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  1. As a question to those at Hattons: Regarding the lighted versions of these carriages: Will they have a smoothing capacitor/"stay alive" built in? It would be lovely on analogue control to be able to stop a train in a station without the lights going out!
  2. For the LBSC carriage books, I can highly recommend the LBSCR Carriages book series by Ian White et al.. I have the first two in the series which deal with 4- and 6-wheel carriages in the first book, and vans and NPCCS (horseboxes, carriage trucks etc) in the second. I don't have the third (bogie stock) or fourth (not yet released) as they're not relevant to what I'm modelling, but the first two are excellent.
  3. Thanks! The cattle wagon is a D1508 Medium cattle wagon - something you don't see outside of the pre-grouping period, as most railways moved over to large cattle wagons with a movable divider to subdivide them into small, medium and large (the idea being that a farmer would only pay for a small wagon if they only needed to move a few cattle, vs a large if they needed to move many). There are/have been kits for various LSWR large cattle wagons, but I wasn't aware of one for the Medium, so I decided to have a go at drawing it up. I got a lot of my drawings of pre-grouping wagons from t
  4. Thank you! The NEM pockets work fine - on short wheelbase models like wagons they can be mounted rigidly for couplings like tension locks, although if you're using something that forms a rigid bar, like Hunt couplings, you might be better printing the triangular sockets to allow your normal NEM pockets to swing sideways.
  5. I say, those are rather tasty! It's nice to see more 3d printed pre-grouping Southern stock. @TurboSnail of this parish has done some very nice SECR wagons and an LBSC Open A, and I've drawn up a few LSWR ones too, both for the Photon: I've gone for printing NEM pockets on my wagons, using the dimensions found here: http://www.doubleogauge.com/standards/couplings.htm and they seem to work well for me, although I make the coupling slot a little bigger (by about 0.2mm in height and width) to compensate for light bleed in the Photon.
  6. Subsidised? No grant for me, all loans (which barely covered rent - I worked out at one point that my loan paid my rent and left me £35 a year for food and beer!), and with tuition fees of over £9,000 p.a., doesn't sound very subsidised to me! That being said, I got by with only a part time job, probably helped by the fact I have the alcohol tolerance of a small pigeon with a liver problem, so drinking was never very expensive...
  7. A question for those more aware of Midland wagons than myself (this seemed the place to ask!). I'd like to model a D302 wagon as there's one at the local preserved railway (Bo'ness & Kinneil, in the SRPS museum). However, I'd like to have a crack at doing it in 7mm, and that means that, in order to run on my club's 7mm layout, I'd need to model it in BR condition. Unfortunately, my Essery only has one photo of a D302 in BR condition., and that's in "unpainted wood". Does anyone know (or, better, have photographic evidence!) of these wagons in BR unfitted grey, or know how long they l
  8. Not so - the orientation of the magnet matters! One pole of a magnet waved at the reed switch will "set" it to closed, the other pole will "reset" it to open.
  9. Hmmmm, a latching reed switch under the roof... now there's a thought! I'd probably still keep the toggle switch under the floor as a fail-safe off-switch, but a magnet over the down line to turn the lights on as the train enters the layout, and another over the up line to turn them off as it departs... tempting!
  10. This particular rake wasn't close-coupled, just a fixed combination of carriages that operated together. Perhaps a better phrase would be "set train"? Weddell refers to it as a block train though...
  11. Quite the opposite of the location on the A83, called Rest and be Thankful!
  12. Well, I have lighting now, in the form of a single 120W equivalent LED bulb, plus another in a floor-standing lamp. Not as bright as originally, but much better. I had a long weekend, as I was off work on Friday (the joys of not having a full-time contract) and got a bit of an urge to dive back into some CAD work, so I continued work on my LSWR 4-carriage block train. Friday was spent drawing up an underframe to go with the already-completed bodywork of the 6-wheel full-third, before going for a nice amble to the hacklab and cutting out a prototype kit. This got taken home, an
  13. It does seem quite a long way to ship night soil/manure, especially with London being in the middle; must be high quality product from Castle Aching! ...I leave the modelling of the wagon load to @Edwardian - please, no DCC smell!
  14. Glad you approve! Should you wish to replicate it, I'd be happy to provide transfers from my sheet, or even if you wanted, to do a swap for a WN van! There are other stations on the sheet of destinations, including Kelsby, Oak Hill, Blackstone, Tidmouth, as well as more local destinations to Linton. The real question is what traffic is travelling between the two destinations? Linton's two main industries thus far are beer (E & M Walker do a rather nice range of ales) and bricks, plus military traffic for Bisley, and a chemical works outside of town.
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