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  1. Kevin, Very good. No, Fearless was my last ship when I was in the Navy. I sometimes mention for a laugh when having any general conversation with people I don;t know by saying, "I starred in a James Bond film." Then adding ,"Along with about 500 others!". Fearless was in the 1976 film 'The Spy Who Loved Me'. It was only for about 2 minutes at the end of the film but the special effects team were onboard for about 4 weeks making the escape gondola & filming many takes of it coming into the landing craft dock. None of the stars came onboard; the onboard scenes with the film stars were filmed in the studio. I have other locos named after other ships & establishments I served in including the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes as Warship Class D823 & Jubilee 45687 Neptune, the submarine base on the Clyde. Peter
  2. Thanks for all your suggestions but I think I have found the problem. I thought I would start with a simple squareness/condition check of the driving wheel axles. I removed the coupling rod wheel screws from both the front & rear sets of drivers & removed the wheel sets from the chassis. Just holding each wheel between thumb & fore finger & twisting them in opposite directions I could check if the axles were broken. The front pair were solid but I felt a small movement on the rear pair. Closer inspection showed that the nylon axle in the middle had developed a small crack along its full length. Fortunately, I had a broken Bachmann Jubilee chassis. I removed the set of rear drivers & fitted them in my defective chassis. The wobble had been reduced by about 90% to an acceptable level but as a final check I loosened the screws holding the two halves of the chassis together, placed the loco on a flat test track on the table & pushed down to make sure the two halves of the chassis were aligned correctly. I re tightened the chassis screws, not too much as they are fitted into small diameter plastic bushes & which are easily sheared. I will now go ahead & renumber it 45723 Fearless. Peter
  3. I have a Bachmann Jubilee chassis which is very responsive to my controllers (both DCC & H&M Duette which I use for testing) with a smooth running motor - until I place it on the track! When moving it has a slight wobble which increases as it speeds up. Any ideas how I can eliminate the wobble to avoid a new replacement chassis? I have fitted a Bachmann/Mainline Jubilee body & tender to a new DCC replacement chassis & I do not want to do it again. It is not for the faint hearted! Peter
  4. May I suggest you go to Google & enter 'Crewlisle' where you can see how much of an 00 gauge main line layout you can get in this space using three interconnected levels by 'thinking outside the box & run six coach expresses'. Yes, it is not prototypical but it entertains & represents the WCML & suitable stock from Stanier locos in the mid 50s & finishing with the APT. It has been to the NEC five times & will be there next year for its final show as the baseboards appear to be getting much heavier at each exhibition! Using my design, the high level terminus & goods yard could be longer in the space you have available. 'Crewlisle' is a simple DCC layout with the only polarity switch on the live diamond operated by an operating arm from the relevant Peco simple solenoid motor. All my 30 Peco Electrofrog points rely on electrical contact via the point blades using basic Peco solenoid motors. The only point failures I have had over 30 years I can count on one hand & then only in sidings. Because I advocate this approach to point control with no polarity switches, many modellers think I should be burnt at the stake as a heretic! At exhibitions my three helpers run a minimum of two or as many as four trains simultaneously to entertain the paying visitors. Do what I did many yea rs ago when starting my layout based on the WCML from my train spotting days, write down what you want. In my case it was a 4 platform terminus for 6 coach expresses, steam shed & turntable, diesel shed & goods yard on the high level. The mid level continuous run is the WCML with a three platform station & OLE. The low level was the reversing loop so trains could go out & come back to the terminus. On the reversing loop on the inside of the operating well I use 1350mm long cassettes t as my fiddle yard. The cassettes are replenished from the stock boxes as required. I have 53 locos, 65 passenger/parcel coaches & 120 wagons. Before anyone rushes to condem my layout for a multitude of reasons like being unrealistic or too crowded, the late editor of Railway Modeller & author of many track plan books Cyril Freezer stopped at my layout at the Bristol Exhibition over 20 years ago & after discussing it with me for 20 minutes said, "You have a lot of railway in a small area but it does not look out of place". That was praise indeed from the man himself! So forget the digital track layout apps, think what you want on your layout, download the Peco point templates, place them where you want them then lay your track between them with a smooth flowing curve. Adjust the position of your points if necessary. Forget drawing track plans on a baseboard because in the ship building/repair business the saying goes, 'If a curve looks right, it is right' & this applies to model railways as well. Peter
  5. I am surprised there have not been any comments about the layouts on show or from any of the exhibitors on the progress of their layouts. It is 3 months since the last comment with only 2 months to go before the exhibition! Is railway modelling falling out of popularity? Peter
  6. Gaz, Excellent video. I lived in Market Harborough in the 1950's and often visited Rugby, Peterborough and London for train spotting trips. I could not believe the changes to the stations, sidings, etc as it is almost 50 years since I travelled the MML. As for Leicester, when did it lose its overall Victorian roof? The changes at Market Harborough are unbelievable. I always remember trainspotting from the iron bridge spanning all the tracks 200 yards north of the station when you could see everything looking south down to Little Bowden crossing (about 2 miles away), the MML reverse curves through the station, looking north to Great Bowden where there was the junction between the MML and the LNWR side of the station mostly used by the Nottingham coalfields to London coal trains via the WCML hauled by Stanier 8Fs or Standard 9Fs. Also the loco shed on the west side of the iron bridge and all the sidings between the MML and the engine shed. In addition to the MML there were the lines north to Peterborough and the LNWR/GN joint line to Melton Mowbray and beyond. To the south on the west side of the MML were platforms for the Rugby and Northampton branchlines. In the early 1950s it was fantastic to see the Beyer Garratts with 60+ empty wagons snaking though the reverse curves with the coal empties heading north. Oh happy days! Peter
