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  1. Dear Thomas, since a lot of Years I thought I'm very alone with the idea to bring HO scale trains outside. I searched Youtube and the www to all this topics, with some small results. Yesterday Evening I found your link and got here and I'm totally impressed by your work. This is absolutely amazing... Since 2 Years I got back to my childhood hobby (where I gone also outside with Roco Line/ but just for 1 day) and since that date I'm testing with DCC and Roco Line all over my house (but so far just inside). Some rails of RocoLine are stationed since over a year in my garden for testing for the w
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  2. Worsley Dale is officially open for 2021! Tracks were cleaned and cleared early today and power was applied shortly afterwards. I was immediately greeted with a short circuit! There's nothing really complicated on Worsley Dale, it's little more than a circle of track so what could possibly be the problem? I checked from one end to the other and found nothing amiss so it wasn't something just across the rails so that leaves just the two sprung points which each have frog juicers fitted. I should really have removed them before winter set in but they are housed within plastic boxes, cushion
    3 points
  3. I braved the sub zero temperatures outside today and gave my O gauge locos a run out - don't panic! Next time, it will be the OO locos (but there are a lot more of them!) Ive done a bit of work on some of my stock and wanted to see it in action. Ive got a little bit more work to do to my 117 dmu, so, that will have to wait a week or 2. With lots of my pre-orders either just landed or about to, there is likely to be more than just locos getting a run out.
    2 points
  4. I suppose one of the drawbacks with the later version are the incorrect buffers but that's something I can live with. I certainly couldn't bear the thought of having to change all those buffers. In my opinion, if you get them at a decent price the later version is by far the better of the two. It's much more solid and stable and looks the part even if it's not quite correct. I'm perfectly happy with mine and wouldn't even consider changing them for the proposed Cavalex models. But some modellers have made excellent jobs using the earlier models - it all depends on how much work you want and wh
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  5. Do we know what Hornby did to the newer ones other than the NEM pockets for couplings? We've got several old ones (r249) with metal wheels. The plastic wheeled ones with less detail were from trainsets like the 'Midnight freight' set, whereas the boxed individual ones had metal wheels. If replacing the couplings, fitting better buffers and weathering is on the cards anyway, I'm not sure how much difference you'd have between an old and newer Hornby one?
    1 point
  6. These are the codes for the MGR wagons I have in my collection - some are single wagons and others were in sets of 3. R6213, R6213A, R6215, R6215A, R6215B, R6222, R6222A, R6222B, R6224, R6331, R6333, R6333A, R6333B, R6333C. Probably not an exhaustive list but they are the ones I have. All the later version wagons have the small tension lock couplers, the earlier variant have the larger tension lock couplers. It looks like they're still attracting high prices averaging about ÂŖ20 per wagon whereas the earlier variant can be obtained for much less than that. Something to consider p
    1 point
  7. Yes, they do have incorrect 12mm wheels as standard but it appears that there's no problems swapping them for the correct 14.1mm plain discs. Perhaps Chris could try it out by using a couple of wheelsets from some other vehicles to test clearance - most wagons and coaches use 14mm wheels I believe.
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  8. 14.1mm disc wheels were apparently correct, but the models have 12mm 3-hole disc wheels as standard. I've no idea if the 14.1mm wheels will foul on anything without modification and the hoppers will sit a little higher on them. Another way to cure the wobble was to glue one axle on straight, you didn't need to glue both apparently. Bear in mind that this was Hornby's way of getting them around first and second radius curves so any modification might cause unintended consequences.
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  9. All the MGR's I have are the later Hornby version with metal wheels so I haven't had the need to change any of mine but it appears you need Hornby 14.1mm plain disc wheels as a replacement (Hornby R8218?). As for the wobbling I think this is a feature of the earlier MGR models due to the swivelling axle mounts but it would be a good idea to check the wheel back to back measurements too as this can also result in wobbling if the distance between the wheels isn't correct. You will need a wheel back-to-back gauge of some sort for this. There are a few posts dealing with upgrading these
    1 point
  10. More progress work on the bridge gluing the port side window panel in place, I need to finished the window sill starboard side before cutting out the front window panel which has 8 windows to cut out, getting pretty good cutting the windows out , a sharp kniffe blade is needed . I buy a pack of 10 blades at Big W like Kmart. Our days are starting to cool down now, in the 30's and high 20's can't wait to get back to the layout build , full swing making the most of the cooler weather. The bridge is now glued to the roof of the front accommodation decks, it actually lifts out wont
    1 point
  11. You've made a great job of that bridge - it really does look the part. Very nicely painted!
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  12. Spring Greens After a month of cold and then wet, our weather hasn't been great until very recently. So I needed to seize the moment in today's sunshine and decided it felt like a day for running Southern Region branch line trains, using the N Class and the BR Standard 2-6-4 tank. Here are some of my many photos.
