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    Taunton, Somerset
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    Southern Railway, West Somerset Railway.

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  1. Ah, an excellent distraction activity, clean up tools. Fine wet and dry, thin oil, bit of metal polish, and it's as good as new.
  2. Northern belle? Belmont Pullman? GB express? There's lots of them (at a price)
  3. On hattons, they say "DCC incompatible. Split chassis - OO" So I guess that's it.
  4. I thought o gauge was 32mm... Very nice, but not cheap. They look like little more than 2 ali angles pop-riveted to a plastic block.
  5. I think the answer is that the Brighton line was the flagship southern mainline. It was electrified in 1933 and the units were introduced at the same time. They were owned by the Pullman company (although the southern maintained them) and so it would have needed the Pullman company to invest too. I just think that the Kent line didn't have the same cachet. The Bournemouth Belle was new in 1931, and so , why replace it? Keep the Brighton line special.... Ian
  6. ikcdab

    Track shortages

    Peco website is showing them all in stock
  7. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.wirralmodelengineeringsociety.co.uk/Articles/MechanicalInterlocking.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwiQhOWUn_3rAhV0pHEKHe-bBhQQFjAcegQIBxAB&usg=AOvVaw3V40shA4gt4F3Kax-DwuZS
  8. I've never been really happy with mitre boxes, I just don't think they hold the saw true enough. Better to scribe a true 90° line and cut/file precisely to that. You'll get a better result. Ian
  9. Very sad, but yes I feel that the business has overwhelmed the proprietor who I have met occasionally. Do not part with any money until you have the goods in your hands. Ian
  10. Scribe a decent line with a sharp point. It helps if you colour the metal with a marker first, then the scribes line will show up better. Always cut to the outside of the line. In theory, the line should just be visible when you are completely finished. Then cut with a fine tooth saw. Don't go right up to the line, but leave a littke margin, say a mm or so. Take slow cuts with a fine tooth saw. The deeper the blade, the better as that helps keep it straight. Go slowly and keep checking all the time that you are on target. If the saw wanders, you can carefully "steer" it back on line. It helps if your body is directly behind the saw. Being able to hold the material very firmly in critical, a clamp of some sort is what you need. Once sawn, mount in the vice and gently file to the line, again checking constantly that it is square and to the line. If cutting two identical pieces, bolt or solder them together first and cut and file as one. Hope this helps Ian
  11. Another vote for excel. But whatever you use, make sure it's well backed up. I store most of my stuff on Dropbox which means I can access it on laptop and desktop and it's protected.
  12. I think the answer is, as large as you can make it. If you're constrained by fences, then that's as big as you can go. If you have the space, make it bigger. Sorry if that doesnt help much, but it is a "how long is a bit of string" question! Guess you could get somdd flexitrack, lay some out and see how it goes.
  13. I'm not sure what you mean here. You pay once (most are less than a fiver) and then print as many as you want. All you need to buy is the card to stick them to. The great thing is that if you go wrong, just print off another page and have a other go! Ian
  14. Well as the old man said when asking for directions, I wouldn't start from here! Inevitably our plans change, so things like this have to be incorporated. I wouldn't use anything to melt it as in would worry it would go to far. You have probably done the best you can. Dodd you consider going underneath the baseboard? Ian
  15. Well, they also used to be made of plastic or plywood. Basically, everything is out there, it depends it depends on what you want. Personally, I love the scalescenes range, others prefer plastic kits. You just need to look around and see what's what and what suits your skill level or motivation. But I would say, that whatever you do, use the same style (card, plastic or whatever) for all the buildings. That way they look like a coherent set. Ian
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