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  1. There were the Aveling and Porter series of standard gauge locomotives based on traction engines. AFAIK these were a bit ligher than the one off Pecket design, but it depends if you measure size by height, length, weight etc.
  2. Do you have a link for that story? I did a quick search but no joy. I did find a WSR official info release that Andy Forster has been temporarily (re)appointed CME, for the upcoming xmas season and reopening next year. WSR also seem to have been granted 880k from the government but not sure of the terms.
  3. I realise this does not help the OP but for the amount DCC decoders cost (or rather how much is charged) they should have output protection built in. In other words even if you have a short circuit at the output they should not fry themselves. This protection is available in many voltage regulators (e.g. 7805) that cost less than £1. A DCC decoder is much more complex and sells in fewer numbers but cost 20-30x as much. Perhaps the cheap decoders could not have this (you pays yer money an takes yer choice) but to hear that the pricier ones blow is disapointing.
  4. If this has been built to work under its own power (diesel or otherwise) it may need to be mainline certified if they are filming on network rail hence working AWS? It looks very convincing, the boiler looks just right, perhaps there are some real bits on it that are scrap or life expred. Any info on who built it as I'd guess someone in UK rail preservation (probably sworn to secrecy) has been involved. If anyone knows which direction it came from that may give a clue because if it is a working (even non-steam) replica there can't be many places that could build something like that, proba
  5. In principle, rather than track plan, Bath Green Park. Lots of local services to Bristol and branch services down the old S&D. There were only 2 platform faces but 4 tracks between them. I understand turn around times were tight and some trains had locos attached at the rear for reversal, although these may have been the longer distance though services between the midlands and Bournemouth. Turn around times were perhaps not as tight as the 3-4 mins mentioned here though. After about 1962 reduced longer distance trains, but probably also a less intense timetable. A p
  6. I like the washing line analogy for a ring connection. The 2 basic ways of connecting multiple circuits to a single power supply are ring and star. Star is where each circuit, or group, is separately fed from the supply. Each has their advantages and disadvantages, e.g. with the start configuration you can have different fuses so they are tailored for each group of circuits. I don't think there is a clear winner. Your plan for a ring system looks fine.
  7. Quite! I wish the English* parliament would take heed of what has happened north of the border. * There is, of course, no such parliament, I mean the parliament with jurisdiction on such issues in England.
  8. Bristol Temple Meads was a jointly run station by GWR and MR (later LMS). Not just the old station as from about 1880 to 1948 the running costs were split 5/8 GWR to 3/8 LMS. This might of determined platform number sequences, perhaps at other places where the GWR shared stations this was also true?
  9. For the long drawn out process (and thus unlikely re-opening) look no further than the Portishead branch passenger re-opening. Previously being local and having travelled on the line in the GWR 150 event I use this scheme as a bit of a bell-weather for re-opening lines. The scheme has local backing with the council coughing up money and it has apparently a good return ratio. Much money spent over the years but little to show for it. Problems with each re-opening scheme are unique but the decades this re-opening has been rumbling on for shows how even a good scheme can be mired t
  10. Evening Star (and a couple of other 9Fs) went to the S&D and did many turns as a passenger locomotive, so lined green turned out to be appropriate in the end. The 9Fs were almost too good for speed and haulage capacity by all accounts on this route :-). As it didn't need assistance (double heading) it saved cost too - but that may have not been welcome 'upstairs' on a condemned route... I wonder if it's livery (as well as not being of GWR design) was a reason this celebrity loco was posted out to Bath MPD?
  11. Binliner depot near Lawrence Hill station in Bristol: http://bristol-rail.co.uk/wiki/Bristol_City_Council_Refuse_Transfer_Station Photo on above link is from 1995 so sits in your time frame. Earlier there was a cement and molasses traffic in the same area but I think that had stopped by the late 80's.
  12. There are a number of ways you could configure 4 LEDs with advantages and disadvantages for each. The most (electrically) efficient way is to have all 4 in series and one resistor. To calculate the resistor in this case think of the 4 LEDs as one LED with 4x the forward voltage but the normal forward current (4 x 2.1V and say 20mA in the above example). For 12V this would be (12 - 8.4) / 0.02 = 3.6 / 0.02 = 180 Ohms (but I'd use 220 or more to be on the safe side). You could have all 4 in parrallel and 1 resistor. For this resistor calculation think of the LEDs as ha
  13. Was this posted in the wrong topic? The Portishead branch has nothing to do with the S&D. (Edit: I think Portland got misread as Portishead). The writer may wish to know that the Ashton Court Estate was purchased by Bristol City Council in 1959 so unsure of the background for the 'power and privilege in everyone’s way in the 21st century' comment. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashton_Court
  14. I've been a committee member of both types of organisation, albeit a few years ago. I agree with Happy Hippo about company limited by guarantee. Generally if you are doing anything a company does (taking financial risks) then that is a better option. The down side is the overheads as far as approved accounts, companies house and probably having a larger turnover that will involve being VAT registered. This all takes time and money to sort. For a non-company model the risk is not limited. The last organisation I was a committee member of had a chairperson who was wise enough to disp
  15. None at all as far as I'm aware. The 7Fs were sometimes seen north of Bath on the MR lines - I'm not sure if they got to Barrow Rd. I think the GW and S&D yards at Radstock connected via some sidings, perhaps via the very low bridge. Certainly no through connection at Radstock, perhaps until the very final days before closure(?). The only rail connections to anything else were at both ends and, in a inconvenient way, at Templecombe (with LSWR / SR).
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