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Ray Von

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  1. Wow! That's quite a manoeuvre, I think it'll need repeated viewing before I can fully appreciate the method! Makes me feel there's hope for some of my less orthodox traffic movements anyway.... Cheers.
  2. I have 20 brand new pairs of Farish Van Wheels (ordered in error) I need just 10 pairs of Peco equivalent, if anyone has some in good condition - please contact me.
  3. Thank you chaps, that's really useful! Just out of curiosity, how does a shunter know that the rake of coaches or vans etc that he/she is pushing into a terminus aren't in danger of hitting the buffers, is it a similar "hand signal/radio" set up?
  4. I assume that means they were "reversed" out by the same loco that brought them? Sorry to ask, but I'm not overly familiar with some of the terminology....
  5. Interesting you should say that, it's pretty much what I've been doing! My layout is North Kent Coast based, so realism of practice is taking a bit of a back seat - in the interest of variety!
  6. Ok, that's interesting - I could accommodate for that. I'm completely uneducated in this kind of practice, so forgive the daft questions (!) Would they have left with passengers aboard and switched ends at the loop then?
  7. My layout is a terminus, it has capacity to receive coaches hauled by a single diesel engine. My question is would it be safe / prototypical to reverse out of the terminus? I've installed uncouplers as I've always assumed that the prospect would fall into the "dodgy" category (the platform capacity is pretty short, so I don't think an engine either end is an option.) Any thoughts and suggestions most welcome!
  8. It seems to work counterintuitively - maybe I put it upside down!?! The thing that catches me out is that it seems to be the point FURTHEST from the locomotive governs the direction of travel from the rails opposite. Witchcraft.....
  9. I was just wondering if anyone has an easy way to remember which configuration of switches does what on crossover points? I've pretty much got it memorised that when both sets are in the "DOWN" position, then the UPPER line is operating. When both are in the "UP" position then the lower line is open. Then, when the left is "DOWN" and the right is "UP" the points are open for traffic from the left to go top to bottom in the right handed direction(?) I think. I've had a few derailments and I find with the configurations scribbled on a bit of paper, these are becoming
  10. Ah, ok - I had the EZE Wire on my last layout for similar reasons (lack of soldering iron!) As it turned out, I discovered that I didn't like the "Whack!" of the point motors and my most recent setup is all manual, brass rods. I suppose that's out of the question for your layout?
  11. After lovingly filing, sanding and crafting and reconstruction of the new slimline version of the class 08 - I can confidently confirm, it don't work! The holes in the connector rods are very large, this is to accommodate the pegs on the wheels - once the pegs are removed, the rods sort of just dangle from the rivets - as the shafts of which are thinner than a trackpins. When power is supplied the wheels lock, due to driving set not being able to transfer their momentum. A solution might be a complete re-fabricating of the rods in brass, but I feel that it would be academic - as
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