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  1. From memory I think the "eight ton per pair of wheels" maximum weight restriction in the 1868 Act was a problem given the locomotive technology at the time - and the BoT could demand a lower limit if it warranted. To put it in perspective even the Hawthorne Leslie 2-4-0t of c1898 on the KESR was over 24 t. It basically limited operators to very lightweight contractors' locomotives - with all the inefficiencies that implied in districts where traffic was more significant.
  2. If the current lot in Westminster really want to reverse Beeching they will bring back Bideford and Torrington too. Will they commit when big money is needed to promote a local green green transport agenda? It is amazing that two towns so close to Barny were cut off - both these stations were closer to their respective town centres than Okehampton. It demonstrates the stupidity of the idea that North Devon only really needed a single railhead - both these towns were a good source of local traffic.
  3. There was a brick footbridge and a hosiery factory at the Leicester end that you could possibly use as a view blocker to shorten the platform. There was a plan in an old edition of the Railway Modeller (early 1960s maybe) if you can track down an index.
  4. If you are interested in modelling joint MR / LNWR locations, Hinckley may be worth a look for inspiration - a relatively small 2 platform station on a busy through route, it had two goods sheds, one for each company.
  5. Remember shunting and run round speed was and is also determined by track condition. Running round on a well maintained loop otherwise used by through services was done quickly. Running round on a little used freight only branch that saw little maintenance was another thing entirely. It was often the speed limit or safe speed through points that determined how fast you could go when running round. Tight radius points that are typically used on model railways would be passed very slowly - and with much flange squeeling in most cases. "Stopping short" when coupling seems to have been required in operational instructions in some locations even in the steam age. Local gradients, sighting conditions and even the type of stock may have been factors.
  6. There is another factor at play. If you've spent 50+ hours painting and lining a rake of Edwardian coaches you probably don't want to run them so fast that fellow modellers can't see your handiwork as it storms past... In my experience it's the 009 modellers that are most guilty of "speeding" although mechanism limitations have been a big issue in the past making slow running difficult.
  7. I'm confused by this. Didn't they install a loop just outside Barnstaple station on the Up side when the platform loop was taken out? It was still there and apparently operational last time I went up the branch. The problem was that it was only suitable for short loco hauled substitutions of the sort that were frequent in 1989/90 so railtours still had to be top and tailed. I have seen track stacked there at Barnstaple before - presumably the loop was /is used by engineering trains occasionally and this is a convenient dump/storage place?
  8. She's saying "Are you sure this shoot is for Vogue?"
  9. Newquay, Barnstaple, Exmouth and Minehead have all seen HSTs so I guess it was common practice where summer holiday crowds or railtours run.
  10. Yes don't get me wrong Monkersson - I'm an advocate of being creative to get best value. That's why I advocated secondhand Lima earlier in the thread. But I do think the hobby is generally less affordable to average kids than when I was young. You only have to hear the comments of parents in model shops to see they think the same. My missus wouldn't believe I spend £100 on a toy train, let alone £230... so I don't tell her!
  11. New PS4s can be had south of £200 now. The last DCC sound loco I bought cost £230. DMUs are now going for £350. There aren't many basic spec DC ready 00 diesels below £160 - add a good decoder and you can easily be north of £200.
  12. I broadly agree Johnster but the affordability problem for youngsters has got worse. As a teen I could afford a new loco every few months or so when Lima was around - and I wasn't from a wealthy background. Today a single new loco costs the same as a complete PS4 gaming system. Many middle aged guys today return to the hobby to remember the golden age of their model railway youth in the 80s. But going forward, if model railways aren't part of your youth today, what's the chance of you taking up the hobby in your 40s completely from scratch? That's why neglecting the young today might mean the hobby could be in real trouble 25 years from now.
  13. You might be right Davexoc but the other Dapol Mk3s are as cheap and have the surrounds. It just seems like a cock up really.
  14. The large amount of second hand Lima still out there is probably one reason why a truly budget 00 range isn't available. People who want budget just go secondhand Lima. However secondhand Lima prices have been rising slightly. You used to be able to pick up almost any diesel for £25-£30 - now most are in the £35-£40 range. Mine always ran well. I still have thoughts of doing a nostalgic tailchaser project just using just models available in the 1980s and 1990s - if I ever do this Lima will be first choice for most things diesel. With coaches around a tenner and locos still cheap you could do a lot with a small budget of £350 (the price of a single modern sound fitted DMU). With care I reckon you could get five locos, a DMU and all the coaches and you'd need for a small layout. Makes you think...
  15. The failure to apply window surrounds is bizarre given that these are on other Dapol MK3 stock. Does ANYBODY check stuff before it goes into production these days? These look even dafter than the Pacer... This is just basic stuff - even a five year old child could see this mistake.
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