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  1. Switch stands are now on a back burner until I can find or make some for a reasonable price. Track laying is the job of the moment and so far is going well with the track on the station baseboard now complete except for two of the three cross baseboard joints. Those baseboard joints are going to have to wait until I get some new solder as the current stuff which has been in the cupboard for the last ten years doesn't want to adhere to anything! It seems to be allergic to freshly cleaned rail sides and just rolls up into a ball as soon as I apply the soldering iron. New solder and flux will arr
  2. Very sad news. I wish everyone involved in the Llangollen Railway all the best and hope that the railway will bounce back from this low point to a profitable future. All lines need to make money to be able to exist and with the right management I am sure the Llangollen will in the future. Good fortune to all concerned.
  3. I have had a break from working on the layout due to being unhappy with the way the two baseboards joined. There was a 1mm step on one side which I could see affecting running. No point in doing anything until that was sorted and I could not work out how to make it all level without a complete rebuild. Yesterday I decided that feeling sorry for myself was not going to solve the problem and I got to work. Unscrewed one of the cross members, removed the dowels that aligned the boards wrongly. Drilled new holes for the dowels, put the cross member back and a much happier me had a cup
  4. Just found some more switch stands on ebay. £3.05 per pair, I need five and they only have two pairs! Postage £9.44 from Scott's Dale, AZ
  5. I thought that would be the case. I have found some working kit ones on ebay for £3.84 each from a UK seller and fear non-working ones will only be available from the US which means postage will be twice the cost of the five switch stands that I need!
  6. So the hunt for some dummy switch stands begins!
  7. So now I need to find the right model switch stands that are removable with the change from USA to UK and back again! I have found some that look correct on eBay and Amazon but they look as if they would have to be permanently fixed which is not ideal for my purposes. If anyone has any suggestions for which products might solve this problem I would be very grateful to hear about them.
  8. I have had a break from working on the layout due to being unhappy with the way the two baseboards joined. There was a 1mm step on one side which I could see affecting running. No point in doing anything until that was sorted and I could not work out how to make it all level without a complete rebuild. Yesterday I decided that feeling sorry for myself was not going to solve the problem and I got to work. Unscrewed one of the cross members, removed the dowels that aligned the boards wrongly. Drilled new holes for the dowels, put the cross member back and a much happier me had a cup
  9. Thank you for sharing your photos. I look forward to seeing your American and European ones in due course.
  10. I understand what you are saying but you have the wrong names! Armstrong, Dean, Churchward; Armstrong, Dean, Churchward;.....are what you are looking for!
  11. Given that the Bluebell are not installing continuous welded rail there will still be the clickety clack. The only difference is that it will be from flatbottom rail and not bullhead. Since many lines had flatbottom rail before the end of British Rail steam operation I cannot see the problem.
  12. I am sure I have a number of those Farish coaches which are spare to the number I need for other duties and I also have a Metropolitan Bo-Bo so can you tell us which paint colour you have found to be the best? The train in the photo looks very impressive.
  13. Hattons say that Caledonian livery is due in batch 3 of their Genesis stock.
  14. I have one of each and the skirted one is how I think the J70 should be but being able to see the motion is rather nice so I am very undecided on which is better. Fact is I think they are both great and if I could get away with it would have two more, one skirted and one unskirted, but I think my life expectancy with SWMBO would be very short!
  15. Work on Elmstone Station has seen some more brick walls built and the first building is now fixed to the platform. The photos show far too clearly that where the sheets of tarmac are butted together some weathering work is required. This can wait until the other two buildings are fixed in position and some hedges and trees have been added to the scene.
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