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  1. 5 hours ago, Classsix T said:

    Is the track expected to be unusually "green" with the lack of race meetings upon it, or is it much of a muchness after all the practice sessions?

     

    C6T. 

     

    I suspect it will be no different to the street circuits which are very green at the beginning of the weekend.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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!

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  4. 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. 


  5. HST, it has to be a HST. There is no other locomotive or unit or train that has done basically the same task day in day out for over 40 years. 

     

    Everything else has seen a great decline and the fleets still running mainline today are vastly reduced when compared to their heydays. Time is now finally catching up on the HST but I'm sure there will still be plenty running fast InterCity services for many years to come.

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  6. Class 47 it has to be. Long lived and appeared in a very wide range of liveries. One of those 'maids of all work' that kept the wheels turning for British Rail throughout the country. 

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  7. If articulated engines include those of the narrow gauge then I would vote for the Ffestiniog Railway's Double Fairlies.

     

    If it's strictly Standard Gauge only then I'd say the U1.

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  8. You do lose some 'flex' between stock when going around curves however I've seen no issues on the stock I've fitted these to so far. This includes pulling and propelling through standard Peco medium pointwork and second and third radius curves.

     

    The trick is to choose the length of coupling to suit the stock your fitting it to. So for Bachmann Mk1's and other stock with cam couplings that move out on the corners you can fit a shorter coupling. (the 'Close' coupling mentioned on the WHWG website). For fixed stock like HST's the coupling bar and therefore the gap between the coaches is longer however this gives them room to move on the corners without clashing.

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  9. I think it pretty clear that these are for use in fixed rake formations. Both my HST's now have them, my Hornby Mk2D's and Oxford Mk3's too. Seriously looking at rolling them out throughout my Bachmann Mk1 and Mk2 sets too. Just because they are so much easier to uncouple and couple up then the current Roco close couplers I've got on those sets.

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  10. I think your point rodding looks brilliant Tony. It was well worth the effort you put into it.

     

    Only thing I could suggest is the colour looks a little uniform grey. A little variation to the colour wouldn't go amiss. Although that was probably your plan anyway :)

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