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  1. I think the main thing that can put people's noses out when it comes to N vs OO prices and how close they are is the feeling of getting less for your money with the N gauge version. Simply because of the smaller size of N, one can be forgiven for thinking the cost should be lower than OO. However, the amount of fine detail being packed into N Gauge stock now is often just as much if not more than the OO counterpart.
  2. https://www.westhillwagonworks.co.uk/couplings-new-c-2/hunt-couplings-elite-oo-gauge-new-c-21/hunt-couplings-elite-mk1-mk2-pullman-stepped-close-coupling-couplings-for-nem-sockets-oo-gauge-p-84 These are what I would recommend for Bachmann Mk 1 coaches. No affiliation other then a very satisfied customer
  3. I'm another very happy bunny when it comes to the Hunt Couplings. My experiences of them thus far have been very good and I'm slowly converting my fixed coaching rakes over to them. The Elite type are certainly a step up from the standard ones given they don't have the polarity differences. They've even got a specific type for Bachmann Mk1 coaches to deal with their odd coupling height in that range.
  4. I can confirm that microphones seem to pick up any little noise very easily. I remember filming trains at Quorn and Woodhouse station during a GCR Winter Gala many years ago. They had a fairground organ over the far side of the yard, where I was stood I could barely hear it but when I started going through the footage to edit the camcorder had!
  5. A lovely video with excellent editing and a nice compilation of footage. Personally, I did like the shots where you were trackside and you could see the trains approaching from a distance. However, the 'helicopter' shots also conveyed the sense of space that Little Bytham has. I'll admit, I was surprised at the amount of whining that some of the locomotive motors were making. However, I suspect they aren't quite so noticeable to an actual human ear from X number of feet away. Camcorder microphones do have a habit of picking up noises far easier than you would expect. On the subject of audio, I think this is indeed proof that 'DCC Sound' is not needed on Little Bytham. The trains carry a sense of weight and presence as it is without anything extra being needed.
  6. In my experience you need both good raw footage and good editing to get a great video. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the results of both here
  7. I completely agree that in the case of Little Bytham, and most likely Retford too, DCC Sound would be completely superfluous. The natural sounds of the trains are all that's needed. My main reason for this view? Steam sound decoders have a long way to go before they capture the intricate and complex sounds a real steam locomotive makes at high speed. DCC sound for steam is far better on a smaller layout. There the sounds add to the experience though whistling when appropriate and though adding atmosphere. A country branchline station for example. Additionally, for a smaller layout DCC makes operating easier in that your not having to worry if a loco is isolated. You can park a loco anywhere on the layout and leave it to move another one. Granted, it's therefore far easier to forget to switch a point and run though it the wrong way! For Little Bytham, you would hear the train long before you saw it and unless the run up from the fiddle was as long as the layout you wouldn't get that. Plus, I'm certain that there's no issue with wanting to leave locomotives isolated on the scenic section. Unlike a smaller layout when you can find a train is only just too long for the siding or platform you wanted to put it in.
  8. To say it's your first go at scratch building a bridge it's very good indeed. I very much enjoy watching your videos too, they're very well filmed and informative. I especially like the one's where your upgrading rolling stock.
  9. Another way to mitigate the risk when loco doctoring would be to wear disposable gloves. There'd be no need to sanitise the models before you touch them as the gloves provide you with protection. You would however have to sanitise them before returning them. It would also be advisable to wash your hands before putting the gloves on and after taking them off. This is what I'm having to do at work when going to schools to maintain their IT equipment.
  10. I'm also an optimist, I've also been contacted by a show organiser to say that a layout booking for late 2020 has been confirmed for 2021. They are very optimistic that the show will go ahead in 2021 given all information at their disposal. Fingers crossed for at least some of next year's shows going ahead.
  11. I don't think it's a 'requirement' that all shows are cancelled. If a show's organisers are happy that they can comply with all the relevant government requirements then they are completely entitled to go ahead. As to if they get enough visitors though the doors to justify it is a different matter.
  12. I think in the current situation with different areas having different amounts of cases local control is a good thing. It allows more targeted solutions to help keep those case numbers down and finally defeat the virus. Local areas have been wanting more control for years.
