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  1. I was thinking of Strangers on a Train, but they weren't virgin voyagers.
  2. The app works fine on my Kobo Arc. To print I have to use the desktop version - however I can only print one page at a time, so it's single sided.
  3. Quite a few things in that film surprised me. Most of the suburban gardens seemed to have lawns - I would have expected large vegetable plots. Few people seemed to be carrying gas masks. There was a lot of traffic, with many taxis. Did they not realise there was a war on?
  4. The services are more frequent, although the passengers never get on or off.
  5. The Railway Company would do a cost-benefit analysis and if it was cheaper they would build a bridge. A narrow, lightly-used road wouldn't need much of a bridge.
  6. My 2mm workbench is currently occupied by a 15mm model of a bedroom with en-suite for my daughter's techno project. All the doors and drawers need to open, but fortunately the plumbing need not work. I (supposed to be she, but who's kidding) have completed the toilet, bath and vanity unit, while she built a desk and chair. I've had to use a good proportion of my stash of plastikard and foamboard (what would have been loads for 2mm goes nowhere in 15mm) and my 0.3mm wire is going to make doorhandles and taps. Apart from the waste in materials has been the manhours. Oh what could have been achieved if I had been able to spend a whole weekend on 2mm stuff.
  7. http://www.backdropwarehouse.com/TnCommGrp.htm American and modern, but some may be suitable. They are very large and can be transitioned to make them even bigger.
  8. I did wonder if they could be made from kitchen sponge soaked in black paint or ink. The sort attached to a scourer would seem to be fine enough. I haven't got around to testing the idea, but perhaps you could investigate?
  9. Thanks for the detailed explanations - greatly appreciated.
  10. Imagine two lines from A and B joining at C then to D and E where two lines split to F and G. There are two local passenger trains scheduled (same lamp codes): from A to G arriving at C at 0905 and B to F arriving at C at 0910. The 0905 is delayed and C receives a request from B for the 0910. Q1 - Does C accept the train from B or wait for the delayed 0905? Q2 - If C accepts the train from B, how is E told that the train is bound for F and not G? Q3 - What does the driver of the 0910 do if he gets to E and is signalled to go to G? Does he stop or follow the line to G? Would the answer be different in 1890 from 1935? (i.e. would the boxes be in telegraph or telephone communication) and would the system vary between railway companies?
  11. Nice, but they seem very bright - more like headlamps. I think you need a stronger resistor.
  12. I am currently reading 'The Railways of England' by WM Acworth. While written well before Beeching (it is the 1899 edition), he makes the point when contrasting UK and UK freight that although large wagons appear better, even a 7-ton wagon was rarely more than half filled, and frequently only a quarter filled. He also contrasts the French situation where a wagon from Paris to Calais would normally take from Monday to Friday, whereas a merchant could buy stock in London and take the train to Bradford, and his goods would be waiting for him the next morning. For all the colossal amount of freight handled at the time, it seems to have moved well. The problem of Beeching vision is that there would never be that much point to point bulk freight. Coal to power station and coal and iron to steelworks and that's about it. What may have helped is more containerisation but again Acworth adresses that issue by stating that users preferred open wagons and tarpaulin for speed and ease of loading and unloading. When Beeching was working the UK was still a manufacturing economy and noone would have forseen that future freight traffic would have been dominated by container imports from China. Incidentally the kobo.com site lists many free railway-related books courtesy of Google - well worth a look.
  13. A trip to Blighty resulted in my picking up of several orders from my Niece's house - Shops 1 and 2, Squires, C&L and Eileen's. I have now started to make the jigs in the Track Book. Hacksawing the railstands from plug earths was easy until I changed the blade and found my new blades were too narrow. However, my attempt at the track gauge was not a success. I marked the gauge using a button gauge, but my attempts at filing to the required degree of accuracy were unsuccessful - I'll move on and get back to that later.
  14. Gates closed but the walkway to the left completely open. The gates look very similar to crossing gates, and the turnout runs through the gates. Very poor modelling.
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