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    Pre-war Great Western, green diesel WR, Woodhead route, 2'3" Welsh narrow gauge.

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  1. There internal ads popping up upon opening RMWeb for the past couple of days. They seem to have gone away today.
  2. That's still immensely poor for analogue locomotives. The 'long 0' strategy still will require an occasional opposing signal, which can burn out motors. I think the more modern motors are actually more susceptible.
  3. He's going the other way - converting Calder Vale to DCC. Bad for analogue locos to run on digital.
  4. Explains the progression on your layout.
  5. Will we see any of the curiosities lamenting in Charlie's yard?
  6. Charming little thing. Hopefully runs better than what I've heard of Marinas...
  7. I'd imagine smaller classes didn't quite need the clearance. I'd also think the BR Pacifics, which started at class 6, might have higher boiler pressures, which would be more volume being ejected more forcefully from the safety valves.
  8. I could almost have appropriate coaches built by then...
  9. You could go with plain sky, with some scenery on the layout built ultra-low relief to semi-incorporate the attached backscene. These are Freemo-type modules, though, are they not? Is there truly a front and rear of the modules?
  10. Even if the length of the circuit wasn't an issue, the Pennsy showed that reversed cylinders anywhere near the ashpan is a nightmare at best.
  11. How about a steeple-cab DE shunter? With two of the AEC diesels that seemed to have been successful in the GWR railcars? Generators could be smaller, as you would be aggregating the work of two. Transverse mounting of the motors, with opposing transverse mounting of the generators akin to a modern FWD car maximizes the space. Axle-hung motor under the cab geared to the center axle. Or, twin motors very low mounted between the axles.
  12. I think you just found the classic issue of modelers doing it wrong to the point of the doing it right doesn't look so. Like how the Caunter camo scheme is still shown in baby blue.
  13. Looks like you could bring the boiler forward a few inches, and lower it at the same time. What sort of clearance does a plain axle need from the firebox? Superimposed drawing implies maybe an inch as-is. What benefit does the MN boiler bring to the table over the King's boiler? Some manner of alternative (possibly superior) performance?
  14. ...the nuclear option gives me a thought. I have seen discussion recently of Thorium salt reactors. They are safer & cleaner still than the more traditional Uranium solid-core reactors. Uranium is still in use due to its potential weaponization. Thorium's yield is lesser such that it makes poor bombs. A thorium reaction still produces not inconsiderate energy, plenty enough to run power grids. Sufficient lobbying & education may make replacing the power grid with Thorium salt power the truest green option. In relation to this thread, though. I wonder if a large-boilered steam loco could be turned nuclear? A small Thorium salt reactor inside the firebox, duly lined with lead, using the excess heat to boil water for direct-action steam? Skip the oft-tried and always-failed turbine step.
  15. I was considering the same. Discussion with @Corbs has led me to consider his own path, which was motorizing the Ertl diecast Bill/Ben. Evidently, the Ertl tooling is much closer to 1/76.
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