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  1. An excellent video, disproving the frequent criticism that P4 doesn't work. I particularly liked the ride behind the C2X at the end - it had the feel of those old 1950s cine films you find on the web, of lines near the end of steam and the end of their lives, where the cameraman is being bumped around and the image is quite grainy. It's amazing that you can now do in 4mm scale what people could just barely manage in 12" scale at the time.
  2. Excellent detail. If you have a stench pipe, should you not have a lavatory outlet leading into it? (Terrible how putting in an exceptional level of detail only prompts requests for more. Sorry.) Alan
  3. Very nice work. I don't usually post unless I have something to say, and I don't have anything worthwhile to say, so I'll just shut up now and follow quietly. Do keep posting. Alan
  4. That really is very nice, and so good I had to watch it twice. Alan
  5. Great! Another layout! I’ll get the popcorn. Tell us more.
  6. I think just placing the empty track across the bottom of the scene hides the lack of a join, and makes the photo work well as a background. As we'll only ever see this under Crescent Bridge, from close to rail level, you could actually use the full photo, because the only difficulty with it (for those of us viewing on the web anyway) is at the bottom where the tracks fail to join up. Placing the carriages in the way (though I suggested it) puts too much in the background and detracts from the train swinging around the curve (which may not be prototypical but looks good.) That's my
  7. ... Or some track coming from the Midland lines, out of scene, and with a coach sitting on it, to hide the join? (or to hide the place where the join should be.)
  8. The fantastic thing about the ferry model is that you can load a P87 continental freight in at one end and it comes out the other end in P4, or vice versa. Not bad for €765. (Doesn't work with HO/OO though - just stays at 16.5mm gauge.)
  9. That's very clever, and gives a nice smooth movement to the signal - not like the 'snap' one sometimes sees. Alan
  10. Good to see you back posting, and a lovely loco. I recently went back to the early pages of your thread to get a fix of your modelling, and the transformation from Canal road is stunning. Alan
  11. I can confirm that the GSR extended smokeboxes to make room for superheaters, so it’s likely the Western did the same. Do you need to move the chimney to the middle of the extended smokebox? If you don’t, I suspect the ejector would eject straight into the superheater pipework. A nice model. Looks good in black. Alan
  12. You'll hate it when you try to build the ramp down to the fiddle yard, and we all know where you'll be off to then.... You could try one of those vertical fiddle yards, or perhaps a vertical lift to bring trains down to a lower level where you could build a normal fiddle. (I think Fen End Pit's blog has this.) Or you could use cassettes like Gilbert on Peterborough North: 2 cassettes should be able to hold a 7 or 8 coach train, and you could just keep them below the layout, ready for when they're needed. 'Keep it simple,' you've said before. (And don't listen to anybod
  13. Well that looks more real than the photos. Does the ground fall away on the far side of the platform to need such a high plinth?
  14. I really don't know. I'd have guessed that the preference would be to put it at the station throat and have the station porter run down to open a manually operated set of gates that would be released from the cabin and that would in turn release the signals that protect them, labour being cheap in those days; but that really is just a guess. I know Claremorris had a crossing about 500m or so east of the station which had slotted signals protecting it: the signalman released the signal but it didn't move until the crossing keeper opened the gates and then pulled his lever for the same signal; b
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