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  1. When you sit down and think about it, the attraction of shunting is that you can have realistic operation in the space normally allowed to the average mortal. I mean sure, an A4, or a King or a Merchant Navy with 10 on looks just grand but only if you have the space and can ignore the fact that stations would still be less than a scale mile apart. But a pug and a rake of 10 wagons will fit easily into an 8’ point to point with room to spare and that’s not including the wagons already on the layout spotted around in sidings. I was introduced to shunting, or switching as we call it over her
  2. My name is David and I am an unrepentant shuntaholic. It's been four hours since my last shunting session.... Cheers, David
  3. Sigh.....that brings back memories. But also of wandering up Glen Sligachan while the rain was coming down in sheets. A bit hard to model that. Cheers, David
  4. Don’t rule out Terriers! The Admiralty purchased five for use in Inverness in 1918 so they would have been in the right area once they’d done their bit. Beyond that you might want to consider engines from the smaller classes of pre-grouping engines made redundant by grouping. Engines from the G&SWR were culled fairly viscously by the LMS and might be useful (if you can find any models). Cheers, David
  5. Maybe no tarnishing but breathing might be a bit rough....but then you can’t have everything. Cheers, David
  6. ISTR. Chris was having some issues with his computer that held things up plus some problems with getting info on the particular version represented by the Hatton’s model and getting suitable wheels. Add to that the increased demand for his products due to people building their way out of the lockdowns, gear makers and etchers shut down, and all the rest I think you’ll find he’s had a lot on his plate. But whenever it comes out I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait. Cheers, David
  7. As an added bonus, the Barclay wheel flanges conform to the RP 25 standard so should be compatible with EM track. I just checked my Barclay to make sure. Cheers, David
  8. The existing wheels are metal with plastic centres on a 2mm axle. It might be possible to get by with simply pulling the wheels out to the proper b to b for EM. That said, the cylinders would have to be split to allow clearance. A bit fussy but not impossible. HTH, David
  9. I believe this site should be covered by the Geneva Convention as being cruel and unusual punishment... Abandon all hope ye who enter there. Cheers, David
  10. Maybe a dimmer switch? Cheers, David
  11. Looking good William. You’ll appreciate the lighting when the next stages come along. Cheers, David
  12. Great to hear about the possibility of on-line ordering Chris, I look forward to taking advantage of it in the fullness of time. Similarly I look forward to some new designs once the etchers can go back to work. In the meantime take care and be safe. Cheers, David
  13. It sounds like Rapido is using the same type of mechanism as they have used for their Royal Hudson and the upcoming CPR D10 in HO. It would make sense for them to use the same mechanism in any UK steam. Cheers, David
  14. A question William, what is your preferred angle for viewing models, a) looking down from on high or b) at eye level with the track? If your answer is a) then EM might be your preference, if b) then the benefits of P4 become more evident. OTOH I notice that you model in S scale which is done with the same philosophy as P4. At the end of the day it is chacun à son gout. Cheers, David
  15. Pity, close but no cigar. It would have been nice if Peckett had built an inside cylindered B2 but they didn't. But they should have... Cheers, David
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