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  1. This is superb modelling. Grew up in Bath and familiar with the station before it became a supermarket and a lot of the original structures were still there. Catching the 339 to go tovschool in Brislington meant I passed it everyday, and had job at Sainsbury's when it opened in 82 up until A levels in 84.This model is beyond reproach. I would love to see it in the flesh! One minor niggle (seriously? Who am I to have a niggle. I ought just to be burning incense before the image of this layout!) The early shots of the station show the stonework clean. My memory is that all of Bath was pretty much black until the late 70s and early 80s when a combination of concentrated effort in washing stonework and reduction in smokey coal fires eliminated that sort of pollution. Or was it kept clean whilst in use and only went black after closure? Thank you for making this and publishing here
  2. Been thinking about doing a Southeastern Trains layout using EMUs - 375, 466 and 465 classes. I imagine I could buikd the rolling stock from stuff on the t gauge website although slightlu too long or short it is hardly going to notice at yhis scale! Gives a chance of a prototypical layout to scale in relatively small area. Are there any t-gauge vinyls for these classes and in modern liveries? Has anyone used them please? What do they look like used if you have photos you are willing to post? Has anyobe already done this, please? Thanks
  3. Hello: I am considering a Tram layout, and getting the (very cheap!) Bachmann N gauge trams, but before I decide to model US outline, can anyone point me to a website with the dimensions of London Trams, particularly lengths, as I may be able to convert these models to a London pattern. I just can't find one, and for once Wikipedia is useless.
  4. How do I delete my profile please?

    1. beast66606

      beast66606

      Send Andy Y a PM

  5. Giving up on all this....

  6. Giving up on all this....

  7. Hi there again: right, well, i have sold a load of my old stuff and I have enough money to make a start, but..... Before I do, please can anyone give me feedback about how T is doing these days? I have read the older blogs and they aren't all positive. What is running like now? I want to do a 1980s prototype, but is there anything other than the HSTs in BR Blue?? How good/cheap/realistic is it to laser print? Any T gaugers or (perhaps better!) EX-T gaugers can give me a steer before I commit £200-£300? Thanks Graham
  8. Great looking model. Deciding whether to make the leap myself witha scale model of a real location - probably Bath spa in the 80s, so anything British is great! Thanks Graham
  9. urbancohort

    French TGV

    Hi all: having just had a holiday in France using their excellent rail system, I wonder if there is any interest in creating TGVs in T?
  10. Wow! Thanks for all this guys. I am more hopeful of actually getting it done after seeing all this.....
  11. Marcus: Loved that post and it brought back reminders for me too - travelling to interviews for Uni in '84, and choosing Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield SOLELY becaise it meant a long train journey! Many thanks and compliments on your ability to turn a phrase that resonates.
  12. I have been railway modelling some years, and would DEARLY like to make a railroad based on late 19th Century American themes - a cattle town rail head; a wild and woolly frontier town or mining camp - inspired by a couple of trips to the US West and an addiction to the Hollywood fable. It seems that there are a few N scale locomotives that are suitable, (although I don't know - beyond the terrible Bachmann 4-4-0s!- how historically accurate any of them are.) However, it seems that the same manufacturers who produce these engines don't produce anything to run with them. My researches show me that the 'Old Time' 36' freight cars are mainly suitable for the 1920s and 1930s, (they are the colourful 'billboard style'). Most types of wagons are now unobtainable. The 'Overton' cars sometimes produced look good but seem to conform to no prototype, and are again of limited availability. Then we go into the sourcing of suitable buildings and figures! Some of the N scale DPM are suitable, but if one is looking for a wood false-front look, there is nothing in affordable, easy kits, although there are a few expensive laser cut wood and whitemetal ones if they are still produced. There WAS a book I obtained from the US called "Wild West Buildings You Can Make' which was excellent and contained plans for suitable buildings that one had to scratch build, but that now seems out of print, and they relied on the purchase of parts from US suppliers, (which I did!) I can't believe that every so often a loco is produced advertised as being suitable for the 1880s but there is NOTHING to go with it. So, this is what I know has been produced: Locomotives: Bachmann 4-4-0 Jupiter and 119 suitable for the 1869 'Transcontinental' Central and Union Pacific. My honest opinion was that the ones I bought were dreadful. The line was later extended to cover other roads but don't know if they ever produced any rolling stock suitable for these new roads. Atlas 4-4-0 for a number of lines last year Atlas Moguls suitable for a couple of lines, not necessarily the same ones as the 4-4-0. (Production now ceased) Probably not prototypically accurate - for instance, one was even for a line that was only ever narrow gauge! (Black Hills, Deadwood and Fort St Pierre Railroad) MDC Roundhouse 4-6-0s - various roads, and of unknown historical accuracy, and all now out of production. Rolling Stock MDC 'Overton' cars in various roads of unknown historical accuracy, and all now out of production so far as I know MDC 'Overland' cars in various roads of unknown historical accuracy, and all now out of production so far as I know MDC Freight - Reefers, Box cars, and stock cars of unknown historical accuracy, and all now out of production so far as I know. Most not suitable for the late 19th Century Bachmann UP and CP rolling stock of OK quality. Buildings Brick Buildings - DPM, but give established town impression is too many used James Publications plans using Grandt Line parts - book now seems unavailable Figures Musketeer Miniatures, (US wargames figure manufacturer mainly, I think) some limited whitemetal figures and kits. Not bad but have to be imported Some US plastic 'steam era people' by model power(?) Some dual use British outline kits or Preiser European steam era pieces. But no Injuns, no Chinese labourers, no Mexicans. I am sure taht some will think I am moaning unnecessarily and thinking 'scratchbuild you lazy ****' but for my lifestyle and ability that isn't an option! I want to play trains and life is too short. So... Does anyone share my frustration at all? Am I the only one thinking this? Does anyone know of any other available things suitable for a 'Wild West' layout? Thanks for taking the time to read this and hopefully politely replying.
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