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>so no Mini's
Ah, not even one of the first off the production line in September 1959?

Fraid not David. That was the point I was trying to make. I keep the actual layout - buildings, road signs, road traffic, road, station and advertising signs as period authentic to mid 1958 as possible so that the overall 'feel' is correct, and then play fast and loose with locomotive and rolling stock dates within my self imposed 5 year plus or minus window.

This way I find the overall appearance of the layout is 'authentic to the eye' (if not the critics
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Why 1958 ?? This was largely due to the fact that I can't be bothered to keep changing all the BR totems to either early or late versions. 1958 allows me to have about a 50/50 mix of both

This is why I can't even justify Mini prototype #1 on the layout...

The last trick on dates that I resort to is that even if a locomotive is withdrawn, it is not necessarily scrapped, and might be pressed into one last service on an enthusiast special, or shown at a works open day.

Does anyone else agree that it would be really useful for model car, truck and bus suppliers to provide information on year of introduction for their models? Hattons do supply some information in some cases, but I find I often have to Google phrases like 'Austin J2' to see if I can buy a particular model.

the replies to this topic (now way off topic) have been interesting - some would probably say I am too obsessed with keeping everything in period, but I find it is all down to that subjective feeling that the layout looks 'right'

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>Fraid not David
Fairy nuff, it's your layout.


I am tempted to start a parody of a Python sketch - "How about a split screen Morris Minor then?" but I won't.

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QUOTE (nnich @ 22 Jan 2007, 22:55) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Why 1958 ?? This was largely due to the fact that I can't be bothered to keep changing all the BR totems to either early or late versions. 1958 allows me to have about a 50/50 mix of both......
.....Does anyone else agree that it would be really useful for model car, truck and bus suppliers to provide information on year of introduction for their models? Hattons do supply some information in some cases, but I find I often have to Google phrases like 'Austin J2' to see if I can buy a particular model.

the replies to this topic (now way off topic) have been interesting - some would probably say I am too obsessed with keeping everything in period, but I find it is all down to that subjective feeling that the layout looks 'right'

Cheers
Norm

I'm lucky, being of 1958 vintage myself my first love in life was cars (apparently my first words were mote-mote). Over the years I have built up a useful library of books and magazine articles for reference, having said that it wouldn't be too hard for manufacturers to print the model year in their catalogue blurb.

Still here are a few vehicles that were definitely on the Roads of Britain in 1958, Hillman Minx series 3, MGA, Land Rover series 1, Ford Popular, Bedford O, Bedford big S VW Beetle, Austin A55, Rover P4, Morris Minor, Morris Oxford.

I could go on but there's food for thought there. (nothing like a good thread diversion eh chaps!)

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>such a icon on the roads
That wasn't what my father would call them as we would labour behind them for mile after mile on the single carriage way roads of the sixties


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QUOTE (dwb @ 23 Jan 2007, 19:29) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>>such a icon on the roads
That wasn't what my father would call them as we would labour behind them for mile after mile on the single carriage way roads of the sixties


David

Obviously not the one I saw (briefly) on Sunday morning, Idon't think it was a 998cc sidevalve by the way it went past me!!

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