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    • The National Railway Museum were having derailment problems with a bubblecar on their 0 gauge layout when I visited...
    • So I've bought a pair of the new release TRSB coaches for the APT set. As put in the GlenDollar thread, my intention was to sell one on and make a 2-PC-5 rake. With the opportunity to take some photos of it while I have the set, it would be rude not to. I was tempted not to try to sell it having looked at it on the window sill, but looking at the photo I took in the garden in the summer, it'll be too long. My intention was that everything I run will fit through the inner line of the loop with the exception of the HST set, that means the APT can be max 8 cars total. APTs generally ran as two sets together, a full set would be 7 cars: Driving Trailer Standard - Trailer Standard - Trailer restaurant standard buffet - Trailer unclassified - Trailer First - Trailer Buffet(?) First - Non driving Motor. A 14-car train would therefore be two sets with the NDMs connected. It seems, from research, that the number of times 2 full sets ran together was actually pretty limited. The reality was that, in service, mostly they ran as one full set and a short set. The short set would be minimum DTS-TBF-NDM but could have a TRSB. Making them 10 or 11-car trains. I can't see may times they ran without the second NDM except in testing. A model railway is only ever a representation of a real train, we try to get as close as we can but there will always be compromises. So with that in mind, here are some photos of different configurations with what I have. Symmetrical 4-PC-4 3-PC-5 As I'll run it 2-PC-5
    • Another enjoyable FREMO day     Many thanks to the UK FREMO group for an entertaining time yesterday operating the latest configuration of their German outline modular approach to model railways, complete with fully detailed timetabling which drivers and signalmen have to follow.  Some Anglo-Saxon interlopers appeared on the track during the lunchbreak. Altogether an ambitious undertaking, but very rewarding to be able to share in it.      
    • Well its been a nightmare for running outdoors this year with all the wet weather. I have also decided to revert to nearly the original track layout on the shed end of layout. I have had some trouble with the s curve derailing and the really tight curves have not helped. (all my fault trying to get a quart into a pint pot) So have started to lift the branch line and points and will relay next year after the covers come of for the 2024 season. So all best wishes to everyone.
    • Hi Andrew, You lucky man, Paris is our favourite city especially all the main line stations. We used to go every year for three weeks at a time. However our age and our passports have expired we just stay in the UK.  Have you been on Euro Star before? As you stated they are super fast. We found the seating a little hard. Regards, Ken
    • Coming home was fairly quick, too:
    • Sadly there's been no garden railway action recently - but i have been to Paris:
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    • kenbrunt  »  Clay Mills Junction

      It looks very smart and the length certainly adds to overhaul look. You should be very pleased. I am saving for a couple of coaches as they are as expensive as the locos were a few years ago. I feel that the hobby is for the collectors these days not the model railways runners. The seasons been a wash out this year.
      We had a run up to Chester to see Making Tracks 3. Very impressive and like you running full length sets. Had a great day there talking to Pete Waterman and sitting by the river with an ice-cream 
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    • Marcus

      Hi all, though you might like my video of my Blue Pullman set. It's vintage Triang Hornby (Couldn't afford the Bachmann one!). Runs really well. I just love the blue and white livery!
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    • John Barnacle

      Hi all
      I know this has probably been asked before but what is the best track for garden use?
      · 2 replies
    • 40027

      Garden railway novice ,railway in planning stage
      footpaths to cross/dive under and a planned pool for kids to navigate around
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