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by captrees
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: First time model loco buyer, any tips/advice please.
Replies: 17
Views: 498

Re: First time model loco buyer, any tips/advice please.

I too was a beginner 18 months ago. I wanted a Black 5 as my first loco, but was a bit put off by the price of the new ones, and didn't want the railroad model. I got a new Hornby standard 4MT 4-6-0 instead for approx 2/3 price at a fair. It was DCC fitted, but I'm running analogue currently. I was ...
by captrees
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 4mt shorting out
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: Hornby 4mt shorting out

On my 4mt the wires between loco and tender are too long and I noticed slight wear on the wiring from dragging on the track. Before it was damaged further I twisted the wires to shorten them.
by captrees
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Princess Coronation class Queen Elizabeth - another Hornby dud
Replies: 10
Views: 630

Re: Princess Coronation class Queen Elizabeth - another Hornby dud

Interesting post. Was considering buying a Hornby Coronation Class because my new Bachman Jubilee is having trouble derailing on curves, but I haven't pulled it apart yet to adjust front bogie. Should I try bubblewrap first? :lol: :o
by captrees
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Backscenes.
Replies: 32
Views: 1425

Re: Backscenes.

I painted one in the style of a 1950s railway poster, I blocked in the broad areas of colour based on photos from the actual scene. It worked quite nice, I used little tester pots of heritage paints to get the shades I needed. I've painted a few skys too, but never had much luck with buildings, but...
by captrees
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Creative Modelling.
Replies: 40
Views: 1865

Re: Creative Modelling.

To try to put my thoughts into words, what if you can create a model railway that does not comply to conventional rules? What rules? As a newby to this hobby, I wasn't aware that conformity is required. And I find that I have no urge to compete with those that know this subject better than me. So a...
by captrees
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: The South Westmorland Railway
Replies: 0
Views: 403

The South Westmorland Railway

The South Westmorland Railway is going to be my project for quite some time, as we progress from the early planning stages and research. There is a ‘studio’ in our garden in the Perth Hills, that is approx. 12’ x 20’ and the wife is quite happy for me to use all this space, though it might be a bit ...
by captrees
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Shunting ideas.
Replies: 21
Views: 1120

Re: Shunting ideas.

Is a good idea to start small with a simple trainset and go from there. :) I'll second that. My first three attempts at layouts never got properly operational, never mind finished. They were too ambitious and while they did teach me a lot, the learning curve and the mistakes to learn from would hav...
by captrees
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Shunting ideas.
Replies: 21
Views: 1120

Re: Shunting ideas.

As time passes, pieces accumulate, and we are ready for the build process. Following on from the advice here, I have bought the most basic trainset, but that gives me a third radius oval, simple controller, etc. I bought enough (Hornby kit) track to make a second radius oval inside the first, and so...
by captrees
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Shunting ideas.
Replies: 21
Views: 1120

Re: Shunting ideas.

Mountain and Emettman, thank you for your words of wisdom. So now I've changed my mind again, and will start with fixed track, and learn my skills first. Also I have discovered another shop in Perth that has a good range of gear, so I'm off shopping in the morning. I'll get some timber too. Stay tun...
by captrees
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Shunting ideas.
Replies: 21
Views: 1120

Re: Shunting ideas.

Well so far the research stage has reached the drawing board stage. I'm not going to buy a new train set, as other than the Flying Scotsman, there's nothing available locally. Someone gave me a large piece of board, so it was out with the tape measure. A tad too small at 110cm wide, so my research t...
by captrees
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Shunting ideas.
Replies: 21
Views: 1120

Re: Shunting ideas.

Welcome, and don't buy a train set without further research! (These are based on the hopelessly dated set track and if you have a large space, then a flexitrack system is cheaper, and means you are not restricted to the tiny radii of set track curves and points which make for poor running.) I have ...
by captrees
Sat May 26, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Shunting ideas.
Replies: 21
Views: 1120

Re: Shunting ideas.

Hi captrees and welcome to the forum. Start with a budget trainset and go from there! :) Exactly what I did! DCC too! I didn't even know the museum was still open. I may have to investigate. :idea: Thanks End2end Yes, my thoughts are to start budget DCC. The museum and shop are still at Margate, wh...
by captrees
Fri May 25, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Shunting ideas.
Replies: 21
Views: 1120

Shunting ideas.

Greetings all. Visiting the Hornby Museum in Margate this week has rekindled old dormant dreams of owning a trainset, to the extent that I’ve spent several hours lurking on this site. As a small boy I had access to 2 large layouts, and when I asked my parents for an electric train for Christmas, I g...

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