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    2mm finescale, N gauge, DCC, Fitting sound to 2mm loco's, Settle to Carlisle 1950s to late 1960s

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  1. Many thanks both. Your responses are pretty much what I suspected as these were getting quite elderly, (certainly in the BR period) and probably suited to smaller branches.
  2. Hi, Question for the wise... can anybody advise if the 2F 0-6-0 Johnson tender loco's found their way onto the S&C in LMS or BR days or both? I have spent some time googling this but not found any record of it.... but that may just be my poor googling skills! Many thanks
  3. Much of the 4 wheeled stock was returned around 1937 however some vehicles remained in service on the island all the way through to 1949 when they were also returned to the mainland. The ones that did stay on the island didn't all remain in passenger service, a number were converted to departmental stock. A number of them also had steel sheeting by way of refurbishment/repair by the time the war was over. I think the IOW railway was always a bit of a mix of stuff, part of its charm I guess!
  4. I'm building stock for a future Isle of Wight layout set in the late 1930s/start of WW2 period and considering what a mish-mash of secondhand, patched up and modified coaching stock they had at the time, I wondered if a set of these or the Hattons units in SR livery would work behind a Terrier or an O2? - any views?
  5. Here’s probably a mad idea and associated mad question .... in planning my retirement, which to be fair is not for a few years yet, I’m thinking about moving to a place with a large enough garden to accommodate an ex BR brake van body - not the heavy chassis, wheels etc but just the wooden structure on top. No doubt it would require refurbishment, and may even need to be transported in pieces, so I wondered if they had asbestos built into them? - particularly as they often contain some form of Stove/burner for heating
  6. Hi, I know the Type 3 (or Class 33) was not a S&C locomotive however I‘m sure that I read a while back that 3 were temporarily transferred as far north as Glasgow shed to cover for failing Class 26 locos. I wondered if they ever ran on the S&C albeit by exception?
  7. As it happens I'm experimenting with an old Triang clerestory and doing exactly that for a yet to be built IoW EM Gauge layout based in the early 1940s. Its currently in process and you can see a before and after pic here. The bogies are Bachmann bulleid units converted to EM Gauge with Alan Gibson wheels. The roof is the original with the clerestory hacked off and the void built up with plasticard and filler and then sanded to profile - it's just placed in position at the mo hence it's not sitting down properly. Hand rails have been carefully sh
  8. Hi, I’m the builder/owner of Little Salkeld. I used a mix of 2/3 chinchilla dust and 1/3 fine N gauge ballast. The fiNetrax was glued down onto a thin cork underlay which already had a paper Templot plan fixed in place. I hand painted the underside of each piece of track with a slightly watered down PVA solution and laid it in place with a piece of flat ply and weights on to ensure it cured whilst nice and flat - then 24 hrs to cure. The ballasting was then the fairly common process of pouring ballast onto the track and using a small paint brush to get it of
  9. Hi, can the collective advise on the detail for permanent speed restriction signs please? - these are the yellow and black signs as per the attached pic - I’ve spent sometime googling but not found any clarity on the subject yet! Period modelled is early 1960’s and location is a prototype on the Settle & Carlisle line - track plan pic also attached. What would be the maximum speed for the yard and the relief siding? Where would the signs be located? Would there also be a speed restriction on the entrance to the station, or anywhere else?
  10. Hi, I read your previous postings about Bembridge with great interest and wondered if you had retained any of the research material or drawings of buildings?


    The reason for asking is that I am planning to build Bembridge as an exploration/learning exercise in EM gauge and I’m struggling to find details on the buildings.





    1. bike2steam


      Very sorry but no, I let most of it go when I sold the layout to Mark Pretious in 2008, he's revamped the layout, and it will be at Warley this year.

    2. paulontheball


      Many thanks for that, and its very useful because I met Mark briefly at the GCR event in June where he was exhibiting his rather nice Merston & St Lawrence layout.


      When we got talking about IOW railways, he mentioned that he had previously acquired a layout based on Bembridge and that he was doing some renovation for Warley - so that connects the dots!


      I'll get in touch with Mark and see what he has, many thanks again!

  11. I’ve all but finished my N gauge layout Little Salkeld and now starting the research and planning for a new project. I've decided to dip my toes into EM gauge for the first time so have settled on a simple prototype - Bembridge on the IOW during WWII and Southern ownership. keith Armes who advertises a high quality track building service on the 2mm Society website has already created an accurate Templot plan for the period, so that’s a great start. I now need to acquire plans for the station building and surrounding structures and wondered if anybody either
  12. Hi unusual one I could do with some advice on please. I have an N Gauge Farish class 25. It's about 4 years old and has always been a good runner with a Lenz silver chip. The control system is Lenz 100. Recently I was running the loco on the layout when it stopped for no apparent reason and then proceeded to back up for a very short distance before stopping altogether. It then remained dead. I've since spent ages trying to fault find but still can't find the fault. Things I've tried: 1. Reset/reprogrammed the DCC chip - no change 2. Swapped the chip with another - no change 3
  13. Great, thanks for the useful advice Gents, I hadn't realised the importance for a regulated and smoother PSU, I've just been using an old (and cheap) 12v charger supply! - wonder if that's my tortoise motors are quite noisy?! Now have a good idea of what to look for Thanks all, Regards Paul
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