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PhilH last won the day on August 30 2012

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  1. Have you been on a footplate? Keep the doors open on a summer day and not a lot of nasties will survive in that environment. Good fun on a Bulleid Pacific with 6 on going up a 1 in 60...perhaps an excuse to bring back the fabled chalk line down the centre of the cab. Here’s a thought too...how do the emergency services do it, eg ambulance crews, fire engines....?
  2. Fingers crossed for 15th July https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/06/steam-locomotive-34046-braunton-runs-on-mainline-for-first-time-since-coronavirus-lockdown-began.html?fbclid=IwAR1JKBR39uc9yUpDNka6Ar5pW5NWZ1OQwkmIIdkrR7zceRjdGDmQA2rwC4E
  3. As always Brian Lambert is your friend. Have a look on this page (scroll down)... https://www.brian-lambert.co.uk/Electrical_Page_3.html
  4. I've often thought that 'there is a prototype for everything' and, within reason, that is often the case. Search long enough and hard enough, or even by accident, you will find a photo or article which gives credence to your operating protocol. A couple of examples...Jubilees, Patriots and Royal Scots on oil trains at Eastleigh (I saw these myself), Scottish Region based Britannias at Eastleigh shed (wish I'd seen them) and so on. It's easy to get hung up on the smallest detail, most of us do, but at the end of the day it's just not worth it. After all for most of us the compromises start with the track gauge....
  5. Sorry to drag this up again (what's 4 years between friends) but I was having problems with slow running / seeming lack of power of my locos on my recently completed dcc layout., this was using the power pack supplied with the Powercab. Although due to the nature of the layout I only usually run one engine at once there can be up to 15 engines on there. Reading through this thread convinced me that a new psu was needed so I bought an RS 15v 2amp unit, seemingly good value at £19. Well, night and day, black and white, what a difference, seems to have rejuvenated things and the trainset now performs at the level I had hoped for. Obviously no long term experience with it yet so it remains possible that suddenly things might start to glow in the dark or I will go in there one day to find nothing but charred embers where the layout used to be. We shall see, but so far,so good.
  6. Wow, some great stuff on display this year, really pleased not to attend. Also the journey down was the best one I haven't taken to western climes, hope the journey home is as good.
  7. We had one of those things doing the same thing down this way a couple of days ago, Italian registered, up and down for a couple of hours, over to the Isle of Wight and back again. Perhaps they're going to connect it to HS2.
  8. Being very much a Southerner I don't care for much cuisine which emanates from north of Winchester, however I do recall enjoying one or two of these things on AY's recommendation / coercion at the first members' day in the badlands of Derby or somewhere in 2007. And I lived to tell the tale...
  9. I've done a bit more on the trainset, perhaps not the best but I suppose the important thing is I'm enjoying it in these troubled times.
  10. Morning First of all a disclaimer. This is a trainset, pure and simple. Any resemblance to a real railway or real railway working is coincidental and unintended. If you are of a nervous disposition when it comes to these things please move on. A month or so I felt a familiar tingling in my loins, one that I haven't felt for many a long year. Unfortunately it was an urge to do something model railway related. I had discovered some long forgotten bits and pieces (no smut please) and opened a cupboard full of boxed, unrun locomotives, coaches and wagons. I had started my magnum opus in the loft many years before but had left it to the spiders a long time ago as I discovered I really didn't like being in the loft (too insular, too hot, too cold etc). Anyway, to cut a long story short I decided to rip it up, bin it and sell the stock etc. Then along comes this tingling...I had a large spare bedroom which I could keep as such whilst having some sort of trainset round two walls of it. That'll do I thought..the upshot is this thing, L shaped, 3.6m x 600mm scenic area, 2.6m 5 road fiddle yard so I don't have to keep putting stock away. It's dcc, and although the wiring is my usual insult to call it a birds' nest effort, it all works. I didn't plan the layout of it as such, it just grew organically Baseboards are a mixture of one complete module rescued from the loft layout (engine shed), some stuff I had lying about and 2" thick dense blue foam which is rigid enough to be self supporting, makes a great surface for pretend asphalt after painting and was free (thanks Karl). A dog's dinner but works well. Point and slip control is mostly mandraulic, the foam being 2" thick makes it difficult to install point motors without a load of faffing about which I couldn't be bothered with. I throw them manually (all within easy reach) with my patented pointy stick, the electrical switching is done manually on a control panel. Everything on this trainset is made from recycled, forgotten, bought for an old project or simply just the dregs of a modelling life. It has cost precisely £7 of new money (2 led bulbs). the track was lifted and repaired where necessary, the ballast was soaked, reclaimed from the old layout, washed and dried and reused (it was nicked sea shore sand to begin with...) Anyway enough...if you are still awake a couple of photos to show progress. Still loads to do, not brilliant but I'm actually enjoying it which is what it's all about.
  11. Thought I'd start a cheery poll on here...hands up those who will still be breathing when this thing opens...
  12. If the Chinese do get to build it then perhaps the GCNs will end up on the menu.
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