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  1. Found this one with ESU sound.
  2. As it doesn't appear to have traction tyres, I'm guessing it's the 1980s version with the big motor. It should be relatively simple to install a wired decoder (or socket) but it would be worth checking how much current the motor draws under load before choosing one. Here is one method of replacing the mech with a Kato U25. https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/36663 Cheers David
  3. Also important to bear in mind that a mixed train was (usually) guaranteed to run even if there was no goods offering, hence what was on paper a mixed train might run as a passenger train 99% of the time. The much rarer case of a goods train with passenger accommodation attached was liable to be cancelled if there was no goods to carry. Back on topic of through coaches, they weren't always necessarily detached at the nearest main line junction. For example at one stage the through coaches to Kingswear off the Cornishman were detached at Exeter. They could then be hauled by whatever was available. There are photos of them on Flickr typically hauled by a Mogul, sometimes a Prairie, or sometimes a 4-6-0 if it was 5 or more coaches. There was a photo in RM decades ago of 3 through coaches at Dawlish hauled by a 94XX sporting Class A headlamps. Cheers David
  4. I would suggest going down the JMRI path as you're not locked into a single DCC vendor forever. It also allows you or a visitor to run trains with a phone as an additional controller. Cheers David
  5. Getting a little off topic, but a full 3rd rail version of the D-Train bring up the idea the Harrogate council had about a decade ago to electrify the Harrogate line with third rail and use D78 stock. IIRC they proposed using DLR style contacts rather than LU/SR style. Personally I can't see any new third rail beyond extensions to the existing network, but it makes you wonder whether a 484 could potentially be used elsewhere. For example a Lymington or Bognor Regis yo-yo. Cheers David
  6. And bear in mind a lot of changes were made after Moorgate.
  7. A steam loco running tender first hauling a DTC on a modern slidey rail main line? Nah...
  8. I'd also suggest having a look at the Heart of Georgia layout. Although the prototype is American, the construction method is adaptable and it doesn't change much to change the station design to something else. The benefits are it has much gentler curves, a longer run of main line, scope for realistic operation and actually takes no more floor space than a solid 6x4 when you take into account operating space. It is also truly portable so packs away when not in use. Cheers David
  9. Platform 1 for the 1829 Northern service to Manchester. This service is running approximately 190 years late.
  10. For the first time in 18 years the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers train wasn't steam-hauled, due to the extreme fire danger in the area last weekend. Don't let the little grey cloud and wet road fool you, that area is tinder dry and still has active fires. The water tank (empty) was still used as the diesel doesn't have buffers.
  11. The world-famous Stephenson's Rocket is to go on show at the National Railway Museum for at least 10 years. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-49825385
  12. I would not recommend these plans. They have awful setrack geometry and are very unrealistic. Cheers David
  13. They should cross at Earlestown, if both are on time! https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/Y81027/2019/09/25/advanced https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/Y81043/2019/09/25/advanced Cheers David
  14. As mentioned, many of C.J. Freezer's Peco track plans were designed for track that is no longer available. I would recommend, and I can't stress this enough, don't build a 6x4 tail chaser. It's unrealistic and needs more floor space than you might think it does, hence tends to get pushed into the corner and become a repository for junk. Before deciding on a plan you need to think about a few things. How much space do you have? Even if you have an empty spare room, loft, shed, etc it may not be desirable to fill it with a railway empire. But resist the temptation to cram in as much track as possible. Do you want to build a fixed or portable layout? Building portable layouts means you can pack them away neatly when not actually being used, and in future you can take them to shows. Do you have a particular prototype, location and era in mind? A steam era layout would have different requirements from a modern layout with mostly multiple units. Do you have a preference for urban or rural scenery? This can help decide on a design. Do you have a particular scale in mind? Smaller scales allow more compact layouts, or allow you to put more into any given space. Larger scales allow much more exquisite detail, but generally need more space and rollingstock inevitably costs more. The availability of rollingstock for your desired era/location may help decide on a scale. Above all, remember that each layout is only a practice for the next one. You don't have to achieve everything you want in your first layout. If it's a complete blank slate, you could consider a simple end to end test track on a plank just to get going. You can have something up and running in a day. Then start adding scenery to it. Cheers David
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