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  1. There's also a Humbrol shade I've used in the past that's a perfect match for my Bachmann / Farish DRS stuff. I can't remember the number off hand, but it may be called Oxford blue? Edit - It's definitely Oxford blue 104, see this link! https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/109643-direct-rail-services-blue/ Jo
  2. Yup can go in or out either side Guy, as you say there's usually wagons on the left hand road (looking at the quarry). Beyond the bridge they use the left hand road as I think the weighbridge is only on this line. At the end of the last video I posted the weighbridge is roughly where the loco is when the video ends. You can see the equipment connected to the track in this video. Turn your sound down though! I would be surprised if the stop boards have changed since your era Guy, they looked grubby when I was there. Jo
  3. Rolls Royce rings a bell for the maker of the engine. Apparently because it's so heavy it gives a lovely smooth ride for any staff riding in it Jo
  4. The only visible difference from a modelling perspective is the multiple sections and bolts holding the cheek plates onto the wheel on the MHA won't be present on an MPA. May well be easy enough to do by using the same brake disc etch as for an MHA, but with the 'blank' side outwards. The MPA is still disc brakes, it's just that the friction surface is the actual wheel face, not bolt on plates. Lots of the MPAs have quickly patch painted codes too, so lots of fun to model! There's still a good number of MHAs around, I'd say the mix is 50:50 at best, if not mostly MHA. Jo
  5. Yep, that was me! Well, a coalfish that decided it didn't like being on the rails under my control it was a flipping hot day, at least it meant I got to sit in the shade and watch TV waiting for a manager to arrive. just don't mention lobsters... Jo
  6. Hi Guy, Glad to hear the water will feature! Re looking over it, I realise I've drawn the River Road too far down, it stops a bit before W285, but you get the idea! Here's a good video I've found on Youtube, hopefully helps explain what we're talking about to people not familiar with the place. First up, the Switcher drops down the run round. This means they can cross onto the middle to follow the train up without phoning the signalman for a shunt. Also the hand points tunnel end of the yard are sprung to lay set for the middle by default, so the switcher can drop down
  7. Morning Guy, All in all not a bad shout, looks pretty good to me! First thing to understand operationally is where the stop boards are, particularly those at the tunnel end. I've marked them on the track plan and included a photo. Basically the quarry engine will leave the train far enough inside these boards that a mainline loco can drop on top without going past the stop board. There may be a third stop board just out of shot to the left, in the hedge. Memory says so, but it's not in any photos of mine. The hedge road and run round roads are both used for d
  8. Hi Jack, A nice update, plenty of tasty stuff. Your container train looks the part on Mick's layout, nice variety of boxes and weathering. I like your Coalfish project, that prototypical variety of types is does break the train up a bit, though as you say the MTA type have become a bit of a rarity lately. The part on the model underframe that you're working to add is the brake cylinder, this is what actually applies the disc pads to the wheel face. There are only two as only the two wheels without a handbrake lever are disc braked. The handbrake only applies to the wheel it is
  9. That makes sense Bernard, it was a while ago I sized it all up so couldn't remember the intricacies. My initial plan was to glue on etched grills, but I just could not get them looking convincing, ironically the decals look neater! Jo
  10. Hi Guy, The layout looks as good as ever! There have been times the Yeoman stock has worked into Whatley, when I was working down there Merehead had some work done that reduced it's capacity, so for a couple of weeks a few trains came out of Whatley. It did look weird seeing O&K hoppers in there! I like the sound of extending it down to Murdercombe, it'd be cool to see the old green shunters cabin in the trees! If you do want any assistance with the positioning of the cabin, stop boards, stream or anything drop me a message. I'm not sure how you'll model the pheasants walking al
  11. Hi Jools, I'm doing the same in N, based on a Farish Mk2A BSO. Link here I've since added the wrap round doors by scribing them in. Grills will be represented with decals, as in N at scale distance it won't notice. I think the grills don't align with windows on the BSO, at least from my research they don't appear to. Lots of boxes to chop and add in the underframe, recesses high up on one end, integral tail lights the other and of course the massive roof silencer. Jo
  12. Makes sense using power cars then, 37s no good for 100! Jo
  13. ooooh yes I'm glad it's not just me contemplating such a move! Even just a BSO in that livery would go nice with the blue grey Mk2s I have to run with my 67s on the Cardiff - Taunton sets. Jo
  14. Nice work on the WSMR bits Jack. Silver is difficult to replicate on a model but that looks excellent. RAL 7012 is also good for the grey bits on DB locos. Jo
  15. I'm surprised Hattons didn't try the RHTT as their first foray into N. Release the container flats too. The RHTT just needs locos to finish, so even though it probably wouldn't have been cheap, it was a complete train in a box (like Revolution's nuclear flasks and Caroline) and can bee seen nationwide. Network Rail stuff always seems to sell well too. Jo
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