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Max Legroom

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  1. I took the sleeper to from London to Fort William at Easter three years ago. Sunrise over Gare Loch was fabulous as was the rest of the trip! Recommended! (Though it was in a lovely, if careworn, mark III.)
  2. I managed a quick trip in the time machine back to the late 1970s. Making sense of freight workings in those pre-internet days could be a challenge. Today I spotted a couple of Haymarket's class 20s heading east off the freight line with an unfitted coal train. Where did they originate? No idea, but they made a nice sight running through the bi-directional down platform before crossing over to the up line beyond the station. A class 08 was idling nearby but that was it for today. Here are the pics. #
  3. Slow but steady progress. 08883 is tripping a ferry van through Jamaica Road station in the early eighties. Some local authority housing has appeared (Bachmann) and a garage block (plastic sheet). I need to get on and install the colour-light signals. Also, the passengers are getting fed up abseiling down to the platform!
  4. I quite like the BP version but is that ‘green’ accurate? Reminds me of the Oxford BP Janus. Also, I think it had an engine change so I wonder if the bodywork was altered.
  5. Love the bent handrail and tail lamp on running board. My Bachmann 08 has both!
  6. Can’t beat a bit of Rod the Mod on a Saturday night!
  7. That’s a big improvement on the Hornby weathering. Did you use thinners to remove the factory weathering?
  8. Hi Rob. Those scrapyard workers could be Rovers fans discussing the latest defeat. Some things never change! Cracking photos as always.
  9. I’ve only just spotted this thread and had a quick look at your online magazine. I was a big fan of Carl Arendt and his original website and I’m thrilled that you have produced something in the same spirit. It’s made my day! All the best Max
  10. Thanks Rob. I’ll pay it a visit and do some research. Max
  11. I’m considering 47012 with a view to renumbering as a ScR 47/0, ideally an Eastfield machine, but I have to admit that my knowledge of 47s is limited. I think the Brush built locos are 47001-16, 96-191 and 212-261 so this has thrown up 47120, 141 and 149 as possibilities. Is there anything else I need to consider, e.g. boiler panels on the roof?
  12. Looking forward to a unnamed banger blue version. The sort that made us groan when it came into view back in the day.
  13. Slow but steady progress on the scenics/detailing side. The second pic shows the site of the former signalbox and the replacement ground-frame. Dummy point rodding still to be added. Vegetation is a mix of Martin Welberg, Woodland and Geoscenics.
  14. Just found this thread. Superb modelling!
  15. Thanks Steve. I have been meaning to give the layout a proper fiddle yard as the current one was just made from odd bits of wood I had to hand at the time. An extension to incorporate the loop is also on the cards. Cheers Max
  16. Looks like another excellent mag. Packed full of ideas and inspiration.
  17. These look like stunning models. The future looks bleak for my Bachmann 37s!
  18. A bit of light grey dry-brushed onto the panels and some heavy weathering should tone down that grey. Nice wagon.
  19. 27012 had it’s recess until at least 1977 and the body side numbers were closer to the cab like a class 33.
  20. Hi Mike Thank you for your help. The scenario is that the signal box has been demolished and the mainline is controlled remotely with colour light signals and point motors. The ground frame was installed just to control access to the sidings. So just one red lever should do the job based on your advice. I guess the staff on the ground would need the key to unlock the frame and permission from the power box. This is a fascinating area that I've never bothered to look into before. Best wishes Max
  21. Hi all On my layout, Jamaica Road, I'm installing a ground frame to control the exit from the up platform road to some sidings. Here is a pic which hopefully makes things clear. The sidings are off to the lower right and the nearest siding forms the head shunt. The ground frame will be near the foot crossing. Each of the two points will have a lever on the frame but my question is will either of the points need an additional lever to lock the points? The exit from the up platform road is via a trailing point. Any advice much appreciated. Max
  22. The lighter evenings have encouraged a bit of progress. The retaining walls have largely been built. For the background, I've reused a couple of buildings from Strachur and installed a couple of Radical Flats background buildings. These were produced for the US market and are excellent though I believe they are no longer available. They look OK in a British setting to my eyes.
  23. Have to agree about it being a bit disappointing. The trade union stuff got a bit tedious after a while. I was shocked to read about a collision on the Tay Bridge! It was actually a few miles away on the north bank of the Tay.
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