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  1. I did once ask Allen Doherty (Mr Worsley Works) if he would be interested in doing some etched bogies, just leaving axleboxes, springs etc. to be sourced. He said he would if drawings were available. I didn't need any at the time and didn't have any drawings myself so I didn't take it any further but if somebody has some, it is a good opportunity. Perhaps the axleboxes etc. might be a possible little job for somebody to do in 3D printing.
  2. Lovely! Your Father clearly had very good taste in locos and he was a good modeller too. Thanks for putting the video up for me (and others) to enjoy. Tony
  3. If some of those buildings illustrated earlier have been built using these sorts of methods, I would say that there is nothing outdated about them at all. Some sections of the loco building, relating to the products, motors and drives from back in the day, may be out of date but many of the modelling techniques are the same ones I use today and they still work.
  4. That sounds like a good idea Tony. I may still fit chips though as I have had other offers from folk who haven't planned it that well! That way, we could have "Valour" going one way and the "Jersey Lily" going the other! Is there a decoder that is recommended for O Gauge that gives good running on its DC function?
  5. I appreciate your concern but I can take it! I did start out modelling the 1957/8 period and my early models were in true "grot" condition including a burnt smokebox door on a J6 and an N5 that looked as though it was about to fall to bits. Then I noticed how many others were doing just the same period and decided to try something different. So I have nothing against seeing real locos or models in a run down state. I just choose to not finish mine like that.
  6. I am planning to add a second stretcher for cosmetic purposes. This is one of those modelling jobs where there are many different answers and most of them do the job just fine. It is down to us to find a way that works for us. I used N gauge sleeper strip for stretcher bars some time ago and I got quite a few broken solder joints. I decided that expecting a rigid, small soldered joint to stay intact when it is being asked to flex every time the point is changed was asking too much so I gave up and went for a pivoted joint, with the pin free to swivel in the hole.
  7. I have been offered running rights on another superb layout that is DCC and I can always make it dual mode, with either a chip that allows DC or a switch. Every once in a while somebody asks me to replace a chip or sort out a problem on a DCC loco, so I did by a set of MERG kit. I still much prefer DC control but I have to accept that if I don't have some involvement with DCC it leaves me out of certain aspects of the hobby.
  8. This is my latest stretcher bar for points. Every time I build a layout I come up with something slightly different. I like a pivoted joint rather than a rigid soldered one, so I drill holes in fibreglass circuit board, as it is more durable than the resin based material. I cut it to shape, so it is wider where the holes are drilled, for strength. Brass pins are then inserted from underneath and bent over to give a decent length to solder to the blade. I did use thin strips of pcb as illustrated above but I found that after a while, either the solder joints break from t
  9. I once did some with paper insulation behind the beam plus plastic sleepers and then spoiled it by soldering the tie rod in both sides! Having had an exhibition layout stopped once when somebody shunted a wagon to the end of the siding and left the wheels bridging the plastic fishplates, I go belt and braces now. The layout is looking really nice Tony. Right up my street. If it will get Valour some "running rights" I may even put a DCC chip in her!
  10. I don't think that a station serving a place like Little Bytham would have stayed open as long as it did unless it had some passengers sometimes. So I think you are OK with a few. It is a shame that we can't make them appear when a stopper is due and vanish as it leaves or when the expresses are rattling through. I have sometimes wondered why a place that size warranted a four platform station, unless it was just to give a "stopper" the option of using the fast or the slow line. Even Retford only had 3!
  11. The only people visible in the shot are the highly visible loco crew. I agree 100%. Platforms need to be populated much more thoughtfully on many models. Of course the number of people on a platform varies enormously depending on what activity is taking place. A commuter train could leave a platform very well filled but only for a few moments. At a small country station, you might never get more than a handful of people. Whatever we do as modellers is only right for the scene that we choose to portray as it happens at that moment. I usually opt f
  12. Many happy returns! I am the same age as you and I am fairly confident that Buckingham will still be going strong long after me. I also got to visit and operate the layout with Peter in Truro. Pure modelling joy and also one of my favourite modelling memories.
  13. Peter Denny used a similar method on Buckingham. I would warn you that after about 60 years of continuous use, the rivets in the tie bar can wear the timber and become a bit loose and start to sometimes pop out! Other than that, it works just fine.
  14. They are not totally absent by any means and both Buckingham and Narrow Road have them but I would still think it is a minority of layouts that do. Buckingham's are a bit marginal as to whether they really are carriage sidings as they have one carriage set in them overnight, which comes out early and goes back in again late in the evening. The rest of the time they are used for parcels vans, rakes of goods stock and to hold a permanent way train.
  15. You haven't fallen for the old non insulated metal bufferstop trick have you Tony?
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