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    0 Gauge Cambrian/GWR circa 1910
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  1. Well Bob extra time always seems to be 'out of stock'. Interesting wagons should make good models. Don
  2. Agreed with Andy but depending on the period modelled the road level may have risen slightly if the road originally was unmade. Nowadays with taller vehicles more effort is made to keep the maximum clearance possible. Don
  3. I look forward to seeing your model of that wagon. Don
  4. The litmas test I think is will I regret leaving it out. For me probably not in this case if there is one outside but if you are likely to think 'I should have done the inside one' each time you look at it well ...... Don
  5. Having for many years used a single gear fixed wheel bike I wouldn't say extra leg strength was needed the trick is to use your weight. Dont like the sound of the brake though. Don
  6. What was so special that the Victorians needed great leg strength. Don
  7. Perhaps in today's terminology it would be a virtual prototype. Don
  8. Dolgelley 1885-1922 both the Cambrian and the GWR had a shunt ahead signal. The principal is that under absolute block working the shunt ahead allows a limited move without the need to gain permission from the other box. Whereas the starter cannot be pulled off without obtaining line clear. Don
  9. In order to stop the GWR backed Bala and Dolgelley Railway from reaching the coast the Aberystwith and Welsh Coast railway started to build a branch to Dolgelley. Once they had reached Penmaenpool it was operated and designated as down to Penamaenpool from Barmouth Junction.However on reaching Dolgelley in 1869 they were faced with the GWR timetable which had designated Dolgelley as down from the junction near Ruabon. So the public timetable was changed to shown from Dolgelley to Barmouth as Down. However the Working Timetable was unaltered showing it as up. The working Timetable was not changed until 1895 when the whistle codes were also changed. Regarding the signals at Castle Aching. I am not in favour of Outer Homes and Advanced Starters where inter station distances are short. My choice would be to have a shunt ahead signal for the main and branch. You could add a limit of shunt board if you wanted but basically shunt ahead would allow a shunt move to clear the turnouts. Distant signals can also be a problem. However a lever to operate one could always be used to turn a light on in the panel of the other station to indicate a train from them is expected. Prior to around 1900 a lot of ground signal were actually point indicators sometime referred to as Non Independent signals. These were linked to the turnout linkage to rotate to show a red or white light. However by 1905 these may have been replaced with normal ground signals. My suggestions signal towards the station A home signal for both the main and the branch these could be on a single post with a bracket and subsidiary post placed between the two lines. a smaller subsidiary arm under the branch home to authorise entry to the loop and engine shed roads. A ground signal to authorise a shunt into the goods yard signals leaving the station A bracket signal with a starter for both the main and the branch with a shunt ahead underneath both. A ground signal to authorise a shunt move onto the main from the yard. A ground signal to authorise a shunt move from the loop or shed road onto the branch Don
  10. Up and down on railways can be tricky for the major railways out from London down is away from London and Up is towards it.. For other railways up is generally towards the important place they started from. However you get some odd results. One of the oddest is Exeter where an Up SR train goes in the opposite direction to a GW Up train so if you ask which way is London both is the true answer. Now I confess I cannot recall the History of the WNR at the moment but you have the some issues there say you decided that up was to Aching Constable from Castle Aching and the same from BM to AC. Which ever you decide is up and down between CA and BM one of them will have up and down trains from the same direction. As regards the signalling I will put down my thoughts. Don
  11. The footbridge wasn't in use when we lived in the area. Don
  12. if I remember correctly colour blindness seems to be carried on the X chromosome. Thus my father couldn't pass his colour blindness on to me but my sister had to be a carrier with a 50% chance of passing it to a son. For a girl to be colourblind her mother must be a carrier and her father colourblind. My father had been a steward on an aircraft carrier where colourblindness was not an issue. Don
  13. It is nicely modelled but the doorways look big enough for those horses to get through which is a little odd. Could it be HO horses with a 00 building? The Transoms of course make the difference. We looked at buying an ex Stationmasters house that had high ceilings making it taller than usual. Don
  14. I have been looking back through the thread although a lot of photos have gone the videos are still there. Including running on the dodgy track. Just excellent. I also noticed Northroader's Englefield Farmers building. You commented you need to change the name. I disagree they could have started in Englefield and took over an old depot at Portway. down south we have Mole Valley Farmers all over the place even on the Island. I doubt many customers even know where the Mole valley is. Just a thought. Really good thread this. Don
  15. you mean you have a queue of chassis awaiting bodies? Ut seems to me you could have three bodies for the one chassis now there's economy for you. After all none of the three would be running together. Looks good though. Don
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