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  1. Doesn’t say exactly where though. Edit: http://www.intercityrailwaysociety.org/TRACKSissues/TRACKS1405.pdf ‘1⁄2 mile north of Leavening’ (p.30). Some aerial views, Google Street view etc show it.
  2. I think previously a minibus used to operate on the road pier (because larger buses are too heavy for it) so that might be an option. Supposedly even if the entire rail network on the island had closed (when it was cut back to the current line to Shanklin) Pier Head - Esplanade would have had to stay open due to the difficulty of replacing the pier section with road transport.
  3. Although at one stage there was also Yafford Mill (and possibly another NG site, although I can’t remember off the top of my head).
  4. When I did a layout that had proper ballast I used N scale ballast, which a lot of people also use for 4mm standard gauge as already mentioned. But the last layout I built didn’t technically have ballast, so there was just a sandy, gritty mix applied around the track as well as elsewhere.
  5. Including 16t? I’m not surprised that former ironstone wagons were used, but knowing that may help in my research. Were wooden wagons not used because they were unsuitable or because they were being phased out by then? It’s interesting that stone traffic has increased, given that a lot of other freight traffic has declined since the 1960s. I wonder why?
  6. I’ve found a couple of references in the Leleux Oakwood Press book. Page 105 describes the tipping platform at Billington Siding ‘from which both unwashed and bagged sand could be loaded into main line wagons’ (but where would the unwashed sand be on its way to?) while p.88 notes that a washing plant was built at Double Arches in 1963, an advantage of this being that waste could be disposed of in the pit rather than needing to be brought back again. Could similar practices have worked with gravel? Also a photo from 1960 shows sand being loaded into BR steel-bodied sand wagons but what would aggregate have been transported in during the same era? I had assumed 16 ton mineral wagons or something similar but possibly this is incorrect.
  7. Isn’t the power supply being improved as part of the infrastructure work though? I understand that 2-car units are operationally more convenient but is 5 of them going to be enough? Obviously the relatively large class 485/486 Standard Stock fleet provided for the original electric service would not be necessary for the kind of service planned in future, but even when the 1938 stock originally entered service on the island 9 units were refurbished for Island Line.
  8. Must be using the live rail at least part of the time then, if they’ve been given a 400 class number. Edit: Yes, more information here (if it hasn’t already been posted): https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/onthewight.com/new-trains-coming-to-the-isle-of-wight/amp/ Adrian Shooter’s quote seems to confirm they will be third rail electric. However, I do wonder whether going for 2-car sets again (and apparently only 5 of them) is the right decision if there are still going to be two 4-coach trains at busy times. Perhaps somebody more knowledgeable about the current situation knows better though.
  9. I agree, I always thought keeping the electrification was better but was under the impression this wasn’t the plan. Does any of the ‘infrastructure work’ involve alterations to the tunnel to allow the new trains to run?
  10. I thought the point was that they wouldn’t be using the third rail, since that’s life expired as well.
  11. All packed now and ready for the exhibition. Unfortunately, I forgot to take any photos of testing the layout. It’s now been slightly altered to use a Minitrains controller, which should make operating from the front easier as it is handheld on a long cable. The first photo shows the new battery holder with integral switch, meaning that the box lights can be switched off without removing the battery. Annoyingly it has the switch and removable cover on opposite sides so it can’t be glued down, so instead it’s held on with Velcro so that the battery can be easily changed. The other photo is the back of the cake box scenic section, inside the display box. The yellow piece of card is necessary because I can’t get my loading tool to a suitably high angle to get the gravel in the chute when it’s in the display box. If I’d thought of the display box idea from the start I could have avoided this issue, although the card works well until a more permanent solution can be sorted out. The point problems came back the other day as well but have now been fixed with more conductive paint - at least this happened before the exhibition rather than at it.
  12. Again, isn’t the particle size a potential problem given the small size of T gauge components?
  13. On mine the label on the actual controller states ‘In - 12V, Out 12V PWM’ i.e. the stepping down from mains is not done in the body of the controller but the pulse width modulation is. But if it is (as I suspected) 1A like a lot of controllers then that is useful to know. Thank you.
  14. Does anyone know what current the Minitrains controller is rated as? I’ve managed to acquire one cheaply but without the transformer/adaptor. I’ve sourced one which will convert the mains voltage to the controller’s input voltage but just need to check that the input current will not be too high. Thanks, Danny
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