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    In no particular order: Southern Region(particularly 1960s and 1970s), most British narrow gauge, most European narrow gauge (and particularly the Ybbstalbahn, Rugen, Molli, and the Engadine). Scenery and the appearance of layouts. Watching trains go by. Automation (non-dcc).

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  1. Sticking my head above the parapet (my amount of modelling is close to zero at the moment), I've only ever used a right-handed mouse - in my left hand. Yours sinistrally, ĸen
  2. Hopefully, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). In this country we have tubes of things called 'deep heat' and 'radian massage cream' which usually help, as does rest. Once you recover, you might need to work *gently* on stretching and mobility exercises before karting. Unfortunately, stretching to increase flexibility (in my case, for arm/shoulder movement for poling) takes a long time to make a difference. I imagine that a tear would have become apparent very quickly. And no, I have no medical or physio experience, but I used to be a cyclist and occasional cross
  3. Actually, in the early 1960s there are a number of pictures online of 3-coach trains on the Steyning line (Brighton-Horsham) formed of Maunsell+Bulleid, or 64'6"+59' Bulleids although in at least some pictures the set number has been painted out. No idea if that was also true for other Central division areas, I'm only really interested in things that could have been seen on the West Coastway. ĸen
  4. I think I might be missing something, but I can't work out the size. I can see lots of vertical measurements, but nothing in the linear dimensions. I can see that the space in the centre is two-and-a-bit squares by one and a half. That makes me suspect that reaching over to the sides, and perhaps to the bottom, will be difficult. And if I'm reading correctly that it has tracks at multiple levels, I think that accessing most of the tracks will be difficult (stalled locos, derailments). Also, I hope your curves are gentle enough for the stock you intend to use. Is it N or 4mm scale ?
  5. Would you believe "it depends" ? If all you need is a bit of sky, then emulsion paints (for small areas, just the testers) are fine. But if you want to paint a bit of landscape at the bottom (hills, hedges, distant trees) then a selection of Artist's acrylics, and a few decent artist's brushes might be the way to go (but with some experimentation to find out how the colours change between freshly-mixed and dried, and indeed some experimentation about how to mix the available colours to get the sort of colours you want. Obviously, the tree at the left is a p
  6. I assume you've read the thread on the L&B 2-6-2T in the Heljan area, but since you said you hadn't scrolled down as the narrow-gauge section before, I think I ought to mention it. All high-detail modern stock has its weaknesses and idiosyncracies. Since you are using a narrow baseboard, you might want to consider a rolling road to run-in the loco. I guess that it might get around Roco HOe set track (about 10" radius) for running in, but I have not tried that, and it might need 12" radius or better (which is the manufacturer's specification) for running-in on a loop.
  7. If you click on the photo you can read details of what the 08 was hauling on the flickr page!
  8. If your period is long enough ago (and after about 1965, which a 4-TC suggests), the rear of a train would have had either a red tail lamp (old EMUs, with a white panel and no stencil) or two red blinds (modern EMUs and presumable a light engine, or a 33/1 or 73 propelling a TC. OTOH, the rear of a 33 of any sort, or a 73, which was pulling a train should, I believe, have been black in those days in the same way that non-corridor modern EMUs (EPB, HAP, etc) and DEMUs coupled in the middle of a train would not have had red blinds. On short electric runs (particularly Brighton-West W
  9. At some point Natalie posted repaint dates on here. If I have transcribed these dates correctly: 7301 - 17/3/70 7302 - 26/10/70 7303 (was wraparound) 12-6-70 7304 - 12/8/70 7320 - 29/9/70 7323 - 18/5/70 7327 - 10/2/70 7331 - 17/4/70 7334 - 5/1/70 A couple of others were repainted "by dates in 1970" . If your rmweb searching skills are good, I recommend searching this site for Natalie's post. Reading my notes, the following definitely had full yellow ends when last in green: 7301, 7303, 7304. That implies that the other
  10. As someone who first saw 4-CORs in about 1971 (on the West Coastway, might have been late 1970, but all my photos were from 71), and remembers that some were as faded as that one except with full yellow ends), I'm shocked at how quickly the one in the pic must have faded.
  11. The stores units all post-dated the introduction of blue livery. If you go back far enough, de-icers were green - but those were all based on motorcoaches from old Sub units (all panelled, I think).
  12. No, all colour. It's a comparatively heavy hardbound book with a red spine (colour cover of a Connex yellow/white VEP in front of a yellowish brick station), and it is a bit shorter than A4, and a bit wider. ĸen
  13. For unit numbers, I think you will have to be careful - all-blue for VEPs, REPs turned out to be a mistaken interpretation. So finding a CEP which was ever all-blue will be determined by when that unit got repainted from green. See the upper part of the page at https://www.bloodandcustard.com/BR-4BEP-4CEP.html - most went straight from green to blue-grey with full yellow ends. 7106 was blue with small yellow panels on 31/3/68 on a Ramsgate to Victoria train (Slam Doors On The Southern by Michael Welch, p57) and the window frames appear to be blue. 7121 was blue syp on 6
  14. Sorry to cast doubt on the hermitage derivation, but http://www.llandrindodparish.co.uk/8.html suggests that the Welsh Diserth means a deserted place. Of course, hermits lived in deserted places. According to wikipedia on Cumbric (the word I originally wrote, then assumed I'd been mistaken and changed to Cumbrian), cumbric placenames are found in the areas of Northumberland bordering what was Cumberland, but that might be too far to the West for you. ĸen
  15. I note that you want to use the name of a real place - I guess you think people will know that name and relate to where that is, even if your model is somewhat different from the current reality. If that is your definite view then you do not need to read the rest of this post, and I'm sorry for interrupting your thread. But generally I think that plans and decisions need to be questioned in the early stages, to make sure that the planner will feel happy with the eventual outcome. e.g. I've never heard of Finchale until now, and I think I might have difficulty looking at a Jarrow la
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