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by UrbanHermit
Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 4746

Re: Underhill

Progress lately has consisted of a bout of Metcalfe kit building. I want to get the positions of the buildings (especially stations) settled before embarking on scenery and (Aargh!) ballasting. I like Metcalfe kits: high quality, easy-to-follow instructions, nice detailing, especially on the newer o...
by UrbanHermit
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: New member, new layout
Replies: 22
Views: 2689

Re: New member, new layout

A nice tidy, compact layout.

I spent a large part of my life living near there (Sutton) and remember the line well. Wasn't it served by two coach EMUs in real life, or is my memory failing me?

You say 'ran' but of course the tracks are still there as part of the Croydon Tramlink system.
by UrbanHermit
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Starting out
Replies: 14
Views: 1021

Re: Starting out

I think you may simply have to get used to the fact that the hobby these days is quite a bit more expensive than you probably thought it was. Sounds a bit brutal, but there it is, i'm afraid.
by UrbanHermit
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: GWR White Wagon Roofs.
Replies: 25
Views: 2160

Re: GWR White Wagon Roofs.

Er, that should have been TOOL.
by UrbanHermit
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: GWR White Wagon Roofs.
Replies: 25
Views: 2160

Re: GWR White Wagon Roofs.

Yes, I've been coming round to thinking I'll just have to do that. What toll would you recommend for the job? (Whatever it is, I probably haven't got one...)
by UrbanHermit
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: GWR White Wagon Roofs.
Replies: 25
Views: 2160

Re: GWR White Wagon Roofs.

It does rather annoy me that so many model coaches come with staring white roofs just because they left the paint shop that way, when it's obvious that the survival of that colour in service would have been a matter of minutes. If you mix (for example) Hornby GWR coaches with Bachmann's, whose roofs...
by UrbanHermit
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 4746

Re: Underhill

Yes, something like that had crossed my mind. Not ideal, but better than having trains falling onto the floor. I think it might have to be a little higher than one inch to be really safe, though.
by UrbanHermit
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 4746

Re: Underhill

Progress? Well, I'm a bit like the Mills of God, but I have at least finished the wiring. I've also built the Metcalfe GWR signal box I got (by request) for Christmas - a lovely model, though those steps are fiddly as hell: every tread a separate piece. But wires and one Metcalfe building do not an ...
by UrbanHermit
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Mumbles Southern Garage Layout II
Replies: 213
Views: 19237

Re: Mumbles Southern Garage Layout II

I notice that you have a heater in the corner, I also know that Kent is not far off the Mediterranean :wink: but how is the garage during this cold snap :?: :lol: ruddy cold!!! 5 mins of the heater takes the edge off to work, 10 mins if you want to sit. I need to get something a bit more efficient ...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 4746

Re: Underhill

I've been a bit occupied with other stuff the last couple of days, but thanks, I'll check up on that the next time I get the chance to descend to the underworld, aka my cellar. It does strike me that the wheel spacing is more uneven than it is on an 0-6-0, and I wonder if that's got anything to do w...
by UrbanHermit
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 49
Views: 5663

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

I've always wanted a GWR mogul, but fought shy of the old Bachmann one because of the split chassis. I just hope this one does actually reach the shops before I'm too old and incapable. I'm not surprised they're doing the two together, as they were essentially tank and tender versions of the same en...
by UrbanHermit
Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 4746

Re: Underhill

Sorry, I realise I didn't make myself clear. The problem isn't derailment but stalling. And this is the new (ish) Hatton's / DJM one. My only other six-wheel loco, a Bachmann 57xx, usually sails over dead frog points, but this little whatnot refuses point blank.
by UrbanHermit
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 4746

Re: Underhill

Very true, but the station's already as big as it needs to be for a two coach branch line train, and I want that space for the signal box. Not to mention, there'd be less room for the village street scene I want to put down the middle of the board.
by UrbanHermit
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 4746

Re: Underhill

Just a couple of photos to prove that I am actually doing something. underhill01.jpg underhill02.jpg The buildings are from the old oval and are just there to give a bit of life. I'm going to build new stations for this one. And here's my latest acquisition. underhill03.jpg I've heard that these hav...
by UrbanHermit
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: PECO Code 75 Double Slip Wiring
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: PECO Code 75 Double Slip Wiring

Obvious question maybe, but are you using insulated joiners on the four inner rails, the ones in the vee of the slip? Apart from that, I think we need more info, at least whether your layout is DC or DCC.

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