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  1. Roundhouse Billy in headshunt at Pen-y-Bont, my new exhibition layout, waiting next turn of duty
  2. Mike, pleased to see you have picked this project up again. It's looking very good. I love the backscene, I think it makes such a difference, especially in photographs of the layout. This is large scale modelling in a small space done extremely well. I'm tempted to do something similar so that I can run my live steam engines indoors as Hambleden is too long to setup indoors. Keep up the good work. Steve
  3. Boiler certificates have become a problem so I have retired the layout whilst I ponder on what to do next, however it will be at G Rail in Nottingham on 19th May.
  4. Hi Richard I use a 2.4Ghz radio control system from Lococontrol.co.uk. Dave Pritchard the owner does a small amount of customisation of the transmitters for me, but his standard offering will work just as well. ( I don't use the extra function buttons and use a switch for direction servo rather than a pot. You can use the bind button which is on channel 5 to opearte a switch if required, my Anne has an electronic whistle on this channel) I like the system for its small size and the ability to bind receivers without needing to gain access to them to fit bind plugs which gives me great fl
  5. Please do put the doors on the right way round though, not as in the picture. The diagonal brace should always go from the top outer corner back to the hinge post. Just look at any real life engine shed. It's just amazing how many people get this wrong
  6. Here's the fifth and final loco in the Hambleden Fleet. Its an amalgamation of a lengthened and modified Roundhouse Katie body on a shortened Lady Anne chassis. Has new rear coal bunker, front running boards and other details, including a shortened chimney, a chuff pipe and a Slomo. See it in action on Hambleden on youtube at: or at BRM Alexandra Palace 24/25th March or 16mm show Peterborough 7th April 2018
  7. The run time is purely a function of how fast you burn through the contents of the gas tank. What the engine does or how much steam it uses has no bearing on the run time. You just need to get the burner as low as it will go wothout turning it out. If the burner is left wide open, the standard Roundhouse 32ml gas tank will empty in around 28mins. Given it takes 7-8 mins to raise steam to 40psi, that leaves a running time of around 20 mins. The lower you can set the burner, the more you will extend this time. 50mins is my best.
  8. Just found this thread. Runtimes vary between 25mins and 45 mins. As stated above, the trick is to get the gas turned down as low as possible without turning it out. On Roundhouse locos this has to be done by listening to the burner roar and at exhibitions, background noise can make this diificult to hear, However the gas control knobs are fitted with a pointer to give a visual indiction of the setting. As Mike said above, I now use a timer device and swap locos over after about 25mins to avoid them running out of steam on the layout, plus the audience doesn't want to see the same loco for
  9. search for hambleden valley railway on youtube. there are several videos of it in operation including at exhibitions
  10. It pays to look at the prototype. The diagonal brace on wooden doors and gates etc should always go from the top outer corner back to the hinge post. I see so many excellent models spoilt by people modelling the door with the diagonal going the opposite way. Incidently many DIY enthusiasts also make the same mistake, but if you look at any engine shed or garage doors etc, the diagonal will always go from top outer corner back to hinge post, never the other way round. A minor detail I know, but one I find personally irritating.
  11. Most layouts I see have coal staithes backing on to the siding as if coal was unloaded from the wagon directly into the staithes over the top of the back of it. I do not believe this was the case in the vast majority of coal yards. The staithes were always sited away from the siding and coal was shovelled/barrowed from the wagon to the staithe for storage, or coal merchants would fill sacks directly from the wagon, or the coal was just emptied on to the ground. I can't find any photographic evidence to support this. The only one example I have seen lately is the coal at corfe castle on the
  12. Try to use LED rather than filament lamps A typical LED with 1k resistor takes 12ma of current or 83 LEDs to 1 amp Hobbys (www.hobby.uk.com) produce a nice LED bulb for dolls houses that have an LES screw in fitting part no K53509 and produces enough light to light buildings etc Grain of wheat bulbs typically take 80ma or 9 lamps to 1 amp. 80 filament lamps requires 6.5 amps of current If you are using LED and filament on same circuit, you will need DC voltage and hence equally large rectifiers. You could run the filaments of AC but beware the voltage. DC is typically 3/4 the volt
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