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  1. Funny thing, maybe it’s just me, but if I bought a home with railway tracks running through the bottom of my yard I’d expect to hear the odd train. I’d probably even check to see what the timetable was like and whether it was a branch line or a main line before making the offer for the house, because in both Canada and the USA the rail line was probably there first. Cheers, David
  2. The Judith Edge kit has multiple advantages for the P4 modeller. It is compensated, has a HighLevel gearbox and Mike supplies the wheels on request. Mine can handle 6 wagons of mixed axle boxes (pin point and drop in conversion) with no problem. There are a number of "how-to build" threads available both here and on the Scalefour website. Cheers, David
  3. Any chance that you might team up with Chris Gibbon and include a gearbox? All other things being equal of course... Please? I’m thinking of the way you paired up for the Ruston 48DS which worked out very well. Cheers, David
  4. Speaking of wheels, what was the diameter of the prototype Hunslet wheels? Cheers, David
  5. The lights by the number boards are the class lights which would indicate what sort of train was coming. They would be off for a regular scheduled train, white for an extra, green for a second section to a train and red for tail lights. The fact that you are seeing red in both directions would indicate a light leak between the number boards and the class lights. Not quite sure how you might sort this but an email to Rapido might get a useful reply. All sorts of info on the prototypes can be found here: https://rapidotrains.com/master-class/ho-scale/diesel-locomotives/budd-rdc-master-class
  6. Perhaps a dead shopping cart or two to give it that “urban blight” flavour? Cheers, David
  7. A lot depends on the era you are modelling but broadly speaking there are a few resources you might want to use. For prototype pics and scenery you can’t beat http://railpictures.ca/ You can search for BC images to narrow down the field. This should also help when it comes to your second question as the pictures are dated. There are a few posters here from the west coast who will doubtless chime in once they have spotted your topic. As for your final question, I can’t help much as I’m on the west side of the big pond but a shop that stocks Rapido would be a good start. Canadian engines a
  8. It depends on the size you are working with but FWIW I managed some decent repeat cuts of some 0.7mm o/d brass tube with a utility knife. The trick was to have some 0.5mm wire inside the tube to keep it from collapsing while the blade was rolled over the tube. HTH David
  9. Very interesting. It looks to be adaptable for Dinghams as well as AJs and would probably work well with wire in tube should one be allergic to servos. Thanks for this! Cheers, David
  10. Actually Ken that just might work. I was reading in Scalefour News a while back about some conversions made on Hornby Pecketts, both the B2 and W4, that involved doing just that along with spacing the cylinders out by about .05mm on either side. Not a problem with the Terrier! With P4 the wheels had to be re-profiled but with EM you should be OK. Good Luck! Cheers, David
  11. Branchlines does a Terrier conversion chassis that suits P4 and EM http://branchlines.blogspot.com/ and some time ago Tim Shackleton did a “how to” in his book “Plastic Bodied Locomotives” on how to upgrade plastic locomotives which I fear is out of print. A caution, the Branchlines chassis was designed to fit the Dapol/Hornby body so may need a bit of fettling to fit. HTH David
  12. Back before Covid19 came along I used to go to model railway shows and see people sitting behind tables stacked with used models they were trying flog. Unless they had knocked the price down by at least half they’d be loading those same models back in the car when the show was over. There are rare exceptions, the Japanese or Korean brass locos might go for close to what was paid for them originally but the market is limited because despite looking very good they weren’t the best for pulling. What I am trying to say, in a long winded fashion, is enjoy your models while you have them and if that
  13. When you live in a place where snow gets serious you actually need one as you find out here: http://casostation.ca/jordan-spreader-2/ A Canadian invention, as was the rotary snow plough! Cheers, David
  14. I note that the 16XX has a heated cup holder but the model does not. Surely that should count as a point for the 16XX ? Cheers, David
  15. Bill Bedford does a bogie to suit the Bachmann Mk1. Cheers, David
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