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  1. Ah, well the old fashioned experiment has come to an end - thank you all for the fun and comraderie on the way, but I am just not getting the enjoyment out of stock that I was hoping!
  2. @-missy- thank you for your help both via PM and here It seems that if I'm looking beyond 2mm then a 'benchtop' lathe rather than standalone is the best choice, but I hadn't factored in the need for a mill should I really want to get the fire going - which essentially doubles my outlay Opinions for 'one step up' seem to be fairly equally split between a 'Mini Lathe will do everything you need' vs 'Buy one up from a mini-lathe and you won't need to change in X years'. ArcEuroTrade don't do their 'fettling' service anymore, either @Jan W thank you for the link. I think one of my o
  3. The 'City' section of the Paris Club train was four green four wheelers and a fourgon in 1893!
  4. Well, I bought the only available M12 collet chuck available online and found it very wanting, and unfortunately I don't have access to a Myford to cut the thread or taper on my own collet chuck it is not wholly an issue of the collet however, also of capacity. I think if I could trade in the Unimat for an equivalent Sieg or Warco that had the same accuracy, but also the ability to machine larger work pieces, I would be happier.
  5. I've got an Emco Unimat SL and I think I want to upgrade to a larger lathe for two reasons: The capacity is sufficient for most 2mm work, but insufficient for basically any other lathe work without major compromises The non-standard fittings make finding quality tools difficult. As a small example, 2. is causing me issues because I can't find any quality collet chucks at a non-extortionate price with the Unimat M12 fitting, so I can't then use the lathe for wheel machining/etc. for 1. ! My thoughts were to offer this up for sale to the association/etc. and put
  6. First time I've seen Ronsthorpe, @fezza - looks nice! It does appear to break a few 'rules' but I guess that shows that they are really only guidelines.
  7. Bradfield Gloucester Square does that really well - adjacent the double track mainline there is a single-track branch. In the era that John Elliott modelled it, he had truncated this with lifted track, and it formed a headshunt for the station. My understanding is that either running road could be used to back out in theory - with either a limit of shunt board on the inbound line that was the stopping-distance clear of the preceding box's block signal, or with an advanced starter and/or ground signals reaching away on the outbound line. I believe someone else mentioned in this thr
  8. Some very interesting answers. Joining and splitting of EMUs happens at Purley, my local station - but it is a junction on the main line with a pair of branches, rather than a terminus. I guess one could extrapolate the need for longer and shorter rakes throughout the day by consisting and splitting multiple units, but I think as @Pacific231G has said - you'd still end up running that parcels train! Reading Iain Rice's old book 'Mainline in Modest Spaces' he suggests that the smallest 'express mainline service' (obviously with exceptions) would probably be the 'core' 5 coaches - tw
  9. Interesting idea - literally just being the signalman, for trains which drive themselves? Honestly I don't think it'd be that difficult - iTrain already has the functionality to set up things like train priority (i.e. train A takes a siding for train B), and with bidirectional DCC a computer/etc. would be able to identify which locos are on which sidings, set routes, etc. to feed a layout. Train looks at siding #1 and sees 'Duchess' i.e. express train, bell code to station operator for express and then pauses for acknowledgement. On acknowledgement and signals clea
  10. A bit more progress on the 4 SUB: I'm not sure I really enjoyed doing this all that much, really!
  11. That could definitely help - but all of these things are applicable to steam working too so don't really form a differentiator. I guess however, it does ensure there's a base level of things going on - assuming one models the pre-signalbox-centralisation era! This is a bit interesting, reminds me of a videogame development 'challenge' where people are revealed new concepts to integrate into the game during development over the course of a day, i.e. 'time is running out', or 'inversion' or something, and their success is based on including or working around
  12. Lovely stuff @Ravenser - particularly your astute observation about platform widths. Blacklade has been on my radar since the 2006 (?) Challenge ! @Pacific231G - what intensity.
  13. Cor, now that's not something you see very often! Your layout is a 'system' rather than a station, isn't it? I imagine that the problem of effectively having a shuttle service is less of an issue when you have a large junction and a continuous run around the room, rather than moving from the platforms directly into a traverser fiddleyard. Based on the scope of the above picture, I wonder if for a D/E station you simply need to look at it from a wider perspective i.e. train-level rather than wagon- or coach-level operations. i.e. to be presented with a requirement to run trains, and
  14. Bastille was alot like the suburban platforms at Liverpool Street, and alot like how Freezer allegedly designed Minories - a 'jazz service' of immediate arrivals, only for a loco on shed to buffer up to the other end of the train and pull it straight out? So, as a 'theory' - what can be done to better support modern traction in a Minories layout, assuming that loco-hauled services are off the cards. Holborn Viaduct had a parcels service until the 70's so we can suppose for an urban setting that we might even see some air-braked vans - but that is almost the same as any steam-era st
  15. That last photo is just gorgeous, @Ian Smith - quite literally could be a period photograph!
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