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  1. Just to check - I assume the electric trains to be run will be 3-rail? One option would be to have a double-track line, with clockwork running the outer loop (from a set of storage loops at the rear), with the inner loop (in the opposite direction of course) being electrified for more intricate working.
  2. Video of the Hornby wagon in operation. As far as I can tell, there is no latch, although the door may be sufficiently weighted to ensure it always hangs vertically and does not open when it shouldn't.
  3. The 'Sherwood Section' was completely clockwork, and included shunting, multiple stations etc. Whilst it was of course in a much larger area, it shows that with care, clockwork doesn't just have to be 'round and round until the spring winds down'.... I believe the majority of mechanisms used on Sherwood were Meccano. Of course, Sherwood was 30-50 years ago and I daresay that even if the exact same locos (if they survived) were to be used now, they would not perform as well now as they did then owing to the ravages of time.
  4. The Central Line did the same thing!
  5. Which (going even more off-topic) was a controversy in this year's London e-Prix. During a full-course yellow, a driver (not sure which one) realised that if he went down the pit lane (where the yellow didn't apply), he would overtake a number of other cars. However under FE rules, if you enter the pit lane, you MUST stop in your pit box. It was adjudged that although the driver in question had briefly slowed to a crawl, he had not actually stopped and was consequently penalised for gaining places unfairly.
  6. Though in the early 50s, the plan was to build one last fleet of steam locos (the Standards) to last until the 1980s, by which time the majority of the network would have been electrified, and disregard diesel power altogether (with the possible exceptions of shunters and branch railcars).
  7. I'm not sure making *every* loco they produce come with smoke and firebox glow is a good thing. Not everyone wants the extra fittings, and they all come at a price. Better to make them 'optional' fittings as DCC and TTS are (although I can imagine the 'smoke' would be a much bigger job).
  8. Though I would imagine replacing the underframe would be easier than trying to build a new hinge mechanism (unless of course the catch is built into the underframe). My point is though, that it is possible, and has been done, and whether the OP uses the Hornby wagon or not, it is probably a useful starting point for reverse-engineering.
  9. Though if the lorries could be sealed in a train from Calais until crossing inside a 'secure' zone at Fishguard or Holyhead, the customs bureaucracy of crossing Britain would be eliminated.
  10. Not without significant investment in rolling stock anyway. However if that investment is there, there probably are routes that could benefit. A large volume of lorries comes through the Channel Tunnel by train, or across by ferry, then drive across Wales to Pembroke, Fishguard and Holyhead for the ferries to Ireland. If those lorries could be brought right across from Calais to the Irish Sea Ports by train, there could be a significant reduction in lorry miles. Likewise I'm sure Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh must have significant numbers of lorries heading their way each day from the Channel. If these lorries could be transported by train overnight, with a couple of sleeper coaches and a day coach, as well as reducing lorry movements, the drivers would (hopefully) get some sleep and something to eat, and be ready to continue their journey the next morning, rather than parking up in a layby overnight.
  11. Many years ago, Hornby made a working wagon tipper, which came with a wagon with an operating end door. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/185118254222?hash=item2b19e8648e:g:8x8AAOSwu8xhcBBh
  12. A bridge bash of a different kind. Left hand down a bit!
  13. In some parts of the UK, the sea is still receding, and has been doing for the last few centuries. If you head from Rye towards the sea, you pass in turn a fort built during the reign of Henry VIII, another built during the Napoleonic Wars, and a WW2 defensive position. All of these were built on the beachhead at the time they were built, but no longer is. But of course in other parts of the UK, the sea is encroaching.
  14. I suspect this was a 'proof of concept' version with the circuitry being essentially a home-made job using off-the-shelf components (the sort you can get from suppliers like Squires or Cricklewood Electronics). If Hornby decide to continue with development, then a miniaturised circuit board is likely to follow, but at the development and tweaking stage you need something you can build simply and swap components easily. In terms of water duration, the obvious solution is working water cranes and troughs.....
  15. However Pendolinos do go past Crewe Heritage centre and WCRC Carnforth, so plenty of excuse for steam-era facilities on a modern layout if so wished!
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