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55F

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  1. I'm looking to purchase a magnifying glass, possibly with a built in light. I need a little help these days as advancing years and deteriorating eyesight take their toll. Any suggestions based on your experience of such aids would be very much appreciated. Thank you
  2. IKB.........an amazing man who achieved some spectacular successes in an era when the skills and engineering techniques were so very different and primitive by comparison.
  3. Many thanks for the further responses. All comments and views are appreciated and valued. 55f
  4. Thanks guys, some excellent thought provoking answers, just what I wanted. I shall think about all the questions you have asked and ponder the answers. I'm UK resident....Yorkie carrying out missionary work in Lancashire! Thinking of an end to end, BR steam and my scratch building will be restricted to scenery and some buildings with a mix of kit buildings. May even try a scale section of the KWVR or it may be a freelance but as I said much thinking to do! Than you for taking the trouble to reply and any other comments will be welcome
  5. After some 50 years of 00 gauge, reduced space is making me think about 'n' gauge. With the reduced dexterity and other limitations of age I'm not sure if this is a wise move. Can any other members who have made the change offer any words of encouragement or warning? I'm not casting any aspersions at the 'n' gauge modellers indeed I am huge admirer of their kills; just wondering how easily I will be able to model to the standards which I have developed in '00' gauge! 55f
  6. Thank you Tony and Polybear for your time and trouble. I'm very grateful.
  7. Hello Tony I placed the post below on the forum earlier today and was advised by another Forum Member that you were the best man to help me with the problem.........I hope that is the case and if so, thank you for your trouble I have a Bachmann A1.....Tornado, on the tender of which the plastic spindle [?] which connects the tender to the metal link on the locomotive has broken.......don't ask how....I haven't a clue and am not in the habit of mistreating models! My first attempt at a repair has failed [i used a piece of plastic spindle found in the 'odds and ends box', cut to size]. The main problem being that the glue [tried plastic weld and then Devcon 5 minute rpoxy] did not set rigid and therefore failed. A secondary problem being the necessarily small diameter of the plastic. Obviously I could try and obtain a replacement tender chassis but that is my last resort. Any advice will be appreciated. 55F
  8. I hope that I have selected the most appropriate section for a spot of help and advice. I have a Bachmann Tornado on the tender of which the plastic spindle [?] which connects the tender to the metal link on the locomotive has broken.......don't ask how....I haven't a clue and am not in the habit of mistreating models! My first attempt at a repair has failed [i used a piece of plastic spindle found in the 'odds and ends box', cut to size]. The main problem being that the glue [tried plastic weld and Devcon 5 minute rpoxy] did not set rigid and therefore failed. A secondary problem being the necessary small diameter of the plastic. I wondered if one of you gents with more knowledge [and skill] than me could offer any suggestions please? Obviously I could try and obtain a replacement tender chassis but that is my last resort. Any advice will be appreciated. 55F
  9. Surely the only effective way of preventing SPADs is to create a safety culture where ALL SPADs are reported regardless of the severity or triviality of the cause. Only when that data is collected and analysed can the root causes be identified and addressed. The causes may lie in the equipment, the procedures, the training, human factors or indeed a combination of these causes. The inherent safety culture of the entire operation is of paramount importance. The sound reporting culture should ensure that precise causes are established and appropriate preventative action put in place. Life is too short to learn from merely our own mistakes; we must capture the mistakes of others and learn from them as well. Of course in most industries the old procedure of a discreet kick up the backside or even worse a cover up to avoid punishment didn't work. We carried on doing the same old thing and surprise surprise, getting the same results. This is why safety culture is of overriding importance; fearless reporting of incidents, including self reporting is vital. Aviation, in which I spent my career, has made giant strides towards safety over many years by applying these principles. 55F
  10. People who haven't worked on the front line in transport often have little concept of the problems caused by extremes of weather. As soon as the weather interferes with the timetable, everybody is blamed rather than accepting the fact that mother nature has intervened . Railways, aviation and maritime activities are all affected. The uninformed appear to think that the operator can magic some means of dealing with such conditions. Whilst some preventive measures can be taken, strong wind and gales; drifting snow; flowing water; heavy seas etc all come with such force and tenacity that man-made remedies are weak and often ineffective .
  11. An interesting programme........ helps to explain the problems caused by nature and how difficult it is dealing with such events. The windscreen wipers reminded me of the vacuum operated system fitted to my 1955 Ford Prefect, which worked brilliantly downhill and pretty much stopped when going uphill!!
  12. I tend to think that the model item will give me hours of pleasure over perhaps several years and have a residual second hand value. Compared to the cost of theatre tickets, sporting events, Olympic tickets etc the value worked out in pounds per hour tends to look quite good. One day at a test match or a new locomotive although may be not a fair comparison, puts it into perspective for me! Just a thought!
  13. No, I went to the area to which I was directed by the guys selling the tickets and programmes!
  14. Excellent exhibition with some outstanding layouts. Lime Street, World's End and Calderwood floated my boat! Catering arrangements very disappointing compared with previous years......long queues and no seats. The 'free' [yellow gated] car parks were very much appreciated and certainly better than the £100 fine I picked up last year in the Retail Park. However, congratulations to all the organisers, a good job well done......except for the food arrangements.
  15. Thanks for the suggestion guys, I shall be exploring these later today. I use Gaugemaster controllers so that possibility can probably be ruled out, particularly as several other Wren locos operate fine. Again thanks for your time and help.
  16. Thanks for the response......definitely the loco, no problem with other locos. will check as you suggest. Thank you.
  17. One I haven't met before. Wren 2-6-4t sets of and runs fine then after about a minute or so, it slowly stops without any power adjustments. Ten minutes later it will do exactly the same again! Any idea what the matter could be gents? Any help appreciated.
  18. There are so many surveys on websites now, everybody appears to want to know what we think about everything! I would suggests that good participation will require a fairly concise number of questions, along the lines of Andy's suggestion. To derive the maximum benefit, the idea of a scale 1 to 10 for most questions is good. This requires minimum input from participants, and might achieve the best results. Just my two penneth! 55f
  19. I don't feel that I contribute very much but I get my questions answered, glean some excellent ideas and thoroughly enjoy the friendly help exhibited on here. Congratulations Andy and all those who make this such an excellent Forum. Well done!
  20. That there were no trains in the vicinity at the time is a blessing. I assume the line had been closed. Forgive a pretty basic question then but what triggers the closure of the line to traffic, is it a forecast of high tides; strong winds, heavy rainfall or a combination of these elements?
  21. Many thanks for information White Rabbit. Appreciated.
  22. I seem to remember reading or being told about an applicator manufactured for the miniature soldier battlescene enthusiasts.....by a company with 'war' in its title. Somewhat cheaper I believe, can anybody help with the correct company name and more to the point, what kind of job does it make? 55f
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