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  1. D1059’s backscene was better, you have a couple of overscale trees......
  2. Very nice. I imagine some cabs can be a bit more “weathered” and “authentic” than others, just like any shared workspace. Attention to detail in any project always makes me happy, that loco is about 10x the size of the largest thing I have rebuilt and painted. Good to see that repaint went well beyond a quick external tart up. Tidy trains are good for the public image of the railways and it’s good to see some freight operators really making an effort with their locomotives, even if they can’t usually control how grimy. the stock they pull is. From a modelling perspective the contrast between more careworn wagons and shiny locos is interesting. Obviously a few older, scruffy and characterful locos are fun to see too, your photos always provide a good range of both. Looking forward to seeing the results from the new camera.
  3. Looks like Hornby have made the finish a little glossy on the above release, surely they don’t look that clean in “real?” On the plus side the trees against the back scene look very good. All silliness aside the team in the works paint shop did a cracking job on that, almost a shame to get it grubby with work. Was the cab as shiny inside?
  4. Why not just run on DC if you never intend to run more than one or two loco’s? You can wire points and use a bus type set up to be DCC compatible later and just include a couple of isolating sections if you want to park a second loco or have more than one controller. If you later want sound and DCC all you would need to do is turn the sections on. Some very old stuff with cast chassis blocks and no isolation can be more difficult, but there are plenty of newer examples on eBay if you want a small engine which will take a chip more easily. The Dapol pannier is just a plug in. Some second hand ones may already be chipped, saving a chore. As Nigel has pointed out there are very few locos in N you can’t fit a decoder to, it just requires more creativity in where they go and more eye straining to solder them in. You can get sound and a chip in an 04 shunter so using a wired decoder as opposed to a plug in one should be fine in 009. Be aware that white metal bodies will need extra care as the decoder can short itself to death on anything conductive!
  5. Materials wise you would just need the correct thickness of clear acrylic sheet. Make a template and keep producing them. The other option is to make the drawings yourself in a free CAD program (lots of suggestions in laser cutting forum I imagine) then get a hack space or RM web laser cutter or silhouette cutter to make you a bulk batch. It’s a trade off, cheap will cost you time to do, or you buy from someone who has done all the hard work already. Depends on how much you value your time.
  6. I never knew Hellifield had such a spectacular canopy and wealth of railway infrastructure. Somebody needs to get the strimmer and weed wand out on that platform and the bay looks like it’s more planter than platform. Is anyone using the building at the moment? I know steam services have used it before.
  7. For people unaware of local geography Newton Abbott is some distance from Buckfastleigh, a stroll between the two would take several hours.
  8. You cannot easily use capacitors in that way on DC, since in one direction the output will be the wrong polarity. You can get around that but because the voltage into the loco varies on DC you will have to run at high speeds to charge the capacitor to a level where it will make any difference to a disruption of the track feed. Perhaps radio control with a battery in the loco might be a better solution in this case?
  9. I would avoid cheap track too, in my experience it causes more trouble than the money saving was worth. I would rather build sections more slowly using better components, either new or good second hand, than fast and using bargain basement track. You will get much more reliable running that way, which is more time spent playing trains, less time cursing poor track, which to me is the aim of the game, running trains! None of the areas need to be scenic to begin with, as long as the track has a decent base and is well laid you can come back to scenery at any time, that way you focus spending on getting moving models, with one skill set at a time to (re)learn as opposed to trying to do all of it at the same time.
  10. AA was used to protect supply dumps, not always successfully, from air attack. Destroying facilities beyond the reach of artillery was a prime objective of both air forces, especially in 1917 when the British and Canadian narrow gauge lines were at their height. Most depots were kept large, to minimise transshipment. The other option would be a forward dressing station, or maybe a rest area. The Germans managed to bomb several major yards, including sidings full of ammunition, many of which were well behind the front line. One raid in 1916 hit Audruicq, a major RE base near St Omer. I have a dual lighting rig planned, with the Kerr Stuart and a Simplex doing afternoon turns, then lighting shifting to evening when the steam engines were starting to set up their supply drops after sunset, with a “moon” type lighting for the steam trains to run under. My main aim right now is to get the track layout right, so it’s as close to operationally correct as I can get it, then I can alter details of the back drop. I think the levels will work with the river at the lowest point, rising to the embankment.
  11. The fiddle yard will do that, I can’t fit three points in the scenic length and have 2nd radius curves, or the board join ends up on the curve. Sidings tended to be simple spurs on all the pictures and plans I have seen. Not seen how they laid out loops or wether they just put one train away in a simple siding then let the other pass.
  12. That has prompted me to fill the empty space, thank you. I have decided on some British “Archie” in the form of an AA detachment, protecting the road and the railways from enemy aircraft. That will give me some options for vehicles, including the AA truck, and a few bigger QF guns, plus ancillary kit and servicemen. Anyone got an answer to the sidings conundrum?
  13. What happened was the preservationists negotiated to buy the Kingsbridge line, but the ministry in London had already signed a scrap contract for the infrastructure which they wouldn’t go back on, thus preserving it failed and the people involved in the Kingsbridges scheme transferred their money and efforts to the SDR. One died, the other survived. The SDR used Totnes BR station for a time until BR changed the rules or the layout (can’t remember which) and the SDR had to develop Riverside and the bridge to Totnes entirely at their expense. The two books on the Kingsbridge line are well worth reading, lots of interesting stuff in both, plus many photos of the branch.
  14. TTS is DCC enabled sound, just like any other sound fitted loco, it is primarily designed to run with DCC, although the motor and limited sound functions may work with DC. HOWEVER Hornby TCC sound does not have any sounds on DC, only DCC. It will move on DC A quick search of this very forum turns up this identical question, answered. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/112985-tts-sound/
  15. I am guessing it hadn’t gone before the minister.
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