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Coombe Vale

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  1. Thank you gentlemen for your replies, particularly ISW. As there is seven and a half inches of clearance, the cutters will fit in fine. It will just be easier than removing the top board. Typical example of Sod's Law though. It's the only point that is in an awkward to get at place and the only one to cause problems.
  2. Hello All. I need to replace a set of points which are situated under a higher level scenic section. I can remove this section to access the points, (awful fag though), and it occurred to me that it may be possible to cut the points out using a pair of the Xuron cutters designed to cut pre-laid track as there is a fair mount of space between the two levels. Can anyone who owns or had experience of using these cutters tell me how long they are from the tip to the end of the grips please? Thanks in advance.
  3. I had five children, one every other year from 1988 to 1996. Once they were in bed and the missus packed off to work for the night shift I was up in the loft from around 9pm to 1 or 2am. Never a problem. (Had the baby monitor with me as well of course.) As long as I was sensible with regard to noise over the children's rooms I usually had an undisturbed session with the railway.
  4. Then I suggest we agree to disagree on the matter and leave it at that. All the best to you.
  5. Nothing, I agree. I was simply making the point that nothing has a forgone conclusion.
  6. Really? Are you sure? You would think so and I would have agreed with you four days ago. But that was before the case of the "Colston Four."
  7. True, and if you want to be really pedantic, the danger aspect should be maroon, not red, for the same reason. However, as 33C said he used white grain of wheat bulbs so red and green would be necessary in this case.
  8. I've used an electrically operated Fleischmann 3-way point in my branch line fiddle yard simply because I had acquired one somewhere along the line, (pardon the pun), and it allowed me to fit in an extra siding in a limted space. There's no problem with mixing it with either Hornby or Peco track, although I did have some concerns about the rather long plastic frogs. However, none of my loco's have any trouble negotiating them including 0-4-0 tank engines from the Hornby stable including an old "Polly."
  9. My stock runs on a wide variety of motors, Tri-ang, Tri-ang-Hornby, Hornby, Hornby Dublo, Wrenn, Lima, Mainline/Bachmann and Jouef. I use a H & M Duette and a 1965 Tri-ang RP14 and cannot fault either of them. Obviously the Duette is better for slow running and smoothness due to the provision of half wave rectification and resistance, but both have enough oomph in them to cater for the older current guzzling motors as well a providing smooth control for the finer "tuned" motors of today. Personally, I can't recommend them highly enough.
  10. Yes, I quite agree. The LMS did produce some very fine engines. My comment was meant in a "tongue in cheek" way, hence the jester emoji, but being Wiltshire born I'm probably a bit biased.
  11. Of course they were. The LMS only started to get decent engines under William Stanier and he was trained at Swindon.
  12. Ah! Fair enough. Yes you are quite right. It would have more sense to keep the barriers down for both trains. Sorry I misunderstood you.
  13. If you are referring to the time/space between the trains, they're on different lines. The first one is on the third line from the left and the second one is on the fourth.
  14. Like the picture, the atmosphere is great, but with all due respect I'm having trouble understanding the signalling.
  15. The village Christmas tree has now been erected. The preferred location would have been in the market place itself, but it's too big so had to be sited across the road. The tree is simply made using an old 1960's Merit Fir tree plastic kit, (a relic from my childhood train days), with mico LED's wired in parallel powered by 3 volt batteries.
  16. Personally, I swear by the Relco electronic cleaners which I've used for the past 30 odd years. My layout uses three controllers each with its own Relco and I rarely have to resort to any other means of track cleaning. Obviously this doesn't help anyone using DCC. Regarding AJ's original post, have you tried to replace the felt pad in your Tri-ang Hornby track cleaning car with medical lint? This might be less prone to lifting the wheels off the track.
  17. That should soon be a thing of the past with all the work Network Rail are doing. It's a marvellous job they are making of it. That said, where we are the waves still hit the wall with quite a clout and when the wind is in the right direction as well, the waves will clear our three story house and land in the back garden leaving seaweed stuck to the bedroom windows! It's a fantastic place to live, but you really do have to be prepared to accept the "rough with the smooth."
  18. I realise that in this context the word "great" means 'big' or 'large' in regard to the amount stolen rather than 'good,' but I understand your sentiment and fully agree.
  19. I quite agree. I much prefer to have a loco which may lack certain details, but looks the part and is reliable rather than a super-detailed one with delicate parts that break off if you so much as sneeze within 10 feet of it and which you cannot do anything with if the motor fails. But then I've never been a rivet counter. Having said that, I do appreciate the appearance of the modern offerings.
  20. No, sorry. It's definitely begonias. I looked in his greenhouse. He doesn't appear to have any Dios-whatsits. Having said that, I couldn't see any begonias either.
  21. Major Bartlett, (rtd), now works in the city. Major Bartlett's wife is away for the weekend visiting her mother. Major Bartlett has brought his secretary home to see his begonias. Here they are walking to the Major's car after getting off the London train. Major Bartlett is concerned she may stumble so he is holding her hand. Major Bartlett is such a gentleman.
  22. Sorry for the delay in answering. I used Araldite Rapid. I did have a practice run first to assess how much hardener to use to give me time to make final adjustments with regard to pressure of the pick-up wires on the wheels.
  23. In the past I've fitted extra pick-ups to locos and fixed the wire using Araldite. It's a two part epoxy resin, (-sorry if you already know that), and encountered no problems. It's also extremely tough and I've never had a joint fail.
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