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    Near the 15" gauge and the 5"gauge, far from standard gauge, but 25 miles from Calais.
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    BR to 1990ish; old buses. DB era 4. Originator and builder of New Annington; Tidmouth Junction and Rath Ost (DB).

    Hate DCC control, far too complicated. Give me a box of relays any day.

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  1. Has anyone got any hints or tips for super detailing the Triang Lord of the Isles? I have one, probably 1980s version with nickle plated wheels, no smoke, shiny dome and plastic gears that runs rather well. I've already turned don the loco wheels to let it run on fine scale OO track but its hauling capacity is rather limited. In reverse it will push 6 Bachy Mk 1 coaches, forwards it will just about manage 2. I need to replace the bogie wheels, I believe they should be 16mm; tender wheels have been replaced, and I've added lead weight in places under the chassis keeper plate and in the smokebox where the smoke unit would have been. It'll now manage 4 coaches forwards with a bit of prototypical slipping on starting.
  2. We also had the Trix Southern 0-6-0t, was it an e or E1? Plastic body with fine wheels. I had one many years ago. Oops, just read through nd found it was an E2!
  3. A few points raised (and destroyed) in this post; from my rather ancient signed route knowledge of the Met Line when I was a guard at Rickmansworth in 1973 and a few years before that at Parsons Green and a as BR driver post 1974. The LT train stop/trip cock won't prevent any train from passing a signal at danger. What it will do is make an emergency brake application by opening a valve on the train brake pipe (on older stock) or break the brake continuity wire on later stock. Once a driver has "hit a stick" (to use LT terminology) or a SPAD to use modern terminology, he has to follow the following procedure (apply the rule in old terminology): if it is an automatic signal (signal plate will show the prefix A) the driver can reset the trip cock and continue at caution after waiting 2 minutes until he has passed 2 signals displaying a clear aspect. If it is a controlled signal (with a box code on the signal plate) he must contact the signalman before proceeding. A signal plate displaying the letter X is the last automatic signal before a controlled area and must be treated as a controlled signal. The Met has a mixture of traditional LT two aspect signals and BR style 3 or 4 aspect signals from Harrow on the Hill to Amersham. It doesn't have AWS or tWPS due to the presence of the centre 4th rail. Signalling on that line was set for the days of unfitted goods trains which shared the fast and slow lines when the line was quadrupled in the early 1960s. The local lines south of Moor Park had disc style distant signals, but these were all removed many years ago. From information gleaned from a train drivers' Facebook group the Chiltern driver is an experienced driver with many years service. The same group reports that it is fairly common for Chiltern trains to be tripped on debris on the Met for some reason. It also reports the driver "hit the stick"/SPAD, reset the trip cock and continued. Whether or not he contacted the signalman is not mentioned. In continuing, the train ran through the trailing points for the Chesham branch as the road was set for the northbound Met train which was stationary in the northbound platform with the signal there displaying a proceed aspect for the Chesham branch. That signal returned to danger as soon as a the Chiltern train occupied the track section ahead of the signal. The layout at Chalfont is a facing crossover between northbound and southbound lines with a trailing point on the southbound line which leads to the Chesham branch. No switched diamonds involved, all plain points. So, enough of the speculation, we'll have to find out from the RAIB what actually happened and why.
  4. I spoke to Brian's daughter a few years ago when Alec Swain former MRC chairman, BR footplate inspector and 1A shedmaster passed away. He was her god-father. Alec was one of the founder of one of the Merchant Navy groups, Clan line I think and was also a well-known railway photographer. Using his position as shedmaster at 1A meant he was able to get many "rare" shots.
  5. High Street Kensington. A terminus of the District Line from Earls Court, the through station the Circle Line from Gloucester Road to Notting Hill Gate, a double double junction. th goods yard (the Midland Railway coal depot kicked back up an incline from the District Line platform then kicked back again so the sidings were parallel to the District but on a much higher level. I often wondered how goods trains entered the coal depot and the wonderful NLS Maps provided the answer. Goods traffic stopped in about 1964 and was steam-hauled usually by a Jinty until the end. The coal yard site is now a couple of hotels.
