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    British narrow gauge/ standard gauge light railways. Anything running on flanged wheels really.

    Two Sister's Farm 1/32 scale narrow gauge Min. space

    Broadoak OO scale terminus, GWR to early blue. Shunting layout various periods.

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  1. Most farmers never seem to throw anything away, consequently most farm yards end up with lots old junk laying about all over the place. Two Sisters is no exception as this old horse drawn implement shows hidden under a tarpaulin. The idea being I suppose you never know when it may come in useful. Photo by Chris Nevard. Peter M
  2. When I built Two Sisters, which was an entry in a competition to build a layout in less than four square feet. I wanted something a bit different to the normal narrow gauge layout. I chose 1/32 scale as my eyesight is not what it once was and I had a couple of tractors made from kits in that scale. I had read about a couple of large farms in the Lincolnshire fens that used two feet gauge track to transport potatoes from the farm to a standard gauge connection. I wanted some different forms of motive power as well so I built a selection of i/c powered vehicles. This is another Chris Neva
  3. This time something really different a photo taken by Chris Nevard of my small exhibition layout Two Sister’s Farm. This shot shows the narrow gauge Davenport with a small train leaving the yard with a wagon of seed potatoes. Peter M
  4. A Rock Island U33b known in the States as a U boat is rolling over the grade crossing at the Flour Mill track head shunt at Benson. Peter M
  5. Wearing the most attractive livery the Rock Island ever used an EMD BL2 is seen switching cars in the east yard at Benson Arkansas. Peter M
  6. A Mopac EMD SW1500 rolls past the depot at Colonel’s Crossing with a short train. Peter M
  7. http://i.imgur.com/y8sdZYOl.jpg Regards Peter M
  8. By way of a change would it be acceptable to post some photographs of a couple of American layouts that I built some years ago that no longer exist? Regards Peter M
  9. It is up and working now you will find. Regards Peter M
  10. I must admit I have rather given up on the Western and use her only on parcels trains, which involves a trip from the bay platform to the fiddle yard. Later in the operating session another loco, usually a Hymek or a 37 picks up the parcels train and returns it to the bay. Later the Western then returns light engine and couples onto the parcel train in the bay and the sequence is repeated. I am relieved to know that I am not the only one with problems with Dapol wagons. I certainly won’t be buying any more Dapol OO scale products. Regards Peter M
  11. That's a bit odd Keith as my example has all six axles powered. Perhaps mine is a later version, it's about 18 months old. The problem seems to be the very fine flanges lifting off of the track. Regards Peter M
  12. Another Dapol product I am a little disappointed with is the Western class diesel. It looks very good and runs quietly and smoothly except over some of my points. The secret seems to be to run the loco at very slow speeds, this is not a problem as the model is a shunting layout. The track is all code 100 Peco and over thirty years old but gives no trouble with my other six axle loco. I attach a few photos to give a flavour of the layout. Regards Peter M
  13. Is it just me or do others have problems with OO scale Dapol wagons? I modelled the American scene for twenty five years, including an exhibition layout for some five years and used the excellent KD couplings with no problems at all. I have been modelling the British scene now for a couple of years and use the awful Triang type coupling which are OK with most makes of wagon except Dapol. They don’t couple very well, they un couple for no apparent reason. When shunting in the yard if there are derailments or wagons becoming un coupled the culprit is always a Dapol product. In fact the
  14. There is an excellent book by Brian Sibley called "The Thomas the Tank Engine Man". It is well illustrated and a most interesting read. It brought back many happy memories of my own childhood. Regards Peter M
  15. This is the last selection of photos until I get a chance to take some more once all the ground cover is finished. The yard foreman is seen out in his jeep with a minimal load of a couple of empty wagons on his way back to Two Sister's Farm yard. We see a couple of wagons with items for repair left to be collected later then taken to the farm workshop. Some of the items seem to have ended up on the scrap pile. This brings things up to date and is as far as I've got at the present time. Ther
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