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  1. Two sensational posts Graham – I am indebted I boggle at the prospect of double shunts and fly shunts. Clearly, someone at sometime thought these would be a good idea. I’d not heard of tail-roping, but I see this might have been used to get the empty wagons into the dead end siding. A description of tail-roping in 1827 at Dundee was one of the few references I could find - I could not locate the article in The Review. And some think gravity shunting is hard to model Horse- and human-shunting are possible alternatives. Like you, I’ve seen no reference to their use at B
  2. I've just posted an open question concerning the operations at 1950's Banff here. Feel free to drop by and make a contribution if you know anything about prototype operations which, frankly, I don't.
  3. I have begun construction of a model of Banff Scotland in the 1950’s. I don’t know much about trains, and I know less about train operations, so I’d like to stick with something resembling prototypical rather than invent some unrealistic fiction. The following is my guess: there are a few things that I do not understand, and bound to be a few things that I’ve misunderstood. My terminology is most likely wrong in places too. Please post any corrections, and I will correct what I’ve written lest anybody else stumble over this at a later date and assume that I know what I'm talking
  4. Grahame, you're skills are head and shoulders above anything that I'm capable of, but I've noticed much the same thing.
  5. Ralf's been busy in my absence - there's quite a lot of information regarding the operation of the NCE Cab Bus, USB interface and ProCab on Ralf's train pages.
  6. To clarify, the ingredients of the feast are provided by Bunnings, which will explain the remarkable similarity of the offerings irrespective of the community group present.
  7. So that's the real story behind how the other door got broken. Nothing to do with grandchildren and runaway locos. BTW: it's Chairperchild.
  8. Yes, much what I was thinking. Banff has an escarpment behind the track that slopes up at a step angle, so I do need to protect it from clumsy handling.
  9. Thanks Martyn, that's most interesting, and, as you say, provides a middle ground between foam and hard-fixed copperclad. I'm presuming that you have glued you copperclad to the cork, and cork to your baseboard.
  10. Dunno why - a little exercise will do 'em good.
  11. I appreciate your input and accept your reasoning, but your "vote" only confuses me, as I now have support for all the variants excepting the one I liked.
  12. Thanks David - I didn't know, and congratulations for getting a copy for £1.50 - I've seen prices up to £99 . However, I'm fortunate to have various dimensioned plans and drawings from the GNoSRA, so I'm probably ok. Neverthless, I'm keep my eye out. Thanks for your input, Chimer. Sorry to hear about your soldering. The secret (if there is one) is cleanliness - iron & solder as well as the things to be joined. If your solder is dull in colour, then it's oxidised and hard to use, so chuck it. Buy quality solder and no-clean flux.
  13. Today, I completed track laying on the first baseboard of 4. That’s 11 days to lay 5 turnouts and about ¾ of a length of flextrack. I'm not quite up to RodneyV's metric of a yard a week, but still progress. That’s as far as I can get without crossing a baseboard join, which will be my next hurdle. From my research , there are 4 possible techniques: The “bridge” join. A short (100-200mm) removable section of track is placed across the board join, and is installed as the baseboards are brought together. This doesn’t seem particularly feasible, esp
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