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Russ (mines a pint) last won the day on April 2 2011

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  1. £500k grant offered to restore fire-ravaged Troon railway station - BBC News https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-57878742
  2. Late to this one, but a way of saving space might be to use the fiddle yard to complete the run-round - sometimes known as 'half station' approach. Where you model just the end of the platform and the first coach appears and can be run round, this frees up more space for interesting goods facilities and shunting? Good example here by Neil Rushby who I believe still posts on here. Rushby's Railways: Abergwynant (rushbys-railways.blogspot.com)
  3. Late to this one, but thinking having built my own track and used peco it would be code 100 . If you can solder track joins together hand built track becomes very strong , code 75 peco is flimsy and had sweary moments trying to cut flexi to length and also fixing rail joiners. Appearance is the thing, and if you paint railsides, ballast and particularly if in a siding setting build up the ground to sleeper height it all helps. As many photos on the thread show!
  4. Hope your feeling better soon, love looking at all your layouts.
  5. Potential kitbash, original cabin shored up by brick/block base?
  6. Have to admit never followed the cake box competition but what you have already (both this and other threads) looks great and will be following with interest.
  7. I was just about to add that one too! O gauge RTR - £149 - including a BR green 08 too it seems- https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/dcc_supplies/m.html?item=113999155262&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&fromMakeTrack=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
  8. Well its easy enough to tell its come from Sheffield... another small tank … the only other clue left is the barcode? ? https://railsofsheffield.com/products/36953/hattons-h4-ab16-003-oo-gauge-andrew-barclay-0-4-0st-16-2226-katie-in-lined-maroon
  9. you would get a good approximation if you divide the original measurements by 7 then multiply by 4 as you are converting 7mm to 4mm - N to OO is easier as you just double or halve it
  10. You absolutely could recreate this in a limited space , would it have the same satisfaction? - O gauge has an attraction in that it has a bulk and sensible size couplings that make wagon shuffling satisfying in its own right, - N gauge has an attraction in that you can have a whole train in landscape . OO and its associated gauges get a bit of both - always torn between all of them, true rubber gauger
  11. I am also finding it a little bit odd that you have problems with your Jinty, I had one and it was faultless. Bachmann 0-6-0 chassis generally shares the same mechanism. Have you checked cleanliness of wheels, pickups (and that they are aligned correctly) and track, cleanliness is next to godliness I have a Bachmann 08 and Pannier tanks which run really well and slow. Beware of older chassis in some of Bachmann range there are new & old 03's in particular if you are looking for them, the original 03 & 04 are based on the previous Mainline chassis (as are some of Panniers) - So if you go for the 03 make sure it is of the later release. That's not to say older models cant be good runners I have an original Dapol J94 which I am hoping to repaint/convert which is an impeccable runner despite looking like a basketcase !
  12. You have done a cracking job with this , full of atmosphere, cheap to build what's not to like. The water tower was a great transformation and view blocker, You will always spot something in your photos after taking them its annoying but then its good cos you can go back and correct it.
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