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  1. Just stumbled across this whilst reseaching Cadbury wagons. Any update on the layout?
  2. Thanks Steve. I've had the same experience with membrane before, the type that feels more like fabric breaks down very quickly. This time we've used a woven plastic type material which was more expensive and it seems to be holding up better. Wish the developers had done a proper job in the first place, but they're just in it to make a quick profit and disappear.
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    Going Digital

    Using JMRI you can control locomotives via apps on your phone such as Engine Driver. In theory you don't even need to be near you layout, you could control them from anywhere.
  4. Grouse101

    Going Digital

    One of my biggest gripes with model trains when I was a kid was that you could really only run one train on one track at one time (I didn't know about blocks or isolating sections at the time and probably couldn't have been bothered with them even if I had). Not very realistic in my opinion. Trying to run two trains through one controller usually ended in disaster and even if you had separate tracks and controllers, flicking the wrong set of points could result in some expected behavior. When I discovered that DCC was readily available at a reasobale price I knew it was something I had to impl
  5. Grouse101

    Inspiration

    I honestly thought that my layout would be something that would keep me busy for a few weeks at most, I'd recreate the Hornby track mat, get a couple of trains and happily run them occasionally. However, two things happened shortly after I'd purchased the Tornado Express that made me think that I might want to do a bit more: 1) The real Tornado visited the Severn Valley Railway and we went to see it. Such an impressive sight in real life! We spent some time in the museum and I started to catch the bug. 2) I got talking to a delivery man about local history. He asked i
  6. It was a freezing cold, rainy day in late 2019. My girlfriend and I were putting down a membrane in the front garden to stop the weeds coming through the bark chippings. I'd been dragging her out in the garden against her will to do things like this for months and it must have been around this time that she realised if she ever wanted to be able to feel her fingers again and have nails free from mud then she'd need to find me an alternative indoor hobby. It was shortly after this that we visited Cannock Chase with the intention of going for a run, but we'd left it rather late, the
  7. Thanks, all really useful. The incline from Harborne to M&B (1 in 66 in reality) is challengingly steep. I introduced the slight curves to reduce the gradient and the raised level is the lowest I could get away with. In testing smaller engines made it up with wagons without issue (and unrealistically some of the bigger more powerful stuff). There's only space for a handful of wagons or 2 short carriages so only smallish locos will be going up there. Considering gaugemaster power track just to be safe. Frustratingly my compounds are too light over the driving wheels and my black
  8. Thanks Paul, really appreciate the reply. Thanks for the insight into the operations. Having M&B sidings served from the Harborne side solves one of my problems. Do you know if passenger services and wagons would ever be mixed on the same service? I think I might be too far in to change the turntable position now. I wanted to put in the turntable that the original station had (see photo) which was pretty small, without a turntable the run around loop meant that the platform would be really short. Then my Dad gifted me a massive Hornby electric turntable which I coul
  9. Interested to know how you get on. I'm currently doing a very loose interpretation of the branch line in LMS days. Discovered I live on the old M&B spur and became a bit obsessed with it.
  10. Hi All, I'm new to all this so please be kind. My layout started as the 6 x 4ft Hornby track mat train set and rapidly morphed into trying to (very loosely) recreate the Harborne branch line coming off Birmingham New Street in the LMS (ish) era, heavily compromised by space (4ft x 11ft), time, money, etc. I'm learning as I go along and making all the mistakes. It's looped in reality, but in the diagram I've stretched it out as the mainlines disappear into tunnels to London and Wolverhampton in model land. Build status is that most of the track is now down and wired up
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