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  1. A shameless bump here as the show is this weekend. I hope to get an update from the Exhibition Manager at our club night this Thursday Evening.
  2. Excellent clarification here, thank you.
  3. Yeah, another plea for you to ensure that this is able to traverse 2nd Radius curves from me. I cancelled a pre-order for the upcoming blue Hornby example and pre-ordered this one. Now I'm worried I could have made a mistake! I really hope not because your version looks epic. I think you are going to severely restrict the number of people able to accommodate the loco if it can't go round 2nd Radius.
  4. In a weeks time we'll be one sleep away from doors open. Sadly, Caistor Loco will no longer be attending. We are trying to find a replacement but this may not be possible.
  5. They might be sold out now but that doesn't mean their success in doing so doesn't prompt Hornby to do another run of them.
  6. I don't think you can fairly assess the running of a sample locomotive. Possibly when they first come from the factory but they then have a rough life being handled and scrutinised. A full assessment can't be made until the actual models arrive and I'm sure they will be up to Bachmann's normal high standards of running.
  7. The Boston Model Railway Society is planning to go ahead with our show at the end of the month. Taking place at Stickney Village Hall (PE22 8BG) which is 7 miles north of Boston on the A16. The opening times are: Saturday 25th September - 10am to 5pm Sunday 26th September - 10am to 4 pm Admission: Adults - £3 Children - £1 Family (2+3) - £7 Layouts: 0-16.5 Salthaven by Steve Cooper EM Woodcroft by Market Deeping MRC OO Sykes Lane by Sleaford MRC Gracetown Bank by Graham Morfoot Tremawn by John Cotton Holland Beck by Ben Adlington Boghampton by Tony Forward Breydon by Ken Bannister N Chillington by Spalding MRC Traders: Elanie's Trains We are hoping to be able to serve Light Refreshments including an outside seating area but this is Weather Permitting. Similarly, we hope to hold a 'covid safe' Tombola and Raffle. There will be a One Way System in the Hall and all windows and doors will be open to provide additional circulation. Further Covid precautions are being investigated. http://bostonmrs.50webs.org/Exhibitions.html
  8. https://www.keymodelworld.com/article/great-electric-train-show-visitor-information Looks like entry times are like a pre-covid show. Also looks like you can pay on the door.
  9. The same can be said of the whole 'DC vs DCC' debate in my opinion. Everyone chooses the control method they prefer and you are never going to persuade some people to change from one to the other. You therefore get debates going round and round in endless circles as those who believe their control method is 'superior' attempt to convince each other as such. Neither are ever going to win such an argument!
  10. When Bachmann announced their new 47 I decided to wait and kept my money in my pocket. However, one of these would be perfect for Bostcroft so I've already pre-ordered one
  11. Sound for steam is improving all the time but it still has a long way to go. It very much relies on how you drive the loco too mind.
  12. Deeping Lane is currently sat stored in my room along with my other layouts. Sadly, I had to turn the space I had into a home office during the lockdown. Deeping Lane and my other two layouts have therefore been stored since covid started. When I'm able to get them out I'll be checking them all over and hoping to get out and about to shows again with it.
  13. Well, I pre-ordered one of the upcoming Hornby BR Blue 56's from one retailer when that was first announced. Only to have that order canceled by the retailer who shall remain nameless. I placed another pre-order for it with another retailer but have just canceled that myself after hearing about this. You could say that the fact the first Pre-Order got cancelled was fate! Very interested though I feel I'll hold off placing another Pre-Order for these until I've seen the price. Especially as I want to decide between having a Sound Fitted one or not and that would depend on the cost difference.
  14. I think it is clear that DC controllers have more robust electronic components that can handle small short circuits better than their DCC counterparts. Hence the reason for protection on DCC controllers to ensure the more fragile components are not damaged. In my opinion, the whole 'DC vs DCC' debate is just the same as the 'RTR vs Kit' one. People choose the method of operation they prefer. You'll never convince those with polarised opinions either way to change those opinions. Everyone should choose the method of operation they are most comfortable with. As long as their layout operates reliably then nobody has a right to say they have chosen incorrectly.
  15. That just sounds like poor wiring practice to me. Having sections so that faults can be isolated is just as important on DCC as it is on DC. My club's layout used to be one large section however that was soon changed after the first show and the number of times the entire layout was shut down due to shorts. It's now got a seperate section for each Mainline and one for the yard. A short on one does not impact the running on the other two.
  16. Completely agree with this. One of my friends who regularly helps me at shows tends to have a 'warm up' period in the morning of the first day. He's operated the layout many times and nothing has changed on the controls but it just takes him a short time to remember where everything is and how it all works. This is even after an at home refresher session. However, once he's remembered he's a very, very good operator.
  17. I really, really enjoy your videos and I feel like I'm picking up so many hints and tips from them. I love the two lockdown's at each end of the street with all the little details you've packed into them. The only thing I keep wondering is on the end of the One Way street if there would be the arrow road marking you've added or if it would be a 'Give Way' triangle? That said, you mentioned you'd done some research into them so I expect there's a prototype for that somewhere
  18. Completely agree with barriers being the last thing to be added at a show. Not every layout is erected the night before, some only arrive on the Saturday Morning. You can't put the barriers in place until all the layouts are present and more or less erected. Adding more complexity to the Barriers would only serve to cause more issues I feel. Especially as many shows rely on barriers provided by the venue or hired in from other sources.
  19. 1) York - Pretty much the same as above. A top quality show which I (normally) attend every year. Enjoy the mix of layouts as it tends to include more interesting scales/gauges and trade here hasn't got too many box shifters. 2) Caistorail - Mainly because I regularly exhibit there and the guys putting the work into it always look after you and put on a lovely smaller show. 3) Ally Pally - Partly because of the group of people I travel to this with. We visit the same shows each year and this is the best of those.
  20. Completely agree here. Even the NEM pocket that everyone thinks is 'standard' really isn't. Any company making couplings is hard pressed to design something that will work first time every time in every NEM pocket design.
  21. The issues you describe is more a problem with NEM pockets I find. They're supposed to be standard but I often find them to vary depending on manufacturer. Using Kaydees is an example, I often find that packing or glue is needed to hold them in the correct position. Very important when positioning is vital to their operation. Therefore, the problem is not unique to Hunt Couplings. Have you ever tried taking a Bachmann tension lock and putting it in a Hornby NEM? It fits but it's not as snug or tight as the Bachmann NEM. Therefore, getting a coupling like this to fit in every variation of NEM pocket precisely is going to need many different designs. That not only makes it expensive for the manufacturer but confusing for the customer.
  22. Love the wagon there with the missing buffer head. Proves there's a prototype for anything
  23. I've purchased many packs of Hunt Couplings now and fully intend to continue doing so. They are an excellent product and the service I've received thus far has been completely fine. Everything I ordered has arrived in good time and in good condition. I think from the above it's clear that West Hill Wagon Works has gone through some growing pains. I'm glad to hear that they've been able to expand to meet the demand for their products given the current economic climate.
  24. Have to admit, the front end of the photoshopped one there looks better. Not accurate to that drawing but it looks more 'right' to my eye.
  25. A crewmember in the rear cab could be the Guard. Crew in the 'inner' cabs of trains made up of 'multiple' units could just be travelling and making sure they're not taking up seats for passengers.
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