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  1. In terms of wagons, we haven't run any demonstration goods trains (yet) but I would imaging on any preserved line wagons can be put into a number of categories: 1) Those which serve a useful operational purpose - for us, the Loriot, the ballast hopper and the Kemble van for example all get used on permanent way trains, along with of course the Toad. The Kemble also gets used on Santa Specials with a generator installed for train heating if we haven't been able to hire in a steam loco. The Esso tanker also serves a useful purpose as a water storage tank when we are running steam.
  2. On the Cholsey & Wallingford, we do have a few "general" passengers (one-way walkers usually, which is why I tend to keep Cholsey booking office open for the last train even through it's not a round trip). We also get a small number getting off GWR at Cholsey and travelling up to Wallingford or vice versa. However our main non-heritage users are people travelling up to Wallingford for Bunk-Fest in early September. In terms of operating a public service, whilst we probably wouldn't be able to run one ourselves, it might be possible for a third party to run a service on our line.
  3. I'm a little unsure of that - it seems to involve more trains departing than arriving!
  4. Not dissimilar to the pre-war classic Mayfield which had a loco depot over the fiddle yard - indeed I think CJF drew up a plan which combined Minories with Mayfield's loco depot.
  5. I have two points paired as a crossover, one with a Peco motor (PL10) and one with a SEEP. The wires from the CDU to the coils (both the return and the feeds from the pencil studs) run on to the contacts on the Peco motor thence from there to the SEEP. When I touch the probe on to the studs (for either direction), the SEEP fires, but the Peco does not. Given that the wires run first to the Peco, then to the SEEP, I don't think there's a fault in the wiring anywhere, and to have a fault on both coils of the PL10 seems unlikely. Is it possible that the SEEP ma
  6. Triang switched from using cellulose acetate to polystyrene in about 1956 (fortunately the year my grandfather bought my father and uncle a Princess set for Christmas). Acetate models tended to warp, polystyrene ones survive much better. Certainly my father's 47606 (and two I bought for spares) seem to have survived without warping so far, despite 40+ years in my father's loft in the case of the former. (by contrast the two acetate models I was given a coupe of months back both display some slight warping but not to the extent of Theo's.
  7. That was a slightly tongue-in-cheek comment. I'm well familiar with the various sheds you've mentioned on the Western. However my memories of sheds in the north as I grew up (Longsight, Crewe, and Carnforth Steamtown on occasion), allied with read recollections in books and magazines, was of the frustration of not being able to see the locos all lined up on shed owing to carriages parked in the way! ;-) Of course on a layout, the layout builder is likely to want to show off his locos to best advantage (and a turntable is a good showing off point) so it makes sense to have the loco
  8. Though I suspect the more common prototypical arrangement would be to have the carriafe sidings next to the tracks, with the turntable beyond, to hide the locos from passengers on passing trains.....
  9. Might it make sense to move the turntable and coal staithes into that gap, reducing the width of the board, and, in a prototype sense, the amount of land required?
  10. Not to mention the cable railway that replaced the MagLev at Birmingham International
  11. Wallingford - Cholsey in six minutes! That's some going! (an average of 30mph). I think the fastest we've ever managed it in is 10, for a slightly shorter distance. That said, we don't rush, as most of our passengers have come for the ride, so they don't want it over too soon (and on the Santa trains we often have to stop by the church to make sure he has time to see everyone!)
  12. "I spent my honeymoon in a place called Invergeeky. It's a wild and lonely place, you understand. The nights were long, and there was nothing else to do...."
  13. You could get rid of one S curve by replacing the right hand point to the loco spur with a left hand one at the top of the board.
  14. It very definitely did happen in the UK - when the GWR took over the Vale of Rheidol, they renumbered VoR #1 as 1212 and #2 as 1213. Shortly afterwards they built two new locos for the VoR, #7 and #8, as well as a complete set of spare parts. A few years later, 1212 was scrapped, and 1213 was sent to Swindon for rebuilding to the same spec as #7 and #8. Around that time, the set of spares for these two locos disappeared..... Later on, 1213 was renumbered as #9. At the beginning of the 21st Century, Davies and Metcalfe (who built the original VoR locos) closed down. The
  15. Just as long as it isn't accompanied by any other sounds that might be heard in the vicinity!
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