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by Bigmet
Fri Jul 12, 2024 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4
Replies: 1663
Views: 392700

Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Lovely model of the first example of an 0-6-0 design which BR would later rate 4F, to go into service. Guard Irons on a tender ? O.K I know little, but were these used bunker first that much ? Appears to be a standard fitting on GER classes, even their express loco tenders have them. As to the 'why?...
by Bigmet
Thu Jul 11, 2024 10:37 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New layout
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: New layout

...I haven't been able to have a look at what space I have left to work with. Width at the moment isn't expandable so it's either dog bone style or wait until the loft is fully boarded and go around the outside. Re dogbone derailment based on radius size; I have got hornby set track. I have 1st, 2n...
by Bigmet
Thu Jul 11, 2024 10:23 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: cutting track.. razor saw
Replies: 10
Views: 298

Re: cutting track.. razor saw

The first major accessory I quickly realised was necessary with a high speed rotary tool was a flexible drive. Makes a world of difference on so many tasks, including making neat perpendicular narrow cuts through rails. A small but heavy stand to hang the tool securely is the the further necessary a...
by Bigmet
Wed Jul 10, 2024 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's
Replies: 75
Views: 2807

Re: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's

All my 'off stage' track is not for close inspection. It only has to function reliably. In the old days, club layouts out of sight storage yards, return curves, etc., were laid using soldered half track with the sleepers at 40mm or thereabouts spacing, and the second rail then soldered on between a ...
by Bigmet
Tue Jul 09, 2024 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Maes Glas Riverside - A shunting Puzzle
Replies: 36
Views: 1563

Re: Maes Glas Riverside - A shunting Puzzle

...pondering Kadee couplings myself, expensive, figure start with ends of rakes...they just look so much more usable. The Kadee is beyond doubt the best RTR autocoupler, appraised for the bundle of capabilities it offers. Very reliable when correctly installed, and is my 'end of rake' coupler of ch...
by Bigmet
Tue Jul 09, 2024 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme
Replies: 587
Views: 91854

Re: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme

This must be some kind of record, the Planet Industrials has been on the layout for over a week and it still hasn't had the top off. In my case only truly necessary to have the body off to install the decoder. And the operation is all as it should be, two easily identified and accessible screws, bo...
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 08, 2024 8:54 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Too many locos? Is it possible?
Replies: 15
Views: 466

Re: Too many locos? Is it possible?

...The last loco I bought was a Airfix Class 31 which I won for just over £15... Good choice as it gets the body form better than anything available since, I am waiting to see if either of the new announced Brush type 2 models are worthy to displace mine, which run (beautifully) on very cheaply obt...
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 08, 2024 12:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Too many locos? Is it possible?
Replies: 15
Views: 466

Re: Too many locos? Is it possible?

...I have a pair of N2, one black, one green... My most numerous loco, largest allocation at the country end shed of the KX inner sub mainline service where a couple were almost always to be seen between turns (and there were many more at KX and some non-condensing at Hornsey). Plenty of Swedey Met...
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 08, 2024 10:01 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Too many locos? Is it possible?
Replies: 15
Views: 466

Re: Too many locos? Is it possible?

I cannot speak for the post-steam side, but as far as steam traction is concerned, the huge assortment of loco designs is rather fun, aided by the somewhat chaotic nature of steam operation. In RTR OO there must be 150+ steam classes with a model currently available. I have managed to restrict mysel...
by Bigmet
Sun Jul 07, 2024 3:20 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New layout
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: New layout

Cannot really help you on the freight rolling stock formations, other than short groups of wagons being moved to and from an 'off scene' repair yard by an 08, 20, or another smaller diesel, might be one way of using some of them. ...I have found a double level crossing which I aim to add just before...
by Bigmet
Fri Jul 05, 2024 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's
Replies: 75
Views: 2807

Re: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's

New arrival... Raven Q6. This is the type of loco that was so long near absent from RTR OO, something now usefully being corrected, with a selection past a dozen eight coupled freight classes from the principal users. Handsome machine from the handsome is as handsome does design school. Very good p...
by Bigmet
Fri Jul 05, 2024 11:31 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Have just joined today!
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: Have just joined today!

That's a neat little website to rummage through. ...I have found retirement a bit difficult to adapt to as I enjoyed being useful... You clearly know about volunteering. The only problem I have had in retirement is that you don't have recognised entitlement to a day off, part time working or annual ...
by Bigmet
Wed Jul 03, 2024 3:05 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 1457
Views: 225328

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

Like the layout, constrained by the old walls, has something of the feel of York about it as the city wall is approached. Just enough road traffic too with a good spread of vehicle ages suggesting circa 1960 ...This is a poor weather and evening job... Timed it well, if you have the similar 'overcas...
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 01, 2024 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.
Replies: 315
Views: 56518

Re: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.

Love the scene with the foot crossing. As ever, awestruck by the beauty of the ultimate pre-group express loco design outline. I have a funny story about what came after as the design was developed. Entered the office of a new very senior colleague from the USA, and she was looking at an LNER blue ...
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 01, 2024 12:26 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Steam Railcars/Railmotors of the UK
Replies: 16
Views: 244

Re: Steam Railcars/Railmotors of the UK

...Two forms of propulsion were available, the internal combustion engine and the steam engine... The LNER tried 'everything', see link below, but didn't hit on the eventual winning formula. The Sentinel railcars followed after the successful Sentinel locos which were deployed around the system for...