Many thanks Phil. Its adds a lot more information than you think to my considerations for the "civils" again this year. I have to minimise the back bending these days. I do have a product in mind for my raised areas which is "WOODBLOCX", a bit like grown up LEGO in double pressure treated timber all UK sourced. It ids guaranteed for longer than I am likely to live as well now. Its quite expensive but easily handleable (if that's a word), if I went the all "brickwork" route then it would have to be professionally done.
As regards coal firing, that's great thanks. I probably will go that route but its good to have others opinions and feelings under my belt. I model everything in 7/8ths so my choices in purchased equipment is limited and I have a narrow gauge locomotive on the drawing board at the moment to be built in my own workshop, which started out by design as coal fired. Its just that this opportunity has presented itself at precisely the right time.
I used to belong to the 16MM Assoc a long time ago (in the days when the Midlands Model Engineering Show at Stoneleigh and subsequently Donnington Park) and had a somewhat low membership number. However like a number of others who went a slightly different way, (7/8ths, 45MM Gauge) we became the subject of what amounted to personal abuse so I, like others who used to see 16MM as real fun and a proper modelling exercise, walked away as I am not generally a cheque-book engineer. And to the 16MM Assoc. I will never return. Sorry if that offends but that is the case. I am always to happy to share what I do, but as regards "belonging", it can no longer form part of my thinking. Its nice to chat and exchange ideas like here with like minds for which I am grateful of the opportunity.
Edited by The Oily Rag, 22 February 2018 - 16:50 .