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  1. I also have a thread running about the I-pad and BRM and the other mags. Since the swap from the standard Exact Editions to the browser/World of Railways option much more difficult to read and use. However, no problem with RMWeb. Gold member if it helps for fault finding.
  2. Which unfortunately does happen although the reported instances are fortunately rare.
  3. Even at the simple level you have to compromise when selling or the adverts and admin become overly complicated. The SLS have four in print books currently plus some ex-library one offs. I can easily make up any variation of order (and I can squeeze three into our standard mailing packet) but for the postage what we actually pay varies for the obvious weight/size reasons. The answer is the compromise of a flat fee for up two books to UK addresses*. We win a £ smidgeon on single sales and loose a £ smidgeon on mailing two but it still well covers the costs overall. Businesses have to make decisions on what it is cost-effective to do which means some options that could be done get dropped as the cost of doing them outweighs the extra income it is thought they will generate. *The alternative would be to have a pricing structure for each variation of book numbers plus the associated options for 1st or 2nd class post and obviously we could also offer recorded delivery as an option? Even in this very simple model it becomes overly complex if you let it.
  4. As with the post above - link please.
  5. My understanding is BR, as a nationalised industry, would have been governed by Crown Copyright rules therefore expiry is 50 years on from the original paper edition's publication. That expires on the 50th 1st Jan following publication therefore a 1971 issue reaches 50 years during 2021 so is out of copyright next 1st Jan = 1/1/2022. Anything issued pre-1971 is therefore already out of copyright. However, as @The Stationmaster says this only really relevant if you are republishing the material.
  6. From experience in the past I would avoid WD40 (Certainly the standard type) but use one of the dedicated electrical cleaners.
  7. Although bending the prototype, not least because neither are a terminus, viewing from the London ends both Bournemouth and Salisbury sheds were past the station. Leeds New (now just Leeds) also had a similar relation to the fairly distant Neville Hill shed.
  8. To be fair to PECO sorting out minor variations like a no-wheels option, at minimum, doubles admin and requires a 2nd storage bin to keep the variations apart. In the shop that means less room for something else in the range. The suggestion that someone could pop to/from the factory for one off purchases would disrupt staffing rotas. Wheel less kits is one of those seemingly good ideas initially which ultimately fails when the ‘how do we implement it?’ is assessed.
  9. You also need to have consideration of where assets go in the opposite scenario where the club is financially solid but runs out of active members or is small and otherwise open to “carpet baggers”.
  10. Agree and why the SLS recently became a CLG after 100 years as a club. Without such protection club officers and individuals become collectively liable and this could be large, sudden and unexpected if, god forbid, something occurs outside your insurance cover and big £ compensation arises. Also a club as an unincorporated body cannot, legally, undertake several forms of contract. No one expects these things to happen, they don’t often, but who wants to be one of the few that does get caught. Yes more work as a CLG to ensure compliance with the Companies House legislation and rules but I would not have agreed to be a Director, as below, if the bodies were not CLGs. The other option is one of the charitable status routes (the SLS looked but didn’t pursue this route) but requires the group doing something that the Charity Commissioner's accept is charitable.
  11. Gold member and not having problems with adverts now, is that the reason or am I just lucky?
  12. Worked on Portholme Rd in Selby in the mid 70s and saw several TP/MetCam combos going past.
  13. As the weather looks set fair for outdoor rattle can spraying for the next few days I am attacking the wrecked EFE bus I recently swapped out of my Grandson's toy box. Hopefully, even if all the detailing takes ages, I can get the basic body shell paint on in the next few days. Currently stewing overnight in a wash of paint stripper. Either paint has changed over time or stripper has been made less potent! If all goes to plan this will emerge in bare metal ready to metamorphose from the original much battered CROSSVILLE CYMRU livery (above) into YORK-WEST YORKSHIRE colours of circa 1980. (NB The York bus image below is a bought in slide - original photographer unknown.)
  14. I am finding all the variants of paint stripper these days are less effective these days than the same types I have used previously. That is on both domestic paint and metal bodied models (Not attempted a plastic model strip recently). I suspect some form of deliberate government regulatory reduction in effectiveness to reduce accidental problems. Guessing the same applies with domestic cleaning agents too.
  15. No change since the above post other than the J27 arrived. Reason for this post is to set myself a findable marker for info’ on Spratt & Winkle couplings. Info from Wizard Models is - 1) what the minimum radius is they can couple and propel at? - 2ft for the 3mm version with the mounting plates; a bit less for the 4mm version 2) what is the difference between the Mk1 and Mk3 styles? - Mk3 has the extra “hook” so you can propel after uncoupling without them recoupling. 3) do they engage on curves? - Yes. The minimum was formerly 3ft, but that was an old restriction before the modification with the addition of the mounting plates. Hope this also helps others, especially the knowledge that the 3ft curves restriction is obsolete for current supplies.
  16. Looking at your plan again; although I like the idea two queries. 1) why does the carriage head-shunt not bend left instead of being straight (effectively making a RH side branch) so as to become a 3rd line, albeit dead ended. Land cost money and in urban areas buildings had to be demolished so why would they have built that as drawn? 2) Your engine shed track seems an excessively long way out of the station. The short spur not joining it seems odd. I say that as it seems at first look to be the wrong side for the carriage sidings shunter to lurk and adding the link allows two routes for light engines going on/off shed to pass.
  17. In your own fictional bit of Eastern England the A4 took the lead portion of a through service from Kings Cross (or Edinburgh) into the terminus after shedding a rear portion somewhere else.
  18. Definitive answer from the supplier is below:- 1) what the minimum radius is they can couple and propel at? - 2ft for the 3mm version with the mounting plates; a bit less for the 4mm version 2) what is the difference between the Mk1 and Mk3 styles? - Mk3 has the extra “hook” so you can propel after uncoupling without them recoupling. 3) do they engage on curves? - Yes. 3ft was the old restriction before the modification with the addition of the mounting plates. Hope this also helps others, especially the knowledge that the 3ft curves restriction is obsolete for current supplies.
  19. Looks like it should be a 4-4-0 not a 2-6-0.
  20. I had my doubts as the window it would be fitted to if I bought one is a top hung one in the north facing end wall. I was thinking of a solar powered thing with an electric motor. The feed back above confirms it isn't worth trialling for me, so thank you all for the explanations/ feedback. Although thermostat controlled extractor-fans are more expensive I am guessing they will prove a better bet.
  21. Thanks to this thread I now know excessive heat due to the flat roof and then the dew point is one of (the?) main reason for damp in our garage. I spotted this auto window opener* on sale in our local garden centre this morning but nowhere in the instructions does it say where the solar panel is that charges it. Does anyone know how much light solar devices need as in a garage there is not the all round light of a greenhouse. I have seen alternative options that are just heat/expansion triggered. Just assessing our options. * link is to same model on Amazon.
  22. What is the footbridge going over? A footbridge next to, but which then doesn't cross the track, is an interesting prototype for everything in itself.
  23. Also somewhat disappointed with Hatton's, mine has arrived (yet to be tested) after DCC fitting and the accessories pack was just loose in the bubble wrap. Luckily I spotted it.
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