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  1. ' In support of O gauge in Dorset'. That brought a smile to my face, just before this Covid business hit, we at the Blandford Railway Club realized a few members were interested in 'O gauge', and so we were preparing to add an appropriate section to the club. But when things settle down again - perhaps?? Good luck Geoff
  2. The issue of lining, and livery with this class is a minefield of variations depending on where they were shopped, even Stratford, and Cowlairs threw in variations as well as Darlington, and Doncaster, the Irwell Press book, on the class, outlines most of it - good luck!!
  3. Hi Paul,


    I'm in the process of building my first layout in something like 40 years, and happened across a post by you on another forum where you mentioned using thinned water based woodstain as your preferred ballast glue (plus a drop of IPA to combat surface tension).


    I've just given this a go on my ballasting testbed, as it seemed a novel approach worth exploring as an alternative to the usual PVA/water/washing up liquid palaver.


    Initial results look good, but do you have a recommended dilution (50/50, 90/10...) ? I've used 50/50 but after 12 hours the ballast is still a bit soft and I'm wondering if I should decrease the amount of water in the mix to get a good bond.


    Appreciate any insights you have on this.




    1. bike2steam


      I use about 20% water, but can vary depending on thickness of the wood-stain.

  4. It's not rocket science getting them set up square, and central, and as mentioned above, use micro-switches for polarity change. Used them for years, no problem.
  5. What most pictorial books on mechanical signaling don't show is good pics, taken from above, of signal-box 'lead-off beds'( that big piece of plate(s), in front of, and between the box, and the track). I need some info/ideas on the types of location of the signal wire, large, horizontal pulleys, preferrably BR, exLMS/LNWR, but anything will do for ideas. Probably trying to flog a dead 'orse, but it's worth a try!!??
  6. They didn't use the turn-table at Waterloo then??
  7. It was only a few minutes walk from Willesden Junction station, to the 'hole in the wall' at Old Oak.
  8. Single coach operation - inspection saloon??
  9. No, it's not easy 'planting' a compensator baseplate where there's already ballast!!!!
  10. Now I know I may get my knuckles rapped for this but there is a self confessed operations guru (? for the want of a better expression?) by the name of Tristan Bradshaw (? Xpress Publications?) that crops up on a few facebook railway groups ( either you like 'em, or hate 'em ?). My somewhat fuzzy memory is thinking that it was someone who cropped up on this forum a few years ago, and ruffled a few feathers - or I could be wrong???? But he is a good source of info on train operations.
  11. https://www.expotools.com/acatalog/-Model-Railway-Electrics--27999.html
  12. Funny you should mention it, I have a great deal more, left over from my engineering days, finished professionally nearly 30 years ago. Yes, taps, dies ( mostly British standards, BSW,BSF, and American UNC,UNF etc), and reamers, along with an assortment of various drill sleeves, and odds, and ends, all way to big for modelling, but some was retrieved for a short spell of railway preservation work. If you do find somewhere handy to off load, please let me know - tar!!??
  13. As an after-thought, is the old Hornby model anywhere near accurate, it don't look it!!??
  14. Naa, sell the Hornby one on to a collector, and just treat yerself to a Bachmann one instead - lovely loco.
  15. I grew up in the Ongar area of Essex in the 50's/and 60's. When I visited paternal relatives, and friends in the Chelmsford and Maldon areas it was mostly by bus, Eastern National services 31 and 32, always Bristol Low-Deckers, remember it well.
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