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    Transport and industry in GB 1950s - 1960s era. "59 Broadway" London Transport buses, service vehicles and trains - model collection, dioramas and layouts representing 1959. "Springcoates" BR layout circa 1960s inspired by Hull yards and docks. Also Pickfords and BRS lorries and depots.

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  1. They have a new website. Had to move at very short notice when the original site provider was taken over by another in the US. John Howe had a hectic time finding another provider, coping with new formats and protocols and making sure nothing was left out. But its all up and running now, and the back log of orders dealt with.
  2. OGT606 - new 1953, BR number 225S, Fordson E83W Box van originally based at Launceston.
  3. Hi Andy, I've always lived in London so only visited Hull three times during that period. What about you? These are my notes for Dairycoates with a few visitors, mostly from York it seems, but you should be able to pick them out if you have shed allocations to hand. I hope this helps. Good luck with the layout. Clive
  4. Its an interesting concept you have here. I worked on London Transport railways as they were known and took inspiration from their idea of having localised controls in the form of AMRs (automatic machine rooms) that replicated a signal box. Control of which was then centralised at a remote control panel. So from my own control panel, buttons send 12v 'commands' to remote boards that contain relays and a CDU with connections to local points, some of which are permanently wired together. Safety interlocking, signal control, automatic working boards, and even panel indications can also use the 12v 'commands' so they've been very useful.
  5. Yes, I've used a single track HF1 and two Relcos with common return for three decades on my extensive loft layout. The instructions state:- 'Any common return must be done after the HF track terminals and never on the controller side.' They are extremely effective at keeping things running and this can be demonstrated by fitting switches to their 16v power source so that the difference can readily be noticed between them being off and on. Of course they don't remove the need for normal cleaning, but they do vastly reduce the frequency of it and the risk of damage to scenic items and wiring. My loft layout endures many lengthy periods of inactivity so I've plenty of experience dealing with the dust and deposits when restarting, as I've been doing recently. I do have track cleaning wagons, but its the HF cleaners that enable the locos to move those around in the first place, and to move other trains so as to get access! The only problems I've experienced with them seems to be linked to a track occupancy detection module that requires a separate 12 volt supply to also share the common return. I needed to employ a number of diodes on a mimic module to get the panel lights working satisfactorily but now I realise no Relco will light when switched to this track. I'll experiment more but I may reluctantly need to replace it with a non track-linked detector as Gaugemaster do state that 'Any devices connected to the track such as lighting, sound devices or other electronic equipment will cause the unit to shut down'.
  6. Very simple. An Irdot from Heathcote Electronics wired to a relay that isolates the siding. (An Irdot-P can operate a solenoid to switch points) Alternatively locomotives and multiple units can be fitted with magnets to work reed switches in place of the Irdot. I have several remote and 'hard to see' fiddle yard sidings that simply have a cut rail wired with a diode to halt the shunting locos I keep there to remove stock from arriving trains. Obviously if you are wanting to halt completely uncontrolled trains running at express speeds then you'll need to drop the speed before then - cut rails with resistors being the roughest and cheapest way, but Heathcote and others can supply modules to decelerate.
  7. Very sad indeed - a few seconds either way and it might never have happened. Certainly a bad omission in the rule book not to cover it though. However, it must have been obvious the loco was 'live', so maybe he mistakenly thought the other driver had seen him. In the darkness anyone inside a lit cab is very visible from outside, but reflections often make it much harder to see out. Back in my sixties spotting days I remember a shed permit for York being cancelled following a lad being killed inside by a new class 20 the previous day. Many in the coach party were quite cross about it but we were able to visit again later in the year as the culture then was somewhat different and people were expected to take responsibility for their own actions.
  8. Does that chassis have a conventional motor or a coreless?
  9. Identification of train types can be obtained by attaching magnets positioned north/south, and left, right, centre, similarlto how its been done for switching junctions on the Faller car system. But I think you are in danger of unnecessarily complicating matters if you have too many types. Performance of individual trains was often varied, particularly in the steam era.
