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by hairyhandedfool
Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A small layout - OCT-DEC 2015 competition entry
Replies: 12
Views: 1754

Re: A small layout - OCT-DEC 2015 competition entry

Well, I've not really gotten very far with scenics in N gauge before so it could be very interesting! So stage one is underway, and after much toil and strife, a base structure has been created. A4 sheets of used paper was cut into 50mm wide stripes, some 210mm long, some 295mm long. Each had many 1...
by hairyhandedfool
Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: Competitions
Topic: The 2015 Forum Competition
Replies: 71
Views: 1990

Re: The 2015 Forum Competition

Okay, I'm going for it, thread started on a small layout idea - viewtopic.php?f=22&t=48808
by hairyhandedfool
Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A small layout - OCT-DEC 2015 competition entry
Replies: 12
Views: 1754

A small layout - OCT-DEC 2015 competition entry

So I'm taking the plunge and throwing my hat into the ring for the latest 'just for fun' competition and, hoping the railway bug will bite, I've decided to build a small N Gauge layout/diarama type thing. The scenic area will be on a baseboard measuring approx. 210mm wide by 1200mm long. I haven't w...
by hairyhandedfool
Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The Boat Train
Replies: 8
Views: 731

Re: The Boat Train

I think you might be disappointed, that's the "Great Britain" charter set, not the Blue Pullman set. Well then, the next question is was the "Great Britain" set once called the 'Blue Pullman"? The use of Mk1 buffet/restaurant coaches (2 off) looks identical between both set...
by hairyhandedfool
Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The Boat Train
Replies: 8
Views: 731

Re: The Boat Train

I think you might be disappointed, that's the "Great Britain" charter set, not the Blue Pullman set.
by hairyhandedfool
Mon Sep 21, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Network Southeast MK1 BG (full brake)
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Re: Network Southeast MK1 BG (full brake)

I believe there were some used on the Network Southeast services out of Paddington. I understand that a luggage van of some description was common on Cotswold line services in the mid to late eighties.
by hairyhandedfool
Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Revolution Trains propose Class 320 & 321 EMU in N
Replies: 11
Views: 1612

Re: Revolution Trains propose Class 320 & 321 EMU in N

As far as I can tell (from Google images), 321301-346 have a small and a medium size window in the first class section behind the cab of the DTCO, while 321347-366 and all 321/4s have a small and a large size window in the first class section. Also, looking at the number series for the vehicles, 321...
by hairyhandedfool
Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: DMU lengths
Replies: 4
Views: 719

Re: DMU lengths

Very approximately.....

Dapol 153 - 6.25 inches
Dapol 156 - 12.5 inches
Farish 2 car 158 - 12.25 inches (couplers compressed)
Farish 3 car 158 - 18.5 inches (couplers loose)
Dapol 4 car 220 - 25 inches
Dapol 5 car 221 - 31.5 inches
by hairyhandedfool
Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Revolution Trains propose Class 320 & 321 EMU in N
Replies: 11
Views: 1612

Re: Revolution Trains propose Class 320 & 321 EMU in N

I presume you are thinking of the later 321/3s, 321/4s and 321/9s with their slightly different window arrangement, but if you are considering the early 321/3s, can you also do the 322s as these are very similar and were used for Liverpool Street to Stansted (and some other local services), Euston t...
by hairyhandedfool
Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Farish class 171/7 not DCC ready
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: Farish class 171/7 not DCC ready

Hardwiring a Farish 170/171 is fairly straight forward. Two small sections of the chassis need to be removed, one on each side of the motor brushes. The motor contact wires solder direct to the motor brush tabs, the pick up wires can be held in place by the chassis screws. pdf available at: http://w...
by hairyhandedfool
Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: N Scale catenary: a matter of style and taste?
Replies: 6
Views: 876

Re: N Scale catenary: a matter of style and taste?

Horses for courses I think. From what I see and read most people would have catenary structures, but they may or may not have wires. The problem with wires is getting it to look right. Most of the layouts I see with wires usually have them silver, or grey, and too thick, which tends to make it look ...
by hairyhandedfool
Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?
Replies: 163
Views: 18453

Re: Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?

New First Great Western livery.
by hairyhandedfool
Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: n gauge station platforms
Replies: 3
Views: 642

Re: n gauge station platforms

Metcalfe also do card platforms in N, although the platform surface is also available as 'tarmacadam' and could possibly be used with the Peco platform edges already mentioned.
by hairyhandedfool
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: London Transport museum and Bachmann announce LT S-Stock
Replies: 30
Views: 4199

Re: London Transport museum and Bachmann announce LT S-Stock

Compared to the 9-car N gauge DCC Sound Fitted Pendolino (with interior lighting on all coaches) I have on order, this LUL model seems quite expensive.
by hairyhandedfool
Mon May 18, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Loco hauled trains on the cumbrian coast
Replies: 6
Views: 699

Re: Loco hauled trains on the cumbrian coast

Atleast one 37/4 is needed for train heating, but I assume the other is able to be anything they have available.

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