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Mike Harvey

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  1. Have you room for a short funicular?
  2. My sliders all have the locating peg back and front outboard from the magnets, so two holes in the underside of the vehicle, and reversible if the magnet polarity is the wrong way round. Pleased that Magnorail is fulfilling its appeal.
  3. I have to confess that I did not worry too much about N and S conforming to the Magnorail standard. I did as you have done and then made a reference magnet, basically a magnet embedded in a piece of foamboard with N written on it in Red. Thereafter I marked the magnets by attaching them to the reference and colouring the end pointing away from the reference in red. . All my red ends point towards magnetic north. I am only using cars, trucks and buses so I just make sure that the road magnets have a red magnet facing up ahead of a red magnet facing down in the direction of travel. For the slide
  4. Richard I load up the chain and join the links through one of the return wheels. The links need to be at 45° to each other for joining up anyway so there is no real advantage in doing this at the motor. Doing it on the return wheel base provides a solid work platform. Anywhere else you are dangling the chain above the channel with potentially dire results if the assembled chain slips to one side. Don't ask how I know. With the return wheel removed there is space to lay the links at 45° to each other and feed the chain on towards the motor. You can change the sequence and spacing
  5. Back in the early 1980s coal dust was a serious problem because blow off settled in the ballast, blocking drainage, and producing wet spots, leading to rail damage. With dry coal, a loaded train passed by a 100mph express such as in the Trent Valley, could produce visible blow off. Wetting the load reduced the blow off, but in the end, the raised cape was more effective. I attended dozens of meetings between BR, CEGB and NCB trying to get the best balance between the practices across a range of collieries, power stations, and rail routes.
  6. Following some problems with the integrity of some of the files downloadable from my Shapeways shop, I have now loaded the original files onto Google Drive after running all of them through Accutrans and Nettfab. The links below provide a free download of the files for the SNCF Corail coaches, and some door and interior files. SNCF A4B6u Vu75 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kYo0H2za6i3QogsQhKaRLRNmNzRVhKcJ/view?usp=sharing SNCF A9u A5t2u (Téoz) Vu75 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hu0xB9GF6NCAxqQXIijeCQEh1t6X0Jbb/view?usp=sharing SNCF A10u Vu78
  7. Following some problems with the integrity of some of the files downloadable from my Shapeways shop, I have now loaded the original files onto Google Drive after running all of them through Accutrans and Nettfab. The links below provide a free download of the files for the SNCF Corail coaches, and some door and interior files. The download links on Shapeways will be removed. SNCF A4B6u Vu75 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kYo0H2za6i3QogsQhKaRLRNmNzRVhKcJ/view?usp=sharing SNCF A9u A5t2u (Téoz) Vu75 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hu0xB9GF6NCAxqQXIijeCQEh1t6X0
  8. Good luck with the installation. I am sure it will be possible to get the 210 degrees roundabout without too much trouble. There is a short learning curve getting the knack for joining and installing the road sections, and joining up the chain links. Look forward to seeing it working in due course.
  9. The regular return loop wheel on Magnorail is 52mm diameter so you can run two straight lanes between them at about 62mm centres even where the motor is situated. On my N dogbone track I have narrowed the lanes to about 30mm centres to suit the scale. I reckon a "handbrake turn" can be accommodated on the return loop without problem. I have N gauge buses going round mine, and on the Facebook group for Faller Car System there is an extensive Magnorail layout with a 1/76 RT bus turning 180° on the 50mm return loop. They did not teach that at Chiswick.
  10. There is a Y25 bogie version in the Fleischmann range. https://www.fleischmann.de/en/product/243239-0-0-1-4-0-0-003001-0/products.html
  11. So that is how Fiat planned to get rid of their “rust to dust” image.
  12. Fiat Tipo now added to the RailNscale range in single and two car packs. Can probably be made in 1/148 on request. Suitable for 1988 onwards. https://railnscale.com/2020/09/25/fiat-tipo/
  13. The Debach’vit hood wagon has existed since forever in the Jouef range in H0 with a closed and half opened hood. New releases here. http://decobac.fr/trains-ouest/jouef-wagons-baches/ It is widely available N 1/160 from Minitrix and Fleischmann. https://www.traindefrance.fr/fr/wagons-marchandises/4840-wagon-bache-rils-des-fs-par-fleischmann-837705.html Typical wagon code is Rils.
  14. Plenty of short wheelbase Land Rover Defender station wagons were in the Hongwell 1/72 range if you can stand the nominal scale difference. They had cab mirrors. I think I have at least one which was Schuco branded. The Oxford N versions are the older 88" wheelbase. http://www.hongwellcollector.co.uk/defender-90/4545193742 https://www.oxforddiecast.co.uk/products/land-rover-series-1-88-civil-defence-nlan188001?_pos=9&_sid=f639be37f&_ss=r
  15. Of course the Birmingham beach has moved around a bit since the Gravelly Interchange days, with Emirates airfreighting several plane loads of sand to Centenary Square and the Bull Ring landing above St. Martins' in more recent years. The beach huts have been missing since a number of shed load incidents on the M5, M6 and M42.
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