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  1. Given the recent talk of head and tail lamps, I'm left wondering which is the lesser of the two evils - not having them at all, or having them fitted wrongly (according to the rule book). In my case I'm looking at fixed rakes of coaches - ideally with the ability to run in either direction. I'm in two minds - should I ignore tail lamps completely or fit them to both ends. Either way, one end will be wrong. I think I'm edging towards fitting them to both ends as the end of a train looks naked/wrong without a lamp but I'd be interested to hear what others think. I have considered removable lamps but I model in N and making them swappable would compromise on their scale size. Steven B.
  2. For everything cross-country and Brighton based, try http://www.1S76.com Steven B.
  3. Bachmann did have plans for a 9F, but nothing was ever seen of it - no CAD and certainly no pre-production models. The Dapol one isn't too bad - it's closer in shape to a 9F than the old Minitrix model. The biggest complaint was the derailing pony wheel (fixed on later releases), and its lack of hauling power compared to the Minitrix model. We've had class 220 Voyagers from both Bachmann and Dapol. Dapol also did the class 221 Super Voyager. Bachmann did have plans for a class 222 Meridian but dropped it, I understand because of disappointing sales on the 220. Steven B.
  4. Have you tried turning off back-EMF detection? If turning it off cures the problems then you may need to adjust the BEMF settings to better match the motor. Steven B.
  5. Sadly true. I think eBay has much to answer for here as second hand values seem to have gone up. And it's easier to sell something unaltered because the purchaser knows what s/he it getting. Is the eBay that's responsible or Hornby, Bachmann et.al. moving towards batch production? The move meaning there's often long gaps between reruns and virtually every model being a limited edition. Certainly current production methods are a far cry from say the 1980s when you could go into any hobby shop and buy just about anything from the current catalogue there and then. Steven B.
  6. Math vs Maths was covered by a Radio 4 documentry a few months ago - apparently both are correct depending on if you take the Latin or Greek derivation of the word. One's a singular verb, the other a plural. I take "scientist" as being a general term. All biologists are scientists, but not all scientists are biologist. Steven B.
  7. A list of models is a useful starting point as long as the family or executers knows it exists and where to find it! Putting an up-to-date copy every few months in an "incase I die" folder or envelope can make a bereaved families life less stressful. The chap who helped me write my will suggested writing a "Letter of Wishes" - it's not a legally binding document but can help executers/trustees to ensure any personal wishes are carried out. I my case, I included a section on my models, including contact details for two trusted modelling friends who would be able to assist in selling on my models after I'm gone. You can also use it to outline any special models that might have extra sentimental value to yourself should your family wish to keep any models. Likewise, if you store your stock on the layout or in stock-boxes then it can also help reunite models with their original boxes (assuming you've kept them). Steven B.
  8. The Big Four (and the pre-grouping companies that went before them) built locos for their routes & coal. The GWR had a flat & straight(ish) mainline between London and Bristol and access to good quality steam coal from South Wales. The LMS on the otherhand had a route between London and Scotland that was hillier and had more curves and so built locos to suite. British Railways' aim was to have a range of one-size fits all locomotives that could manage a variety of routes on a variety of standards of coal. By running a SR loco on the LNER routes, or a Black Five on something more used to a Hall or Castle they should be able to work out where the compromises could/should be made. In the end as Clive mentions they compromised with LMS designs running with GWR paint schemes (said tongue in cheek!). Steven B.
  9. BR introduced Crimson and Cream for corridor coaches from 1948. It lasted until replaced by regional colour schemes in 1956 - i.e. Maroon for Midland and Eastern regions, green for Southern and chocolate/cream for Western. The livery is far enough into British Railways life that most locos would be in a BR livery of one form or another - seeing an LMS liveried loco on a rake of Crimson & Cream coaches would be very rare, if it ever happened. Plenty of exLMS locos would still continue to haul the stock though. As has been mentioned, just because a coach is marked as belonging to a region doesn't restrict it to just working in that region. You wouldn't transfer passengers from a Midland to Western region owned train on the boundary of the two for example. More likely is a rake from one region matched with a rake from another on a certain route. For example, a trans-Pennine service would be made up of one or more rakes of Midland region coaches matched with a similar number of Eastern Region trains. Steven B
  10. My green one arrived this morning. Apart from the height issues mentioned above it's a rather nice loco. I wasn't convinced by the nose ends but the headcode panels aside, it looks OK. Paint finish is as good as anything from Farish or Dapol (possibly better than some of Dapol's interpretations of some colours!). Mine is missing the multiple working symbols though. Mechanically it runs smoothly and quietly. Slow speed running is OK. Mine managed 15 Farish Blue-Ribbon Mk1/Mk2s before it got too close to the end of its train on my figure-8 test circuit. I'm tempted by the Castle Cement version (and could justify the blue one with red buffer beams for my RTC stock) but will probably wait to see if prices drop in a few months time. Steven B.
  11. I've just fitted a set of the N Gauge Elite couplings to my Dapol HST and I'm very pleased with the result. There's no slack in the coupling as there is with standard Rapido or Dapol's buck-eye which means the close coupling mechanism does it's job perfectly. Less perfect was the results of trying to fit them to my Farish Mk1s - they don't fit without modification which I've yet to try as I needed all I have for the HST. Does anyone know what lengths are provided with the N Gauge Elite HST pack - there are a pair of longer ones for the power cars and eight pairs for the Mk3s. I'd like to fit the shorter ones to my loco-hauled Mk3s but so far my emails asking if they're the close & intermediate, or intermediate & long have gone unanswered (or in the spam folder!). Steven B.
  12. Coreless motors have several advantages over their iron cored cousins: No cogging - smoother rotation at lower speeds Better power to volume ratio (i.e. more powerful motor for a given size) Lower inductance of motor windings meaning less arcing on the brushes, meaning longer life. Iron core motors are still less expensive to make and can take more abuse, electrically and mechanically. I've yet to have any problems with any of my N Gauge models, but then I use DCC or a pure DC controller. Perhaps anyone who has repeated problems should also consider if their controller is as much to blame as the motor? Steven B.
  13. The instructions suggest that as long as you're using the interface circuit board, and don't draw more than 1.1A in total then you can use the AC and DC output at the same time. I doubt you'll have any problems... Steven B.
  14. There are maroon and crimson/cream liveries mixed up in the same rake in at least four of the trains. Not so much a prototype for everything, but modellers choosing to ignore it? Steven B.
  15. I can understand a white metal locomotive body being beneficial to a kit build - it gives plenty of mass for traction. However, seeing the A4 above, I struggle to understand why its a good medium for a tender body. Surely it's just dead weight to haul around at the expense of a coach or two. Does anyone replace the flat body sides and coal space with plasticard to reduce the weight? Steven B.
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