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by UrbanHermit
Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:40 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: GWR version of the ROD 2-8-0
Replies: 13
Views: 2819

Re: GWR version of the ROD 2-8-0

"...the old engine was clonking dreadfully, as the RODs would." This extract from the reminiscences of a Neath fireman doesn't sound much to me like "the only decent engine they had got." (Dives for cover in his turn.) Seriously though, I like the hinged fallplate. I've always th...
by UrbanHermit
Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Smokebox Question
Replies: 7
Views: 832

Re: Smokebox Question

The 4200s had the Standard No 4 boiler, which was the same diameter (4' 11" front, 5' 6" back) as the No 1 boiler but was shorter. So any loco with the No 1 boiler would have the same smokebox diameter as a 4200. This includes the Saints, the Stars, the Halls, the Granges and the 2800 good...
by UrbanHermit
Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:34 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: A question about coal
Replies: 18
Views: 1970

Re: A question about coal

Before World War I the French PLM Railway used to run a fleet of their own collier ships to import steam coal from South Wales, despite the existence of coal mines in France. Must have been pretty good stuff.
by UrbanHermit
Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Winter Nights Build
Replies: 7
Views: 1429

Re: Winter Nights Build

I am just starting on something in a very similar vein (it seems to be quite a popular theme round here just now), and my answers to your questions would be: I have just built (well, almost finished) a Peco turntable. It is a good quality kit, goes together very easily, and looks pretty good and rea...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Electrofrog points and polarity switches
Replies: 2
Views: 1593

Electrofrog points and polarity switches

I am about to dive into the world of electrofrog points, and, though I have been diligently researching, I am left with a couple of queries. Some people say they will work fine straight out of the box, and logic tells me this ought to be so even with DCC (which I will be using). But the majority see...
by UrbanHermit
Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:25 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: A question about coal
Replies: 18
Views: 1970

Re: A question about coal

Just to add to what's been said above, when a steam locomotive was working hard the fire could be white-hot, hot enough to melt steel, and at that sort of temperature a bit of rainwater isn't going to make any difference. The expression "a snowflake's chance in hell" comes to mind. Just in...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: South Lascombe Shed (ex Exham Road)
Replies: 33
Views: 5889

Re: Exham Road Shed

rhiwderin_ray: I do indeed have a Peco turntable - I'm still thinking about how to weather it, but thanks for the tip. siquelme: I seem to remember that you also have Tintagel Castle : rather gorgeous, isn't it? This was one loco I simply had to have. When I was a kid living deep in the steam desert...
by UrbanHermit
Mon Nov 14, 2011 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: South Lascombe Shed (ex Exham Road)
Replies: 33
Views: 5889

Re: Exham Road Shed

Looking at the superb work on some of the other layouts on this board makes me despair of ever reaching such a standard. Still, you never know what you can do until you try.... The baseboard is now built, after an intensive bout of work yesterday when I really should have been doing my homework (I'm...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:30 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: South Lascombe Shed (ex Exham Road)
Replies: 33
Views: 5889

South Lascombe Shed (ex Exham Road)

Having posted in the past various layout ideas that never got built, I thought I’d better prove that work has actually started (in a small way) on the layout I proposed recently on the Planning board. Just to recap, the idea is a shelf MPD diorama to display my locomotives, and to hone my skills (?)...
by UrbanHermit
Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: A more modest ambition
Replies: 11
Views: 2449

Re: A more modest ambition

Yes, though I thought of mine independently (promise!) our projects have a lot in common. It'll be interesting to see how similarly, or differently, they develop.
by UrbanHermit
Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:22 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: A more modest ambition
Replies: 11
Views: 2449

Re: A more modest ambition

Mostly, you will be pleased to hear, Great Western, with a couple of guests from the Southern. At the moment I have: Hornby Castle (5011 Tintagel Castle) Hornby 28xx (2812) Bachmann 57xx (5775) Lima 45xx (4589) (A cheapo from Ebay which will probably spend most of its time lurking in the shed) The s...
by UrbanHermit
Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: A more modest ambition
Replies: 11
Views: 2449

Re: A more modest ambition

A very sensible suggestion, and I'll probably go along with it. Although I quite like the look of it as originally designed, that siding is a bit restricted as a dead end. I've now put my money where my mouth is, and ordered the track, the coal stage and the turntable (the two items I need to get th...
by UrbanHermit
Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: A more modest ambition
Replies: 11
Views: 2449

Re: A more modest ambition

Maybe I should have said, but you know how it is: when you've had an idea you can forget that what seems obvious to you may not be to others. Yes, indeed the idea is that locomotives enter from the left by the second road from the top, stop over the ashpit and then continue to the coal stage for fue...
by UrbanHermit
Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: A more modest ambition
Replies: 11
Views: 2449

A more modest ambition

Time goes by, as it seems to have a habit of doing, and I’m still no nearer to starting on my Exham Priory layout in the cellar. This is partly because I still can’t make up my mind whether the very substantial cost of making the cellar habitable can be justified, partly through sheer inertia, and p...
by UrbanHermit
Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: DB SNECKER
Replies: 24
Views: 2586

Re: DB SNECKER

stagecoach i think is a good company As an ex-bus driver I can tell you a thing or two about Stagecoach. Like how they'd buy a bus company, lower their fares down to loss-making level so that every other bus company in the area went bust trying to compete with them, buy them all out, and as soon as...

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