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Northroader

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    Well, after many happy years working in a spacious loft, the consequences of old age has forced me to downsize to a small bungalow. I want to continue in 7mm scale, and look at modelling 1900s Britain and Europe, 1950s America, and exercises in whimsy.
    Many thanks for the interest and support for my threads, looking through I realise that RMweb is fortunate in having the thoroughly decent people that use it.

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  1. The line sinking down to the docks behind the back of the station with a Brunel trainshed, replicates at Swansea High Street, and Plymouth Millbay.
  2. There’s this plan of the docks, (1933) with a siding access from down the side of the old broad gauge terminus: The quays further along nearer the town predate the railway, and were used for the “packet” traffic for passengers arriving from abroad. This was on the wane by the time the railway appeared, and the area served by the railway in the plan is more graving docks for ship repair and building, rather than for commercial traffic. This continues til now. The old station is too far away for the middle of town, and so there’s a halt a bit further back for the town, and the terminus is just a bus stop halt. There’s a passing loop at Penryn, and the track is plain single line to the buffer stops at the Harbour. You’d have problems with making any sort of model away from the original GWR terminus bit, I think.
  3. COLDITZ. - KSachsStB. A while back I put in a link for the “Disused stations” site to San Remo, in Italy. They’ve recently strayed abroad again, to a very popular place for British Interest, in Old Saxony: http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/c/colditz/index.shtml
  4. PKP Tkh 0-6-0T. Lovely day for a trip out, and so I got down to just East of Bristol, the preserved Avon Valley Railway, (new to me), three miles of the old Midland Railway line to Bath. I was expecting to be hauled by a WD 0-6-0ST, but instead found this little beauty: Well, it’s “Beyond Dover”, although built in Poland post WW2 for heavy industrial use, so not really qualifying for this thread, but it really is a smashing little engine. It’s based on a preWW1 Austrian design, which did see branch line work, and I gather it’s a workhorse on several of the preserved lines, the Nene Valley, and the Spa Valley, besides the AVR. There’s the story behind it here: https://www.avrht.org/karel
  5. Could you stick a new superstructure on an “Old Bill” London Bus chassis?
  6. “first, there’s the natural way” voice at back of room “171!!”….
  7. Thanks, Andy, looks like I have a few wagons to repaint! Very covetous of your new book.
  8. With these two points, Don, there had to be a curve at the point blade end. The rest of the curve beyond the crossing I straightened out, so they could give a crossover. Really it should work better if the straight run was longer. “S” curves will always be a problem, “reverse” curves with a straight bit in the middle should be better, “Seasoned 0 scalers”,… and me, too, Jordan. Looking back over this thread, no layout ever gets finished, and working, Something always happens, and it looks like it’s happened again. What do I do with two tight curve points? Mmmm….
  9. Thanks for the interest and helpful replies, I thought I’d post a picture to show what’s happening: Sorry it’s a bit dark, but you’ll see at the middle of the crossover the buffer heads don’t overlap at all. Plus the coupler hooks are way out of line. Andy’s idea of a wire across the buffers of the loco should work to cure this. The good news is the Dapol Terrier will pass through the curves, but the bad news is other six coupled locos with longer wheelbase won’t. I’ve been trying out single long link couplers to keep the buffers apart, it’s getting them to swing freely and not override or knuckle. One coupler type being used successfully on another layout (but without the curves) which should function here is a magnetic job: https://www.chris-draw.com/couplings-magnetic.html Annie’s suggestion of the LMC type coupler would work, but they’re a bit too much overscale. Either way if I splash out on couplers it doesn’t solve the sixcoupled sideplay need. Dons link into Jim Reads “Muckton” blog is good, I was aware of Jim, but hadn’t seen this particular blog. I really admire what he does, and how he can produce a good working layout from minimal expense. You’ll see that his locos are short 0-4-0s, and the rolling stock shortbody four wheelers, light railway makeup. I’m trying to do a layout in similar space, but with some bigger locos and stock. So, the conclusion to me is ditch the points, and make the curves easier. Gary, @Matloughe I think you should succeed with what you’re doing at Ifield Green, you’ve got far more length to the area, and a better space between the two points. I’m just a bit too preoccupied with making the layout ridiculously cramped, I fear.
  10. Thanks, Andy, it’s a good suggestion, but I will still have the problem of insufficient side play on a six coupled chassis.
  11. The last few days have seen me trying out running on the line. The big problem that’s emerged is propelling wagons through the crossover. Trains that are being pulled are alright, trains that are being pushed just derail. The line is a 7mm layout in a 4mm space, and squeezing the crossover in is turning out to be too tight. If it was just being used for runaround purposes I might have got away with it, although I’m finding some of the sixcoupled locos need more sideplay, but I also planned to use it to shunt wagons. The angle of divergence on the setrak is just too much to avoid buffer locking, and I’ve been doing several experimental coupling setups to try and avoid this, some of them being very Heath Robinson jobs. The conclusion is that I need to ditch the crossover, and revert to a layout without points when I’m modelling 7mm in such a short space, so back to a running line and a siding, with gentle curvature, out of a fiddle yard. On we go….
  12. Sorry to hear about you house, things have gone very quiet with us the last three weeks, not a single viewer.
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