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  1. I found a large amount of railway books in an animal shelter charity shop on Didcot Broadway recently too, worth popping in if anyone's in the area.
  2. This might sound like a strange request but does anyone have a OO scale modern style minbus they could measure for me please? Something like the EFE Mercedes minibus or similar shape. https://www.hattons.co.uk/15813/efe_24903_mercedes_minibus_b_with_low_roofbox_metrobus_minimetro_/stockdetail.aspx Many thanks in advance.
  3. I have a couple of 1:10 scale radio control 4x4s which like the real thing are a constant work in progress. There are competitions held for them but I prefer to just take them for a casual drive with friends who also build them.
  4. The 1:10 scale radio control car scene are quite into scale garages and accessories so a 1:10 scale garage/garden shed/garden would be do-able using parts sold for those folks. A google search brings up plenty of photos showing what's possible although just like model railways the examples can range from rather toy-like to very realistic.
  5. I think I've found another one, currently being converted for "glamping" on a campsite and with a few extra windows added it seems?
  6. Great photo. I love the smoke from the signal box and the snowy landscape.
  7. The band "55 Deltic" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koWU8iCSnEQ&list=OLAK5uy_nfxu0fZ2Ma4RmqElF32Cilbr4dXVGGi48
  8. I remember a great article in an old Model Railroader where someone used real rusty metal that fell out the wheelarch of his Pontiac as scrap metal loads. Any steel cans could be chopped up and left to rust for a while to produce the same effect and I believe there are a few tricks to accelerate the rusting process if needs be. The ridged sides of some food cans could work as scrap corrugated sheets and I've seen aluminium foil screwed up and pressed into cubes to make scale bales of crushed metal. It seems model scrapyards and their traffic are ideal for metal recycling, just like the purpose of the prototype!
  9. I remember seeing a layout set on the Woodhead Line at an exhibition when I was a youngster which gave off a bleak vibe. The layout was mostly a dark grimy cutting with Class 76s under the wires, I seem to remember some comedian had placed a vulture on the catenary for visitors to spot!
  10. I'd thought of the Scalescenes one but it seems the modeller I'm talking to is unable to make international payments (He's in Brazil). I might look into gifting him the kit as long as it doesn't go against Scalesenes terms.
  11. Hi all, I'm trying to help out a new modeller on a budget and am hoping I can point him towards plate girder bridge sides in OO/HO that he can print off and glue to the wooden sides of a bridge he is building to give a more realistic appearance. Does anyone know of something like this that he may be able to use? Thanks
  12. A plan to add more housing and a small supermarket to my village in Oxfordshire (which hasn't yet gone ahead) got me thinking about where a railway could go to serve both the new supermarket (for deliveries), existing industries and provide passenger services for a growing population in a village which currently has no public transport. The resulting branch line could make an interesting model with a few "what ifs". It would leave a nearby mainline, follow alongside an existing cycle route and stream (crossing both via a bridge and level crossing), then do some street running to reach a passenger halt where supermarket deliveries could be unloaded beofre continuing to some small industries at the other end of the village. The Cholsey and Wallingford railway had an American Alco S2 switcher stored there for a while before it was sadly scrapped. If modelled in HO we could imagine this loco was saved for use on the new branch line and could power a mixed service consisting of a passenger coach and wagons.
  13. Cut it into OO chassis width strips and sell some on ebay!
  14. Good job there. I have a couple of the tanker wagons which I'd bought second hand and had been repainted in matt black. I've never been sure what to do with them.
  15. I've only just discovered this thread. I lived in Moulsford for a while and now work in Wallingford so have been reading this thread with interest.
  16. Growing up with a father who already had a layout in the shed (and later a garden railway, O-16.5 so I could also run OO on it) I never had a first train set so to speak. But I remember a BR blue Hornby Class 25 and Intercity 125 set being what I mostly played with until I got my own loco, a good old Smokey Joe! ..and yes, like a lot of them it ended up being converted into a narrow gauge loco!
  17. I remember hearing a story that people in the know would aim to get on the carriage with the whitest roof when boarding a train, as a coach with newer roof paint was likely to be the most recently overhauled and in better condition!
  18. This is looking really good. I look forward to seeing more of this.
  19. Apologies for the strange question, I've noticed the ZZA snowploughs have a door on each side and a window on the back. Now I know the American Russell built snowploughs (or plows) had moveable wings on the side and a forward facing operators cabin but the ZZAs don't have this feature and the only window on them faces backwards towards the loco, so what is the purpose of the compartment and what's inside them? Thanks
  20. I've dabbled in Gn15 although it had quite a following at one point, and quite a few kits are/were available using OO gauge chassies so I wouldn't say it's the most difficult scale to get started in.
  21. I doubt the TV producers or the big manufacturers are concerned about the difference between "modellers", RTR box openers and collectors (a whole subject on it's own!). The TV producers (if they bothered estimating at all) probably included all of the above for the purpose of presenting railway modelling as a large hobby, And manufacturers will mostly be interested in how many people buy their product, not necessarily what level of the hobby they are used for once purchased. Most casual watchers of the programme would probably call anything involving small trains as "railway modelling" anyway and in my opinion all levels of the hobby are part of a big community, sales of RTR and to collectors still bring money into the industry to keep manufacturers afloat and help to promote the hobby at "entry" level. As for numbers I'd agree that magazine circulation and social media account interactions are a good way of getting an idea of how many modellers there are. Or perhaps if we knew what annual sales of model railway products were and how much an average modeller spent we could do some maths. I'm curious as to wether it really is the "biggest indoor hobby in the UK" but I guess the definition of "hobby" is another can of worms. There are probably more households with board games than a model railway but many will only be played occasionally and the owners may not consider it a hobby as such. Computer gaming would also have a claim to the title.
  22. Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I managed to find another HD wagon which was cheap and suitable for spares (good wheels, poor body) so I can bring this van back to life.
  23. Nice idea, a Red Star sign and a few trolleys on the platform are all you'd need to give the impression that parcels are being handled there.
  24. The third option looks good to me. A track either side of the platform gives slightly more scope for passenger and perhaps parcels operation.
  25. Looking at that end of your layout I'm thinking a station arrangement like Appleford could work well. The station has very few facilities (only 2 shelters) and access is from steps down from a road bridge which would provide a scenic break. http://www.hondawanderer.com/165103_Appleford_2009.htm ..and a view from the bridge.
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