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  1. Lydney harbour is still there, well worth a visit. There are a number of interpretive panels in place showing the layout/ operation etc with photos from the Pope/ Parkhouse collection. Info/ photos etc in numerous books on the area.
  2. Thanks K14, Time to go back and check the photos
  3. Could anybody help me with the colours used for the interior of the A30 autocoaches. Panelling (internal) is said to be 'cream plastic', presumably formica/weyrock, seat ends etc looks to be varnished timber, but I can't find any info on the upholstery colours used. I've seen photos of a striped fabric and also a photo which looks to be leatherette. Both photos are in b&w. No info on material/colour of the floor, brown lino? Anybody able to help? Cheers Richard Lane
  4. Could anybody help me with the colours used for the interior of the A30 autocoaches. Panelling (internal) is said to be 'cream plastic', presumably formica/weyrock, seat ends etc looks to be varnished timber, but I can't find any info on the upholstery colours used. I've seen photos of a striped fabric and also a photo which looks to be leatherette. Both photos are in b&w. No info on material/colour of the floor, brown lino? Anybody able to help? Cheers Richard Lane
  5. I've spent some time and effort looking at led lights, and demonstrated my findings at scaleforum last year. Rather than a long, detailed and very boring post I'll make some suggestions, based on detailed colour readings and calculations. Firstly, you'll get what you pay for! Some of the cheapish led tapes give very poor colour rendition, (tending towards a lack of green (no, you can't put a green filter over them, doesn't work like that. )). Many of the cheaper tapes also have a wide spacing and narrow beam, leading to a noticable pooling of light, especially when parallel to the track. My conclusion was that the best colour and light intensity that I could find was to use two strips of bright white and one strip of warm white, this gave a colour temp of 5500k and a very even colour rendition. Some people commented that it was very bright, however, the numbers showed that it wasn't as bright as natural daylight, but will provide all the light that I need for my layout. 4ft x 18in. Having tried my lights out on a much larger layout, the owner has decided to go with a similar set up. A single strip of each of warm and bright white was tried, giving a good colour balance but not quite enough overall light on a large (3ft deep) area. The power supply unit for my cameo layout would need to be a 36 watt supply. The supplier that I used was led hut. Many others are available. Cheers Richard Lane
  6. Hi Jerry, just lookef at the video of the tippler, is that a balancing wagon running downhill at about 45 degrees to the tippler? It may be worth an enquiry to the National Mining Museum in Wakefield for more info. Cheers Richard
  7. In 'BR Steam in Dean' (Ashworth/Pope) page 18, there are two photos dated 4th April 1962, of a weed killing train consisting of brake van, van, 4 tankers, coach, outside framed siphon and another brake van. The coach and siphon appear to be in a two toned livery. If anybody has more detailed knowledge of this train, or can point me in the right direction for further info, I'd be very grateful. Cheers Richard Lane
  8. Many thanks to castle and his team. Very interesting and informative day. Cheers
  9. How about the antimony (present in most low melt solders) vaporises at approx. 300oC? Not nice stuff to breath in. I can and have used convention irons for whitemetal, but prefer to use a 60W Maplin soldering station at about 280C, usually 12% phosphoric, and slivers of solder along the joint. I find that a quick touch of tip cleaner wets the iron beautifully to start the soldering and a quick wipe of tip cleaner allows you to use the iron for brass etc with no fuss. You will find as many opinions as facts on here, find a way that suits you and use it. Richard Lane
  10. Can I suggest the Sherline mill as worthy of a good look. Their lathes are excellent, and the CNC mill that I've seen has produced some excellent work. The owner of the mill has had issues with motor brushes, but he runs it for 12+ hrs at a time. No know probs with the lathe. http://www.sherline.com/ Cheers Richard Lane
  11. Regrettably not my layout, all built by Robin Gay. A pleasure to operate, and for layout builders, a pleasure to put together
  12. Just to see if anybody's following this thread, PLEASE TURN THE DIESEL SOUNDS DOWN, Cheers RichardL, (Rolvendon)
  13. Thanks to Geoff and his team from all of the Nettlebridge Valley crew, Well organised, well attended. Cracking selection of layouts, good variation of scales, era's etc Cheers Richard Lane
  14. Any unmade kits out there are the original Rod Neep designs, which have been redesigned to eliminate the faults. The instructions are currently being reviewed, and plans are in hand to move the kit along. RichardL
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