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Tony Teague

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  1. Well it seems I got that completely wrong! I thought there were 20 per page but there are 25, so actually when we get to the end of the page that will be 62,500 - which will be all the more amazing. So for the time being I'll just say that was very late to mention the achievement of 50k! Apologies! Tony
  2. Tony Hearty congratulations on what must now be 50,000 posts! An amazing achievement. Tony
  3. A very productive visit by Giles over the last couple of days made for good progress! First we finished off the CCTV installation started further up this page, by adding the remaining camers and illuminating the darker nooks & crannies with LED strips; the latter will prevent the cameras switching to night mode and emitting infra-red light which would be likely to interfere with the numerous IRDOT detectors around the layout. This is now what the operator sees at the main control console (the untidy wiring was never designed to be seen on the big screen but is unlikely to be re-layed!), so there will be little excuse for not knowing what is happening or whether a train is moving according to instructions. The CCTV control box has recording capability but I can't for the life of me think why I would want to replay a particular train movement! With this job completed we turned our attention to the Faller Road system - the running track for which has been in place since very early on. The route loops around Churminster Market Square and then runs the full length of the room / layout before descending to a turning circle hidden beneath RAF Charmy Bottom. So this was our starting point, and we first fitted the space with our last remaining camera so that the operator will be able to see the status of the turning circle. We then removed the turning circle (which is cut from 6mm ply) and fitted it with side "safety barriers" made from plasticard off-cuts - although no vehicle so far has ever managed to fall off! - plus 4 Faller 'Parking Stop' devices and 4 miniature IR detectors (one detector only shown here): Now re-installed, this set up will facilitate the running of up to 4 road vehicles in turn, along the roadway and back, with fully automated control being achieved via an Arduino and a bank of relays linked to both the detectors and the electro-magnetic coils within the Faller devices: We managed to complete and fully test the installation, with only some refinement of the Arduino program left to be completed, however, as the eagle-eyed will have noticed, one problem remains - which is that Faller only make HO vehicles of faily modern vintage, and so whilst I can run the system, there is a significant amount of work to do in converting vehicles to my 1938 - 48 era of choice! I'd welcome hearing about any experiences ffrom others having done this! Finally - the road turning circle as seen from the Control Console: Tony
  4. Looks more like a spam fritter to me!
  5. I decided to take a day out on Monday, and having recently heard about the permanently exhibited "Famous Trains" layout in Derby, I paid it a visit; sadly I'm afraid that I was not that impressed. I wouldn't normally criticise, but this layout is as I say, on permanent display and whilst it is certainly large - at about 60 feet long - and the centrally featured station of Chinley is scale length and very nicely constructed, the layout's name and it's marketing, implies that what you will see is a succession of named 'famous trains' - and I didn't see a single one! It was very quiet and there were more staff present (volunteers I imagine) than customers, but the famous trains remained firmly at the back in their storage sidings whilst an HST, a coal train and another modern freight rain continuous loops at high speed. Nothing was seen of what must be the considerable operating potential of Chinley Station, whilst in the subsidiary displays two derailments within a few minutes were distracting,. So whilst I am certain that the layout has considerable potential, it wasn't displayed at it's best for me. Fortunately the entry fee is modest at £2.50 = but parking cost almost twice this and when you add a 120mile round trip, I was certainly hoping for more! Sorry guys! Back to the layout........ With Mike having made progress on the backscenes there is now little excuse for me not to work on what is in front of it! This week I have been working on the platform canopies for Stowe Magna Station, where platform 1 has been completed for a long time, with the canopy over platforms 2 & 3 part built but never finished. At close of play today, the platform 2-3 canopy is complete barring some Southern cream paint, whilst the new canopy for platforms 4 & 5 is structurally completed, part painted but lacking any supports! (Shown here just retsing in place). The decision at this point has been to leave passengers on platforms 6 & 7 without any shelter from the elements, but whether I will change my mind once these are completed, only time will tell. Progress has not been as quick as I would like, partly because each canopy has two lengths of 0.45 brass wire threaded under them, to which some LED pendant lamps are soldered, but I am hoping the end appearance will justify the effort. Tony
  6. .....but I had always believed that size was not important............ My mistake - I had forgotten that you had migrated to the 'senior scale'!
