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  1. I'd agree with Cuckoo's highlights, and the standard of the layouts was good all round. From an exhibiting perspective, I'd be very happy to display at a Bentley MRG show again, they're a really friendly and helpful group. I enjoyed plenty of pleasant, informed conversation about many aspects of our hobby over the weekend, and had no problem with having help when needed. It also seemed to be an exhibition which attracts a family audience, exactly what's needed to keep bringing newcomers to our hobby. I was genuinely touched by how interested many found Grünow engaging, which even from a charitable perspective is just an animated diorama. It was especially pleasing to have a girl of around 11 or 12 (pure guess age wise!) showing real interest and understanding about the automation of my trains and the moving road vehicles - we don't have to be an old boys' club.
  2. I owned both when modelling H0. If one or the other was the only choice, I'd be happy enough. Roco's is a weighty, capable runner (mine would pull a ten coach rake up a radius 2 helix!), Brawa's is lighter and thus lacks such jhigh tractive effort but is equally smooth. Roco's lighting is better and it's easier to fit DCC into. Roco's has printed grilles on the cabside, Brawa have the edge here with moulded ones. Roco have also moulded their bogies with a slight compromise, sloping tops where they should be flat. I'm not really sure why.
  3. Great to see progress Bryn. The colouring of everything is really on the money to my eyes.
  4. Looking forward to it. I think I might demo with a layout board work in progress rather than poking at stock for a change!
  5. I'd like to mention Kuehn track for your consideration, although not sold in the UK I've been quite impressed by it. I can't comment on Triang flanges but it copes with Berliner ones. Of course, like Tillig it's 1:120 rather than 3mm:1ft sleepers. Links to the range in shops: https://www.elriwa.de/produkte/gleise/spur-tt/?p=1&o=1&n=15&s=404 https://www.zeuke-tt.com/c-3969924/code-72-tracks/ http://www.mbs-sebnitz.de/gleisbau/l/manufacturer=kuehn/spurweite=tt-1-120=ttm-1-120=tte-1-120=ttf-1-120=tti-1-120=spurneutral.html
  6. Yep, they're faster than tortoises but still kinder to track than solenoids. I've had good service out of them. When I first bought mine over ten years ago they were Conrad branded.
  7. I think the resemblance is very strong, so much so that I wouldn't be even looking for other candidates!
  8. Illustrating the hooks raised with a magnet pen.
  9. Sorry the bit in the article about points wasn't clear. I've only got the one pre-ballasted point, but unlike the "Modellgleis" it does have latching blades. They are lightly sprung so you can run through "wrong way", rather like Roco Geoline in H0. By self latching I mean that the blades are held in place in the chosen direction by a spring or other means without an extra accessory being necessary. As to uncoupling NEM359 from above with a magnet, in Tillig start sets you get a little screwdriver with a magnet on the top of the handle. Bring that in from above the couplings, and it lifts the hooks. I also use some telescopic magnet pens, though they've got a stronger pull and can lift lighter wagons from the track if I accidentally make contact with the hooks. It's not possible with corridor fitted coaching stock though, and a few wagons have brakeman's platforms that get in the way a little.
  10. I can only imagine how heartbroken the victims of this are. Even just reading about it tied my stomach in knots. My most sincere condolences to all those affected.
  11. IIRC the Tillig "Trabi" has a break off part on the PCB which then accepts a 6 pin decoder.
  12. Now Brawa have announced a DB V60 too! The pre production images look to have finer flanges than NEM standards. What a choice there is a available!
  13. The Modist toolings were exclusive to them, but made by Tillig. After Modist closed down a few years back, the models joined the main Tillig range. I've got some of those Halberstadt seconds in other liveries with Tillig branding, DR green and ivory and DB NachtZug. I've also got a Modist branded BR 212 (DB V100.2).
  14. Also, if you're planning a trip to Germany, June 15th sees the 25th anniversary celebrations for Tillig. This includes an open day at the Sebnitz factory and at ITL's Pirna workshops.
  15. Hi Lewis, Great to see another TTer here. I've got a couple of TT Model coaches I'm after, could you give me links to the online shops you've used to buy them? I visited their stand at Modell Hobby Spiel in October and they didn't have the ones I wanted in stock. I think the European TT gauge meet should take place again this year at Belper Model Railway Exhibition on March 30th. While I don't want to take traffic away from RMWeb, I would like to mention that there is a small facebook group for those interested in Euro TT, it's called simply "TT Scale Model Railways".
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