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    Most things GWR, but specifically the ex Rhymney lines and Welsh valleys in general.

    Also interested in Colonel Stephens type light railways.
  1. dna

    Wagon propulsion

    Hi Mikkel, A bit behid the times on my reply here - I've been away from RMweb for a bit and am just catching up with your posts. As I read through the comments here an idea formed so thought I'd suggest it. I'm glad you chose the gravity shunt option as this would be my preferred method too and I feel will look far more realistic, certainly in terms of the wagon initially moving off. So here is my idea to implement it: keep the permanent magnet mounted underneath the wagon. At the top of the headshunt install an electromagnet which you can switch on/off. This can be used to hold the wa
  2. Hi all, I'm planning to build a small MPD layout to encourage myself to finish building the various locos that I have on my to do list. Just somewhere that they can potter about on with the odd wagon or brake van. I also have plenty of unfinished brake vans and loco coal wagons too! I'm really thinking something like Ian Futers 'Cold Harbour Lane'. I'm posting my current thoughts up here for advice/criticism and to see if anyone has any improvemnts! My main area of interest is 1920's Great Western in the South Wales valleys, particularly ex Rhymney lines so most of my stock is this p
  3. Crikey indeed. I reckon this from Bangkok is worse though!
  4. Hi Simon, good to see that you seem to have found a solution. Will you be posting pics of the build on here? I, for one, would be keen to keep up with your progress. I have future plans to convert a couple of Wills U1 kits; one into a GWR rebuild of the Taff O4 and the other into the Cardiff Railway's 27 class. Cheers, Nick
  5. Thanks for the kind comments and suggestions everyone. I think I'm gradually becoming more sold on the Highgate scheme so I think that is probably what I'll go for. I think it'll be more challenging than Rhymney; there is definitely plenty more to do, but I think that the relevant info will be easier to come by and it will be a lot easier for me to visit the site. Even just trawling the web today has produced a weath of photos from different eras which are already helping me figure out how things lined up between levels. My latest thoughts are as follows: The structure of the whole
  6. Right, it's definitely past my bed time, but I got into one of those moods where you just can't stop. I've made a (very) rough card mock up of the Highgate plan. They aren't the best picture you'll ever see, photography is not my strong point and the light is rubbish at the moment. Oh, and I don't have an N2 so I used a GWR 56xx which I had to hand, at least it's an 0-6-2. Here they are: Overall view of the diorama (can I call it that yet?). View of LNER station. View of LT ticket hall. Forgive me the manky cardboard box, it was the right size. White paper tube is th
  7. Cup of tea consumed. Here is a pic of what I'm currently thinking: Sorry for the dodgy sketch. I plan to fit in the two sections in dotted boxes, but would slide the tube platforms underneath the ticket hall with some sort of obvious scenic break (an underground scenic break!) to seperate the two levels. No pretence of this being the real layout, but just to fit in the most interesting bits into the space available. I also realised that I had the stairs up to the LNER platforms the wrong way in my original sketch on here, at least according to the publicity poster reproduced in "T
  8. Don't get me started about a full model of Highgate, I've had that going round my head for a couple of years now. Or what about a model with Highgate and East Finchley, then you can have two trains departing together from different levels and arriving at the same time in East Finchley on the same level - brilliant! I think the approach from Highgate to E. Finchley, coming out of the tunnels on different levels and then crossing the road bridge has huge modelling potential. I also thought about a model of the entire Ally Pally branch. It seems to tick all the boxes of things that us modellers t
  9. Looks like a good idea for a diorama - even if it is in competition with my Highgate suggestion! Not a bad thing though, you can't beat a bit of competition to bring out the best results. If you go ahead I'll be interested to see how it pans out and it will certainly spur me on. Also, seeing the arches reminded me (a bit) of Putney Bridge station. I love the view up at the bridge over Ranleigh Gardens, seeing the train you have just got off flashing out of the station and behind the next building, what ever it is. I think though I've got enough ideas for the challenge layout as it is.
  10. Cheers Dave, thanks for the encouragement. I knocked around a few ideas yesterday and made a quick mock up of the Rhymney shed plan. I made a very quick card model of the shed, roughly scaled from pictures and used an old card signal box model that I've had for years. I think this is slightly too small but it gives a good idea of the overall scene. I tried it all in two orientations; firstly as I said above at an oblique angle (which turned out to be ~15 degrees to the shed) and secondly with the shed aligned to the edge of the baseboard. See following photos (if I upload them properly...)
  11. Hi all, I'm currently toying with two quite different ideas for the 2011 challenge and thought I'd put them both up here to see what people think. Both would be 4mm and 00 and non working. The first idea I had is a model of Rhymney engine shed circa 1937. My main railway interest lies with the GWR but in particular the ex Rhymney Railway and other absorbed valleys lines. Rhymney shed has been a favourite of mine ever since I saw the photo of it in Mountford's Historical Survey of Great Western Engine Sheds 1947, with three 0-6-2Ts lined up bunker first across the entrance with the road
  12. Hi all, As the thread title says, I'm wondering about the colour of Great Western loco lettering. My period is 1926 so I'm thinking particularly "GREAT WESTERN" as opposed to "GWR" but am interested in both. The reason for the question is because I was browsing the Fox Tranfers website and they sell various versions of lettering. There are six types they make: "GREAT WESTERN" yellow/red (black engines) "GREAT WESTERN" gold/red (green engines) "GWR" yellow/red (green engines) "GWR" yellow/red (black engines) "GWR" gold/red (greenengines) "GWR" gold/red (black engines) Looki
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