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by b308
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: RT Models
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: RT Models

There are plenty of things that could have caused the delay, some of which may be outside the control or knowledge of the manufacturer. So lets wait and see instead of jumping to conclusions and blaming the manufacturer with no evidence. I've asked the OP to contact me and i will try to get hold of ...
by b308
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: RT Models
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: RT Models

He is definitely still going, he was on another forum I am on on Monday. I do know that he's very busy so maybe there will be a delay. If you want to send me a PM with details I'll see if I can contact him. I have known him several years and like most such businesses he can get very busy and he also...
by b308
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3786

Re: We need to talk about costs

Chances are production will move to the next cheapest place, probably India, before moving again to Africa...
by b308
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3786

Re: We need to talk about costs

I think that applies to all Model Railway Shops. I suppose being one man businesses in the main and having limited turnover and profits mean they have to sell everything. I doubt you'd see any MR retailer chucking stuff in a bin, though sometimes they'll discount to clear but only after they've trie...
by b308
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Looking to construct a non-permanent layout on modular baseboards
Replies: 16
Views: 1701

Re: Looking to construct a non-permanent layout on modular baseboards

I’ll look to go for a different building material/method for the boards. I've already suggested how to do it, 9mm ply outer edged boxes with 6mm bracing and surface. I'd suggest 4" deep sides would be fine. That way you'd have light and strong boards with a good depth of ends so when lining th...
by b308
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Looking to construct a non-permanent layout on modular baseboards
Replies: 16
Views: 1701

Re: Looking to construct a non-permanent layout on modular baseboards

18mm ply will still bend and flex, also you will need something to attach the dowels and catches to, the edges of 18mm ply won't work! So you will need edging/bracing of some sort. What you are proposing is quite a challenge even for someone who has built boards in the past to get set up and working...
by b308
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Looking to construct a non-permanent layout on modular baseboards
Replies: 16
Views: 1701

Re: Looking to construct a non-permanent layout on modular baseboards

The point is you don't need to use 18mm ply! I'm not sure how you came to the conclusion you do?! For the boards you are building 9mm ply with 6mm bracing will be fine and a darn sight easier to handle when you are putting the layout up or dismantling it. The reason I mentioned the shape of the boar...
by b308
Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3786

Re: We need to talk about costs

Are the prices really rising by too much? I've noticed some new locos have higher prices, but that is reflected in the fact that the mechanisms are much better than the ones they replace and they have more detail so a rise is to be expected. A while ago I was reading a thread on the subject of compa...
by b308
Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Looking to construct a non-permanent layout on modular baseboards
Replies: 16
Views: 1701

Re: Looking to construct a non-permanent layout on modular baseboards

Initial thoughts: That looks like a lot of complicated-shaped baseboards, I would be tempted to make them slightly smaller and regular in shape. They are also quite large and unwieldy. Making a layout that has that many boards is going to take a while to set up and dismantle - suggestion, less board...
by b308
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3786

Re: We need to talk about costs

Wish we had a "Like" button...
by b308
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3786

Re: We need to talk about costs

My problem is with the hobby new being targeted at older generation, The problem here, is non of you can put yourselves into the shoes of a parent outside the hobby. As it's always been, and the Hobby has survived. Funnily enough way back in the 60s we had a two tier system, Triang for those with l...
by b308
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3786

Re: We need to talk about costs

Can you point me to comparable items which make you think Model railway items are overpriced, ngauger? You keep referring to computer goods such as mobile phones and now a tablet as comparable but as we all know they are items sold in the millions so economies of scale come into play which reduces c...
by b308
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3786

Re: We need to talk about costs

One other thing to add into the costs, economies of scale, Model railways, especially British MR is a niche market in a niche market. If you are selling millions of (for instance) mobile phones then the unit costs can be brought down but when only selling into the thousands then costs go up. Persona...
by b308
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The Garstang to Knott End Railway
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: The Garstang to Knott End Railway

Have you done anything on the West Lancashire Railway, Roger? I ived in Hutton and Longton when I was a kid and spent many hours cycling the route after closure in the mid 1960s as well as playing in and slowly dismantling the Brickworks in Longton!
by b308
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The Garstang to Knott End Railway
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: The Garstang to Knott End Railway

There's an excellent book on the railway called "The Pilling Pig", well worth getting especially if you want to see how a small branch line evolved and operated.

http://www.cumbrianrailways.org.uk/pillingpig.php

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