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  1. Many thanks gentlemen. I had wondered whether TransPennine were quoted a price for electricity that was uneconomic. Now I know it's a shortage of capacity in the OLE. I must say that the new Trans-Pennine stock seems to run very quietly for diesel.
  2. Probably a stupid question: LNER Azumas run on the front pantograph, but TransPennine trains of apparently similar ilk (but of 5 coaches only) on the line north of Newcastle don't use the wires though they appear to have pantographs. Why?
  3. There are no clips as such. In N Gauge each section has a hole in the centre of the sleepers at each end (not 100% sure about 00), designed to take Peco track pins. This works on Sundeala baseboard surfaces, not so good on plywood. If you are doubtful about Peco Setrack, why not look at Kato Unitrack? This comes in 00 as well as N Gauge sizes and I find it much easier to work with. Gaugemaster's website will give you further info. Richard
  4. Reopening the Blyth/Ashington/Newbiggin route has been in the local news on and off for some time in Northumberland (my home County), and the County Council seems likely to publish a proposal at the end of the year. Double track (mostly) and semaphore signalling is still in place, albeit with electric illumination. Level crossings are fully operational as there's quite a lot of freight traffic. There are 2 platforms still intact at Ashington (covered in weeds), likewise at other places on the route. So it's not just an Election special but there will still be a lot of persuading to do...
  5. I can't remember when Rebuilt Scots and Jubilees were taken off but can remember A3s with German "blinkers" and then Class 44/45/46s. Richard
  6. A few months ago I abandoned all pretence at being a railway modeller and decided that what I wanted was something to play trains on. N gauge is my chosen size so I bought some Kato Unitrack track packs. As a medium to enable one to set up a layout easily it is brilliant, if a bit limited in pointwork. Things like single slips are alien to it, though it does an absolutely brilliant scissors crossover. At the moment I am using the Kato controller as a power unit for the Kato 2-wire solenoid point switches that came in the track packs I bought. Motive power is controlled via a Z21 and an iPad, which is likewise very user-friendly, but unsuitable for powering the points without an adapter. You may well ask why bother, seeing that Kato wiring is so easy to use, with plugs and sockets pre-fitted, and extender cables readily available; the answer is I'm aiming for computer control, and in any case want to integrate signals so that when visitors come, one can act as signalman. Foolishly I bought an 8-way decoder for stall motors, thinking that Kato N Gauge points worked this way - they emphatically don't! I'm now advised that I need a DCC Concepts 8-way accessory decoder with adapters for 2-wire point control. Does anyone know of any other DCC alternative I could use? Just to allow choice. Richard
  7. As of 16.15 today I accessed the Zimo site without difficulty. If it was unavailable earlier it was probably being updated - a not unusual occurrence at weekends. Richard
  8. What about the Gresley V1s and V3s, succeeded by Thompson's L1 2-6-4T. Seemingly the Gresley 3-cyl locos were less inclined to slip than the 2-cyl L1s.
  9. On the Alnwick to Cornhill/Coldstream line (closed to passengers in 1930) the stations on the west of the track between Whittingham and Coldstream (e.g. Hedgeley and Wooperton) had their single platform faces on the loop, with trap points on the "straight" line. Those on the east side (like Ilderton) had their platforms on the "straight"line. When it was built, this section had a double track spec with but a single track actually laid, to allow for the possibility that a line from Newcastle upon Tyne to Edinburgh via Kelso might be built via Ponteland, Belsay, Scotsgap, Rothbury, and Whittingham. Of course it never happened. At one time, there was a Saturday timetable that had an "autocar"(i.e. Sentinel steam carriage) and a standard Branch train to cross at Hedgeley and, I believe at Mindrum, which only had one platform. This confounds all our expectations of what's "normal" but gives one lots of operating licence! Richard
  10. Hope this isn't teaching Granny to suck eggs, but is the operating system of the iPad as up to date as possible? It may be that the new app doesn't like an old version of iOS.
  11. How about Eyemouth? No run-round loop - fly-shunting the rule. As I recall, about 3 sidings including one with a platform face for loading fish vans. You would need to have a slight gradient for the fly-shunting to work! Or North Sunderland Railway - at Seahouses. Needs 4 points, includes engine shed, passenger platform, run-round loop and 2 sidings, once with fish platform. HTH Richard
  12. If you can find a suitable parking slot, the A69 road runs beside the Newcastle-Carlisle line between Haltwhistle (i.e.west of) and Blenkinsopp/Greenhead. Properly planned, you could get a fair length of movie footage there. Another spot is Brampton Fell crossing on the road from Brampton to Castle Carrock - there's an embankment just west of the L/C that should let you get piccies of the loco and train going away from you. Brampton and Wetheral stations have limited views (curves and cuttings) though the road bridge a short distance west of Brampton station might work. Just thoughts from childhood memories! Richard
  13. Further to the above post, platform lengths were approx. 100 yards, enough for a loco and12wagons, so trains would have been short. North Northumberland was/is sparsely populated inland, and in any case the gradient was very steep over Alnwick Moor. So short trainscould easily have been accommodated in the over-generous goods yards. This would make shunting a relatively easy business.
  14. Having found this topic by accident, herewith my fourpenn'orth. John Addyman and John Mallon's book "The Alnwick and Cornhill Railway", published by NERA, has most of the answers, including siding layout and signalling diagram. There are a couple of things that might help, viz: 1. There were 3 passenger trains each way until 1930, when they were withdrawn. So passenger trains wouldn't have got in the way of shunting movements, as the closest timewise would have left at 11.15; see below. 2. There was only one through goods per day in each direction and these crossed at Wooler at about 12.30. This I found from analysing the working timetable.)There were others, mostly between Tweedmouth and Wooler. One assumes that train crews swapped locos and worked back to their parent sheds. There were quirks and extras on market days - think cattle trains to Tweedmouth wth steam"auto cars" for the cattlemen. Hoping this may be of interest if not help!
  15. 4. (Finger trouble accidentally triggered previous post) It may be that the switch controlling the polarity of the frog (if you have one) is out of sync. 5. If you are powering the frog via the blades of the point, then that suggests that your rolling stock wheels may be causing the short. If none of these works, you'll need to give more specific chapter and verse!
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