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Dan Hamblin

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  1. I understand it has given up a number of components to help keep Sarah Siddons operational. Regards, Dan
  2. Thanks Keith, that fixed it and all running smoothly again. A lot wiser on capacitors as well Regards, Dan
  3. Thanks Keith, apologies but my specialism is mechanical engineering and electronics isn't a strong subject. It's circular, fairly flat and connected to both sides of the motor, with '104' printed on one side. In PMP's photo (below) it is the light brown coloured item above the flywheel, only on my loco it is now black. Regards, Dan
  4. Has anyone experienced issues with the TV interference suppression diode on their models? On my Prairie the diode appears to have touched the motor case and now it gets extremely hot, smokes occasionally and has a crack in it. The loco starts to run and if taken over a certain speed suddenly stops. Is the quickest fix simply to remove the diode? Any help greatly appreciated. Regards, Dan
  5. Is it conceivable that the Hornby wagons were more likely to exist later than 1830, when older passenger carriages were being replaced and possibly re-purposed? Regards, Dan
  6. Agree with you Steven - good to see the Royal Mail coach but would much rather it was sold separately. Perhaps that will come in 2022. I think this is a good move by Hornby and if the sales support it perhaps they will look at other early era models given the various bi-centenaries that will be cropping up over the next 5-15 years. Regards, Dan
  7. All of the engineering fleet are air braked now, so a Class 20 or Sarah Siddons would be required to act as translator between vacuum and air systems. The idea of painting a battery loco maroon though is rather appealing. Regards, Dan
  8. Caught me in the Guard's compartment door A superb weekend - recovering from the problems on Saturday morning made it better I think. The team pulled off a small miracle to get No. 12 operational again and we were ultimately only 30 minutes late back on Ruislip Depot. Regards, Dan
  9. The 20's and their barrier TEA tank wagons are still quite regular sights at Ruislip Depot. I captured them minus S Stock in September 2012: If you're modelling more recent transfer moves then the new signalling system radio antennas will need to be added on either side of the destination box. Regards, Dan
  10. Some photos I took on Saturday 19th January at Alexandra Palace: Model of HMS Hood on the Surface Warship Association stand. 3D printer and model boats on the Eastleigh Young Engineers stand. Chelmsford Society of Model Engineers stand - best in show. Part of the Ministry of Steampunk display. 10 1/4" Gauge Society display with LMS 2F dock tank. Tom Parham's 5" gauge 'Jinty' model, winner of the Australian Association of Live Steamers (AALS) trophy at the Southern Federation's 2018 rally. Meccano model of the Eiffel Tower marking 130th anniversary of its opening. Tamiya Truckin Arena. Selection of traction engines on the St Albans & District Model Engineering Society stand. Hand pump trolley on the Sussex Miniature Locomotive Society display. Tiger 1 tank and military models on Northolt MRC stand. Harlington Locomotive Society display. Steam Apprentice Club display - 3D printed stationary engines. Stationary engines on the Society of Model and Experimental Engineers stand. Newest model in the Royal Spithead Review display - HMS Queen Elizabeth. 7 1/4" gauge Union Pacific 'Big Boy' under construction - really getting to see the scale of it now. 5" gauge 'Speedy' GWR 15xx on display in a 3D printed shed diorama created by Andy Hardy. Regards, Dan
  11. No sections of the sub surface lines have been cut over to the new signalling system yet. I understand the first section at the end of the Hammersmith branch is likely to be done in late November (usual caveats apply). Yes, it would be nice to do and might be feasible over the sections of line that will retain Tripcocks for ATP on Chiltern Line trains. Regards, Dan
  12. I picked up my Beachy Head during the Bluebell's recent Giants of Steam Gala, and as Atlantic House was open to visitors... The model gives a good idea of what the full size reproduction will look like and Bachmann are to be congratulated for producing another fine version of a Brighton engine. Regards, Dan
  13. Some photos I took at the exhibition on Saturday 20th October: Fosse Way Steamers greeted visitors queuing up before the doors opened. Young Engineers competition models. National 2 1/2 Inch Gauge Association stand. Under construction 7 1/4" gauge Britannia on the 17D Miniatures stand. Some more of the competition models. Bromsgrove Society of Model Engineers stand. 'Little and large' Rob Roy's on the Erewash Valley Model Engineering Society stand. Kingsbury Water Park Model Boat Club stand. Guild of Model Wheelwrights display. 7 1/4" gauge LNER B1 No. 61283 on the Nottingham Society of Model & Experimental Engineers stand. Under construction 5" gauge model of gas turbine locomotive 18100, complete with a working gas turbine and alternator. Model traction engine powering a wood saw. Large Model Association's Avro Lancaster remote control aircraft, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the RAF. 9 1/2" gauge LBSCR K class locomotive No. 337 built by the original's designer L.B. Billinton for his never completed garden railway. Under construction 5" gauge 9F Evening Star, being built to the BR works drawings. 5" gauge Midland 'Spinner' single wheeler model of No. 2602. Regards, Dan
  14. The Metropolitan set is being given a bit of TLC including, I understand, conversion of the vacuum brake cylinders to the same type as on Mk 1 coaches. I think the plan is for 1 or 2 to be available for Branch Line Gala with the others following over the rest of 2018. Regards, Dan
  15. Actually the S Stock was purchased because Bombardier was a shareholder of Metronet. It's not a bad train by all accounts and the S8's will soon be needing their first heavy overhaul. As for the A Stock the last two units including the RAT car have been moved to Ealing Common Depot and begun being moved by road for scrap. I understand one Trailer car has been kept back temporarily to be robbed of parts for the Q Stock restoration project. Regards, Dan
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