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  1. Time for the return of the empties from Little Barford, with our borrowed 04/8, running tender first now. We have two angles as it moves along the Down slow. Very poor light conditions, so black and white seems the best option.
  2. Dug these little beauties out from my 35mm collection and scanned them. 90010 at Crewe 90021 at Doncaster 90022 at Doncaster 90005 north end of crewe station and finally 90s 90136 and 90146 running onto crewe shed
  3. Welcome to Central Bedfordshire, they made a monumental c*ock up of their local plan 4 years ago and still haven't ratified the updated one, the consequence of this is that small towns such as Potton have taken something like 500 houses with no extra infrastructure. The monies from this has been diverted to Biggleswade to improve what is there. There is a train of thought that Central Beds haven't pursued their plan vigorously enough, as the onslaught of new developments means they've filled there quota already and they're not the 'bad boys' in the eyes of Joe Public, the developers are. The S106 I had was 10 years. We now have 'Community Infrastructure Levy' (CIL) This is a defined amount per bedroom with set amounts for things such as education. As usual with such agreements it hasn't been thought out, so while there is monies for health and education there is nothing for things like cemeteries. This town is typical in that monies have been banked by CBC and sit there for years (CIL is a 10 year agreement) with it unlikely to be used as some services are fully funded but the town is forking out £250,000 on an extended cemetery so that we can bury the increased population. This simply isn't true. The prices for houses is the market rate set by supply and demand. If the average 3 bed semi is £100,000 then that is what they'll sell for. Some buyers are prepared to pay a premium for a new house but that is not usually sufficient to cover S106. S106 is just a cost factored in to the build cost and is usually retreived by reducing the price paid for the land.
  4. A recent European loco purchased was this Swedish SJ RC3 Bo-Bo electric locomotive. I got it at a very reasonable price, otherwise I would not have countenanced buying it because is is a Lima model, with the construction common to the majority their British diesel models, i.e. it has a pancake motor on one bogie with diagonally split pickup and the horrible brass wheels. However, for all of that, it is probably the best running Lima model I have ever come across, with excellent low speed control on both DC and (subsequently) DCC. It was worth purchasing and converting to DCC. I was even luckier in that the motor brushes are already completely isolated from the power bogie frame, so hard-wiring a decoder was simplicity itself. I connected the red wire of the chosen decoder, a Zimo MX600 with its 8-pin plug cut off, to the electrical pickups on the power bogie, adding a red heat-shrink sleeve to the bare wire coming up from the pickups. The black wire was attached directly to the unpowered bogie's brass clip. The orange and grey wires were soldered to each brush clip, and the loco was tested on the programming track. It worked perfectly, and very, very smoothly first go. It even went in the right direction for what I wanted to be forwards. The model comes with directional lighting using diodes and bulbs. The lighting wires and diodes were removed from the dummy bogie's clip at the same time as I was soldering the black wire to it, and the light's return wire removed from the motor bogie pickup wire where it was attached. After testing the motor wiring, I could now wire the blue wire to both bulbs and the white wire to what would be the leading bulb (I like the unpowered end to be the "front"), and the yellow wire to the trailing bulb. Once again, I tested this on the programming track, and all worked perfectly when Function 0 was selected. The loco was programmed to its running number, 1058, and sent around the main lines with a suitable train, where it is seen here. All in all, I am pleased with it for what was a very low budget acquisition. I will in the future do something about the light bleed where the body halves join, and give it some rudimentary cab interiors, which will also prevent the headlights illuminating the (empty) cabs as they do at present. The coaches are from Roco and NMJ (a Norwegian firm I hadn't heard of before), and are of a very high quality. P_20200126_113209_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr
