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  1. I hear temporary floor and table layouts are common in Japan too, due to house sizes, and smaller houses and flats is a direction the UK has been heading in for some time. For clarity Sam's Trains layout has a gradient (i.e. a sloping floor), and that is where the BWT runs out of traction. Has anyone got any performance data on a quantified gradient? Pulling 5 coaches on the flat is not the full story for those wanting to go uphill.
  2. They look like some Westdale kits that I misguidedly bought soon after returning to the hobby several years ago. Mine are for a B-set, and after struggling to get the aluminium ends to stick to the aluminium sides, I set them aside until either my skills improve or a better glue was invented. These things don't seem to have happened as of yet.....
  3. Personally when I'm considering a model to buy as a marginal 'want' I often read magazine reviews first, and then any video reviews there might be. Every video is flawed in some way, by incorrect facts, or by links to a shop/manufacturer or other tacky promotion in the middle, or by sheer ignorance, but they do generally add to my overall feel for what I might be buying. For instance the BWT review mentioned above did give the models weight, which I don't recall being stated anywhere else. 105g by the way, which I think makes it about the lightest of any recent model I can recall,
  4. The final one to be changed in Jan 61, two years after introduction.
  5. Yes in Nov 1960, with OHLW signs added within 12 months after.
  6. Perhaps you are being too harsh on yourself - the standards you have reached already surpass what many would be happy with I'm sure. But I can understand it, I have many proto routes that I haven't released because they aren't 'finished enough'. I guess the LMR South route by glen1974 might be the best bet for an early WCML route. It sounds like it may be possible to do most of the characteristics of the loco in the API. I think it may be more interesting to model the neutral section behaviour before line voltage fluctuations - which would not vary greatly normally and the timetabl
  7. All but one of AL1-AL4 were built with mercury arc rectifiers, but these were changed to semi-conductor rectifiers in the early 1970s. These later type of rectifiers had a smaller footprint, and provided a smoother DC output which meant the inductance chokes that improved the DC supply were able to be smaller too. The 86 and 87 were built with semi-conductor rectifiers to start with, and were 2 ft longer and had smaller wheels meaning there was a bit more space to provide higer-rated equipment, and more powerful traction motors could be used, whilst remaining within the CCE's axle load limit.
  8. The shape of an electric locomotive's tractive effort and power at rail curves are very different to that of a diesel locomotive. The TE available remains constant up to the limits DY444 has outlined, with the power at rail increasing with speed to this point also - which usually occurs above 40 mph, compared to below 20 mph for a diesel locomotive from the same era. Beyond this point, power at rail and TE declines as the back emf of the dc traction motors increases and the stages of field weakening takes place. The continuous rating is somewhere on the declining part of the power and TE curve
  9. I don't think that date has been changed since it was first listed, and we do know things are running behind with the second EP yet to be seen. I think it will be probably be Q2 2021 - which at least spreads the purchases out a bit.
  10. Another aspect is that with Bachmann, the UK company is competing for space in the factory owned by Bachmann Group, which also produces models for the other markets they operate in. This factory doesn't want to sell it's production capacity for less than it needs to, so Bachmann UK prices are rising towards the EU/US norms, even though this is likely to constrain demand in the UK to a certain extent. If you can sell your factory capacity at a higher price you would do so, especially if Bachmann Group does not want to expand their factory capacity, or use an additional factory which
  11. Sorry for raising any hopes by posting here.... I've been reviewing my pre-orders and there could be something of a piggy bank cataclysm around Spring 2021 if i'm not careful. So, is there any inkling yet as to whether the new batch of MNs are going to add to the strain, or do we maybe have 6 months more to wait?
  12. They will sell, but as we have seen already, in progressively fewer and fewer numbers. I have roughly the same to spend on this hobby each year, it just buys me fewer things now than it once did.
  13. Using the contents of Keith Parkin's Mk1 coaches book I have a total of 13,192 loco-hauled passenger-rated stock. You might want to exclude : GUV 907 CCT 823 SPV 1058 HB 115 TCV 14 The total includes the non-gangwayed Mk1s of which there were 768 built. Of course there were several thousand more built for EMU and DMU stock.
  14. I was thinking the same thing - is '8-pin DCC' really an error? I think Heljan Ben said he wasn't happy about the recent Gaugemaster Collection class 33s being from the old tooling, but it was agreed before his tenure. Perhaps the 86s were also agreed beforehand?
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