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    It's a fun hobby. Please remind me if I appear to forget.
    My home layout: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/120795-south-hampstead/#entry3387669
    A railway without OLE is incomplete.

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  1. The only issues with thicker wire is that it becomes more expensive & awkward to work with. Electrically, the bigger the better because it has lower resistance. (We usually ignore the resistance of a wire because it is so low, but it is not zero).
  2. No it wasn't. A virtual safety car was used to recover the bollard. That was quite short. Norris benefitted from the full safety car, which was deployed after a collision between Kevin Magnussen & Logan Sargeant.
  3. I am pretty sure that Norris would have struggled to pass Verstappen. We have all seen that catching is a lot easier than passing, unless you have the Honda (sorry, RBPT) engine in the back. Norris was on much newer tyres, so their pace difference was partly due to tyres. I hate to see safety cars interfere with the race, but Verstappen has benefitted from them far more times than he has lost out. It is not 'strategy' either, unless you arrange WHEN an incident will being one out, We saw in Singapore '08 that this can be done & who knows if it has been since? That is 1 reason I do not like them interfering. It seems Verstappen had an issue with his car late in the race. That would almost certainly be from when he mis-judged a corner & rode the kerb, removing a bollard in the process. I do not care who it is, leaving the track should be penalised in some way & this seems like a 'natural' penalty.
  4. Good luck. The choice of 100ohm speakers is extremely limited.
  5. You are right. I forgot that. My 3 are all the earlier 8 pin models, which were poorly designed: not enough space for their own decoder to fit (& Hornby consider themselves as a manufacturer who does not usually consider customers fitting a 3rd party decoder). Speaker location was suitable only for a 2d speaker, which does not exist. I read that the 21 pin version introduced more problems that it solved too.
  6. An amusing sarcastic comment sir! Their 56 has been bettered by Cavalex & their 60 is about to suffer the same fate. Their 90 & 31 have been bettered by Bachmann, while their 50 & 31 are about to be bettered by Accurascale. They even gave Heljan the opportunity to have 2 cracks at the 86. As far as D&E are concerned, Hornby have lost their way with premium models. Competitors seem to be leaving the budget market to them though.
  7. Metal pan which maintains contact with the contact wire would be No1. More lighting options. I can understand corridor lighting options, but that is not something I would make use of. What I would find useful is the ability to turn off front or rear lights for when working with a train. DCC control of the marker light would also be desirable.
  8. Being at the top of any sport is surely an unsustainable mindset for most people. You need to put the rest of your life on hold to achieve it. We all have hobbies. A sportsperson at the very top cannot because somebody else will & they will be at the very top instead. He must have accepted that he cannot win the title in the current Mercedes so maybe he has figured he can ease off for a while & enjoy other things in life, then switch his focus back to racing once he is in a position where it is possible again?
  9. I don't think this is usually a good idea. Decoders are different & buying DCC fitted includes the manufacturer's choice of decoder, which can be an unknown (my first fitted loco contained Hornby's original bad decoder which had been discontinued several years previous). Bachmann have changed suppliers & their decoders have been inconsistent as a result. It has not always been possible to simply re-blow these either. The same is true of sound. Manufacturer's have made some poor choices within their sound projects which don't work as well as those from dedicated sound vendors like Legomanbiffo, Paul Chetter or YouChoos.
  10. I notice the goods shed has been shifted along to almost the end of the siding. I always question this. Unloading 4-5 wagons in a train requires shuffling them. This is a bit of a pain which is great for a layout if you like shunting, but a real pain in the real world where things needs to be done. Moving the shed along a little (which would be more typical from the plans I have seen) allows more of the train to access the goods shed by simply pushing it further down the line.
  11. It does. I have looked at Newport Pagnell which, for those unaware of it, was on a small branch from Wolverton. The line was 4 miles long with 2 intermediate stations, so single track all the way. Newport Pagnell station had a goods yard beyond the passenger station. The platforms themselves held about 4 coaches, but fitting it onto a 15' layout in OO was about as small as I felt it could go without looking compressed, but you may feel it can be squeezed a little more. There was a book about the branch with some useful photos. It will be out of print but you may be able to find a copy if the station has any potential for you.
  12. That attitude from the police sounds about right. A few years ago, I got off the train after work & witnessed somebody trying to break a bike lock with a hammer & bolster. Somebody was watching him, so he hovered around having a quick bash now & again. I stayed around to support the observer. He called the police & they insisted that they could not send anyone even after he replied "if you come now, you will catch him". The police station in MK is less than a mile from the railway station & traffic is rarely a problem. There seem to be some crimes for which they do not bother with.
  13. Muir of Ord (just W/NW of Inverness) is on a passing loop & trains run on the right through the station. It felt strange but was consistent with the platform information signs.
  14. I have not been there for years, but I used to live near Kirby Cross, in Essex. Services always used to call at separate platforms there too & the platforms/tracks look ok, so I am sure they still do. Most smaller stations like this are unmanned so it would be confusing to have most use the 1 platform then another unexpectedly used the other one without staff there to tell passengers to move across before it arrives. It is also good practise to keep operational lines in regular use where possible.
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