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  1. With the implications into the worrying collision and derailment at Marsh Lane in Leeds still being investigated and modelled, Hitachi may have more problems to contend with. If trains need to be taken out out of use and stripped down it may be wise to refit the dreary interior with better seats, sensible lighting and more luggage space. A buffet would be nice too. The entire passenger environment could be enhanced whilst sets were away for repair. Meanwhile the railway is paying Jaguar prices for a Honda Accord.
  2. Presentationally I think we've gone from Acorn Antiques to Thunderbirds.
  3. It depends on the regions. Western was cutting back to the bone in the late 60s and 70s. Mainlines were singled yet in the Eastern Region the Redmire branch was still using staffed signal and crossing boxes for basically one freight train a day and the odd trip working for a decade or so longer.
  4. Thanks, I'll take a look. It must be very frustrating to be missing out on so much university life.
  5. Ryo: I'm very well thank you, and you? Berry: I'm particularly well I presume Berry has left the show for a major role in Acorn Antiques. Ooh, aah, what's that? It's Cathy Cat. Ryo: So tell us Cathy, how much do you know about railways? I love it.
  6. I agree, it's over provision when have Theatre box signals where the box remains dark for a route. It's not consistent.
  7. Yes, if both routes are equal speed at divergence two feathers are preferred in the new standards. There's another example on the East Grinstead extension at the Bluebell.
  8. Wonderful layout, a real operators delight. Have you any more recent updates? Also, what happens with the high lines?
  9. Yes, lifting of the first bogie occurred at Ufton Nervert. Obstacle deflectors were discussed on HST's to prevent lift but the HSTs were thought to be due for replacement. In the end the HST's have stayed around far longer.
  10. The train is on the Up Excursion line. Trains would shunt back to run round in the excursion sidings before propelling back through platform 5 to the goods yard. Unusually, there were no signals for the move between the sidings and the goods yard entrance signal. In '64 there would have been 4 locations to shunt: the coal drops, the gas works at Quay Road, the warehouse (still standing today), and the goods yard as well as, possibly, another warehouse under the bridge behind the shed if it was still in use in '64. The coal drops and gasworks closed in '73. The goods warehouse closed in '77 and the goods yard in '85. I saw the last goods train leave with 22 wagons behind a class 47. On leaving the station today, passengers can see the backside of Tesco which was built the wrong way round. It's one of several short term planning mistakes that are now taking millions to fix.
  11. We shall learn more when the full report is published but I wonder if the lack of obstacle deflectors on the HST may have played a role in the initial derailment.
  12. Tonight we were let into Tony Archer's secret hobby. He's gone DCC and it's GWR.
  13. It's like stepping into Louis de Bernieres land. It's full of character. When creating a scene there is a tension between the desire for accuracy and the need for something representative or realistic. We look down on our layouts as if we are birds and not like OO/HO humans. We need selective compression to create a sense of space or distance. Our perspective needs to be forced in order to stimulate the imagination. That's when a layout is at it's most satisfying at an exhibition. Layouts such as Bergellerbahn which ingeniously incorporates two stations and three levels in 14ft by 7. I have seen very long layouts, 20ft or more, with near scale length village station passing loops in surroundings and found them worthy but rather dull. Boundaries, edges, frames define a stage, the placing of objects to create space and lead the eye - all these come into play on a layout.
  14. I'm thinking of buying a Lenz SET100 to start in DCC. Apparently the main box requires a transformer. Would a Gaugemaster dual transformer 16v AC output be sufficient?
  15. Yes, I've two places where I'm using 18 inch curves: the reversing loop and one tight corner on the upper level. If I can widen the curves on the upper level to 22" I should be OK as the passenger cars can stand in a siding whilst the loco turns on the loop. If only US makers made passenger cars like the European ones which can turn on 18" curves if needed. Is it a blind spot?
