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  1. Tony, This is my Jamieson V2. The body came off ebay half built and with no chassis. The Comet chassis was a separate ebay purchase which came barely working with a Bachmann body. I painted it myself and chose 60800 on Headstock’s advice as it was one of the few which hauled this sort of tender in the early ‘50s. Regards Andy
  2. Yes please. I’m hoping to build a model of Glenfinnan station and viaduct in O gauge in my garden. I know Dawson Hill did some o gauge stuff so I’m pleased to hear that at least part of the partnership might still be operational. I’ll PM you. Andy
  3. I love the look of the station building and looked up Dawson Hall but can’t find any reference online. Have they ceased trading? Apologies if this has been covered later, I’ve just started wading through the thread from the beginning having dipped in before. Regards Andy
  4. On the issue of masks, I find it very unpleasant to wear one for long periods of time. I don’t mind for a 15 minutes trip round a shop or 30 mins on a train and I do so. But I wouldn’t want to wear one all day at an exhibition. It would certainly put me off going if I had to. I’ve been to three exhibitions in the last month, Bexhill, Chester Cathedral and the SVR O gauge event. All recommended/ requested mask wearing for attendees although the Bexhill show at which I was exhibiting left it to exhibitors (as opposed to visitors) choice. For that show I wore one in the public areas but not behind the layout. For the other two I started off wearing one, but once I realised I was in a small minority I took it off. I can’t see the point of wearing one if very few others are doing so as they clearly don’t care and it’s for their benefit, not mine. As for risk, I’m confident that my double jab will stop me getting seriously ill should I catch Covid and the same is true for nearly all vaccinated people. That could change if some new killer variant arrives but we should get some warning of that. I feel sorry for those who are immune compromised or particularly vulnerable in some other way but they will have to be careful whatever the rest of society does. I’m not at all sorry for those who have refused the vaccine who make up a large share of those currently in ICU. So my view is that life must go on and I’m enjoying being allowed back out again. I suspect that I’m at much less risk of serious harm from Covid now than I will be from flu in six months time, so I’m going to make hay while the sun shines! Andy
  5. Nice photos. thanks for sharing. I also like the way you’ve blended your OO layout into the garden. Andy
  6. I actually got two boards worth of track laid on Monday as shown here. The straight board is wired as well. The boards are connected with dowels and sprung clips. I’m working on a buzz wire connected between the boards using the sprung clips with the wire tucked in under the clips. I’m not sure whether this will work over 13 baseboards but it will make life simpler so fingers crossed. Each piece of track is connected to the buzz. Any thoughts welcome. finally I’ve sorted the baseboard storage with thanks to fellow club member Peter who helped me rig up the fixing brackets. They all fit neatly on the garage wall.
  7. Richard, I enjoyed reading through your progress with my 2-4-2T. That is an ingenious dodge on the cab fitting. It was that problem which made me put it in the too difficult box! You’ve made a really good job of it and it seems to run beautifully as well. Did you use the rather dodgy chassis I provided? I'm glad the N5 overlays worked. I was rather proud of that idea even if I didn’t manage to follow it through. With regards to painting of things like the safety valves. My approach if I don’t know, is to paint it my best guess colour and stick a photo on here. Some people (one in particular in my case but no names!) are generally much better at telling you that you’ve got something wrong after you’ve done it than helping in advance. Look on the time to repaint as equivalent to a little bit of research! Regards Andy
  8. Thanks, I've just rediscovered your thread so I’m working my way through the build. Andy
  9. I think you’re right. But I also like the idea of the trains being in amongst the plants for a (rather overscale) backscene. I will build mine at low level and may raise it later when I get confidence in the running abilities. I am making slow progress. All the woodwork is completed and I’m laying track on the first board today. More photos soon. Andy
  10. Richard, That looks stunning - much prettier than my dirty BR black example! Did you use the creased brass tank overlays? If so you’ve done of straightening them up! Did you do the lining by hand - looks great. Andy
  11. I had a few days away ‘mum sitting’ last week and managed to get a few hours in on the O gauge quad art while she was napping. It’s now looking like a train but still with lots of work to go. I though I had broken the back of the job when I finished gluing together and painting the sides but takes a long time putting it all together. I’ll take it to the club tomorrow night to test the gaps on the curves before I decide which gap works best. Then there’s plenty of work on the underframe and the roof rain strips. Oh… and the small matter of the other four coaches! Andy
  12. I agree with those examples and the small Sulzers were also good. However, there were too many duds and over weight outdated designs (40s and peaks). Some duds are to be expected. The big problem was the speed we went from pilot scene locos to production not giving time to weed out the duds. I’m glad we went British. If we hadn’t we wouldn’t have had wonders such as the Deltics and the great variety of diesel traction which made 1970s/80s train spotting so rewarding and I probably wouldn’t be in the hobby. Andy
  13. Sort of, but a double slip also allows straight over movement without the reverse curve. Something I think is very useful in (for example) tight station throats.
