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  1. Neil, I'll send you a PM to explain why it's not to get a rise...
  2. A day on from the lie-by "rip out", the replacement is in place and, literally, just grimed. Ballasting tomorrow. Some pics. Not pretty. Not scenic. No pretty locos or evocative situations.... If you don't want to see them, let me know and I'll stop posting them.
  3. Yep, I can "cheat" a bit on GH, but I'm keeping the station/goods area almost the same as KL. I'll put a heavy buffer on the far headshunt and modify the cattle dock arrangement. The latter was heavily discussed around page 100 on KL2 and I'll come back to it when I have to do something in a couple of months time. All I'll say now is that I'm going to style it the way Derek (MrKirtley) did on his Canal Road layout (photo on page 102, KL2 thread). Cats do really thrive in the heat - how they can sleep in direct sunlight is beyond me. Jeff
  4. Yes, very handy! Clear photographic evidence for the heavy one in the lie-by headshunt (KL2, bottom of page 201). I initially fitted one into the cattle dock, but Dave's post on KL2 (also page 201) showed this to be wrong and a standard went in. The order may be here today, so when I've re-done the lie-by (ripped out yesterday) I'll fit one. Hope your enthusiasm is on the rise. Do you still have that lovely cat you showed pics of a few years back? J.
  5. Sometimes it's best to change things a little..... Having spent over a day on the lie-by, ballasting and griming, it wasn't up-to-scratch. So bye-bye.....
  6. AND you'll be pleased to hear that Dave Franks at Lanarkshire Models is still doing the Heavy Duty Midland buffer stop that you campaigned for a few years back. He's casting some this week, so I should get my order soon, then I can fix a couple in place. Jeff
  7. Hi Simon. Just caught your post as I came in for a coffee break! We discussed this very thing on the KL2 thread - have a look at page 185. This time, I've left the plastic webbing under areas of the track where the rodding goes, so there's an automatic plastic shield in place. However, for places where a link under the track between 2 cranks exists I've joined the cranks with some thicker (1 mm) plastic rod, as it looks better - especially when grimed. I've attached a pic, just taken, to show a bit of the rodding I did yesterday. The plastic rod is still in its "native" grey state! Jeff
  8. Rich, the stools and cranks are MSE. You can get them for 4mm and 7mm. The rods are 0.4mm diameter nickel silver wire. All available from Wizard Models, Humberside. Online shop has everything well set-out.
  9. Hi Steve. Hope you are enjoying/enjoyed your holiday. I'll send you a PM, should be with you in about 20 minutes. Jeff
  10. A few pics, as promised. The goods shed (DAS-basedfrom 2017) is still incomplete - as is mark II (2018, Wills sheet) - and is just sat roughly in place to keep it out of the way of the ongoing grime wave. Views up and down the track and a close-up of ongoing rodding.... Jeff
  11. I think that some of them contribute the aggro just to wind you up! Having said that, and I may be totally wrong here, the Forum seems a much quieter place than it was, say, 5 years ago. Maybe some of the bigger "egos" have gone elsewhere.
