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by stuartp
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Fitted brake vans
Replies: 18
Views: 336

Re: Fitted brake vans

The LNER 20ton vans on which the BR vans were based had tall vacuum pipes standing upright from the headstock. The Bachmann LNER vans have these. The BR bauxite vans generally had the low hanging type (two slightly different designs) but these foul tension lock couplings which is why they are not us...
by stuartp
Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby flogging another dead horse
Replies: 9
Views: 448

Re: Hornby flogging another dead horse

It might have been 11 years ago but it still sells. Come to York and see how many shops in the Shambles are catering for the HP tourist trade without actually being allowed to mention him by name - The Boy Wizard, Wizarding World, The Shop That Must Not Be Named etc. They're paying city centre rents...
by stuartp
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 1631

Re: We need to talk about costs

These prices might seem reasonable to those in the hobby but the future of the hobby depends on new blood. But kids aren't the new blood, adult collectors/modellers with disposable income are. Not just Railways either, kids aren't buying Aifix V bombers at 60 quid a throw, and even all those pocket...
by stuartp
Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 1631

Re: We need to talk about costs

I can buy a cheap smart phone for £50. Cell phone manufacturers shift 1.5 billion units a year between them. If any model railway manufacturer in any scale could manage sales (and consequent profits) on that sort of scale then locos would be a couple of quid each by now. But they can't so they aren...
by stuartp
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 962

Re: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

Ah. Fair comment !
by stuartp
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 962

Re: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

I thought the range wasn't due to be announced until 4th Feb ? Or have I missed something ?
by stuartp
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Question about BR Mk1 carriages
Replies: 20
Views: 515

Re: Question about BR Mk1 carriages

Bufferstop wrote: lasting only from the era of "we really shouldn't put them in the guards van"


There should be a 'Like' button on here :D
by stuartp
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Question about BR Mk1 carriages
Replies: 20
Views: 515

Re: Question about BR Mk1 carriages

It was possible to reserve a compartment for the conveyance of invalids, and as far as I'm aware only the CKs had them.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/70023venus2009/5888641136

You could also find compartments reserved for 'Prisoners with escort' amongst other things.
by stuartp
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Just a thought...
Replies: 9
Views: 339

Re: Just a thought...

Lineside fires aren't the issue, enthusiastic traincrew with a couple of beaters can deal with those. Moorland fires are the problem, NYMR are liable for any damaged caused to the National Park from sparks drifting outside the boundary fence.
by stuartp
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Limited edition Black 5 - a bit of a puzzle
Replies: 14
Views: 592

Re: Limited edition Black 5 - a bit of a puzzle

I still don't understand what's "really poor" about it. It's got a couple of compromises on an otherwise accurate model.
by stuartp
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Limited edition Black 5 - a bit of a puzzle
Replies: 14
Views: 592

Re: Limited edition Black 5 - a bit of a puzzle

If it's the non-railroad model then the tender has an odd valence under the running plate, the welded version has some extraneous rivets and the bogie wheels are a bit generic. On the plus side it's dimensionally accurate and the different topfeed, dome and wheelbase variations are faithfully captur...
by stuartp
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Railway room safety
Replies: 14
Views: 647

Re: Railway room safety

So anyone decorating their home should be thinking the same, then... Yes, A&E departments are full of DIY experts. I presume your house has a fire extinguisher, smoke alarm, first aid kit and some means of phoning an ambulance if you need one ? If your railway room is in the house (spare bedroo...
by stuartp
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Railway room safety
Replies: 14
Views: 647

Re: Railway room safety

Just on a few of those points: Calling for help - shout? If not I always have my mobile phone to hand, but again, I'm really struggling to think of anything model railway related that could do you harm. 1. Trip over trailing cable, bit of half built baseboard, pile of boxes of stuff, any other bit ...
by stuartp
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What would be in the ground floor of a signal box?
Replies: 20
Views: 774

Re: What would be in the ground floor of a signal box?

When I was training as a signalman we were given a working model of a lever frame. complete with locking to show how it worked, but no box diagram. After we had all stopped "oohing and ahhing" at it we were challenged to draw the box diagram by reverse engineering from the locking - the ma...

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