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by Bufferstop
Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4
Replies: 1347
Views: 186258

Re: Birmingham New Street in P4

Wow - dedication or is that dedication. Modelling to that standard then covering it over with all of that. Will you be detailing the concourse? Letting my imagination run riot, I could envisage the concourse with a few little web cams peeping out from the non public bits hooked up to a monitor givin...
by Bufferstop
Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A pointless plank
Replies: 48
Views: 6730

Re: A pointless plank

Run it on the fly, reading from a text file, then you could slip in the odd emergency announcement in another voice. I know this means tying up the computer whilst you operate the railway, but surely that's a good objective. We shouldn't let the beasts distract us from our most important activity. :)
by Bufferstop
Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:44 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Senic lighting help.
Replies: 16
Views: 1606

Re: Senic lighting help.

If you are running filament bulbs embedded in your buildings the first thing to ensure is that they are running below full voltage, otherwise one day soon you're going to have to replace them. The usual advice is to try putting them in pairs in series. If this makes them too dim you need to find the...
by Bufferstop
Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4
Replies: 1347
Views: 186258

Re: Birmingham New Street in P4

Jim
Can you let us in on how you're going to deal with the middle bit. I'd like to see it with the raft done in perspex with just the stairs and escalators coming up from platform level. Perhaps that's how they should have built it in the first place.

John W.
by Bufferstop
Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A pointless plank
Replies: 48
Views: 6730

Re: A pointless plank

Nice bit of urban scenery. You asked I haven't used an text-to-speech software since my dad had a C64! How do you do it on a PC? Start by looking in the "accessibility" options in the help section. You may find that you already have the utility to do it. Mind you it will probably have an A...
by Bufferstop
Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Reed switches
Replies: 4
Views: 721

Re: Reed switches

Just looked up how they do the NC contact for the change over. It's made of high remnance metal and is magnetised after encapsulation. So putting the little magnet inside the envelope. BT could have saved thousands if they'd thought of that.
by Bufferstop
Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Mallards "Great Adventure"
Replies: 27
Views: 2061

Re: Mallards "Great Adventure"

Forgive my ignorance,but who's Copperknob :? ? http://i320.photobucket.com/albums/nn340/kevsmith/Cumbrian%20Coast%20Railway/Copperknob.jpg Stood in a glass case outside Barrow-in-Furness station, 'till the NRM took her into protective custody. The picture was taken when just to rub it in they let h...
by Bufferstop
Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:16 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Reed switches
Replies: 4
Views: 721

Re: Reed switches

AFAIK they don't make NC capsules. You take a NO one and put a magnet just strong enough to close it alongside. Then the much bigger operating magnet swamps the field and forces it open.
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Where Did That Go?
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Where Did That Go?

Sorry I don't know much about the real world stuff What a shameful addmision :wink: What is the difference between a railway modeller and a grown man playing with toy trains, if it isn't the knowledge of the real thing and the desire to recreate it in minature. but I do find it pretty interesting!!...
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:19 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Hogwarts Express
Replies: 17
Views: 2022

Re: Hogwarts Express

That was a close scrape. Perhaps we should have a law banning the export of "preserved"locomotives. The Aussies have one, even if they are imported the become Aussie after 30 years residence. We nearly didn't get Pendennis Castle back home!
by Bufferstop
Mon May 31, 2010 7:16 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Show us yer stations
Replies: 5
Views: 1331

Re: Show us yer stations

Go on Google maps, navigate round a few stations and look at them in Street View. Nothing's like the real thing for inspiration. :)
by Bufferstop
Mon May 31, 2010 7:09 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Mallards "Great Adventure"
Replies: 27
Views: 2061

Re: Mallards "Great Adventure"

I've no objection to Mallard being on display at Shildon for a while, but NRM have just said no more loco loans for the next 2 years. FCS they ain't their private property, they're guarding them for the nation . So anything that doesn't fit in the current display at York ought to be found a temporar...
by Bufferstop
Mon May 31, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Re: Mike's Layout RIP, NEW IDEAS NEEDED
Replies: 57
Views: 6894

Re: Mike's Layout NEW PICTURES PAGE 3

Mike Don't get hung up on the P4 thing! Most P4 layouts would look 90% as good if the track was Peco Finescale. What sets them apart is; very large radius curves, with a gradual transition from straight to curve; closer to scale track spacing, especially on curves; careful compromise when it comes t...
by Bufferstop
Fri May 28, 2010 11:45 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Metcalfe or Superquick??
Replies: 17
Views: 4001

Re: Metcalfe or Superquick??

Superquick were the absolute "bees knees" when they came out. Just remember that was 45 years ago! We do expect a bit more now.
by Bufferstop
Wed May 26, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: My new DCC Garage layout
Replies: 47
Views: 9717

Re: My new DCC Garage layout

briantwigley wrote:Typically they only just bring them out when most of use have stripy coloured track because of it!

There's plenty of "stripy coloured track" around on Network Rail. I think that just like Peco they have a limited range of concrete sleepered pointwork.

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