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  1. Installing an EM2 is well beyond my technical competence, the speaker was installed by Richard Croft of Road and Rails who milled the chassis to create the space for the speaker. I must confess that I have not got around to stripping the loco down to look at the finished job, partly because I am afraid of what I might see and partly becuase I am more interested in listening to the loco! For me there is no question that the EM2 gives fantastic sound in a class 37, the best that I have heard. Where I am more open to discussion is the cost/benefit of other speakers that fit either in the fuel tank or unmodified bodyshell and cost 20% of the fitted EM2 with perhaps 75% of the sound quality. At the end of the day it is a personal choice, I am delighted with my EM2 fitted locos but would not upgrade the entire fleet to EM2's.
  2. I could not resist attempting a video of 37026, it is not perfect but it does give a flavour of the superior quality sound that the EM2 creates. Lets hope that the Accurascale 37 delivers something similar.
  3. 37026 in charge of 7B02 heads north at Crianlarich. Loco is the MMRG limited edition with an EM2 fitted with Legoman WHL loaded V4 chip and sounds awesome. More video is required to showcase the racket made!
  4. I don’t clean the track that often, when I do I use a combination of a Peco track rubber and vacuum cleaner to pick up the debris or IPA on a cloth. I have a Dapol track cleaning car which is ok but far from perfect. I think it fair to say that I have yet to find the perfect solution to cleaning. I should increase the frequency of cleaning of both track and wheels but it’s such a painful activity, it invariably gets put off. Judging by the numerous threads on the subject I think most people share my view. Todays pictures show 37081 on the 0700 Mallaig to Glasgow at Fort William. 37033 substituting for the booked steam loco on the green rake. 37081 runs round, 37108 awaits release having brought the ECS for the steam set into the platform A busy screen at Fort William with 37’s 033, 081 and 264. 264 sits at the head of the stock for the 1630 to Mallaig
  5. 37051 heads the bulk alumina hoppers north through Garelochead
  6. Hi Ian You wil be pleased to learn that the cables are all neatly secured to the underside of the baseboard. Unfortunately this will be a PITA given I need to revisit and re-locate half of the servos! Following the sleeper yesterday was the annual weedkilling train seen departing Crianlarich for Fort William. Newly acquired coaches from Invicta are in a livery applied following the Fisons trains sale to Schering Agrochemicals in 1986 which is just outside my timescales but close enough for me not to worry. The train needs weathering and I want a better solution for the spray coach than my old Trix inspection salon. To the best of my knowledge, there is no available model of the class 100 Derby Lightweight that was used as the spray coach at this time. 27041 was the weedkilling train loco
  7. I was a frequent user of the Portsmouth Cardiff services around the Bristol area in the late 70's and early 8o's as a desperate youthful haulage basher. I am in no position to challenge the above assertion but the late 70's, early 80's Pompey trains were ETH and the Cardiff Crewe were steam heat. If the Canton Mk1 stock was dual heat then no issues with it being interchangeable but I don't recall the Cardiff Crewe stock being dual heat until the 33's took over in the early 80's. From memory the Cardiff Crewe stock was particularly dilapidated and usually on its last legs which suggests to me that it would likely have been steam heat only.
  8. On Tuesday I motorised 10 points in Mallaig Junction Yard and by the end of the day I had them all working from the control panel. This morning in anticipation of a friends visit I thought I would just test them again prior to returning the baseboard to the layout and was most annoyed to find several of the servos were no longer funtioning properly. The problems are most likeley down to my poor alignment of the servo brackets on the underside of the baseboard. To enable some running, we managed to return the baseboard to its rightful position but even this proved more challenging than I had expected. My baseboard construction has a gap of about 20mm between boards to enable Mallaig Junction Yard to be removable but even with this space, it was a right pain. Finally we managed to connect everything up and start running. As anticipated a couple of months inactivity has resulted in dust on the line and a several spiders having moving in which meant that running was less smooth than normal. We also found that I had over tightened the bogies on several coaches during my refurbishment programme which caused several derailments. All in all running was less satisfying than usual but still fun and it was great to catch up with Doug to put the world to rights. Mallaig Junction Yard baseboard on the workbench. It will be back on here again soon. 37012 had charge of the down sleeper and is seen passing though Crianlarich
  9. Alternatively you could use one of the lower holes on the servo arm which would widen the arc of the throw. I spent yesterday fitting 8 servos all of which have the wire attached to the 4th hole down from the top. I reduce the range of servo movement to just a little more than the minimum required to change the point using a Megapoints Controller.
  10. Guys Dave Fenton's videos on Youtube have been a constant source of reference for me and I find them an invaluable resource when faced with a problem. My experience is that it takes a while but once you find a way that works, you should keep using it. In my case my baseboard is 12mm thick chipboard. With the point in situ I mark the centre point of the tie/stretcher bar hole. The point is then removed and a 2mm hole drilled. The actuating piano wire is threaded through the baseboard from underneath and the bracket is screwed in place and then removed again to allow for a larger 6mm hole to be drilled. The bracket is reattached using the same screw holes which should align the actuating wire in the correct place to pass through the tie bar. There is sufficent flexibility from the 0.6mm piano wire I use as an actuator for less than perfect alignment. Once secured I adjust the rotation of the servo using my Megapoints controller which reduces the angle of movement but still changes the point. I use the 4th hole down on the servo arm for the piano wire which I cut to 90mm lengths. When I am happy that all is well I trim back the piano wire to avoid contact with coupling/loco undersides etc. Bottom line in my opinion for Richard's issue is twofold: 1. you need to adjust/reduce the range of servo motion to stop the piano wire protruding higher than the rail head. 2. You need the to increase the distance between point and servo bracket to the 12 to 15mm range as you describe Good luck! Rob
  11. I have used Screwfix earth blocks as a means of connecting my droppers to the BUS. The BUS wire is bared back, threaded through the block and screwed down to make a connection thus avoiding any break in the BUS wire. Located in the areas where I have several wires to attach, I can get in excess of a dozen droppers from each block which are then soldered to the underside of the track as required. A picture of the underside of a baseboard shows the yellow and orange wires feeding out of two earth blocks. I have over 20 of these on my layout and have not encoutered any problems. https://www.screwfix.com/p/4-way-earth-block/12386?tc=PA7&ds_kid=92700055281954475&ds_rl=1249401&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4o_D26DP6wIVWeN3Ch0KDA6yEAQYASABEgKhMvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  12. You have time to model as well as keeping 26043 running? I am impressed! I saw 043 in Toddington yard yesterday with her newly repainted ends and thought how good she looked. Its such a shame that there is so little opportunity for her to do any work at present
  13. Looking good. Based on the picture below, you might want to think about weathering the platform faces a little more prior to adding the platform surface. I recommend the Everard Junction inspired approach of splashing on some thinned acrylic paint and sponging it down using a damp sponge.
  14. You could get several west highland line stations in that space! More seriously and having used Stirling as a base for Scottish railrovers, I have always liked the thought of modelling Stirling as a through station. The volume and variety of traction was always fascinating to me, in the late 70's I recall seeing classes 08, 20, 25, 26, 27, 37, 40 and 47. Going back further in the diesel era would add in 21/29 and 24's and whilst I am ignorant of it, I do'nt doubt that the steam era would be equally interesting.
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