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by stuartp
Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: "R.U." on a brake van
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: "R.U." on a brake van

"Restricted Use", usually followed on the GWR/WR at least by a list of where it was allowed to go.

Brakevans were often controlled almost as closely as locos, usually to stop them wandering off and accumulating in dark corners of the wrong yard.
by stuartp
Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Control panels. Show us yours.
Replies: 32
Views: 1771

Re: Control panels. Show us yours.

Here's mine. Hand points lettered A-E on the left, signalbox frame numbered 1-6 on the right. The box (which I forgot to paint onto the box diagram ! ) is to the right of points 3a. The frame in the box is facing the operator so the numbering is correct for the box but back to front for the operator
by stuartp
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: TPO- Getting It Working
Replies: 17
Views: 627

Re: TPO- Getting It Working

It's the later one based around the standard 57' underframe. As usual, not particularly accurate but looks the part. Apart from the underframe and toy pick up gear, the body is not far off a number of LMS diagrams, the closest being a 60 foot lav version but truncated onto a 57 foot chassis. It's o...
by stuartp
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Nothing model railway available as a gift
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: Nothing model railway available as a gift

Rebel. Renage on the agreement, tell them you don't want anything for Christmas and buy them all a sponsored goat or guide dog or something similarly useful and altruistic. I have eventually persuaded my mother in law that "nothing I can't eat or wear" means exactly that, and definitely no...
by stuartp
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: How to disguise reed switches?
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: How to disguise reed switches?

AWS ramp just before the nearest signal in each direction ? Failing that, a boarded foot crossing - staff crossings should always be boarded, some public ones are/were too.
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by stuartp
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000
Replies: 17
Views: 706

Re: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000

Same here. I started kit building in EM in the mid 80s because RTR quality was dire, and if you have to build it anyway you might as well build it to the right gauge (almost). I managed about 4 locos all fairly unsatisfactorily. Then around 2000 I turned my back for 5 minutes to build aircraft kits ...
by stuartp
Sun Oct 04, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000
Replies: 17
Views: 706

Re: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000

Firefly16 wrote:At £162. for this model, China is, as Bigmet says, pricing itself out of the model market. Well, if production is to go elsewhere, let's forget about next stop country X and bring Hornby products back to Margate.


If you bring it back to Margate they'll be £400 each if you're lucky.
by stuartp
Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000
Replies: 17
Views: 706

Re: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000

Was it ever not a rich man's hobby? A Hornby Dublo loco was a sizeable chunk of your take home back in the day, which is why we made do with one loco a year if that. Cheaper locos are available, maybe even cheaper 2MTs when Hattons start knocking out the slow sellers once the rush is over and all th...
by stuartp
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000
Replies: 17
Views: 706

Re: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000

Peterm wrote::shock: 162 quid.


Which is comparable with what the DJH kit cost 20-odd years ago, by the time you had added a motor, gears, wheels and transfers, but without having to build it.
by stuartp
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: What to use for modelling/scratch-building (Materials?)
Replies: 21
Views: 888

Re: What to use for modelling/scratch-building (Materials?)

Another vote for styrene sheet here (Plastikard, Evergreen, other brands are available), especially for modifying RTR locos and stock as that is (usually) what these are made from. You can buy fancy sanding tools etc but the ones I use most are those flexible sanding sticks Boots and Superdrug sell ...
by stuartp
Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire (Scotland)
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: Train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire (Scotland)

The link in my post gives the cause of the derailment as debris from a washed out crest drain at the top of the cutting just prior to the viaduct. I expect the rest of the investigation will go into some detail over the design of crest drains as well as everything else. I presume it hadn't washed ou...
by stuartp
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire (Scotland)
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: Train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire (Scotland)

The interim RAIB report is out, there was flooding reported south of Carmont and north of Stonehaven, but none between the two and specifically none at the derailment site. The site was passed by the northbound train which was subsequently held at Stonehaven and nothing untoward reported. Having cro...
by stuartp
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby
Replies: 25
Views: 2645

Re: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby

So have I got this right? Bachmann are no longer supplying Hattons and Hornby no longer supplying Rails But both Hattons & Rails have stocks of Bachmann/Hornby items which they can sell to you? Whatever the rights and wrongs of all this I think all should sit down and discuss this as whatever y...
by stuartp
Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby
Replies: 25
Views: 2645

Re: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby

They tried that a couple of years ago, and closed their concessions network. It didn't end well.
by stuartp
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Headshunt length
Replies: 10
Views: 715

Re: Headshunt length

Agreed Jim. The short headshunt is long enough to run a pug round but not much else !

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