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    Currently building a 7 mm scale railway based on the railways of the Cardiff Docks area.
    More relaxed and whimsical ng modelling in the garden at 1:13.7 and 1:12 scales on 1.75" gauge track.
    Building 'Crusty', an ng 0-4-0 PE loco in 7.25" gauge.

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  1. Thanks Neil, Hidden in plain sight................ Doh!
  2. You are writing about a BLT with a 3 coach capacity, but it is unclear from your diagram as to whether there is any more space (off scene storage). If not then you will be stuck with the three coaches you mention in the station, and they will be unable to go anywhere.
  3. That's the theory, but what about practice? You have to remember that there have always been railway enthusiasts who seek out the most convoluted routes to travel between x and y. Some time back there were pictures in a WRRC newletter accompanying an article on the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line and this showed the train, complete with coaches on the goods only loop coupling up to the milk tankers. It doesn't seen that the pax were required to de-train, so I presume the signalman either clamped the point without the FPL or they just carried on regardless
  4. Over the years, I have received much help and encouragement from other RMWeb members. It's nice to be able to do the same and pass on some help and advice.
  5. I'd suggest making sure you use the set track curves throughout the 180 degree bend without the small straight section in the middle of the bend, as you have the potential to get buffer locking there. Make a slotted bar(s) out of some scrap wood: I used a couple of bits of 2 x 1 and slotted it for the respective gauge and distances between tracks. You just slot this bar(s) over the inner (set track curves) and the flex track into the outer set of rail notches and it will follow the set track very nicely, giving you a curve of slightly greater radii without any dog legs.
  6. I used square pipe. Made a wooden plug to fit the top of the pipe, and then screwed through into the baseboard support beams under the baseboard. You could drill fully through the post and use M6 studding and wing nuts rather than wood screws. If you put your posts in and do a quick levelling with a spirit level, you can select the lowest post and use that as the datum. Then put the beams in between the posts, and then put your baseboards tops onto the beams.
  7. Once you have put the post into the hole and surrounded it with the concrete, a suitable amount of concrete dropped down into the pipe and lightly compacted will secure the pipe in place without any need for brackets or screws!
  8. As a matter of interest, what radii curves are you using?
  9. The answer to your support post query is to use plastic drain pipes set into the ground as you would a fence post and you have a rot free support. Just remember to put a tile or similar at the bottom of the hole to give the post a 'foot' to stop it subsiding.
  10. Damp and water ingress is your enemy with timber in the garden. Make sure you seal the end grain of the ply otherwise it will delaminate over time. (Boat builders use fibreglass tape) My last set of outdoor boards were ply which had the top and sides covered in roofing felt which was glued down with bitumastic paint. I took the time to use two layers of felt and then made sure the joints were staggered. Everything got stuck down on top, and I made sure that there were no nails or screws penetrating the roofing felt. (One of the advantages of using battery electrics and live steam is no wiring to worry about. Although the undersides were proofed with shed/fence 'paint' they were well clear of the ground and this allowed the breeze to get underneath the boards and keep everything aired. Having been down at ground level for a few years, age has caught up with me so the railway is about to be elevated once more, using the same techniques outlined above. (I see Kevin has also replied as I was writing this.)
  11. One presumes that the passengers who were doing the full journey would have had to have been asked to detrain whilst the train was crossed from up to down lines as the trailing crossover was not protected with facing point locks, and I doubt whether the signalman would want to get out of his warm box to clamp the respective switch rails. Unofficially I suspect they all stayed on the train.
  12. Mousa Models are working on resin 5 coach sets for the S Wales brigade. http://www.mousa.biz/fourmm/coach/kits/gwr_coaches4.html
  13. If you are propelling stock over an energized electromagnet, and the Dinghams are properly fitted to the rolling stock, the coupling will flip and release 'on the fly'. Properly weighted wagons and either very strong buffer springs or non sprung buffers helps prevent the two vehicles concerned bouncing back against each other due to lack of inertia and recoupling.
  14. The goods shed at Lubstree Wharf is still extant and is currently for sale as a residential development. The artist's impression is far from it's current state as a roofless ruin! https://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-for-sale/property-80828678.html
  15. And working wind screen wipers would be a nice touch. DCC controlled so you have the option! Sorry, I'll go and stand in the naughty corner until 2020.
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