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    US Railroads: Soo Line, Shortlines and F-Unit locos!!
    UK Railways: BR Blue Era; Railways of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire 1960 - present day.

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  1. Yes - don't take a cat, as there's no room to swing it Don't take your partner either, as there's not really room for more than one customer at a time, either!! (Other reasons you might not want them with you are available!! )
  2. I only managed to visit the shop itself twice whilst it existed - a few years later I often passed there whilst I worked for one particular Company, sometimes twice a week, but even if they'd still been open it would've done me no good as there was nowhere to park an HGV to pop in & browse. I did nearly give Bernie a heart attack at the Warley Show one year - I was holding up an Athearn BlueBox Switcher & asked him if he had anything cheaper?? To his great credit, once he'd regained his composure, he did!! The switcher I'd found was a new release, about £30, & he found me a very nice SW7 for about £20. I held (but didn't buy ) my first Atlas O locos on my second visit to Victors. Oh to have a Time Machine
  3. A tidy bit of modelling. So I'll ask the dumb question - where does 'Appanoose' come from?
  4. Ah. Cos it wore called the Black Country fer nuthin...
  5. Hey, no worries - I'm in the same boat, well, almost. I have all my track down, & can happily play trains operate my layout, & I'm happy with the plan too, which I spent a lot of time designing & thinking about beforehand, but scenery & buildings are almost non-existant. So I do see my layout as a long term project, measured in years rather than months (or minutes, it would seem for some people ) & don't worry about my comparitive lack of progress. So long as everyone is happy with what they do, then all is well. It's a hobby after all, not a competition - which is why I didnt watch that recent TV series, but I digress...
  6. I'll re-post this request here from the "Wanted" section just in case our American-outline Enthusiasts missed it there... Wanted - an Atlas/Roco 1970s O Scale spare bodyshell only, as per photo. Colour & road name not important, but a shell in good condition is what I need, no cracks or scratches etc, although the locating tabs might be broken off - they often are. I need it to replace one I had off eBay recently, where the fact the body has been very firmly glued to the frame was not mentioned in the listing!!! PM me if you have something available!! Edit:- Original thread here -
  7. Edit: I should've been clearer in my first post - it's the body and frame that are glued together, rather than the chassis itself, otherwise my reply here doesn't make a lot of sense!! No, but the chassis & motor are all in it as well, and I can't remove them without seperating body & frame, so not sure I want to stick the motor in the freezer!! There's raised locating edges on the frame that sit inside the body, and I suspect the glue has been applied there, so even running a sharp scalpel blade between the two parts isn't having much effect. I have a spare frame already; if I could get another body, I could break up the one that's giving me problems (not the one pictured above, I hasten to add!!) and cobble up a 'new' loco from all the parts! It's a real shame as this latest one has had very little use and runs really well. I just can't get in it to add DCC !!!
  8. Wanted - an Atlas/Roco 1970s O Scale spare bodyshell only, as per photo. Colour & road name not important, but a shell in good condition is what I need, no cracks or scratches etc, although the locating tabs might be broken off - they often are. I need it to replace one I had off eBay recently, where the fact the body has been very firmly glued to the chassis was not mentioned in the listing!!! PM me if you have something available!!
  9. Hate to say it but your diagonal braces go the wrong way. They should take the weight of the gate from the top of the opening end of the gate down to the bottom hinge. But very neat modelling!!
  10. Why do my eyes always water and I feel the need to cross my legs whenever I see the words "Jordan Spreader"...???!!!??? Jordan.
  11. Ok, I'm going to be the one to ask the Stupid Question.... What is the Spreader Truck used for, in relation to grain operations? It looks very much like the sort of truck (cab excepted) that gets used here in the UK to spread grit on the roads during the winter - a 'gritter lorry' in our terms. I doubt that's it's intended purpose here.
  12. I do apologise. Better to find out now, though, rather than after track laying.
  13. Won't those overlapping sides hit the tracks on the fixed board?? nice plan and inspiration though - & I like your previous Scottish N Scale layout too - I'd not seen that before, RMweb is so big it's very easy to miss some gems!!
  14. Some rapid progress here!! Looks good - love the canal interchange & shed in particular. Is the point rodding the Wills 4mm kit? It looks good too - gives the right impression & I for one wouldn't know (or care!!) if it's not 100% accurate.
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