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  1. What? reduced to showing off in cattle sheds? Actually, it's a lovely site with good access and parking, though the floors are a bit uneven.
  2. With the greatest of repect to the prev post, the last sentence of the OP's entry is relevant. NigelCliffes post preceding that one gives a complete and text book answer to the question. If dimming is required it can be dealt with as a seperate query. Use of most domestic lighting dimmers to dim a mains powered transformer is potentially dangerous on several levels and should be avoided.
  3. Thanks for the compliment it's appreciated. After something like 120 shows we were getting tired of the layout although it operated like a dream throughout. The matter came to head when the club was evicted from the college in Richmond with three weeks notice and we had nowhere to store it long term. We tried selling in the UK (ultimately offered at £50 ex-stock) but it was rather specialist with the 14mm gauge - people who want that usually build their own, so we honoured the last show committment in Bremen with an optomistic 'for sale' sign on it and it was sold before the show opened for an exceedingly good bag of Euros. You would be amazed how much 'duty free' you can get in an otherwise empty Transit van on the return trip!
  4. I know the GOG mentions 7mm narrow gauge, but based on my experience at Telford with a very well recieved NG layout, it is highly unlikely to generate significant activity in that area. A couple walked towards the layout during the afternoon, the gentleman's wife was seemingly much taken with our display. He, on the other hand, took one quick glance, grabbed her by the arm and in a loud voice pronounced "Come along dear, it's only narrow gauge". Sorry, probably doesn't help the core purpose of this thread though.
  5. I had passing aquaintance with two 2ft lines in Cornwall, both propelled one way and pushed the other, as for stop blocks, maybe, it was a long time ago. Both South Crofty Mine surface tramway and Penlee Quarry line to Newlyn harbour operated this way, pulling loads and pushing empties. Both lines were reasonably level and, at least in later days, track was not exactly prisitine. Trains on the mine line were typically half a dozen skips, at Penlee 10 or eleven fairly big ones. Small and forgiving coarse scale wheels and exceedingly short wheelbases go a long way to keeping everything on the rails, or grooves in the mud. Run round facilities in the case of the mine were not provided as far as I know. At Penlee, time was money when a ship needed to be loaded and this line was mostly double track, the entire train changing tracks at the harbour end for the return trip. Multiple trains were in use simultaneously on the line. Empty rakes arriving at the quarry would be disconnected and loaded using other locos, enabling a 'train' loco to pick up an already loaded rake and set off for the quay without delay. As noted above , time is money; why have the expense of pointwork and the delay of running round when it's not required? From a modellers perspective, as an adjunct to a standard gauge railway or other significant industrial modelling, these tramways are great but, as an accurate model of a protoype, most would be very boring from the train operating perspective.
  6. Ah well, as one Cornishman to another, here's a bonus of my Micro 'Petroc Quarries'. This one is 20 x20 inches and has continuous run (14mm gauge) and was built as a 'test track' for Tidmeric stock in a Japanese hotel room... and then the madness set in ... The 4" radius curve in the first picture was inspired by the loading hoppers at S Crofty's Robinson shaft which was the tightest curve I've ever seen. Used to spend my college lunches there in the day.
  7. Tidmeric Minerals was a 14mm layout of the Twickenham club. It was one of the earlier 14mm builds, 15ft long with a continuous run with f-yd at the rear. With most 'industrial lines' tending to have one purpose and as simple as possible it was decided to incorporate three scenes of typical 2ft gauge line use to engage visitors. It successfully did over 120 shows in the UK and Europe. At the right end was a stone crusher and grader, with animated conveyors and rotatary grader (shaver foils), central was a fine model by Brandon Evans of wooden ore loading hoppers from a cornish tin mine photo with a small workshop area at the left end with a water filled slate quarry behind, disguisng the return curve. Along the way a Festiniog rotating signal became incorporated. Eventually sold to a private museuem in Bremen we came home with an empty van. The crusher end, built from photos, typical rather than precisely modelled. Taken from photos The trestle, again based on a prototype, though I forget which. Works train and stone train in the passing loop. Track design was such that we could operate in either a two of three board format, or all three. The left end with part of the small works area and the flooded slate quarry to the rear. At the first exhibition we had to open the windows as the resin 'water' was still drying and one of our team had to get lots of nice goodies for his wife as the resin ran out of some holes onto the dining room carpet the night before. All good things come to and end and sfter selling the layout (We were moving up to 1:20.3 scale) we found a final picture of the line waiting for the auction: Cheers Steve W.
  8. Going back to the mains electrical sockets, getting them at 450mm or above would not be a problem if mounted on the side wall of a kitchen base unit, just leave the door off that one. But with the prospect of selling the property you should be guided by youur electrician and in a compliant location. The stupid thing on socket positioning is that you can drape a flexible extension socket block anywhere it's convenient, though preferably not where you will trip over it. On layout wiring, as I've now got to an age where high mounted sockets are a godsend, putting point motors, relays and the other layout wiring where they are accessible from the front is well worthwhile if practically possible.
  9. Would most strongly urge you to keep all mains electricity well away from the layout. A further complication would be the hinged basebopard (great idea) as you will need a flexible connection to the hinged part. I have used kitchen cupboards similar to your proposal and did not fit any work top to them, but rested the baseboards on the carcases. This allowed limited but satisfactory access from the 'cupboard' below for minor access to much of the layout and saved moving all the tools or stock off the top.
  10. I have always used Titebond Alphatic wood glue for general use, beats Evostick PVA. They do a watertight version (Titebond Ultimate III ) which would be my go-to. Link here to UK supplier (not used this one) but has description of the product as a guide. https://www.yandles.co.uk/titebond-iii-ultimate-wood-glue/p4108
  11. If you weren't there before they moved it due to the sanitisation and gentrification of the area, you wouldn't understand. Actually, you probably would. A vibrant place, good street food (most of the time) and potentially surprising company if you had too many bottles of Tiger. This may be useful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfVIZ3yXgiU. Steve
  12. Having a quiet shore leave beer with the lads in Bugis Street in Singapore many years ago I bought 25 of these hats from a chap for about $8 (US). He was pestering us and it was a cheap price to pay for his entire stock, simply to get rid of him. We found out that they were great out on deck in the sunshine and heat and they became regular wear (hard hats were still several safety bureaucrats careers away) . The immigrant port workers in Kuwait wanted to buy them and I sold the 18 I still had for a very good profit. Regrettably I never managed to get any more on subsequent trips. Sorry to hijack your thread for a nostalgia reminisce Paul, I like the mug lid, clearly inspired by the similar things my kids drank from when they were very small.
  13. Going off course slightly, I was with friends in Spain a few years ago when we ran out of petrol. A nearby filling station sold us a disposable 'can' for about 3 litres . Simply a strong plastic bag with a screw cap and spout rather like a wine in a box bag. A result.
  14. This one was a double deck coach on a rail replacement service. Above the yellow marks is a massive circular steel pipe used as a bridge protection device. It seems to have worked. There are multiple signs and warnings but this one gets a regular bashing. pic: Lou Jones /Surrey Live
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