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    All UK Railway matters but particularly WR Mainline around 1958-1963 the focus of an 00 gauge model I am building

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  1. Normally , and for a long term layout, I would agree! However, bearing in mind that this is a 5ft x 3ft6ins "quickie" layout that is really just a test track, the track is what I have to hand so is a mixture of nickel silver and steel with just a couple of feeders on opposite sides of the oval all running under DCC. As wiring /soldering is not my forte, the time it would take me to wire it to the best standards with links to bus bars from each section of track would be counter productive as it would probably render the layout not worth completing by not being available for me to use for a worthwhile period of months before the main layout is built. In addition, the intention is do any wiring above baseboard as large parts of the underside are only accessible by tipping the board up because it rests on a old desk with just the some 9 ins all round outside the footprint of the desk and therefore easily accessible The fact that there are only a couple of sections that perform intermittently to me confirms the sense of this approach. Thanks for the suggestion Cheers Paul
  2. Hi Kevin, You could always run a modern image version of the layout with the branch as a preserved line? All you would need for a simple version is a gate across the connection from the mainline to the branch and a couple of lengths of fencing which you make removable for running in normal (1930s) mode. Then, if you found the idea growing on you , things could progress to a few diesels and the Town Station buildings could have a few modern add ons, such as removable modern signs? Just saying?? Cheers Paul
  3. Good Afternoon Everyone, Took delivery today of a batch of TTS decoders, A Hall, A Black 5, a Class 47 and a Class 66. The Class 66 is for the 2016 version of Lower Thames Yard. Meanwhile, I am still solving running problem on the track of Lower Thames Goods Shed. I know it is the track because a number of locos hesitate at the same places. I will have to replace a couple of lengths of track because they just refuse to wok consistently. I guess this is the sort of thing you have to expect when reusing old track! I thought at first it was the fishplates so I replaced them with new ones. This cured one track piece but not two others. I've looked at the track surface with a magnifying glass but cant see any faults. The only trouble with doing this is that I don't have any spares of the correct length so I will have to cut longer ones, which is more difficult as they are curves. Still, I no point in grumbling because all the track and points I am using are 20+ years old and previously used on a number of small layouts. Best regards Paul
  4. As this is my thread, I am going off at a tangent! Just taken delivery of a sound fitted (not TTS!!) Bachmann class 121. This has prompted me to get a move on with making one circuit round my test track called Lower Thames Goods Shed (based on Maidenhead) useable as I had nowhere to test run it! So now I have got the Wycombe branch through Branch platform circuit works although there are a couple of places where a loco stops more often than it runs through so tomorrow I hope to sort them out. As well as testing the 121 I want to compare it with my Dapol version and my Hornby version of the Lima 121. If all goes well I may manage to post a video comparison of them in a few days! As well as running them singly I want to test them with my driving trailer and a set of non motorized Lima 117s, as both these combinations are trains I want to run eventually on Lower Thames Yard, and I need to decide which 121 runs best with the driving trailer and the 117. Meanwhile, happy modelling! Cheers Paul
  5. Good Afternoon All, I haven't posted anything for a few days because the arrival of my sound fitted green Bachmann 121 prompted me to get on with making one circuit round Lower Thames Goods Shed useable as I had nowhere to test run it! So now I have got the Wycombe branch through Branch platform circuit works although there are a couple of places where a loco stops more often than it runs through so tomorrow I hope to sort them out. As well as testing the 121 I want to compare it with my Dapol version and my Hornby version of the Lima 121. If all goes well I may manage to post a video comparison of them in a few days! As well as running them singly I want to test them with my driving trailer and a set of non motorized Lima 117s, as both these combinations are trains I want to run eventually on Lower Thames Yard, and I need to decide which 121 runs best with the driving trailer and the 117. Yesterday I exchanged e mails with the guys down to build Lower Thames Yard for me. Since the onset of the Pandemic they have been building smaller layouts with the idea that they were more likely to get them completed if anyone fell ill after they had started them. This apparently has not been too successful, not through the onset of illness but through delays in the delivery of items ordered for them! I am hoping that they will be able to start my job sometime in September. Meanwhile, happy modelling! Regards Paul
  6. Having listened to this video, I think that these Hall TTS are worth a go. I would not want to use them on a one engine in steam GWR branch, where there will be much more concentration on an individual locos performance, but then those branches rarely saw a Hall. However I think in the situation of a main line model such as mine will be, with a number of locos on the go at the same time, they are just the job. I have TTS already on several of my GWR steam locos, and will want to use them as widely as their suitability for my loco fleet permits, except for the shunters and some of the local train locos which will move slowly right in front of my eyes where I feel the expense of higher specification chips are justified. Cheers Paul
  7. Looking Great Nick! I am envious of you having enough room for all four tracks of the main line. My only consolation is that I have managed to plan in up and down loops to my Maidenhead relief lines. Cheers Paul
  8. And, boy did we get some fun out of it! The emphasis then was on the operating, or "playing" None of this accuracy and rivet counting nonsense. I am sure Clive hankers after those days with his coaches that don't quite match for livery and lack of scenery, but emphasis on operation?, and good for him I say! I missed out on the Clockwork trains going straight to a Triang Jinty set, although I had a number of wind up vehicles, of which my fondest memory is of the stop and go tinplate trolleybus! Enough of these rose tinted spectacles memories, I have a couple of Hornby 00 tinplate wagons to sort the wheels out so as to run on my 2 rail! Cheers Paul
  9. Colin Coudrey?- cant remember what he was like in the field? Meanwhile I sit here trying to multitask on RMWeb and Sky Sports Cricket but the Manchester weather is not cooperating! Never mind, we are promised better weather tomorrow! Keep on modelling whatever the weather or virus situation!! Cheers Paul