  7. I agree with all Paul's comments but perhaps TimV's first paragraph comment is the most relevant because remember there are visitors at exhibitions, especially at the larger ones like the Warley Show at the NEC or Alexandra Palace in London, all with different tastes and preferences. Plus of course the many families who just want an entertaining day out. My layout 'Crewlisle' is a DCC 00 gauge layout based on the WCML between 1955 and 1985 ending with the APT. When I built it many years ago I never dreamt of it being exhibited anywhere. I just listed the features I wanted and built it to fit my second bedroom - 2.6M x 2.3M. The only problem is all the 5 baseboards are all different sizes! One is 2.6M long x 500mm wide. Using my woodworking skills I made a cradle for 3 of them; the other 2 were stand alone. Lesson 1, make your baseboards all the same size for easy transport as I have to hire a long wheelbase Transit van to take them anywhere together with all the stock (52 locos and over 160 items of carriages and wagons) and scenery. 'Crewlisle' is on three connected levels with a 4 platform terminus on the high level for 6 coach expresses together with steam shed, turntable, diesel shed and goods yard. The mid level is the continuous run WCML with OLE and a through station. The low level is the reversing loop with a cassette exchange system in the central operating well. Visitors can walk around the layout to view it from three different sides. I have lost count of the number of visitors at exhibitions who have looked at my layout and said things like, 'I was going to build a terminus to fiddle yard or a branch line to fiddle yard in this size space but you have completely changed my thinking'. The ultimate accolade was from C.J. Freezer at an exhibition many years ago. He was the editor of Railway Modeller for many years and author of many railway modelling books and track plans, who said after studying my layout for about 15 minutes said, "You have a lot of railway in a small space but it does not look out of place". If you want to see the track plan/layout Google 'Crewlisle'. There are four of us in my team - 2 operating, one having a break between operating duties and myself answering questions on 'How did you do so and so'. My two operators run a minimum of two and sometimes as many as four trains simultaneously with one in the central operating well and one on the outside who also acts as my PR man. He allows children to move locos onto the shed, operate the turntable or run a train on the main circuit with one finger hovering over the stop button just in case! Lesson 2, very few layouts allow this so it is a real family attraction. Operating a train on a layout at the exhibition makes their day. A layout does not have to be super detailed, based on a prototype or run to a timetable to get invited to the larger shows. But it does have to entertain the visitors. Send photos/track plan of your layout to the exhibition manager to ask if he is interested. After a few local shows I thought I would stick my neck out and get in touch with the Warley NEC Show. I have since exhibited there 5 times and will be returning there next year for probably my last exhibition as the base boards and stock seem to get heavier each year! Peter
  8. My compact 2.5M x 2.3M 00 gauge DCC layout ‘Crewlisle’ is on four baseboards with three levels - high, middle & reversing loop on the low level & uses Lenz LH90 handsets & LZV100 command unit. For the track bus I use 6 amp cable with both wires twisted together & at baseboard joints I use two single pole 4mm banana plugs & sockets. The male pins are slightly tapered & sprung & when fitted in the adjoining socket it provides a tight, positive joint - no chance of loose connections as sometimes happens with double or multi pin plugs. Over the last ten years the layout has been dismantled/reassembled more times than I care to remember with no electrical problems whatsoever. All my droppers are connected to the track bus by simple 5A screwed terminals (available from any good electrical spares shop, eg B&Q). Before screwing them into position, note what sections they serve on a piece of card either by hand or on a computer & mount it behind the terminals. If there are any power supply problems it is easy to identify the offending section by removing each lead in turn. After a while I realised that if there was a short anywhere on the layout, the whole layout would automatically shut down; embarrassing if you are at the NEC with many people watching! To allow operation to continue on half of the layout when there was a short, I installed two PSX-1 units on two separate track buses – one for the high level & one for the middle level including the low level reversing loop Lenz LK-100 Reversing Module. During initial testing a loco would leave the mid level, enter the reversing loop, LK-100 module relays would ‘chatter’ & loco would come to a halt. After posing the question on RMWeb I was not given the answer but a good clue how to solve it. What was happening was that the PSX-1 & LK-100 were fighting against each other on changing track polarity. To solve the problem I reconnected the LK-100 module directly to the back of my Command Station before the power take off supply for the two PSX-1 modules. Since then I have had no problems. By today's standards, my set up is prehistoric! Why complicate things with so much technical jargon & put people off from converting to DCC? If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Peter
  9. I applied to Tesco Credit Card for a refund of my 25% deposit of £162-49 for a 5 car APT on the 18th June under Section 75. I received my credit card bill today and noticed it was credited back to my account under 'Purchase Adjustment' on the 10th July but I would sooner have the APT! Do I have to inform the liquidators? Peter
  10. This may sound like a naive question but could someone like Rapido or Hornby buy the APT scans off the liquidators and carry on negotiating with the Chinese manufacturer about APT tooling and eventual manufacture to modern standards, even to restrict it to a five or six car set?
