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  1. Potential, yes, but it does depend upon how much you are willing to take a knife to a £400 unit.
  2. Hi Peter. I think a lot here depends upon who you are, where you live and whose version of things you believe. There is some evidence to suggest the virus has been worse among certain ethnicities, high-rise and dense housing and the oldest and already-sick. It hasn’t been bad around us at all. In a year we have only known three people go off with it at work, no-one we know locally has had it and we have always been one of the lowest-infection areas. If I venture into science versus politics versus popular opinion I’ll be thrown off the site
  3. Let’s do the time-warp again ..... Newly-arrived Kernow MRC / Revolution Trains Cargowaggon is tested on the tramway-radius corners of Waddlemarsh using an 07 as traction. These are superb wagons. Well out of my themed era but one was purchased anyway. I am pleased to report it rolls freely through even my tightest curves.
  4. Tiny platform lights being assembled. Ratio kits with presoldered LEDs fitted with wires fed through 0.8mm holes bored in the shades.
  5. As the sign says: “Welcome to Clapham Junction”. An unidentified class 455 unit calls under a spectacular early morning sky.
  6. I was hoping to have all the point levers in black as would be correct in most signalboxes. Peco's ongoing supply issues put paid to that and I have had to settle for twelve each in black and white. As white means "Spare lever" to any signalman (signaller in 21st Century-speak) I shall paint those black in due course. I also have some blue switches which would be facing point locks in a real 'box but - as I don't fit FPLs in this scale - these are on-off switches for the isolated track sections. Stop signals will be correctly worked by red levers in the frame and
  7. That's as bad as on the Southern Region where Cars halt on Beeches ..... Hat ..... Coat ..... Gone ..... >>>>>
  8. Not only steeply graded but it suffered a few runaways in its time. Goods wagons which careered down to the wharf with catastrophic results and passenger trains which overshot the mark at Town station and ended up through the buffers and hung in mid-air over the road. Of note the buffers now used for the class 139 Parry units are of a non-standard design to account for the very different front-end shape because if the Parry were to strike a normal buffer it could cause severe damage including to the interior of the saloon.
  9. A new line - meaning perhaps the reinstatement of the LSWR inland route - does not address the continuing need to serve Torquay, Paignton, Newton Abbot, Totnes, Dawlish, Teignmouth and even the under-used Ivybridge. There is very little traffic potential on the inland route and the arguments for rebuilding this, or for an inland "coastal" route, simply do not add up and have been done to death. The coast is an expensive line to maintain but remains the best option.
  10. Apparently the weather has caused s signal to lean at a jaunty angle. Both lines were blocked for a time until bi-directional working could be safely established over the Up road. That requires XC services to be terminated at / started from Exeter and a few other alterations to permit up to three trains each way each hour along the sea wall. I saw posts on the antisocial media calling for the immediate reopening of the inland (LSWR) route, perhaps predictably, but these always overlook the practical realities not least the continued need to serve Torbay and the coastal towns.
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    Bachmann 4BEP

    I think I paid £99 for each of my green ones which were both significantly discounted; much more for the b/g ones at more like retailer's shelf prices Neither do I But then I also find it hard to believe that a unit which has only required one coach out of four to be r&d's from new has taken so long to bring to market and now costs far more - in comparative terms - than its earlier sisters did. Even allowing for the steep rises in Chinese production costs. There are some tweaks including, I understand, a better and more evenly-balanced lighting system and possibly
  12. Gwiwer

    Bachmann 4BEP

    Confirmation from Bachmann via Kernow MRC that the green one has been revised to match the images. Namely it is a plain green unit with large headcode numerals. Anyone with a green syp on order for whom that makes a difference is advised to contact their retailer.
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    Bachmann 4BEP

    Let's just say that questions have been asked of Bachmann by several well-known retailers and others regarding the 4-Bep. Will it be an all-green 7005 or a green syp 7003? Possibly both although the catalogue number is currently the same suggesting two green versions are not about to appear together. Watch this space .....
  14. The good news : more Peco bits are being scavenged from the darker recesses of the internet meaning that by the middle of the week I should have almost enough to complete the panel build. I remain one lever-frame short and several PL-11 surface point motors none of which is critical to panel construction for the moment. Meanwhile the E4 has shuffled down the yard slightly to allow the fireman to "put the bag in" and top up the tanks.
  15. Gwiwer

    Bachmann 4BEP

    Correct in some cases Ian but not all. A wider issue has been picked up by the Modelling Officer of the Southern Electric Group who has flagged Hornby's recent green coaches for similar inconsistencies. They are illustrated by Hornby as having BR crests which is wrong other than for brake vehicles. The models themselves correctly are devoid of these embellishments but the inconsistency (error if you like) might put a few people off for whom the detail matters. I wouldn't want to paint lines along a unit I have paid around £400 for, neither would I wish to add the sm
  16. Gwiwer

    Bachmann 4BEP

    Those prototypes were the best. From wooden panels inside to the subtly different buffet-car layout in 7001/2 they had more style than the melamine-coated production ones. I'll still end up with a Bachmann 4-Bep even with no justification for it on the layout. There is no justification for the Hornby 5-Bel either but that resides here and appears very occasionally. In some as-yet unknown future life I hope to once again have enough space to run full-length trains and enjoy a Cep-Bep-Cep formation or maybe 12Cep + MLV snaking around the layout I have yet to conceive of let alone build!
  17. The panel has begun to look as though it might become a panel!! Soldering has to be done outside here (except where the location makes that impossible such as on already-fitted track) as there is a risk of damaging the carpet and of setting off the very sensitive smoke alarms fitted to our home. Despite being only 7C outside today it was just warm enough for fingers to work and the job to be tinned. One batch of six switches was wired ready for use. That was enough for now. The angled panel has been drilled for the wires to go through and connect with the spaghet
  18. Absolutely. That is a question which, I suspect, not all preservation bodies address fully. Some are passionate about keeping something dear to them but perhaps without fully examining the bigger picture. That is not said in any way disrespectfully nor to suggest that any one or any organisation is less than thoroughly competent to own and preserve their piece of history. A related question is "how many of X do we need to keep?" The preserved 4-Cor unit retains its main-line 1930s traction and control gear and as such is a unique survivor. The 2-Bil unit likewise representing
  19. Probably. One in red, one in red with cream uppers and one in wartime garb
  20. Not entirely untapped. MLVs have been used as traction to move preserved EMU vehicles in passenger service on at least the East Kent Railway. They do however need a full fresh charge of the batteries and speed is (by the nature of the heritage operation) very low. It works but it is expensive in terms of the frequent charging and draining of the batteries. As a matter of record the EMU vehicle in question was one of the 4COR motor coaches which resides there and which led the train in the other direction with a "driver" as lookout and activating the brake via the 4COR controls.
  21. This falls just within my timeframe as they were on test from 1965-6 and I run 1960-69. I thought long and hard about two but I have nowhere to place an 8-car train and nowhere on this layout to have two 4-car units not directly relevant to the theme. I do however support both Southern electric modelling and the commissioning retailer, Kernow MRC, when ever I reasonably can. I already have several 4-CEP units and may add a single green 4-BEP to that collection (which for now remains boxed and stored) and would add a 2-HAP if there was a green syp one with yellow first-class ban
  22. A test run of the new Bournemouth line express stock as 4TC 416 passes Waddlemarsh Halt
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