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  1. I'll be interested to see how many Chinese students make it to the UK after Chinese New Year. Start teaching Wednesday. Should I ask 'hands up who's come from Wuhan?' Probably none,,,
  2. I am sure people wil be interested in this after the apparent failure of the Little Loco Co. RTR project with all the design and tooling work done, and would like to know the kit cost. At present the best kit available is the Judith Edge etched brass kit for £55, easy to build, source your own wheels, gearbox motor. http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/catalogue/judithedge Soldering brass is not for everyone so choice is a benefit. Dava
  3. Thanks to the Autocar Trust for agreeing to run the Autocar during the GCR Winter Gala , a very popular experience for all those able to ride on it, even during the wet weather on Sunday. Hoping it may be able to take a trip up the Mountsorrel Branch before it departs. Dava
  4. Certainly will!! Does it run in multiple with a 101 unit? May well be busy.
  5. The East Midlands in common with much of the rest of England has been subjected to massive housebuilding targets from the govt, as you will see all the way up to Sheffield. So all these new residents need to travel to work, college, leisure etc. We continue to see predicted population growth and towns and cities along the way have full road networks, Loughborough being an example. The MML is pretty full and congested now - not only the line to London but Leicester to Sheffield and Nottingham too. By 2030 let alone 2040 it will be more so unless B****T permamently stuffs the economy and everyone who can emigrates. The same factor could make HS2 'unaffordable'. Current govt seems to have been elected mainly by an elderly electorate. The rail capacity increase from HS2 really will be essential for future demand and actually too late. HS2 might not be the ideal solution but the time to select that, if something different, was about 10 years ago. I still favour full MML electrification for capacity, environmental and other reasons. We were stuffed by Grayling and look likely to be stuffed by the Johnson/Shapps/Cummings gang now. Its just not acceptable. The builders of all the 19th century main lines from London to the Midlands and North did not accept the argument that the turnpikes and canals could be widened as an alternative. We need a 21st, not 19th century rail infrastructure.
  6. In a previous century, I bought my first Swann Morton scalpel from Kings Cross Models at age 15, with blades. No questions. Today in Sainsbury's I had a lengthy inquisiton by the pharmacist when I asked for Cocodamol, including intrusive questions about why I wanted it and what alternatives I had tried. Have to think carefully about where to buy scalpel blades....Squires at model rail shows I guess. Knife crime among youths is horrific and nowhere more so than Lambeth area. Dava
  7. If you want an O gauge J94/Austerity then you can start with the Premier Components frame kit including coupling rods for £37, plus Slaters drivers at around £66 and motor/gearbox of choice http://www.premiercomponents.co.uk/Locomotive_FrameKits_lner.html Build the rest, John Fownes has done one in card, or plasticard, brass or nickel silver. Even alu drink can could work for the tank. Dava
  8. Very fine view of the Blue Funnel Line ship MS Helenus. My grandfather was a deep sea mariner who sailed for the Blue Funnel from Liverpool to the Far East, his last command being the MS Peisander, torpedoed in the North Atlantic, all hands survived. Dava
  9. So it's OK for Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, Leiecster to have a slow, diesel, overcrowded MML which is unreliable and badly run by a company [Abellio] which didn't want it when every other region north of London has high speed electrified services? We have already been stuffed by Grayling. HS2 is too late anyway but cancellation of route 2b is not acceptable unless we get total modernization and electrification of the MML which will still leave inadequate capacity at the London end. MR Northmoor is way out of date. I travel the route most days each week. Dava
  10. Sounds like it is. Is it 4mm or 7mm scale? They are usually complete. Ask Peco the manufacturers for missing parts. Dava
  11. Is the modern day equivalent of MTK in O scale the Steve Beattie diesel kit? They appear to be coming back.....with resin road vehicle kits too! https://www.sbtdevelopments.com/
  12. The forum is slow because its full up and has an old operating system. This is a very long train thread. We need a new, High Speed Forum for fast posters and the slow stuff can stay on here. But Google will have to build a new server farm to host it and there are hedgehogs living in the forest which has to be ripped out to build it. Maybe some of us prepared to pay premium rates will get it around 2030...? Dava
  13. Coxheath Sidings will be appearing at the ever-friendly 7mm NGA Trent Valley event at Mickleover this Saturday 18 Jan, details here courtesy of EDM Models: https://ngtrains.com/shop/exhibition/7mm-nga-trent-valley-group-open-day/ The microlayout has had some changes made, and this may be its last public outing. Or possibly not. After nearly 5 years it has long outlived its experimental construction from foamboard, but not its usefulness. A bit like the BR Mickleover Test Track [who remembers that?] it continues to be useful in testing train control systems, ie DCC! Here we see an old friend, the little Peckett, out from storage for a test run. Come and say 'Hi!' on Saturday, bargains and goodies to be had from the traders as ever. Dava
