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    1840s railways; British H0 / HO; the railways of SE England 1801-present; microlayouts; industrial, dockside and light railways; social and economic impact of the railways; admiring other people's work and nicking their ideas!

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  1. Not an expert on Panda cars, but it might have been similar to the rest of the Hampshire Constabulary fleet at the time? If no one here can help, this might have the answer: https://www.hampshireconstabularyhistory.org.uk/product/from-t-ford-to-t5-one-hundred-years-of-hampshire-constabulary-transport-2/
  2. I thought your last few vans had Kadees? I'm struggling to keep up, honest.
  3. Seeing you've just been side-tracked by Sparkshot's wonderful broad gauge models, Douglas, I'm surprised you made it here as quickly as you did! Really looking forward to following your experiences with Brunel's Big Gauge locos.
  4. Now if you had put a LSWR van on one side and a LBSCR van on the other, that would have impressed me. What the heck, I'm impressed anyway. Have a good break!
  5. Every photo of a British / Irish mixed train I've seen has the coach(es) next to the loco. But I tend to be interested in standard gauge / broad gauge branches and light railways. Heaven only knows what they were doing on some of the NG lines ...
  6. By the way, here's one I made earlier: The turntable is a CD disc that rotates through 180 degrees - actually a bit more, it's a cam arrangement - using the coffee stirrer in the bottom right of the picture. Wiring is just two wires running up through the baseboard and soldered (it was made in the days when I was still willing to engage with this dark art) under the rails. The ballast is chinchilla dust. The sidings are rope shunted using the bollard (a push pin) to the right of the turntable.
  7. Thanks, @Pacific231G. That's a great website (although I was shocked at my geekiness when I realised I went to the Paperwork section first).
  8. Many thanks, @Compound2632, that's an excellent question. @Nearholmer has described the basic principle. I was thinking of gluing a stiff piece of wire of the outside of the outer point rails, or perhaps a panel pin on each side of the throw to stop the flexitrack travelling too far. I've tried to glue the last few centimetres of the fixed portion of the flexitrack in such a way that the end comes to rest in position for the left-hand turning when the coffee stirrer is released. If (or more likely when) this starts moving out of alignment I'll probably try a discreet spring behind the end of the flexitrack pushing it into this position.
  9. It took a while for the early railway companies to decide on the best design for points / switches / turnouts. Personally I've always liked the "stub point" design in which the running rails move to set the road, rather than the typical blades. Perhaps it's a design for sleepy sidings rather than high speed main lines: A broken PECO streamline point seemed an ideal starting point to add a stub point to the layout: Pulling off the blades was therapeutic for the eight seconds it took, and cutting through the running rails was quick and easy with a mini-tool. It's actually a rotary tool used by nail technicians to work on nail extensions. I bought it for around £7 on eBay, and it's been an excellent buy. I hoped a tool designed for work on delicate fingers would be useful for delicate modelling work, and it does have very manageable slow lower speeds. It's the first tool I've had that actually lets me cut and grind rails accurately. I wouldn't want to cut through massive sheets of brass with it, but it's perfect for softer materials. The last few inches of the track before the stub point aren't glued to the baseboard so the flexible track can move from side to side to match up with each road: Control is by a coffer stirrer super-glued to the front sleeper of the flexitrack. I haven't decided whether to power the sidings or use rope shunting, so I'll probably do both. The clearances do look as if they were inspired by Triang Series 3 track. Leaving a couple of centimetres of the blades superglued to the sleepers would produce a more realistic model with less flexitrack movement and smaller gaps between the rails.
  10. That really is nice! I was going to give it a well-deserved Craftsmanship/clever, but your dread of weathering (a genetic trait, I suspect) made me choose the heart instead. BTW the photo is great, but because you've only used it in the header photo, not in the main text as well, readers have to right click on the photo and choose View Background Image to see the models in all their glory.
  11. Not quite a building, but I think Simon's spiral staircase (arrived today) shows the sort of detail possible when 3D printing in H0: The ugly blob of Blutak at the bottom was my addition, of course, not Shapeways. BTW the LBSCR van is an H0 only print by Barm Model Productions. To reassure everyone, when Javier refers to a model as 00/H0 on his site he means it's available in both scales!
  12. It took me a few seconds to spot it (and that was after you'd given me the hint!) A bit of weathering over the end of the number might make it even less obvious. Overall, I am so impressed. When I saw the photo I really thought it was RTR. (Then, of course, I remembered no one makes a RTR LBSCR van.) I would never have guessed it was a resin kit.
  13. Well, my own definition of Privilege would be anyone who can afford to buy RTR these days.
  14. I've always thought these are such wonderful kits, Chris. Are they still in production?
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