  5. I think this would be unlikely given the small difference in price between the 2.
  6. Or this one In the last few days there have been two new Ghost Hippies live videos posted on Tube of U.
  7. Good session on the loco yesterday and so some shots of it on the layout. JB.
  8. Yes, but then that's probably a different piece of legislation and will have very specific exemptions in it. For example, if the police were to apprehend someone for dealing drugs, which are confiscated for evidence at the dealers subsequent trial, you surely wouldn't consider it appropriate to charge the police officer for being in possession of a Class A drug. The reality is that the police officer is in possession of a Class A drug between the apprehension and the police station, but that is only as a consequence of them doing the job that they are paid to do. The same common sense approach needs to apply to the "council employee" in this case as well - they are paid to test whether retailers like Ian Allan are obeying the law. Such circumstances are presumably noted in the relevant legislation. The youth will be required to hand over the knife to their superior and it will be put in a bag and taken back to the council offices as 'evidence' of what was sold to a minor. The reality is that Ian Allan obviously need to tighten up their procedures and we should all agree about that. Yes, sometimes it might seem unfair, but that's just life. Every time I go into Tesco or Sainsbury's and buy a bottle of alcohol free cider, when I get to the self-service scanner, it's highlighted as a restricted item (even although it's alcohol free) and I'd be asked for ID if I looked under 25. However, I don't think I've been asked for ID in the last 20 years: the last time I was, I was 28. What Ian Allan should have is a similar system, or if they don't scan goods, then they need to ensure that they better train their staff. Perhaps try thinking of this the other way round. How would you feel if you or someone you know was stabbed by a youth with a knife? How would you feel if you were subsequently informed that the youth who attacked you or someone you know had bought the knife that morning from Ian Allan? Would you not think that had Ian Allan not sold the knife, you might not have been stabbed?
  9. Funnily enough the problem with many vehicle models is a lack of mirrors.... Jason
  10. The Station Building has finally been fitted with windows. These were made the old fashioned way, using Slaters Micro Strip on 60thou clear plastic and EMA Plastic Weld, using photos from c.1971 as a guide. Doors and a couple of small windows just need glazing now; the lower grey area needed a coat of Matt varnish over the gloss paint, which had just been applied when the photos were taken. The chimneys have been glued in position too. I decided to leave the roof tiles until last due to all the handling whilst measuring and fitting the windows, as the tiles are self adhesive and I didn't want to risk disturbing them once fitted. Light at the end of the tunnel and all that! Martyn.
  11. Half way there. Converted the motor unit, going to take a break before starting on the trailer unit. The cab front windows needed a slight mod, the top of the window should be parallel with the bottom edge, and they should be slightly wider than they are high, ie. rectangular and not square. I used the original Bachmann roof to utilise the clips that hold it to the body. Removed all the roof detail, chopped off the front 15mm and stuck the front (15 mm) of the DC Kits roof on. I also modified the destination window on the DC kits roof to make it slightly bigger, and added a white LED to the destination window and red LED tail lights.
  12. OK, I did follow this up, which possibly means that I have OCD. The MPSB had c35 steam locos at various times, many being scrapped/sold/transferred before the preservation era, but all of the MPSB locos which survived long enough to carry final-style DR numbers were preserved: 99 3351 Jakobi 0-6-2TT Sold in 1970, went to US (direct I think) then to Frankfurt FFM, re-boilered like the one at the BMR, but with the new boiler arranged to look like the original one, currently looks "as built". 99 3352 Kayser 0-6-2TT Became part of a 'museumzug', an entire train stuffed and mounted, in 1973, and I think currently under restoration by Dresden VM. DR condition. 99 3353 Graf Schwerin Lowitz 0-6-2TT Sold to UK in 1972........OOU Gilfach Dhu Quarry 1973........ Brecon Mountain Railway c1982, re-boilered in a way that doesn't really look like "as built" condition. 99 3451 V D Lancken 0-6-2TT This wasn't an original MPSB loco, but was the same design as theirs and was allocated there in 1966, I think this might now be at Bad Muskauer Bahn/WEM. 99 3461 0-8-0TT by Vulcan Sold to UK 1972, New Romney until 1976, Knebworth until 1978, CFFCD since then. DR condition. 99 3462 0-8-0TT by O&K Sold 1970, ............ preserved by Bad Muskauer Bahn/WEM, but I think it travels to other lines too because it is recorded as being at Muhlenstroth. DR condition. 99 3361 0-8-0TT by O&K Sold 1972 and seems currently to be in the US, although by what route I don't know ......... I have a feeling that this is one that came via the UK. Dr condition but bulled-up a bit. My reading is that the 1972 sale batch all came to the UK together, possibly first resting at New Romney before being dispersed, and if I waded through NGT and TNG back numbers I could probably confirm or deny this. The other two German locos at Knebworth we’re Pedemoura (now LBNGR) and Sao Domingos (now Great Bush Railway) but neither of these are ex-MPSB.