  6. Any know how to remove the wheels? I pushed mine out a bitt too far on checking the back-to-backs and can't now press then in a bit without removing the wheel sets! How does the original Tri-ang Hymek compare to the Heljan model?
  7. One of mine must have been an original Lilliput model as it has different wheels. As I may have mentioned earlier, the late Adrian Swain of ABS Models made the patterns for the bogie sideframes for this model. The fleet we used on New Annington had working pantographs, but not for current collection.
  8. My track is gued to a fairly soild but fexible foam lino type underlay, I had loads left over from a bus restoration job! I used a copydex type commercial adhesive to stick the track dow. I can be lifted by soaking the area with soapy water. the glue is rubber -based.
  9. His daughter or family may well own the copyright.
  10. Having just seen Hayfield's latest reply come to think of it I've had some problems with the thin sleepers curling up, but not on track that has been firmly glued down. If I were starting again I'd use thicker sleepers.
  11. An interesting discussion and quite contentious in a lot of ways! Over the years I've built several layout, including the Model Railway Club's "New Annington", a large exhibition layout in OO gauge. That used copper clad track with Kings Cross bullhead rail. I used Kings Cross templates for the points and a lot of hand-drawn bits using the Kings Cross templates as a basis. That was built to BRMSB standards and worked remarkably well and looked good. The track worked well with a variety of wheels. What mattered was the finished appearance. Since then I've built a German layout using Peco code 75, indeed it was probably the first layout on the exhibition circuit to use the then new code 75 track, and it certainly had the first code 75 double slip! That too worked well and looked good. The latest project which has been ongoing for about 15 years has been a large layout. I originally built it using a mixture of Peco code 75 and Tillig to give a mixture of pointwork geometry but it didn't look right, so the whole lot was lifted and rebuilt using Templot planning and C&L components. I had a lot of "scale" bullhead track from a previous home project. I made the mistake of using the fine-scale OO (DOOGAF I think it was called) on pointwork which meant pushing all the wheel out to 14.8 back to back. That never worked well, so it was all converted to 16.2mm through the points, with a lot being rebuilt. that seems to work very well. I've had plastic based thin sleeper track laid for over 10 years and that has lasted well as have the original points. There's been a couple of bits that have lifted, but nothing serious. Later pointwork including single and double slips have been a bit of a mixture with copper clad at strategic places and the rest plastic based. I would assume your layout will be a small BLT with maybe 6 points? Nothing too much to worry about. If you're not sure, there's a couple of people on here who can offer a professional track building service for you. I don't know what your budget is, but if you want good looking and reliable pointwork with only 6 to make, it may well be worth your while contacting one of these. I believe Hayfield is one of those. I've recently undertaken building the OO track for the Folkestone club's "Alkham Valley" layout. That was originally EM but the builder passed away and nobody in the club had any EM stock to run on it! As others have said, there's very little straight track on the real railway. On the MRC layout the only straights were in the loco shed and the hidden loops. On my own home layout again the loco shed roads are straight. On Alkham Valley the goods shed road is straight!
  12. We had a visit to the Lux tram museum on the same day they had an open day at the new tram depot. The new tram was giving rides round the depot, yes, there's a circular track round the depot complex! The first hing I noticed in the tram museum was an AEC Regal IV bus from 1959, same chassis as used on the famous London RF buses of 1952. The Lux version had the bigger 11 litre engine and electrically operated gearbox as fitted to the Routemaster bus! they had quite a fleet of AECs and Guy buses. There's also pictures on the wall of the London RT buses that visited Lux in 1952 promoting visit Britain. All worth a visit next time anyone visits Luxembourg. I think our visit was September 2018, just before the new trams started running. There was an article in an early 1960s Railway Modeller about "modelling in prespective". It might be worth looking out for that edition.
  13. The bridge mentioned in my post was demolished over the previous weekend as part of the clearance for OHLE. There was my mate saying "they don't move bridges".... the late Ron Birch.
  14. Wasn't the shell of the Wood Lane generating station used as part of the bus station? I remember driving rail replacement buses through there a few years ago.
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