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  1. A rowdy gang of young cyclists are in, upsetting the locals, drinking way too much ginger beer and imposing on the landlady to make pemmican sandwiches that they can take on their ripping adventures this afternoon.
  2. Unusual nameplate - black lettering on white ground.
  3. Have you looked at Atkins "GWR Goods Train Working" Vol 2? On page 280 there's a drawing and on 281 a photo. Unfortunately it's still not clear how the wire ropes that control the "arms" are shackled to the post but my best guess is a ring connected to the rope engages in hooks bolted to the post in two positions. I think I also see a wooden hand grip in the photo but maybe I'm imagining it.
  4. Same with the 63XX Mogul before it. It seems to be Dapol's new standard fitting that buffers are push-fit items, not glued in, so it's not great worry that they are loose on arrival. Just push them back in and secure with a bit of glue if you like.
  5. Notice that the manual says the parts are "supplied with all models" but for fitting to "vacuum fitted models" - so not all models, not the early versions of the loco.
  6. Suggestion: No turnouts need to be lifted but some groundworks are needed to extend the yard area forward a bit - and you can say that's exactly what happened in the real world!
  7. Here's my interpretation: You can see the curve of the wall and how the large building tucks in close to it on the 1973 map Martin posted above. The curve is visible on Clark's 1913 map but the building isn't.
  8. There are various ways to get decent length sidings in a model where space is more restricted than the prototype - but the compromises are that the model is not then a faithful copy of the real thing. (And that has to include somewhere for trains to come from and go to, of course!) You could run the goods yard behind the platforms but then you'd need to re-arrange passenger access - possibly even moving it to the other side of the mainline. Another possibility is to curve the mainline to maximise the length of the whole station complex. And when the mainline curves it opens the possibility for the yard to be angled behind the passenger platforms so that a triangle opens up between them to fit in the station building and passenger access. Something like this (a modified version of Wiveliscombe but you can see the similarity to Lampeter):
  9. The multiple conical(?) supports suggest that whatever those bodies were , they are being used as provender stores at the time of the photograph.
  10. Maybe go for a 4 or 5 road shed with the remaining 1 or 2 lines external. That might give you the flexibility to shorten the external roads, move the shed back and thus reduce the angles. Lots of variables in play here!
  11. Covered fiddle yards, hidden gradients, powerbase… In my book those are all things to avoid if you possibly can! Would you like to share your track plan with us? We might be able to offer some helpful suggestions.
  12. For me, they were in with the spare wheels set. Have you checked that bag?
  13. Get a grip, TV presenters!

     

    Wembley has two syllables, not three! It's "Wem - blee" not "Wem- ber- lee"!

     

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    2. sigtech

      sigtech

      And last time I looked, there was no R in Wembley...

    3. Huw Griffiths

      Huw Griffiths

      Meanwhile, I don't know how some people repeatedly manage to morph "nuclear" (as in power etc) into "noo-kee-lar"' or something equally ridiculous.

    4. leopardml2341

      leopardml2341

      New cue ler is the one that irks me.

       

      And don't get me started on (s)Pacific (sic)

  14. Oh thank you, I'm honoured! But I'm not in the same league as those guys. I'm a Rice fan too so I will have to add this book to my ever-increasing reading stack!
  15. I think the GWR would say, "Sorry, our yard at Warren is very small and there isn't enough room for you to operate out of it, Mr. Coal Merchant." Mr. Coal Merchant would set up his yard somewhere off the public road, nearby.
  16. You need to be able to reach across to do two-handed work without damaging any scenery and without your clothes (e.g. thick jumpers in the winter) from catching on things. 762mm is about right but it varies from person to person. A 610mm wide operating well would be physically workable for most people but could rapidly become annoying because it's more difficult to rise up into after you've ducked under, you feel hemmed in while you're in there and you have to be very careful when you turn around not to knock anything. A standard British doorway is 762mm wide (2ft 6in) and that's a reasonable comfortable width for most people. Design the layout first then think about the best arrangement of baseboards to support it.
  17. Yes, it has the same sized speaker well as the mogul, approx. 20mm by 40mm. I have just squashed a Zimo Dumbo into mine. I had to file it down a bit to get it in.
  18. That's a bit unfair. No-one wants to find problems but if we do find them we can't just keep quiet and ignore them. That would be very unhealthy for everyone, for the whole hobby!
  19. Not everyone will worry about the misaligned running plates (and steps and hand rails) between loco and tender but it niggles me so I've looked into it some more. (Why does it niggle me? The loco was designed to have the running plates aligned. Look at any drawing of the class, including the one on the box...) I measure the misalignment as ~1.25mm, that is 3¾ inches in the real world. That may not sound much but it’s about half the depth of the valences - the top of one valence is pointing at the middle of the other. I dismantled the tender to investigate the problem further and this was enlightening. The whole tender body, including running plate, valence and steps is one unit and the valences overhang the chassis (unlike the typical Hornby tender). So if you can insert some spacers between the tender body and chassis you can get all of those important visual elements to line up with the loco, and crucially, do that without affecting the couplings and without opening up any obvious visible gaps! Here's a quick bodge up with some 1.2mm rod inserted temporarily to create the spacing and the tender body just resting on top, not properly fixed: Much better to my eye! Some things to note about this: 1. The supplied fixing screws will have a very tenuous hold on their collars so they will have to be very carefully tightened. Probably worth sourcing some longer screws. 2. More of the tender chassis will be visible, obviously. Whether this is more or less "prototypically correct" than the model as supplied is hard to say. The bottom of the steps now seem to line up with the bottom of the frames - which is what the drawing shows on the box... 3. The fall plate(s) may have to be adjusted but the one attached to the tender is metal so it should bend to a new position. 4. There's 1mm more space for a bigger speaker! I need to play around a bit more and then maybe make more permanent spacers, but it looks promising.
  20. Yes, "488" is definitely wonky on my version but of course this is an extremely cruel close-up that you wouldn't normally see when the model is on your layout:
  21. Thanks. So should be 16mm on the model and I do measure them as 16mm +/- a bit. (They are of course, more coned than the prototype so it depends where on the tread you measure.)
  22. Does anyone know the specified diameter of the prototype's tender wheels? I don't have the right books and although I've googled I can't find that info yet.
  23. Since outdoor photos are de rigeur at the moment, here's mine (with a cat hair already attached ): Stunning! Notice "SE&CR" on the tender's axle boxes... Amazing! I need to think about running plate alignment... As with the Mogul, setting a function key to drive both F0Fwd and F0Rev outputs got the firebox flicker working. And as with the Mogul it's not very bright.
  24. My 488 arrived at lunchtime. It was a surprise because the only notification I had was from PayPal some days ago. Very beautiful! Thank you Rails and Dapol! Decoder installation was a bit tedious because the speaker enclosure jammed in the opening and I had to do some very delicate simultaneous pushing, pulling and levering to get the carrier board out. (The GWR Mogul came with speaker enclosure not fitted, as I recall.) It runs well: very smooth, very quiet, nicely progressive speed control, no sign of any "lumps" in the motion. One minor point: I don't think the coal load is up to the standard of the rest of the model because it's not a good fit and it sits high, so that you can see the edges of the moulding. Some filing might make it sit down better so that the edges are properly hidden but the better long-term answer will be to replace it with some real coal. I'll try to get the firebox flickering after work... Should be possible with a bit of CV tweaking.
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