  12. Simon, very good to hear from you on here. I've noticed your name popping up on a few other threads - on the Home page index - and I wondered how you were getting on. I "used" the original KL (though I never realised I was doing it!) to "skill up" and try out a few ideas. Bit of an extravagance, but plenty of people set me straight and I learned a lot. It'd be good to see your thread chugging along on here - we can always nag you, if you really want us to!! Jeff
  13. You wouldn't be fortunate enough to live in Cowgill, or Dentdale, would you? In close proximity to my favourite viaduct! Enjoy your new sleeping accommodation. But watch it, your wife may put you out there permanently with the dog! Jeff
  14. Update... I've been working on the goods yard area for the last few days, so static grass has - temporarily - been banished from the modelling "diet". Not so for the DAS, a very useful material for crapping up little-used rail areas, such as headshunts and lie-by lines. The heat is restricting my Bunker habitation to 2-3 hours a day. I'll post some (pretty boring) pics of where I stand, probably on Saturday. In the meantime, following the batch of replies to my activity question, the last set of pics - from the dim and distant past of last Saturday - are on page 52. Jeff
  15. It sounds like you are having a lot of fun with that layout Simon (I assume it's Simon, given the title!) I'm also impressed with the philosophy of trying to re-vamp a lot of older gear, if possible. When (it may take ages) you get chance can you post some wider-angle views of the layout and, maybe (!) an outline plan? Jeff
  16. Neil, good point. The thread continues, as ever. To be honest, I felt things had gone very quiet - aside from when I posted some pics - and AndyP felt the same with his Seven Mills layout thread. Hence my question, both to find out what people were up to and to stimulate a bit of discussion. You're correct - I've known a lot of the people on this thread for around 10 years. I've met, probably, a dozen of them. Funny how, at times, the modelling seems almost irrelevant. Yourself and Colin in Melbourne, Scott in Perth, James in western Canada, all seem like good friends, despite the distance. Thanks to the Forum for this. More railway pics in a couple of days! Jeff
  17. I remember it Mick because it's a good example, as Andy has just summarised, of the ways in which people can have a really profound, positive effect with their advice and support. I made the choice to modify KL and to go EM off my own bat. But the modifications, and the change of gauge were good ideas subliminally set in motion by comments made by yourself and by Jason. It's easy to remember key points like this. My all-time favourite was the wake-up call I got when building the first cutting adjacent to the viaduct on KL. My effort was described as "sh1te" by Jason, and his continued constructive comments raised my game. RMweb sometimes receive negative press because of the attitude of certain members - either perceived as being elitist or because of their trolling. I've never had any problems on here - one person spat his dummy out (twice) a few years back - and the contributions of people to my threads have been immense. Thanks to Andy for his Oscar-winners speech(es) and I apologise for not being as good a contributor on other threads as you gang are on here. Thanks for answering my "survey" question - more replies are welcome - the feedback has been very interesting. Jeff
  18. Evening Mick. Luckily I just caught your comments, almost "hot off the press", and appreciate what you've said. As you know, my primary interest is the landscape, especially with some of the structures the railway added in. Bodge has a genuine interest in the railways themselves and, although I'm a lot more informed than I used to be, I'd be happy to build the landscape even if only one loco ever, occasionally, tootled around it. I look at very few layouts - not out of ignorance, but because it scares me to have too MANY ideas to play with. I'll just plod along in my own, insane way!! Thanks again for your comments. Irrespective of your lack of layout, your perceptive observations over the years have been very helpful (top of page 126 of KL2 always comes to mind, along with that pic of your scout badges!) Jeff
  19. It happens, James, and there are times when looking at a model railway can make you scream. I remember the "thing" I was building between 2004 and 2010. The door to the train room didn't open for months on end at one point. Hope it's cooled down a bit, out your way. J.
  20. By the way - as there have been so many posts on here in the last 24 hours.... My picture update is on the previous page (52) and my question about modelling is near the bottom of page 51, for anybody that's missed them. Jeff
  21. Yes, and I was concerned because the Bunker only got down to 19C overnight! I think you need some air con in your railway room. Conversely, is it really cold in there during winter months? It does provide an excuse not to carry out any modelling....can you imagine railway modelling subject to Health and Safety/COSHH regulations with the warning: "Modelling in this room can be hazardous to your health"? Our friends in Australia will think we are wimps, where temperatures there often reach 40C. No thanks! J.
  22. Phew - Adrian, you've convinced me that all my added insulation is working. I only reached 26C. Having said that, 3 hours in there was enough for me! Jeff
  23. If it's any help, the KL 2 viaduct was about 60 inches. Given that was my first scratchbuild, I thought at the time 60" was pretty large. And it WAS perfectly ok - I should have just built another arch on each end. .. If I'd done that, it would likely be in use on this layout. Teaching you to suck eggs, but the GH viaduct could have been scaled back, even at 100" , if I hadn't insisted on building the arch height and width to proper scale.
  24. You had me wondering if I'd actually mentioned a figure for the radius, during the build, though I knew I'd given specifics in the "article". So, scampering back to page 6 of the thread, just as the viaduct commences - phew, it's there.... Right, Andy - the outer radius is 100 inches, the inner around 96 inches. J.
  25. I love the name of that layout, "Origami Quarry" - takes me back to my paper folding days as a kid. I, too, have benefited from RTR EM turnouts. I think I'd have stuck with 00-SF if they hadn't been available, though a small voice in my ear tells me I'd still enjoy track building and learning Templot. May be the case, but as John's (Old Gringo) previous post demonstrates, there just isn't time to try or do everything yourself! Jeff
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