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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. I'm sure you'll find that most steam drivers would only use the loco brake for stopping unfitted trains. Very often tenders were only fitted with handbrakes.
  2. I don't know if anyone else here has had experience of getting plastic moulding toold made. I have, and it takes a long time. As I metioned erleir, I produced a kit for the VGA van back in the 1980s. K's were contracted to do the moulds and and make the kits. The cost of the tooling was from memory around £7000 for what was a fairly simple box van. Maybe the most complex part was the axleboxes with springs, an ornate moulding and lovely bit of toolmaking. However, it took far more months than I ever expected having the tooling done. Many times I asked Ks when I could visit to see how the work was progressing, many times I was fobbed off with excuses, the daftest probably they were waiting for the release pins that eject part from the moulds. Luckily I financed the production myself with money I got as compensation from an industrial accident as a train driver. But it goes to show that delays in production are nothing new in the model railway business, nor are people who take money and don't make the goods.
  3. On pointwork would the minimum radius really matter? It's only usually a very short section. It's when you get to constant curves that problems are likely to occur.
  4. If anyone on here had bothered to follow the links to Companies House and actually looked at the figures given in the micro-entity accounts, it's fairly clear what has happened. I would suggest that the Funding Circle or whoever it was money may have been borrowed from called time on their loan; it could be that was secured against something like somebody's house. Somebody doesn't want to be homeless. How much is in the bank? Oh, just enough to pay the secured loan. job done. Have a look at the accounts, creditors due under 1 year, creditors due more than 1 year; shareholding etc. It all falls into place. Only this week news broke that a medium size coach company near me folded. Lots of shiny new coaches, people's holidays ruined, the usual headlines. But from looking at Companies House it appears that the funder got out a few years ago; things were difficult; an eminent person from the industry was brought in to try to save the business along with someone else who invested £1.5m. Other new directors were involved too. this suggested a fire-fighting party. They all resigned at the end of May. The business folded on July 1st with debts of £3m. As I said in an earlier thread, regardless of what anyone on here puts to the liquidator, I would suggest that nobody will get a penny back. Time would be better spent modelling rather than worrying about what a rotter Mr.X is. Meanwhile, have a look at the Companies House accounts. It isn't rocket science.
  5. I seem to remember there was a similar incident at Balham in the 1980s where couple of pway were hit buy a train. they were wearing ear defenders. The lookout sounded his warning, they didn't hear him or the train that hit them. As a result the lookouts were given switches to stop the machinery when a train approached if I remember correctly. I've tried a google search for that incident but nothing appears. My thoughts to the families and friend of the deceased and to the train driver and the emergency services who had to clear up the aftermath.
  6. No you haven't missed anything. If the liquidated doesn't co-operate then there's little the liquidator can do without the relevant information. The chances are there's no money left in the pot, no profit for them so why chase what isn't there. which is the point I've tried to make in my contributions to this thread. Don't bother chasing what isn't there. To save a lot of speculation, has anybody on here actually bothered to look at the state of affairs of DJM on the Companies house website? I have.
  7. It was and still is a very good model. i've still got a few around.
  8. BBC Radio Sussex reporting today delays on the southern's west coast line due to an incident on the level crossing at Southbourne. Any idea what hit what? I doubt it was serious as the 0900 traffic news reported the line had re-opened.
  9. If I were going to Lourdes I'd go by Eurostar. It's only a short walk from Euston to St.Pancras and avoids the possible 3 hours it can take from Euston to LHR to getting on the plane and maybe a longer delay when you come back.
  10. Personally I found the Trix Stone-faively pantograph looked good but works remarkably well. I had them fitted to my Trix AL1 fleet that was used on the New Annington layout which had OHLE. Never had a problem with them. The main thing that puts me off these kits is the fiddly bit of sticking door hinges and handles on all in line. How did you manage that? I've got a 2 car DMMU to finish one day! I reckon it may be easier to use Bachmann or the other firm's suburban coaches and cut them to fit!
  11. Spot on, providing the money wasn't mis-spent on things not business-related. I would suggest DJM had more of a cash flow problem. I had this sort of conversation with the MD of London Buses back in the 1990s when I ran my bus company. We tendered for a substantial south London bus route but wasn't awarded it. It wuld have made the company a decent profit. but we had the problems to find finance to lease or buy the new buses specified. that wasn't a problem with leasing as the lease company can always take those back. The cash flow problems would have arisen by having to find funds for the 30-odd driving staff, training and development costs, as well as the daily running costs like fuel, road tax and insurance. Maybe this is what the problem was with DJM. He personally needs cash to live on; unless he has other personal fortunes then like everyone, he needs regular cash coming in to buy tea bags and the daily essentials. And if it were the case of losing a house which may have been used as a guarantee for a loan or shutting the company, I know what I would do. On plastic model development we are talking of tens of thousands of £££s for CAD and tooling costs. that money has to come form somewhere. The moulds for my VGA van kit in the 1980s cost me personally well over £7000; a loco is likely to cost over £100k and that has to come from somewhere. So having spent the personal fortune and borrowed money on R&D, if there's money that has been lent on a personal level to the company, then it makes sense to get that money back just to carry on living. My company went down owing me personally over £93k and I never recovered a penny of that. I feel for those who have lost relatively small amounts crowd funding models, but on the scale of things if 1000 have paid £50, it's like peeing in the ocean on the total cost of the project. Maybe this episode will see the end of crowd-funding. None of you will get a penny back sorry to say. Dave is probably wise to avoid answering posts on fora such as this one; it would take an awful lot of his time and achieve nothing. Move on, accept you've lost a bit of money on a bet and get on with life. The liquidators will get whatever is in the bank after preferential creditors have been paid (staff wages). I doubt they will do much more than the statutory duties permit as they don't work for free.
  12. On my drivers course we were told we could mix EP and main line stock, maximum speed was that of the lowest speed rated stock as with all railway stock. Different acceleration rates could be a bit jerky. We had mixtures of them on the Waterloo-Reading services as well as other lines.
  13. There used to be a costermonger in Folkestone Market who'd shout "come on girls, get yer gums rahnd me plums"....
  14. I'd say the definitive answer on paint shades could be Williamsons Paints up north. They've been providing transport paints for an awful long time now. I wanted some London transport bus red for a real Routemaster. They helpfully sent me 6 different shades of London bus red, 4 shades of chiswick cream for the interior, and 2 lots of Indian Red for the wheels. People should realise that paint batches vary depending on the temperature, quality of the pigment, ageing, undercoat, how many top coats, varnish, preparation and light. I needed to match paint for my 1952 BEA coach and found some almost mint condition samples on bits of hidden panels. williamsons matched them to a tee. But then what looks right on the real thing may not look right on a model. I suggest we stop arguing about the exact paint shade, it doesn't exist. enjoy your new models and be thankful you have them.
  15. Interesting to see this being done. I have the Kings Cross drawing for the BZ when they produced the kit in wood in the 1960s. I had one but discarded the wooden sides but kept the roof and made a plasticard underframe. Brass channel just wasn't available in those days. ISTR the kit had square ended upper windows. I tried to resuscitate the model recently but the inside spring W irons defeated me. I'll look out the KX drawing if anyone is interested. Are there any etches left as I'd like to get one or two.
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