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    Many - but in railway terms, all pre-BR buggeration, and preferably pre-Grouping...! GWR primarily, but shades of LNWR/Midland/LMS. (I'm modelling a Joint' line.). Ideally, model railways represent a real place at a specific period. The location has to fit the space available - tricky - but the period...? So much choice.... :-). 1890's - to about 1920 is my favourite.

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  1. I have no idea if there were 'Mistletoe Specials', but there were certainly many specials related to the local production of fruit and hops - especially with regard to the transportation of seasonal workers. These groups were reported to get quite rowdy (Perhaps from the fruits of the Teme Valley.) - and railway staff took to locking the carriage doors to prevent groups of them inadvertently exiting the train at the wrong station(s) on the return journey to the Black Country. Extra sidings were added at Newnham Bridge to carer for the hop & fruit traffic in the late summer and autumn - qui
  2. Actually - it's a toy - if you wish to be really pedantic. Gawd.....
  3. The train. The train. Can we talk about the train....
  4. Several ordered in the original glorious iteration - look forward to these. Hopefully we will see more of the much neglected Pre-Grouping locos now the market is saturated with later stuff - an antidote to endless BR-everything. It'd be great if there were some RTR LNWR coaches too. Maybe this new product will provide a stimulus there too. Bravo to all concerned - these look absolutely superb....!
  5. Hi Dave, This is all new to me too, returning to railway modelling after over forty years. For what it's worth, I think the expensive chips and all the bells and whistles are over-kill for most people. I'd never be interested-enough to learn all the commands - and seriously - since when could one hear coal being shovelled from quarter of a mile away...? Naaah. Some compromises would be necessary - but one three cylinder Gresley Pacific sounds much like any other etc. I still see videos of locos with fancy chips in them - with a complete mis-match between t
  6. I've deferred writing another blog in the hope that I might have some real progress to report. Sadly, apart from the usual trickle of purchases, I'm still unable to get onto building the railway room owing to other commitments. The following may end-up being filed under 'Daft Ideas', but then again....... I was recently corresponding with another modeller, seeking to expand my knowledge - and the subject of DC/DCC entered the dialogue. Now, even not having run DCC trains myself, I can see their obvious manyfold advantages - especially if we include sound etc - w
  7. Ian commented;- This leads to the notion of a small country railway yard handling Cadbury traffic during pre-grouping times! Oddly enough, the famous Cadbury site at Bournville had it's very own private railway system - like a 1:1 train-set.....! I worked on site as an outside contractor in the early 1970's. By that time, the internal railway system was mothballed, but as well as steam shunters still in the engine shed (I believe the locos have survived to this day.), there was a fascinating collection of very old covered and open wagons, almost all of which were alrea
  8. What are you laying the track onto...?
  9. What is the gradient of the helix - and what is capable of climbing it? I'm currently mulling - over the idea of using helixes, but I'm concerned that the extra drag added to the gradient will severely limit what can climb up it. ....
  10. My recollection was that the main lines, which were on the east side, remained, whilst most of the goods/relief lines on the west side were removed, and all the remaining trackwork simplified. I think a few stretches of the old slow lines survive in the weeds.
  11. Thanks for all that info'. It seems that today there is quite a mixture everywhere. Actually - I hadn't even considered the safety of gangs on he line - a good point - but it all seems to have great potential to confuse drivers. Logically, you'd have expected there to be some sort of national standard - especially after two hundred years..... :-). I wonder if the issue has ever caused any accidents...? There certainly seems a balance of logic for UUDD on the face of it, as the fast traffic is away from the margins, and the slow lines can access sidings etc more easily.
  12. Yes - this is why I asked, as it seems a rather odd approach, as it could potentially cause confusion for drivers - it was bad enough with drivers on the right and signals on the left..... I wonder what the GWR's rationale was......
  13. Years ago, the main GWR line both north and south of Snow Hill was quadroupled, and most, but not all of the intermediate stations had at least four platforms. There was a main Up and Down, and next to that, seperate slow/goods/refief Up & Down lines.Did the GWR always follow that pattern, or did they sometimes run both Up lines next to each other and both Down lines next to each other....? Did the other 'Big Four' have a set approach/policy to how they laid-out quadroupled lines with regard to the traffic directions....? Have modern practices changed in regards to
  14. CCGWR;- Movable sections are always a bit of a liability. Use good quality hinges which are slop-free, and ensure you have positive stops where the flap shuts - metal to metal is best - and use a couple of decent over-centre latches to hold it firmly against the stops. You can also use some sort of locating pin(s). A bit of a gap in the rails won't normally derail, but if the lines don't align properly in both axises, you need to address that before thinking of altering any locos.... :-)
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