  14. I’m glad someone else asked that question as I didn’t want to show my ignorance! What’s the difference between the Barry slip and two points close together. Is it just a bit of space saving? Andy
  15. If it’s any consolation I had the similar problems when I took some of my trains over to be photographed on Little Bytham. In my case it was mainly the Hunt couplings which kept separating (even though they behave perfectly at home) along with one loco which wouldn’t work at all (blown chip as it turned out). I think that Sir’s famous eye is partly to blame but there’s also an element of me noticing minor problems more when I know someone else is watching - perhaps that’s good for me? And I think I then get stressed and rush things which doesn’t help. Andy
  16. The full sweep of the station building makes a very impressive sight. Though I must say I prefer to see a train as well!
  17. Thanks to my learned friends on the terminology. I thought the spiky thing on top was the finial and didn’t include the ball below, but I stand corrected! I’m glad the consensus seems to agree with my first thoughts that they were sufficiently GN for my layout. There were two more single signals in the pack for £5, so even better value - how I’ve missed shows! A rail built home and a slightly broken wooden post lower quadrant home and distant. These have been donated to my club for one of our southern layouts. Andy
  18. I can manage all except 6 (although I have taken a loco to Tony’s house for him to fix so I think I’ll count that as a half!), 8 (too young!), 10 (Peco is good enough for me but I do bend them), 19 (but I have exhibited one I’ve part built so I’ll give myself a half again), 20 (but I’m working on it). So 15 and two halves =16 out of 20. Not too bad given I only restarted the hobby 9 years ago.
  19. Last weekend I attended my first model railway exhibition since Basingstoke just before lockdown in March 2020. This was the Bexhill exhibition where I was operating my friend’s layout ‘Two Bridges Up Sidings’ (https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/144317-two-bridges-up-sidings-80s90s-exhibition-layout/). It was great to get back to some normality! While there I found nicely built some semaphore signals for £5 and as one of my New Years resolutions for Gresley Jn was to make some progress with the signals and I’ve completely failed to build any I thought I’d see if I could find a use for these. It’s a nice gantry which I think will work as starters for platforms 4,5&6 plus the goods loop. I.e the track with the mk 1 suburban and the next three to the right. They’re a bit GWR but I think that if I paint out the red balls they’ll pass muster. Any views welcome. Andy
  20. I suspect a Third open, something like a D.186.
  21. This week I finally finished installing the first tranche of point control using the DCC concepts working point rodding. Here is a picture of the two double slips and one point controlled in this manner. The system I’ve developed uses Gem point levers, 0.7mm wire, 3D printed stools and the cranks from DCC concept’s OO gauge working point rodding which I think are about the right size for O gauge. The layout is DCC so the frogs are controlled by Gaugemaster DCC80 autofrogs. The levers will be hidden in a signal box in due course. Here is a 25 second video of the points working. https://youtu.be/2l7VbxVAPv4
  22. As far as I’m concerned, my favourite type of layout is very different depending on whether I’m viewing or operating. For operating, a terminus style layout with plenty of shunting/ loco movements etc. is ideal. I prefer mainline or Minories style termini to BLTs as I like to see decent length trains - the longer the better. My club’s O gauge Minories style layout will be (just) capable of taking a full 8 car quad art set which I regarded as the minimum credible length. However for viewing at an exhibition I like plenty of action and I love to see lots of locos and rolling stock. So the Stoke Summit style layout is my ideal with trains based on prototypical formations. Perhaps even better than that are the likes if Grantham or LSGC which offer the same parade of trains but with some shunting on top. I’m operating Two Bridges up sidings at the Bexhill show on Saturday. This is a classic roundy roundy with little shunting possibility apart from an occasional loco change. I think I will need plenty of breaks from operating! Hopefully, it will be popular. Andy
  23. Gilbert, I love seeing the coaches in detail. The Gresley and Thompson stock looks very fine. Presumably the FO next to the RK would be for dining. Wouldn’t it have been lettered up as a Restaurant Car? I know this is hard to tell from the CWN so I’m just guessing! Andy
  24. Tony, I’m glad you’ve relented and are continuing to do a limited number of sales. You proved the doommongers (including me) wrong last time with the prices you achieved and it just shows that TLC from a respected name can achieve a good premium on these kits (compared with eBay or other auctions if not to the original price). I think you could charge a significantly greater premium for your time (for either CRUK or yourself) given the obvious increase in value that you achieve. Concentrating on the best kits in the collection also seems like the best way to maximise value without getting overloaded. I’m resisting this batch so far but if you have the A1/1 lurking then I will be straight in! Regards Andy
  25. Could it be a path available for when the mainline was blocked for engineering?
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