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  1. Oh this is so tempting! Any history of these ever having a run on the WCML??!! (apologies if been asked already)
  2. I agree that a decent precision screwdriver set is worth it’s weight in gold! Something so simple yet when dealing with such intricate parts it needs to be both functional and comfortable. This is the set I use, a throwback from my previous spell in the motor trade infact. Various bits, lightly magnetised (too strong and it becomes more of a pain), light and comfortable with a palm bearing on the top. The only time I have to switch to a traditional fixed piece precision screwdriver is if the neck of my driver is too large to reach a well sunken screw, as in some bodies etc.
  3. Foden

    Hornby Class 56

    It is indeed one of my personal favourites too, even if I find the roof fans a little gimmicky (easily fixed) I also have a few that have had partially seized drivetrain after sitting on a shelf and never turning a wheel in anger for many years. A strip down and clean a lube followed by a good running in on a rolling road always restores them to superb runners though. Tends to be the worm drive bearings that need attention I've found.
  4. For what it's worth, I don't think that on the whole the filtering in of young blood to the hobby is too much different over the last 30 years, but maybe the method of interest is somewhat different. At the core of it, there will always be young boys and girls that find 'big working stuff' fascinating. Go to any airport (in normal circumstances!) and you'll see as many younger folk standing off the edge of the runway fencing watching these wonderful machines take to the sky, and having as much overall interest in the operation as any older age range, I believe the same generally applies to trains etc. What may be different is one's entry into model railways. Maybe there are less 0-4-0 tank locos and short train of open wagons buzzing round an oval of track on the dining room floor at a scale 180mph, but there are other ways for younger folk to get their train fix these days and further enhance their interest. Now there are fantastic computer and console based train simulators that can be fired up in minutes and require no space to set up, and don't terrify the cat. They're comparatively cheap when you consider one would probably have the platform to operate it regardless, and offer an immersive world in which to grow one's interest and understanding. Some may say this isn't particularly healthy for the railway modelling hobby, but I disagree. Getting your kicks out of a simulation is perfectly fine, and has many advantages that modelling can't touch, but physically creating a world in miniature, and controlling an actual locomotive, all be it at scale is still unique to what we do. A person's desire to craft and create something will always draw people to the hobby if the interest of the wider railway world is present. Simulation and modelling in my opinion go hand in hand to offer a really credible, fulfilling hobby to young (and old) who show an interest. And to add, I think culture and acceptability among the young has changed a lot in recent times. I'm only 34, but when I was a 'young' lad at high school, I wouldn't have dreamt to have talked openly about my railway fascination, it wouldn't have done me ANY favours socially, and when a little older and seeking the attention of young ladies, it's something I would go to great lengths to hide. Yet now there seems somewhat of renaissance, and it looks to be a lot more socially acceptable for a young person to express their interest in railways, modelling, and many other previously assumed faux pas interests. Indeed to some young ladies it appears to be somewhat of an attractive feature in a man! Where these young ladies were when I was 20 years old I'll never know!
  5. Doesn’t that knackered old Ped just fit the picture perfectly. I agree with what’s been said there is something quite sadistically appealing about grotty old run down stations and permanent way. A couple that spring to mind in the past that I visited and felt were quite eerily run down were Norton Bridge, Blackpool South, and even to an extent some larger stations like Sheffield and Preston. Bit before my time but Leicester Central (as indeed most on the GCR at the time) looked to be in a very sorry state in its final years when express trains were long gone and only a token local service remained.
  6. Was there ever any concern with drivers in DBSOs and DVTs of being propelled at upwards of 100mph in a lighter carriage? After the awful events of Polmont, was it something that some drivers didn't particularly like for these reasons?
  7. Never seen any in cab footage riding in a driving van trailer, what were they like from a driver’s perspective? A lot like a coach with a forward facing window I’d have thought!? So were they generally the preferred end of the train to drive from? Something to look forward to if an outward leg was in a loco? A nicer ride and a little more peace and quiet perhaps?
  8. One assumes the benefit in the running overheads (no pun intended) must have been enough to warrant the change in traction from diesel to electric where feasible, otherwise I'd have thought BR wouldn't have bothered with the faff and added manpower of changing a locomotive part way through a service.
  9. Just thought it'd be useful to update this for anyone who searches it in future. Buffers at both ends slot into the chassis through the body, so to separate the two you must carefully pull the buffers out, this will then release the body from the chassis.
  10. In this instance the dates are actually 1994, and include a Mossend - Warrington, and another to Healey Mills in the same year.
  11. If I may creep in with a sub question (apologies Rob, no hijack intended), would it be a case that a Regional or Freight service that would normally use slow lines stay on the slow lines even during quiet periods where a path is available on the main line? Because a deviation onto another business sector's line would incur additional costs? And equally, if for example an Intercity train had to use the slow lines, lets say funded by Regional Railways, would the Intercity train then fall down the priority order when it came to pathing? It would seem harsh for an RR service to incur delay over its own infrastructure due to an Intercity foreigner. Would signallers have clear instruction when this scenario were to present itself?
  12. Just watching a class 37 related DVD and I’ve noticed that a couple of workings mentioned were Speedlink, but after 1992. I thought Speedlink ended entirely in 1991 and trains that could not be formed as block traffic lost? Think the dates were both 1993 so would be before the later ‘Enterprise’ workings post privatisation.
  13. Give said abrasive or instrument to the mice. Work smarter, not harder!
  14. Can't see any other fixing underneath other than the pivots for the two axles. With these removed and some persuasion the middle of the chassis does want to come away from the body, so I'm sure it's possible. It just feels stubborn at the two ends. I've levered and pulled as much as I dare without confirmation from someone who's done it that this is the way.
  15. I bought a load of Bachmann ZDA ex OBA bauxite wagons quite cheap when they weren't shifting off shelves some time ago, with the aim of repainting the majority of them into the (often faded) dutch colours. I was hoping to be able to remove the body from the chassis to repaint by masking and airbrushing, but after a few minutes pulling and gentle levering they don't seem too willing, I thought I'd seek council on here first, do they even separate? or are they moulded as one, and I'm into the rather more tedious approach of hand painting around the chassis detail?
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