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  1. Just goes to show how different we all are. For me, the chimney stands out as much if not more than any other as a distinguishing characteristics and I'll spend loads of time trying to get it right.
  2. Thanks Tony. Your help is very much appreciated. I've tried hollow half rounds but they looked overscale and so I felt a bit stuck and I've bypassed doing it up until now. I'll try the evergreen half rounds. Cheers, Clem
  3. Hi Mick, It's been a while since I did it. It think it was Phoenix Precision can't remember for definite what shade but I pretty sure it was bog standard track colour.
  4. I'm approaching completion of the signal box with just guttering, roof slates, name boards and outside step board (not sure what you call it) plus some final bits of painting. A quick question for 4mm building people (I've seen some great work on here). What do you use for guttering that's to scale?
  5. yes Arun, I've always understood it. My comment was really about why some people might get confused. Rules are easy when you learn them. However, some people find rules hard unless they can see the reasoning, the logic behind it. My comment was about why some people get that one wrong. Their logic behind the mistake.
  6. No. Surely it's Giles's. The second part is too unlikely!
  7. Yes I agree. I was taught the same but for once, I understand why some people get confused.
  8. I've never knowingly got this wrong, but I can understand probably more than any other grammatical spelling mistake why people do. Where is the the logic of saying "john's, Christine's, the people's, all in the possessive mode by adding an apostrophe before the "s" but when it comes to a logically identical case of possession for an inanimate object (but only for the pronoun, mind you) , it becomes "its" without the apostrophe. You've got to admit that it's logic gone bananas. Even a banana skin is a banana's skin.... but it's "its skin" when using the pronoun. Nuts. But I still follow this same illogical rule.
  9. There could be real mileage in this. So, so many photos published for the locomotive subject have a more intriguing background feature. A book gathering up some of these with identifications/explanations would be tremendously educational/inspirational for modellers and enthusiasts such as those on here (myself included) who have a thirst for knowledge and analysis of past railways. Just thought I'd add my 'thrupence' worth.
  10. Can't agree with you on this one, Andrew. Bad captioning and best guessing do irritate me but very often it's the photo that's the important thing here. It does provide evidence and at worst leads me to go away and do more research in an effort to a) identify the subject of the photo b) understand the context of the photo, and c) use it an an inspiration to bring something in to my modelling that wouldn't have been there. So whilst I sympathise with the ideal that no railway book writer should publish without fully understanding the subject, I'd still rather have the opportunity to see the photos to be able to use for my own research. I'd simply add, never trust implicitly, or take as fact, what you read without being able to back it up with other evidence/information. No modelling today.. (sigh)... Off to family do and then on to a gig with the band tonight. Bit of pressure as we are doing some new numbers for the first time live and we haven't rehearsed enough.
  11. Thanks Stuart I somehow missed your reply earlier. This is just the clarification I was looking for. I'm modelling an ex-LNER line in BR days circa 1955, so it sounds like the only adjustment I need is to remove the call attention signal for the train entering section stage. There are other tweaks that will be desirable but it works well enough even now. Cheers Clem
  12. Hi Tony. Yes I thought that was the case. It's one of the things I'll have to change to get it working more as per the prototype. At the moment, it picks up trains from the working timetable (database) and the boxes each side offer the trains. When accepted the line is set to clear. But I don't offer the train on to the next box until I get a train entering section from the originating box. It would only be at the point when train is accepted at the next box that the layout signals would be pulled off. The nice thing about it is that when the trains arrive, I've got them picking up sound from selected from another database of authentic sounds (many from the Nottingham-Derby Friargate line). Oh, and the bell noises are samples of Kimberley signal box bells. I'm hoping to use it fully to operate my layout in conjunction with the layout's levers/signals when they're all finished.
  13. Hi Paul. I presume it is very different to VB6 which is used on mine. (I wrote it in VB4, upped it to VB5 and until yesterday never managed to get it working in VB6). I'm really out of practice with it and wouldn't have managed to rewrite it now (without some serious revision). Luckily it only needed a few tweaks.
  14. I was wondering if there are any people with knowledge of working in a signal box operating the block system on here. I wrote a program in Visual Basic about 20 years ago emulating the workings of a signal box. It hasn't worked for much of that time - visual Basic is pretty well obsolete as far as I know. However, I had a look at it yesterday and with a bit of tweaking, I got it working. However, when I wrote the program, with up-to-date knowledge I know I got a few things wrong. For instance, when alerting the adjacent box there is a call to attention (1-0-0) but I now believe that's only used for offering new trains forward and doesn't precede train entering section and train leaving section calls (2-0-0 and 2-1-0 respectively). Can anyone confirm that? Also when a train is offered and accepted, at what point would the signalman offer this train forward? Can he do so straight away or would he wait till he got a train entering section from the preceding box? I realise the answers to these questions may not be fixed in the wool but may depend on the length of the sections. Here's a quick look at what the program looks like. As you can see, computer programming has come on a lot since I wrote this! Thanks in advance for any help...
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