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Robin Gristwood

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    Modelling the British Railways in the 60's in 7mm.

    Previously modelling Seattle Industrial District on HO.

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  1. Hi, I'm glad you found the spreadsheet useful. I've found that it can used for all sorts of layouts from quite simple to much more complicated ones with multiple destinations and exchanges. Its also very easy to change, and adapt to your own way of working, unlike some of the software based ones.
  2. Hi Barnaby, As mentioned on your King Street Goods thread, this is the source of the car-cards and waybills I am using http://www.westportterminal.de/operation.html Use the zip file which gives all the resources on the tabs of the Excel spreadsheet. As the modeller is German some of the text on the spreadsheet is in German, but a quick copy and paste to Google Translate should help. If you would like a copy of the carcard and waybills files I use please let me know.
  3. Hi Barnaby, In my thread you can see what I am using https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2018/post-24137-0-97460500-1528491284.jpg I think this is the same Excel spreadsheet based database to produce and print both the car cards and the waybills. If this is something you want to know more about, please let me know.
  4. Hi John, Have a look at pictures on the YouChoos website for this decoder https://www.youchoos.co.uk/Index-Detail.php?L1=Detail&Item=MX644 Under the photo of speaker wires attached directly to the decoder it says, " For models that do not have speaker connections, purple wires can be soldered directly to decoder socket pins (WARNING - invalidates Zimo warranty)" Probably not what you wanted to hear, but I had to do some thing like this with with the Heljan Class 128 DPU.
  5. Hello John, I'm not familiar with using an adapter board, but what actual sound decoder have you plugged into the adapter board? I'm wondering if the adapter board has a multiple use for both sound and non-sound decoders? If so, it might be that you would have to use the speaker outputs on the actual sound decoder, just a suggestion though John.
  6. I've just looked in my copy of "The Tollesbury Branch" which covers the Kelvedon and Tollesbury Light Railway. Two coaches were transferred from Wisbech & Upwell Tramway. The diagrams in the back of the book show both coaches as having 2'9" diameter wheels. Hope that helps?
  7. Hello Tim, Thank you for those kind words about the layout. I hadnt seen this book before, but thanks to your information I have placed my order already
  8. The retaining walls and bridge abutments have been completed and coloured using crayons again, but as blue engineering brick this time. The track over the coal drops has been finished and a buffer stop added at the end. A building is planned at the end, and once this is built this section will be ready for scenic treatment. The wagon fleet has seen more additions. Internal user wagons ‘leased’ for use on Docks railway, as well as extra stock arriving for the fruit warehouse – Fruit D, 2 x BR Banana Vans (all JLTRT), and an assorted rake of fruit vans
  9. As promised here is another update on the progress made on the layout. In the last update i said I want to add point rodding to the layout. A plan of the points operated by the signal box was made. A test piece was built to try out the Wizard/MSE components and ballasting. Of course, there is no point having point rodding if there isn’t a signal box. The old paper version that was on the layout before has been replaced with a LNWR Type 5 laser-cut kit from Railmodel. I have had this kit for a while and finally got around to building it.
  10. A while ago a friend asked me how the layout was going as I hadn’t updated this thread for ages. So I thought it best to post what progress has been made, although I’m afraid progress has been slower than I had hoped, but looking back now quite a lot has been done. All the signals from Jon Fitness have been fitted in place, initially operated by toggle switches via Megapoints board, but now the signals and Tortoise point motors are operated using the excellent DCC Concepts lever frame. I know I have taken some liberties in the colouring of some the levers, but it helps p
  11. Cheers Jim, Pretty obvious really I'll give it a go, thanks again
  12. Thanks for the info Jim. Just need to find a jar tall enough to hold a Class 31 upright..!!! Robin
  13. Hello, Great job on the paint stripping. Can you please say what you used to strip the paint and what dilution if any? I have a Heljan 31 to strip soon and would love to see it come out as well as your 33 has.
  14. Stunning results on the Turbots Ian. A Dremel gas soldering iron is now on my Christmas list..!!
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