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  1. Couple of shots of an Atlanta-bound passenger train pulled by a DL-109. The loco is a very non-DCC friendly Lifelike model which was fitted with a decoder by Streamlined Backshop in the States. It runs really nicely and pulls well. http://www.sbs4dcc.com/
  2. I think Sherton Abbas is in this one?
  3. Impressively neat construction, there. I'd be well pleased if I got close to that in 4mm.
  4. Those full rakes of BR maroon coaches behind A4s look fabulous. I have a very vivid memory of the first time I saw such a train: not in real life, but on the telly, in the 1959 Kenneth Moore version of "The Thirty-Nine Steps". I don't think it's considered the best adaptation, but I like it for the railway scenes.
  5. On your website it currently says that you are unable to provide a mail order service - just wondering if this is the case?
  6. I used to work in Utrecht which also has a cathedral with a free-standing tower. The bit in the middle collapsed leaving the tower isolated. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Martin's_Cathedral,_Utrecht
  7. Very true - it means that they'd have needed to arrive in a set order. As it happens, by the time you've got a B unit, some baggage cars,, etc, the loco has its nose well into the tunnel! There is scope for extending the existing platform back along the side of the train a few more cars.
  8. I've been taking a break from 4mm modelling to do some work on my ongoing American layout. I find my interest in it goes in waves, so I tend to do a lot of work for a few months each year than leave it alone. It's based in the same room as my 4mm layout, occupying the same footprint but with the addition of a peninsula which sticks out into the middle of the room. Last year I got bogged down making some alterations to the track at the throat of this yard, so a week or two ago I decided to crack on and finish all the tedious jobs of rewiring points, relaying track and re-ballasting. The layout is set in the South Eastern United States and mainly features the Southern Railway. I settled on Southern because it had one of the best sets of liveries for its steam and diesels, including this smart black and white scheme as shown on a Broadway Limited E8 passenger diesel. It's all RTR but there is still a lot of fun to be had in weathering and renumbering. Al
  9. Thanks all. On due consideration, I think it's clear that it would be unrealistic to squeeze in an extra platform between those tracks, so from now on passenger trains will only call at the stop one at a time. The other train could either be held in staging, or held at the passing point in the industrial section. I easily have enough cars to run another train so it would be nice to have an "up" and "down" train, rather than just the one as it is at the moment. I did some digging to see if I could find some official numbers for the platform width between two tracks. I didn't succeed, but I did find a document specifying light rail provisions which gave a minimum width of 20 feet. Presumably that's to the edge of the platform, rather than between the rails, so if anything it would need to be a little wider for a ground-level surface. Thanks, Andy, for mentioning San Luis Obispo. I had a look at some pictures to see the arrangement you mention.
  10. The Kevin Redwood book will go down well in these parts.
  11. I can only get down to F11 with my preferred camera, ie the one I'm most likely to grab in a hurry. This is a Bachmann 44-tonner on my Gulf, Atlanta & Eastern layout. Al
  12. Still quite pleased with the look of this overgrown siding in the industrial section:
  13. Lovely looking model. I like the rust staining particularly.
  14. One for Grahame and Philou, at least. Air Terrainean Fireflash atomic airliner, as featured in two Thunderbirds episodes. (With further apologies for thread drift). Al
  15. That's the only model I've ever seen of that spaceship, Brilliant, made my day. Another personal film favorite.
  16. I think you might be conflating two films there, Tony. Silent Running does indeed feature Bruce Dern, but there are no aliens in it. There are robots which were worked by amputees, and still look pretty effective today. The effects as a whole were considered good for the time, and done by the same effects wizard who worked on 2001, but to a smaller budget. The main theme of the film is Bruce Dern's character going to extreme lengths to safeguard the last few forests, preserved in space after some sort of environmental breakdown on Earth. The interior shots of the spacecraft were done on a decommissioned aircraft carrier so look appropriately huge. It's one of my favorites. Al
  17. Only a few fiddly bits left to add to the Dolphin. The kit doesn't include any decals for the white and blue stripes on the tail, nor the thin stripes under the cockpit, so these had to be masked and painted by hand. As you can see I only just managed to squeeze in the Coast Guard insignia! The clever thing would have been to measure it first, then work out how wide the white bit needed to be. The main body colour is a mix of red and orange.
  18. Thanks to this thread, I''ve felt sufficiently motivated to have another stint on the N layout, finishing off a boring but necessary job I got stuck on last year. Cheers!
