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  1. Another side issue which has been taking my attention away from modelling for a few weeks is volume 2 of by photo books of my travels around the world photographing steam. This volume concludes China. It's 2006 - 2015 and not a single QJ photo this time. Seriously, these last five tours were a bit anti-climatic compared to 1993-2005, but something is better than nothing.
  2. Well, after hours and hours of work, and loads of superglue, the mugs are back 99.9% perfect .... Did anyone actually believe that? New mugs have arrived and they came by Royal Mail in individual boxes and by co-incidence my big box takes seven of the mugs in their individual boxes just nicely - much more secure - and 'yes' there is a lid as well.
  3. You may remember that last year I bought a load of bespoke mugs for all the team to be used at shows. The first batch were not 100% perfect, not even 99.9% perfect and so I bought another set and gave the first batch to the team to use at home. Here is a photo of the team receiving their (not perfect) mugs - So, when the new batch of mugs arrived I thought I must make sure that these mugs can get to and from exhibitions safely and undamaged and so I went out and bought a designated 'mug box'. Then I dropped the designated mug box .
  4. You've given me an idea. Passing trains on the double track leaves a long gap afterwards. We don't want any trains on the China Rail when we make the banking move. So if we link the two that seems a good fit. The industrial operator flags up that he is preparing a banking move. The China Rail operator sends out a passing move. The industrial operator waits and then does the banking move. Perfect!
  5. That is so in line with my experience over the last 40 odd years and I know other layouts which have come to similar conclusions. As I have said before we are going to re-think our operation to maximise interest for the viewers. Two examples.................... 1. Our biggest USP is the DOUBLE banked coal trains at the back of the layout which is very impressive with all three locos being sound equipped. But if a non-sound diesel hauled train runs through the layout on the China Rail lines closer to the audience then the viewer's attention is completely drawn to that r
  6. Going back to the concept of interesting operation........................ 1.The industrial I spent a huge amount of time. effort and money building in all sorts of possible moves on the industrial and my team have made it clear that what they want is nice and simple - not complicated. Part of this is the fact that what is interesting if one is demonstrating a complicated move to a visitor to a home layout as a 'once off' becomes a chore if you have to repeat it forty times at an exhibition. Also complicated moves on the industrial slows down the through movements - if
  7. Yes, of course I was exaggerating to emphasise a point. TBH I exaggerate quite a lot and people often comment on it. In fact, if I've been told I exaggerate once, I've been told a million times.
  8. That has been one of our problems actually. The layout was designed with (more) interesting operation in mind, but for a variety of reasons we have never attempted to fully exploit what the layout is capable of. Hopefully, next time out we will be able to show the layout's full potential.
  9. Hmmmmmm?? All I would say is that a lot of what I'm doing is to try to make life easier for my operators. No-one appreciates their efforts more that me. My two main concerns are 1. To make the operation as stress-free as possible - which means making the layout work reliably. This is not easy to achieve when we can't test the layout except at a show. 2. To minimise the set-up and take-down time. (The former so as to maximise the time in the pub) I am trying to get 'everything done' because I have plenty of other hobby related things I want to get on wit
  10. The few China Rail ones I have were taken out of train windows. Industrial ones don't seem to have defined bases but China Rail ones do.....
  11. TBH I was quite impressed with the lower part of the ladder - the straight bit - it was much stronger than I thought. If we can get the top bit sorted I think the ladder may be better 3D printed - over to the design team on that one. The photos I posted are on an industrial railway. I will try to find some of China Rail
  12. Joseph Thank you. TBH I don't think I ever lost my mojo, I just got a bit side tracked occasionally with other railway hobby issues. The main pressure on me is that after 30 months off the exhibition circuit, and me having been furloughed for most of that time,I will have absolutely no excuse if the layout is not 100% PERFECT when it finally goes on show again. 99.9% perfect will NOT be acceptable.
  13. And here is the first 3D printed signal - just for evaluation.... Thank you Al.
  14. I have been told that I haven't been posting much recently. OK - you asked for it! Here is a better photo of the new toilet, this time showing the fine etched window fret - just needs weathering .... BTW - it's a kit and I have one for sale (unmade)
  15. I am writing a book about rail touring and there was a company called Eastern European Rail Tours - or was it? Does anyone know the correct name? And does anyone know the owner's name please? Many thanks
  16. Twickenham & District MRC celebrates its DIAMOND JUBILEE! T&DMRC'S committee have just commissioned a commemorative mug to celebrate our first 60 years ....
  17. Please forgive me if this has been asked before. Can anyone suggest a good spray paint to represent concrete? I have used Tamiya's light grey primer in the past but I'm now thinking something more generally available, any thoughts?
  18. Just a quick update - Mark Found hasn't yet managed to track down that footage we're looking for and so I thought I would just post again to see if anyone has editions of the programmes he made saved on their computer or on DVD or knows where I can find them. Many thanks Paul
  19. Hello Mike Yes, I am in contact with him but he has no idea where that footage/programme is stored , He is looking for it but he hasn't found it yet (no pun intended!!!)
  20. Have been working on the pelmet and one of our worst fears came into reality - dropping a section on its corner............... As you can see we were lucky that it did knock the entire corner off and so there is the basis to build it up. With that in mind I have decided to strengthen the corners by adding a metal plate on the non-viewing side...................... Needs a bit of cleaning up, but it should help - will gradually do all ply corners like that.
  21. Some 10-12 years ago Mark Found started something called The Railway Channel and for one programme he visited Twickenham & District MRC and made an excellent video in our clubroom. I am searching for that programme on YOUTUBE with no luck so far. I have found some Railway Channel content but not the stuff with T&DMRC in it. Any thoughts? Thanks for any help.
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