  13. Tony, Today I opened up "Robert the Bruce" to fit a DCC chip. In an unusual twist of fate, when I lifted off the chassis the boiler space was full of a spider's web. Further investigation revealed a very dead and very sizeable spider. You'll be aware of Robert the Bruce sitting in a cave watching a spider try again and again to make a web which spurred him on to greater things. Spooky, eh? Archie
  14. Although I have put the Video of the Great Central Steam Gala yesterday on Privett Green, I thought I'd add it here as well, just in case some of you don't venture to the Layouts section.
  15. Photo by Rob Fraser : 45 001 on the 'Derby maroon set' with 1V62 07.18 Derby - Paignton at Westerleigh on 22nd September 1973, taken from the Hymek Swansong railtour...
  16. It may well have been Mark, but the smoke coming from the engine room into the cab was eye wateringly bad so I didn't get a proper look. The internal walkway floor was covered in oil too so I didn't venture any further into the darkness!
  17. Somebody on Craggy Island is very happy with this.
  18. Lordy, what a mess! Fortunately my morning commute was one of the turned back Cambridge jobs and picked up the stranded London pax. Curiously, the pid was showing the service as being made-up of seven coaches! There wasn't a front/rear three/four for Needham faff, a four car rolled in. Unless its left a three car behind somewhere..?! C6T.
  19. A Basil has sat down at Kennett this morning on the 05:10, Ipswich - Cambridge and other services are affected now. 37800 which was en-route to Harwich looks to be ready for "5-4-3-2-1, Thunderbirds are go !" Not a good start to the week. Edit : 2W00 has run forward as 5W00 and has reversed at Soham 5P04 which is 37611 dragging a unit from (06:29) Colchester to Norwich is stuck at Colchester as the Basil brakes won't release. 37800 is heading for Bury where it will presumably reverse and continue to Harwich but ...
  20. Hi Tom, The ratio of height and length really do work a lot better than the original. Gibbo.
  21. The 45deg cutter is also useful for cutting chamfered cork for track beds.
  22. Full of admiration for what you are doing Dave. Really does look good. Rich
  23. It was suggested to me that I should start a thread for my layout on RMWeb, so here goes. Layout name - Two Bridges Up Sidings. Era – 1980 – 2000 depending on stock being used. Type - Continuous Loop Exhibition layout, scenic at the front with fiddle yard behind. 4.4m long, 2.5m deep, track is at 1120mm above floor. The intention of the layout is to offer a way to run and exhibit the rolling stock that my farther has been collecting, detailing, building and weathering over many years. The requirements of the layout therefore were to be able to run the stock fleet which was southern region and consisted of freight trains of up to 10 coach lengths plus loco. Much of my design time was spent trying to maximise a fiddle yard plan that would give some roads of 11-12 coach lengths whilst allowing the layout to be set up in the available space. The project had to be both simple enough for a first-time layout builder but meet enough of the design wish list that the end result was keep me motivated. “Two Bridges Up Sidings” is 4mm OO, set in a fictious location is the Southern Region. The layout has a double track main line at the front of the scenic section and yard reception siding and loco stabling sidings behind. The idea is that off stage to the left (around the corner and under the bridge) is a junction with another line and a station. Off stage to the right (past the second bridge) is a goods yard. I wanted to avoiding modelling a large station or yard which would have required unsatisfactory compromises as the intention was to be able to run lengthy trains. This would be a location that was good for photographing and filming trains thus promoting the stock. As such it can be said that the operating potential of the layout is minimal due to its simplicity, however this simplicity should mean that keeping a frequent running service for viewers to enjoy should be easy. For a spectator it should take about 10 minutes to see all 15 trains run. The details of the layout should suit a period from approx. 1980-2000, and only the selection of stock being run should close in on a narrower era. Here are some photos of the layout for you to enjoy.
  24. Ah ah I find if you exit and re-enter you can upload more You can see the start of my fitting turnbuckles to the 'L' type containers, I am currently designing an etch to make the job easier as these two wagons took hours to do As D5317 heads for Rise Hill tunnel I shall head off too, cheers guys.
