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  1. I've just realised why the parish is deserted. It's Summer where you are and you're all off outside doing Summer things. Meanwhile here it's Winter and we've just had three days of expert level rainstorms. But back to the trainset.......And the votes are in. Mosston on Sea has been elevated to the heights of shunting puzzledom. Truth be told Mosston's yard always has been a bit on the awkward side to shunt. The puzzle as I've laid it out according to Mr Horth's guidelines. Please note the awkwardly plac
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  2. I know next to nothing about Exley coaches, owning only one, but if you sign-up to the Classic 0 Forum, www.classicogauge.net , at least one member, in Australia IIRC, is a dab had at restoring them, and happy to share his knowledge - I think there might be a thread on the topic there.
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  3. 33035 In stunning Network South East livery waiting to depart Seven Mills Sidings.
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  4. Hi Paul See the effect that Mr Wright has on trains. When he looks at a model railway it stops working properly, he has now expanded his mystical powers to causing problems with the real thing.
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  5. Good evening, David. Firstly, I can only say that when I say ‘they are all of interest’ the photo’s are all of interest, it’s because they are in my very railway enthusiastic eyes. So I like all of the North Norfolk Railway photo’s, and in particular, in C3590, at Sheringham, you have captured a great shot of the sole surviving J15, number 564, as at October, 1977. The photo’s from between Newcastle and Hartlepool are excellent, and shows different aspects of the line, and, of course, the dreaded class 142 Pacer Railbuses. I won’t say what I’ve often said about them, it is unrepeat
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  6. Oh. So you're not doing it proper, like the rest of us do. Splitter!
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  7. Not much is happening on the layout at the moment as I am putting a new roof on the workshop later in the summer which is a major job, not least dismantling those parts of the layout that can be and covering up the rest. I have, however, been building stock as seen over the last couple of pages. The latest addition to the loco stud is one that I have wanted for a long time as they were common at Bath in the 1920s, a Kirtley goods. The loco is built using a David Eveleigh etch, Association wheels which I fitted with extended axles and a 7mm coreless motor. The etches are not without
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  8. Sorry but [email protected]@er all positive about it. The chance to smell anything even something unpleasant would be most welcome but after six months, increasingly unlikely and something which is much missed and the source of varying degrees of unhappiness dependent on what it is I realise I am missing.
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  9. Where have the last couple of months gone? Well, apart from the usual distractions, I've had a bit of a project on the go. I decided some time ago that I needed to do something about a proper test track. I've been spoilt up to now by having the Ormesby layouts, Grantham, Dave Scott's layout and anyone else who'll have me to run stock on. This last 15 months, that's almost all stopped, of course, so I found myself with a backlog of stock which needed test running before it could be finished off and not much motivation to add to that backlog. The way forward was to put together a test loo
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  10. I have this idea to do an Egyptian influenced station and call it Tooting Common.
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  11. Apologies if you've already seen this Mike: A very enjoyable half hour watch!
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  12. Some, even relatively small stations had a coal only siding, which only held one or two wagons. An example of this was Glenfield on the Leicester & Swannington Railway. Only picture I could find was after closure. It reminds me of Chris's original drawing is all.
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  13. And they are finished both sides there is a strange feeling when I make the decision that a project is done. It is almost a sense of loss that I no longer have the project to work on. I wonder if others feel the same way. I feel adrift until I settle on the next big project. I try a couple of short or simple projects usually to refocus myself. this time I have the next lined up converting a L&Y 2-4-2 into the GCR equivalent kindly from “green Howard’s” ( many thanks) I hope to do it justice and hope my plan for it works, otherwise it will be trip down a rabbit hole
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  14. It's probably an old story, but I am reminded of the man whose wife asked him to go to the shop for a bag of potatoes then added, "And if they've got any eggs, get six." When he got home and put six bags of potatoes on the table she asked why he'd bought so many. "Well," he said, "They did have eggs so I did as you told me." Dave
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  15. I have a couple of Exley coaches which are in terrible condition, that I am looking to refurbish. I have been trying to find some articles that may offer some advice before I dive in, but I'm not having much luck. Any pointers? Thanks Mark
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  16. All in a day's work! Droppers installed and the first test run complete. Plenty more room to run more realistic rakes of wagons. Much more interest in operating already. 5775 on the test run.
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  17. Or you don't try to Improve it...
