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  1. If you walked back up to the station from the pub you could see all the scaffolding on the inside.
  2. I remember Castle Aid. As shown on the board in the photo of D335. I left school in 87 and four of us who were teenager members at the time entered the Pump Trolley marathon on the branchline to raise money for 5051's purchase.
  3. I would agree with the previous posts. I had one of each from the first batch. All ran well and I even had the 42xx banking the 72xx on a long train of wagons with no derailment. Spent an hour going around in circles without missing a beat. The only issue I seem to remember was the dcc blanking plug bracket was plastic. Which would bend back onto the flywheel if you tried to stuff a Hornby chip and harness in. Was a bit of a fiddle, but got there eventually.
  4. Weren't 6023 and 6024 used as dead weights for bridge testing which helped put them in Woodhams catchment area?
  5. We were on that double headed train. The weather was gorgeous as was the scenery.
  6. I think you are right. I once had a tour around Metalbox near Denchworth. I seem to remember the metal sheet was covered in a white plastic film on the side that would become the inside of the can. The thing that impressed me most was the large plastic test tube thing that would become a 2 litre Coke bottle.
  7. My Grandfather used to make cake tins for my Grandmother from tin cans. He used folded joints to hold them together rather than solder which could potentially melt in the oven.
  8. I experimented with etching about 8 years ago. Mine was more for brass nameplates, but the process is the same. You need to make a mask of you pcb and print it onto clear acetate film. Not easy with a home ink jet printer. I did mine on the work laser printer. You then need a photo sensitive medium. I had a spray from RS. Clean the board, spray on the photosensitive medium and let it dry in a dark room. Next place your pcb mask onto the piece and expose to UV light. I bought a small UV box, but some have had results with UV nail light boxes. You then need a developer to remove the unexposed medium. Once that's done a solution of Ferric Chloride is used to etch away the unprotected metal. I had trouble with the photosensitive medium coming away during the etching process. The Ferric Chloride works better when warm. It's nasty and can only dissolve so much metal until it becomes inactive. You can get an iron on medium, I forget what it's called, but the results weren't great. The best results I've had was using sticky back vinyl and a Cricut cutter to cut out the template. Stick that on the brass and peel away the unwanted bits to reveal your design. I then use a copper sulphate solution and a power supply to etch away the material. 100% results every time. I've done 4mm scale running in boards and 5" gauge loco plates. As others have said if it's simple use some veroboard. Hope that helps.
  9. There was a clarification by one of the GWS guys to say it was a motion pin issue.
  10. Referring to the Saint, its a motion pin issue.
  11. Good to see trains running again and the Saint stretching her legs.
  12. My GWR liveried version arrived today. The boxing and presentation are one of the best I've seen. Put it on the rolling road for 5 minutes and then on my 1 metre test track. My youngest lad came in and said " that's smooth running ". He was right. Probably the best straight out the box loco I've had in a long while. Bodes well for the Thunderbolt set.
  13. Tried to find the book and DVD to no avail!
  14. My wife said the same thing and she has his previous album. Its more r n b/ blues, Def Leppard it ain't. I actually prefer this one to his other stuff.
  15. I'm looking forward to being able to visit Arley again.
  16. The remake of The Ladykillers staring Tom Hanks must go down in history as one of the worst remakes ever! We gave up after 10 minutes.
  17. Here's hoping for a complete train with Dan's home and Toad. An Aveling and Porter roller wouldn't go amiss.
  18. She won't couple! This type of coupling didn't come in until 30 years later. 33 to be precise. 1875, yes you are quite right Ollie!
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