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  1. Although some quite disrespectable German leaders were also into model railways.....
  2. Not quite sure why there's a train going backwards at the end!
  3. In that example, I'd suggest including a second crossover allowing access to the top platform, and making the two lines into the fiddle yard as two parallel single track lines (Cromer and Carmarthen being examples which spring to mind). That way, you can have two arrivals and two departures before you need to change the fiddle yard.
  4. Pretty much what Michael P said about Slough this week....
  5. Again, it comes down a lot to what you are able to do. If you are able to push a button in some way (e.g. by using a stylus in your mouth) then perhaps analogue might be easier. One example would be a fan of fiddle sidings on one side of the room. If this was regarded as a non-scenic area, and sudden starts and stops tolerated on that side, then a train could be released by setting a clear route (and stopped by setting the exit route against it), and gradual platform stops on the 'scenic' part of the layout handled by Heathcote station stop units or similar), then this
  6. And (with considerable surgery) into Isle of Man carriages by the Manchester Model Railway Society!
  7. There is a small contingent of Welsh speakers in Workington! The reason for this is that it's home to the British Cattle Movement Service helpline, which is managed by Defra so based in England (as Defra only has offices in England), even though it covers Wales and Scotland as well. Therefore there is a requirement to have a contingent of Welsh speakers based in Workington to man the helpline and every so often Defra have to lure more Welsh speakers up there to fill any vacancies that may have arisen.
  8. The maintenance equipment appears to be quite low-priced and individual items certainly not beyond the reach of 'average income' individuals. Perhaps the Trust could arrange a scheme where individuals could agree to try to buy certain items for the railway to avoid the prospect of would-be donors bidding against each other for them!
  9. TBH whilst we all have our favourite magazines, and of course even with those, not everything is always exactly as we would wish, personally I think we have a lot to be thankful to all the staff of the modelling press for in providing us with interesting material to read, particularly over the last year, and for the many other ways in which they support our hobby. It really isn't easy maintaining the quality of a magazine over a long period of time, but by and large the magazines are managing it. There's been little or no dumbing down or chasing the ratings. Things coul
  10. Whilst I agree that RM has always featured layouts featuring track and other items from different suppliers apparently without discrimination, there have at times been hints of 'product placement' in some articles. I can remember under John Brewer's editorship it wasn't unknown to see layout photos captioned 'Note the excellent use of Peco backscenes', whilst Ken Payne on several occasions praised Peco Streamline in his articles. And of course there were the effectively free full page ads for Peco in each issue, like the memorable plan of Waterloo laid out in Streamline. Even today there is pe
  11. Sheep have found a way to cross cattle grids. They commando roll over them!
  12. This talk of gates raises an interesting question. It used to be (relatively) common for there to be ungated level crossings on public roads (hence the 'steam locomotive' sign referred to earlier - 'Level crossing without gates or barriers'). So why would gates be necessary on a private crossing? I can understand them where the fields contain livestock, but in many cases the fields either side of the line are arable. Surely in those cases there's no need for gates?
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