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  18. Excellent! What you need to do is set out sidings at one of the minor wayside stations as a shunting plank puzzle, place Pugh, Pugh, Barney & Mcgrew, Cuthbert, Dibble & Grubb in a random order with the challenge to arrange the wagons so they read correctly for either an up or down train in the least possible time. And for more fun, add in a number of your GER area PO wagons as blockers and fillers... Just a thought...
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  19. Its not just me then. Sometime it amazes me how I still manage not to have a clue what Mrs NHN is on about, after almost 40 years together and married 37. However, today was sunny and warm, the forecast was torrential rain. Archery went well, Mrs H got a PB and was 2 points short of the win, to an archer who shoots at world levels. Result. We had an early lunch first sitting on Santon station, like so.....
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  20. I did see a cartoon about builder needing to walk into town to use the toilet. His boss said take the keys and go in the van The builder did just that and left a deposit in the van. The moral was that when giving instructions, never forget that the recipient may just be stupid Apparently I fit that descriprion quite often according to a certain female personage who frequents SM42 Towers On a similar note I am always amazed at how dangerous children are. All those washing pod ads on TV tell us to always keep away from children and plastic bag
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  21. Following on from Friday yesterday and today has seen the weathering going onto the 57s, 313 first up and a view of the roof followed by 602 The 67s had the exhausts refinished in assorted shades of steel and rust before the weathering likewise with the 66 on the subject of exhausts a Bachmann 150/2 with a before and after last up decals have started on the pair of Freightliner 47114s
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  22. Hi Clem, No issues with what you say - and thanks for posting this to highlight how well engineered the HL gearboxes are and the excellent instructions that go with them. I did say at the start of my post that it was in no way intended as any criticism of the products so I'm happy for you to enphasise how good they are. That (highlighted in red) was real reason for my post. In the DJH versus HL debate, I was merely highlighting that, however good the product is, it is possible to introduce errors if you DON'T take care. Some have intimated that the things fall togeth
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  23. Yet another Bachmann/Comet B1 for Little Bytham. Just got to weather the motion now................................
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  24. I can report, the resting place of Joe Duddington 1876 - 1953, driver of Mallard on the record breaking run, has been identified to be the 1856 Hyde Park Cemetery of Doncaster. An appeal by the "Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery" has attracted funding to create a fitting memorial to Joe, donations were received from many sources including Aslef. http://www.fohpc.org.uk/duddington/
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  25. So continuing the Aldersgate project as an "homage" to Liverpool Street Station, the GER terminus in London. Here's the stationmaster's office on stilts. As almost everything else, it's all from scraps of card.
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  26. A productive Sunday afternoon. The new fiddle yard has been assembled. Once again, a joy to build thanks to Tim Horn’s excellent work. Perfect fit with wood glue, screws and panel pins. Metal located dowels have also been fitted as per the instructions and bolted to the original board. Cork has also been laid with PVA glue so the track sits flush with the main board. Next job gluing a new length of track down and running the DCC droppers through.
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  27. I must say that the kit does not look much like a UK substation to me. Generally speaking outdoor switchgear would be found in a Grid substation, one where the high voltage (400kv/275kv/132kv) is transformed to 33kv for distribution in a town or larger conurbation. The 33kv output would feed Primary substations which might be two outdoor transformers but indoor switchgear, relay room etc. This would distribute power at 11Kv to more local distribution substations, again usually indoors with indoor switchgear. The output would be 415v 3 phase for local distribution. Outdoor gear is seen in rural
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  28. This one, according to the box it came in is a Smith's Mink C V3/V7. It's an early resin body with whitemetal fittings and scale wheels. You can see how crisp the injection molding of the Kirk kit is by comparison and the difference in height of the prototype.
