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  1. And the wagons are wooden, so there's no path to earth .
  2. How much does the maximum output of a controller actually matter? How often do you run a train flat out? I'd suggest, for most, that the answer would be very rarely, if only because most do not have the space to model stretches of main line with IC125s running at 125 mph, or loco hauled expresses exceeding the ton. Most of the time, most of us will be running trains at what we feel to be prototypical speeds, and doing so by twiddling the knob until the train seems to be running at something that looks about right, whether judged by eyeball or by more scientific methods. In a majori
  3. Are you sure they're not contemporary 3-2-rail conversions? There was something of a minor industry in such work during the 60s and early 70s. Given H-D's use of many interchangeable parts, I would imagine at least some to be indistinguishable from factory jobs.
  4. Well, presumably it's on the offside somewhere. Just stick it on the side of the smokebox and you've got probably a 50-50 chance of being right, and noone else will know anyway . Seriously, though, that's a very handsome loco. I assume you're intending to build one. Do keep us posted, as I have a soft spot for singles, especially the lesser known ones. Lovely though they are, the works of Stirling and Johnson do tend to hog the limelight somewhat.
  5. Yes, but Australia does have a strong Not Invented Here tendency in all areas of society, which is awkward, given how little is invented (or, at least, commercialised) here. And a 20 year (at the time) history doesn't quite have the clout of a 100 year one.
  6. IISTR reading (possibly in one of OS Nock's books) that there had also been a serious single line crash in India resulting from a signalman burgling his token machine to obtain a tablet for an occupied section. Perhaps that also has a bearing on Indian's railways keeping such things front-of-mind for the staff. Abermule is an excellent example of a system, so good that it appears foolproof to its users, allowing them to come to believe that it actually is. And it probably works as such for some time. Whilst there is now way of knowing for sure at this remove in time, it is highly
  7. Or for realistic wagon loads for your treacle mine traffic.
  8. Some further ideas for such a system can be found in this excellent thread.
  9. Having grown up and cut my amateur spannering teeth in rural Somerset, I can remember quite a few Vauxhalls to which that might have applied.
  10. Of course, there are subjects which lend themselves particularly to P4. The main example which springs to mind is that of early railways, up to, say, 1870 or so (though the exact date may be a bit fuzzy). Smaller stock and, particularly, locos, provide far less scope for hiding the compromises inherent in the coarser standards. There's just nowhere to put those overwidth wheels that doesn't visibly encroach on some other vital part. OTOH, the modeller with limited time and/or skill might still want "better appearance than 00" trackwork, and EM provides the ability to do that witho
  11. I suspect the Butlins Minehead miniature railway was gone by 1981 when I was there for a day trip. I have no recollection of such a line, and I'm fairly sure I'd have sniffed it out if it had been there. Edit: Well, apparently I'm not as observant as I thought, as it appears I missed the railway after all.
  12. Is that the modern incarnation of the Triang Freightmaster set?
  13. Broken Triang tender and a wheelless Corgi tanker lorry scavenged from the "Everything 25p" box under the table.
  14. Now that you mention it, I do remember a few "wide" Sherpas in ambulance form in the early 90s or so.
  15. Just need someone to do a late Bedford CF version, and that's 99% of UK ambulance fleets more or less covered for the period.
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