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  1. my research revealed that coal for the gasworks was brought into the back siding then loaded onto road vehicles to be transported back down the line (by road) to the gasworks. Labour was cheap in those days! Shame they decided to do it like that, I would have liked a gasworks siding to shunt on my model of Moretonhampstead.
  2. Ingenious wiring Ian, solved a long-standing problem for me- thanks!
  3. Ambis Engineering produce some very nice corrugated sheet in 2, 4 and 7mm scales and it's available direct or from Hobby Holidays. It's only slightly thicker than aluminium kitchen foil though, so it's quite vulnerable where it overhangs eaves and gutters. I had a chat with the chap at Severn Models, whose etched huts feature a really nice representation, with a view to persuading him to produce some sheets. He felt the cost might put most people off, but having wasted quite a bit of the Ambis product I for one would think it a worthwhile investment. He said I wasn't the only one to suggest it so perhaps if enough of us ask......
  4. Thanks for your reply Chris. One other thing- the 3D printed radial truck that is mentioned on the drawings, is that available? Perhaps you would be kind enough to post a link. Is the alternative to using it just to build the chassis as a 0-6-2?
  5. Hi Chris. I'm about to embark on a 61xx chassis and was wondering which wheels you had in mind when you designed it. 5'8" drivers come between two Association sizes so am I better going under at 11mm or slightly over at 11.5 mm? I'm guessing that 6mm pony and 6.5mm trailing wheels with the former or 6.5mm and 7mm with the latter would be consistent? Many thanks Pete
  6. Nice to see you back online John. Best wishes, Peter
  7. I'm very interested in this, my Hymek is about to get it's third chassis….
  8. Very effective layout May I ask, is this office building made from a kit?
  9. That looks good Julia.It is possible to get these little engines to run well but the weight has to be in the right place as Rich rightly says. My boiler is full of lead (skirts removed as yours) and I have plenty in the tanks over where the worm sits. As much is possible is needed to counterbalance the motor and put the weight over the driving wheels. There is a bit of room between the frames in front of the front drivers, but one of the nice things about cutting those plastic skirts away is the nice view under the boiler of the unfettered frames and wheels and the track below. Stuart Bailey has done a couple with the boiler removed completely and a new one turned out of (I think) tungsten. Whatever it is it weighs a ton. I have thought about a turned metal chimney and dome to add a bit more weight but mines runs quite well (I've proudly shown you the video!) and will only ever be asked to pull an autocoach. But who am I to give you advice? Such impertinence! Pete
  10. Nice talking to you on Saturday, as ever. And thanks for posting that picture of the siphon underframe- I can make sense of my etch now! Best Peter
  11. nightmail

    St Albans 2014

    I had a very pleasant time watching an entire sequence at St Ruth during which everything worked perfectly. I found the screens describing the moves really helped turn it into a piece of theatre and made for a very convincing experience. I'm really interested in how you get on with the Dapol Western Jerry, so please keep us all posted. In the meantime I'd love to know how you guys made the Farish Westerns look so nice. Is it covered elsewhere? Best regards to all of you. Peter
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    Lowmek

    Hello Andy, Jerry. The Hymek looks much better lowered, I must pluck up the courage to do mine, particularly as it has a wonky buffer beam. One question though to both of you: did you replace the wheels on your Hymeks or did you get them turned down? Is it easy to remove/replace them? OK that's two questions. Best Peter
  13. Stuart, forgive me if you've covered this already but may I ask how you converted your class 14, your Warship and the 2-6-4 tank loco?. Do they have turned down wheels?
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    Made in Italy

    You probably have seen a Fava bean Andy, it's another name for a broad bean. RMWeb, all human knowledge is here...
  15. nightmail

    50% More Sleep...

    Which Haff pen(s) did you go for Andy? what line width do you generally aim for?
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