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    Great Central London Extension 1948-50;
    Cornish Railways;
    Swiss metre gauge.

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  1. Good grief! That sounds very millennial... do you drink decaf skinny triple-shot mocha latte’s as well?
  2. High Street is the most common (Main Street in Scotland) with ~3,600 examples. Station Road is second, numbering ~2,000. That compares with 2,566 stations on the current network. In 1955 however the number of open stations was approximately 6,000. That suggests that there could now be more Station Roads without a functioning station, than those still with one!
  3. Good afternoon Headstock, My first acquaintance with the GCLE was in my Grannie’s back garden in Wilford, it was at the foot of the embankment on the line’s approach to Trent Bridge. Seeing the steam locomotives silhouetted against the skyline as they noisily rushed past left a lasting impression. I also remember Grannies constant irritation at the soot deposited on her washing line. Happy days. I haven’t decided yet whether to extend the embankment, or undulate the scenery into a shallow cutting to give a little more variety. Either way, the remaining flat top will go.
  4. There are quite a few ‘second homies’ around and a few day trippers but not enough to cause us problems so far, thanks for asking. I think we’re far enough off the end of the M5 to avoid the worst of what has been happening elsewhere re: daytrippers. It’s been relatively quiet virus-wise down here, but I understand that several visitors are among those being treated for Covid in the local hospital. It’s the upcoming end of lockdown restrictions that is the biggest concern. Lockdown has been effective down here... but it leaves us vulnerable later on.
  5. The extra modelling time for me during lockdown has been a little different. Over the winter months, I have been finishing off a garage conversion that was originally intended to be a railway room, but has now become my wife’s painting studio. The upside of this is that our previously shared hobby room is now mine exclusively, so I have been very much focused on expanding into her former workspace over the last few weeks. First up was a widening of the layout to allow the end curves to be eased with a transition curve of 48” leading to a minimum radius of 36” rather than the tight 24” previously used. So... extending the baseboards, lifting the old track, laying, painting and ballasting the new, re-wiring both track and the repositioned baseboard joins, what sounds a simple task has taken quite a while. Since then, I took a dislike to the billiard table smooth baseboard tops, so have attacked them with a multi-tool to create a low embankment that will both improve the scenic profile and give better photographic opportunities as the scenic side of things progress. Apologies for posting the later-than-usual-epoch locomotive and stock, it is intended for a club layout but is what was running at the time. Another outcome of the ‘studio’ arrangement is that a part of the garage conversion will become a modelling workbench with sufficient space for a permanently set up spray booth and DCC programming station. So so it’s been way more DIY than modelling work for me, but very much driven by the hobby opportunities to come.
  6. One thing I would recommend is to continue the ballasting beyond the scenic break, as far as the eye can follow it through the ‘hole’ in the back scene. That way, any low angled shots that take in the scenic break aren’t detracted by the sight of ‘naked’ trackwork off-scene. I think Tony has missed a trick there.
  7. The pasty shops are still closed in Meva but if you want another taste of Cornwall, ‘Phil the Fish’ can send you a delivery of freshly caught seafood landed in the village. His wife Kim runs the harbourside wet fish kiosk, and Phil does home deliveries and mail order. www.mevagisseywetfish.co.uk. The monkfish and lemon sole we had this week were superb...
  8. I find myself pleasantly bemused on Tony’s approach with the J17’s GWR firebox, and the resultant exclamations of horror! We all make compromises from time to time and it just goes to show that he is as human as the rest of us... I wonder how many folk would have noticed if he’d kept quiet about it?
  9. Is it RTR or kit-built? Also, it would look better if you fitted Markits wheels and wiggly wires...
  10. For the record, I do not believe that DCC is ‘better than’ DC, or that building your own locomotives is ‘better than’ using RTR locomotives. Not everybody has the time, ability, expertise or resources to excel at every aspect of the hobby. We tend to focus on the stuff we like doing the best, where our own expertise lies. I have a huge respect for those who model in areas and ways that I don’t, which is precisely why I lurk in these pages. The diversity of ability is phenomenal on here, I learn a great deal about stuff I am inexpert about, some of which I can only wonder at, other stuff which prompts me to do more and give it a try myself. There are many dark arts in this hobby. I have yet to meet a master of them all! Phil
  11. Good morning Tony, Might I suggest that another view is to be astonished at the lengths that some modellers go to to build their own locomotives! The techniques that you use, the lengths that you go to, the work that has to be undertaken to simply get a model on the track... What are these mysteries? I just have to spend less money, open the box, fix a few detailing parts, place it on the track, turn the knob and off it goes........ DCC is more elaborate than DC control and it takes skill and effort to get it right. In many respects it is no different to your locomotive kit building, it is just a different but equally absorbing aspect of the hobby. Adjusting the drive characteristics, being able to turn things on and off remotely such as lamps and sounds, etc etc, all add a different aspect of operation and isa speciality of modelling expertise, just as what you do is. For sure, there are many who don’t really know what they are doing with DCC, and reliability of operation will suffer. As a firm DCC advocate, I squirm sometimes at what I observe with some digitally controlled exhibition layouts. But equally, you have openly vowed not to take on kit built locomotives that others have previously built, because of the lack of competence of the builder. As we have said many times before, each to his own!
  12. What a lovely looking model! Can I please ask how common was this particular livery/lettering combination and in which years would it have been seen? The reason for asking is that my roster includes a D11 in a similar red-lined black, but with unshaded yellow lettering and carrying a post 1946 number, but I am very dubious of its authenticity as I have not found any photographs showing this combination. Shaded lettering with unlined black livery seems to have been the norm for the 4-4-0’s in the later LNER years, so my D11 is scheduled for the paint shop - though it does look very attractive as is! Bachmann’s model of ‘Luckie Mucklebackit’ produced a few years ago carried a red-lined black livery, but in this case with gold shaded lettering - again presumably an earlier period combination, but one I haven’t observed elsewhere.
  13. Interesting, I have several rakes of Bachmann Mk1’s and their Thompson coaches fitted with Kadees and haven’t experienced any problems. The gaps between the coaches still open up on the curves then close back up together on straight track as intended. But they are still relatively new, maybe problems develop with heavy use?
  14. I have settled on Kadee couplers for use within my coach rakes, but with the tails removed. I find them reliable, unobtrusive and critically they still allow individual coaches to be simply lifted in or out of rakes in the fiddle yard as required.
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