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by Zunnan
Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Rectangular tank wagons in N gauge
Replies: 13
Views: 2804

Re: Rectangular tank wagons in N gauge

Many (many) moons ago, Farish used to do rectanks, but given the age of them I would have my doubts as to the accuracy of them. I'm not sure when they stopped producing them but I do remember them as late as the 1993 catalogue, so it stands a chance that they went out of production when Bachmann too...
by Zunnan
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Is this 50 Repairable?
Replies: 5
Views: 671

Re: Is this 50 Repairable?

I remember reading that some class 50s made around 10 years ago were also affected by the zinc pest problem that afflicted class 31s of the same period, the damage to the shell certainly appears to exhibit signs of damage from within rather than impact damage. Personally, my first port of call would...
by Zunnan
Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Smallest Layout
Replies: 16
Views: 2851

Re: Smallest Layout

If you want continuous run and be able to shunt, then this little ditty measuring 3'6" by 3'9" (including a few inches of runoff around the edges) is about the smallest you can manage while keeping to 2nd radius. http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o240/ZunnanDeclawed/Railway%20Modelling/IM...
by Zunnan
Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: LMS 2P LOCO No 645
Replies: 5
Views: 1236

Re: LMS 2P LOCO No 645

The only thing I can say with any certainty is that LMS #645 was built at Crewe in 1931, and that the Portpatrick line was jointly owned by the Caledonian, Glasgow and South Western, London & North Western and the Midland railways, so the coaching stock will have been from one of those companies...
by Zunnan
Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Problems Moving Oil from Fields using Fracking
Replies: 9
Views: 1185

Re: Problems Moving Oil from Fields using Fracking

In all instances, the problem has been flaws in the transportation of the oil, not in its origin or method of extraction. Blaming them on fracking is very naive, especially considering that far more volatile materials are transported in large quantities day in, day out. The Canadian incident in part...
by Zunnan
Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Scratchbuilding of a 1:76 scale Sulzer engine
Replies: 46
Views: 10840

Re: Scratchbuilding of a 1:76 scale Sulzer engine

So much more satisfying than getting some half assed scrote to 'build' one for you and then not deliver, the odds are that your own build will be more accurate too! ;)
by Zunnan
Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:10 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Another coupling problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1205

Re: Another coupling problem

The reason those couplings are as they are is twofold, firstly is the ride height; its far too low to get a conventional coupler in there. Secondly is that the full sized incarnation of these vehicles run in permanently coupled pairs, so a semi fixed hook and bar is actually preferable for a model o...
by Zunnan
Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:09 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: New modeller - questions
Replies: 2
Views: 546

Re: New modeller - questions

First off the GUV. These were predominantly used in parcels/newspaper service, although early on in their lives they were also used on motorail services. Generally speaking they were used more in parcels trains with an eclectic mix of other parcels vehicles. Although there were undoubtedly occasions...
by Zunnan
Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Engineering side of railway modelling
Replies: 15
Views: 2724

Re: Engineering side of railway modelling

the code number describes the height of the rail, usually the smaller the more accurate, but some older models with deeper flanges on their wheels can catch in the moulded chairs on code 55. Not entirely true where N gauge is concerned, the 'coarse' wheel problem is a 00 gauge thing, I've run 30+ y...
by Zunnan
Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: New Announcements on Hattons Site - Class05, 02 Tango, DMUs
Replies: 17
Views: 4270

Re: New Announcements on Hattons Site - Class05, 02 Tango, D

In Heljans defence, the 'class 76' wasn't their balls up, that accolade lies solidly at the door of Olivias Trains. Over priced and very poorly modelled, the only thing it proved is that if a shop doesn't properly specify and monitor a model that they commission, an absolute lemon results. There is ...
by Zunnan
Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: N gauge Peco code 55 points and Cobalt motors
Replies: 4
Views: 2844

Re: N gauge Peco code 55 points and Cobalt motors

We use Cobalts under code 55 pointwork on the club layout, they've been reliable for 2 years and plenty of abuse. You need to remove the spring from the tie bar to allow a smooth throw, and depending upon the type of point (Peco changed the tie bar design and assembly) you may also need to insert a ...
by Zunnan
Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol to cancel orders with Kernow Model Centre
Replies: 27
Views: 5932

Re: Dapol to cancel orders with Kernow Model Centre

Now somebody go out and find some good news to cheer us up


The commissioned models might actually appear in our lifetimes now instead of being constantly put back for whatever reason?

*grabs coat* :D
by Zunnan
Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:13 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol HST push-pull formation?
Replies: 11
Views: 2291

Re: Dapol HST push-pull formation?

The problem with that is that as far as I'm aware, there is not any stay alive decoders with capacitors small enough to fit within an N gauge locomotive, you'd have to place the stay alive in an adjacent vehicle. Then there is the expense of using two of them, and buying a second power car, and fitt...
by Zunnan
Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:10 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol HST push-pull formation?
Replies: 11
Views: 2291

Re: Dapol HST push-pull formation?

Thanks for the helpful replies. I should have mentioned that I'm a DCC user, which obviously makes a difference. DCC makes little difference, if a top and tailed HST running at line speed is going to stutter due to dirty track/pickup issues its still going to stall and stringline/derail anything on...
by Zunnan
Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: The 2014 wishlist... Yes, that thread...
Replies: 5
Views: 1160

Re: The 2014 wishlist... Yes, that thread...

If we're wishlisting, then I'd really go for ~ Kirtley outside framed 2F, in both rebuilt Johnson and Belpaire versions Johnson 1P 0-4-4T Shrunk Ivatt 4MT Shrunk LMS Compound LMS P2 and P3 68ft catering vehicles LMS 60ft corridor composites LMS P2 coaches If I'm lucky we might see two of those in th...

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