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  1. Today's Crossrail press release: "Elizabeth line services through central London expected to commence in summer 2021" http://www.crossrail.co.uk/news/articles/elizabeth-line-services-through-central-london-expected-to-commence-in-summer-2021#
  2. Never thought I'd see that on a model rail forum
  3. Thanks Ron, I think I've lost the plot a bit lately - but have no connection with the media!!
  4. Digging a bit deeper (!) into the Crossrail release last Friday 8 November, it now seems only Abbey Wood services will run into the central section initially: Hardly the much-heralded easy cross-London transit previously advertised. And which will leave both LST and PAD waiting for platform optimisation works a while longer. Sigh...
  5. Thanks for the comments. Looks like I can get away with a couple on the layout then - main era is 1990±4. Might need to hide them to run my late steam period though!
  6. At some point, oil lamps on buffer stops must have given way to electric, eventually moving to the bright LED types we see today. Anyone know approximately when this happened?
  7. Another brilliant show, it just improves every year - well done chaps! Took a few pics but they're rather poor compared with what's already on the website. There was far too much to see in my 4½ hour visit, so I probably missed a few. My highlights were: the tiny working TVs in the electrical shop and many other novel details on Old Elm Road stunning Brighton East (at last I get to see it - thanks Kipford, hope your gremlins left when I did!) small but great Crossley Scrap technically intriguing and strangely compelling The End of the Line and the simple but very effective (brrr!) Tops Tor. I would've liked to have properly viewed Loftus Road, but the combination of dim lighting and crowds made it difficult - maybe another time/place? And Bewdley was very impressive, with a good period 'feel'. But very sad to hear - belatedly, must be living under a rock - that the prolific artist Alan Ward died last January, such a kind man. RIP Alan.
  8. Photos from inside Paddington’s Crossrail station: https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2019/10/22/photos-from-inside-paddingtons-crossrail-station/
  9. Only slightly OT, but in case you haven't seen it, BBC Southwest recently did a piece on the WSR - start at 11m 5s. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0009fhf/inside-out-south-west-14102019 - available until 12 November 2019.
  10. Engineman course in the driving rain...
  11. The double-track main line has now been properly trimmed and laid. Cutting and re-spacing sleepers is very time consuming! I decided that the concrete sleepers on this section would benefit from being opened out to 8mm centre-centre. After gluing and adjusting - 5mm coffee stirrers are perfect - the track does look better, even though it's all a compromise in 00. The station area will be bullhead, so no chopping and spacing will be needed there. The other time-consuming element was aligning track at board joins. Because the boards are supported on shelf brackets, and the need to remove the elevated section for occasional cupboard access, getting the horizontal and vertical alignment spot-on was, er, challenging! So then on to the crossover at the station throat. Even with the cut-and-solder mods for DCC, pointwork was fairly straightforward to lay - despite my continued tendency to prune rail lengths just slightly short. But it looks reasonable and hopefully will look much better when painted and ballasted. Before going much further, a check was made for clearances on the curve: This is worst case, assuming I've not overlooked any longer rolling stock. Not too bad is it? Now to lay track in the station area... and then under-board wiring... and point servos... and... eventually see trains run!
  12. How large? You may need one or more DCC terminator/snubber circuits for proper operation. Although the NCE symptoms list doesn't match your experience. Just a thought for the pot.
  13. Always a problem for me - roughly November to March on the eastern ends of the Central Line could be quite distressing on a sunny morning. Maybe that's why all those rows of newspapers go up? Indeed. So why wasn't XR built to tube standards with say 12-car trains? Apologies if this was already covered up-thread - surely it would have saved on costs (plenty of precedent, Bakerloo & Central lines)? And perhaps thus avoided the temptation to extend as far as Reading. But at least lucky Freedom Pass holders will get a bargain trip in the Thames Valley if they can put up with discomforts en route...
  14. So there's the summer been and gone... wasn't it a good one (in the West Country anyway)? Now the evenings are drawing in, thoughts have returned to the loft layout. Track has been acquired, and some progress made in laying it. Each board has to be laid and wired separately in case it has to be removed some time in future. The dropped board is easily (!) removable to access an under-eaves cupboard. The fiddle yard area is a bit of a squeeze to get to (see photos) so hunched-up working means limited spells at that end. The five tracks were straightforward, but the removable join was, er, rather tricky to work on. But that end board is wired now, so things should get a little easier to access. The board joiner strips are made from pieces of copper-clad board, intended for printed circuits - the technique is described in many RMweb posts. It's a very fiddly job, as each piece of rail has to clipped in place while it's soldered - I used a couple of small letter/bulldog clips. So far, wagons run pretty well across the joints, but we'll see what happens as the temperature and humidity changes...! Here's a pic looking in the other direction. The dropped board will have a bridge under the main line and a head-shunt, both providing some scenic interest. There will also be a tunnel mouth as scenic break just beyond the coal wagon, so that the points to the fiddle yard are all 'behind scenes' yet accessible. Only six inches or so of height for a back-scene though! Next steps are to finish track laying and wire up the other three boards so that testing can start. At the current rate of progress, that'll be slower than Crossrail !
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