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    My project: North Pole Junction, attempting to turn a trainset into a layout with minimum spending on scenery.


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  1. I know this sounds like a stupid question, but I have just had a very frustrating afternoon trying to build the prototype for a set of modular baseboards. This is the process that I followed: 1) Use a rectangular template lined up to the edges of a piece of wood to draw lines parallel to the long edge 2) Do the same on the short edge - This created a pattern with 9 sections - the top in the centre, the sides and ends adjacent to the top, and the corners to be discarded 3) Verify that all lines are the correct distance from the edges and parallel to them 4) Cut along the lin
  2. I've been looking at XLRs and they seem to tick all of the boxes. I'll most likely go with those.
  3. A good idea if I can get it to work. It may be harder to fit the socket to the layout than the controller and I guess that putting the wrong plug in would kill the controller, but it's certainly preferable to putting the mains supply into the track.
  4. I am currently building a small 00 BLT which is operated on a one engine in steam basis and can be easily stored when out of use. The design of the baseboard and layout is complete however in order to store the layout I will need a way of disconnecting the controller. As the controller is self-assembled, I am able to use any sort of connection between the track and the controller, however it needs to meet certain criteria. 1) Durability - I will be connecting and disconnecting the supply frequently and need to be able to do this without breaking anything. 2) Cheap - and preferably av
  5. Thank you all for the interesting replies. It seems that for both situations the answer falls into one of two broad categories: wearing away rough parts which interfere with running and overcoming problems caused by old/poor lubricants. Is that a fair summary?
  6. It seems to be a commonly accepted fact that locomotives do not always work to their full potential straight out of the box and that a period of running in (often for around half an hour in each direction) can lead to an improvment in running qualities. I don't wish to challenge this idea as I don't have any evidence to support or contradict it, but what does running in actually do to the locomotive's mechanism in order to cause this improvement? On a related note, I have noticed that some of my locomotives do not work well from a cold start. The best example that I can give is my
  7. Seen today near Chippenham, I believe running from Didcot to Westbury (photo 3) and Reading Triangle to Westbury (photos 1 and 2). Thanks in advance for the help.
  8. And it would also reduce issues caused by careless track weathering/ballasting getting the track dirty.
  9. Generally a pleasant read, but I think the last line is one of the most important in there - how many of the people who have picked up modelling over lockdown are going to stick with it? As an aside, is the photo deceptive or is the Hogwarts Express headlight really that bright?
  10. I've been following that thread for a while and its incredible how many designs have been created from such a small group of RTR locos. Its definitely one of the things that has pushed me into deciding to make considerable alterations to my own loco.
  11. I have a Hornby 'Queen Mary' 0-4-0 which I would like to turn into... well, just about anything else to be honest. Bought in a joblot, the chassis is a relatively good specimen and more than capable of pulling the loads required on my small shunting layout. However I've never like the look of the body shape. As a result, I have considered having a go at scratchbuilding a new body for it but I quickly realised that I know very little about this. While I have been able to find reccomendations on brands of plasticard and adhesive, as well as general techniques for working with them, I have found
  12. Is there a list of supported CVs?
  13. Thank you for the help, and I'm glad to see that the question provoked a wider discussion.
  14. I'm trying to put together a basic timetable and need to know how long a suburban train (such as those on the London, Tilbury, and Southend line) would stop at a station for in the steam era (both small stations and larger interchanges). Although I don't need the information right now, I may later need to know how long inter-city trains stopped for at different types of station, namely an interchange on the scale of Reading and a smaller mainline station (perhaps something like Chippenham) so I would be grateful if anybody could provide this information too. Thanks in advance for any help!
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