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  1. That might be because an awkward layout on dry land could usually be mitigated by buying a bit of land. Not so easy when a river or the sea is the cause of the problem
  2. Have a look at this, your gf might appreciate it https://www.telford.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/3151/coalbrookdale_-_discovering_lincoln_hill.pdf
  3. If you are out and about, my fading memory thinks it's near Rose Cottage that the remains of the Coalbrookdale plateway were found
  4. The intention of this layout design strategy is not so much to hide the fiddle yard as to make it less important for operations. The amount of space available will obviously also have an effect. After all the distance from Lydd to Dungeness scales out as around 250 feet in OO. More pertinently from the start of the run round loop at Dungeness to the buffer stops scales out at just over 11 feet. Compromise is always necessary and on a home layout the sneaking appearance of a loco at the throat of the "wrong station" may well be the trade off between realism in appearance and realism in operation. (On an exhibition layout you can just make things bigger) You mention Peter Denny's Buckingham. Would that layout have achieved iconic status if it hadn't grown into a complete railway system which could be operated with minimal input from the fiddle yard? I doubt it would have achieved its fame as a simple terminus to fiddle yard design.
  5. Apparently the 60cm gauge was more for shifting targets around the ranges. Shingle is not easy to move around on The Middleton Press book covering the New Romney branch has some great pictures of the Military railway before WW1. Artillery on flat trucks, whole regiments of horses, massive amounts of straw and hay to feed said horses. Goods traffic of the most esoteric sorts. In fact Lydd camp is almost a layout on its own. Or it could be part of the overall plan
  6. Of course I have forgotten the classic one - Lydnam Heath/Bishops Castle
  7. Actually there was a sizeable rail-served gravel pit at Dungeness. Rail-served because that's where the SER and SECR got their track ballast from.
  8. I'm posting this as a bit of a spin-off from the Theory of Minories topic. That topic started delving into having more than one terminus, which was not really the Minories concept. However I think the ideas are worth pursuing. The classic example, the ur-design if you like, is probably the Berrow-East Brent layout of c1960, though possibly Peter Denny's Buckingham-Stony Stratford preceded it. The basic design is something like this: How many real life examples of this are there? Not many I think. In the Minories topic there was mention of the lines on Sheppey where until WW1 trains ran into Sheerness Dockyard and then went back out again to go on to Sheerness on Sea. However it was possible to run directly from Sittingbourne to Sheerness on Sea as indeed trains did when the Dockyard station was closed for security reasons during the war. The reason for pursuing this layout design is to allow more operation between small stations rather than in and out of a fiddle yard. So a variant might be a junction where the normal operation is a train running first to one terminus and then returning to run back out to the other. Sounds crazy? Well it's how things worked on Romney Marsh. I can't think of other examples of this sort of operation, though I presume there must be. The idea is to minimise the use of the fiddle yard in operations.
  9. Of course not, but what do teething babies do?
  10. Lead as silvery grey metal is not much of a problem as it takes quite a bit of transfer and ingestion to be poisonous. Lead as part of a chemical compound on the other hand is way more dangerous. Like all those bright reds and greens painted on 1950s Meccano for example. And my cot was painted with lead containing paint ..... The real killer though was the anti-knock stuff put in petrol. All that tetra-ethyl lead that car exhausts used to spew out at pushchair height. Banned some thirty years ago, but you wouldn't believe today how angry the petrol heads got over that
  11. The antimony in typical white metal is far more deadly than lead I think. And has no-one mentioned solder? Lead-tin alloy is back as it just happens to be better than most lead-free alternatives. And it didn't even need Brexit for that .......
  12. Bit of a Super-Minories this, but as a bit of fun with Anyrail I've drawn out the throat to St Pauls (aka Blackfriars). Like the present day Blackfriars, a lot of it is on a bridge over the Thames, only the platforms were over terra firma. I've simplified it a bit by leaving out the two through platforms as well as the through lines to Ludgate Hill and Moorgate. Squares are 50cm
  13. That was my point really, though it's less well known than historical lines like the Stockton and Darlington, or even the Surrey Iron Railway which made it into the Ladybird book on railways, the Middleton Railway is the oldest line still in use by some way AFAIK. Not enough people know that.
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