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  1. Where is that? I don't recognise it. Found it. Driven past it lots of times but never realised that it was there. https://www.google.com/maps/@50.2341431,-5.2222752,3a,76.4y,154.8h,79.65t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sfXNkbKk0oY1mdp7lRE65vA!2e0!6shttps:%2F%2Fstreetviewpixels-pa.googleapis.com%2Fv1%2Fthumbnail%3Fpanoid%3DfXNkbKk0oY1mdp7lRE65vA%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D90.65004%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192
  2. pssst... pssst... want some building lights for your layout????? Yeah??? Pop down to Tesco then with your club card grasped firmly in your paw for they have strings of lights 20 for £1.50 including batteries for a starter.
  3. Look at the Christmas area
  4. Even if a shop is not VAT registered they can still charge the full RRP, it just means that they will make a greater profit on the item than a shop that is VAT registered, however the non registered shop will have had to pay VAT on the item when they purchased it where as the registered shop will have been able to reclaim any VAT paid.
  5. For me, I am personally less interested in shunting or even stations. I would rather see a range of prototypically plausible trains passing by. If signals require it, they do need to stop. To me this more represents the true nature of the railways.
  6. Hornby Selects seem to be the cheapest of cheap DCC controllers with limitations, however I don't want something with lots of bells and whistles, just something that is easy for children to use to control digital locos (possibly with TTS) later on. The control knob seems to be a good solution for children. I am aware that programming is limited but this is not a problem as I have a Z21 that I can use for this. (I don't want to use the Z21 on this layout due to the faff of setting it up.) I guess what this question comes down to is how good or bad is the Hornby Select for a children's layout?
  7. Sending it back seems like the best option.
  8. I have used those. They are not really stable enough without extra bracing. Wobbly is the word to use. They are also quite fiddly to use if you put them close to the edge of the board.
  9. Sounds like resistance is building up somewhere. Can you open it up and try applying power can you remove the motor and apply power to it. Does it still get warm? If so the motor is the problem.
  10. OO buildings would be fine, OO platforms however are likely to be too high. Having Googled the loco, it does not appear to be DCC ready.
  11. Looks good Pete. That's an interesting tangle of extension cables and 3 way switches. (in the first picture of the whole layout).
  12. I have used an n gauge specific ZTC511 to power a short section of O gauge track for testing an O gauge loco. It worked. Only ever used it with a single loco in O gauge at a time so no idea if it work work with more than one on the track at a time.
  13. Suits the more odd ball loco choices that retailers seem to go for. Far too modern for me (I wasn't expecting anything) but I hope it sells well.
  14. Can't see that from the possibility of an n gauge model unfortunately, as they could be better in OO.
  15. Given that Ben has said he is happy with his Dapol HST (and that this model "might" get to n gauge) it seems to me that the HST option might not be the one. Quote from Ben on a thread a few months back
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