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  1. Re6/6

    EBay madness

    This 'bric-a-brac' dealer of junk still doesn't get it. These have been up for over two years at this silly price. These are 'old school' kits which were good in their day but probably now worth £20 tops. He has several of them! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144312604895?mkevt=1&mkpid=0&emsid=e11021.m43.l3160&mkcid=7&ch=osgood&euid=738ddc32df01493491d7fe2c070fa555&bu=43704251606&ut=RU&osub=-1~1&crd=20211201015117&segname=11021&sojTags=ch%3Dch%2Cbu%3Dbu%2Cut%3Dut%2Cosub%3Dosub%2Ccrd%3Dcrd%2Csegname%3Dsegname%2Cchnl%3Dmkcid
  2. As an aside, I found this rather interesting and very informative from BRM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTMqjm5neVg
  3. Problem solved thanks to CK who sent me a copy of the original instructions. P.S. Having read them, the wiring diagram is a bit unclear so if anybody has any further info on that I'd be very grateful
  4. Help please with wiring them up. I salvaged a few from the old Matford but can't for the life of me remember to how to wire them up! I've searched the couple of old RMw threads and various Google searches (including Conrad) but to no avail. They appear to be very similar to the white Conrad variety but the wiring points seem different. Any help would be gratefully received. Many thanks in advance. I would assume that the top three terminals would be for crossing polarity.
  5. Neil, it is fragile but easily 'refreshed' Additional fibres layered will give a good effect. Lightly topped off with some very fine ground foam adds to the effect. This is all layered grasses IIRC, started with 2mm base and then 4mm, 2mm next and topped off with fine ground foam. I do occasionally use longer grasses which I could never get to work using my original 12kv Noch machine but do get better results with the Greenkeeper 35kv machine. Using specific 'basing glue' rather than ordinary PVA do seem to get better results for the longer fibres...don't know quite why...!
  6. You should've done Jamie! What a pompous condescending idiot.!
  7. One can accept the 'removable' ads, but unfortunately this has now appeared with no 'X' to remove it.
  8. Love the buildings G! ....and I do see the influence of Sheepbloke!
  9. Re6/6

    Mynydd Du

    Thank you TJ and FC for some fascinating information.
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    Mynydd Du

    Thanks Mike. I didn't know about the height issues. Fortunately Mynydd Du (Black Mountain) is a real place near the Rhymney Rly at Troed-y-Rhiw, the pit is imaginary. As all those lovely Accurascale wagons were irresistible we must assume that 'Rule 1' applies!
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    Mynydd Du

    Thanks Rob. A 'sinuous look' was what I was looking for. After many tweaks, using the old reconditioned 'set track', the final plan is now decided upon (until it changes!). Much planning guidance about workability from the Chief Operations Manager has been incorporated to great effect! His railway operating knowledge and experience far exceeds mine! The two straight tracks that originally went to a 'closed' pit will stop short of the overbridge and modelled as removed and overgrown. The lump of wood represents the old wooden platform for the workman's train. Being a cheapskate, the hotch-potch of baseboard construction has evolved using old recycled and re-modelling unused ones. The new three -way has now been 'chaired'. The cutting of the C&L/Exactoscale chairs in half was a mind-numbing task as usual! There's still a fair bit of cosmetic work to be done but at least stock runs through it nice and smoothly. Workman's trains from 1957 which will be modelled. Pictures from ''Tondu Valleys' book by J.Hodge. Ctsy I.A. Wright. 'Tondu Valley' book.
  12. Very convincing weeds around the goods shed CK. Good stuff!
  13. Excellent news both!
  14. Good to see layout planning with 'what you've got'!
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    Mynydd Du

    A loosely laid dry run to check the track 'flow' which has worked out quite well.
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    Mynydd Du

    Some new stock has arrived. These are from TMC with their 'de-luxe' weathering. I'm really rather pleased with them. My weathering skills are not up to this quality of work I'm afraid! There are two more like this, all subtly different. Some 25T minerals will follow! Some of the P4 'set-track' has been restored using 18 thou etched n/s 2mm x 1mm lifters done for me by PH design to match the C & L or Exactoscale chairs used cosmetically (cut at an acute angle) thus making trimming of the tops unnecessary if the rail had been soldered directly to the sleepers. The original construction from 40+ years ago, salvaged from an early P4 layout, were built using what appears to have been the old K and L components and still in quite good condition. Certainly worth saving and restoring. Temporary cu/clad tie bars have been fitted to enable them to be tried out before fitting. Different to Marsh Sidings, with its old-school wire-in-tube method, Mynydd pointwork will be controlled by some of the ex-Matford Tortoise motors. There has been a slight modification to the original track layout on the advice of the Chief Operating Superintendent (CK to you and me) for improved looks and operating potential (or fun and playability!) An additional siding will be added. It's been fun planning it 'back to front' by designing around what I'd got rather than a paper/Templot plan.
  17. I meant to mention that I always do the same. Ist class 'signed for'!
  18. Although not selling much on ebay, when I do, I always take my parcels to the local Post Office, get a certificate and can then advise the buyer that it has (actually) been sent. Over many years of occasional sales I've never had any issues from buyers. Despite the sometime bad press regarding RM, they haven't failed me (yet!) unlike Hermes with a couple of parcels to me never arriving.
  19. Agreed Andi. I recall whilst waiting for the train at Egham on the way to school the usual regular Q1 and its train of minerals to be shunted for the coal merchant's siding was done at great speed (crash, bang, wallop...!) in order to get on to the next calling point or cup of tea! Definitely no crawling about!
  20. Whilst looking for something else I came across these interesting maps (as one does!). They answer a question or two earlier on in the thread about the myriad of narrow gauge stone lines leading onto the wharf let alone all those into town (and across the railway by the level crossing). A model of between 1880 and maybe1900 would be fascinating. Note the connection alongside the railway into Marsh in what is now called 'Swan Lane'. It also illustrates the higher level of the wharf wall in places. 1878 1903 1920
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    Mynydd Du

    First revision of track with a new build tandem to replace two separate leads. All track is just 'plonked' until final alignment is decided
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