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by Dragonfly
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New layout
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Re: New layout

I've had a bit of a play in Anyrail to see if this is even possible, and it just works ...ish. The outer loop, fine, as long as, as you said, you use 1st radius curves in the middle 90° of the 180° turns. The goods yard, however, doesn't really fit. You won't be able to get 3 sidings in, only 2. And...
by Dragonfly
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Exhibitions and Events
Topic: Stafford Railway Circle Exhibition 2019 - Feb 2 & 3
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Re: Stafford Railway Circle Exhibition 2019 - Feb 2 & 3

Last minute reminder about this one :-P STAFFORD MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITIONS GOES AHEAD AS PLANNED Despite the cold and unsettled weather the Stafford Model Railway Exhibition goes ahead as planned this weekend. The weather prediction currently for this weekend shows some improvements in temperatures ...
by Dragonfly
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby make attempt at World Domination
Replies: 12
Views: 850

Re: Hornby make attempt at World Domination

Well that's a few more pennies pre-spent on pre-orders for me then :lol: One WD Ruston diesel and two B2 Pecketts (Sherwood and NCB - I'll narrow it down to one but not sure which yet). A couple of other tempting items too, but nothing that stands out as much as those two new ranges, which are both ...
by Dragonfly
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: 00 Gauge - Hartlepool
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: 00 Gauge - Hartlepool

All I can suggest is keep checking Ebay, Hattons, and other second-hand sellers every so often, be patient, and eventually one will show up at a semi-reasonable price. Until then, just work on building the layout. There's no point holding off building a layout just for the sake of one train.
by Dragonfly
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Exhibitions and Events
Topic: Stafford Railway Circle Exhibition 2019 - Feb 2 & 3
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Stafford Railway Circle Exhibition 2019 - Feb 2 & 3

Well it's that time of year again! Comes around so fast, and now that New Year is out of the way, we of Stafford are gathering together to prepare for the busiest weekend of our year. As ever, there's a huge list of layouts and traders, including two "feature" sections, this year's feature...
by Dragonfly
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How Did You Start In Model Railways.
Replies: 32
Views: 903

Re: How Did You Start In Model Railways.

For me it was through my dad. I come from a bit of a railway family on both sides (dad did his apprenticeship at Derby works, and a lot of mum's family worked at Trent station), so have been brought up with trips to railway events and railway-themed holidays abroad all my life. My dad is heavily int...
by Dragonfly
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Decision time - the sale of the century
Replies: 11
Views: 553

Re: Decision time - the sale of the century

Agree with all of that. A couple of things tempted me, including the D16 you mentioned (but, like yourself, I decided I didn't really need it). The only thing that actually got purchased was the Golden Valley Janus in BP livery, a good half the original price. I'd hazard a guess that this livery has...
by Dragonfly
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Need help with a plan-OO gauge
Replies: 39
Views: 1337

Re: Need help with a plan-OO gauge

The main issue with the sidings is quite a common mistake, really. What you've got is a bunch of s-bends to get to each siding, which may look good to watch, but has two main problems: 1) Stock is more likely to derail or uncouple (or NOT uncouple when you're trying to) 2) Shorter sidings. If you lo...
by Dragonfly
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: USA stock - best places to get it
Replies: 10
Views: 333

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

It occasionally comes up at shows, a trader at Alsager model railway show today had a huge box full of box vans! That's Topp Trains :lol: Also, Osborne's Models ( link ) appear to have a section of it. EDIT: And Rails of Sheffield ( link ) have some new boxcars in at £15, and generally have a few A...
by Dragonfly
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: USA stock - best places to get it
Replies: 10
Views: 333

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Give Topp Trains of Stafford ( link - phone number's on there) a call. They've had a lot of HO American stock in for years. Frizinghall Models near Bradford ( link ) always used to have a good selection in, and at very good prices too. I am, however, going back about five years though, and having a ...
by Dragonfly
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Just in Case you Thought that Tail Chasers are Unprototypical.....
Replies: 9
Views: 370

Re: Just in Case you Thought that Tail Chasers are Unprototypical.....

:lol: Somewhere in the USA they have a preserved railway operating with an oval of track. It makes sense if you think of it. They sure do; I've been. Pine Creek Railroad, Allaire NJ. Went there a couple of times in the 1990s. Caboose rides behind a little diesel switcher (they even fired up their s...
by Dragonfly
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Just in Case you Thought that Tail Chasers are Unprototypical.....
Replies: 9
Views: 370

Re: Just in Case you Thought that Tail Chasers are Unprototypical.....

Mountain wrote:It's a loading loop.


Only until it's full. Then it's a looping load.
by Dragonfly
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Kidneston
Replies: 18
Views: 1049

Re: Kidneston

Mountain wrote:I met members of the MERG at the last model railway exhibition that I attended.


They do quite a few, I believe. Very helpful. They'll be at the Soar Valley (Loughborough) exhibition this weekend, so I'm hoping to collar them for a while for all the multitude of questions I have. :lol:
by Dragonfly
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Kidneston
Replies: 18
Views: 1049

Re: Kidneston

Ah yes, I've had a good read of the presentation. I went to a MERG "open day" beginners course last month with a couple of members so went through a big chunk of it then. Today's job was putting together a USB interface module: IMG_20180827_155058a.jpg All painless, it doesn't catch on fir...
by Dragonfly
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Kidneston
Replies: 18
Views: 1049

Re: Kidneston

Morning all, Not a lot to report over the past few weeks, haven't had much time to get into the garage. A few changes are being made, though: 1) A couple of additions to the track plan, namely another siding in the front yard, and the addition of a crossover to allow the first siding to operate as a...

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