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  1. I have a similar requirement, albeit much longer than your layout, as mine is along the back wall of a 15ft long shed. Additionally, it is situated below a partially overhanging 8-inch deep shelf which limits some options that might not apply in your situation. I have been looking at the various flexible strip LED lighting as this can easily be fixed and is low-voltage (usually 12v or 24v). They come in various single types of daylight, warm white, cool white as well as RGB with a handheld controller so any colour can be produced. There are a vast number of suppliers on
  2. Ahh ~ you must have been perched on my shoulder last night when I was in the shed pondering all the suggestions. When I planned the 4mm layout, I fitted twinslot shelving to three walls of the shed to give me plenty of scope for the future. My 4mm layout uses the length and one width of the shed and merely rests on the twinslott brackets so that easy access is always available underneath the layout without layout legs getting in the way (as in past experience). What I was looking at is whether I could possibly have a rising gradient starting on the 200mm wide shelf and curving to t
  3. Thanks Nearholmer. Yes, you're quite right about the width being "blooming narrow". The reason for that is that it wasn't planned to have any railway built on it, just a storage shelf for storage of rail related items! But then, someone couldn't resist a bargain and decided to buy into O-gauge without thinking how he would ever be able to run it within his model railway shed ~ oh dear!! I take on board your suggestions and will carry out more research later tonight, when I'll have more time. Thanks again 4railsman
  4. My issue is the limited width of 200mm I have available, whereas most of the posts I have seen are enjoying widths of 450mm or more. Whilst 2-tracks could be accomodated, that may look far to cramped, therefore I was wondering what other options might provide a better scenic option. All ideas welcomed. Thanks 4railsman
  5. Above my existing 4mm layout, I now have an opportunity to expand into O-gauge. This is by means of a Plank 20cm wide x 4.3metre long resting on twinslot shelving brackets. The only rolling stock I own is the Dapol 7S-024-003 class 64xx Pannier and the Lionheart LHT-611 BR St.Ives #2 Suburban Coach set which I bought on impulse when it was offered at a very attractive price some months ago and which resulted in my unexpected expansion into O-gauge. At the moment all I have is 8 metres of C&L Finescale Bullhead flexible track ready to lay, but no points/crossings etc., plus a bran
  6. Yes, as Ikcdab said, DIY sheds or normal builders merchants are probably best avoided if you want quality timber. I would always suggest going to a proper timber merchant who has a good reputation for supplying quality timber, and who also imports their own wood directly from abroad. If you are in the Kent/Sussex, London area, I would recommend looking at Alsford Timber (https://www.alsfordtimber.com/branch-locator/), who also have a website from which you can place your order, but a personal visit is much better and should result in you viewing the timber and selecting which piece
  7. I would like to see an underside view of the chassis and bogies together with clearance dimensions from the underside of the axle to rail height. This information is critical for all those people with 4-rail layouts that have the centre return-rail modeled correctly at a higher level than the running rails, as per the prototype.
  8. If the diecast bus models industry is anything to go by, anything in London Transport Livery is a guaranteed winner and is often sold out in a relatively short time when compared to other operators models.
  9. The next EFE Rail stock that should be worked up by Bachmann/EFE Rail is the London Transport 1927,1929, 1931, 1933 Standard Tubestock which has a very interesting power bogie in an upswept chasis at the driving end. This had a very long life, and when withdrawn by London Transport, was refurbished for use as the first electric train to work on the Isle of Wight from Ryde Pier to Shanklin. It has had a variety of liveries over its long lifetime, so plenty of opportunity for subsequent releases in later years. My guess is that the London Transport Museum at Covent Garden would also
  10. ...... but more likely to sell in much bigger numbers if produced by Bachmann/EFE Rail at the same time as they launch the motorised versions of the tubestock. It would also give a different take on earlier produced models, maybe by tooling modification rather than having to justify a completely new range of tools.
  11. Now that Bachmann's EFE RAIL are to bring out a motorised version of the 1938 tubestock with NEM couplings on both coaches and the outer ends of the Driving Motor Cars, what we need to be produced to coincide with the launch is a BARRIER WAGON so that another mainline locomotive such as a Bachmann Class 66 or even Heljan's Met Vickers electric loco (Sarah Siddons etc) could couple up to a failed unit, or when being moved via Network Rail over non-electrified lines. Barrier wagons used on London Transport and its subsequent owners over the years have been varied, so modifying an exi
  12. That's great news about the EFE Tubestock being produced in a motorised version. I just hope they have made the clearances under the axles to allow for the slightly higher centre return rail of the prototype (which on my layout is 1mm above running rail height). If not, my only option would be to fit larger wheels to the power bogie and all coaches ~ an unnecessray cost which could be avoided during manufacture. After this release, I hope that Bachmann consider producing the London Transport 1927/1933 Standard Stock which is a more interesting profile imho. Well d
  13. Hornby Magazine featured a helix built railway in their October 2016 issue. The layout was built by Chris Jones ~ oh he of "The Corkscrew Lines" hall of fame. If you have never come across "Corky" as he is known, then you have really missed some good blog entertainment! Whilst his blog posting finished at the time of the Hornby Magazine article, both the Mk1 and Mk2 layouts he built during his blog posts are still available to read and well worth while. Let him introduce himself, and then continue to his blog pages. The helix he built featured a magnetic underlay to aid
  14. I have a four-car set of the S-stock which I was able to easily modify by replacing the wheels on all coaches with a larger diameter. I did try to inform Bachmann of this issue at the time but they never got back to me, despite acknowledging my email. However, the bogies on the new 117 and 121 DMU's are different to the S-stock, and may be more difficult to swap wheels ~ but to have to do this on a model costing the best part of £300 is simply galling and just adds unnecessary cost for me when the issue could have been avoided at design stage.
  15. I had to do that some years ago to a Bachman class 165 turbostar but that was a fairly simple "butcher job". I simply removed all the outer cover plastic over the axle gear and that did the job. Looking at this model again, the actual plastic gear teeth on one side appear to have been worn down over the years but the model still runs faultlessly, even over my complicated station approach tracks. This view shows the underside of the Bachmann class 165 Turbostar with the small gear covers removed. This provided sufficient clearance to the raised centre return rail
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