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  1. Same with me - I tend to design layouts in feet and inches, and make models in mm! That's largely because a number of useful 00 railway dimensions work out nicely in inches. For example, two tracks at Streamline spacing require 4" width, three require 6" etc. Take one of those tracks out and 2" is also a nice width for a platform (equivalent to 12'6" i.e. 6' either side of a central line of lamp posts). A 1:30 gradient works out nicely as 1 cm up for every 1' along (or a 1:60 works out at 1cm for every 2 feet). Bogie coaches are a little under 1' long, or three to a yard length of track.
  2. Thinking about stations which are shared by standard gauge heritage lines and the national network: Cholsey (CWR) - No connection (last time we looked into this it would cost several million pounds, and I suspect NR have put an electrification mast in the way since!) Eridge (Spa Valley) - No conncection Smallbridge Junction - No connection Alton (MHR) - Connection Chinnor (C&PRR) - Connection Paignton (P&DSR) - Connection Bodmin Parkway (BWR) - Connection Keighley (KWVR) - Connection Grosmont (NYMR) - Connection Robertsbridge (RVR) - Connection Aviemore (SSR) - Connection In addition, the Severn Valley, North Norfolk, Mid-Norfolk, Nene Valley, East Lancs, Churnet Valley, Ribble Steam Railway, Midland Railway Centre and Scottish Railway Preservation Society all have main line connections but do not share a station.
  3. The Porthgain Railway, I believe only ever had one loco, so qualifies. The Launceston Steam Railway, and the Llanberis Lake Railway I think have only operated the same class of locos since opening as preserved lines (having previously been other railways to a different gauge). The Bala Lake Railway however has not only been visited by Palmerston, but has a handful of diesel locos, so does not qualify.
  4. No, it converted from steam to electric operation in 1929.
  5. Although the Saundersfoot Railway had two locos built to different designs, as one operated below the incline and one above, each of the two sections of the railway operated with the same loco throughout the line's existence (apart from possible horse workings in the early days).
  6. That seems well overdue to me. It's always seemed wrong that someone can order a drink and drink it while stood/sat at the bar, already in the queue for the next one and potentially jump others. That said, I find the whole "Who's next?" system of bar operation (rather than having one or more queues which move along) confusing anyway.
  7. Personally having operated both, I find flicking switches on a control panel much easier than having to read the number off a loco (which may be some distance away), then scroll through a list of locos on the keypad before you find the right one (although the analogue control system I'm experimenting with at the moment also works that way!). I've noticed at exhibitions (particularly Warley last year), there seems to be a lot less time between train movements on analogue layouts than DCC. Block sections are also prototypical - one of the early advertised "advantages" of DCC was the ability to run two trains on the same track, but apart from in loco yards and certain other situations like station pilot work, banking and double heading (the last two of which need big layouts to handle trains long enough to justify them), the railway companies went to a lot of expense to prevent two trains being on the same track! Peter Denny wired Buckingham up in such a way that releasing the signals switched the power to the track sections on - I may do that on my own layout in due course. You can build quite a large and complicated layout with very few electrical sections.
  8. I can think of several reasons - a couple off the top of my head. 1) If it's a club layout, maybe some members have analogue locos and some have DCC - on my club's layout, we have (had) one running session a month on analogue then two weeks later we'd disconnect the controllers, plug in a DCC console and turn all the switches on so that the DCC boys could run their locos. 2) Maybe the OP has a large fleet of locos and it will take time (and money) to convert them all. Maybe some are older models which won't convert easily, or doing so would adversely affect their value.
  9. Yes, news of Wycrail's cancellation was posted in this thread on May 9th.
  10. Yes, Double Fairlie - and as you can see, I have enough Matchbox locos left to build another one.... I've no idea what the chassis is, but you may be right. Ideally I'd like to put a bit of tubing in the cab to complete the boiler and hide the motor, but I don't have any just now.... It's 009(ish) - as the Matchbox locos are just toys they aren't to any particular scale, however my converted Matchbox coaches don't look out of place on a 009 layout. The bridge is based on the bridge over the river Rheidol near Llanbadarn.
  11. There are two factors at play: 1) Has the Government told the venues they can open if they can do so in a safe manner? 2) Is it economically practical for them to do so? As far as I am aware, the Government has not yet announced that open air museums can reopen. (2) of course will vary from one museum to another. Some museums are volunteer-run and therefore there would be no cost incurred in doing so (assuming the volunteers aren't shielding and are happy to reopen). Others, like you say have staffing costs, although even there some staff have probably been retained to maintain the site. I suspect museums in the first category are probably keen for to Government to tell them they can open, those in the second category may want Government to keep them closed for a bit longer! Ideally the museums would only sell tickets online, which would save people travelling to the area and being turned away, and would reduce crowding in the car parks, as well as reducing queuing at the entrance.
  12. Sorry, yes, the "stopper" I referred to is a train! As far as I'm concerned the only risk of picking up an infection on either is through touching an infected surface and then inadvertently touching my face (says he scratching his nose!) Personally I'd regard that risk as negligible, especially if I sat downstairs on the bus (no need to hold the handrail), worked the door buttons on the train with my elbow, and wiped the train table with a wet wipe. (Incidentally I'd be even less concerned about travelling on a lightly loaded heritage train - or in a compartment carriage - as the number of passengers using it over the previous few days would be much reduced so less risk of a live virus being on a surface).
  13. With regards to reopening of museums, I think that could vary depending on the type of museum. Now that people are allowed to travel to outdoor venues anywhere in England, I can see no reason why largely outdoor museums like Amberley, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, etc can't reopen now, provided appropriate limits on the number of visitors who can enter both the site as a whole and individual buildings on the site are in place. Even indoor museums such as the NRM could reopen fairly easily, again with appropriate limits on visitor numbers. Visitors to those types of museums are typically less tightly packed than those to pubs/restaurants etc. Unlike temporary model railway exhibitions, these museums either own their premises or are renting them so that element of their costs remains whether they are open or closed. By contrast, a model railway exhibition only has to pay its hall hire costs if it actually takes place. Though personally as a non-driver I'm still limited to places I can walk to (and back again). I would have very few qualms about catching an X40 bus to Wallingford or a stopper to Didcot (both of which are almost empty at weekends even without covid) but as things stand, those modes of transport are still officially off-limits for non-essential journeys.
  14. Just had a bit of a play in SCARM - Minories in 6'x 4' - well, almost - 6' 1 1/2" to be precise!
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