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    Brisbane, though British born and raised : )
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    1948 British Railways "Lettered Period", LNER A4s, SE West Country Classes, LMS class 4P tank engines and GWR Castles.
  1. Wow thank you all for the insightful and fascinating replies, I have been overseas so I haven't had the chance to check up on your responses sorry about that. I am trying to run a 6 carriage train with tender locos and 3 or 4 carriage trains hauled by tank engines hence overly long platforms, however I do see the sense in reducing the platforms a little and perhaps taking the loco turning and such off layout as mentioned. I feel as though I am going to opt for a slightly more 'imaginary' layout for the sake of having fun, however I think the track plan for Seaton is an excellent track plan and I will try to draw up a new plan based around it. Thank you all once again for your suggestions!
  2. Right, here we go again. I'm planning a terminus layout, I've roughly assembled the track plan for the platform area with two main line platforms, runaround and a goods platform as pictured. The layout is only 50 cm wide (or narrow rather), and I'm wondering if anyone could suggest what I could put in the Good Yard section? I was contemplating a coal stage, goods siding or loco shed? All suggestions welcome
  3. Yes I've already got the loco itself so I'd love to pair her up with some accurate coaches. I heard that some are not so fond of the tender/loco combination but I find it oddly endearing. I'll most likely order 4 or so coaches for now, perhaps a Buffet, Brake, Sleeper and Third to get a little variety who knows.
  4. Thanks for the info, I found the Dynamometer car a few weeks back but ran for cover when I saw the price. But yes Gresley teaks thank you so much, I might have a little more saving to do but I think I might invest in a rake, I think the full thing would look brilliant even without the dynamometer car.
  5. Hi all, I'm looking to invest in some new coaches to match my 1948 period layout. I've had a look at some photos from the era, however I haven't really been able to figure out which coaches I should be looking for. The loco I'd like to pair these coaches with is the SR West Country Class 'Bude' with Stanier tender that ran on the Great Central Main Line during the 1948 loco exchange trials. Main question: What coaches should I buy to match the following photos? Thank you so much in advance!
  6. Phew sorry been out doing work. Thanks for all your suggestions, the "poor man's rolling road" worked great. Locos worked fine when alligator clips were attached directly to the motor contacts on dc. With the motor all good I put the chip back and tested just where the pickups meet the wire that connects the chip and found the problem. One of the joints connecting the pickup to the chip had come loose, the wheel just held it in place against the body, however when the wheel spun, it allowed for the wire to come out of contact and thus stop the loco. 2 minutes of soldering and everything was back up and running. At least it wasn't the chip or controller haha, that would have been a real headache!
  7. Thanks for all your replies! In response to some of the questions, I'm currently using a Hornby elink with the standard 1amp power supply. I suppose I'll test them with the old Select that I have (yes yes I know the select is terrible haha). Hopefully it isn't a decoder problem as I currently only have 3 dcc locos and 2 of them came with the 4 pin chip!
  8. It seems every model I own is out to get me... I have two little 060T Hornby locos, both fitted with basic 4 pin/socket Hornby decoders. For some unknown reason, both locos simply stop running after travelling only a few centimetres. This happens regardless of what part of the layout I use. I have even tried using just the power track and a straight peice or two, and the same problem persists. Hours of track scrubbing, wheel cleaning, pickup aligning and all sorts, to no avail. Why these locos still won't run is beyond me. It is important to note that this does not happen with my larger tender locos. If anyone has had similar experiences or knows how to solve this issue please let me know.
  9. I must admit that I've read through and looked at almost all of those beautiful photos and I must say (as everyone else has) they're absolutely fantastic. I can't remember exactly where but I found an album of recoloured black and whites from the late steam era. Some didn't quite look right but others looked rather impressive, though I'm sure somoene could debate the accuracy of the colouring of course.
  10. Plum and spilt milk haha wonderful description. I do agree with both the previous points, the seemingly random assortment of liveries in this period almost allows for a creative licence compared to other more set and standardised periods. However it also makes it difficult to find certain locos and the like in those liveries. It is rather rare to see a Hornby or Bachmann etc. loco with the lettered livery on them. I assume this does however provide all the entertainment in the world for those who like to repaint and renumber their stock haha. I suppose I'm one of very few who find the West Country loco with Black 5 tender to be a wonderful sight (I've heard from many that they consider it a sin).
  11. That's a brilliant stack of information thanks for that. I assume this gives me warranty to run "BRITISH RAILWAYS" liveries next to the standard LNER and LMS locos and no one can complain about it being unprototypical. As for the loco exchange trials yes, the LMS LNER and SR all boasted about their locos being the best, except that they were all the best at completely different things, speed, coal, water consumption, reliability and all sorts. Some saved coal regardless of schedule and others stuck to schedule regardless of coal usage! Nonetheless a good reason to have spam cans, A4's, coronations and castles all in the same area. Which is perfect as they're some of my favourite locos. I'm interested in seeing photos of (if they exist) locos with pre BR and BR liveries in the same shot. I haven't found any yet. Again thanks for the wealth of knowledge you've shared.
  12. Hello, after some recent research I've become fascinated with the events (if that's what you'd call them) that happened in the very first days/months of BR. There are several interesting (and quirky) things that I've read about... Such as: LMS and LNER locos retaining their respective pre nationalisation logos well into BR days; locomotive exchange trials (SR locos with LMS tenders etc); and locos visiting regions they weren't "supposed to" operate in. If anyone would like to shed some light, give some more info, or has any other interesting stories about this period, send them in! Thanks Dan
  13. Hello, just to explain a little, the rubber is not in tension and is also protected by a nylon fabric cover/coating of sorts so it is very unlikely to fall apart. It does sound a lot less sturdy that it really is. Rest assured that I did extensive testing on the rolling road before closing everything back up which included running from speed step 1 to 128 in both directions. Thankfully, she runs better thank ever. In response to the suggestion to put a small piece of plastic or metal where I placed the rubber: when using either plastic or metal, as soon as there was any room for motion, the clacking returned, as the worm simply hit against that instead of the casing. Leaving no room for movement provided too much resistance which noticeably slowed the motor down. I did try painstakingly for an hour to find the right width but to no avail. I'm sure if anyone else with a similar problem reads these posts they'll have a great selection of ideas and suggestions on how to solve the problem. Thanks again Dan
  14. Just a quick update. The solution has been found. Washers aren't available and rubber bands are too dodgy... so I made a rubber washer haha. Believe it or not, this seems to be the best solution so far. A little piece of rubber has been clamped between the worm and the motor casing. Acting effectively exactly like a washer while still providing a minuscule amount of give. Loco now runs at full speed with not a clack to be heard (Thank Bulleid himself). If this fails then I'll have no choice but to get an actual washer. But as it stands, loco is running fine. Again thanks for your detailed insights and suggestions
  15. Thanks so much for all of your replies, the washer idea is great, but it may be a while before I can get my hands on one that is the correct size. I think ultimately the washer will be the permanent solution. I've checked the linkage and there are no issues there, the pistons are deep enough and there's just enough space on either side of the little mounting bracket for any motion to be absorbed. It may be the wheels being out of alignment or some other such thing, but investigating that would require wire cutting and soldering so I'll skip that for simplicity's sake. Thanks again for all your advice, it looks like washers are the way forward for clacking motors!
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