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by stuartp
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Shoddy Cheap Way Gauge
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Re: Shoddy Cheap Way Gauge

Any Peco stockist will sell you a real one. It's just a bit of red plastic though, it doesn't need to be that sturdy.

Edit - and yes, they're only 55p direct from Peco !
by stuartp
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Era 9 brake van
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: Era 9 brake van

The SATLINK one would have been in engineering use, SATLINK was the Signal and Telegraph Engineer's fleet. The EWS one appears to be branded 'BESCOT T&RS ' - Traction & Rolling Stock (Engineer), I'm not sute of the significance of that but most of the EWS brake vans were used for propelling ...
by stuartp
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: where are the members ???????
Replies: 71
Views: 2800

Re: where are the members ???????

If the 'other forum' is the one I'm thinking of them it was by far the most popular before it was sold to a magazine publisher. It was the first to allow unrestricted posting of photos in posts (which seems an utterly bizarre thing not to have now but most of us were on dial-up then, anything bigger...
by stuartp
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Ballast, but leave platforms removable.
Replies: 13
Views: 637

Re: Ballast, but leave platforms removable.

Method 1: Cover the bottom of the platform wall in cling film, ballast up to it, and once the glue is properly set remove the platform carefully leaving the cling film in place. It should peel off the glue if you use PVA or Copydex, any really stuborn bits can be disconnected with a sharp knife and ...
by stuartp
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Preserving 'lost causes'?
Replies: 25
Views: 1642

Re: Preserving 'lost causes'?

I personally acquired a German tram and looked after it so it did not deteriorate any more. until I could find someone who would and could restore it. (Fortunately I did.) :D Glencairn I rebuilt a Series 2 Land-Rover about 20 years ago. It needs a lot of work doing on it again now - I haven't the t...
by stuartp
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Preserving 'lost causes'?
Replies: 25
Views: 1642

Re: Preserving 'lost causes'?

The 'restoration v preservation' argument is a whole other can of worms ! Even then you can't do right for doing wrong - Duchess of Hamilton, Green Arrow, Mallard etc. There are plenty of people trying to tell John Cameron what he should or shouldn't do with his A4 now it's out of ticket, but I bet ...
by stuartp
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Preserving 'lost causes'?
Replies: 25
Views: 1642

Re: Preserving 'lost causes'?

As for the phrase - is it time to call time. When does one call time? Obviously it is the owners who say. If they are not going to do anything to rebuild then, to me, they should pass it on not let it rot at the back of a shed. If they are going to rebuild then fantastic. Unfortunately this is one ...
by stuartp
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Condor Train
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: Condor Train

Problem is it needs to go on the lamp iron, which is a tiny surface area for anything sticky to stick to. If you don't want to modify the loco then you could try replicating the socket on the back of the original headboard - perhaps a strip of thin brass or aluminium shim bent to a top hat profile w...
by stuartp
Tue May 05, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What? No mention of the Hornby class 66 "Captain Tom Moore ".
Replies: 14
Views: 841

Re: What? No mention of the Hornby class 66 "Captain Tom Moore ".

It amazes me why a Company stops at a figure when more people want the product. Surely the more they make, more profit would be realised. Companies should stop pampering to those wanting to 'make a fast buck'. Glencairn It depends how they're making them. Assuming that they're being done in the sam...
by stuartp
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Shortage of Peco track
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Re: Shortage of Peco track

Yes, Peco is closed for normal production but are making widgets (presumably with fewer staff) to stop surgical masks cutting the backs of your ears. Looks like a lazer cut plastic hook. They are also not taking new subscriptions for RM as that cant be done by staff working from home.
by stuartp
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Fitted brake vans
Replies: 19
Views: 1244

Re: Fitted brake vans

The LNER 20ton vans on which the BR vans were based had tall vacuum pipes standing upright from the headstock. The Bachmann LNER vans have these. The BR bauxite vans generally had the low hanging type (two slightly different designs) but these foul tension lock couplings which is why they are not us...
by stuartp
Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby flogging another dead horse
Replies: 9
Views: 930

Re: Hornby flogging another dead horse

It might have been 11 years ago but it still sells. Come to York and see how many shops in the Shambles are catering for the HP tourist trade without actually being allowed to mention him by name - The Boy Wizard, Wizarding World, The Shop That Must Not Be Named etc. They're paying city centre rents...
by stuartp
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 2849

Re: We need to talk about costs

These prices might seem reasonable to those in the hobby but the future of the hobby depends on new blood. But kids aren't the new blood, adult collectors/modellers with disposable income are. Not just Railways either, kids aren't buying Aifix V bombers at 60 quid a throw, and even all those pocket...
by stuartp
Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 2849

Re: We need to talk about costs

I can buy a cheap smart phone for £50. Cell phone manufacturers shift 1.5 billion units a year between them. If any model railway manufacturer in any scale could manage sales (and consequent profits) on that sort of scale then locos would be a couple of quid each by now. But they can't so they aren...
by stuartp
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 1837

Re: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

Ah. Fair comment !

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