  25. Levity aside, I think the one thing we can all agree on, it's not the implement that is the problem, but the person with it. Mike.
  26. Invacar for me. They were made here in Cardiff (not the city's proudest moment perhaps, and at least Newport had the Mole Wrench. They used to do day trips to see them wrenching the moles...), and dispatched from Davis St Goods Depot on one plank opens, loaded from an end loading dock at the west end of the yard which is possibly still there under the buddlea. They were still being sent out in the early 70s; IIRC sent from the factory on Curran Road on Scammel mechanical horse flatbeds. They were horrible things widely regarded as death traps by those who used them, made happily obsolete by the development of controls fitted to normal cars that disabled people could use under the 'motability scheme. They could not do much more than about 20mph, insufficient to keep out of the way even in those days, were unstable in corners especially with reverse camber, and structurally unable to withstand even low speed impacts. If that wasn't enough, some were electric and prone to catching fire if the battery terminals got damp and shorted out, which they would do if you drove in the rain, not a lot of use if your disability meant you couldn't abandon ship quickly. Suitable loads for 1 planker lowfits are not easy to come by, and these are ideal, delivered everywhere and anywhere from Davis St for many years. They were available in a choice of colours so long as you wanted sky blue. It'll make a nice change from my tractor, which seems to be delivered every few days! I've been thinking about a water bowser but can't imaginate a use for one at Cwmdimbath. Farm machinery is a bit of a cliche and not really suitable for Cwmdimbath, which is hill sheep farming country and a different world from the crop growing land of the Vale of Glamorgan only a few miles away as the crow flies. Maybe a road roller, diesel by my period... I'll probably go for one of those BR liveried GER vans as well. Is this the first RTR pre-grouping general merchandise vehicle in a BR livery? Actually, not, if you count the Rovex/Triang HBR van.
  27. 2 Basils have failed this morning. The peterborough unit 755422didnt make it out of colchester and 1P12 with was a 755/4 has failed at Manningtree and just been dragged back into Colchester Up loop by 1Z99 37611 Pegasus. 37 currently awaiting a runround. Just found out that 2w08 failed at stowmarket earlier this morning too, so that's 3 faulty Basils today. Thanks
  28. I had a rather spectacular failure on 66 567 last weekend when working 6Y77 from Toton to Bedford, I was on full power on the Up Fast going past Kilby Bridge Junction, there was a very loud bang and lots of metallic scraping noises followed by smoke in the cab, the 'crankcase pressure' message appeared in the EMDEC screen and I came to silent halt alongside the old station at Great Glen. Complete failure declared and I sat there for over two hours awaiting assistance. Luckily the fast lines are both bi-directional so the Bobby was able to have train round me on the down. It's the second time this has happened to me in two months...!
  29. The proliferation of German / Austrian titles listed above, reminded me of the observation by W.S.Gilbert .... When every one is somebody Then no one's anybody ....
  30. How about: "If it ain't broke, break it." or "If at first you don't succeed, give up." or "If the job's worth doing, it's worth doing twice."
  31. I think there was more 'tolerance' when the footplate crew needed to get home!
  32. Waldgraf, a Tory backwoodsman. Confusingly, he's a baron, though his elder brother is an earl. I was obliged to shake hands with him last time I got a degree.
  33. He has more in common with Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz. (In a number of ways though I don't know if he writes poetry.)
  34. I thought that the 60s were bought on a whole-life cost basis principally due to the fuel efficiency of the Mirrlees engine. The main competition was intending to use the gas -guzzling GM645. I was behind 60095 when it worked the Regional Railways day on a Barrow-Manchester service along the WCML. Quick up to 60mph and then the limiter cut in...……..
  35. On page 34 of this topic, near the bottom, you will find some quoted information from Mike King. Failing some photographs of the train in use this is probably the best information available. There is a picture of one of the Southern cranes attending a derailment in 1940 in the publication Southern Way Special No 3 Wartime Southern. This is probably 1561S as the location is near Guildford. The support train is present in the background and consists of two arc roofed bogie coaches. The only other detail shown is that the nearest coach has a lighter coloured roof suggesting that it has recently been repainted. The attached pictures show my current progress on producing vehicles to go with 1561S. Any modelling of similar vehicles is going to require at least a repaint. I cannot think of any source of a suitable ready to run arc roofed non corridor brake coach. The LSWR rebuild by Hornby is a possible option and simple modifications such as removing the duckets, 2/3 of the door and grab handles and adding a stove chimney, would get you closer in appearance. Other than that you are into the brass kits or conversion of Triang clerestory coaches.
