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by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: 48DS first impressions
Replies: 17
Views: 368

Re: 48DS first problem

I've been enjoying sending this little beauty up and down my yard, with the occasional trip out onto the main for the past week. Even without it's flat wagon attached it crawls across my electrofrogs with not a problem. Then this morning it came to a stop with a bump. A bit of checking it became obv...
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Great Electric Train show
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: Great Electric Train show

At Gaydon it was Simon by himself for a couple of years. Those were the years when Hornby's presence was down to the invitation. In his "Simon Says" column he posted a picture of a signboard adjacent to his hotel which I was able to comment upon, we had an amiable exchange of emails. It w...
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Small Inglenook sidings
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: Small Inglenook sidings

I'd say make your sidings 1 loco + 3 wagons long, but the headshunt one wagon shorter just to make it that bit more difficult to shunt. Or you could have a long headshunt and a clip on bufferstop which you could move to make operations more or less challenging.
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Small Inglenook sidings
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: Small Inglenook sidings

I'd say make your sidings 1 loco + 3 wagons long, but the headshunt one wagon shorter just to make it that bit more difficult to shunt. Or you could have a long headshunt and a clip on bufferstop which you could move to make operations more or less challenging.
by Bufferstop
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Are these semaphore signals right?
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: Are these semaphore signals right?

Distant signals tell a driver the state of the next home signal, giving him plenty of time to bring the train's speed down so that it can be stopped at the next signal. These are the yellow signal with a fishtail end and a black chevron behind it. Their lamps are different too, they have a red lamp...
by Bufferstop
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Great Electric Train show
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: Great Electric Train show

Yes Hornby were there at the invite of the publishers, would have been churlish not to. They appear not to have been put off by the venue, as I said it will be interesting to see if different organisers can make better use of the odd shaped space. They had a few problems with layout in their first y...
by Bufferstop
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Gear problem on keith park R2586
Replies: 15
Views: 858

Re: Gear problem on keith park R2586

I suspect Hornby's willingness to supply replacement parts FOC is very dependent on who built it and when. If parts had been outsourced in China and then a subcontractor has since disappeared or is now working for a competitor there will be little possibility of finding replacements.
by Bufferstop
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Great Electric Train show
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: Great Electric Train show

Hornby themselves have taken a stand this time. The GES is organised and sponsored by the "Hornby Magazine" which is a publishing company. We let them advertise the show on here, but they kept bunging in adverts for non railway publications, so in the end we pulled the plug on them.
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout
Replies: 870
Views: 168381

Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Ah Wordsworth country, where the Sun always seems to be shining, always cheers me up.
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Great Electric Train show
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: Great Electric Train show

There was always too much in the area at the top of the entrance escalators which was central between the two big exhibition rooms and the smaller rooms and cafe. So there was always a lot of cross traffic with people arriving at the top of the escalators. The organisers always put their stuff in th...
by Bufferstop
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Layout Sizes.
Replies: 11
Views: 198

Re: Layout Sizes.

That one is definitely a working diorama, but what stops it being a layout? Railway Modelling is an activity which can't be quantified, length of run, number of sidings, loops, non railway buildings, simultaneous running trains - none of them makes one model better than another. Each layout defines ...
by Bufferstop
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Great Electric Train show
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: Great Electric Train show

There's a replacement event at the Motor museum, I'm going along mainly to see if it was the venue or the organisers who made it such a crush. Putting the must see layout immediately at the top of the escalators seemed to me to lack any sort of imagination. I'm surprised 'elf 'n safety didn't veto it!
by Bufferstop
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Shortover Yard
Replies: 10
Views: 222

Re: Shortover Yard

Although you can get plenty of action with just the traverser and the tracks, it always seems to me to be that bit more interesting if there's a turnout or crossover somewhere in the visible bit.
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Another glue question
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Another glue question

I'd go with Pritt stick. poke the spigot end of the whistle into the Pritt then push it into the hole.
If the finish is shiny PVA may not hold well, if it's matt you may end up with a shiny patch around the plaque
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Four-wheel parcels vans (or whatever!)
Replies: 10
Views: 251

Re: Four-wheel parcels vans (or whatever!)

CCTs are the grandchildren of the trucks provided in the early days for the nobility to have their personal horsedrawn carriages loaded onto the end of a train. Once they had been persuaded by the provision of more luxurious special saloons to get out of their buggies and enter the train the origina...

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