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    Severn Valley Railway, Preserved steam and diesel, OO gauge, Percussionist in City of Birmingham Brass Band

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  1. This complete model railway is now for sale on eBay.
  2. Super layout and detail work on the items under-going restoration.
  3. I've now created a Facebook group specifically for my model railway if anyone's interested? It is called 'Severn Valley Model Railway'. I have posted all my photos of my layout from inception to now.
  4. Subbutteo crowd figures is an excellent idea. I'll have a look at those. Thank you!
  5. Hi, Thank you for the suggestions so far. Here is the carriage that the little darlings will sit on/astride... http://www.tgauge.com/product/113/2/19-metre-coach-chassis
  6. Hi, I have a OO gauge model railway based on the preserved Severn Valley Railway. It includes a model of Kidderminster Station. I have used a T gauge (1:450, 3mm gauge) railway to represent the 'Coalyard Miniature Railway' that runs alongside the station area (from by the museum building to the far end of the car park). I have two T Gauge 'engines' and four carriages that I've modeled to represent a 1/76th scale 'ride on' miniature railway. Whilst there are many suppliers of 'seated passengers', what I need for my 'ride on' miniature train are people whose legs are straddling the 'sit on' carriage. I was thinking of either having to butcher the hips & legs of standard seated passengers, or perhaps relying on some kind of horse riding or cavalry figures. The problem with this approach is that a miniature railway will attract family units (with young children) rather than a squadron of mounted cuirassiers! Any suggestions on a supply or easier approach please?
  7. On my model of the preserved Severn Valley Railway I've adopted this ruse for my EE Class 50 diesels. So I have a large logo liveried model as 50031 Hood and 50049 Defiance, and a plain blue one as 50035 Ark Royal and 50044 Exeter. I'm unlikely to ever want more than 2 50s running at a time, and it's rare on the real SVR too! I use the lower number for the DCC address - i.e. 0031 and 0035. I don't believe there's a way to configure a chip to respond to more than one address. I'm actually still waiting for a replacement circuit board from Hornby for my plain blue version, as it has the flawed original release version, so it's languishing in Kidderminster yard at the moment with neither a DCC chip or a blanking plate in.
  8. I've always been fascinated by the Lickey Incline, and especially all the various banking loco combinations. I remember being taken there by my uncle (at least 40 years ago), and having an express flatten shiney new pennies we'd put on the track. Hopefully now that someone's started a kit build, there will be an RTR announcement! lol
  9. There are two in existence on the Severn Valley. They were bought by the Stanier 8F Society. Last time I saw them, they were languishing (un-restored) in the triangle of sidings just South of Bewdley station. they may have been moved recently though, as the Stourport line is now used for track maintenance training.
  10. I use a Bachmann 66 (Malcolm Rail 66412) to pull mine. I can apply rule 1 to justify it on my layout! Given that it's a lump of brass shaped like a US tank wagon, it's never going to look particularly realistic (on OO UK layouts) as a modeled train anyway!
  11. I use Peco Loco Lifts to store and move all my locos on and off my layout, and on and off my programming track My programming track is an entirely separate length of (test) track, with Bachrus(?) rolling road elements installed. Like many have said, I have a DPDT switch, but mine switches between a DC supply to this track/test facility, and DCC for programming. I have a NCE PowerCab and Booster, so I installed an additional DCC socket on this track, so I can swap my PowerCab between the layout and my test/programming track.
  12. Hi Leo, Thank you for your interest. My layout has progressed a lot from these photos on this thread. I find it easier to post in the Facebook - Model Railways group. The signal boxes (now) are: Kidderminster: Kernow Models limited edition 'Truro', with repainted window frames and a new nameplate Alveley Sidings (A): Standard Hornby GWR Alveley Sidings (B): Bachmann Scenecraft 'Highley' box Arley: Kit bashed Ratio 'Highley' box. Scratchbuilt lower level, with modified upper to swap the access from one end to the other
  13. Hi, My operational query that I mentioned in the Bachmann Hawksworth Autocoach thread got lost amongst the seat colour discussion, and it was probably in the wrong place anyway, so I'll try again here if I may please?... On the 12":1ft railway, how much more difficult is coupling/uncoupling the auto-fitted loco, compared to any other type of loco hauled stock? Does it need any special additional equipment that would preclude coupling/uncoupling within a station? To service the loco/coach, would they generally be separated so the loco goes 'on shed, and the auto-coach is shunted away to a carriage siding. Or do the ensemble stay together as much as possible? I'm most interested in current operation on the preserved SVR, but the historical context would be interesting too please?
  14. I hope someone can produce transfers for 'Chaffinch' too please?
  15. Well my lined maroon version is on it's way from the 'Liverpool emporium'. The SVR has a couple of auto coaches used with Mike Little's 14xx (1450) which I also have on order (the DJ Models version), though it appears delayed until Q1 next year. So my auto-coach might be laid up for a couple of months! On the 12":1ft railway, how much more difficult is coupling/uncoupling the auto-fitted loco, compared to any other type of loco hauled stock? Does it need any special additional equipment that would preclude coupling/uncoupling within a station? To service the loco/coach, would they generally be separated so the loco goes 'on shed, and the auto-coach is shunted away to a carriage siding. Or do the ensemble stay together as much as possible? I'm most interested in current operation on the preserved SVR, but the historical context would be interesting too please? Some earlier posts refer to the current pick-ups on these coaches. Is there any chance that the DJ Models 14xx might be produced such that the connection betwixt loco and coach can make use of the additional coach pickups?
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