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    I retired in Dec 2007 after years of flying round the world as a passenger, not pilot! Loved trains since my first sighting at Alexandra Palace in the early 50's. Misspent youth at the end of platform 10 Kings Cross and a love for ECML locos ever since. Spent every summer in Glasgow, so second passion is Glasgow trams.

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  1. Stumbled across this video a few minutes ago. Apologies if its already been picked up. Very O Winston Link once the evening sets in.
  2. The story is about to appear on Sky news this morning.... https://news.sky.com/story/model-railway-club-raises-30-000-after-exhibition-trashed-by-vandals-11724403
  3. You’re welcome Jeff.... I was just sitting here waiting for the football to start, so just googled SAC/324 and up they came. What on earth did we do before the internet..... I played four days in a row last week and have the same this week, so ET is taking a summer rest. The weekend was gardening with my dear lady. Had to put up some trellis panels and then she wanted a stag beetle pyramid built. We had an interesting discussion. She wanted me to dig a bloomin’ great hole and fill it with rotting tree trunks. No problem with that other than 2’ away over the fence, we have the golf course which is full of trees and woodland..... Needless to say she got her way.... I’m doing an hour here and there ballasting, so things are still moving forward. I certainly want to see trains run again. Even with a head start of somewhere to build a layout, you’ll still steam past me with the next version of KL.... Hope all is well with you.
  4. .....or some more.... https://scrca.foscl.org.uk/location-summaries/structure-298070
  5. This one? https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3018781
  6. He did eventually start and got a great cheer from the crowd....
  7. Saddened to read this news tonight. Jack was one of the real gents on RMweb and I always enjoyed his contributions over the years. Thoughts with his family at this very sad time. RIP Jack.
  8. Thanks for sharing your build. Takes me back to Airfix Kits and Woolworths on a Saturday.... Hope you have more luck with yours...
  9. Scott, if it were me I'd be looking to do something like this.... Here you have the two main lines. The right hand end is a 3' radius curve. The left hand end is slightly different as I have shortened the station section and added a transition curve that slowly tightens back to a 3' radius. It doesn't solve the fiddle yard issues, but at least is a starting point for your thoughts. Of course this moves the station away from the curve, but I suspect compromises will have to be made whichever way you go. I'm going to have to duck out now for a while as I have some admin to sort out for golf matches tomorrow and Friday. Good luck....
  10. Hi Scott, Phil beat me to it, but the principles are the same. I'm as guilty as the next man of coming up with great plans on paper and it's not until you sit down with software that reflects the reality of the situation, do you realise that basic sketches break all the rules of geometry and a lot more thought is required to take an idea through to production. Taking your plan, I've quickly laid out the boards to the dimensions you have provided. The dark blue lines are 3' radius curves and you can see straight away that as Phil has suggested you will need corner fillets to handle the junctions between 2' and 1' wide boards. Once you take two curves of 3' and an inset of 6" each side, you are left with a straight section of just 7' long. This is really important when you come to the fiddle yard as all the turnouts each end will take up most of the space you have left. As Phil suggests, you could use curved turnouts either end, but then it's likely you will have some pretty tight radii to the inner lines. Your sketch shows the station on a nice gentle curve. I've tried to replicate that with another line on the plan and you can see just how much space that will take. I think you have to be realistic with the space you have and may well have to compromise on some of the design parameters. This may involve radii of less than 3' and that may in turn mean smaller locos to handle tighter curves.
  11. Thank you for the compliment. It was a few years ago, but I’m still pleased with the result. I just thinned the paint with water and then airbrushed it. Areas around the windows, numbers and tender emblem were just washed away with a wet baby bud.
  12. These things are always subjective, but I tried Rustins Blackboard paint as a basis for faded black. Might be worth a try..... https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/18339-eastwood-town-9f-gets-weatheredstage-3/&tab=comments#comment-175772 https://www.google.co.uk/search?source=hp&ei=uN6sXPqqCcbBlwTo85FI&q=rustins+blackboard+paint&oq=rustins+black&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0l4j0i22i30l4.1297.6016..8150...0.0..0.81.704.14....2..0....1..gws-wiz.....0..0i131j46i131j46j46i275.2CLgyz0B7Qk
  13. I shall follow this with interest as someone who was brought up in Palmers Green in the 50's. Most Saturdays were spent in a set of quad arts behind an N2/L1 to KX to spend the day at Platform 10. When I fancied a change it was down to Silver Street to pick up another quad art set behind an N7 to Liverpool Street. I hadn't appreciated they were different, so I look forward to learning a lot more about the coaching stock that was so much a part of my childhood.
  14. Please can you post a pic of your basic track plan, so we can see what's involved. Are there slips and 3 way turnouts or is it limited to simple turnouts? Templot can be quite straightforward to use once you understand the basics and there are many users on here and on the Templot forum http://85a.co.uk/forum/ who will be happy to share their knowledge with you.
  15. See https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/143518-rmweb-gold-a-new-premium-membership/&do=findComment&comment=3515457
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