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  1. I found a photo of her in later years in the "Everything Great Western" group in Facebook. Date of photo not given but it looks like she's standing in a line of condemned locos with her number roughly painted on where the plate used to be. The letters GWR are just visible under the grime on the tank. The caption says: "1901 Class loco No.1925, was turned out from Stafford Road Works in December 1883. In 1949 it was specially painted at the works ( including GWR lettering) in order to appear in the film " The Chiltern Hundreds" The engine then returned to normal service until withdrawn in April 1951, by which time it was then the last GWR O-6-0 saddle tank loco in existence." I can't copy the photo or provide a link because "Everything Great Western" is a closed group but it is well worth joining. If you join, search for "saddle 1925" to find the photo.
  2. Harlequin

    Little Muddle

    The 20th of September 1938 was a Tuesday... The "Suite for jazz orchestra No. 1" by Dmitri Shostakovich, was premiered on this day, 1938. (To pick a fact not related to the rumblings of War in Europe.)
  3. Thanks for the answers. To be brutally honest I don't think that space is usable for a scenic model railway. You will be looking through the trusses all the time so the scenic illusion just won't hold up. And if you look into the model diagonally the view will be blocked even more by the trusses. I would have suggested a scenic area in the central aisle but, since the aisle is under 4ft wide and the inner posts slope into the aisle, I don't think that will work either. I can't offer any more thoughts, except to get the builders in and open up some of the trusses (with building regs approval of course). Sorry.
  4. I think that would have to be, at least partly, a rock-sided cutting for two reasons: Banks take up a lot of space and in the real world they were kept clear of trees. You could possibly also attempt the neat visual trick of continuing the cutting towards the backscene so that the line of the track appears to be straighter than it really is. Maybe put some dummy track in the bottom! (But you then need to disguise the junction of the cutting with the backscene somehow.)
  5. I agree with Keith that the curved points look like Setrack parts. Redraw using Streamline Code 75 parts to find out if the plan still works. You may need to do something clever to achieve the tight curves in Code 75 flexitrack. I'm sure it can be done but it won't be as straightforward as laying to the typically larger radii used with flexitrack. P.S. I think having one siding without road vehicle access is fine because you need somewhere to store your empties and generally shuffle wagons around during loading and unloading. Edit: I don't think there's room between the tracks for an island platform. The minimum width for an island platform should be 48mm but you can fiddle that a bit. With the tight curves you may need to leave ~25mm between the platform edge and track centre to allow for the overhangs of long vehicles - you need to test that. That adds up to ~100mm between track centres either side of the island platform for most of its length.
  6. The roof trusses are really constraining. Are the inner ones upright? What is the distance between the inner posts? (Looks like about 5 feet?) Do you want your railway to be scenic? Are you using Setrack parts for a particular reason?
  7. I stumbled across a hint about the two whistle tones in this photo of the cab of Odney Manor: In the top right you can see the two labels, “Whistle” and “Brake Whistle”...
  8. That weasel word, "Nominal", is their "get out of jail free" card...
  9. Harlequin

    Little Muddle

    This is 7828 Odney Manor at one of the recent WSR open days: Sorry, not the best photo and take it with a pinch of salt because, (a.) it's one of the 1950s BR-built versions and (b.) it's in preservation livery. I've only just noticed the helpfully labelled Whistle chains - "Whistle" and "Brake Whistle"... Interesting...
  10. The staggered point blades don't reduce the radius of the smaller right hand route by very much. I measure ~915mm for the left hand route, as expected, and ~800mm for the right. Peco do make mistakes with their stated radii. They sometimes claim the Large turnouts are 60in radius - and that's just silly.
  11. Hi Pete, The branch line is very close to the main line in lots of places - so will it "read" as a branch line or just as another part of the main line infrastructure? It will share tunnel portals with the main line, for instance. Operationally speaking, why is the engine shed at the end of the branch line? A tiny branch line wouldn't need a big engine shed. The through station might need one (if it were bigger) but the shed doesn't have a direct connection to the through station, even though it's adjacent to it. I assume the Goods shed (GS?) is just a placeholder for something more developed but remember that the goods shed needs a yard and both of them need road access. You need to be able to back a lorry up to the shed doors. Be careful not to put so many buildings in front of your railway that you can't see it. How is the raised station building connected to the rest of the world? How do people get in and out? Both your high level termini are very close to the back. Remember to leave room for some scenery behind them otherwise they will never look realistic. (Unless you cover them with train sheds!) Minimum: a few mils for a brick retaining wall but that would be extremely boring (and odd for a high level station). Maybe a platform, a low relief station building? Maybe something more fancy?
  12. This is vaguely similar to the station I drew earlier, but rotated by 180° (or flipped). My one island platform was 70mm wide. The other platform was not an island so that it could accommodate a traditional station building with level road access. Tighter radii heading towards the lifting section on the left. Larger curvaceous radii heading into the scenic end on the right.
  13. Since the branch platform loop connects to the main line at the other end of the platform you could avoid the second connection at this end as well..???
  14. Harlequin

    Little Muddle

    Yes. The Great Western Way (2nd edition) says that in this period cabs were "Mid Chrome Green" (Loco Green) inside, including the inside of the roof. The footplate was black except timber areas, which were left natural. Much earlier (pre-1906) it refers to a report of the cab interior being painted "Vermilion" (China Red) up to the top of the splashers, with black and orange lining at the junction with the green above! Much more fancy!
  15. I think they do indeed need to break out of the existing geometry to make any improvements now. That's exactly what I suggested here: The idea includes adaptors to connect the new geometry to the standard current Streamline geometry.
  16. A station does not have to be a passenger station - a stand alone goods yard is, of course, a station too. The point I was making should have been fairly obvious: If you have some reason for trains to stop on scene then operations are more varied. Even infrequent and simple stopping operations add different movement to the baseline trains passing through. You can choose/design the station to meet your desired level of on scene operations. I know this is getting slightly off topic. Maybe the OP would like to change the title of this thread to clarify that he was asking about station buildings.
  17. That's the thing, though, you have to just like watching trains go by and nothing else. A station makes other things happen - that's why they are so popular. I'm not advocating against landscape only scenes, they can be great! Just pointing out the huge member of the Elaphantidae family with the trunk sitting in the corner over there.
  18. Here's a quick sketch suggestion for you. You can see it's very similar, just some slight re-arrangements and a bit of a curve. The curve allows the yard to open up more and for the lines to reach into the far corner. Putting the goods shed on the run round spur opens up the yard even more. The run round loop is just long enough to clear 3 coaches. The shed track traps the run round loop. Plain track before the first point allows locos to stay on scene while they run round and lets you see the Home signal better.
  19. Have you got any kind of interference suppression components fitted in the motor circuit? They can affect a decoder's back-EMF measurement. P.S. You need to test decoders from other manufacturers before singling out Zimos in particular. My guess is that they would all show the same symptoms.
  20. Please have a serious word with your S&T department about the interlocking between your points and signals!
  21. Ah yes. That makes sense. Duh! I hope you can get it to work without too much trouble. I think I'd better go and inspect some turnouts I bought recently!
  22. It's very unusual for a turnout to be duff out of the packet. You could try cleaning between the blade and the stock rail to ensure they are clean and making electrical contact (a fibre glass pen is ideal).
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