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  1. I'm sure it will be possible to program the effect like that eventually but at the moment, if it's like all the other firebox glow effects I've seen, it will come on when the shovelling sound is playing and off when it stops. But that's not just a gimmick - it's a small step closer to modelling reality. How accurate does a feature have to be to escape gimmick status? After all the fireman doesn't move while he is notionally shovelling and when the loco chuffs there's no realistic blast of smoke and steam from the chimney but we put up with those discrepancies. The speak
  2. The manual says on Page 1, "Designed by G. J. Churchward..." It's a shame no mention was made of Holcroft, the man who had suggested the idea for a new 2-6-0 after a visit to Canada and who really put the design together from a broad outline spec by Churchward.
  3. @Miss Prism Here's the smokebox door of 6336 under flash illumination. It shows up differences in materials/finishes that you don't normally see: Here's 6336 without flash: Here's 6116 for comparison: I measure the colour of the Mogul tender sides under a D50 illuminant as CIELAB = 22, -8, 4. (For comparison the Hornby Large Prairie 6116 is CIELAB = 25, -5, 7. So the Mogul is slightly darker, slightly greener, slightly less yellow than the Prairie.) P.S. Correction to earlier statements: The smokebox door is not held in place b
  4. That's the agonising part for me - she won't move until Monday, probably, because I haven't got the right decoder! Someone else will have to oblige.
  5. 'Yer 'Tiz! She's a little beauty! The smokebox door looks OK to me but I'll try to get a better photo for Miss P. later this evening.
  6. Remember that decoder fitting is via the smokebox door on these models and the door is held in place by magnets so, a. the door(s) in the photo(s) may not be seated properly, or b. the magnet mountings might push it out more than would be ideal, or c. the door moulding might be a compromise to allow it to function as the decoder access. We shall soon see... Correction: The smokebox door is a friction fit, not held in place by magnets.
  7. I'm going to fit a sound decoder myself so that I have more control over exactly what I'm getting, in terms of make and sound project. I reckon that a Zimo MX659N18 (small Next18 sound decoder) will fit and YouChoos have a Mogul project based on recordings of 5322. Edit: Amazingly, it looks like Hattons got my Mogul out of the door yesterday because I can see it in the Royal Mail tracking system! I might get the loco before I have any decoder to make it go... Edit2: It transpires that the larger MX658N18 should also fit - because that's exactly what Dapol wi
  8. Only because there were hints in the froth that it might be a GWR model.
  9. What a let down! STEAM should hook up with the model manufacturers in a similar way to drive the GWR agenda forward.
  10. Good point. So what is in the NC that involves Collett (Mike's clue) that has never been available RTR? Never mind. We'll find out in 2 hours. (Note to self: Don't get pulled into the froth.)
  11. Locomotion/Rails/Bachmann, in fact. "... New ready to run locomotive. This model has never previously been available in ready to run form in OO Scale." The Great Bear?
  12. Why cast aspersions before anyone has had the chance to test one for real? We don't know what their pulling power is yet.
  13. It would be very cruel of @AY Mod to blow air into the froth of a GWR thread if the announcement was for a lesser railway company... Wouldn't it...?
  14. Well, Rails' optimistic prediction did not come to pass, despite their close working relationship with Dapol.
  15. Hi @AY Mod, Did you reveal what was in the mystery package from China at the weekend? If so I missed it and can't find any reference in RMWeb yet. Please put me out of my misery.
  16. Thanks, that’s really interesting but the reviewer in this article has not understood that you can only compare colours numerically if you know what light source was used. She looks up the manufacturer’s stated RGB value of a paint colour then measures a painted sample. Apart from RGB not including illuminant info, there are too many uncontrolled variables in that process. Having carefully explained how DeltaE is used to describe colour differences she doesn’t state the DeltaE between the hoped for RGB values and the measured values - and of course she can’t because she’s not working in CIELAB
  17. To assess which of my two devices is the more accurate I needed a well defined set of colours that I could measure so I bought a CIELAB colour fan: Here are a typical set of results for the colour in the middle of the screen CIELAB = 75 -20 50: You can see that the result from the Chinese device on the left is significantly further away (76.18, -13.08, 37.97) than the Canadian Nix device on the right (76, -21, 49). Similar results are seen when measuring random colours across the fan - the Chinese device is never as close as the Nix. So I will b
  18. R.I.P. Geoffrey Palmer OBE, lugubrious British character actor.


    "Bit of a cock-up on the catering front."


    1. Tim Hall

      Tim Hall

      Throughout my childhood as the hapless ex soldier in Reggie Perrin, superb.

    2. truffy


      Bigger loss than many :(

    3. Metr0Land


      I always remember him as the father in Butterflies trying to keep the family together around the dining table and his wife's dreadful cooking.

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  19. The landlord has obviously installed that most modern of appliances, an indoors toilet, and upstairs to boot! (See the waste pipe.) Now, as we all know, the cistern has to be mounted as high on the wall as possible to produce a really powerful flush when you pull the chain. So the window was rather an inconvenience (sic) and had to be blocked up, erm, hopefully unlike the toilet... Aihthangyaw.
  20. It's beautiful! Keep it, compare it with the Dapol version. Put it in a display case and admire it...
  21. Brambly Warren... Has a nice ring to it...
  22. Found it: http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/h/henllan/ Really nice goods shed: http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/h/henllan/henllan(alsop_c1905)old1.jpg
  23. A while ago I found a little station in Wales that was in a cutting (single line through station with passing loop, can't remember it's name). The goods yard was very cramped with a thin shed whose loading bay was in one end rather than opposite the siding as usual. The weighbridge and office were on the public road above the station, outside the goods yard gate, conveniently next to the pub! There's a prototype for everything.
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