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by kiwitram
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Selective Compression- how-to?
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Re: Selective Compression- how-to?

This is a 50ft turntable in its basic form: https://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=50348 or is it the one you've dismissed as being too expensive? Yes, that's the one. I suppose at a second glance £69 isn't *too* expensive, although it would be something I'd have to sa...
by kiwitram
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Selective Compression- how-to?
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Re: Selective Compression- how-to?

Hello again everyone, I've been researching the rail side equipment of Hastings, and it seems the turntable was 45', with the turntable at St Leonards being 50' until around 1935. Now, I've looked at all the 'usual' manufacturers of kits (Dapol, Peco and a metal kit company) and virtually all of the...
by kiwitram
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: BR "blue" is it popular anymore
Replies: 12
Views: 263

Re: BR "blue" is it popular anymore

I've noticed there are still quite a few BR Blue period layouts still listed in the publications, but there's been a rise in interest of Grouping and Pre-Grouping layouts again, which is pleasant for some of us. On the other hand, I've seen very few 'recent modern' image layouts around; the only one...
by kiwitram
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: New WiFi Android DCC System
Replies: 4
Views: 172

Re: New WiFi Android DCC System

I'll admit I do like the idea of being able to use a smartphone or tablet to control my layout, however, I think my main hangup would be that it isn't very tactile- you can't really 'feel' what you're driving, whereas with a conventional controller you've obviously got knobs and buttons and pushy-pu...
by kiwitram
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Carriage prices are nuts!
Replies: 40
Views: 799

Re: Carriage prices are nuts!

That was a really good post Alex. You got both sides nailed down Hear hear! Another poor humble uni student here, I decided to pack in rtr modelling a couple of years ago and haven't looked back since! It helps that my favourite era is late-pregrouping where there's not much rtr anyway which prodde...
by kiwitram
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Carriage prices are nuts!
Replies: 40
Views: 799

Re: Carriage prices are nuts!

I'm just glad I've got just about everything I want. Imagine been a teen now wanting to start off. They got no chance and will look elsewhere for a hobby, like TrainSim 2017 for example. The long term future of the hobby with be the rich and their I'm alright jack attitudes I'm afraid. I'll put my ...
by kiwitram
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Railroad 'Southern' coaches
Replies: 23
Views: 713

Re: Railroad 'Southern' coaches

...There are several items in the Railroad range which are 'bashable', so to speak, into other items... If one applies Comet sides and Keen bogies to the Pullmans, one can create far prettier steel K type cars than the source model. ... I'm a student. I plead poverty... You cannot be that impoveris...
by kiwitram
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Selective Compression- how-to?
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Re: Selective Compression- how-to?

Hello everyone, Thank you all for your input so far. I've calculated the maximum space I can afford for the prospective layout without it becoming 'silly', or conversely being too small. This stands at ten foot long (305cm) and four and a half foot wide (actually 137cm; this is rounded to 140cm for ...
by kiwitram
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Railroad 'Southern' coaches
Replies: 23
Views: 713

Re: Railroad 'Southern' coaches

For an example of an easily 'improved' GWR coach that is now in the Railroad range, see this: https://srmg.org.uk/quick-improvements-to-a-hornby-railroad-gwr-dining-car/ I'd be very interested to see photos of improved Southern Railway Railroad coaches. Tony I've read all of those articles before T...
by kiwitram
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Selective Compression- how-to?
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Re: Selective Compression- how-to?

I'm just wondering how useful current google maps will be helpful to you, as the station's had two major rebuilds since your proposed dates. I was only using the Google map just to affirm the main dimensions of the station overall, between the two road bridges and from Devonshire Road/Cornwallis Te...
by kiwitram
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Selective Compression- how-to?
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Re: Selective Compression- how-to?

From a Google Maps printout at a scale of 100 feet to 4.5 centimetres (100:4.5), The problem may be that your statement is incorrect,100 feet to 4.5 centimetres is not the same as 100:4.5! Plus printing and measuring a print is dependant on what scale you printed at! Make a link to the map and we m...
by kiwitram
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Railroad 'Southern' coaches
Replies: 23
Views: 713

Re: Railroad 'Southern' coaches

So then, when they have dealt with their other issues, it might be worth Hornby's while to reappraise the tooling of their Railroad and 'Southern' coaches. In the case of the latter, the result could be an interesting product in itself - not an exact replica of any Southern prototype but a coach th...
by kiwitram
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Selective Compression- how-to?
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Re: Selective Compression- how-to?

The problem is that either one adopts a branch line but runs it as if it is a busy main line, or one compresses lengths. The difficulty is, if one runs an express locomotive it just does not look right with only three or four coaches in tow. One idea is to model a modern intermediate station on a m...
by kiwitram
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Selective Compression- how-to?
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Re: Selective Compression- how-to?

From a Google Maps printout at a scale of 100 feet to 4.5 centimetres (100:4.5), the length of the site is 25cm long, and 9.5cm deep. Alex Someone else check me? Real size 100ft for every 4.5 cm on map. 4.5's in 25cm = 5.5 recurring. x100 for feet =556 feet. Divide by 1/76for OO = 7ft 4 in Which lo...
by kiwitram
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Selective Compression- how-to?
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Selective Compression- how-to?

Hello everyone, I'd like to pose a question which I believe afflicts many modellers who wish to represent a prototype area or site; How does one selectively compress to fit the space available? As some of you may know, I'm modelling Hastings station and yard prior to its rebuild into a conventional ...

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