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  1. A big net by the lineside could catch beer barrels pushed out of the door of a passing train. You would just need a Mail coach repainted in Brewery colours and barrels instead of mail bags. The crane could then lift the barrels so the cellar man could pull them in through the upstairs window ad store them upstairs so the beer could flow downhill without being pumped.
  2. Sink the canal in. My lightly ballasted OO Lima class 37's manage 5 or 6 Mk2s up a 1 in 14 gradient up my garden in the dry but I wouldn't recommend it. The track plan looks weird, is it your own work? CJ Freezer has some good plans in his various books, 60 plans for small railways, 60 plans for large railways, 60 plans for railways in the outside loo etc.
  3. Sounds like a well thought out scheme. Separate circuits for points are just plain common sense especially with DCC, you really don't want points power tripping because a loco is across an isolator and you can't change the point to clear it because the power is tripping..., DC Handhelds are also so much easier to wield than DCC, I operate mine one handed, one in each hand and forget which is which., when running two trains or on occasion banking. You can have an almost unlimited number of controllers or Din Sockets for hand helds with cab control. The OP's seems to have just two controller
  4. The terminus track plan is a mirror image of a very unusual prototype . There was one main platform against the pier for the excursion traffic which made for swift transfer to steamers for passengers intent on taking a trip on t'lake, plus a couple of other platforms. That lakeside platform was on the right hand side of the station as trains approached, The vast majority of stations had the arrival platform on the left approaching the station. Trying to operate it like a conventional station is going to be awkward. At busy times Lakeside was all about day trippers and excursions, findin
  5. Sounds like Cornishmad needs a full time blogger to deal with all the negative comments and people going around in ever decreasing helix's (heli?) It seems to me he is trying to recruit someone who can prove that they know what they are doing re 3D printing, However in the process he is stirring up a lot of interest from people who basically can't grasp his concept. I will direct son and heirs' attention to this post. he has a degree in computing and sod all to do.
  6. Best of luck. Getting various bits square and vertical is always a challenge on K's kits. The last K's motors were dire but I have found the older ones are better than Anchoridge replacements for actually pulling trains. They are so heavy and sure footed that small motors tend to overheat when using that haulage. Best of luck with the quartering, you might find the K's originals work well while the Gibsons look better and don't work particularly well. I would stick a motor in the tender and drive the loco wheels through a drive shaft.
  7. The MSWJR ones were non standard as they had a shorter wheelbase than normal which meant raising the boiler centre line, they also had flush top fireboxes and telescopic boiler barrels. They also had two different cabs, the first 6 were LNWR style, After the grouping the GWR swiftly bodged their standard No 10 taper boiler onto them and altered the Tenders to look like something the Hornby Tinplate bargain basement range which completely changed their appearance.
  8. Maybe its to justify the price, or was the announcement dated April 1st
  9. WD 40 has an evil reputation with my Father in Law who is a clock maker as it initially frees up mechanisms and then forms a form of gunge which gums up the works and takes hours to remove. WD 40 is primarily a Water Dispersant, we used to use it to get cars going when the distributor cap and leads got wet. The last sticky solenoid I had was an Hammant and Morgan and I sprayed it with 3 in 1 oil from a small spray can I bought in Poundland
  10. That is the basic concept of my loft layout and authority problems led to its abandonment. It was DC automatic control but while the logic allowed trains to run in sequence it couldn't cope if the sequence was interrupted before all trains had returned to storage. T simplify control you need to get rid of the conflict between up and down trains on the top of the helix. I'll have a doodle later. Edit Any chance of a drawing showing available area, not "Scenic and non scenic but available area because this a a bit of a monster even with a 2ft radius helix theY arrangement will eat lots
  11. The axles do sometimes rust and bind in the bearings. Be careful oiling the axles as some oils attack the plastic axle keeper plate making it brittle. The tender drive A4 is pretty dire, Mine suffered from poor performance ( too slow) and the valve gear rubbed the side skirts making the wheels skid. I binned the chassis and fitted a Loco drive Flying Scotchman mechanism and got a realistic top speed around 112 instead of the tender drives 80 ish.
  12. I guess they will be on the best sellers shelf in Waterstones at that price. Guess I'll wait for Home Bargains to get them in. I think I paid £2.50 for the Ahearn loco construction book, from the South Devon Museum at Buckfastleigh
  13. AFAIK There isn't really a generic BP 0-6-0 in the way you describe. Beyer Peacock were more famous for their outside cylinder 4-4-0 Tanks for the London Underground railways and the smaller 3ft gauge 2-4-0 Tanks for the Isle of Man in their earlier years and their Big articulated Beyer Garratts of the early to middle 20th Century than for 0-6-0s. Like most independent UK locomotive builders they built many locos to Railway company designs, and as their works were next to the Great Central Railway's Gorton works they built GC locos and there was a lot of cross fertilisation of design bet
  14. Any Good? The overload cut outs are a damn sight better than you can buy today. I have examples of most of those around and in use, and others cannibalised for spares. I wouldn't plug any of them in without having the bottom off for a look see, Some Hammant and Morgan had asbestos insulation on the Rheostat in that era and 1970s ones dodgy insulation on some internal wires (and a steel case) but the Hornby Dublo controllers have ceramic insulation, not Asbestos. on the rheostat. I reckon DCC types could save a lot of grief by taking the pop out overloads from those old controllers a
  15. My recollection is that they were about the cost of a Triang Flying Scotsman. I remember Cheltenham Model Centre had them, probably had the same few for years without selling them and I eyed up the tenders longingly. If reintroduced they need better power units as do 99% of current models. Dapol's Tender motor loco drive works for N, and the old Airfix one for HO so I am sure a slightly larger version of the Dapol system with a large chunk of depleted uranium / gold etc in the boiler would get a few coaches around the layout. Drive the tender wheels as well and it could be quite a perfo
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