  10. As if we would!!
  11. Hi All, I was pleased to see GWR Hall TTS chips are now available. I shall be buying a few of these promptly as I think they will be popular. Especially if many folks follow my example and fit them in other GWR two cylinder locos. I am thinking of trying them in a Grange, County ,and 61xx, as well as of course in Halls! If they are good in the other types I might also try them in 28/38xx and when they are produced the Dapol 43xx and Manor! I need sound fitting in all the above for my Lower Thames Yard layout, and I think the saving of £60+ per loco, is worth the downside of performance with the beat maybe not in sync with the wheel revs. It seems to me on my layout where the above locos will in the main be running through at speed rather than doing slow starts and shunting or depot movements, will minimize the downsides and the fact that all are 2 cylinder locos with 5ft 8ins-6ft wheels (apart from the 4ft 7.5 ins wheels of the 28/38xx), I think helps? What do other folks think? Happy Modeling! Cheers Paul
  12. Good Afternoon All, I hope you are being good and wearing your masks in shops and the other listed places? I just hope that the measures do reduce the spread of the virus and give everyone more confidence to visit shops. I have my doubts but hope to be proven wrong! Meanwhile, my modelling has not progressed very much this week. I am holding off on more work on the Goods shed and its extension until I see if more information comes to light. I was pleased to see GWR Hall TTS chips are now available. I shall be buying a few of these promptly as I think they will be popular. Especially if many folks follow my example and fit them in other GWR two cylinder locos. I am thinking of trying them in a Grange, County,and 61xx, as well as of course in Halls! If they are good in the other types I might also try them in 28/38xx and when they are produced the Dapol 43xx and Manor! I have fitted Kadee couplings to some more wagons. I am setting the wagons up in sets of 3 with Kadees at each end and normal couplings in between wagons. I will have to set up some single wagons with Kadees for shunting purposes. Its a while since I did any of these , so I am getting my hand back in on standard Bachmann wagons before trying some kit built wagons which I have not fitted Kadees to before. There has been a couple of signs of return of normality this week. Firstly I was pleased to see an Engineers train, Simplex powered on the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway, so hopefully I will soon be able to sit in the garden listening to the shrill of the steamers whistles as they approach each of the three level crossings nearest to our house. The other thing I saw was that the council had cut the square and marked out the boundary for the local cricket pitch! I hope you are all progressing with your models? Best regards Paul
  13. Thanks for the thought Nick, I did have contact with the club around the end of last year on the semaphore signals, so I will check back on who I was exchanging e mails with! Meanwhile my researches for similar extensions to the one on the western end of Maidenhead Goods Shed has thrown up Witney Goods Shed Extension. As you can see from the attached exterior view this looks similar to Maidenhead although I suspect it is of prewar construction whereas Maidenhead's extension is post war (1947. I was intending to fit my Maidenhead Goods Shed Extension with an awning and a full length platform for loading of lorries etc. although I had no pictures to prove that as the case. So now I have some evidence for this! One difference I have noticed is that Maidenhead's extension has a flat top to the wagon entrance as against Witney's shaped one, The second shot is of the interior of Witney Goods Shed Extension which is useful for the construction methods and so I intend to follow this for Maidenhead unless I find anything to the contrary! I welcome any thoughts or suggestions on these photos? Also any sources for other photos of this extension would be useful. Many thanks Best regards Paul
  14. My researches for similar extensions to the one on the western end of Maidenhead Goods Shed has thrown up Witney Goods Shed Extension. As you can see from the attached exterior view this looks similar to Maidenhead although I suspect it is of prewar construction whereas Maidenhead's extension is post war (1947. I was intending to fit my Maidenhead Goods Shed Extension with an awning and a full length platform for loading of lorries etc. although I had no pictures to prove that as the case. So now I have some evidence for this! The second shot is of the interior of Witney Goods Shed Extension which is useful for the construction methods and so I intend to follow this for Maidenhead unless I find anything to the contrary! I welcome any thoughts or suggestions on these photos? Best regards Paul
  15. Nick, Thanks for the thread details which I hadn't seen before. From the line of the photos the extension must be there although, not much detail to be seen. I will try downloading these and see if I can get more detail. The main problem at the moment is that I have no idea of what the road access side of the extension looks like, which being the side to the front of my mode,l is rather important! If the National Rail archive cannot help I think I will have to look around further for similar buildings. Cheers Paul
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