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by senorsenales
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Special Service Trains?
Replies: 4
Views: 393

Re: Special Service Trains?

Just a bit of information here about what has been suggested. Paper trains - in the mid 60's when I used to catch the train home from Victoria to Balham at about 0430 the passenger compartments were used to carry the papers, as was the first Reading - Newbury DMU up till the late 70's. They were met...
by senorsenales
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: 1970s Railway Video
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: 1970s Railway Video

LIDL's were doing one for £14.99. Silvercrest USB Video Grabber.

Bought one, haven't tried it. Loads of cables and bits in the box to bit any combination I should think.
by senorsenales
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The empty railways of America
Replies: 3
Views: 567

Re: The empty railways of America

Had a fortnight in Florida recently and went down to Plant City where they had erected a viewing platform to watch the 'railroad action' in safety. It is a flat crossing so quite interesting. Unfortunately the 'action' is about twelve trains a day, one of which was a passenger train running three ho...
by senorsenales
Sun May 21, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Wagon type
Replies: 7
Views: 679

Re: Wagon type

Departmental locos were normally used off the main lines in particular locations. I lived for many years at Wolverton where there were a number of departmental locos in the ex LNWR 0-6-0's which used to push and pull coaching stock around the internal works rail system. They never went out onto the ...
by senorsenales
Wed May 17, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Platform both sides
Replies: 13
Views: 1157

Re: Platform both sides

Reading in its previous un-rebuilt state had two bays, one at each end of the central island platform. Plat 5 and 8 went round Plat 6 and 7, the bays. Doors in latter days were not opened on both sides, but on the drivers side only because it was DOO. Different in the days of slam door where people ...
by senorsenales
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Train shows IN the U.S.
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Train shows IN the U.S.

American railroading seems to be on a different scale to us, apart from the OO/HO difference. As noted already the Model Railroader seems to the one to look at. There are a couple of travelling train shows that tour the US so you have to be in the right place at the right time. I haven't managed one...
by senorsenales
Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Goods shed - how to model the track bed?
Replies: 4
Views: 679

Re: Goods shed - how to model the track bed?

My only experience was when I was working at Bicester North Goods Office in 1963, and the only thing I remember was that the track bed was hidden under about sixty years of having light weight wagons standing on it. I don't seem to remember seeing sleepers, though I suspect there must have been, but...
by senorsenales
Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The Anthony Adler collection, auction
Replies: 11
Views: 958

Re: The Anthony Adler collection, auction

Having been to our local auction house for their bi-annual railway auction I was quite shocked at some prices being achieved, and also at some really quality items that achieved peanuts. Good job I was sitting down as the price of some early tinplate went through the roof, and amazed at some quality...
by senorsenales
Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Signaling on my layout - need a starting point
Replies: 20
Views: 1404

Re: Signaling on my layout - need a starting point

In that case I would go for the junction signal on the platform end.
by senorsenales
Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Signaling on my layout - need a starting point
Replies: 20
Views: 1404

Re: Signaling on my layout - need a starting point

Think about it like this. A signal is to let the Driver know that the line ahead is clear, at least as far as the next signal, and also lets him know where he is going. If your junction is close to the starting point you could have a junction signal as the starting signal at the platform end, or, if...
by senorsenales
Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Signaling on my layout - need a starting point
Replies: 20
Views: 1404

Re: Signaling on my layout - need a starting point

If your bay platform is intended for passenger use, or at least trains that do more than a shunt move then you will need a start signal. Shunting moves are based on low speed, not to exceed 20 mph, Drivers to proceed as far as the next signal or as far as he can see to be clear, so anything going on...
by senorsenales
Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol imperfections or am I expecting too much?
Replies: 16
Views: 2731

Re: Dapol imperfections or am I expecting too much?

[quote="Peterm"]Wasn't on Candid Camera with the third one was you ? :)[/quote

Strangely co-incidental I grant you, but I don't model in N gauge anyway but was disappointed for those that bought in good faith only to be let down like that. I can't believe it is normal.
by senorsenales
Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:47 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol imperfections or am I expecting too much?
Replies: 16
Views: 2731

Re: Dapol imperfections or am I expecting too much?

I don't normally look down this section but three cases have come to my attention in the last week re Dapol. One was a steam outline loco making horrible graunching noises as new from the box. He was a local modeller who had contacted our club for advice. Another was a Club member who came in with a...
by senorsenales
Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Dormitories on the line?
Replies: 9
Views: 823

Re: Dormitories on the line?

Were any provided in decomisioned coaches? It would seem an obvious quick fix if they became necessary due to wartime route changes. Newbury Racecourse was certainly a wartime staffing point using old coaches. The racecourse was transformed into a huge yard because of the proximity of Greenham Comm...
by senorsenales
Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:07 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Facebook 'live' presentation
Replies: 15
Views: 1058

Re: Facebook 'live' presentation

It seems Hornby are reliving the fate of the British motorcycle and car industry on the 70's. It started with motorbikes, oil leak free engines, electric starters, twelve volt lighting, indicators, all those little things that made me turn in a nine month old Bantam (support the home industry) for a...

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