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  1. Chris has been pressing on with laying the fiddle yard tracks recently. The top two tracks are for bankers/pilot engines to assist on the helix. Following advice from others, Chris has positioned the 3-way point as a trailing rather than facing point. The track on the right hand side is for programming and testing. At the far end are the lines to the lift-out section. The two dead-ends are for auto trains and DMUs depending on the era to be played with. Due to the under-board area here being a storage cupboard, the point motors will be surface mounted.
  2. I'm about to do a similar conversion on the Dapol plastic kit, looking forward to seeing how you get on. You might find this article helpful as it shows the modifications to the windows etc. to represent the older type used on the W&U https://grasslandsmodels.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/br-class-04-diesel-tram-at-speed-day-2/
  3. Ahaaa interesting. Polulu do an adjustable one but the sizes are in cubits for some reason: https://www.pololu.com/category/132/step-up-voltage-regulators
  4. Grabbed this 12v one out of my little Bagnall 0-4-0ST to take a pic. Weirdly the 12v ones seem to come in smaller sizes than the 8v or 6v ones. I’ve wired this with two UM plugs so it’s easily removed. Note you can NOT charge the battery with this in the circuit! The charging circuit needs to be kept separate.
  5. Yes, pretty much everything will work. If you want to use higher voltages, you will probably want to use an Rx6x receiver rather than an Rx4x.
  6. Hello, I am trying to trace the photographer and/or owner of the attached photos from Littleton Colliery, one is labelled 1967. If anyone recognises them or can tell me who can, I would be very grateful. All I know is they were sold on eBay at some point, though I have no record of the listing.
  7. A variety of makes, some Polulu, some from Micron but can't remember the name. Not really had much joy in finding the right balance yet in the small shunting locos so usually leave it out. The ones I've had so far have positive in, positive out, and single negative wire.
  8. Tom - I was wondering about this today and thought, if you have the workshop doors open, could you have the option of a clip-on short extension stick at the right hand side to give you enough room for a loco and two wagons in the headshunt? It could help you a lot operationally?
  9. Ahh there we go then. I admit the only reason I did it was because the black wire was closer
  10. I heard doing it with the positive wire in the switch is illegal. (kidding, I don't think it makes any difference, no power will flow without a full circuit no matter where it is broken, right?)
  11. I know that quite a few people have tried this with good results, but it's not something I would personally ever do, because I feel that RC needs to be competitive and at least offer more than DC, and having a battery wagon adds a large negative score against it, if you get my meaning? As in, RC needs to be able to do everything DC does, but better. It is more challenging to fit the gubbins into smaller locos, but those are the ones that need RC the most in my experience, and adding a wagon makes them 'no longer a small loco'.
  12. By all means do, if you want the photoshop file I can send it to you.
  13. Great news! The fundraising is already over half way towards the £10,000 goal. If you can spare a few bob, please do chuck it in the pot before the 10th and the your donation will be doubled.
  14. Hi PenrithBeacon I was giving this some thought and attempted to draw my usual wiring diagram as simply as I could in case you find it useful - I don't yet understand most electronic/wiring symbols so have just done it with text boxes. (disclaimer - this is just the one I have found that works for me, other people may have had more success with a different approach). To simplify, you can remove the voltage step-up, especially on shunting locos as it's not really needed. I hope this illustrates how when the loco is 'off' it can be charged, and switching it 'on' disconnects the charging port. Note also the voltage step-up goes before the receiver. On the SPDT switch , the input from the battery goes to the centre wire, and the two outputs are on the outer two, so the centre remains constant and the outers get disengaged when not selected.
  15. Here's some cruel close-ups revealing how much of my E2 I need to repaint, but also the switch and charging socket installation. I darkened the charging socket with a felt tip pen. The switch is further forward, usually I switch on/off with a thinglonger like some tweezers or a screwdriver They are all fixed in with Araldite.
  16. Hey everyone, great news! The Big Give Christmas Challenge is here! 

From now until the 10th December all donations towards our 'Littleton No. 5' restoration appeal will be DOUBLED until we reach our £10k target. 

That’s enough to send this unique and historic locomotive to the world-renowned Flour Mill and the start of its restoration to working order. 

Follow the link to make your donation – every little counts! LINK HERE https://bit.ly/35Lp6Jr
  17. Not strictly appropriate as this was 1981, but it's a good story anyway. Peckett 0-6-0ST Henbury came out of retirement in 1981 to haul coal trains from Ashton Meadows to Whapping Wharf while the Western Fuel Co.'s Hudswell Clarke diesel was under repair. Thanks to Paul and John Stanford for this photo (please do not reproduce elsewhere) I did a blog post about this event, including film shot by Bob Edwardes, here: https://bristolharbourrailway.co.uk/2014/11/27/tbt-henbury-makes-history-coal-trains-in-1981/
  18. Finally sorted out the chimney, by using a resin copy of a Caley Coaches one, that was then cut down a little in height. It's at last the same height as the top of the dome, the discrepancy was really bothering me.
  19. A little job done but one that seemingly has taken me ages to get around to, fitting name and number plates to No.700 'Erin', as well as some proper coal. This loco is definitely too clean.
  20. I posted this on the other thread as well, but can't hurt to have it again! RS8 recently ran under its own power once more, hats off to the team for the restoration.
  21. RS8 recently ran under its own power once more, hats off to the team for the restoration.
  22. Another shot of the AB steam loco converted to diesel hydraulic. Still retains cylinders, smokebox and longer crankpins on rear axle.
  23. Nic Goodrich did this photoshop of a Bagnall built for the London Underground - I think it suits it! (posted on the British What-If & Never-Were Locomotives FB group)
  24. Gordon's caption says: If you thought the Arthur Koppel fireless at this works was unusual, this locomotive probably beats it. '3' was a former Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST (works No.2167 of 1946) rebuilt as an 0-4-0DH by W.R. Cunis at Empire Paper Mill, Greenhithe. Seen on the quayside alongside the River Thames on 21st April 1971.
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