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  1. This website might prove to be a useful source of prototype pictures; http://www.railpictures.ca/ Cheers, David
  2. Those look very good David . I suspect I am not alone in wondering when and how they will be made available for purchase as I have need for four axles worth of the Pecketts. Belated addition, in P4 please. Cheers, David
  3. If it's any comfort Canada Post is normally terrible with packages. Anything that has to go through Toronto/Mississauga will take longer, in part because they are "social distancing" in the sorting facility so half the staff, double the time. To their credit they admit as much on their website. OTOH getting a tracked parcel from the UK is a waste of money because CP does not track parcels from outside of Canada. Cheers, David
  4. One runs on a layout where I am a regular operator. It can easily handle 8 bogie coaches up a 1:100 incline. No wheel slip no struggling and smoooth. Cheers, David
  5. Point to point for me for several reasons. My preferred era is 1923 to 1968. I like shunting, breaking down and building up trains and spreading the wagons around with a purpose. The whole thing of shunting is a more absorbing job than running from station to station with a passenger train, granted you can complicate passenger operations as much as you like but that takes more space than I can manage. I am a regular operator on a very large layout along with a number of others. We take turns at different positions so I work a junction in the morning and a goods yard in the afternoon, both have their points but the goods yard is my favourite. Cheers, David
  6. Both engines run equally well but the larger engine has greater pulling power as one might expect. The B2 has the additional advantage of having a brass whistle rather than the plastic one on the W4. Cheers, David
  7. And for those of us whose first language is English...? Cheers, David
  8. The splashers were designed to accommodate standard 00 wheel sets which would have oversize flanges and also be over wide . It is possible to fabricate scale splashers from plastic or metal, the trick is the carving away of the old ones. If you have a Dremel or similar rotary tool and patience it can be done, just go easy and don’t try to carve too much at one go. Cheers, David
  9. It seems to depend on unknown forces. I got MRJ 278 last Monday after at least a month’s wait and got the June Bylines today. Cheers, David
  10. If you plan on using fixed passenger rakes you have the option of putting loops on the ends of the rakes and hooks on the engines. For goods shunting don’t turn the engines. The problem with having loops on both ends of the engines is that the advantages of delayed action are lost. On my own layout I have an imaginary hill before the station that requires steam to run tender first into the station to protect the crown sheet. The layout that Dinghams were originally designed for was Lofthouse on Nidderdale which only used tank engines AFAIK so turning was never a problem. HTH David
  11. Minimum equipment can also be found on VIA 85, one F40PH plus two stainless coaches. Or a VIA P42 plus four LRC coaches like this one Cheers, David
  12. Has anybody in North America got their copy of MRJ 278 yet? Either by subscription, or other means? Cheers, David
  13. The NMRA had, and may even still have, 00/4mm scale standards that had a track gauge of 19mm but that was for North American outline equipment. EM started at 18mm then moved to 18.2 with some members from the Manchester MRS. Cheers, David
  14. Yes. And as an added bonus they are compatible. You lose some of the automatic features of the Dinghams but if you want to make a slow transition while building up your stock of Dinghams (in both senses of the word) then you are good to go. Cheers, David
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