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  1. I'm sure I read in Modern Railways back in the 70s of an up WCML train losing power at speed somewhere around Watford and managing to coast all the way to Euston. The driver lowering and raising the pantograph at speed to test. I can't quite remember but I seem to think he made the wise decision to stop at the bottom of Camden Bank before the station throat instead of running out of momentum and coming to a halt across the whole thing. Cue 'Those were the days' comments.
  2. ...hate to say it but they weren't Mk1s but a Hawksworth brake and two Colletts It cheers me up no end when there is a train faux pas. You realise that every other item we have no specific clue about is also wrong too. My uncle couldn't watch any movie helicopter winching without wincing.
  3. Beeching Reversal? HA HA HA HA HA! I was watching Tomorrow's World review of the 70s last night [don't ask]. In 1979 money the Tyne metro cost £7m a mile and that was considered cheap. [see 30.22] and those were existing rail routes.
  4. Also late to the digression but carriage fans should have a look through as well. Those early images from the first few years of 1950s are fascinating. On cursory glance spotted ex-LNWR and Ex GE coaches and they were both behind the loco - in the latter case an S&D 7F. It really was the anything goes line. Re captions. Add them as comments on Flickr?
  5. Cutting those big door hinges off that Airfix cattle wagon was well worth the effort.
  6. We used to always take a run at non- electrofrog points! I am presuming the unit was crossing back from the northbound platforms heading south? That is four turnouts in a row - with associated gaps - I would have assumed even at 10mph you would coast across - or is this more like getting gapped repeatedly losing power and momentum? Curious to know how the unit reacts when gapped? Does power come back on immediately or does it take a while to get power back to the wheels?
  7. This isn’t meant as a criticism of what you are doing but just noting it’s good to know you are mortal because even with four square miles of space you have still been tempted to squeezed in that line right down the edge of the board! Presumably you’ll have something to stop a Healey Mills to concrete floor moment? Possibly a whole extra board? I only say this from painful experience. Mine was actually a slightly too close to the edge line with wool-jumper-snag-of-small-etched-detail-rake-of-kit builds-ending-up-on-the-floor type incident.
  8. Couldn't agree more with your intentions. It was a photo of a rake of MR opens in some loop sidings on the Norris layout that inspired me for years. Just plain everyday railway 'landscape'.
  9. Genius ideas. Thanks. And when you are finished with the spaghetti glued to some card add one of those little calendars and give it to your Mum on Mother’s Day like we did as kids!
  10. Ah. I love this argument. Always makes me chuckle. Reminds me of this quote: Carlo Calenda, an Italian economics minister, said it was insulting that Boris Johnson had told him during a recent meeting that Italy would grant Britain access to the EU’s single market “because you don’t want to lose prosecco exports”. “He basically said: ‘I don’t want free movement of people but I want the single market,’” he told Bloomberg. “I said: ‘No way.’ He said: ‘You’ll sell less prosecco.’ I said: ‘OK, you’ll sell less fish and chips, but I’ll sell less prosecco to one country and you’ll sell less to 27 countries.’ ” https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/nov/16/european-ministers-boris-johnson-prosecco-claim-brexit
  11. I’m minded to buy it at the new price to show my support to his approach! How neatly this thread explains another reality of Brexit: how Europeans see us, our own surprise at the new value of our currency, the impact on free trade and the folly of this self inflicted misery (in the narrow terms of model railway software).
  12. Everyone should welcome a Hastings Diesels railtour on their layout... is there anywhere one [or two] of these units hasn't been?
  13. I'd have expected nothing less! Plastic waste blowing around model dioramas will be a 'I remember when...' moment in years to come when we've finished cleaning up the planet and you don't see it anymore...
  14. Fabulous work. Not sure I could do it on any model of mine but I was wondering if you'll have any 80s litter blowing around? These days its whole bathrooms and piles of plasterboard in gate places but back then it was a different class of crud: bottle of Panda Pop, a Marathon wrapper or packet of Smiths Crisps with the blue packet of salt perhaps, a jazz mag caught in the bushes... perhaps not with 5 year olds with the best view.
  15. Fibreglass pencil. Run it over the inside of the white window until it gets to the opacity you like. Job done.
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