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by Katabatic
Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Cunning disguises for tracks through a back scene?
Replies: 2
Views: 1573

Re: Cunning disguises for tracks through a back scene?

Some cracking disguises there. The market railway is just bonkers! Thanks Chris.
by Katabatic
Sat Jul 02, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Propelling uncoupled?
Replies: 0
Views: 793

Propelling uncoupled?

Before I start messing about changing couplings I thought I should ask! Has anyone tried propelling wagons using a shunter's truck (or a road van even) but with the rapido replaced by a pin or some such to prevent snagging? It might not be elegant but I hope to conjure something that at least works ...
by Katabatic
Sat Jul 02, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Cunning disguises for tracks through a back scene?
Replies: 2
Views: 1573

Cunning disguises for tracks through a back scene?

For example: In 1960 a pick up goods train enters a small yard through a back scene on the left and continues past inglenook sidings to a fiddle yard on the right from where it propels into one of the sidings. In the example, the yard entrances can be tunnels (if propelling was allowed?), train shed...
by Katabatic
Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Q: Wagon labels in BR steam days
Replies: 0
Views: 703

Q: Wagon labels in BR steam days

I recently stumbled upon an old BR wagon examiner's handbook that includes copious illustrations of labels used to describe wagon restrictions (actually from the 1970's), but I can't find a web resource with pictures (except on eBay!) or a book with popular examples from the vast array of wagon cont...
by Katabatic
Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: How to use the term "section" when describing track?
Replies: 18
Views: 3488

Re: How to use the term "section" when describing track?

The basic train service was one per hour fast to London, and one stopper, but a lot of freight, most at the 30 mph mark. You have read my mind! A hypothetical pick-up goods train will run between Bristol and Calne via Bradford junction (so avoiding Box and Corsham). The train will be formed up with...
by Katabatic
Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:24 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: How to use the term "section" when describing track?
Replies: 18
Views: 3488

Re: How to use the term "section" when describing track?

Thank you very much for helping me out, particularly senorsenales and StuartP for their time and care in forming such excellent answers (invaluable for calculating train frequencies including line capacity).

With kind regards.
by Katabatic
Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: How to use the term "section" when describing track?
Replies: 18
Views: 3488

Re: How to use the term "section" when describing track?

Having access to a couple of "real world" signallers (Senorsenales and StuartP) is a real privilege. I now understand how to apply some of the "section" terms in context. Thank you. Delving a little deeper into the black arts (before I stop and move on!): 1. Using absolute block ...
by Katabatic
Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: How to use the term "section" when describing track?
Replies: 18
Views: 3488

Re: How to use the term "section" when describing track?

I know what you mean John. I used to be a section head in my own section, became "team leader" within a new bigger section, was re-badged "project manager" in my own sub-section of the bigger section before finally becoming "project leader" in someone else's section. Sa...
by Katabatic
Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: How to use the term "section" when describing track?
Replies: 18
Views: 3488

How to use the term "section" when describing track?

In attempting to avoid ambiguity, I need help with the generic railway term "section" for describing a length of track. My definitions need correction please. a) "Block" Properly(?) called a section. b) "Box Section"? 3 blocks belonging to a signal box. Is "box&quo...
by Katabatic
Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: This might be blasphemy....
Replies: 3
Views: 1662

Re: This might be blasphemy....

Haven't you basically described the Chippenham - Thingley Junction - Melksham - Holt - Bradford on Avon - Avoncliff - Dundas - Bathampton - Bath Spa line? The first bit of the line up to Bradford on Avon is definitely branch line size, also nice canal aqueducts as you get closer to Bath if you like...
by Katabatic
Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: This might be blasphemy....
Replies: 3
Views: 1662

Re: This might be blasphemy....

I just stumbled on this helpful thread posted in the Bristol Railway Archives Forum: http://www.bristol-rail.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2310 It discusses many of the alternative routes to Paddington, both after Bristol Parkway linked through to Temple Meads and from earlier times. There are...
by Katabatic
Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: This might be blasphemy....
Replies: 3
Views: 1662

This might be blasphemy....

Here is one of those preposterous "what if" imaginings. In a nutshell, I am trying to accommodate a GWR branch line that goes AROUND Box Hill to Chippenham and Calne (as in reality) but terminates at a Bath main line station (as in my head). Because there appears to be no other way, such a...
by Katabatic
Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:09 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Whilst shovelling for inspiration I dug these up...
Replies: 6
Views: 1846

Re: Whilst shovelling for inspiration I dug these up...

Suspicion (no great evidence): steep incline, yes. I have read of yard locos taking a "run up" to get a rake of loaded coal wagons to the top of the bank. I suspect that the rake was pushed as far as necessary towards the end of the track past the coaling stage, so that the last one was i...
by Katabatic
Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Whilst shovelling for inspiration I dug these up...
Replies: 6
Views: 1846

Re: Whilst shovelling for inspiration I dug these up...

Hi your pasted URLs would only work if cut and pasted into the search bar, and the color formatting removed. Click edit or quote to see how I fixed 'em. The tinyurl one still doesn't go where you intended it to. That's a common problem with them, it's best to copy the real thing when you have made ...
by Katabatic
Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Whilst shovelling for inspiration I dug these up...
Replies: 6
Views: 1846

Whilst shovelling for inspiration I dug these up...

I just Googled for some images whilst happily doodling the business end of a possible GWR coaling bank for N gauge: http://tinyurl.com/Coaling-images You should see 100's of railway pics (only), mostly coaling, but if the above link does not work (see John's very helpful reply beneath) then try clic...