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  1. Well no-one has answered this yet so I will: With a 9v battery you just touch the battery contacts to the wheels as the are the right distance apart to use without wires
  2. For your 009 track I recommend the controllers made by Mark Clark at Locos n Stuff. link here They are designed to work with the small motors that will sit in your (inevitably growing) stud of NG locos (but are also fine with any size of motor). I made the mistake of using a Gaugemaster controller which burnt out the motor on a power bogie which I had just built. Mark explains why this happens on his site, apparently they are "only half rectified and have no inbuilt power restrictions", and this may be a problem with other controllers, although old Hornby and H&M are fine.
  3. this is very nice, although as with my layout there is an amount of speculation needed to finish many of the details. My rolling stock is better though!
  4. Although lots of US railroads were broad gauge initially (6ft, and 5ft6inches were popular). Gauge standardisation wasn't finally completed in the South, (where most of the lines were 5ft gauge) till 1886 (just before the GWR finally converted).
  5. considering where we are I'm surprised there has been no discussion of railroading (to force something to happen or force someone to do something, especially quickly or unfairly)
  6. I think the mistake inherent in our hobby is imagining we can be competent in all aspects of layout delivery. research, planning, scenics, rolling stock building, ditto painting, building locos, track, electrics. Logically the answer is do what you are good at and like, and buy the rest off the shelf, or accept a less than perfect result in some areas which nevertheless satisfies the owner. More difficult with electrics, but the answer there is bribe someone else with some of the stuff you are good at to do it for you. As for wargaming, most armies I am aware of spend most of their time on the
  7. In the post armageddon world of "A Canticle for Liebowitz" technical knowledge is kept alive through the dark ages in monastries where surviving blueprints and circuit diagrams are carefully hand transcribed onto vellum, (with of course the addition of marginalia and illuminated capitals). Wait a few months and we might yet get there.
  8. From Scalefour Soc: In the early 1960's a group of modellers formed, interested in creating more accurate scale models than the then available commercial options. Initially calling themsleves the Model Standards Study Group, they became known as the Model Railway Study Group (MRSG) as they formalised their work. Comprising: J.S. Brook Smith, D.E. Jones, M.S. Cross, W.L. Kidston, B. Morgan and Dr. B. Weller, they acted to create new, more accurate, standards to build models to. An initial proposal was called EEM, and then the Protofour and related 'Proto' standards were develop
  9. Edwardians projects are fasciniting and his approach erudite. They are one of the few sources of light in the current darkness. This has been a long year of isolation and it was perhaps stupid of me to imagine that online communities would provide support, however everything has to end and that includes Webbcompound.
  10. Regularity. Do you make this kind of picky crappy response to everyone, or is it just me?
  11. And hence why I said "it was an early (failed) attempt to make railways conform to 00/H0 instead of EM or P4"". All the information is there, it just needs to be read.
  12. It was an early (failed) attempt to make railways conform to 00/H0 instead of EM or P4. In the end only the Redruth and Chasewater, and the Padarn got it right at 4ft
  13. In the 18th Century a lot of countries had civilian artillery drivers. Of course they couldn't be relied on when fighting started. Can't help feeling that we have been here before
  14. This is also my perception. This leads to the conclusion that by and large macro scale generalisations about traffic are relatively pointless, and attempts to draw on "foreign" (ie just down the road) examples are similarly problematic. This means that without detailed research on the particular location it is not possible to say what is happening, (for example a major flow might exist, but it might simply bypass a particular location) and in many cases very little actually exists to suit the fine detail we (mostly) require. After a lot of searching, and after locating very few photos, I can b
  15. Agree that a blanket statement is unwise. I would be surprised however if coal was travelling beyond the LNWR system in LNWR wagons at this point simply because of the way coal was ordered and purchased, either direct from the colliery, or through a merchant. The use of an LNWR wagon would to me imply coal bought to be delivered within the LNWR system, which could easily soak far more than 7000 wagons.
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