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Hi Dave

Its about 1 in 32 but on a 3ft 6in radius curve. My other grades are either straight, or if curved, a wider radius.

Problematic locos are the Kernow Beattie well tank (100gms) and the Dapol LSWR B4 0-4-0T (also about 100gms).

The Bachmann/Rails P Class 0-6-0T can cope with about 7 wagons and a brake but I wanted to add a bit more 'grunt' to these as well.

I haven't yet started tackling my 0-4-4T fleet but since these will be passenger engines its okay if they can't cope with a freight.

I am getting there, its just a bit frustrating finding the right combination of small enough and powerful enough magnets that fit under each loco. The well tank works now with 4 off 12mm x 7mm x 1mm thick rectangular magnets. The B4s with 4 off 8mm x 2mm x 2mm put together in pairs.

I am also going a bit above what will be the normal maximum load since I am using wagons carrying some Bachmann resin sheeted loads which are very heavy. The idea being that if the loco can pull the test train up the grade then it will more than cope with any service train.

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At Tolworth was the gorgeous Rolvenden in P4. It's set in summer 1924 but since things hardly changed around this neck of the woods I think we can still say its a scene unchanged from pre-grouping. The model included the most amazing automatic turntable fiddle yard at one end with a cassette system fiddle yard at the other meaning that the models are never handled at all. Screw and 3-link couplings and superb slow running.

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19 hours ago, Martin S-C said:

I was at the Tolworth show at the weekend organised by the Hampton Court MRS. There were several pre-grouping layouts. Lee-on-the-Solent (LSWR) in P4 is a veteran having first being built in 1981 but updated numerous times since. This layout has a wonderful sense of space and calm with large areas of open farmland uncluttered by busy cameos.

I'll add photos of other layouts tomorrow when the site limits permit.

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I was looking at that layout and realized that it won't be long until it has been around for longer than the real thing was...

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Tillmanstone was quite a modern colliery,  cWW1, though, so whether it fits your era, Martin, I’m not sure.

 

the northern wagons might be the result of pooling, although Kent coal had some special attributes that caused it to be exported to the north midlands right until the 1980s - I think it might have been very good for coking.

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On 12/11/2019 at 12:07, Martin S-C said:

At Tolworth was the gorgeous Rolvenden in P4. It's set in summer 1924 but since things hardly changed around this neck of the woods I think we can still say its a scene unchanged from pre-grouping. The model included the most amazing automatic turntable fiddle yard at one end with a cassette system fiddle yard at the other meaning that the models are never handled at all. Screw and 3-link couplings and superb slow running.

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Good to see an Ilfracombe Goods and an ex-GE ex-Brake Third, both of which will appear in West Norfolk (eventually!)

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Tilmanstone does have a rather modern looking structure for the washery and screens. My preference is for a timber structure, avoiding 'modern' materials such as corrugated tin and concrete or steel. I'm slowly coming to the realisation that the Forest collieries were fairly provincial. Much of the output went to local household and industrial use and almost all the rest down to Lydney Docks where I understand it went to ports on the Bristol Channel, South Cornwall/Devon and to foreign climes.

Mind you, photos of pre WWII collieries are always good to see and endlessly fascinating.

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4 hours ago, Martin S-C said:

Tilmanstone does have a rather modern looking structure for the washery and screens. My preference is for a timber structure, avoiding 'modern' materials such as corrugated tin and concrete or steel. I'm slowly coming to the realisation that the Forest collieries were fairly provincial. Much of the output went to local household and industrial use and almost all the rest down to Lydney Docks where I understand it went to ports on the Bristol Channel, South Cornwall/Devon and to foreign climes.

Mind you, photos of pre WWII collieries are always good to see and endlessly fascinating.

Parkend Colliery wagons could be seen all over the place. Certainly on the GW main lines up to Acton Yard. 

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On 12/11/2019 at 12:07, Martin S-C said:

At Tolworth was the gorgeous Rolvenden in P4.

 

Robin who built and owns it, is working on his next layout, Wantage. It is to the same high standard and already looking good. I have played a minor part in the locomotive department and needless to say that is where any errors will lie :D

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I had a chat with Robin at the show and he mentioned Wantage - another favourite light railway of mine. I'm looking forward to seeing it but if the gestation period for Rolvenden is anything to go by it'll be quite a wait.

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1 hour ago, RedGemAlchemist said:

Oof. Yeah, keep forgetting you're in Australia. 

Actually, she's in New Zealand.  A similar mistake to calling up here 'English'!  :jester:

 

Jim

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45 minutes ago, Caley Jim said:

Actually, she's in New Zealand.  A similar mistake to calling up here 'English'!  :jester:

But being a New Zealander, she will treat it more as an error than a major insult.

Try it the other way round, though...

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12 minutes ago, Regularity said:

But being a New Zealander, she will treat it more as an error than a major insult.

Try it the other way round, though...

In fairness though she at least has plenty of inspiration for modelling England seeing as seemingly every movie studio films England in New Zealand for some reason, presumably something cost related. 

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