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by UrbanHermit
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: A funny thing happened...
Replies: 10
Views: 323

A funny thing happened...

This afternoon I left a train running around the oval while I got on with something else. When, after maybe 15 minutes, i tried to stop it it was completely unresponsive to any input from the controller but continued running at the speed I'd originally set. Switching to another loco's address and co...
by UrbanHermit
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Triangular junction polarity
Replies: 6
Views: 290

Re: Triangular junction polarity

Thank you all for your input. The idea was to take branches off the oval's bus wires and feed them through the switch, then attach all fiddleyard droppers 'downstream' of the switch. The switch would be right next to the points A, yes, so that hopefully it would become natural to switch the two toge...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Triangular junction polarity
Replies: 6
Views: 290

Triangular junction polarity

I am contemplating adding a fiddleyard to my oval layout. For various reasons, like the need to have trains entering and leaving in either direction, the design of the layout, and its position in the room, I want access to the fiddleyard to be via a triangular junction. This, of course, raises polar...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Dec 01, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Metcalfe or Resin
Replies: 6
Views: 354

Re: Metcalfe or Resin

Not illogical at all in my book, Bufferstop. I have the same issue with plastic and resin that you have. Printed card can depict very fine detail, and at 1/76 the lack of embossed texture doesn't bother me at all. I am also a serial builder of Metcalfe kits. And their quality is improving all the ti...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 50
Views: 7398

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

Thanks again for your time and trouble, but it's out of the frying pan... That photo of 6388 (which might have been a good candidate, having been a Cardiff Canton engine pre-war) reminds me that engines on secondary duties didn't get repaints as often as the prestigious express types, and could be s...
by UrbanHermit
Mon Nov 30, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 50
Views: 7398

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

Thanks both, for the helpful replies. Helpful, that is, in totally opposite directions, one showing me how to change it and the other encouraging me to live with it. I'm now torn in two. I've been doing some digging, and I have discovered that of the 638x series only two, 6381 and 6385, got outside ...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 50
Views: 7398

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

Back on topic, I had a quick shufti the other day at the RMWeb thread on the Dapol mogul – and rather wished I hadn't. It turns out that Dapol have slipped up on one particular variant, and that's exactly the one I have, 6385 in shirtbutton livery. Apparently this locomotive received outside steam p...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The Clergy and Railways!?! ...
Replies: 9
Views: 369

Re: The Clergy and Railways!?! ...

It goes back a long way. Many of those rather fine photos of broad gauge GWR expresses were taken by a gent by the name of (if my memory serves me right) the Rev A H Malan.
by UrbanHermit
Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Toads
Replies: 11
Views: 484

Re: Toads

Just my little joke...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 50
Views: 7398

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

Very interesting exposition, Bigmet, and all good points. My money's on the ashpan. The Armstrongs had 7' drivers as opposed to the 7' 8" of the singles, so the difference was less than 10%, but I wouldn't mind betting that led to the boiler being pitched a few inches lower (they always liked t...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Toads
Replies: 11
Views: 484

Re: Toads

Good point...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Toads
Replies: 11
Views: 484

Re: Toads

Er no, I don't think so. They're not like mice. It's not going to breed down there. Toads are amphibians: they have to go to water to lay their eggs, which they do once a year in the spring. As it happens, a year or two ago a pair of them spent several hours coupled together about a foot outside the...
by UrbanHermit
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 50
Views: 7398

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

Not so simple on this model, because the coupling incorporates the electrical connections. It doesn't matter to me, because (as I've said) I'm not going to alter it. I was thinking about you and your potential SECR D. Incidentally... One man's meat and all that, but my personal nomination for the mo...
by UrbanHermit
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Toads
Replies: 11
Views: 484

Toads

I have two GWR goods brake vans in my railway room down in the cellar, but three toads...





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This little bugger has taken up residence in the corner by the door. It's not doing me any harm, so I leave it alone.
by UrbanHermit
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 50
Views: 7398

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

One picture is worth a thousand words, they say... underhill1008.jpg Watching the loco on a second radius curve, it kooks like they could have got away with coupling the tender a little more closely. I can't see any easy way of adjusting it, though I'm no expert at such things. The pivots/attachment...

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