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  1. I have some bullet wagons that are never, ever going to get weathered:
  2. It seems sensible to mark the stock as I put them away for winter then.
  3. I started building my layout last December and had completed the track laying by February. For the next couple of months I'd periodically unpack a loco and some wagons/coaches and give it a bit of a run. This was mostly okay but I'd inevitably have breakaways at some point and I just got used to expecting to have to spend ten minutes faffing around at the start of a session and maybe the session ended because I couldn't be bothered to recouple the errant stock. Then as Summer started I moved all my rolling stock onto the staging yards. My staging yards have covers over them to keep the worst of the dust off so it meant I could keep my stock on permanent display. It also meant that if the fancy took me the layout was ready for use. What I've discovered is that over the last month or two all the problems have gone away. One might have been fixed due to some minor track relaying but now I find I can power up the layout, pick any train (or trains) and run them for as long as I want without any issues other than dirty track where I've been doing a bit of scenery work (and I've done quite a bit of ballasting and other non-structural things). It's great but I'm curious why this is now the case. My layout is in a spare bedroom so doesn't experience high temperatures but of course the average is now higher. Or is it just that leaving the stock coupled up (it's almost all Dapol N with Rapido couplers) is less disruptive and the couplers have 'bedded in' in some fashion? Would be interesting to hear any thoughts you might have.
  4. Audience participation time! Following on from the earlier post, I'm now open to suggestions (polite ones, please ) on what I can put on the newly 'turfed' areas. I've got some pictures here with a double bogied wagon to provide scale. The ideas don't have to be prototypical (that ship has not only sailed, it's won the trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific speed records and is well on the way to winning the circumnavigation contest ). I'm after 'interesting' suggestions. Things that will be fun and interesting to construct and to look at. . Things that might even teach me a new skill. For instance on the first area I have a vague notion of a ruined building on the corner with a ruined bridge reaching out across the lower track and to the staging yard where the engine shed is. In this case the green wagon would be where the track has been smashed through the first part of the bridge. This area seems like some kind of 'yard' might be appropriate as it's the two entrances to my staging yards and basically where 'Railway Company Property' starts: The only thing I'd like to point out is that the flower bed is 700mm from the edge of my baseboard so only a sadist would suggest that I build something hugely complicated here. A diorama that I can build off-site then deposit in place would be preferred Last but not least another corner piece: So if you have any ideas please let me know. No real prize on offer but I'll let you choose the name
  5. I know that Revolution Trains were going to but they abandoned it in May siting lack of interest http://www.revolutiontrains.com/projects/expressions-of-interest/apt-e/ I suppose another option might be card as that doesn't require a significant investment whereas 3D printing clearly does. I seem to have fate against me because the other loco I'd like to have but can't is a Princess Elizabeth. I have a Queen Elizabeth courtesy of Graham Farish but that is not the same thing. Honestly it's almost enough to make me give up on N and move to OO. What keeps me on N is being able to run almost metre long trains round a figure of eight layout in my spare bedroom
  6. There's something fishy going on.. Not wanting to risk a lightning strike I decided today was going to be a train day rather than golf. The morning went quite well. I put down some more mainline ballast - almost the last in fact, just some difficult to reach turnouts that might never be ballasted. I glued my last buffer stop in place and chucked down some scatter. I put some brown umber and PVA on a few parts of the cliff face beforehand as it needed a bit of grass. Then I dropped some bushes around the cliff edge next to 'the scrap yard'. This is currently where I leave 'tools and stuff' that I can't bothered to put back in drawers but I'm beginning to think it might make quite a nice diorama one day I completed the scatter and bushes around my 'giant's footpath'. I wanted a pedestrian tunnel really but I had a spare WS tunnel portal so needs must. We can pretend an old railway line ran through there At least when the line was closed the local council embraced the alternatives, built a path and even painted the arch. A lot better than what HE do with some of their old railway bridges.. In the afternoon I decided to run a couple of trains because we all deserve a reward. The first of them (Little Bertha and her coal train) stalled just outside the staging yard entrance but that's where I put the scatter so a swift wipe with a track rubber and off she went, happy as Larry. She came steamingdieselling out of the tunnels after Wilf's Junction and immediately stopped. Locos have done that before and typically it just needs another wipe. Except that I haven't done any work there recently and 'Mr Magic Sky Finger' prodding the loco didn't make it budge. Hmmm. That area of track has history: The feeders were added a few months ago when trains couldn't exit the tunnel when running on the central loop. The blobs of solder on the joint itself were added today because I can't be bothered to drill more holes and do a proper job. Not being completely lackadaisical I traced the line along and discovered the other problem joint. Now that's near the centre of my board so about 600mm from the edge. A bit tricky to get at but with care I managed to bodgefix it up. If nothing else this confirms what all the wise modellers have always said. Solder a dropper onto every piece of track. I'm hoping I don't get too many more failures. My layout uses Setrack curves so there's potentially a lot of fish plates that can fail.