  16. Many thanks for your thorough answer and for the very useful links. Also to @Keith Addenbrooke for the your insight. It's all a bit new for me as I've never really had much interest in the American scene until recently. I would only be using maybe one train of four or five cars and possibly a Budd DMU or railcar. My layout is so restricted in space but I've managed to create enough for two upper level industries and would like to run the odd passenger train in between locals. Using trees and buildings as scenic blocks I'm hoping for a shortline feel. Maximum freight length for the reversing loop is 14 40ft cars. Maximum length for the staging is 17 cars. The base is built and track work almost complete to the upper section. There's 108 feet of mainline running from the staging siding at the back to the station via the top level. One of the problems I've found modelling OO is the length of modern stock and the curve problem. I tried N but it was too small for me to work with easily. So the attraction of US is the dominance of freight with its shorter wagons and interesting operations. I tried British OO 1960's but the 12T vans came off the rails too readily. So this US based plan/fantasy gets me into it for the day when I move and can find a bigger room for a 20 x 30 probably somewhere in Canada.
  17. I'm working on a 9x9 table with a 3x2 extension on the top right side. It's on two levels 0 and 3.5 inches with continuous runs on each, a hidden return loop on the base and a reversing section on the top. There are 4 hidden staging tracks (1 top, 3 base) each around 90 inches. In order to have 28 and 24 scenic curves I need 18 inch curves in the small hidden corners and on the base level hidden loop. Will Amtrack 85' cars negotiate the 18" curves so I can run a passenger train now and then? Full length French carriages manage 18" but are the US ones more prone to locking? Ill try and draw a sketch plan later. Here's a very rough sketch. The station is served by a team track and is more compact and forward than shown. There are two industries on the upper level. A passing loop acts as hidden storage on the upper and there is a stage track below. Two trains can run on the lower level to give the grandchildren a thrill. The plan looks busy but in fact there is quite a bit of space. 5 trains can be staged if needed. But the staging is mainly for the Amtrack to hide away etc. Any suggestions welcome
  18. A trip to the loft has resulted in finding a box of 6 unused Bachmann GP35's in various liveries. Two work OK on my DC layout. They are in grey boxes with foam inserts and yellow labels. I bought them at an auction in 2010 for £25. I shall take a look inside tomorrow to see if they are dcc ready but I think not. They have working lights and illuminated numbers. I've seen the latest sound fitted Bachmann models on youtube but they look to be re-issues of older models with few detailed features. Does anyone have recommendations for budget sound models? Would it be cheaper to install sound on a dcc model from contikits. I also found a pikestuff engine house - what on earth am I doing?
  19. Model Railroader 2021 Layout plans edition is out in Smiths for around a fiver. Good write ups and interesting plans.
  20. Looking good. Have you considered less hidden track? The north side is understandably hidden but could the south side single line be made an embankment or wooded feature? It sounds a bit nuts but with suitable separation and scenic blocks it could give you a taste of the rural in addition to all your station working. I had so much hidden track on my layout that it became a really frustrating as I realised that most of each train journey was out of sight. The sense of journey was lost. Is concealment always a good thing? Does it limit the imagination? Our brains tend to make things work on a model even if actual distances are absurd in reality.
  21. @Lacathedrale I agree. Today young people see steam on preserved lines and can come to believe they moved slowly. They also do not hear the sound of clanking buffers which was heard in most towns at breakfast time up until the early '80's. I did not witness steam but saw 20's and 31's shunting the pick up goods and the shunter swinging on the pole. DCC has enabled very slow running which is a huge bonus but it can often bore at exhibitions. I was at York the other year and saw a very large and brilliant modern layout where all trains, both on the mains and the slows, were crawling along at no more than 30 throughout the afternoon. There was no impression of speed on the expresses and I was a little surprised as the punters expect a turn of speed on a large layout. After my jab this morning I discovered Smiths is selling the latest Model Railroad Planning. A US short line could be my next attempt.
  22. Thanks Dr, I think satisfaction is key and everyone will have a favourite focus be it operations, running, scenery, realism, etc. For me operations and scale running speeds are high on my list. I've been to many shows where brilliant scenic models are ruined by Evil Knieval at the power controls. Recently I've enjoyed watching some of the large US basement layouts. They seem very satisfying for watching the trains go by. I'm using Woodland Scenics risers for a 3% rise in around 8 ft. I've had no problems with mainline locos up to 7 coaches.
  23. With an additional curved crossover beyond the station you could have more variety in shunting both sides.
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