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JSpencer

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  1. As I said in my previous post, the interior lighting is a bonus for me considering they were not part of the original spec. With or Without lighting, I can argue it's something of a white elephant for me personally considering I mainly model the South East. But it was "the" train I wanted as a kid, as my parents said "No, you already have an HST". And I collected many magazines with photos of this train. Eventually I did get a secondhand Hornby APT 15 years later, somewhat scruffy, limited to 5 cars.... And not quite a 8-10 car set I had seen in photos which I thought made a decent size for a layout. I got the Rapido APT-E which makes a compact train even though never a south east item. But the all new complete APT train is a dream come true. That said, the APT-P was sufficiently enough a white elephant that I never went for the DJM model (for many reasons). My layout can cope with a 14 car set on the outer loop only, although it will somewhat dwarf the layout. 10 cars will probably be typical for me, or maybe 11 with the experimental APT-U coach.
  2. You are not alone in considering this purchase as something of a white elephant. I too tinkered with cancelling the order as well but my coach set is on the way (I really only wanted four vehicles to do just one side to do a 10 car APT which is the max my layout will reasonably take) and the full set 14 cars will make the longest train I have (unless I do a cement train mixing every PCA I ever brought). The lighting units are for me a bonus considering they were initially announced without them. As for getting the coaches apart, someone, sooner or later will do a user guide.
  3. If you look through the SECR online archives (as I see you are a member) there is a listing covering a short period of when locos were coming in for repaints but a full list of every loco and dates does not exist. What is clear a repaint happened every time a loco need some workshop attention (i;e no need to wait for an overall). There are 4 main schemes: Full Wainwright up until 1910-11 Simplified Wainwright (no bright shiny domes and simpler lining) but few would have carried it Maunsell Green - few locos would have carried it though probably more than simplified Wainwright Grey - practically all would have had it or got scrapped before it happened. I have not seen photographic evidence yet of an SECR loco running in Wainwright livery after WWI.
  4. The body, running plate etc is all plastic. Only the chassis block is diecast and that is a split chassis design. It is quite a cow to get apart but as you want to cut one up a bit, that probably won't be an issue for you.
  5. Bachmann already have the answer in the 4-TC which is relatively very simple to couple up. I fail to understand why the BEP did not use the same system. Especially as they tooled up the entire set rather than using the existing CEP tooling for 3 of the vehicles.
  6. I've quickly scanned the 15 pages just in case there was an answer but..... For the Blue/Grey running numbers that Accurascale are doing in their first run.... does anyone know where they were located? (Actually I'm after blue greys known to have run in NSE areas.....)
  7. I have a dozen of these wagons (all batches) and just took the first six out of their boxes (they are the same wagons seen in earlier posts). They all have various degrees of cracking in the roof paint work. The roofs come off easily so should be possible to clean up, repaint and resolve. Though some do look naturally weathered...
  8. Maybe me, but that electricity pylon nearest the camera looks like it is falling or tilted forwards in this photo!
  9. Rule 1: follow exactly the order they say making sure each coach is positioned the right way around Rule 2: I found squeezing the forks with a pair a pliers helps but its still a ruddy fight Rule 3: make sure the little copper/brass contacts in the NEM pockets are not touching (see my post above yours), unlike the CEP and EPB, these move around a lot, especially just after finally getting the dam thing in Rule 4: When you reach the point of wanting to throw the thing across the room, call it a night, text to your girlfriend you are feeling nervous right now, she'll send you a photo of her feet relaxing in a hammock and you'll feel better....
  10. Another few photos. This time with a Bluebell preserved ex LSWR B4. I'm actually having more fun with this relatively cheap wagon than I am with the BEP. Well done Kernow.
  11. Here is my road van S54663 in BR grey. This particular van is preserved on the Bluebell railway. Thus we have 2 sets of photos below. One set with a Kernow BR Beattie Well tank and 3 china clay wagons (Bachmann exclusive for Kernow). And another set with a BR P class that is preserved on the Bluebell as well.
  12. Well after 3 days (evenings) of messing around, I finally got the BEP togethor. But no thanks to these couplings which are not as well made as those on the CEP (same model of coupling but deforms far more easily). One coupling had the cheek to stick its finger up at me! So here some photos the BEP itself: And here we have the entire boat train (not actually running as 2 units are DCC sound fitted and the other 2 are plain DC but will be converted at some point when I summon the nerves to open them). Basically MLV, 4-CEP, 4-BEP, 4-CEP : (this last one refuses to sit up the right way here, despite being correct on PC and phone).
  13. My sound fitted one arrived the day after I left to go on a family (wife+kids) holiday for 3 weeks! (typical sod's law). Suffice to say i had an e-mail from UPS telling me it was comng and arranged for the in-laws to be there to collect it (would have asked my mistress but.... oops what am I saying?) . When I got back, and after sorting out all the holiday things (laundry etc..), I managed to find a little time to test it. Sounds worked fine, running forwards fine, but no running backwards (only sounds). Forntunately the chip is easy to reach behind the smokebox door. Tried the chip in another D class (I have 3 rails versions) and same result. Contacted DCC supplies (service agent in the booklet) and had the chip sent to them (no point risking the entire loco which was fine). Very fast turn around, they found the same issue and sent a new sound chip. Fitted it into the loco and it now works fine.
  14. The surprising thing of all, the 3 vehicles it shares with the 4-CEP are exactly the same as the 4-CEP. I was hoping with the re-tool that they would at least use the 4-TC connectors. Helas no. It is exactly the same god awful system as the 4-CEP. I have received mine but have not yet got the entire unit together to take photos despite spending 30 minutes trying to assemble it. Mine cost £370 (VAT removed as going to France) and then 6 euros VAT when it arrived here plus 2 Euros admin charge!!
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