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by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Exhibitions and Events
Topic: Great Electric Train Show - 13th-14th October 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: Great Electric Train Show - 13th-14th October 2018

I went Saturday morning, they still need to improve on their hall layout, there should definitely be one cross aisle in rows of that length. The hall's lighting made Hall_5 at the NEC look good. Free parking was a bonus. A couple of layouts seemed to be running their timetable in real-time without m...
by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Yet another newbie seeking advice
Replies: 9
Views: 68

Re: Yet another newbie seeking advice

It's not good for a car to be put away wet, better to leave it outside for the wind and sun to dry it naturally, unless you are a masochist and prepared to leather it dry :wink:
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Mainline - Cheap for a reason?
Replies: 41
Views: 4786

Re: Mainline - Cheap for a reason?

About 30 years ago the company I was with was suffering a sudden rash of failures in a previously trouble free item. The failure was a plastic sleeve spindle which cracked and jammed in its plastic bearings, the odd thing being that no new ones had been made for about 5years and as far as we could t...
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The Great Model Railway Challenge
Replies: 51
Views: 2626

Re: The Great Model Railway Challenge

I think that we have to accept that the layouts will be rather basic, it's more a case of what each group can acheive given a specific theme. I'm a bit surprised at some of the tracklaying abilities. Gaps and misalignments aren't that difficult to avoid.
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Mainline - Cheap for a reason?
Replies: 41
Views: 4786

Re: Mainline - Cheap for a reason?

I suspect poor choice of lubricants and the dreaded WD 40, were responsible for many of the problems, or at least hastened the onset of problems that wouldn't have come so soon.
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Yet another newbie seeking advice
Replies: 9
Views: 68

Re: Yet another newbie seeking advice

Hornby only makes settrack, insulfrog points in code 100. Peco do the same points, they also do Streamline track, which is available as wooden sleepers, steel and concrete types in code 100, and flat bottom and bullhead rails in code 75, with electro and insulfrog points in three different radii.
by Bufferstop
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New / Old
Replies: 54
Views: 2090

Re: New / Old

The designs were of their time. HD designs tried to be up to date, there were precious few new designs for anything from the end of the thirties through to the early fifties, so the Art Deco look hung around far longer than it otherwise would.
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout
Replies: 48
Views: 1476

Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

The problem with KDs and Uk stock are rather inherent. US stock does not have buffers, and is mainly bogie mounted so the ends don't have as much throw. When knuckle type couplers were introduced on UK coach stock they were mounted on horizontal pin through the back of the hook pushing them further ...
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Looking at electronic componants
Replies: 23
Views: 344

Re: Looking at electronic componants

If only their trade counter had an "order to inspect" facility so that you go and look at the possible without having all the hasel of returning them.

PS what do I do now with the bag of AA battery holders delivered in error, but nowhere to return 'em to.
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New / Old
Replies: 54
Views: 2090

Re: New / Old

For its time HD was extremely well produced and worked well. If only they had bitten the bullet when they restarted production in the forties and gone two rail, they might have survived. Having decided to stick with three rail they then took on board the Peco coupler which involved them in an expens...
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout
Replies: 48
Views: 1476

Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Geoff have you experimented with smaller magnets. For the BK modded small tensionlocks I use two 3m diameter by 4mm neodymium rods three sleepers apart on the centre line. It looks as though KDs would need them offset either side of a sleeper or just two appart. They have an advantage in that they c...
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Mainline - Cheap for a reason?
Replies: 41
Views: 4786

Re: Mainline - Cheap for a reason?

Peter's Spares have produced a few much in demand parts. Even if they don't currently do them it can only help if you inquire, unless people do there's no demand. I must be very fortunate, I've never had a split axle or wheel centre. Ran my original Mailine Collet goods 'till the bearings were shot,...
by Bufferstop
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout
Replies: 48
Views: 1476

Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Geoff, your situation sounds just like the reason I've resolutely reused to join a club, I'm one of the small number of "doers" that you find amongst the sea of "watchers" and "talkers about" and no matter what the activity once anyone realise I know a bit more about co...
by Bufferstop
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Using Contiboard For A Baseboard?
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: Using Contiboard For A Baseboard?

Hi Greg, I reckon 12mm plywood is OTT, 6mm supported at 300mm spacing is more than adequate at least for 00 and smaller. The most important dimension is the depth of the side rails and cross pieces. What you are trying to construct is a bridge deck, as light as possible and as rigid as possible. It'...
by Bufferstop
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Heritage Line Layout-Named at last P9 /
Replies: 161
Views: 40772

Re: Heritage Line Layout-Named at last P9 /

At this moment I'm reduced to using the top halves of a pair of side by side screens as there's a cat sprawled in front of the pair

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