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Everything posted by sulzer27jd

  1. The choice designs between will be best determined by how you plan to use the trains stored in them but the key thing you don't show is how you will cross over between running lines. I would spend some time thinking about your operating sequence and what order you need trains and the type length that they are. If you plan around your longest sets (the MGRs?) how many sets will you have? what length will other trains be? Can you take the holding roads for your MGR out of the equation by separating them? When I designed Balbeggie Sidings I only used a training cross-over at each end,
  2. It's got to the point where some things are unwatchable. Constant interruptions for adverts has totally spoiled YouTube and I find now that I am using it less and less. In fact I have all but abandoned it. John
  3. If you are talking about the old HAA wagons with the internal pivot for the axles, I found that locking them up and fitting new metal wheels helped with running quality. John
  4. I suspect that railway was simply ashamed of its name. Unlike the proper Scottish railways which must of course have been better educated! John
  5. Earlier this week, I had my first trip to Waverley for a few months. Yours is definitely better. John
  6. One resource that is helpful is the large scale mapping from the National Library of Scotland (which covers England and some parts of Wales as well). This goes down to farm names which might be the nearest habitation to a possible station/location on a route. When I built Balbeggie Sidings that took its name from the nearest farm. If I am developing an idea, I tend to sketch out a rough route of a line, then have a look at what names are available nearby. Local landowners often had stations built as concessions to the railway using their land so I keep an eye out for big houses, e
  7. Scottish place names are often an anglicised versions of the original, as the generally recognised spellings were only established as mapping was completed. The military map making was of course just part of the wider British attempt (post Jacobite uprising) to eradicate any distinct culture and so the use of Scots, Doric and Gaelic were discouraged. The clues of course are still there with the use of "Aber", "Inver" and "Bal" in place names. One such derivative that is of interest is the use of the spelling "King" in Scottish place names. Used to indicate some sort of loyalty to a
  8. The power as far as Edinburgh was (1950's) very often a Dundee (Tay Bridge) or Aberdeen Ferryhill V2 or A2 (Peppercorn), used entirely interchangeably. Dundee crews were used Sample workings 1957 - of 14 known workings all except 1 was a V2, the other was 60531 Bahram 1958 - of 22 known workings all except 4 were V2's. with Bahram and Tudor Minstrel being the others. 1959 - 9 known workings, all except 1 were V2's the other being 60527 Sun Chariot John
  9. This is where I got to before O gauge overtook me! If anyone wants this and the signal box, please just get in touch. John
  10. The CR Wagons book by Mike WIlliams suggests that it may have been common practice to leave the interior unpainted. This is due to the lack of interior photographs and of course those that do exist are in black & white. Unpainted wood takes on a grey tone and even if painted with a lead grey, that would have a similar look after a time. I have worked on the basis that wagon interiors would vary from a fairly clean wood effect, weathered, to a dirtier more grey appearance. John
  11. Pulling us gently back to the Strathmore line. Between Alyth Junction and Eassie there was a set of sidings known as Drumkilbo. They were used for, amongst other things, bringing manure from Dundee for use on the fields round about. Access to the sidings was down a track known to this day as the Dung Ley. There is no sign of them now but only a few years ago a culvert/bridge for the siding, separate from the mainline, was visible. The siding swung into a field and ended 90 degrees from the mainline. After a period of dry weather (so not very often) the scar of the siding can sometimes be seen.
  12. The Scottish football leagues are, per capita, the best supported in Europe. Its just a pity that the so-called British broadcasters never share out the money equitably to the four nations.
  13. Forfar yard loading bank and goods shed, with Station Park, home of the mighty Forfar Athletic FC in the background. Goods shed and the new concrete goods shed. Close up of the concrete goods shed. I have numerous close ups and detail photos of the buildings if anyone is interested. John
  14. More from Forfar; South end showing the sharp curve. North end John
  15. Like many of the similar books they are almost obsessed by the early years of these lines, which I understand is of interest to some. What is lacking however is more detail of how the lines were worked throughout their history. I suspect unfortunately that much of the detail from the pre-grouping and pre-nationalisation eras is now lost. What is disappointing is that even through the BR years there is very little knowledge of the operational aspects of the network of Strathmore lines. John
  16. The 1897 description as quoted in the Jim MacIntosh volume on livery is; vans internally had 1 coat of stone colour and opens 1 coat of lead colour. How long that would last in service is anyones guess but for opens the weathered/worn look would be grey in tone and not brick red. John
  17. Have a Google search for the Haysi Railroad. It's an Appalachian coal railroad that used an ex Clinchfield F7B unit as its main power at one point. As I'm typing this I see a photo has just been posted of it. The other end actually had a little cab with a window. John
  18. That is a rather obvious omission - oops! It’s Forfar. John
  19. Saw this thread come up again. It's such a shame that there is so little about this route. Here are some photos that may be of interest; John
  20. The second is closer but Pol-ma-dee.
  21. I did not renew my membership for 2020 because on reflection I was getting nothing much from the Guild. The problem they have is that modellers can work away quite happily and get results without being a member. I had no contact with my local group (despite a couple of attempts to engage with them) which meant my quarterly magazine and the forum were my main points of contact. The former, was not very good and the later, whilst helpful, was the most censored I have ever encountered, was extremely hierarchical and off-putting. I was left with the feeling that the main purpose of my
  22. The grey is replacing the blue apparently but still has the same properties. As for framing, have a look on some US sites or magazines. They generally do not frame at all but support it on a skeleton structure. I would think the main difference is that most of their work is built in situ and is not modular. If your layout is permanent, then their methods may be quite suitable for you, if it's to be portable then a frame would be desirable. Cutting styrofoam is easy. A cut with a Stanley knife and snapped, or you get a pad saw that fits a Stanley knife and that works well, a bread k
  23. Very similar experiences. Glue gun is my go to for foam to foam joints.
  24. Stay clear of Kingspan, it really isn't great for baseboards. A lot of people see US modellers using Styrofoam for layouts and think these are the same material. Kingspan is no where near as stable as Styrofoam and will warp. The real stuff is available through - https://www.panelsystems.co.uk/product/styrofoam John
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