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by Bufferstop
Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:36 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: DP1
Replies: 15
Views: 1404

Re: DP1

It'd be a big job to rebuild it but not impossible. It's spent most of its life inside one museum or another so the body and chassis shouldn't be in a bad condition. There's enough class 37 motors still around to get a set refurbished. Don't know about the state of the genny's but a bit of searching...
by Bufferstop
Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: Railway Photographs
Topic: Dursey's (Stuart) Railway Pictures - Welsh Highland Railway
Replies: 39
Views: 4795

Re: Dursey's (Stuart) Railway Pictures - Welsh Highland Railway

Apparently you should now be able to take a train all the way to Blaenau Ffestiniog, a rather long journey, although when I asked they say its too long to do a complete round trip of the line. When the old Welsh Highland was in operation the "grand tour" was main line to Dinas - Welsh Hig...
by Bufferstop
Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:28 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: What alternatives are there to using Peco PL13 switches?
Replies: 24
Views: 4366

Re: What alternatives are there to using Peco PL13 switches?

I was assuming there must be some way of merely wiring in a separate switch (not attached to the tie-bar or point motor itself)t It's not desirable to have to switch the polarity separately from throwing the points. If you aren't happy with the motor mounted switches a sub-miniature microswitch wit...
by Bufferstop
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: help needed on splitting boards and track connections
Replies: 1
Views: 298

Re: help needed on splitting boards and track connections

You need to connect the boards so that they always align. There are a number of ways of doing it which depend on your carpentry skills. The easiest is a pair of hinges with removable pins across the join on the side frames. Once the boards reliably align, you fasten the track down then cut through i...
by Bufferstop
Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:55 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Totally Trains, Ross on Wye?
Replies: 2
Views: 1544

Re: Totally Trains, Ross on Wye?

Visited them once when they first started. I'm surprised the shop lasted so long. I was outnumbered 2 to 1 by the staff, and still couldn't get an answer. I could see that they had just taken delivery of a large consignment, but I was there and thinking of buying.
by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Grass scatter turning yellow / brown / grey
Replies: 4
Views: 822

Re: Grass scatter turning yellow / brown / grey

Don't kid yourself about the sun. The further north you go the further into your rooms it reaches.
by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: A perfect dcc controller?
Replies: 29
Views: 3443

Re: A perfect dcc controller?

For simulating a steam cab you'd also need some foot switches to open and close the draincocks and a proportional reversing control.
by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: DP1
Replies: 15
Views: 1404

Re: DP1

When they realised the extent of the damage there wasn't much point in putting it back :!:
by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Oil Lamps
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Re: Oil Lamps

What made my jaw drop was seeing in my uncles box (Bescot 3) a panel with rows of little indicator lights. Each oil lamp had a little temperature sensor mounted above it and was wired back to the signal box where the indicator lights warned the signalman if the lamp had gone out. The wires used coul...
by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:11 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Code 75 Insulated Rail Joiners
Replies: 5
Views: 980

Re: Code 75 Insulated Rail Joiners

0.5mm is fine, just make sure that the rails are pushed together leaving no extra gap. The tongue seems to be sufficiently soft to compress if there's any expansion.
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:56 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Grass scatter turning yellow / brown / grey
Replies: 4
Views: 822

Re: Grass scatter turning yellow / brown / grey

Either get blinds or try better grades of grass! Some of the older flocks do seem to dry out and change colour. I've sprayed different greens of water based paints with the same misting bottle I use for spraying dilute PVA onto ballast. If you want a more permanent fix you may need to dab on oil bas...
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:00 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Seeing red: Repainting a Dapol B-set in BR crimson
Replies: 16
Views: 1693

Re: Seeing red: Repainting a Dapol B-set in BR crimson

I think it is worth remembering that the early years BR colours were mostly applied over the previous liveries. Sometimes base colours can affect the final shade even when an obscuring undercoat has been used. I can remember the VoR locos receiving railblue with the double arrow logo on the tank sid...
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:08 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Code 75 Insulated Rail Joiners
Replies: 5
Views: 980

Re: Code 75 Insulated Rail Joiners

Are the cut ends of your rails vertical and free of burrs. If the bottom edge of the rail is rough it can "plough-up" some plastic if pushed in hard. Haven't had any duff joiners but it could happen.
by Bufferstop
Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:49 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Class 73 and Peco code 75 rail
Replies: 11
Views: 1087

Re: Class 73 and Peco code 75 rail

I think you might be a bit confused Bufferstop.. the picture is mine and the loco is sitting on code 100 rail. Yeh! I must learn to log off once the eyes start to shut. :oops: Perhaps my original pizza cutters have worn down enough to clear the sleepers. I don't know what Lima wheels were made from...
by Bufferstop
Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4
Replies: 1337
Views: 184013

Re: Birmingham New Street in P4

Jim I was just looking at those anti-pigeon wires......<<tongue in cheek smiley>>

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