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    Sectorisation, Railways in the south-west, and preserved steam! (also the RhB in Switzerland!!)

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  1. Hi, I think the minimum radius the stock can cope with is 330mm. My layout is based on 360mm radius curves on the scenic sections. There are many places on the RhB network where the curvature is rather tight, particularly on the Bernina line. If it helps you to visualise the curves, here's a short video of my layout taken about 3 months ago. Good luck with your plans. Nick
  2. Thanks for the reply, I'll try emailing Hornby/Jouef directly and see if they know! Cheers, Nick
  3. Hi All A significant milestone was reached today with the installation of all but 2 of the catenary masts thanks my very good friend coming to assist and check all the measurements. The station building has also been loosely placed near to its final location but will require a notch cutting in the platform for the catenary post to sit. Ballasting is nearly complete - just a few bits around the platforms to finish off. Next job will be to acquire some foam or polystyrene and start carving various bits of the landscape. I plan to start at the Level Crossing end and work my way towards the viaduct which will ultimately be the more difficult part. I'll upload some more pictures as and when there is more to show. Cheers, Nick
  4. Hi, Does anybody know if the Jouef Thalys is compatible with the mehano version? I have the standard 4 car pack from Mehano but have been unable to complete the set with the intermediate trailers. Many thanks, Nick
  5. Evening All, Just a quick update this week. Two projects are on the go at present. The first is ballasting, and secondly I've begun to assemble the station building. This is the Kibri 'Solis' kit. So far I must say it's gone together exceptionally well with very little cleaning up of the parts required. I may do a partial paint of the main sides before completing it. Ballasting is complete on the two ends and station throat point work but I've yet to complete the station tracks until I can finally decide on the platform arrangement. I've cut out some basic surfaces in balsa wood but am wondering whether to use a different technique - I'll let you know! A few pics below to show you what I've been up to. Cheers, Nick
  6. Yes, the linear ones were on display at Warley. I don't think they're on the website yet though - they were expecting them to be available sometime in the new year.
  7. I can't remember precisely but I think the demo board was 400mm wide, but again I'm not 100% sure on that, sorry!
  8. Had a wonderful weekend at the NEC helping my friend operate Lindon Road. The Warley club certainly looked after us well and were all very friendly and helpful, as were the staff of the NEC. We were also very well fed for breakfast and lunch - thank you to all the club for their kind hospitality. Enjoyed the opportunity to look around the trade stands and found several bargains. Some really impressive layouts as well - Northeast Corridor provided plenty of action and first time I've seen a North American layout featuring OHLE. All in all, a very enjoyable weekend.
  9. I was at Warley this weekend and Grainge & Hodder are shortly releasing a traverser in either 900mm or 1200mm length - the prototype was on display and it looked very good. Also, very smooth flowing. If I was starting 12 months later than I had then I would have used one! Thanks for the encouragement, I'll try and keep the updates coming.
  10. Hi All, The catenary has been ordered and the first consignment from Blackwells has arrived. I'm now waiting for a few pieces from Winco, and the last remaining parts from modellbahnlippe. More progress made on the layout today, the rails were all painted on one side and a start was made on some basic island platforms. These are only loosely in position at the moment. Hopefully tomorrow I'll do the other side of the rails and finish off cutting the other pieces for the platform. More news soon (hopefully!) Cheers, Nick
  11. Thanks, we've already discovered the Blackwells sale so hopefully the bulk of it will still be there, fingers crossed!
  12. Hi All, A long time since the last update - various trips away and a busy time in work have been the main reasons. The layout has continued to have some test running sessions and is performing well. I've been busy over the last month or so creating my own stock boxes - these are homemade wooden trays (ply and/or hardboard scraps) which stack as 3 layers inside a 9 litre 'really useful box'. I've made 3 boxes worth so far so I'll see how much of my stock fills them up - it's likely a 4th will be needed. I've included some pictures so you can see what they look like. My very helpful friend visited a few weeks ago and we re-checked our full size plan of the catenary would fit which touch wood it still appears to so an order for this will be going in very shortly and that will no doubt occupy me for a while. I'll try and update the thread a bit more regularly as & when progress dictates. Cheers, Nick
  13. An enjoyable few hours at the show today, fantastic to see Oak Road again - really enjoyed watching the trains go by, especially the HST's.
  14. Thanks Paul - I've got a reasonable mix of stock - it's based on the mid 1990's approximately prior to all the advertising liveries appearing on the Ge 4/4 III locos but of course I always allow modellers licence to run a few years either side!
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