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  1. Perhaps it is the national limit on the UK side? So it should be the black diagonal bar on white sign? Presumably on the back of the ROI 80km/h sign -- I'm sure they wouldn't mind sharing their post. Martin.
  2. But not very foreign, the natives are notoriously friendly. See if you can spot the baseboard joint: https://goo.gl/maps/K47qzJMfZYaY19YS8 Has anyone told the DUP that Northern Ireland uses a different track gauge from the rest of the UK? Martin.
  3. You can write a square root as ^0.5 i.e. 4^0.5 = 2 The ^ is Shift-6 key. This topic is famous across RMweb for being more off-topic than on. Have we finished driving on the right? Martin.
  4. Hi Keith, I don't think it meant more than one thing in the UK at the time it was being used. The problem is that since the old names have fallen out of use, folks have got them muddled up. The common 13" x 8" size from schooldays is called plain Foolscap. The larger 13.5" x 8.5" size is called Foolscap Folio. I don't remember ever seeing any. More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_size#Traditional_British_paper_sizes cheers, Martin.
  5. I didn't say it was a standard, and I didn't mention Legal. But all the time I used foolscap it was 13" x 8". I've still got a large stock of foolscap duplicator paper, which all measures 13" x 8". It was a light-hearted comment, but as usual on RMweb, there is always someone wanting to take everything seriously. Martin.
  6. Bring back foolscap. All is forgiven. At 13" x 8", common 4mm track templates fit on there just great: https://www.octopus-office.co.uk/foolscap-legal-paper/ Martin.
  7. Yes. Also the 00 templates. The claimed argument for this is that it keeps the timber sizes and spacings in proportion to the gauge. What that actually means of course is that the templates are no longer 4mm/ft scale. In the case of the 00 templates they are UK-pattern track in H0 scale. Templot keeps the scale at 4mm/ft and changes the gauge only. This argument has been running for years. cheers, Martin.
  8. I agree. The metric system is based on decimals, and very prone to errors caused by getting decimal points in the wrong place. The imperial system is based on fractions, not decimals, and much better suited to everyday life where fractions are everywhere. 1/3rd of a foot? easy. 1/4 of a yard? easy. 6 eggs in a box, or 5? no brainer. Martin.
  9. Hi Jim, Why? Most folks can cope with more than one set of units. Everyone knows what a 6ft fence post looks like, why try to specify it in mm? It feels good to retain a link with the past and use the traditional units. Some of them are very sensible, derived from centuries of practical use. For example UK shoe sizes are still based on a 1 barleycorn difference between each full size. A barleycorn is 1/3rd of an inch. cheers, Martin.
  10. Much needed in the UK too -- see: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-47851582 Martin.
  11. Eric Matyas has created a large library of free material. It is mainly music tracks, but also includes a wide range of texture images, some of them designed to be tiled seamlessly. They could be useful in printing your own card structures, etc. Scroll down to Images: https://soundimage.org/ Here for example is one of the dozens of seamless stone images: from: https://soundimage.org/txr-rockstone-seamless/ Martin
  12. p.s. if modelling the traditional era, the short length between the siding turnout and the slip would give you somewhere to park the brake van while using the loop as a headshunt for the goods yard. But not if the turnout is acting as a trap. Likewise the spur at the other end of the loop is useful on occasions, if it made long enough. Martin.
  13. Hi Phil, Prototypically yes. But on a shortened model, that will chop about 1ft-6in off the usable run-round length in the goods loop (assuming the trap is modelled working). Inserting a set of catch points as a trap nearer the slip gets you a longer effective loop. cheers, Martin.
  14. Hi Grahame, Templot can export DXF files suitable for CAD programs, laser cutters, etc. That's at output > export a file menu item. To export only the platforms in the file, change the colour for everything else to none. You can set whatever colour you need for the platforms, like this: Please note that the DXF export does not include the ends of the platforms, just the platform edges. Remember to set mm or inches units for the file, according to what your cutter software expects. p.s. It would be much better to ask technical questions about Templot like this on the Templot Club forum, rather than RMweb. cheers, Martin.
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