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  1. If it was loaded with concrete we'd ring the fire brigade to come and flush it out before it went hard!
  2. Cheers Steve. On behalf of Hessle MRG I'd like to offer our sincere thanks to all the exhibitors and traders who turned out to support us. Also to the people who visited the show, in numbers far greater than we had hoped, particularly given the weather conditions early in the day. The day was a great success which everyone appeared to enjoy immensly. Thank you all again.
  3. Cheers Steve. As he says it's tomorrow from 10.00 to 16.00. Don't miss it!
  4. 100% O gauge. 100% modern image. It doesn't get any better than that!
  5. Look forward to meeting you. Please ask as many questions as you like. You may even get the odd sensible answer!
  6. Also please note that as far as I am aware none of the layouts at the show will feature erupting volcanos, landslides or dinosaurs etc!
  7. In preparation for the exhibition we hired one of the large rooms at the town hall last Sunday so we could fully set up all three of the club layouts and give them a good test. To hopefully whet your appetities further here are some photos. Firstly Invermire Cayton Bay Cottingham Note all the layouts are still, works in progress
  8. No worries, just thought you may have saved me a job! Nice to see they will be included with the wagon though.
  9. Ha, beaten me to it! I was just about to show details of the conversion I've done. Having tried fitting the P4 wheelsets initially I was unsure whether they were binding on the backs of the W irons or on the brake gear. So after removing the wheels again I gently prised off the brake gear with a scalpel blade. Although glued in place, with a gentle bit of leverage it was possible to break the bond and remove the brakes without damage. Reinserting the wheels showed they now turned freely so no work was needed on the W irons. I reckoned the tops of the wheel treads were fouling on the bit of plastic sprue which joined the pair of brake shoes together so I just removed this and reattached each brake shoe individually, securing them with a touch of cyano glue and repositioning them to suit the wider gauge. The brake cross shafts were then replaced using slightly longer lengths of 0.31mm wire, sprung into place and secured with more cyano. I've just today received delivery of some Accurascale PCA cement wagons and whilst not wanting to get drawn into the debate over which is the better model it does look like a similar amount of work will be required to convert them to P4.
  10. Will the wagons be supplied with the screw couplings ready fitted?
  11. In addition to the three previously mentioned Hessle MRG layouts we are now pleased to confirm the following additional seven visiting ones. Filey, Bridlington Model Railway Society. OO gauge portrayal of the station between Bridlington & Scarborough in the 1950s/60s. Betton Street, Richard Hayden. OO gauge. Based on the loco servicing and Network Rail maintenance depot at Shrewsbury in 2000-2010. Fox Valley Railway, Jason Johnson. N gauge western region terminus station set in 1960s/70s. Hollym Gate, Brian Sunman. OO gauge based on the station on the former Hull to Withernsea line in the period 1950/60. Chester Road, Bob Denton. OO gauge North Eastern/ Midland region servicing and fuelling depot in the mid 1960s. Dolwyn, Dave Holmes. 009 gauge. Based on part of the Glyn Valley Railway in North Wales in 1930. Box File Layout, Steve Grantham. OO gauge. Somewhere in England in the 1990s showing what can be achieved with a few box files and a lot of imagination! In addition we can also confirm the following trade support. Caistor Loco, general supplies of locos, rolling stock, scenic items etc. Custom Layout Signs. Laser cut layout nameboards and replicas of loco headboards etc. 4 2 2 Modelmaking. Resin cast building and coach kits. Spotters Collectables. Railway books and memorabilia. Also there will be some second hand items on sale. Finally don't forget there are light refreshments available for sale with plenty of home made cakes and pastries. All this for just £2.00 admission (accompanied children free). It's got to beat even Aldi for value for money! Hope to see you there.
  12. The chassis on the PGA wagons was also metal.
  13. I notice Kernow's website is now saying delivery expected 3rd quarter of 2019. So looks like Andy Y's initial post saying delivery expected by end of the year was correct, apart from the year that is!
  14. Not a thing. I would have appreciated Kernow keeping those of us who had pre-ordered wagons a bit better informed of progress
  15. At the risk of upsetting the Anti-Puffer brigade on here (!) here's a photo of a model a friend has just completed. It's to be used on our club's O Gauge layout Invermire which is based somewhere in the north of Scotland in the 1970s/80s so hopefully we're not pushing the boat out too far!
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