  11. Do what I did 40 years ago, list what you want then go for it! I wanted a terminus for 6 coach expresses, semaphore and colour light signals, a continuous run representing the WCML with OLE, steam shed, diesel shed, marshalling yard and a reversing loop. And all this with a pencil, tape measure and patterns for the curved platforms. Look on Google at my 00 gauge DCC layout 'Crewlisle'. It is 2.6M x 2.3M with three interconnected levels. The high level has a 4 platform terminus to handle 6 coach expresses, steam shed, diesel shed and marshalling yard. The mid level represents the WCML with OLE and the low level is a reversing loop incorporating 1.5M cassettes replacing the standard fiddle yard. Each cassette can hold a loco + 4 coaches or 10 short wheelbase wagons. Minimum radius is second radius, normally in the tunnels. I run a total of 52 BR Standard and ex-LMS locos (mixture of steam diesel and electric), 65 passenger/parcel coaches and 112 goods wagons. At exhibitions I run a minimum of two trains simultaneously and sometimes as many as four. It was built for entertainment. That is why it has appeared at the NEC five times and for my exhibition circuit swansong at the NEC next year. Anyone wanting a more detailed description, I can send them a PM via RMWeb. Peter
  12. Tiny, To give you some idea what can be built in a layout of your size, look on Google at my 00 gauge DCC layout 'Crewlisle'. It is 2.6M x 2.3M with three interconnected levels. The high level has a 4 platform terminus to handle 6 coach expresses, steam shed, diesel shed and marshalling yard. The mid level represents the WCML with OLE and the low level is a reversing loop incorporating 1.5M cassettes replacing the standard fiddle yard. Each cassette can hold a loco + 4 coaches or 10 short wheelbase wagons. Minimum radius is second radius, normally in the tunnels. I run a total of 52 BR Standard and ex-LMS locos locos (mixture of steam diesel and electric), 65 passenger/parcel coaches and 112 goods wagons. At exhibitions I run a minimum of two trains simultaneously and sometimes as many as four. It was built for entertainment. That is why it has appeared at the NEC five times and for my exhibition circuit swansong at the NEC next year. Anyone wanting a more detailed description, I can send them a PM via RMWeb. Peter
  13. Crewlisle

    Exeter 2019

    I am surprised there are no comments about visitors likes or dislikes. Is it worth a visit?
  14. Crewlisle

    Exeter 2019

    Any further updates on layouts attending?
  15. Naturally there is a mixture of positive and negative comments to my original post; unfortunately most appear to be negative. Yes, there were quite a number of variations to choose from the DJModels APT; I chose the 5 car version to fit my existing Hornby APT cassette on 'Crewlisle'. It did run as a test train of 5 cars as I have seen a photo. The two comments I do disagree with is that it would be too expensive and was only running for a short period of time 36 years ago. The example I quote to refute these arguments is the Midland Blue Pullman which first ran 59 years ago from 1960 until 1966 when the WCML electrification from Euston to Manchester/Liverpool was completed. Bachmann introduced their 6 car model in 2014 and I paid just under £200 with a rrp of £270 (I think) for the first run which quickly sold out. It was so popular that they did a re-run a few years later. An 00 gauge 5 car APT-P might be worth considering with modern motors, DCC onboard, lights and similar carriage connections to the Blue Pullman (plus of course the tilt mechanism).
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