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  1. I started off with Lone Star 000 push along when I was very young and the smaller size of N has always appealed, so when I saw some early Farish models in Hamleys in the late 70s I bought a Black Five, two coaches and a length of Peco flexi track. That got me started in N. The early Farish models did not compare well with their European counterparts detail and running wise but I stuck to British outline N and was pleased to see continual improvement. The latest Chinese made models are really good. Of my older Poole models a few have survived most having been upgraded but my favourites are a trio of 2-6-0 ‘Crabs’ which run really well indeed. Other survivors are pannier tanks and a rebuilt Merchant Navy. I have a really growly brass geared class 37 that I like too. There is no doubt that without Graham Farish British N gauge would be a lot different and might not have survived commercially at all.
  2. Here is a link to some Farish catalogues http://www.ness-st.co.uk/N-gauge-catalogues.html The site belongs to Julian Thornhill (who might be a member of RMweb) His layout of the Hayling Island line featuring the Langston Bridge has appeared at quite a few exhibitions.
  3. Back to Terriers, could anyone recommend suitable loco crew figures? I have a single 0 scale Terrier and ordered figures from Modelu, one of them was too tall to fit in the cab and had to have his legs shortened so I know that finding suitable figures to fit in an 00 Terrier cab could be tricky. I was hoping that one of the 3D companies might produce some figures especially for the new Terriers both Hornby and Dapol.
  4. I looked on YouTube to see if anyone on there had any ideas and someone had used Vaseline on fogged clear plastic. It might be worth a try. Rather than trying to remove the superglue (and probably the paint as well) perhaps something oily applied to the fogged area might restore the colour of the paint beneath? Could you replicate the fogging on something else not so valuable, say a wagon or a plastic building and then experiment with different substances? Please let us know what eventually works.
  5. I’m very pleased to hear that you have a good replacement model but puzzled by the fact that had you replaced the broken parts on the faulty one you would have invalidated the warranty. Does this mean that any minor cosmetic modifications or repairs will invalidate the warranty? A complete range of spare detail parts is supposed to be available. If for instance, I knock the steps off my model and glue them back on again and the next week the motor packs up does that mean I have invalidated the warranty and the motor isn’t covered?
  6. I prefer oval layouts and lean towards micros due to the fact that I have limited funds and space, even without those constraints I don’t think I’d ever want an enormous layout. I quite like the challenge of trying to design compact layouts that look reasonably realistic. I also like to sit back and watch the trains go by.
  7. Not only did Rails take delivery of the locos at a difficult time, the actual human beings who assembled them are most likely recovering either directly or indirectly from the affects of the virus.
  8. I am very happy to report that my replacement Terrier arrived today and it is a little beauty. I now have the pick of the litter. I can’t find any cosmetic faults at all and it runs beautifully. I really like the firebox flicker. I am impressed by the packaging and comprehensive instructions and the ability to obtain spare parts. Thanks to all at Rails for the quick turn around.
  9. Look at the buffers, they appear to be different sizes, I suspect it’s more a case of distortion caused by the camera angle.
  10. Mine was made on a Monday. I decided to look very carefully at my loco, it has a detached handrail, badly fitted brake rodding that fouls one of the wheels and glue on the dome. It also looks as though it has already been run. There is an oily finger print on the top of the body. It will be going back without me having test run it : ( I only hope there is someone at Rails who can find me a good replacement. If I hadn’t paid a premium for it I may have tried to remedy some of the faults myself but I shouldn’t have to do that should I?
  11. Mine arrived like this and I was about to send it straight back but the pipe is slightly loose and I was able to gently nudge it back into position. The cab rails look a bit wonky so I will have a look at those too. I’ll reserve judgement for now. I will go over it very carefully and give it a test run tomorrow. I am very impressed with the packaging and paperwork that comes with the model. I’m one of those who probably would have been very happy with the Hornby model as I don’t know enough about the finer details of the class to compare the two (I did however notice the wonky pipe straight away) . I am, however very pleased that we have an expert here who has helped get it as close to the prototype as possible.
  12. Mist the dry ballast with water before dropping the glue mixture onto to it. The sprayer you use is important, it should be able to produce a very fine mist of water otherwise it will disrupt the dry ballast. YouTube is very good for demo video clips.
  13. I bet a lot of the people who make rude remarks about railway modellers would secretly love to have a go. My children were embarrassed by my hobby when they were teenagers until their friends came round and said the layout was ‘cool’ They used to find my model railway supplies very useful for school projects too. I tend to worry about people who have absolutely no hobbies, they are usually very boring. One thing that does upset me is hearing about men giving up the hobby because their wives or girlfriends disapprove of it. I’m fortunate that my husband has always been happy that I have a hobby even though he is sometimes bemused by it and the insatiable desire for locos : ) could be shoes and handbags I suppose.
  14. It is unusual for females to be interested in model railways which is a shame because I think we can contribute a lot to the hobby. There’s also an overlap with various other predominantly female crafts that can be useful when building a model railway. My parents never seemed to bother about gender stereotyping when we were young so we had a great variety of toys, I always tended to prefer anything transport related. I bought Matchbox and Corgi cars and Lone Star Locos with my pocket money. We also had lots of Lego and I had a go at building Airfix model aeroplanes. I tried to take up railway modelling seriously in my mid twenties but as it was pre internet and we were living in Africa it took time to get anything resembling a working layout going. After a break when my children were toddlers, I started up again and this time joined a club which made a tremendous difference to my skills as I got a lot of help from fellow club members. The fact that I’m interested in model railways usually causes some surprise and amusement but I’ve never worried about what people think. It’s such a wonderful multi faceted hobby and there’s always something you can learn. I think it’s particularly good for children and yours are very fortunate that you are involved. I have rather eclectic tastes and have mainly N gauge but also some 00, Hornby Dublo and small collection of 0 gauge. I tend to buy locos and wagons that appeal to me visually rather than sticking to strict prototypes. I do have very large gaps in knowledge of railways but I’m learning as I go.
  15. Hello, I’m a female modelling Mum but my children have long since left the nest and are in their thirties. To be quite honest neither of them were interested in model railways at all. So I just carried on modelling myself. My father influenced my love of railways and I had a train set when I was six, I started railway modelling again in my mid twenties. I’ve always liked the scenery side of things which can be an advantage in some ways but I have huge gaps in my knowledge of the real thing and virtually no carpentry and electrical skills, luckily I have a husband who can help although he’s never been fond of woodwork. Apart from forums like this Facebook is good for model railway groups and your local community page might be useful for finding young modellers in your area. I’m sure there are some, it’s just a matter of finding them. If you have a local model railway shop, they might know of other families in your area with children of a similar age to yours. When the lockdown is over consider joining a local model railway club. I found joining a model railway club was an excellent idea and my knowledge increased tremendously, I was always welcomed and helped by more knowledgeable members. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to chat.
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