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    Professional programmer; amateur designer, gardener, self-builder, railway modeller.

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  1. I understand the frustration. How about changing tack and getting someone else to design the layout for you? That way the designer's knowledge could be harnessed to produce a design to your specification and with all the right bits in the right places (to paraphrase Eric Morecambe) that would get you up and running more quickly.
  2. Oh dear, I hope that's not because of me! Please don't be dispirited. Get something working and have some fun!
  3. No, don't worry. Different people do things different ways. I think Chimer is on your wavelength more than I am.
  4. Actually, I think Pete needs a single voice advising him - to give the plan some coherence. (There are some things I would question about the current plan but I'm staying out of it - too many voices.) GWR engine sheds seem to vary greatly in size, character, layout and relationship to stations. I think it's easy to justify one at this station that might have been provided originally for the branch loco and then crystallised and grew from that seed. Especially if you imagine there's some other infrastructure off scene nearby, such as maybe another branch a few miles
  5. Further small update: Added the connecting cable (more correctly the trunking) and plugs in the holes on the opposite side. The "plugs" might be bolts but it's not clear so I've just added non-descript cylinders covering the holes.
  6. Here's the next update: The shape of the side mounting plates is a bit of an educated guess. I think I see the angled rear in some photos. The electrical cable passes through one of the holes to connect to the ATC device and pick up voltage from the ramp. I changed some of the washers because I realised that the engineering drawing was showing spring washers in many places. All the bolts are now oriented correctly. Notice that one of the four bolts connecting each side to the mounting plate is reversed. That's exactly as drawn because the body of the device would pr
  7. More likely just overshadowed by the beautifully curvaceous Dapol streamlined railcar.
  8. If you find d/emu operations unsatisfying those activities might not work for you, though, because they don't make trains do anything fundamentally different on the layout. They still just slide soullessly into platforms, stand a while and slide out again. Only the reasons for doing that have changed. For some people the off-layout activities would add enough interest, but for others, maybe not.
  9. Here's the latest version: Fillets in all the internal corners of the castings. Corrected some mistakes and added some details. Nuts, bolts, washers and bushes. I know some of this small stuff will hardly be visible at 4mm scale but it's good to do it properly so that the model could be used at any scale. (I'm drawing it actual size - it's about 33 inches high.)
  10. Thinking about seeing the back of one, I just remembered that I took lots of photos underneath Caerphilly Castle the last time I was at Steam... All I found was this: D'Oh! Another partial view of the front!
  11. Another useful photo, thanks. (I wish I could see the back of one!) The bar across the front seems to be quite common and is part of the mounting, rather than part of the device itself. I think your idea about it protecting the device from being knocked by the coupling might be spot on. I will try to model this kind of mounting. I've got a cunning plan to combine it with an NEM tongue so that it will plug into an NEM socket on RTR locos.
  12. Yes, that's the idea. I hope to make the model available to the community in some form or other. I'll send you the Sketchup file when I've made a bit more progress if that would help.
  13. I've started to build a 3D model from the engineering drawings in Justin's post: I have mainly concentrated on the castings so far and there's still a lot to do - rounding off various corners, adding nuts & bolts, etc. (Don't worry about the colours or extra lines where they shouldn't be - they are all just to help to see what I'm doing during construction.) It's very satisfying to be able to create something from drawings that are around 85 years old and to see the shapes come to life in a way that the original draughtsman could not possibl
  14. That makes sense, thanks. The "Save As Type" dropdown is a bit misleading but of course it's the standard Windows File Save dialog.
  15. You should be offered JPEG, amongst other formats, in the Save As dropdown menu. Or am I missing the point?
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