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by muggins
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Level crossing
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: Level crossing

FWIW the late 50's were peak train-spotting years for me in the east Midlands, and I'll swear I never saw crossing gates with mesh on them until much later. If they did have mesh on, we wouldn't have been able to get our feet safely on the bottom rung in order to ride the gate as it opened or closed...
by muggins
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Question about Chinese steam locos
Replies: 9
Views: 149

Re: Question about Chinese steam locos

Now that I can understand.

But I still think it's ugly :)
by muggins
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Return or not return...this is the question!
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: Return or not return...this is the question!

D605Eagle wrote: ... I feel I don't want to annoy Rails, as I've saved way more than £200 on the RRP on just 4 locos ...

That's an interesting way of looking at things. Personally I'd be thinking "they've had £**** off me for these for items and one of them's not 100%"!
by muggins
Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Question about Chinese steam locos
Replies: 9
Views: 149

Re: Question about Chinese steam locos

Cheers Bigmet. One of the videos I was watching is this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZMnAvss89o and there's a good view of this box thing at 9' 25". I must admit I'm struggling to see how that works as a smoke deflector, but maybe it does with Chinese smoke ...
by muggins
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Question about Chinese steam locos
Replies: 9
Views: 149

Question about Chinese steam locos

Been watching a couple of Youchoob videos about the steam locos still working in Chinese opencast coal mines, which have reminded me to ask about something which has always puzzled me. Most/a lot of them seem to have a "box" round the chimney. What's that in aid of?
by muggins
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Double sided sticky tape
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Double sided sticky tape

Excellent too for sticking embossed plastic card overlays onto plastic card when scratch-building structures.
by muggins
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New Hornby Ruston - any alternatives?
Replies: 9
Views: 208

Re: New Hornby Ruston - any alternatives?

boxbrownie wrote:And your next challenge will be fitting sound.... :D


Oh sure :)

Thankfully I'm not into all that DCC stuff, but I bet it won't be long before somebody's done it.
by muggins
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New Hornby Ruston - any alternatives?
Replies: 9
Views: 208

Re: New Hornby Ruston - any alternatives?

Cheers Bigmet. Nah, they're all far too big and butch for what I need. Besides, The Lady Wife has declared the Ruston to be a cute little thing, so that definitely helps on the purchasing front :wink:
by muggins
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New Hornby Ruston - any alternatives?
Replies: 9
Views: 208

Re: New Hornby Ruston - any alternatives?

Cheers mister. Thought so. The MR Sentinel's out because it's coal, and kits are out for me nowadays because of eyesight and dexterity issues, so I'm going to push the boat out and put me 'and up for a Ruston :)
by muggins
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New Hornby Ruston - any alternatives?
Replies: 9
Views: 208

New Hornby Ruston - any alternatives?

I'm much taken with the new Hornby Ruston, especially at £72 post-free pre-ordered from Derails. But before I raid the piggy bank for the £20 deposit, am I right in thinking there's nothing else RTR in 00 by way of a small diesel shunter I could use for moving stuff around my factory sidings? Period...
by muggins
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Dapol turntable question
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Dapol turntable question

The bridge is 250mm ... If you like the look of it, worth seeing if an original Airfix kit is still available. Much superior to what Dapol now turn out, moulded in something more like soap rather than polystyrene... Thanks chaps. Now I know exactly how long the bridge is, I've scaled up the depth f...
by muggins
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Dapol turntable question
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Dapol turntable question

Anybody got a Dapol turntable handy? I'm in urgent need of knowing how long the bridge is and how deep the side girders are at their deepest ...
by muggins
Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Turntable bridge length
Replies: 5
Views: 158

Re: Turntable bridge length

Cheers Bigmet. As usual, what you say makes perfect sense.

Hmmm ... 60ft = 240mm, and the lady wife's Victoria sandwich tin that I've started coveting for the well is just under 250mm ID, so this thing's now looking distinctly more promising than it was at sparrowfart today ...
by muggins
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Turntable bridge length
Replies: 5
Views: 158

Re: Turntable bridge length

OK then ... let's make it the minimum 00 rail length needed to accommodate say a Standard 4MT or 5MT, or a something like a B1 or K3. ETA after BIgmet's post - yes, but the issue here is that every 5mm I can trim off the well diameter will make a worthwhile improvement to the look of the finished pr...
by muggins
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Turntable bridge length
Replies: 5
Views: 158

Turntable bridge length

I'm just starting designing a scratchbuilt turntable, which I want to make as small as I reasonably can. It's not going to be based on any prototype: all I'm after is an end result that looks OK to me and turns smoothly when I crank the 'andle. The longest loco I have is a Bachmann 2251, and I'm unl...

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