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About aureol40012

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  1. This would be my prime choice if it weren't for the price and rarity: The station is metal so is well suited to being outdoors. Is anyone using one of those? What do other people use?
  2. Well, if its points you like, check these out............! Arrived today.
  3. Tony, I was in Sydney and the Blue Mountains in Dec/January but missed the "Indian Pacific" ;-( I did however see some of the massive freight trains; impressive!
  4. Can I just say, I LOVE the bellowers! As someone who spent thousands of miles out of the window behind class 40s in the early 80s, it takes me right back. See here for some of my dad's early VHS footage for what I'm talking about!
  5. Further progress last night, but also the first "incident"! Its my own fault, I felt the need to test my pointwork and my Heljan class 27 derailed and fell off the layout on to the grass! Luckily it is rained softened so no real damage, but has anyone with an elevated section developed a "safety net" mechanism (literally) to catch falling stock?
  6. Well, as nobody seems to visit the "layouts in the planning stage" section I've now moved Birkdale Northgate to this forum as I started building it on Saturday! Made good progress for day one of a first attempt!
  7. Photos of where the layout will go.
  8. First attempt at a plan attached, comments welcomed! Circle is tree, rectangle is planned garage extension which line will eventually connect in to.
  9. I'm starting this thread now, right at the very start of my thinking about the layout, so that you lot can mither me if there are no updates for a long time; I need motivation! This is a two stage DCC project. Stage 1 is a high/medium level (lower and upper gardens) end to end layout with a possible loop around a tree, and stage 2 is to connect stage 1 to a new garage extension which will contain the indoor "hub" of the layout (fiddle yards, station, depot, etc). Motive power is all in place and is BR blue 03, 08, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 33, 37, 40, 44, 45, 46, 47, 50, 55, and 56, with HST and DMUs. Photos and plans to follow! Jake