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  1. Good to hear! Do you take any steps to moderate the hot and cold when you aren't using it?
  2. P.s. I should add I have found this quite helpful: https://modelrailwayengineer.com/model-railway-shed-insulation-security-heat-cold/
  3. Hi Thinking about using a large and pretty decent summer house in the garden to house my DCC layout. Putting aside security issues, is there any problem with leaving DCC kit out in temperatures and humidities of something slightly better than a garden shed? Anyone got any good tips or know of any helpful threads on this point? I tried searching but without success! I should add that the Summerhouse is double glazed and insulated, so probably more akin to a garage conversion. Hope that's helpful Thanks in advance
  4. Some pretty keen pricing from Colletts Models sees Hornby R3808 Cross Country HST at £224.99 (3 remaining currently) and Hornby R3769 Network Rail HST at £219.99 (18 remaining currently). Worth noting that the Cross Country Mk3s seem to be available for c.£27-£28 at quite a few places - see Rails, Derails, Colletts, to name a few.
  5. Bit of a bargain, I believe, Hornby Virgin Mk3 First Open (FO) 11074 Era 9 Model Train Coach for £23.39 via: https://www.365games.co.uk/model-kits/Hornby-virgin-mk3-first-open-fo-11074-era-9-model-train
  6. Offer valid to 13/09/2020 and also includes Rails of Sheffield. You can check for other eligible 'Shop Small' retailers via https://www.americanexpress.com/en-GB/maps?country=GB&near=&cat=Shop-Small&name=
  7. For Amex cardholders Hattons counts as one of their "small shops" with a £5 credit when you spend (I think £10). Cardholders can activate the offer in their Amex UK app under offers.
  8. For info, successfully fixed my loco. The Dapol spares pack consists of: 2 x buffers (one LHS, one RHS) 2 x springs 2 x sleeves My only observation is that if when refitting you experience a problem of it not seeming to want to slide home, try spinning the sleeve around so it faces the other way. I think they are very slightly narrower at one end than the other.
  9. So, I've still not entirely finalised an updated trackplan - but have managed to get AnyRail to print the last layout plan for overlaying on the board that arrived today and which I have matched up to the frame, and am pretty happy with. I can heartily recommend AnyRail. I bought the paid version as it is pretty useful and am sure will get lots of use out of it. It also makes clear how important, for making the scenic board of decent value, that having a decent off-scene fiddle yard extension (or loading point) will be, on the top right and on the left of the layouts. I'm intending
  10. Thanks all - since I think I need the sleeve and a new buffer, will just order the spares pack. Many thanks to all and @Andrew liszka for the offer too.
  11. @Andrew liszka, I've also searched for 'spares' and found this page on DCC Supplies which describes a pair of spare: buffer, sleeve, and spring. I suspect the 'sleeve' is perhaps the c-shaped clasp you mention and the piece I have managed to disintegrate/lose?
  12. Hi @lippy I've tried investigating the other buffers, but fear causing more damage. They do appear to be retained by something - whether a small plastic clip or glue or similar. @Andrew liszka the buffer is at the No 2 end and on the RHS if you face it head on, as per below photo. I was only able to recover the spring and the buffer. I think the c-shaped clasp you mention, if plastic, disintegrated/broke - as evidenced, perhaps, by the small black plastic fragments that fell out of the buffer end when I gave it a tap... Any further reflections/observations, most welcom
  13. Hi all I had a bit of a 'mare and ended up hitting the end of my Dapol Class 68 in OO and in the process managed to send one of the sprung buffers flying across the room. Amazingly, I managed to find both the buffer (stil intact) and the small spring that goes with it. However, when I went to reattach it, the spring fits inside the buffer easily enough, but I can't fathom how the spring and buffer re-attach to the loco? When I slide the buffer with spring back on to the buffer mounting on the chassis, it isn't retained. Anyone had any experience of this? I c
  14. Thanks @sb67, will take a look at Buxton before I finalise the track plan. I've busied myself, making the basic frame (overkill, I expect with CLS timber) for the layout, but resisting the urge to fix the two additional supports until I'm sure where I will be putting the turnouts and any corresponding motors, or anything else that might need a hole and access from underneath the baseboard! The 12mm plywood top should be arriving in the next week or so, allowing me to print out the various track plans, lay them out, and see which design wins out! Here's hoping Peco's production of
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