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  1. The breaded ham still exists (try the Deli counter in Sainsburys after the current nonsense ends). The difference is these days some customers ask for the breadcrumbs to be removed because they are gluten intolerant (the answer is 'no').
  2. The real thing uses gears rather than gravity to keep everything the right way up. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkirk_Wheel#/media/File:FalkirkRotate04.jpg The whole assembly could get quite large with gears large enough to allow a train to pass through - maybe more space than just sticking a fiddleyard there in the first place!
  3. Maltazer

    Panic buying

    The new manager of my local Sainsburys is over the moon about the increased sales. She's doing nothing to stop people buying ridiculous amounts of stuff. Never mind that it will all come to a shuddering halt once people have bought everything they need for the next 6 months.
  4. It's an Interesting concept, because the moving section is small, lightweight, and only moves when there is nothing on it. This should make it possible to change tracks extremely quickly, compared to a conventional traverser loaded up with stock, especially when motorized and automated. The downside is the angled cuts to the exit rails which I always understood to cause big problems with reliability. I tried drawing out the same arrangement but including the reverse curves on the traverser too. It is still possible to make it shorter than the equivalent fan of points (unless you use 3-ways), especially if the fiddleyard roads are the streamline distance of 50mm rather than a setrack 64mm apart. If the entry tracks are rammed next to each other (30mm without interlacing sleepers), the required overhang is reduced too. Certainly food for thought!
  5. English version of the Roco catalog https://www.roco.cc/uploads/news/Kataloge/20200114_Roco_Novelties_2020.pdf
  6. I expect other manufacturers will make their announcements soon, but first we have the Hornby International brands. Personally I'm very happy to see that Jouef are planning an X4500 - The LS Models one was way too expensive! Arnold https://www.Hornby.com/uk-en/shop/brands/arnold-n-1-160/arnold-n-new-for-2020.html Electrotren https://www.Hornby.com/uk-en/shop/brands/electrotren-h0-1-87/electrotren-new-for-2020.html Lima https://www.Hornby.com/uk-en/shop/brands/lima-h0-1-87/lima-new-for-2020.html Jouef https://www.Hornby.com/uk-en/shop/brands/jouef-h0-1-87/jouef-new-for-2020.html Rivarossi https://www.Hornby.com/uk-en/shop/brands/rivarossi-h0-1-87/rivarossi-new-for-2020.html
  7. I tend to use the Italian site Tecnomodel the most, with the occasional purchase from Trenietreni. Shipping is fast and free (if you spend enough). I've also bought from UK retailers Scograil (Ipswich) and The Hobby Shop (Faversham). Both carry a few items of Italian stock, mostly more modern era, but they can be a good source of rolling stock from other countries that ran on FS metals. HTH Mal
  8. ACME 2019 http://medien.modellbahnshop-lippe.com/2019/ACME_Catalogo_2019-WEB.pdf
  9. Not my work but felt I had to post this link to an Italian layout with some impressively realistic scenery http://www.forum-duegieditrice.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=75019&start=960 and scroll down for some great weathering work too http://www.forum-duegieditrice.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=75019&start=1005 Mal
  10. The power lines are clearly marked on here http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=360431&y=392304&z=120&sv=winwick&st=3&tl=Map+of+Winwick,+Warrington+[Town]&searchp=ids.srf&mapp=map.srf Mal
  11. Looks like a livery mix up. There was a time where the lower band was white (see http://www.semgonline.com/gallery/gatex_02.html, 5th pic down from 1999), but by that time the wrap-around yellow ends had gone and the locos carried Gatwick Express branding.
  12. Tunbridge Wells West might be another possible source of inspiration. Most passenger trains terminated there, with just a few running through the single-line Grove tunnel, plus oil trains used to use the station to run-round before heading back to High Brooms and the oil depot there. Mal
  13. In MML days I regularly used to catch the one passenger train a day that used the single line, and that was in the up direction. Probably just makes sense to flight the trains in one direction, rather than waiting for them to clear the section. Mal
  14. I updated yesterday from Windows 7. It took around 2 hours to install, and broke my email accounts (it said it couldn't connect to send, despite working when testing the settings). Adding another copy of my email account and then deleting it somehow cleared the problem I was also suffering a very jerky mouse pointer in Chrome. That's gone away now. The UI is vaguely unpleasant - far too plain and no borders or shading to contain related items, and Explorer now seems to have acquired that ridiculous chaos bar (sorry, ribbon) so beloved by Office products. If you have 7, I'd say stick with it. Mal
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