  10. A simple and cheap way to switch points without the need for diagrams, panels and lever frames are these miniature micro push buttons I bought recently on Ebay at just £2.32 for 100. Measurements are 6mm x 6mm x 6mm, and they're spring loaded 'push to make' and easily hidden on the layout as seen in this photo. They were bought in this instance to operate points in a yard at the far end of a loop and save me getting up every time!
  11. Whilst London is struggling with an epidemic of knife crime, much of it connected to gangs and drug dealing, Lambeth council in a notorious area of South London has targeted this famous hobby shop known to many of us. A covert under 18 age investigator bought a kit of tools containing a knife and now they've been heavily fined! https://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/18184395.ian-allan-book-model-shop-fined-thousands-selling-knife-teen/?ref=fbshr&fbclid=IwAR1iRR-tegRkdW1TPS6FjS2pl9Q0ULpO74vlAfek1kusqf3PJK1JFdjPFD4
  12. Beautifully produced video as usual Paul. Trouble with sound on steam for me is that it draws my attention to the lack of smoke and steam, especially on starting and shunting. Can't say I noticed the flickering fire in any of its incarnations - rather like I never did when I was spotting them. That and the brown cab floor and the grey and red lines carefully picked out between the frames all seem a bit ridiculous to me - but perhaps it might be a 'boring' loco to some without them!
  13. Simply incorrect. It's a development in the progression of model railways and that progress is usually driven forward by the manufactures. I'm sorry if the current developments don't suit your own personal desires but sometimes, not just in model railways, change is forced upon us. I rarely see many clockwork locos being run at exhibitions nowadays. I'm not incorrect, its the reason Dave Jones gave when he announced in MRE that all his DJM models would be having coreless motors. And its not just my 'personal desires' that are not suited by their use, its all analogue DC users, and everyone who has invested in the DCC decoders that cant be adjusted for coreless. Better that people who care about diversity in the hobby speak up now, because the sure way to have change forced upon us is to keep quiet and think its inevitable, or not care because it doesn't effect 'me' - yet!
  14. Not so sure this is true. I still have the emails from Bachmann and Gaugemaster and a letter from Bachmann and there was no mention of blanking plugs at all. Gaugemaster commented that they had recently become aware of problems with recent Bachmann sockets so it could be that they differed from others.
  15. I've thought about hardwired decoders but my understanding is that coreless motors will demand different settings so that would make it impracticable for my layout which is semi-automatic and where I do not always know, or even want to know, what loco is on what train. My feedback controllers are Gaugemaster HHs and one KPC switchable, and the oldest locos are some split chassis Bachmanns. I've an 'On tracks' feedback controller on order to experiment with, but unfortunately production of other DC feedback controllers seems to have been stymied by the bigger money to be made out of DCC. There are designs that would work, and also operate some features of decoder fitted locos, but unless one builds them one's self then they don't seem currently available to purchase. I imagine some big players prefer it that way and dont care about analogue DC users. The fitting of coreless motors has simply come about in order to squeeze in more gizmos and bigger speakers for DCC and its notable that both Dave Jones of DJM and the designer of this new J72, are N scale enthusiasts, which is where the idea originated. Its funny your valuing feedback as a feature in DCC because in 2005 when I had problems caused by Bachmann's first decoder sockets, their service department denied it was possible and suggested I ditch my feedback controllers because 'real trains do slow down and speed up with gradients'! Even their MD at the time defended their stance but his letter in referring to the business opportunities of DCC did rather suggest that was their priority, whatever the truths were. Later, after others complained, they quietly invented blanking plates for their sockets. So my feeling is that they probably prefer to keep quiet about their fitting of coreless motors so as not to inhibit sales, and that they anticipate many dissatisfied analogue 'newbies' and 'old duffers' will just blame themselves and become shamed into buying a lot of new DCC stuff!
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