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  1. I don't see that there is any formula to break. There can be many varieties of shunting puzzles, each one is different. The beauty of Lego is that it is easily changed if you want.
  2. I can't imagine anyone really going for this. Choose your own stream loco for (say) £150 and add on 6 coaches of your choice for (say) £40 and you pay less than £400.... Fancy a punt for £500...?
  3. Well maybe. But it does say "6 Brake wagons"....
  4. Has anyone bought any of these.. https://uk.Hornby.com/catalogue/bundles/mystery-boxes?encoded=JczNCsIwEATgt8lFBFOh6GERvAveSwmbH9NizYbdBMzbG_U6881cNkzxjmWBhTjZtq9P9Vi3ElimFyaPhbiZf2Jsm6fM5KsrRqo1DkuIvZ_h1qSDtrvSO4jKGINZPWg9DONZCXHpWzgpDo7Yi8n97IvgePhh0B8 I'm intrigued that the steam passenger train bundle says "You can expect to find a steam engine and at least 6 Brake wagons included in this bundle." doesn't sound much like a passenger set and it's £500..... Really??? Ian C
  5. ive justr updated mine to the latest version and i still have custom scaling...
  6. I think you have to be pragmatic. You're not trying to create a complete habitable space which might have wardrobes, beds etc and multiple people moving around. You're building a model railway which is relatively lightweight. You don't need an expensive loft conversion or complex fire arrangements. But u must think about insulation and ventilation, otherwise it will be unusable in winter and summer.
  7. 100% agree. MDF is not suitable in any form. The whole Everard Jct story is great to watch and highly educational if you are starting out... Or even if you are experienced. Load to learn from Richards videos.
  8. Doors, how long is a piece of string? When I go into a platelayers hut I have to duck a bit. Go for 1900mm X 750mm and you won't be far off. Station buildings doors will be bigger....
  9. Goto youtube and watch the latest Everard Junction video where he describes his loft layout. It's worth repeating that insulation, ventilation and flooring is absolutely critical. If you don't do that correctly then all the money you might spend on track or locos is wasted. Lofts can be great spaces for railways bit you do need to do the upfront prep first for it to be successful. Ian C
  10. The LMS was hardly 'cut in two'.- prior to nationalisation it consisted of four Divisions - Western (sub divided into two parts and geographically in one case almost as large as any other whole Division), Midland, Central. and Northern. The boundary between the Western and Northern Divisions was at Kingmoor so logically the Northern Division would go into the new Scottish Region but by just about any measure it hardly equated to half of the LMS That's really useful and interesting. Stuff I didn't know. In my own defence, I didn't say the LMS was cut in half. I said it was cut in two. The original single entity became the LMR and some of it became part of the Scottish. So it was indisputably cut into two parts, albeit of unequal sizes!
  11. It's a very good question. The Western and the southern were just carved directly out of the GWR and SR. The names just carried across, apart from the "Great" bit being lost. The LMS was cut in two, with the Scottish portions being hived off. Hence all that was left was LMR. The anomaly is therefore the LNER. It also lost its Scottish bit, bit then what was left was carved up into the ER and the NER. So to be consistent, the ER should have been the LER, but that doesn't sound right and moves to far from the previous LNER. Hence it was just ER. Ian C
  12. Excellent stuff. I love what you are doing. It's so good to see someone branching out like this. One point, the gauge isn't really "extinct" if they are two other layouts and you are actively building in it. Maybe "endangered"!! Ian c
  13. Glad you had a great time. I have been a volunteer on the WSR for many many years and have seen it through all sorts of issues. They are to be convgratulated on making a virtue out of a problem with the heritage busses. Whilst we would all prefer to stay on the train, the busses have gone down very well indeed. The open top ride has been very popular. Yes 9351 used to be 5193. All work done at Minehead. A true GWR "might have been". A very useful engine indeed. I can't remember now where the tender came from. Ian C
  14. I'm not sure what part of the country you are in. But the West Somerset Railway has a copy of the 1947 Timetable in its collection at Bishops Lydeard. I can't remember if it's the STT or the WTT but it is a book more than 6 inches thick. This can be consulted by prior arrangement.
  15. It seems to me that it's the little nib that slides above the curvy retainer that causes the problem. I assume this nib if they to stop the coupling dropping down. Any reason why I can just cut the nib off? Do the couplings then droop?
  16. There is a complete set of WTTs and the various appendices held at Kew. Free to view and copy. Ian C
  17. Thanks yes. I found that a little judicious filing means the chassis just drops in. Tight fit though. What pickups are you using?
  18. I think that whilst there may well have been official minimum sizes, many bridges were built before they were introduced, so basically anything goes. Witness the several low bridges on goods lines such as Par Harbour or Radstock. So whilst your bridge is very narrow, it is completely plausible.
  19. Alluded to above but not explicitly mentioned is that rodding runs are set up so that half the rodding pulls and the other half pushes. The compensators make that change of direction. Thus this allows for expansion and contraction.
  20. I am just putting one of these together. excellent kit. I have made up the steps and bent down the tabs for hook and bar couplings, see circled below. However these tabs prevent the chassis dropping in. The chassis has to go under the tabs, and of course you can slot in one end, but then the other end can't pass the other tab. What have I done wrong or how do I get round this? Ian @High Level Kits
  21. I agree with the comments. I think it highly unlikely that the quayside siding would be accessed from the turntable. I would probably lose the turntable.
  22. Taunton show is still advertised as going ahead at the end of October. It's a medium sized show. I hope it happens. Ian C
  23. I see that Rail of Sheffield have announced their exclusive new OO iron mink. The model looks excellent in the photos. But it is £37 plus £4 p+p. £41 for a OO wagon? I know it's exclusive, and I know about development costs, but it seems a lot to me. Is it that the only other option is the venerable ratio kit? Am I being overly price-sensitive? Ian C
  24. ikcdab

    Lyme Regis

    9mm is good for the top. But I like to use much thicker for the sides. I laminated three layers of 6mm together to give side 18mm thick. Not only does this make it very rigid, but gives you something to screw into. I used a handheld circular saw which was worth its weight in gold. Laminated the stuff together then cut to size afterwards. To be honest, you want your baseboards to be right. It's the foundation of everything. If you are not entirely happy, then scrap (or reuse) those bits and do it again. If you look on my layout thread you will see what I did Ian C
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