  14. I'm interested in the Gifford & Garvald Light railway. Hajduckie's book on the line arrived yesterday. Saltoun station looks like it has potential for a modelling project. With a passing loop, two sidings and traffiec to/from the Glen Kinchie Distillery. I would start with the ticket office, these were the same design for all 4 stations on the line. His book has a drawing for the agent's house but not the station building, though it may exist in the same source, the Scottish Record Office. Has anyone see a plan, drawing or front elevation photo of one of these buildings? All I need is length, width and height. Saltoun station building was rescued by the SRPS, I've asked them whether it still exists. As it would now be a 120 year old wooden structure I'm not too hopeful. Anyone know of any information? https://www.railscot.co.uk/img/19/487/ Dava
  15. If you go for the top one with the loop and move the point for the first siding to the loop road immediately after the loop point, your siding can be as long but will shunt better. You could also extend the loop with the space saved. Dava
  16. Everything Kevin says. Add: education. Involving young people from pre-school to College & Uni. Railways can fill a gap in their experience & learning and also help develop the future staff, volunteers & visitors. It's working for the GCR with a growing educational portfolio. It's also working for its attached but independent and amazing community-driven Mountsorrel Railway. It's not quite a light railway technically, a quarry branch with a rail museum and narrow gauge system with a great cafe and nature trail, but go visit and you'll see what I mean. http://heritage-centre.co.uk/ Dava
  17. One answer is to look at the trains surviving Col. Stephens' lines are using. Here is one from the K&ESR. Sorry its pointing bunker first but you can see the vintage coaches. There is a green DMU out of sight. Dava
  18. Amazing how much fun you can have with 1 old Peco point, some s/h track, a sector plate & 6 x 1. More in 'Coxheath Sidings goes DCC'. Dava
  19. Its good to see this Z scale layout and I wonder why RmWeb doesnt have a dedicated Z Gauge forum, since there is evidently some interest. My activity has been limited to updating the GCR 'Bridge' diorama shown here [page 24] but I'd like to see more. Dava
  20. Great work, very atmospheric, a preservationists' dream or nightmare? Rather like this one...[Scaldwell, earlier type, now at Southwold for restoration] Dava
  21. So it gives a firm timescale for the East Midlands HST sets: the current Porterbook sets to 31.7.20 and the ex-LNER and Angel sets to 31.12.20. Which confirms what we knew, what happens then...? Dava
  22. I started by buying second hand Peco track, points and either Marcway or handbuilt points. The Guage O Guild events [next is Kettering, 7.3.20] and other non-guild events such as Bristol [26.1.20] and even swapmeets are good places to find bundles of Peco track and points from £25 or so. It is pretty robust so even if previously used it is usually re-usable. There will be increasing amounts available as older modellers sell up. Marcway also do their own flexitrack http://www.marcway.net/index.php Dava
  23. Belated thanks to Jeremy for the reference to the 'Gifford & Garvald Light Railway', which never reached Garvald. It was one of the 'Smeaton Lines' with the Macmerry branch, sponsored and operated by the NBR in the Lothian Hills, to serve the coal industry in that area. There is a very useful Wikiwand article & maps here https://www.wikiwand.com/en/The_Smeaton_railway_branches_of_the_Lothians I have ordered Andrew Hajduckie's book on 'The Haddington, Macmerry and Gifford Branches'. As most of the system closed in the 1920's to 30's, not very many photos of the line with trains found so far. It does look an interesting system, with mining traffic and also whisky traffic to and from the Glenkinchie distillery near Saltoun. I have cut & pasted extracts from NLS OS 25" maps of the main stations to show the track diagrams. More to come on this one, it looks a good destination for a walk or cycle on the Pencaitland trail along the old line. Any other suggestions of sources or photos welcome. Dava Saltoun station with NBR 4-4-0T 467 Gifford + Macmerry station trackplans 1906.docx
  24. I really like this thread which has resulted in a very convincing model of one of these distinctive Peckett locos. Also a very good drawing in the first post. Looking forward to the finished cakebox, seeing if the loco runs, and will there be room for one of the distinctive wagons with their two ironstone containers? I'm sure you know about the Irchester Narrow Gauge Museum where the three surviving locos are, there is a thread I started a few years back here. If you ever get the chance to take your model to one of their open days I'm sure people would be interested. Dava
  25. JMRI is the program/operating system you download , Decoder pro [and Panel Pro and Sound pro] are the other apps which you select to use it. Decoder pro runs on the SPROG. Check the JMRI homepage in my earlier carefully as it gives pretty full details. The SPROG connects to a laptop via a USB plug as a USB3 device. It has its own power supply and a power output to the programming track. You choose the version of JMRI for your laptop OS. Mine works fine with Windows 10. You have to permit your firewall/antivirus to download the program.
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