    1 point
  13. Sun is out - lets play 🚆 Ive got to admit, running the OO today felt a bit of a chore at times - I hope that passes 🙁 I don't know if it's that I've got so much stock it's a faff getting it all out and then putting it away again or the slightly less forgiving nature of the smaller scale for needing clean and well tidied track. Or, it might just be that I'm tired and not feeling very good after having my first CV19 jab.
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  14. Sure does Mick. Touch wood we've had a good enough run of weather to be able to get 80% of what I wanted done. Last 20 or so connector wires to go but we're now at a stage where we can run locos! Also decided to get rid of the point just after entering the garage and opted for a nice 3rd radius sweep instead. More reliable and gives more room for my station building. Before and after
    1 point
  15. It does feel like it's been a long winter this time doesn't it? Hopefully the worst is now behind us for another year but it is still early and there's chance we might get another cold snap but let's hope not. We've suffered enough this past year. It's been good to get outdoors and I'm glad you've found the time to do so too. It's nice to get on with something and maintenance, whether necessary or not, always makes you feel good. Look forward to seeing some outdoor running on the Pickle Line real soon.
    1 point
  16. Mick, My friend Jannie in York just sent this photo, which looks rather like your layout so may have been taken on Skew Bridge:
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  17. Great video, Mick. The layout has real atmosphere and all the details look just right. Who said you can't run full-length trains indoors (me perhaps!)? Nice to see all those EWS liveried 66s, and I love the way the signal aspect changes a few moments after the loco has passed it. Well done.
    1 point
  18. Well I personally would find it very difficult, at this time, to manage without an Internet connection. I'm just thinking of all the things we would have to give up that have made our lives so much easier over recent years. The only drawback with devices that depend on the Internet is the fact that they do depend on that Internet connection in order to function - without it they just won't work. Barry has already pointed out video doorbells and CCTV camera's which are a great asset to home security but without a connection to the outside world they're nigh on useless if you are away from
    1 point
  19. Post up videos in that are non member videos. I found this one today. I had not seen it before.
    1 point
  20. Yes, he often posts new videos during the summer months but while it's a really nice layout, I'm with Iain, as it's just a little bit too 'busy' for me with so many trains racing around. I'm pleased to see that his 'views' are increasing though because at one time his videos were getting very little exposure and it does deserve a much wider audience as I'm sure it's a layout that will appeal to many people.
    1 point
  21. Daws Heath is owned by a guy called Paul Barnard, who before his retirement, had a business building garden railways. I really like his railway, but his trains are always running far too fast for my liking.
    1 point
  22. So, I made a little progess but now I run out of Peco points SL-95 and SL-96 (ordered some at Osborns, hope they will arrive soon) and Peco PL-11/Gaugemaster PM-20 point motors which are nowhere available...☚ī¸
    1 point
  23. The term fiddle yard is also used in German, but it refers to a track system outside the landscaped area of a layout where trains can be rearranged by lifting them off the track and replacing them. This differs from the "Schattenbahnhof" (literally "shadow station") which is only used to park trains and is usually found in the underground of the layout. I actually don't have a suitable term in English for "Schattenbahnhof". Regards Thomas
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  24. Hello everybody! I wish you a happy new year! My second parking station has been tackled and the entrance is already taking shape. It will have 16 tracks plus 2 bypass tracks. Regards Thomas
    1 point
  25. I've picked up a Ryobi One+ percussion drill from B&Q. It was on offer with two batteries, charger and case. I'll see how this goes and then may get the lawnmower as the batteries fit the whole range.
    1 point
  26. I am having trouble with edit isn't showing up, Mick said 48 hours will leave the thread open all day and keep an eye if edit shows, hope so as I want to change the new thread to Camdale HO scale garden railway Part 11 or MK 11 The track plan is well under way, sadly I can't get any of the bridge out while the weather is unstable, had a heave rain this morning good for the grass. Length is 44 feet stage one by 30 feet wide, stage 2 the suburban extension, stage three the 2 reverse loops and vertical staging yard and so on, I may build the workshop, refuelling and sand doc fi
    1 point
  27. Well sad times, we are moving which is great but means uplifting the railway to a new location...
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