  19. I recreated the River Flux by tipping over a bottle of Carr's last night.
  20. Yes I think so, it's just wishful thinking really.
  21. Progress on the layout has been sporadic these last twelve months, largely because I got bogged down in a long, boring task and wasn't sufficiently motivated to finish it off. As a result, the yard couldn't be operated and so the layout was restricted to just running the same trains round and round, with no switching. Other than the occasional running session to keep the dust off and stop the mechanisms siezing up, I must admit I hadn't really been enjoying the GA&E. However, thanks to the "Where has everyone gone" thread: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/151902-where-has-everyone-gone/page/7/#comments I decided to pull my finger out and re-motivate myself! So why the long period of inactivity? Back in 2019 I made some minor alterations to the main yard, mainly to improve the look of it and allow for a road to cross the mainline at one end of the yard. However, this prompted a re-examination of the usefulness of the yard as a whole, which in turn led to a decision to make some much more extensive changes. Here's how the yard throat stood at the start of 2019: Although it allowed trains to be broken up and switched, it did have one disadvantage: it wasn't able to handle the longest trains that are able to run on the layout. Not only that, but it also didn't function as a passing point where two of these trains could run by each other. in fact, there was only one passing siding long enough, in the industrial section. I'd been well aware of such issues when I designed the yard, but given the constraints in place from the existing track arrangements, a small yard was all that was possible and it was still able to handle the typical local trains of 12 cars or so. Much better than no yard at all, basically. However, as mentioned, I decided to look at the yard with fresh eyes and realised that by making some changes elsewhere, I could improve it in a number of ways. Firstly, two long passing loops could be arranged, enabling the longest trains to be passed or switched depending on circumstances. Secondly, the old yard didn't have a switching lead, so any operations resulted in the main being occupied from time to time. The new configuration allows for a long switching lead which leaves the main unobstructed at all times. That means I can leave a train running on the main and just switch to my heart's content. The sacrifices were minor: I got rid of a short-cut which by-passed the peninsula, and I eliminated the reversing loop. The short-cut had rarely been used, put in only as an insurance so I could still run trains even if for some reason I had to remove the peninsula (which never happened). It was also of restricted clearance so no excess height cars could use it. The reversing loop never proved its worth, either. Once I'd got over the initial fun of being able to turn trains around, I found I didn't use it so it was basically just wasted track gathering dust. The new arrangement doesn't look radically different. but the longer passing siding should be clear: In order to make it work, all the throat trackage, including the caboose road, had to relocated, as well as several points being uplifted and moved. All of that got a bit boring so by the time I was able to just run trains again, i stalled, with the yard severed and lots of wiring and ballasting needing to be redone. However, things are moving again now and I'm very glad to have been given the impetus to crack on. Here a passenger train and a long freight pass each other - something that was impossible before. Now onto a question: ideally, I'd like to be able to have two passenger trains pass each other, with one or both stopping at the depot. But does the track spacing look like it would be sufficient to allow a paved area between them? I've been looking at various prototype photos and can't quite make my mind up. I suspect the answer's no but I'd be interested to know whether there's a specified minimum track spacing for such situations. It's easy enough to look up standards for UK platform widths, but I don't know anything about the track-level arrangements at your typical smalltown depot in the States.
  22. Yes, that was a bit of a shocker to me as well. Next he's going to tell us he's not an Actual Captain.
  23. If I remember rightly, having tried learning Tarrega's Gran Vals, the "Nokia bit" is note for note except that there's an extra note on the end of the ringtone, presumably because it would sound unresolved without it.
  24. The forum was about a year old when I joined in 2006. I'd have joined sooner if I knew about it. At the time I was totally isolated in my modelling, living abroad and only occasionally getting over to the UK. Other than the thrill of spotting "proper" modellers among the RMwebbers already signed up - people whose work I'd seen and enjoyed in the magazines, such as Neil and Captain Kernow, the forum provided a way to share my own modelling with others and, just as importantly, to learn from those better informed. I think one of the first things I posted was a question about how to sweat two bits of brass together. Someone (Buckjumper, possibly) kindly explained that there were these high-tech things like clothes pegs and cocktail sticks that could be used to hold one piece of metal against another, instead of what had been my preferred option, fingertips. I won't say I never looked back - I still had a lot to learn about basic soldering - but it was a big step at the time, and enabled me to crack on with the kit I was attempting to build. That said, I was still very much a lone wolf modeller. The thing that really opened up real friendships for me was the RMweb 6 foot challenge in 2006-2007. I built a layout which then travelled with me when I returned to the UK. Not long after, I was told that a local model shop was going to host a weekend of customers' layouts, so I put mine forward. Although it was my first time exhibiting, and not without its stresses, I made the first of many friendships that weekend, opening up contact with numerous modellers in the Cardiff area, South Wales and beyond. Those friendships have continued over the years, seeing me through some tough times and hopefully the same can be said for many of us in the same ever-expanding circle. It's now very rare that I go to an exhibition without spotting a familiar face, and my involvement in layouts and exhibiting has carried on right through to this week and the Basingstoke show. Highlights? Far too many, but without naming names I could reel off several quiet acts of behind-the-scenes kindness done by various forum members, all of which were appreciated but one or two of which got me through some very difficult times. Thanks to Andy and all who've made the forum what it is for many of us
  25. Posted this in the bird area, but worth a showing here I think: It was found in our house and taken to a wildlife hospital a week ago. I've phoned a few times and am told the bat is eating and doing well, and will soon be ready for a test flight. He was a bit underweight when found so needed a bit of rest and attention. If he does well they'll bring him back up to our area for release. More than likely he came in through a bedroom window that was open for airing, and then got trapped indoors overnight.
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