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by UrbanHermit
Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:50 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: I Couldn't Believe My Eyes...!!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1562

Re: I Couldn't Believe My Eyes...!!!!

Ah, but for me the West Country isn't the same without the Castles and Kings (Cries of "When d'yer get yer pension, mate?")...
by UrbanHermit
Sun Apr 04, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Idiocy...
Replies: 13
Views: 1488

Re: Idiocy...

Just found this thread, and am deeply appalled. I think HonestTom got it right. From Wikipedia: "The prototypical psychpath has deficits or deviances in several areas: interpersonal realtionships, emotions, and self-control. Psychopaths gain satisfaction through anti-social behaviour, and do no...
by UrbanHermit
Sun Apr 04, 2010 12:13 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: I Couldn't Believe My Eyes...!!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1562

Re: I Couldn't Believe My Eyes...!!!!

Reminds me of when we were on holiday last year, myself, the missus (SWMBO) and my son, who, as some of you might recall, is adult but autistic, and LOVES trains. Said son was delighted to find that the holiday site was right next to the line between Swansea and Carmarthen, which is on a low embankm...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:39 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Metcalfe coal stage
Replies: 9
Views: 3805

Metcalfe coal stage

Has anyone ever built a Metcalfe coal stage kit? What I'd like to know is how much room you'd need to allow for the ramp up to the high level track.
by UrbanHermit
Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R2778 GWR 0-4-2T
Replies: 26
Views: 3223

Re: Hornby R2778 GWR 0-4-2T

I was refering to what used to be called split shifts on the busses when you do an early morning, and then back for the late afternoon to end of service. Well, in London we call them spreadovers. Don't mind them myself, as I live within walking distance of the garage and can go home for lunch (if y...
by UrbanHermit
Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:53 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Strange behaviour of a King Arthur
Replies: 2
Views: 763

Re: Strange behaviour of a King Arthur

Thank you, Bigmet, for the (as usual) lucid and interesting reply. I am indeed using Setrack, but it is pinned down to a baseboard. Nevertheless, I will check the connections.
by UrbanHermit
Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Strange behaviour of a King Arthur
Replies: 2
Views: 763

Strange behaviour of a King Arthur

The last time I got a chance to play trains, last Sunday, my N15 started doing something rather odd. The loco was bought last Christmas and is therefore only about three months old. It was fitted by the vendor with a common-or-garden Hornby decoder. So far I have been very satisfied with it - beauti...
by UrbanHermit
Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Would you buy an LMS Garrett?
Replies: 29
Views: 3369

Re: Would you buy an LMS Garrett?

I've voted "no," because it doesn't fit in with what I'm doing. I find it intriguing, though, to see the amount of interest that's been expressed from time to time in this forum in the LMS Garretts, considering how profoundly unpopular they seem to have been in real life with those who had...
by UrbanHermit
Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:34 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: What engine(s) do you want to see
Replies: 79
Views: 7124

Re: What engine(s) do you want to see

I'll keep mine plausible...I want to see Union Pacific #3985 running at full track speed (about 70mph) with a decent load. Its not a matter of if it'll ever happen, it's just a case of how much, where and when? :lol: 487 tons of brute force! Hey there, Zunnan! I've posted this before, but I'm posti...
by UrbanHermit
Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:25 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: 2-8-0, 4-6-2, 2-6-4... so many variants but why?
Replies: 13
Views: 1917

Re: 2-8-0, 4-6-2, 2-6-4... so many variants but why?

In addition to the spreading of weight using bogies front and back the size of the driving wheels is also critical, if you want high speed then you need bigger driving wheels, so freight locos tend to have driving wheels of around 5' (8fs, etc), mixed traffic locos (such as Black 5s, Halls and B12s...
by UrbanHermit
Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:51 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: What's the most UGLIEST train in the history ofthe universe?
Replies: 70
Views: 9313

Re: What's the most UGLIEST train in the history ofthe universe?

A couple of late-ish comments on various things in this thread. Personally I don't mind the Q1s. Odd but purposeful is how they strike me. Mind you, I can't help thinking that Bulleid (in his other designs as well as this one) must have had a bit of a penchant for doing things differently just for t...
by UrbanHermit
Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: the ghost of nimbus past
Replies: 33
Views: 4415

Re: the ghost of nimbus past

With typically sardonic Scots humour, the salvaged Tay Bridge locomotive was ever afterwards nicknamed "The Diver." I've never seen the dramatisation of The Signalman , but I have read it, and a fine, creepy story it is too. It's said to have been inspired in part by Dickens' involvement i...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:18 am
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Kernow
Replies: 11
Views: 2160

Re: Kernow

kennyGWSR wrote: visiting bodmin for the first steaming of t9 30120!


Blimey! News to me! Even the Railway's website doen't mention this!

I'd love to see her go, but it's a 300+ mile journey for me...
by UrbanHermit
Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 'Clan'
Replies: 15
Views: 3230

Re: Hornby 'Clan'

The O4 will make it four decent models of UK eight-coupled goods machines, who would have believed it? If Hornby could be persuaded to give their 28XX a makeover to the same quality as the Castle, and Bachmann push on and do the NER Q6, that will make a good set of countrywide coverage of the heavy...
by UrbanHermit
Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:05 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Which Loco I Carnt Choose Help
Replies: 7
Views: 1587

Re: Which Loco I Carnt Choose Help

ChrisWV10 wrote: The duchess whistle sounds like an american loco (think casey jones)


That's rather odd, since the A4s were the only British locos to actually have an American style chime whistle...

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