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  1. Only one on goods stock and inner coaches, because they should not be the only thing detected, but two on brake vans/brakes. That seems the most sensible compromise. (& more specifically, 2 on the rear BCK or BSK, because they are only run in directional sets by choice) I also set ~5 seconds delay on clear for occupancy, which helps with minimizing the risk of "flickering" over the occupancy to a following train & resulting in a rear end accident. Why? Because to error is human, to really make a mistake usually adds a computer program James
  2. They may not have been- the horn is usually set to play the whistle tone (long, long, short, long till on crossing) by a single press, for liability reasons- that way, the railway can "verify" that the horn was sounded correctly to limit legal liablity.
  3. I do about 1/6 of the wagons, brake vans, BCK's, BSK's & BG's. That should ensure enough detection to avoid the problem mentioned ^, of trains lacking detection having the turnouts change under them. It also should allow the control software to stop the train if the train separates - but as I'm running a rather obsolete version of RR&Co (5.7), it doesn't allow for an easy way to do so. If you can get the resistive ink pen, it is easier than soldering to the backs of wheels
  4. The UK government policy in 1947 was exactly that- domestically produced coal fired steam until we electrify. The 1947 HGV report recommended revising the 1929/30 tax differences that had a severe negative impact on steam wagons on the road, for similar reasons. The fact that oil was from "overseas", and coal was domestic had been brought to the attention of the house on more than one occasion pre ww2. The expectation seemed to be that diesel was a great power source, but that heavy goods vehicles should be coal fired for domestic production reasons. I would imagine the exact same thinking drove the BR Modernization Plan & the design & construction of the BR Standards. I view D/E as being as much a dead end technology as steam, it's just taken longer to start driving the nails into the coffin because of the capital cost of electrification. Said capital cost has NOT been helped by "offboarding" costs of both steam and diesel, but allocating in near full to electric- think of what the real risk levels are for a lot of the 25kv re-work that has been done, and how if it worked in the past, one has examples of how much flashover risk there really is from past clearance designs vs present. The cost overruns of starting and stopping electrification schemes instead of having had a rolling program of electrification bear witness to the election cycle management of government. Over here, if you read about the Milwaukee Road electrification, and the missing 212 miles in the middle, and how stupid private capital can be as well... ( https://milwaukeeroadarchives.com/Electrification/ElectrificationPage1.htm ) https://milwaukeeroadarchives.com/Electrification/GEStudy1970.pdf for the heartbreaking read of stupid in action... GE said the cheapest answer with Diesel at 5.25 p/ Gal was to electrify... James
  5. Never mind in the UK, there is a most interesting report on D/E's in North America, and how the reasons why steam died as quickly as it did had a lot to do with GM and GE having capital available when the railways did not...certainly, when you look at CN and N&W, you get a rather different picture as to WHY steam died as quickly as it did, and who made money hand over fist on the dealings...
  6. Just to confuse things further, be aware that the identity of the locos is NOT as above in reality- the frames, boilers and nameplates of at least 2 are NOT matched...so you literally get to choose the name to go with the frame. How do I know? KoS was Maid Marion's frames, and KoS's boiler & nameplate for 40 years. I am suspicious that more than just that pair are mis-identified. I understand(*) that the locos were basically "put back together" when they were sold, depending on what would kind of fit together in terms of boiler/running gear at the time. (*) that's what dad said, particularly regards to the engines that went to Bala Lake. He'd have been in the know(ish) from working with the Lloyd Jones Brothers and Mick the Scrap at the time the engines were leaving the quarry to homes elsewhere. I know dad was slightly involved in F&D RPS, as well as the group that wanted Bala Lake to be standard gauge, and that he and Grandfather Powell certainly had connections into the North Wales steam scene from 1959 on. James Powell
  7. So, what have I done since May? Well, we went on a cross Canada trip, starting July 20th. That took until Sept 6th before I got home. Since then, I have returned to working (now full time...) at the heating plant, and so far have made up 1 L, 1 R section of 5' long, 30' radius curves, and just finished my 2nd 10' section. I played with the levels on the right side and had the section of track somewhat level there, but got no further before I left. I also made up about 36 fishplates of the 240 that I need. Save that I need to shorten 4 of them for the RHS of the crossing, to fit the 5' R curve to it. That has the sleepers attached- nothing mentioned of getting 150' of plastic wood and cutting it to length, but it happened. (I need about 400' more, when I get there...I have a pile of sleepers to use as it is...) So there is progress, just slowly it seems at times.
  8. What you want is something like https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/hardware/jig-and-fixture-parts/61654-1-1-2-inch-rose-knobs-for-jigs-and-fixtures but in M8 thread I'm sure they are around...but Lee Valley don't seem to carry them, which suggests that the Canada/US market for them is small. (but not the ROW...)
  9. I'm @#[email protected]# when I realize I've been retired from the navy for 5 years ! I've got a few more before I get to 30 years out of high school though... James
  10. Apparently, I need to advocate for a GPV to sit next to the N gauge Conflat P, and blow it up to 4mm James
  11. I asked in the thread somewhere on here (the things for us to make thread). But now I've cot a conundrum- in that the Class 28 and the Conflats are about 1/2 of the specalized stock for Long Marton. But my model is in OO, not N... (I have a pair of the Heljan 28's...and a lovely set of etches from Micheal Edge for the Conflats in 4mm) We need the GPV to explode these up to 4mm/ft ! James
  12. And now it looks like it will be a done deal with CP getting KC, according to OK the PK OK the PK story re CP/KC James
  13. 800' apart (typically). Colour can be determined by flow (sometimes) or by ???. The ones with the photos above- the big port is called a "Steamer Port", will be 4" or 5" thread. The other two will be 2 1/2". The steamer port now is often a 100mm Storz fitting, in my area (Vancouver Island) usually indicated by a black band. The valve is 4-12' below the ground in the areas that are frost prone. West Coast/California generally have the valves in the hydrant body. James
  14. You should be fine- almost all of the modern generation (>2000) locos and stock are going to run fine on code 83, or code 75 rail. I've been modeling the UK since the mid 80's living in the great white north, James
  15. I have Long Martin, but haven’t done that much with it in the last year. My Mojo took a beating…(not just modeling).
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