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    Coalville, Leicestershire
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    EM gauge steam - mostly BR(W)
    Former member of NW Surrey area group of the EMGS & SRMC of Washford, currently not attached to any club.
    Volunteer fireman on Severn Valley & West Somerset Railways.
    Real beer, rugby and running also feature when not playing trains, which frankly isn't very often!
  1. Mostly because you might need it out on the road. If your fire got clinkered up and wouldn't drop through the bars then the engine wouldn't steam properly, affecting your ability to do the job. If that happens and the clinker won't go through the rocking grate/drop section (happens more often than it ought to!) then the only way to get the rubbish out is to use the clinker shovel. I'm a fireman on a preserved railway & sadly speak from experience...
  2. Does the elevated coupling pin arrangement lift that end of the loco at all? More likely when pulling heavy loads round corners I’d say. If not, it’s an effective solution to using 3 links if you’re still determined
  3. What’s going in the hole between the tracks in front of White Lane CS?
  4. I use a milled brass thing that I've had for years - think it came from the EM gauge society. A quick search turns up loads of OO ones. Most wheelsets are only an interference fit on the axle, so I just give 'em a twist and move them along the axle to suit. I've got a philistine's digital micrometer to check that the wheels end up central on the axle, and generally use a blob of loctite to secure the wheels afterwards. Does rely on getting the wheelsets out of the stock though...
  5. That view along the junctions looks great, a real improvement on the last incarnation. Going to look great watching rakes of coaches snake through the junction, just leave me out of rail painting duty...
  6. Yes! - I thought it was only me who used that excellent bit of 90s comedy!
  7. Looks excellent my friend, a big improvement on Christleton Mk1. Can't wait for my first chance to inspect and offer 'constructive criticism'.
  8. Very much so, thanks Dave! One of those jobs that you read about frequently but rarely see demonstrated so clearly. Thanks for sharing, Ben
  9. Trackwork looks awesome mate; just remember I'm really busy when you start ballasting. Maj.
  10. A thought occurred this morning about signals - what's the plan with those? Looks great seeing the boards down again, I expect the both of the railway inspectorate will be delighted too!
  11. Got to be worth an 'I told you so'... I have seen a route setting thing demonstrated at the Derby show, think it was a company called Megapoints using servos. Might be worth investigating before going past the point of no return with the solenoids? B
  12. Bearing in mind that the Major has a history degree as opposed to being an electrical engineer, I think the main function of his visit will be to drink said beer and use blurred vision to make the trackwork look kink-free... Reversing a 10 coach set at full speed is certainly too brave for my money, but the sppedlink wagons are the ones to be really concerned about. I reckon that as long as a train of them will traverse most of the layout you'll be looking good.
  13. The other option would be to distribute ipads to everyone following the thread... On a modeling note, is the electric stabling going to be part of the visible bit of the layout, or is it on the off-stage bit on the far side of the overall roof? Also, remember that curved shed roads will mean a curved shed
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