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  1. I can see the point of the rule of thirds but surely it depends on the prototype location or more often, the typical location on which the model is based. If you model a rural section of the ECML, you need a long gap between scenic breaks (as done so well on LB) but model the station throat at Kings Cross and you won't get a full length train between Gasworks Tunnel and the overall roof. In urban environments, there are countless locations where the normal length train is longer then the "gap", so I think you can get away with it in an urban model. Urban land is expensive, so the infrastructure is squeezed in; at city stations trains often almost fill the whole platform length. Perhaps the problem is more with the frequently modelled branch line terminus and Ashburton is perhaps the worst offender (or offended?). Branch line termini weren't small; land was cheap. Platforms were normally much longer than the regular train service as they were built based on the ambition of the developer and not a real business requirement. Like Clive's photo above shows, local trains are normally lost in the platform length, not fitting it exactly. People who don't have much space only expect to be able to run short trains, so model a BLT (sorry, I still think of Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato.....) but then foreshorten it to fit their trains, so we see lots of models of cramped rural termini. Guilty as charged, I've tried to fit one into about five feet.
  2. Probably the same railway starting all their Simplex Motor-rails simultaneously.
  3. This is the sort of statement that should get a round of applause.
  4. Me neither. I was (until mid-March) a daily SWR commuter and usually a satisfied one. The idea that Nationalisation would "bring railways back to the people" is fantasy politics. I would have no more say in how the railways are run by the government than I did as a customer of a privatised operator. Those who ask for Nationalisation, especially political leaders, do not just disagree with the decisions made by others, they don't want others to be able to make decisions they disagree with. Politicians often talk about returning power to the people, but it almost always means transferring power from someone else, to them.
  5. This would make sense; the inlet pipe probably turned through 90deg (or fed a deflector like a sprinkler system) just inside to direct the flow onto the inner surface of the tank, so most of it would cling by surface tension and run down to the bottom. Directing a jet straight into the tank would froth the milk uncontrollably and way before hitting full capacity would be overflowing everywhere. You would also risk curdling the milk, meaning the whole tank would be rejected.
  6. I think it's a trade off, your choice depends on whether you want a model of a railway or a model of a railway in a landscape. I've never seen Pendon "in the flesh" but it's one of very few 4mm scale layouts that really give a sense of the railway being in a much bigger landscape. It is very hard to do in the sort of space most of us would have available. Some manage the cramped, urban landscape very well (Wibdenshaw is one) but they are often notable for what they leave out rather than what is included. There are many 2mm scale layouts where the railway is almost lost in a rural landscape, which really appeals to me. Had I not committed to OO from an early age, I would probably have gone down the N-gauge route for this reason.
  7. I would challenge this. In my previous career in the defence industry, had I been found to have viewed (and the IT had allowed me to view) the sort of Restricted material I worked on at any of the locations you've listed, I would have quickly been looking forward to a career outside the defence industry. I have no spare room in this house and nowhere to erect a permanent desk in a room away from everyone (there seems to be an assumption from lots of well-paid journos that all middle class people live in 4-bedroom houses in North London) so until the schools went back, my "office desk" has been on our dining table, while everyone else continues their life around me. A colleague recently described Home Working in Lockdown as "A Luxury of the Middle-Classes"; he's dead right. There are huge numbers of the population whose jobs cannot be done from home. They aren't working from home, they're furloughed and probably waiting nervously for when their employer tells them enough is enough, everyone is being made redundant. That aside, it's remarkable, I've read more common sense analysis of the impact of the pandemic on the world of work on this thread, than I have seen/heard/read in all the professional media in the last six months.
  8. Cher has never made much secret of being Cut-n-Shut and probably contains as much plastic as a Tri-ang Mk1 coach.
  9. I've just been to the local tip today and watched people throwing out "model railway baseboard sized" panels of MDF and marine ply. I already have a garage full of "useful" items, but it was gutting to see it wasted.
  10. What must the acceleration have been like with this rake, a 2-car DMU plus FOUR vans (including two bogied)!
  11. I agree, that's probably a reasonable definition. If you only define railway modellers as someone who makes models, then the "box openers" (actually most of them are really "collectors") wouldn't be counted and Hornby et al would have badly underestimated their market.
  12. In that case it's not so much the consultants as the vanity of the project's sponsors, but I agree with you. There can be few rail projects in the UK that could make such an immediate congestion/environmental benefit. Bristol is supposed to be a centre of the green movement, but they have been pretty ineffectual at pushing to get this project built. Get. It. Open. Build the car park boundary, but surface enough in the central area for the initial traffic. Build a full length platform but a minimalist station facility. Run a 2-car unit every hour. If/when the traffic starts to exceed capacity, add the extra facilities, parking and an extra unit (although the country's not not exactly awash with them). If you're filling a 4-car unit hourly, then upgrade the signalling and add a passing loop for the 30-minute interval service.
  13. .....Which makes it even more inexcusable that the Portishead re-opening project has taken so long and had its budget so massively inflated. The cost increase is largely (I understood) to provide the necessary capacity for the regular passenger trains AND the Portbury freight.
  14. Today a colleague made the comment from so many that there was no need for HS2 as no-one was commuting any more. I guess all the cars I see on the roads morning and evening must be just "going out for a spin". Another colleague, who is requesting permission to work from the office again (he lives 10 minutes walk away) came up with a memorable quote: "Lockdown home working is a luxury of the middle classes". We're both about as middle class as they come and I absolutely agree with him. It shows a very self-centred view of the world to not notice everyone who is working in the shops, delivering to the shops, sorting in the warehouses, working the production lines, none of whom can "phone in" their work. That's to say nothing of the Armed and Emergency services; presumably all the over-worked NHS staff who have been treating Covid-19 patients this year did it all via Zoom meetings.
  15. Amputation was no barrier to work on the Eastern Region; "We are an equal opportunities employer", obviously. On a related subject, do any UK modellers reflect the ethnicity of the areas of the UK they represent, with their model people? I think Wibdenshaw has/had some British Asians (complete with Sikh turban and beard) amongst the population, as is appropriate for West Yorkshire, but can't remember any other layouts doing this.
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