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    Where I can watch the Red Arrows practice.
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    Very broad interests but perhaps focused more on BR Midland - Derbyshire, Notts and Lincs areas in late 50s/60s - Wirksworth, Buxton, Cromford & High Peak in particular - Also GC Main Line around Nottingham + any Industrial railways (NG and Standard). Old enough to remember C&HP in working order, Trent Junction Station, Derby Works in full flow, Windcutters at Nottm Victoria, prototype Deltic at Grantham and a few other things I miss.A believer in modelling to capture the feeling/atmosphere of the time/prototype even if some details are not correct and of the right to run what I like.

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  1. It's decrepit. It's derelict. There are a lot of other closed stations on this thread.
  2. Justin. Have received my Wolf transfers to suit the J94 from Modelmasters. They look good to me and seem to be the size required. Next thing is to remove the old Hornby ones. Involved in some remodelling of the layout at the moment but hope to do in the next few days. Don
  3. Thank you for asking that question but I wouldn't want anybody doing it "just to see". It was just a case of wondering if anyone has already tried it (and been successful!). I may have a look myself though because that darn "cogging" on the DJM is driving me mad!
  4. It is good that the EFE J94 seems to have overcome the DJM "cogging" problem. My problem is that my DJM one suffers from this problem and, as I have a "Hopton" incline on the layout it has a visible problem when descending with a train and I don't like that. I am happy with the body of the DJM and it models a particular J94 that I would like to keep (68012) . I initially considered buying one of the new EFE J94s to use the chassis under this body but it is too high priced for me just to do that with it. I have two Hornby J94s and I am happy with the way they run and they can be pic
  5. I corresponded briefly with you the other day on another platform about decals for re-numbering the J94. You mentioned that you had ordered some on Ebay. I just wondered if you have received them yet and whether they look correct? I have ordered similar but am still waiting for delivery. You have really captured the feel of Derbyshire with your work above and it's helping to get me back to working on my layout and models which have been pretty much dormant over the last few months. Thanks. I have always been interested in any railways but the lines and the countryside of the Peak
  6. GPS satellites are not geostationary. The constellation of 24 satellites constantly move in orbit around the earth - all with different orbits so that there will always be a number in view at any time. There are also two types of signal transmitted, one of which is used by the military and one, slightly less accurate and more susceptible to jamming, for public use. As you would expect the military grade signal is not available for public use but it is the prime reason for the satellites being there. Accuracy of position is determined by triangulation based on measuring the time taken for the s
  7. I would very much appreciate some guidance please to find some suitable transfers for my C&HP J94s. I am in the process of detailing my 3 J94s (so far). I have one DJM model 68012 and two Hornby ones, one of which is 68006. I will be doing a complete renumbering of the third one to 68013. (The Hornby ones have had the high bunkers cut down and the buffers corrected since the picture was taken and before anyone mentions it!) From study of photographs (and my own very distant memory) the size of the numbers on the tank side are correct on the DJM model but too small on the Hornby v
  8. I have just got my encoder from RS and have successfully removed the old one from the board using braid to take most of the solder off and then laying the iron briefly along the line of pins while gently prising the old encoder from the top. Only took a couple of minutes. I then used a suction desoldering tool to clear the solder from the through holes afterwards. The Thumbwheel just pulled easily off the old encoder shaft although not a loose fit. I note that the shaft of the old encoder is not round and has a substantial filed flat edge on it which fits into a "D" hole in the thu
  9. I was going through lots of old catalogues and leaflets today (Why do we keep so much old stuff around?) and found this. I thought it might stir the memories of some perhaps. Was it better than the Zero 1? Anybody out there who has one in use?
  10. A few miles from here there are (or were) bridge warning markers that are a few miles from the bridge they are warning of on an "A" road. A gantry stands over the road with some hanging markers dangling from it. Presumably high enough (bridge clearance height) so no risk to windscreens but low enough to "clatter" on the bodywork of an over height vehicle. I have no idea how effective that would be or is in practice. I suspect that the type of driver who "doesn't see" a warning sign probably wouldn't hear such a warning anyway. I don't know what the dangling bits are made of - presumably they
  11. We used to get some real "pea soupers" in the Nottingham area in the 60s. I can remember driving by following the white centre lines on the road and hoping that there was nothing actually in front! (Young and stupid!). I have driven tens of thousands of miles around the UK since then but not come across anything so bad since. I was told at school in those days that Nottingham was actually the foggiest area in the country (by a Met Office technical definition and based on the most foggy days rather than density). Not sure if that was correct or not.
  12. Thanks. That would explain them. I look forward to hearing more about that part of the work in time.
  13. This one was slow and noisy before this, although bearable.
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