches knowing you extensive fleet of GWR stock. Glad you have found some to suit your pocket. Looking forward to seeing a busy station.



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4500 views over your 3 pages of posts John shows people ARE following along, I'm as guilty as most, Short on time so although I  try and view all new posts, I normally spot something in the forum that needs attention and get side tracked away. This means it's sometimes several days or a week later so the current topic has passed me by and it's to late to respond
As Chris said We don't have a like button ( this software is so old I'm not even sure it supports one and although there is a ratings system I COULD switch on, that opens up a whole new can of worms)  so I just tend to use  :thumbs

So.    :thumbs

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I find it's a sad fact that most LNER fans end up talking to themselves John - most "allso ran modellers" have no sense and tend to lean towards the GWR, or even, heaven forbid, the Southern !!  I think maybe they're afraid they won't live up to the high demands of the LNER............................

There are of course, one or two "enlightened" ones on here - Derek being just one fine example. :thumbs

I love that huge viaduct - very impressive.  Does it come as a kit with those long piers or are they scratch built/a marriage of 2 kits or what ?

Also, I'd forgotten you model in "N" - that's even more impressive.  I suspect there isn't a vast choice of LNER RTR "N" Gauge locos.  The selection in "OO" is pretty poor compared with the Great Western for example.



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Hi Peter,
The viaduct is two Metcalfe viaduct kits joined together with the longer bits built from Metcalfe red brick sheets.The piers that came with the kit were too short and stubby for my requirements, so I built my own.It looks impressive from 3 or 4 feet away, but I need to tweak bits on it that I'm not happy with.It replaces the smaller plastic Ratio viaduct that I'll probably now pass on to my son-in-law who already has a few of my old n-gauge items.

As I was typing this,I've just taken delivery of another LNER loco!I'll get back to you when I've had a bit of a play with it!!!

Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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Well,here's the LNER loco photoshoot I promised back in post 41;
First up, the most famous two,The Flying Scotsman and Mallard,both Dapol tender driven locos.Scotsman runs like a dream, always has, but Mallard spent about 10 years waiting for me to repair her, which I actually thought would be beyond me.I ripped out the stupid chip in the tender and all the melted wiring and did a very back-to-basics wiring job on it,stuck her on the layout, cranked up the speed and to my absolute delight, she flew around the layout as if she was after another speed record!!




Similarly,B17 Manchester City recently purchased from Ebay for the princely sum of £55 had its issues.The valve gear on the right hand side kept popping out,(hence the low sale price for a relatively new loco) and after a few failed attempts,Dr.John finally managed to solve the problem and she has since run impeccably....again Dapol tender driven!



Today's newest recruit is a Graham Farish/Bachmann J39,again tender driven, but with no annoying rod connecting the tender through the cab to the loco.While in terms of prototypes, it may be the humblest of the 4 so far, the detail that has gone into it is vastly superior IMHO.I just wish Farish would extend their range.As she is in BR livery,I intend to rebrand her as LNER and possibly renumber her.

Last of the loco photo shoot are the two Holden tanks.One was in Southern green,I've given it a base of black prior to rebranding LNER,but the the one in GER blue,I may keep in that livery, at least for a while.Both will have detailing added, such as proper handrails and real coal and also possibly new chassis/wheelsets as the current ones are rubbish.The connecting rods regularly pinged off to the point where I shoved them both in boxes and forgot about them for at least 15 years!! Maybe now is their time!


And just before I go, as I have the picture handy, a view of the Upper level Hyde station buildings thus far.Platforms under construction, track awaiting laying.


That's all for now peeps.
Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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Nice haul John. I like that B17 particularly. You are doing better than me at loco repairs. One of these days I’ll have to sit down and replace the split gears on about 6 locos. 



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Hi Marty,
Split gears are a mega pain, especially with the old Farish Poole locos!The problem with those two Holden tanks is the chassis and mechanism.The motors both run great,and the gears are fine...but,the actual chassis is SO cheap and nasty!The connecting rods look like spanners....they hold onto lugs on the two outer wheels, and there's nothing to connect them to the centre set of drivers.The rods ping out regularly...I've mislaid one.I'll need to either come up with some way of improving or re-inventing these existing mechanisms or try to source a totally new chassis for them...I'm thinking along the lines of a terrier chassis or similar...who knows?
   In the meantime,I've bigger fish to fry,so it's back to the problems box for both of them for the time being.Bachmann could do a roaring trade in replacement chassis with decent improved mechanisms for old Poole stuff if they only had a mind to!

Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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