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  29. Photos between Newcastle and Hartlepool for today. All the trains are pacers of Class 142. I make no comment. Brockley Whins 142020 Newcastle to Sunderland 30th March 96 C20828.jpg Brockley Whins 142518 Sunderland to Newcastle 28th March 92 C16745.jpg East Boldon 142019 Metro Centre to Sunderland April 93 J13775.jpg East Boldon 142019 Sunderland to Metro Centre April 93 J13779.jpg Hartlepool 142025 Newcastle to Middlesbrough Feb 89 J9758.jpg David
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  30. I take your point, and obviously which crest we find best is very much opinion, personally for me I think the Hattons one is best, but that's just me, I was however expecting the crest to be legible on the D Class as it is the others. Again, yes this is a good point, I was more talking about the quality of the application rather than if it was scale, which on the D is a lower quality that the others, but is not noticeable at "normal viewing distance" it does start to show if you are looking at the model close up, but I don't plan on doing that too much, but given the P wa
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  31. Well Mr Sheep when you put it like that it's a whole different ball game. I have often wondered what is worse - to loose a sense or to never have the sense in the first place to loose. My mother is currently going blind and rails at what she can't now do. Doesn't mean though that she doesn't still try to do it and at ninety three that means a lot. You will adapt. It just takes time and patience. Take care Rob
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  32. Bad coal is nothing new. In the 80s I nursed a old chap who had been a fireman on the LNER. He told me that in the 20s they were given German coal as part of the WW1 reparations. It was small and hard, and when working the Pullman trains out of Kings Cross with a GCR 4 cylinder 4-6-0 locos the draft was so strong it would lift the coal off the fire and exhaust it out the chimney. Which in turn fell like rain on the cab roof. He liked the Ivatt Atlantics but the Gresley Pacifics were too much like hard work to fire.
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  33. In the main, coal supplies are pretty consistent. It is an unfortunate fact that occasionally some 'bad' coal will slip through the system. It is rare, but it happens. You can't test every single load. It is no different to the stories we occasionally read about concerning 'bad' fuel being pumped into petrol station storage tanks. Nothing in the real world is 100% perfect, sometimes things go wrong. Perfection doesn't exist in reality.
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  34. Schoolboy error I'm afraid Richard. You should know by now that SWMBO speak is carefully designed to include traps for the incautious male who believes that everyone has his idea of communication, I.e., they state plainly what they mean. Not that I'm any better than you are at SWMBO speak interpretation, I'm sad to say, merely well used to being a victim. Dave, AKA Why haven't you.......?
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  35. I have (again) misinterpreted instructions. 'Sweep around the conservatory'. I took the old Venetian blinds out and put them in the workshop, did all the window sills, brushed the floor, vacuumed it up: satisfied smile. 'Why have you not swept around the conservatory?' 'I have.... Look!' 'I meant outside, not inside. You need to shift all the pots and get the leaves that are stuck in behind them'. Guess what I'm doing this afternoon?
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  36. Does the switch function OK? If so you are just making work for your self, mounting the switch in the MDF will need holes drilled and the control panel (MDF) will have to be screwed on to something as that can't be left dangling in mid air.
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  37. Lol Dave I don't think she takes much [email protected] from anyone. She is as they say very direct and all the better for that They got married here in February last year, so she hasn't been able to go home and see everyone since the wedding.
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  38. As @Chas Levin said earlier, the problem is not a failure on the part of "the coal supply industry", rather its complete collapse. I suspect that the complete ban on coal extraction in the UK and attempt to ban coal consumption - both highly laudable in general - will be a bit like BR's ban on main-line steam in the decade after 1968; after a while a sense of proportion will be achieved and it will be realised that a small amount of extraction of good quality steam coal to support a heritage industry makes an insignificant contribution to atmospheric CO2 compared to the emissions of the UK as
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  39. I haven't used magnets to secure the roofs of coaches, but I have for a couple of brake vans. I put small pieces of plasticard on the underside of the roofs where the sides/ends meet the roof to stop the roof sliding about, and use either a magnet and bit of steel or a pair of magnets fitted so that one magnet/piece of steel is secured to the underside of the roof, and another magnet is secured to a cross-member within the body. It seems to work quite well. Back to the title of the thread ... For my GWR coach livery, I omit the fine line within the cream panels, and also the gold
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  40. Today is going to be utilized for what is known as cleaning and tidying up. I will complete this task and tomorrow will get on with the other 50% of my life which is making things dirty and creating a mess. I know which one I prefer.
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  41. Here’s one I took earlier…
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  42. I looked up the Waterloo Warbirds. They have the following: T33 Silver Star MiG 15 DH Vampire L29 Delphin AT- 6 Texan/Harvard All are two seaters so can offer air experience flights. Not as large as the fleet of aircraft in the hanger at Hunt Towers but probably a little more noisy and expensive to run.
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  43. Not quite such god news (or even good news!) at the time. Picked up the computer, tried it at home, same problem. Took it back to the shop: he showed me it working on his bench, so took it home again. I eventually found that the batteries in my bluetooth keyboard were dead, so it's no surprise that it wasn't accepting my PIN, etc!!! However, after the work he did, it's much faster. I'll get the video done soon now. More soon. Rod
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  44. And a third and final look at the A1, again featuring new signals.
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  45. Thanks Tony, I am enjoying it too.
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