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Keith Addenbrooke

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  1. I’ve taken a bit of time this week to step back and think a bit more about the direction I’m wanting to take this layout project. After spending some time on the NGRM Online Forum, I was able to explain to myself why I keep going round in circles: Two suggestions from NGRM Forum members helped me break out of the circle. The first is to focus my starter layout in European H0e on the kind of forestry / logging operation I may later incorporate into an American Narrow Gauge HOn30 layout as well. This gives me common ground. While this may seem obvious, I’d not thought
  2. Hi Jeremy, I wonder if I might make a simple suggestion for when it comes to cutting the curved arch tops, which do look especially fiddly due to the small size and needing to cut on the inside of the curve (x11), you could maybe try making a single template in a thicker card / plasticard (basically the shape of a lolly stick with a curved end). You can hold it in place by pressing on the long part, and cut round the outside edge of the template to get the curve you want each time. Would that work? Just a thought- something similar worked for me in HO. Keith.
  3. …plus time for ‘repairs’ when I realised I’d put doors too close to the same corner on the end and road side. Card is a great medium when it comes to making alterations : Skagway Station actually has a small porch entrance where I now have the solid door, and fewer windows on the road side. The kit doesn’t have the porch, and places both doors on this side next to each other (my glass panelled door is in the correct place). I’m still considering the balance between the European and US influences I want for the layout, but I’d rather be making something when
  4. With the cancellation of evening meetings continuing, I’ve had the best part of a couple of hours tonight to start on the road side of my coffee-stirrer station building: Trying to be neat means taking more time over each piece, especially as each stirrer needs to be split in two for H0e. I share this to show what that means in practical terms of hourly progress (I’m not a quick builder anyway, even with kits). I’d originally cut out each 2cm square window opening with a view to adding lattice / grid window frames (see photos of the earlier, ‘rough’ version).
  5. Thank you for these ideas and kind comments. A South American line could be fascinating, but I’m afraid I know very little about South America and hardly anything about its railways, so I don’t have a personal connection to really stimulate sustained layout building. Swiss railways perhaps give me a similar challenge. I’ve never actually visited Switzerland, so even though their mainline Narrow Gauge network looks ideal for someone with my range of interests - and I’m clearly taken with their trains , I have stronger personal connections with Austria, Germany and North A
  6. Thank you - happy to endorse Contikits as a satisfied customer (no other connection) - it is where I got the Ge 4/4 i from
  7. Ooh, that’s interesting! Like yourself, I really enjoy catching up with this thread - always entertaining, informative and good natured (even though my own models aren’t themselves Deliberately Old-Fashioned 0 Scale). So… …I’ve just posted an update in my own current layout thread about several things, including how best to integrate my latest purchase, and then I turn to here and see your photo. And what is it I’ve bought? Yup - the green Swiss electrics got me too .
  8. As it’s a couple of months since I began this thread, I thought it would be good to take stock of where I’ve got to (I read through the parallel thread I have on the NGRM Online Forum yesterday, and an earlier version of this post appears there too): I was more than happy with the momentum I was able to build during April - as noted by @Woody C here at the time. I was able to finalise a simple layout design I like and build my sub-frame baseboards. But three things since then have rather derailed progress on the layout. I’ve had plenty of fun trying new ideas and practicing some
  9. Credit where credit is due: I’m a long-standing customer of Hattons, going back to the days of their original Smithdown Road shop near where I was working in Liverpool at the time. I phoned them on Saturday morning, having discovered two small but essential components were missing from a Peco 00-9 bogie kit I’d purchased a couple of weeks back but not previously opened. No problem at all - this morning the missing bits arrived in the post. Prompt attention and Customer Service for a small value item is appreciated, and worth noting. Thank you.
  10. In our case it was the Chemistry teacher, who was also the head of Science, who dropped the white phosphorous - onto the old wooden lab floor - that started the fire… …it is one lesson I can still remember .
  11. Thanks for this. So far I’m finding I’m having fewer problems with the H0e couplers than I have done in the past with couplers in the other scales I’ve used. The Peco GR-106 bogie / coupling comes as a simple kit, so they can be assembled with or without the loops - you can therefore have a rake with loops just on one end. Conversely, some H0e locos come with just the hooks, including the Bemo electric I have (June 4th post above) and - I think - the Minitrains range. I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a coupling solution (in any scale) that has met with universal approval: it does seem to
  12. Just a little bit of free time at the end of this afternoon: comparison between the 1/4” scale car side and a quick HOn30 version. After yesterday’s experiment, the HOn30 did feel a bit small again! As with the Depot I’m building, each coffee stirrer was split in two (or three) width wise before gluing in place. The door is actually a separate sub-assembly.
  13. A bit more time at the end of yesterday saw me get a bit further: I do like the look and feel of the model - and the attraction of a larger scale is immediately obvious. I was still cutting quite a lot of coffee stirrers to fit, though it would be easier on a building. I certainly found I liked working with the wood more. Realistically, I can’t see me moving up to 1/4” wholescale, so the question this exercise asks me is to see if I can achieve the same easy results in HOn30, both for buildings and rolling stock? Can I make things I find as attractive?
  14. Hi Liam, nice to see the update - afraid I know nothing about DCC so can’t offer any help there. With regards to the other questions, there are some really good photos of Ardmore, OK posted by @dave1905 on pages 8 and 9 of my layout thread: “Modelling the ATSF in 1970 in HO” (link in my signature below) that may be useful, particularly with regards to grain unloading operations. Hope they help, Keith.
  15. Not yet having the layout up and running, I guess I’m quite easily distracted - so this is just for a bit of fun: Most of the examples of coffee stirrer technology I’ve seen have been in O Scale / On30 Narrow Gauge, so I thought it’d be interesting to do a simple build in the larger scale, just for a break from splitting coffee stirrers into two. Using American O-Scale (1/4” or 1:48), 9mm track would give me a gauge of 17.0” - taking me into the realms of Minimum Gauge / Miniature Railways. But what if it had been used for some long-forgotten narrow gauge backwoods railroad?
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