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  1. Saw them live in Aberdeen, about 31 years ago. I didn’t have any trouble following them - but as a “Sassenach” (to be honest, more Anglo than Saxon, so I feel slighted by such a label) maybe I approached the, with a more open ear than a Lollander?
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    Thorpe's trial & error

    I don’t think we’ll ever know, and photos don’t help as the emulsions on the plate glass negatives are very, very poor at distinguishing between red and black. I think a single colour is logical, as with post-1904 grey, just as you do, but others differ. I think we can do nothing other than make our own choices here.
  3. I agreed, but only because there isn’t an option for agreeing at “warp factor 10”…
  4. Like the Madder Valley, that is very much its forte, but to the higher standards we expect today, for which John Ahern paved the way. My only quibble with the locos is that the mixture is less plausible that what our host is planning, or the work of some of the pioneers such as Dr. Sumner (if I have his name correctly. Article in MR in 1982, I think) who created their own style of loco and stock design.
  5. Ah, the importance of distinguishing between an adjective (as typed) and an adverb (with “ly” at the end). (Not being picky, just sharing a laugh!)
  6. Ex Lancaster and Carlisle, I believe. They must have been well worn-out, or in secondhand dealer speak, “Exceptionally well run-in, and at this price, great value for money.”
  7. Oh yes, no “objections” to old stock, particularly of the LNWR or other companies also inclined to sell off worn out (or at least antiquated) locos. The MRJ article had photos which showed a LNWR Jumbo, a Kirtley o/f 0-6-0 of obvious MR heritage, and an Aspinall “pug”. For circa 1890, I felt these to be incongruous mixture. The GWR metro, well, the B&M had some built by Stephenson’s to the GWR design, so that is maybe more believable, but the coach appears to be a very up to date design. Perhaps it is a through coach? To be honest, given the longevity of the layout and its gestation period, I think that many of the choices were driven by what was available as much as by anything else: most are or have been available as kits, so not much of any RTR straight out of the box here! Plus, the builder may have simply liked various prototypes and used the freelance nature of the layout to have whatever he felt like having, or not be that concerned over this issue. That’s entirely up to him, of course, but whilst “Rule 1” always applies and I always respect it, that doesn’t mean I have to like the results. As I said before, that isn’t a criticism but reflects a difference in personal tastes. Not quite. Their close working partnership and the obvious potential for joint operation or a full merger even as early as the 1870s (if not sooner!) meant they ordered some DX goods and Newtons, which alarmed the independent loco builders who banded together as the “Locomotive Manufacturers Association”, who successfully obtained an injunction to prevent railway companies from building locos directly for sale or hire to other companies, limiting railway workshops to supplying only their needs - at least as far as new construction was concerned. The legislation was not retrospective, so the LNWR nor the LYR were not engaged in anything illegal at the time. As a lawyer, you should be aware of not relying on secondary sources… That Brunel bloke was involved in an awful number of ventures, even if mostly in an oversight capacity, and seems a bit dodgy to me!
  8. MRJ 63 and 269, plus a couple of extra articles. It’s really very nice, but I struggle with it as the locos are generally designs specific to various companies and I tend to see them as such. A truly freelance line would use one or two of the independent manufacturers, such as Sharp Stewart, BP, etc. That’s a personal observation, by the way, and not a criticism: there will be many reasons why this selection of locos was made, and as long as the builder is happy, then that’s fine. It’s just that personally speaking, I feel that this part of the overall concept doesn’t work for me. A classic case of too much knowledge getting in the way of enjoyment. The book will make for an interesting read, by the looks of it. PS I was quite excited on a web search to find a link to a video of a layout with the same name, but it was the BRM project layout, not this one.
  9. No wonder US audiences require subtitles for Scots!
  10. That’s got 11 - giveaway is that there are no spokes diametrically opposite each other, which is the indication of even numbers. But, when the wheel is going round, you can’t count the number of spokes anyway!
  11. I think you answered your own question there, Simon!
  12. For once, the word “bodging” has been used almost correctly.
  13. If it’s India Pale Ale, yes. Wouldn’t recommend it for iso-propyl alcohol, though!
  14. A drop of IPA, or soap.
  15. Whatever you feel like using, I suppose - anything that will stick. As you have already painted them, some like green putty from Squadron might do it, or Humbrol filler - something I used about 40 years ago when I last built PCB track. Personally, I would apply ballast using “N gauge” material first (most stuff advertised as “00” is too coarse - you want something no bigger than about 0.7mm), then some finer material over the top. Some use DAS clay, but I have used Woodland Scenics fine turf, later applying a wash of almost black to stain it. You can do this several times, building it up until you are happy with it. (I am one of the apply it dry, get it into place, then mist it with wet water followed by dilute PVA school of thought. Let it dry, and apply some more layers.)
  16. Hope you don’t mind the suggestion, but a spot of filler in the gaps of the pcb sleepers. ‘Tis easier if done now, before the ballasting, and it will improve the look of the track no end.
  17. If you are using DCC, you could operate them with a small servo or relay via a function switch on locos, and have strategically placed electromagnets at place around the layout, activated as Rod says by pushing a “button” on a screen.
  18. Such as the (emeritus) Archbishop Williams, or notable comedian MR.Atkinson?
  19. Short line refers to lack of revenue rather than length in the USA. Probably still relevant!
  20. Wait: they may yet reappear when the full back up is restored. In other words, a scenic fiddle yard - a useful and active variant on the “universal industry” of an interchange, where cars/loads are swapped between operating sessions.
  21. I think you have mailed something really important there, Don. Speaking as a “risk management” professional (financial services, not H&S) with a background in psychology, I notice time and again that people pay much more attention to the impact, rather than the likelihood. As an example, there is no point (in terms of likelihood of a big win) in buying a lottery ticket, but if you happened to buy one and it won, then your life would be transformed. (Something like 47p of every pound is returned as prize money, but if you ignore the big wins, then it’s about 2p for every pound you spend.) And of course, with praying for rain, we’ll, if you pray for long enough, it will rain… QED, one should pray for rain… (The nature of coincidences is that we don’t notice when they don’t occur.)
  22. Or just the soaring power of human imagination: something to be celebrated, I think? Anyway, all this talk of magical beings out there to protect us and lead us to safe and harmonious living, I wonder if it isn’t simply a case of everyone relying on elfin safety guidance? Taxi for Regularity? On my way!
  23. There was an interesting layout suggestion based on Brayton Junction in Modeller’s Backtrack, about 30 years ago, IIRC.
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