  7. Hi, my big project for Winter (yeah I know but I like to plan in advance) is to install turnout motors and LED signals on my layout. I'm currently using an NCE PowerCab and run a maximum of two N-gauge locomotives at a time with six others sat powered but idle. Should I add a second power bus just for the turnouts? Should I buy a booster so that though controlled from the same 'Cab they have their own power? There will be over a dozen turnout motors but they will tend to be switched infrequently, mostly just to select a different train to run rather than as part of a route or for shunting. I'm going to be using DCC Concepts Cobalt-SS motors and associated kit.
  8. Yup. https://peco-uk.com/products/turnout-1st-radius-right-hand-2 My 4-6-2 can handle a single one now that she's been adjusted but one of my sidings has two back to back because the entrance to the siding is a curve and she still can't handle that. Luckily the other sidings are 'back to front' so she can go in any of those. You can of course mix Setrack and Streamline but doing that with turnouts mean you lose the inherent geometry in which case you might as well just go all Streamline. That's what I'm going to do on my next layout but it does seem to consume a bit more space.
  9. My first piece of advice would be to avoid first radius curves if you can. My layout is n-gauge built from 2nd radius curves and Setrack turnouts. Most of my diesels are perfectly happy but I had to remove the buffers of the class 58s because they would foul their couplers or wagon buffers. My class 56 (triple axel bogies) sounds a little piqued running round the curves but I pretend it's just the sound of it 'working hard' My single steam loco - a 4-6-2 Queen Elizabeth - was quite unhappy with the turnouts and not keen on the curves until I sent her to be serviced. Having come back with corrected B2B she's now a lot happier. Meanwhile a Hall I bought to replace her simple won't run on my layout at all. I also prefer layout 1 although I sympathise with the length of siding issue. One of the things I love about my layout is being able to run almost metre long trains. But then my board is the size of a double bed
  10. I'm a computer programmer and agree with this sentiment. It's a problem I face frequently, especially when working on live/legacy systems. Add in the resources available for modification and 'It'll have to do as it is' is sadly sometimes the only option.
  11. All governments spend too much money (which we are forced to give them). Unless there is a material detriment experienced by a significant proportion of the population then I'm in favour. A bridge that hardly anyone uses(*) is not a bridge. It's a waste of resources and/or a potential danger due to neglect. Mind you I'm a little sceptical of how much some old bridges cost to maintain. There's one at Brackley that has a public foot path over and under it - a well signed path to a local park in fact - that often has stones on the ground underneath it. https://goo.gl/maps/gdxav9o48wodUFQZA http://mkttransport.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DSC_0012-1-1024x683.jpg (http://mkttransport.co.uk/photography/disused-railways-in-focus-brackley/) "Today the section of line west of Brackley high street has become a walking and cycling route, allowing it to be walked for a short distance up to the former Banbury Road bridge, where a new junction with the A422 bypass has cut off the route. " It is a moderately interesting feature so it'd be a shame if it were removed. On the other hand it'd be an even bigger shame if someone got killed by falling masonry and I'd struggle to justify the cost of renovating it. (*)I include 'a lot of people like to look at it' as 'usage'.
  12. Don't mention APT-E. I'd love to have one of those on my layout but sadly only one company has ever done one in N gauge and the chances of picking one up are low. One day I might get into 3D printing and try and make my own. Either that or buy a spare HST, and attack it with a scalpel to push the windscreen inwards
  13. Now that's interesting. I don't currently have any sound enabled locos (sadly still uncommon in N gauge). I did have one for a short period of time but it never ran well (if at all) and got sent back to the retailer within a couple of days. I would like to add sound to my future layout (and just about anything else I can think of - it's my second hobby for my eventual retirement). I'm actually going to have stations this time (yes, a loop-de-loop but this time with the pretence of going somewhere useful ) so was thinking of a tannoy system for those as well as train sounds.
  14. Not sure how I'm going to do the inclines this time around. I might go for Woodland Scenics again but now that feels like a cop-out. One of my proposed inclines (a decline actually) is on a curve which will be interesting. I've never had any issues with the ones on my current layout so thought I'd step it up a bit
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