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Andy Hayter

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  1. Which in itself might suggest that there is something to go at if the costs have barely changed. Depending on how the contracts are written, getting customers to make bigger orders of individual items through some sort of incentive might be a way forward. When you come to analyse them fixed and variable costs are a real nightmare to the uninitiated. We under stand fixed costs. These are things we have to pay no matter what - staff costs, insurance , rates, rent etc. Variable costs are our raw materials. If we make 1 item we need 1 item's worth of raw materials. Now let's suppose we decide to make something. All of our variable costs become fixed on a per item basis and our fixed costs become variable. So the cost in raw materials is the same per item no matter if we make 1 or 1 million, but our fixed costs per item fall as the number of items made increases.
  2. It does depend how logistics costs are handled on the balance sheet. Since much of these costs are now out-sourced to shipping lines and their local external warehouse operation, there is a good case to treat these as variable costs and not fixed cost overheads.
  3. Increasing stock cost is difficult to interpret without more detail. If we go back perhaps only a couple of years the traders were complaining of having little or no track on stock and no promise date. If some of the increase in stock cost is due to that then it is probably good for Hornby's longer term future, since traders will be able to supply customers rather than suggest competitor alternatives. Of course the extra stock may well not relate to model railways and may reflect a re-stocking of the Airfix range - for example.
  4. You probably don't need a fan but you do need ventilation holes to allow cool air in towards the bottom and warm air out at the top. Without ventilation the air inside the box will just heat up and all a fan does is move the hot air around. My box was bought as a cheap small wooden toy/storage box and has a hardboard top screwed down. It contains 8 transformers. Largish holes are drilled in the base - the box itself had very shallow feet so the base sits off the ground. The top has a nice diamond of small holes drilled. For safety it is important that fingers cannot be inserted into the holes. Addition holes are drilled in the side to accept the 220V input cables and the low voltage output cables.
  5. Of course you can. Mushy Peas. Tutt, tutt, tutt. - no mention of mint sauce, there must be heathens that eat mushy peas without it.
  6. They do and I have often wondered whether they could be used to produce these early Pullmans. If this comes off then no need to wonder any more.
  7. I recognise the woman in yellow with the child as being from a Preiser unpainted box set (100ish figures to chose from, but which box set??) At least one of the cars in the station yard reminds me of a Kellogs offer from the early 1970s - a kit car in every box, all old if not ancient. I still have a few but some wheels have gone astray over time. For their age they were the real bee's knees.
  8. ............….and I would have expected a near scrupulous removal of straw remnants. Labour was cheap then and the railway could not afford to be accused of cross contamination of stock. Nevertheless I do like what has been done even if it is perhaps more appropriate to several decades later.
  9. The French Etat Railway pre-dates the financial demise of the Ouest by several decades, so to say that this led to the formation of the Etat system is somewhat misleading, although it did greatly bring the Etat to the fore from being the owner/operator of a lot of minor lines to the owner/operator of a major system.
  10. I am afraid you misunderstand the part played by the insolvency service. Do a Google and you will find the gov.uk pages - which will help you find a private practitioner in your area. Their function is to ease the process and to oversee the practice of the private companies that cover insolvency. It is not to do the insolvency work itself. It is, if you like, the difference between Ofcom and ITV. ITV do the broadcasting, Ofcom oversee that broadcasts meet the necessary standards and laws.
  11. Brown and French Grey/Brown and Cream disappeared long before Director class locos appeared after WW1. Varnished teak for Barnums. Brown paint for some older stock.
  12. No worries about no photos as Chris says. From my experience if things are going well you are spending all your time enjoying it and if things are gong badly, you are either spending all your time trying to fix it or finding a way to minimise the effects of whatever the problem is.
  13. Deliberately or not, I would suggest that many train sets of the 50s were bought for "the lad" but played with by "the dad". I know that was the case with my Triang Christmas set, where I was permitted (under sufferance) to watch the adults playing trains. The box cover marketing shows dad (with pipe) and his lad - plus a layout to (then) die for. I therefore see quite some parallels with today's Lego even if the marketing is now more openly aimed at the adult.
  14. Another owner of a circuit specialists machine here. It was bought as a replacement for a 30+ years old pot based "temperature" controlled* that gave up the ghost. The difference between these makes chalk and cheese seem very similar. * A simple potentiometer based tool is simply restricting the power input and thus crudely controlling the temperature, but suck heat out of the tip with a big chunk of metal and it takes an age to get back to temperature and melt the solder. Compare this with the CS machine that heats up to temperature in literally a few seconds and then stays there, no matter how big the lump of metal the tip comes in contact with. Soldering white metal to large lumps of brass used to be a nightmare - a nightmare no longer with the new machine. Edited to add: Delivery from Manchester to France was 47hours after placing the order. Letters take longer than that normally.
  15. Paul That does not tally with my recollections from admitted many years ago, nor with this picture taken from the platform, under te station and towards Chatham tunnel. https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=AwrP4k1M8fdcNn0A8UZLBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTByZmVxM3N0BGNvbG8DaXIyBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?p=Gillingham+tunnel&fr=yfp-t#id=4&iurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kentrail.org.uk%2FGillingham_2004_2.jpg&action=click There is a Gillingham tunnel of around that length, but it is the other Gillingham. The one in Dorset.
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