  7. Andy I've probably got an HMRS LNER sheet that I bought just to do a couple of pigeon vans; I'll have a look and if they are on there, you will be welcome. Tony
  8. Is there any further news as to what has happened to the 4mm ranges?
  9. The long gap between posts seems to have become the norm, but there has been some activity even if it is only slight! First off, Arun Sharma has been working for some time on a kit of parts for the LB&SCR C3 loco & tender which is one of those on my 'Missing List'; during this time it became apparent that the C3 tenders had been exchanged during the 1930's for tenders from older, & by then scrapped, B2X locos. Arun delivered the loco parts a little while ago, and then in the last couple of weeks he has produced the parts for the B2X tender - so now both have been despatched to my chosen builder to await their turn in his build queue. This was the first test build of the loco (courtesy of Arun Sharma); and all will be revealed in due course! Secondly, and after a pandemic-enforced absence of just over 18 months, Mike Gascoigne has recently returned to complete the backscene along the Churminster side of the layout. If one looks at this image of platform 1 at Churminster Station, the current end of the backscene can clearly be seen (or scene, perhaps?). After a couple of further sessions, Mike has now completed the 4 remaining panels which will stretch from here towards the mouth of Stowe Magna tunnel, where they will join up with work already completed. Parts of the first two of the four new panels are shown here propped in position but not yet fixed: I think they make an immense difference! The paint on the last two panels is drying on the workbench: In the meantime I have been working to complete the platform canopies for Stowe Magna Station, and so there is now little excuse for me to avoid finishing this work and fixing them in place! Tony
  10. Tony To my way of thinking it is the effort and discipline which you put into understanding every single fault that inevitably occurs, that enables you to learn, and the performance of the layout as a whole to steadily improve; the two examples above demonstrate this. I share your intolerance of poor or unreliable running but have some way to go in order to reach LB's performance! Tony
  11. Interesting question Jack, and back in January I covered their relative haulage ability at that time: Now that it is fixed, I think the SEF model will easily outhaul the OO works versions and cope with the Sunny South Express, but on a broader basis, neither model is up to what I perceive as being 'modern RTR standards': Whilst both have cast bodies, so are heavy, and equally are pretty good representations of the overall body shape, but the buffers on the SEF model (2091) look a bit chunky, whilst the lettering on the OO Works model (2023) looks a bit heavy. The OO Works version seems to have sharper, less rounded corners, and a skinnier chimney than I am seeing on prototype images, but it also has a modern coreless motor which is quieter but not necessarily more powerful (it won't pull the Sunny South Express for example). So for me it is a very close thing, and with No.2091 now having the edge on hauling capability, I think it is that one which will be on the front of the SSE from now on. Tony
  12. I spent a most enjoyable, and successful, day at Little Bytham today with Tony Wright - successful because I took 3 under-performing locos with me and he very kindly fixed all three! [all three images below courtesy of Tony Wright] The first was ex-LB&SCR double domed C2X No.2525 which was built for me some years ago from either a DJH or Nu-Cast kit, however, it has not even been run in because it was an unreliable starter and intermittent runner. Tony fixed a couple of pick up issues and it immediately pulled away with a 40 wagon coal train! Not bad for a little 0-6-0 with an open frame motor! The second loco to receive attention was ex-SE&CR U class No.1624 which I bought some years ago on E-Bay - always a risk; I think it is from a DJH kit, but could be SEF, and again it has an open frame motor. Whilst the builder is unknown, the build and finish looks good but it suffered from jerky, intermittemt performance on curves - which Tony quickly diagnosed as being due to the front pony occasionally shorting on to the live chassis. He fixed this by applying a thin coat of araldite as an insulator and again, she romped away with somewhere over 40 coal empties; very gratifying! Finally, this ex-LB&SCR I3, No.2091 had so far failed to pull the skin off a rice pudding, despite being a very heavy loco. The model is from an SEF kit with yet another open frame motor, and had been intended to haul the inter-regional 'Sunny South Express' which the original I3's did with aplomb, all the way from Rugby to the south coast. Tony opened out axle holes for the rear pony, as it seemed that this was carrying about half of the weight, causing some wheel slip and preventing the loco from hauling much more than its own body weight. Subsequently it easily hauled one of his 12 coach rakes of mixed RTR and kit-built coaches - considerably heavier that my own Sunny South rake! Thanks again Tony for fixing each of these, which will all now take a trip to the weathering shop! Tony
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