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  1. The Kitmaster coach interiors are available for download here: http://www.kitmaster.org.uk/pecocoachint.htm Print on paper and use to decorate plastic interiors or to build interiors on cardboard.
  2. You asked about BR Mk1 coach allocation to the WR. The first Mk 1s to be allocated to the WR were completed in December 1951 (SKs) and in June 1952 (FK). The first CKs allocated to the WR were completed in January 1952. First BSKs so allocated were completed in May 1952. Information gleaned from Keith Parkin's book. I presume at those dates they would have been crimson and cream. So really it has to be 1952, but it is your layout.......
  3. I had an old brick built garage on the property I moved into in September 2019. After inspection , it turned out to be in poor condition - one wall was about to fall down. It could have been repaired at some costs, so I had it demolished, had a concrete slab laid over the existing slab, which was in reasonable condition but no really suitable as a floor. I bought a Lidget Compton concrete garage, replaced the up and over door with a single outward opening 3 feet wide central door, and then bought and lined the walls with Gyproc Thermaline wallboard 35 mm thick. There is a fake tile ridged roof, lined inside with 3 mm ply following the roof profile and insulated above. The shed has three opening windows. The floor is a laminate but under is an insulation layer sold by B&Q. Pic below shows it painted just as baseboard construction work started (I know it is a bit over engineered on the baseboard front, but it isn't going anywhere and is very rigid once constructed. It obviously gets warm in summer and cold in winter when not in use. Currently it is 25 degrees, 50% humidity. Two windows face the sun from mid-morning to early afternoon which is why it tends to warm up. I have blinds and the glass is lined with UV protective film (which doesn't do anything for heat transmission but is probably useful for the models). Opening the window and door and running a fan keeps temperatures down, although with difficulty in current weather - okay most times. It will go up to about 30 degrees today, perhaps a touch more, which is a little uncomfortable for working. In cold weather I have a 2 Kw oil filled radiator. When really cold, I have it on a timer so that by the time I want to go in the shed is reasonable. I could get more carried away, but am conscious of the electricity cost. Lighting is LED slabs, a type intended to replace office fluorescent ceiling lighting, but mounted on a support - very effective and cost next to nothing to run. Total cost of the operation was a little under £12,000. Hope that helps with ideas.
  4. Are these type of chairs and 6 bolt fish plates used in Australia, by any chance?
  5. My problem with masks is that I wear glasses and they steam up so I can't see. I have fiddled around to try and sort it out without much success. Trying to read the newspaper in the train is a nuisance. It means taking them off regularly in an effort to wipe, but that is not always effective. Any constructive ideas welcome. The relation to the topic is that mask wearing might discourage me from attending exhibitions, although I fully appreciate that it might be a necessity.
  6. If you are a member of your local library you should get access to a digital library called Libby, although obviously you need to access your library account on-line to do so. Along with various books and magazines it includes "Model Rail", access to which is free for subscribers. I use it on a tablet, but I am sure it can be accessed via a laptop or similar, if preferred. That applies to West Sussex, but clearly other library services are involved.
  7. I suspect you lose too much texture converting from colour to B&W, so it can't pick up the necessary to reconvert to colour (not really sure why you want to do that, anyway). Interesting how it picks up the rust on the loco and boxcars on the pics above. The conversion of Dunkerton Colliery Halt also looks pretty good to me.
  8. Obviously not, but why the comparison? We know railway stations as just that, stations served by railways, and bus stations as stations served by buses. Although the buses access them by roads, describing them as "road stations" becomes meaningless. Only trains use railways, vehicles (and others) use roads. In any event, I just said that the expression jarred with me (and, I see, others). Obviously I know what is meant by "train station", but would prefer not to use it.
  9. "Train station" also jars with me. I suspect it derives from newspaper sub editors looking for a shortened form of description for headlines which often have length restrictions. .
  10. That does seem to be the case - since most will know what is meant by either OHLE or OLE, both are probably acceptable.
  11. Thanks, Stewart, very helpful - I had one of these myself but it rotted away (affected by damp) and I was working out how to recreate it. I notice you have a cut out in the vertical steel rule where it crosses the horizontal. Is this necessary and what is its purpose?
  12. Have you managed to sort this out - and what was the problem?
  13. I agree, that is not the way I normally wire the frogs in an installation using the Cobalt under board motors (I can't remember the name, off-hand). But these SS motors and their controllers differ in that there is a specific provision for a single output on the controller to control two points on a crossover, intended to work simultaneously, via a splitter - it is visible in the photo to the right of the control box, just below the "frog wire" label. I am not sure that this is the right splitter (I haven't yet got around to the crossovers on the yard I am currently laying and wiring up), as there is also one with three terminals - you choose the two that give the correct result at the turnouts, so that they move simultaneously in the correct direction. So my first suggestion to the OP is that he check the manual and that the splitter is wired correctly - you will need to connect it all up and operate to see that the throw is in the correct direction on each point. My next suggestion is that the frogs have somehow been wired incorrectly, so that both frogs are at the opposite polarity for the point settings, which would result in stalling on a short at the positions identified by the OP, assuming running in to the crossover. If the running in frog polarity was correct, the other not, then you would get the short and stall at the IRJs, but that isn't the symptom here. It occurs to me (in the nicest possible way) that the OP may have got the incoming wiring to the switching confused, with the result that the wrong poles have been connected, corrected by switching them around. It looks like you are using the black/red distinction for the buses - perhaps switching the power inputs around where they fed the frog switches may work. The OP mentioned above that the set up was not connected. I am not sure what is not connected, but without the controller being set up and all connected, I don't see how you can test. It obviously may be that controller is defective, but that seems unlikely. Another suggestion above is testing without the controller, but you can't do that - it is integral to the set up. Finally, having the power off an running all over this with a multi-meter to see what is connected to what may well be helpful. I see that the SS Controller holds the last setting (I assume) in the switching so you can check without power. I hope this has been of help and that you get this sorted out (being all too familiar with the feeling when this sort of thing happens).
  14. Perhaps if unsure of rationale, you should consider further rather than simply being dismissive. In fact, we don't know which direction the loco is traveling when it stalls. But if (and I agree it is an "if") running into the crossover and the frog is at incorrect polarity, it will cause a short as it crosses the gap in the switch rails. It won't need to go as far as the IRJs. I am suggesting that there is something wrong with the wiring of the frogs and the switching on the Cobalt SS controller. I doubt it is stray wires, although I suppose that is possible. If the points were disconnected I am not sure that you could expect the setup to work properly.
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