  13. The Boston Model Railway Society are sorry to announce that our 2020 exhibition due to take place at Stickney Village Hall on the 26th and 27th September 2020 has been cancelled. All exhibitors and traders have provisionally been booked for the 2021 exhibition. The reason being the Hall informing us that the number of people allowed in the building at any time has been restricted due to the virus. This being a small village hall, I think its going to be the main issue stopping the smaller shows from running. The Boston Club are also thinking of holding an open day early next year at our club room depending on the situation with the virus.
  14. Liverpool Central certainly looks interesting. I found the page on Disused Stations for it: http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/l/liverpool_central_hl/ A few more photos on there and a map with the basic track plan. You can't see it in any of the photos but looks like there was a turntable there too.
  15. LNERandBR


    Bostcroft is an Eastern Region branch line terminus set in the late 1950’s. I started building Bostcroft around 2003 and it’s first appeared at the 2009 Boston Exhibition. (Photograph by Paul Bason/BRM) The layout is completely fictional. To build it I made use of many Metcalfe card kits and some Ready to Plant buildings from Bachmann and Hornby. The track is all Peco Code 100. The greenery is Woodland Scenic’s. The ploughed field is made from real mud collected from the garden. It was first sieved before being crushed and glued down with PVA glue mixed with water. The base of the field is corrugated cardboard. Rolling Stock is ready to run from Hornby and Bachmann. When I first finished the layout there were very few Eastern Region locomotives available to modern standards apart from the large pacific’s. Therefore I purchased a range of London Midland locomotives to run the layout with. Now Hornby and Bachmann have started to turn out more Eastern Region prototypes. Therefore as new locos are released I am slowly phasing out the LMR locomotives. The layout is operated using the Lenz LH100 DCC system. Digital Command and Control means that a locomotive can be parked anywhere on the layout without worries about isolating it from other locomotives. The other main advantage of DCC is sound. Many of Bostcroft’s loco fleet are fitted with sound decoders from South West Digital and Howes. Contact Name: Stephen Mullen Please find contact details in attached information sheet. Scale/Gauge: 4mm OO Gauge Era/Area: Late 1950's Eastern Region Layout Size: 14ft Long by 3ft Wide Operating Area: 3ft to the rear and 2ft to Left Hand Side (when viewed from front) Expenses: Fuel Expenses for one car. Operators: Two Accomodation: Shows over 1 hour from home would require accommodation. Insurance Value: £5000 Many locomotives fitted with sound decoders. The layout appeared in the February 2018 BRM. Bostcroft Information.pdf
  16. Personally I think it's a simple matter of getting the 'normal' coupling for 'fixed' rakes that you aren't going to swap around and the 'Elite' for rakes where you want to be able to swap vehicles around. Just ordered some of the new Elite stepped couplings to try on a mixed liveried set of Mk1's and Mk2's where I do like to swap the order around.
  17. So far I've had good experiences with a Hornby HST and Hornby Mk 2e coaches which don't have auto close coupling. The Hunt Close coupling has brought these close enough that the gaps between the coaches are acceptable but not so close that they clash on corners. With three levels of closeness now 'Standard', 'Close' and 'Untra Close' I think the Hunt couplings are getting very versatile. It's just a case of finding the correct length for the stock and curves you have. I haven't tried it yet, but I presume you could mix and match lengths. Have all the 'A' couplings in a rake 'Standard' length and all the 'B' couplings 'Close' for example to get a coupling length that's between the two. Would depend how 'fixed' you want your fixed sets to be!
  18. The clicking sound could be coming from the close coupling mechanism on the coaches. Ensure this travels freely and returns to centre.
  19. I think this one has to go to the Stanier 8F. As much as I like the 04 and other LNER types the 8F better fits the criteria given.
  20. To meet the criteria it'll be a Black Five. I do have a soft spot for the B12's but they're not techically 'mixed traffic'.
  21. I think I'll jump on the J15 bandwagon there too. One of my favorite classes of loco. I do think though that the vast majority of 0-6-0 types would fit the 'all rounder' category.
  22. Really enjoyed this last night. It didn't have any of the false jeopardy that many other recent shows have. Just a nice down to earth look behind the scenes of the Museum.
  23. Best, A4 Worst, GWR's half hearted attempts.
  24. Another vote for the Q1 here.
  25. I've always had a soft spot for the Penrhyn Ladies. Linda and Blanche:
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