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Nick Gough

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  1. Was this the video? It's interesting for the overview it gives on how they manage their trains, as well as describing how they brought a 'new' train into service after spending 20-25 years in a display case.
  2. Glad to see that you will soon be able to operate some locos Paul - if not trains.
  3. I can reach right over to the back. Being quite tall helps - as you know!
  4. Nice and simple! Of course if I wanted to replicate every train that passed through Cholsey on a normal day in the 1930s I would need considerably more storage or a lot of time re-marshalling trains. I think it was a rule that no two GWR express trains could have the same formation of coaches! Even the, nominally, return journeys seemed to mix and match coaching stock en route. I think the only train that kept the same in both directions was the Bristolian. It seems to be generally simpler with the local, stopping, trains. So I will just have to
  5. Most of the loops are between 11 and 14 feet in length, although the last three will have to be slightly shorter. The longest will comfortably hold a loco plus 13 coaches or about 45 4-wheel goods wagons. Alternatively I can fit two short trains in a loop.
  6. To clarify the loops: 1, 2, & 3 are for the Down Main line; 7, 8, & 9 are for the Up Main line; 4, 5, & 6 for both Down & Up Main lines; 10, 11, & 12 are the Down Relief line; 16, 17, & 18 are the Up Relief line; 13, 14, & 15 will be for both Down & Up Relief lines (yet to be laid). Additionally there is a connection at both ends of loop 9 (Up Main) to/from the Down Relief. There are also some provision/connections at both ends of the storage sidings for kick back sidings - yet to be laid.
  7. I have continued work on the storage area recently and now have 15 loops completed with the final three to finish: Those actually finished are the first 12 from the left and the three on the right, with the remaining space between them with some track loosely positioned. Seen from the opposite direction: The start of the storage area at the other end:
  8. It can be a bit hit and miss re-using old track. I've rejected a few pieces where the rails are a bit bent or there's other damage so I wouldn't expect the professionals to risk their reputations with anything other than new. Even though what I've used isn't very pretty, with some sleepers missing (mainly where the track had been pinned down), it's good enough for the storage area.
  9. I can sympathise with your Peco problems Paul. Luckily I have enough pre-used code 100 track to finish off my storage sidings. However, I have to spend time giving it a good clean, removing a layer of tarnish from the rails and removing damaged sleepers, before I can put it to use. I can't remember whether you have mentioned it before but which Peco track system are you intending to use?
  10. Hi Pete I've seen your messages. I should have a document to help. I'll get back to you in the next day or two.
  11. Hand delivered Paul - since he lives in our village. Our postal deliveries have been erratic as well and some expected items take longer to arrive, although we still seem to get daily deliveries but at wildly differing times. The good news is that we had an overseas holiday brochure delivered yesterday - that will come in useful!
  12. Hi Nick


    having read your post, all be it written in 2014.


    i am looking at modelling Culham on the Oxford to Didcot line c1947 and the timetable of the period show many Oxford trains to Didcot, Reading or London. Do you still have the information available that you wouldn’t mind passing on regarding possible train formations?


    kind regards



  13. The first day of the latest lockdown, yesterday, coincided with my birthday, but we still made the most of the day. We jetted over to Paris for lunch (well - actually picked up a couple of sausage rolls from the village butchers). Then a big game safari (chasing the dog around the recreation ground). Finally a visit to the cinema for the latest blockbuster (1917 on Netflix). With a pint of 'Durdle Door' - premium ale -, a glass of 'Glenfiddich' and a mulled wine at the local (settee) to celebrate. Some vintage reading material arrived, courtesy of my son:
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