  36. 1 point
    Mikkel, Strangely enough, I thought exactly that while working on this yesterday. Perhaps it was inspired by just having seen some pictures of new Stagecoach bus liveries that have bits of the 'beach ball' logo randomly applied to a single body colour. However, I have compromised this idea and will leave the inside of the body unpainted to show it pedigree. I surprises me how well the footplate looks in the pictures after a clean up with some scotch bright soft abrasive pads..... almost as good a nickel-silver. Thanks for your wide view and comments. All part of the human drive to make things!! Maurice
  37. MarkSG

    Bachmann 2020 Range

    There's very little to be learned by asking people what price they are prepared to pay, at least for a product that forms part of an established range of products (such as model railways). There are two main reasons. Firstly, whatever you charge, it has to be profitable, because if it isn't there's no point making the product in the first place. For any product, the cheapest you can sell it for is determined by the costs involved in making and marketing it. And you, as the producer, are the only person in a position to answer that question. Secondly, for any product that is part of an established market, you have real sales historic figures to go by. You don't need to ask people what they will pay, because you already know what they will pay. The only time this becomes an issue at all is if your own costs are rising faster than inflation, and you have to decide whether you will be OK with raising your own prices in line with your costs or if you need to hold price rises down to RPI levels even at the cost of reduced margin. But even then, previous customer behaviour is a better predictor than customer opinion. Also, you have to bear in mind that the optimal pricing strategy is not one which results in the largest volume of sales, it's the one which results in the highest overall profits. Sometimes, that does mean piling 'em high and selling 'em cheap. But, more often, it's more profitable to sell fewer at a higher price than to sell more at a lower price. And an optimal pricing strategy can often include multiple price points, with end-of-run discounting built into the forecasts. The average consumer has little to no understanding of how all this works, so their opinion on an ideal price is not, by any means, an informed one. The one occasion when customer opinion on price can be useful is when you're thinking of launching an entirely new product that has no counterpart in anything you, or anyone else, has ever produced in the past. In that case, asking "how much would you pay for...?" can be a valuable data point. But even then, it's generally accepted that you add at least 50% to the average of what you are told, because consumers almost always underestimate their willingness to pay. Or, rather, the ones who are actually likely to buy it will underestimate their willingness to pay, and the opinions of those who won't buy it are of no value to you.
  38. I for one would like to have the option to swap out the wheels or bogies for a more accurate appearance, based on running with 32 inch minimum radius curves. So if there could be a solution that used, say, the 37 bogies, with scale sized wheels and allow running at the correct height above the rail, then I'd be interested (even more so if eventually this could be a pre assembled provision for the Deltic model as bought, but I'll do the work myself if I have to).
  39. This is the Cavalex 91 thread right???...ok good and I'm pretty sure there is a Hornby 91 thread where story's can be posted behind their upcoming 91.
  40. They could divert HS2 funds to Social Care, some of the Social Care funds to NHS and then finally some of the NHS funds to railways. There we go, we can cancel HS2 now and still get more trains & tracks - except beyond Hemel Hempstead, that bit is full, for that bit we need a new railway through the Chilterns, maybe call it the New London Extension.
  41. Have been having a play to see where the buildings will be placed on the layout. I Have a good idea where I want everything to go. unfortunately this building is a little too deep, by a couple of inches. I can’t move it anymore to the right as there will be a wall (for the station over bridge) and excess for lorries to unload.
  42. Brilliant thread Castle, thank you for sharing. Fantastic modelling and interesting story telling. Also thank you for the notes for various products and suppliers, a gold mine of help and reference.
  43. Not finished yet but here is my smith an son's 6 ton steam crane for ash removal
  44. Van mainly built barring a few handrails. Think I got the toplights right. Just perched on the bogies, not really that wonky. I think maybe the footboards are too prominent so may swap them.
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