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There are easier ways of getting a Mk 1 …

As he says not half as much fun!

Portwilliam and Newton Stewart

But they aren’t nearly so much fun.

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Early days on Portwilliam – Lima Mk1s and a DJH Std 4

Once upon a time if you wanted a Mk 1 you had a choice. You could have a Hornby (nee Tri-ang) one, or the Lima one. Both looked more or less like a Mk 1 but neither was what you would call h-fi – both were crude and neither was flush-glazed. In fact the windows on the Lima version were so deep you could have fitted window boxes and not fouled the loading gauge. Hornby followed their usual pattern when deciding which version to do and issued the BSK, CK, RMB and sleeper, but no ordinary SKs or SOs. I saw Steve Fint’s “Kyle of Tongue” at York in the 1980s – it featured a BG and SK made by sawing two Hornby BSKs in half and sticking then back together…

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