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by Richard08
Thu Sep 28, 2023 10:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bonkers 'pre owned' pricing?
Replies: 29
Views: 1569

Re: Bonkers 'pre owned' pricing?

To be fair, prices seem to have gone through the roof on everything everywhere. I was hanging out with my two sons and four of my grandchildren the other day and bought fish and chips for our lunch. Cost me $84 (around 44 GBP) for the greasy pleasure. Never thought I'd see the day. [Careers off-top...
by Richard08
Wed Sep 27, 2023 12:36 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bonkers 'pre owned' pricing?
Replies: 29
Views: 1569

Re: Bonkers 'pre owned' pricing?

Here is the issue. Is not that there are problems from time to time on behalf of the retailer. It is that those problems are often the greatest opportunity a retailer will ever know which can make or break their business! And it is NOT the customers fault. Somewhat expanding the thread (ok, going o...
by Richard08
Wed Sep 27, 2023 11:22 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: LMS "Twin Bolster" Wagon Pair
Replies: 5
Views: 483

Re: LMS "Twin Bolster" Wagon Pair

Interesting. This is covered in Peter Tatlows 'LNER wagons 4B' in terms of origins from early in WWII. These were conversions of pairs of 9' wb 12T/13T wooden bodied minerals (and in the case of the LNER examples photographed, all wooden framed with spoked wheels). The bolsters were moved off centr...
by Richard08
Tue Sep 26, 2023 9:15 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: LMS "Twin Bolster" Wagon Pair
Replies: 5
Views: 483

Re: LMS "Twin Bolster" Wagon Pair

Having cleaned up the castings and done trial assembly of the two wagons, wheels are needed before progressing, going to be a few days I fear (budgets and all that). In the meantime I've had zero luck with finding any photos, let alone in BR days, but I have found (boy have I looked at a lot of weir...
by Richard08
Tue Sep 26, 2023 1:09 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bonkers 'pre owned' pricing?
Replies: 29
Views: 1569

Re: Bonkers 'pre owned' pricing?

Ive seen Hattons asking for £200 for near wrecked locos as well. Charlie at Chadwick did a vid not so long ago where one of his viewers sent him a loco bought as a non runner from Hattons as a do-er upper. When Charlie opened it up to 'fix' it, it had no pcb in it. On the quality of s/h, well... I ...
by Richard08
Tue Sep 26, 2023 12:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bonkers 'pre owned' pricing?
Replies: 29
Views: 1569

Re: Bonkers 'pre owned' pricing?

A business will try to maximise the price they can get for s/h, there's really nothing new there - I did exactly that with my s/h spares counter. The consumer's sanction if the pricing isn't right is simple - don't buy it, however much you really want the thing.
by Richard08
Mon Sep 25, 2023 11:33 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Westdale BG (NCV)
Replies: 26
Views: 1648

Re: Westdale BG (NCV)

Richard08 wrote: finally wended their merry way from China Yeah, I dunno. I've never had any luck ordering from China, although others on here seem to do OK. Hong Kong and Japan, no problem, but mainland China... I pays my money and I takes my chance. Glad yours arrived OK. I used AliExpress, my ho...
by Richard08
Mon Sep 25, 2023 12:33 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Westdale BG (NCV)
Replies: 26
Views: 1648

Re: Westdale BG (NCV)

Both bogies are now complete - and the hollow bolts finally wended their merry way from China. And they are the right size - not an occurrence I'm used to... No danger of wires from the pickups snagging will hopefully ensue.
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by Richard08
Mon Sep 25, 2023 12:25 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Making the most of space
Replies: 9
Views: 1219

Re: Making the most of space

:!: This is the single most important piece of advice resulting in a happy modeller. :!: I'm a novice. I thought live frog points we're too advanced for me so I opted for dead frog points with smaller geometry to try to keep things simple and to cram more track in. Worst mistake I made and is the b...
by Richard08
Sun Sep 24, 2023 6:05 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: LMS "Twin Bolster" Wagon Pair
Replies: 5
Views: 483

LMS "Twin Bolster" Wagon Pair

While poking around the MMP site looking for bits and bobs I came across this kit at an extremely affordable price. I know nothing about the prototype bar that some (as in the diagram this kit is for) were permanently coupled in pairs. Sounds a bit different, ergo I just had to have one, or is that ...
by Richard08
Sat Sep 23, 2023 3:23 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: 3D Printing: Projects
Replies: 180
Views: 61402

Re: 3D Printing: Projects

Excellent results! Great to see this 'new branch' of modelling coming of age.
by Richard08
Sat Sep 23, 2023 1:43 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Freight question
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: Freight question

The wagon load network, as a general conveyor, effectively ceased in 1991 with the end of the Speedlink network, Speedlink being the remains of the network-wide wagon load network, the yards mostly becoming supermarkets. That wasn't quite then end, some activity continued - from Wikipedia : "Th...
by Richard08
Thu Sep 21, 2023 1:57 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Westdale BG (NCV)
Replies: 26
Views: 1648

Re: Westdale BG (NCV)

Slow progress... drying glue :-( But 'tis done. Adding the brake shoes - was it worth the effort? Not really, since they are pretty much invisible, but, well, I know they are there...
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One down, one to go.
by Richard08
Thu Sep 21, 2023 12:55 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: SPROG & JMRI DCC Accessory addressing?
Replies: 3
Views: 571

Re: SPROG & JMRI DCC Accessory addressing?

I can't comment on your specific set-up, but I can use my Lenz controller for trains and Rocrail (I find it much easier to use than JMRI) to control accessories via a (WIO) bus using a USB lead from the computer. The crunch is does the Prodigy Express have bus connection to allow it to connect to a ...