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  1. It’s no exaggeration to say that a cheap glue gun has changed my life

    1. Metr0Land


      Not to be sniffed at (well someone had to say it)

    2. mike morley

      mike morley

      A few years ago I was using a hot glue gun to stick something in place.  The glue began to ooze out of the joint and, without thinking, I used an unprotected fingertip to try and poke the molten glue back into place.

      Not the kind of mistake you make twice.

    3. spamcan61


      I only bought one a few years back and soon wondered how I'd managed DIY bodging without one.

  2. It’s a great idea, especially for those coming into the hobby or the younger adults. I got back into modelling in my mid 20s. At that time I was living in a two bed flat. I had space for a small N gauge layout but no work bench or place to do woodwork. It’s not just the cost of the wood - it’s all the tools and facilities. Something that needs as much assembly as an Ikea bookcase is ideal. I wish it was around when I started - there were small manufacturers of baseboard kits but they were generally bespoke with long lead in times
  3. When I was a junior doctor in Hull we organised a mess trip to Pleasure Island in Cleethorpes. Mainly an excuse for candy floss, hot dogs and beer Some of the overseas doctors were clearly thinking ‘we left our homes and families for this.....?’
  4. It was a light hearted comment about what today about my sheets of left over brick work. Not meant to be taken seriously!
  5. The few examples I can think of were all located on lines to Newquay! On the Par line Bugle and Luxulyan were island platforms - I think developed from single platforms as the traffic grew. At Bugle the access was by stairs from a road bridge. At Luxulyan it was a foot crossing, and the actual station building wasn’t on the platform! On the Chacewater line, which was built by the GWR, St Agnes had an island platform - it was originally built as a single platform but became an island when it became a passing place. As a result the canopy on the building was reversed (to road side)
  6. To me it was the mixture of some clay facilities in what appeared to be the middle of nowhere that appealed to me. So not so much the huge settings like Rocks at Goonbarrow or Burngullow but Ponts Mill, Moorswater and Wenford Bridge. The industrial trains squeezing past cottages or through dense woodland. And that's what I've tried to capture a little bit in my layouts. Even in N it requires huge compression - but so does the whole layout with curves that are far too tight, short loops and sidings. To me its about capturing the atmosphere and essence of a place. My clay works may be very under
  7. Once they’ve added platform ‘0’s then where next? When will we see the first ‘Platform -1’?
  8. Thanks. I’ll have a play. Or perhaps we can set up a barter system! I’ll swap you a load of brick courses for some arches!
  9. Is there a way of printing just segments of a page of Scalescenes without affecting the size and scaling? Being a tight Yorkshireman I’d like to save printer ink when I’ve just damaged one bit or when I need just four more brink arches! i usually print the downloads direct from my phone or iPad but I do have a MacBook I could use as well Thanks
  10. Most importantly it means that on a quiet branch that’ll never see more than one train at a time I can still justify a signal box and a semaphore or two!
  11. My old maths teacher tried to explain to us why zero wasn't a real number. I always think of that when I see a platform 0 And of course Kings Cross has a platform 9 3/4
  12. Thanks Stationmaster and everyone else. So it confirms that what looks like a signal box on a lot of GWR termini isn't really one! And more importantly I can justify a small 'box' and a signal or two on my layout that'll never see more than one engine at a time.
  13. I think its copyright, and its only the low resolution one. But its easily found on Google Images search of Wallingford Signal Box Here's the link https://www.s-r-s.org.uk/html/gwa/S174.htm
  14. Thanks everyone. I'm looking at the Wallingford branch because its a good example of the sort of line I'm interested in recreating - short feeder with no intermediate stations. The signal box diagram clearly shows a home and a starter signal, and as it was worked one engine in steam I wondered why? If only one train can be on the branch then couldn't you achieve the same with a ground frame (covered or not) and no signals It seems that almost every GWR branchline terminus had a signal box, yet many hardly (if ever) saw more than one loco at a time so I wondered why go to the expens
  15. As someone who doesn’t always get signalling this may be a daft question - but it’s something I’ve noticed about a few Great Western Branchlines. A lot of the short ones were worked on the One Engine in Steam basis. Yet they still had a signal box and signalling at the terminus. Wallingford is one example I’ve notice, but there are many others. If the branch only had one engine then why the signalling at the terminus? What was the point and would it have been cheaper to do without? Thanks
  16. Has anyone also noticed that the wheels are approx 0.42mm too close to each other?
  17. Im sure it’s the Glyncorrwyg miners train. They weren’t true autocoaches with control gear in the cab. Instead it was a window cut with a bell and a brake. All driving still being done from the engine
  18. Crying into his Prime Minister’s cup whilst quarantined on the Galápagos Islands
  19. Far to hot to think about any heavy engineering so I’ve been working on the platforms and buildings - based on Crediton. The waiting shelters were rescued from the old layout and the station was a rebuild The aim of this project has been to use up left overs and scraps wherever possible. So the platforms are a mix of half used Metcalfe kits and Scalescenes printing with Ratio concrete fencing for that Southern feel. I need to stick the canopy on before the passengers complain about the liquid Devon sunshine!
  20. I normally spray my track with Railmatch Sleeper Grime prior to ballasting. However I can’t find it anywhere locally or that can post it. Any alternatives that are a good colour closeness? Needs to be an aerosol as I don’t have an airbrush Thanks.
  21. TomJ

    Farish N - 50 years

    I got into N gauge in the mid 80s as a kid. We’d had an old OO layout in the loft but it wouldn’t fit in our new house. One wet holiday in Dorset found us visiting Pecorama. In their display they showed how layouts could fit into the house and we were instantly taken with N gauge. The rest of the rainy holiday was spent with my father doodling plans and me drooling through the Farish catalogue. When home we part exchanged all the OO stuff for Farish N, including a black 5 and a compound. If I’m honest that wasn’t Farish’s best loco - rather out of scale and could barely haul itself. The B
  22. A strange sight today at South Tawton as two HST mk3 coaches were repeatedly pulled and pushed through the station Turns out the engineers were conducting gauging trials on the new bridge. They’ve passed it (just) but banned any rail tours for fear of strange people sticking their heads out the window! The bridge was actually rescued from the old layout - both sides were removed then rebuilt in a slew fashion with lots of trial and error to fit. Still need to put the arches in Whilst they were there the team confirmed a loco + 3mk1 coaches would fit in the down p
  23. I made a dummy trap point in N gauge with some code 40 easitrack rail filed down and glued in place I also liked the bemused look of all the passengers on the platform as the loco ran round. I suspect some were worried that was their train (although is it as bad as a pacer?)
  24. The IWA wagons are much too recent - being converted to timber used in 2013. Long after freight to Lapford had ended. For the 80s you want the OTA wagons. There was an N gauge kit from Cheivers/Slimrail, not sure if it’s still available
  25. Just two platforms. The ‘down’ platform in the Barnstaple direction was an island platform on the other side of the bridge from the up platform and station buildings. It was accessible from the bridge and had a little staff hut on it - opened when trains were due. After Lapford stopped being used as a passing loop this platform was unused and derelict (and eventually disappeared) - all passenger trains using the old up platform
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