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by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: VAT versus GST
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: VAT versus GST

OK guys being Oz makes it fascinating to us poms but it's still politics, Leave it off!
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 96
Views: 2168

Re: Financial Woes Continue

The difference between "trainset" and collectable or scale model has grown to the point that it's now almost impossible to produce a "train set" version of a full spec model at a train set price. The "Junior Express" set released at the end of last year was obviously ai...
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Windermere's replacement bus service replaced
Replies: 7
Views: 106

Re: Windermere's replacement bus service replaced

Perhaps the franchise should recognise the special nature of the line and be tasked with providing a service aimed at tourists. Northern are now planning to operate it as a shuttle so let's at least have a tourist friendly shuttle. The reactions of those first users to a loco with the "Lakeland...
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: VAT versus GST
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: VAT versus GST

Value Added Tax is supposedly what it says it is. The way it is arrived at is not immediately obvious. On paper it is charged at every step down the line from raw material supplier, to materials processor, component manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer. What actually happens is that at each step th...
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 96
Views: 2168

Re: Financial Woes Continue

If ranges are inevitably to be slimmed down then we should start making noises about what they include. Given some noise from the hobby then I can see that a manufacturer will produce the matching stock to their latest premium release, because the wealthy collector will buy it and so will the modell...
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Windermere's replacement bus service replaced
Replies: 7
Views: 106

Re: Windermere's replacement bus service replaced

I understand that to avoid legal complications the DoT , O of R&R, or somebody, are paying the running costs and travel is free! If that doesn't P off the bus operators running the replacement nothing will. WCR are the obvious choice to provide the service, only having to come from Carnforth at ...
by Bufferstop
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Windermere's replacement bus service replaced
Replies: 7
Views: 106

Windermere's replacement bus service replaced

Windermere's replacement bus service laid on by Northern rail because they don't have the staff to run the trains, has been replaced, by a train put on by West Coast Rail West Coast's replacement train Why couldn't Northern have thought of that, in fact why isn't the branch run as a heritage line an...
by Bufferstop
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Road surfaces for 1920's-30's
Replies: 11
Views: 94

Re: Road surfaces for 1920's-30's

A village in the 20s/30s may not have had paved roads, packed and rolled gravel perhaps. Take a look at Pendon museum's Pendon Parva village set in this period.
by Bufferstop
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New / Old
Replies: 21
Views: 741

Re: New / Old

Nationalisation saved the future generations from N2s in GWR and LMS guises. There must have been an SR one at some time but I've never seen one. My 1952 version was still in phoney LMS unlined black. When I switched from HD 3 rail to Triang TT it was a bit of a rude awakening how careful you had to...
by Bufferstop
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Coventry (GWR) loft layout in 00
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: Coventry (GWR) loft layout in 00

It's the flangeways that are the deciding factor. I've just acquired some bound volumes of the Railway Modeller from the mid 50s. Every manufacturer had different standards Trix was the worst. What comes out is that you can work around anything except over thick flanges. Be careful adjusting check r...
by Bufferstop
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Paint Stripping
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: Paint Stripping

Brake fluid is pretty ferocious stuff on plastic, but I tried to strip some Hornby canopy supports, whatever the green gunge is that they coat them in was totally resistant to it. In the end I resorted to Modelstriip and a stiff brush. I can't understand their thinking, underneath that thick green s...
by Bufferstop
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: 0-4-0 quick makeover
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: 0-4-0 quick makeover

The job itself has been quite quick, it's the get nothing done interruptions by real life that drag it out. I recorded the bits of video a month ago, it was the three weeks getting round to installing the MP4 codec for my editing software that strung it out. Then there's this huge pile of grey plast...
by Bufferstop
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Coventry (GWR) loft layout in 00
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: Coventry (GWR) loft layout in 00

Your stock should be ok on code 75, just be careful about back to back settings. I've run an original Tri-ang dock shunter along plain code 75 track without it striking the sleepers or rail fixings, the point work was a different story. Late 70s HSTs required the wheels pushing out, probably no more...
by Bufferstop
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: 0-4-0 quick makeover
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: 0-4-0 quick makeover

Here's a bit of video of the 0-6-0 propelling the inspection saloon down the line. It's been sat around for a couple of weeks whilst the annual chaos which is the exam marking season takes over this household. Now I must get back to those motor bogies. https://www.flickr.com/photos/152197098@N03/sha...
by Bufferstop
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Coventry (GWR) loft layout in 00
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: Coventry (GWR) loft layout in 00

Good luck with the build Pete. On the subject of mains power, the trailing lead with a four way strip does have one redeeming feature, it makes it very hard to close the loft and leave the power on. If you have it permanently wired later it would be worth having an isolating switch with an indicator...

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