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  1. Hi Rob I've had most success with the 'central locking' type motor and one I installed several years ago is still operating as reliably as ever. It needs protecting from the weather as any others would but they do seem more rugged than anything designed specifically for indoor model railway use. I tend these days to limit use of point motors to indoor locations using the traditional SEEP types inside my shed along with a peco side mounted motor right where the outdoor line enters the shed but is under cover. The drawback with the central locking type is their size as they are a fair
  2. Sorry to learn about your illness Iain but certainly glad to hear you're back up and about again. I hope you're fully recovered or at least well on the way to that. I enjoyed the video and as I mentioned after watching @Andrew's video with the added soundtrack, I quite like them that way. I will have to look out for some appropriate music for accompaniment and have a go myself one day. You've made a good job of yours.
  3. I've just added a selection of 9 Hornby matchboard side Pullman coaches to my eBid store. These were a mix of new and used purchases so while some are in almost as new condition, others have some insignificant marks or damage and are priced accordingly. All have working table lamps though reliable operation does require clean wheels and track to reduce flickering. Here's just a selection of images of some of the coaches listed starting at £22 post free. You'll find details in the store itself https://stores.ebid.net/toomanytrains Rosemary (below) is available for £22 post paid https:
  4. I'm not sure exactly where to place this just yet so for now I'm going to post here in the Buffet section until I decide later. It's mainly just a heads up that I've once again set myself the task of thinning down my overly large collection of models. Now I've settled on the types of layout I want, i.e Scottish outdoors in the garden and Yorkshire Coalfields up in the attic, I find I've got a load of stock that just doesn't have a place anymore. In addition, the fact that I've amassed so many items over the years means there's very little chance of them getting any track time in the fores
  5. It was a splendid end to the month of March weatherwise with temperatures reaching their highest March peak temperature I have ever recorded with 25.4 degrees centigrade on the final day of the month. As a change from my usual blurb I thought I'd just post these two charts comparing the respective data for each of the past 10 years up to and including 1st April.
  6. Great little video Andrew that just goes to show you don't need DCC sound to create an enjoyable viewing experience. I really like it with a nice soothing soundtrack in the background - much better than some of the awful diesel sounds I've been fortunate enough to acquire! I'd been thinking of doing something similar myself up in the attic and been searching for some complimentary music but it's not until you actually see what someone else has done that you appreciate just how pleasing it can be. The attic acoustics really distort and reverberate DCC sound to a point where it becomes over
  7. I'm sorry to hear that. You're not having much luck recently are you? Things tend to go like that sometimes but hopefully you'll be able to source them elsewhere - there's nearly always a way to get hold of something you want.
  8. That looks amazing.... Looking forward to seeing at least one of those on Clay Mills Junction!
  9. Looks a bit like the one here Barry https://www.custommodelrailroads.com/cmr-train-beaver-bridge.html might give you some ideas
  10. Sorry to hear that you've had to dismantle parts of your layout after you seemed to have been making good progress. Still, at least you're back in the planning stage so it's not all bad news. The 'modular' type build you mention with linking track sections sounds interesting and it will be good to see how you get on with it. An outdoor line with lots of scenery and detailing isn't something I would personally recommend but perhaps with a suitable cover for protection against the elements, as well as all the little critters that are to be found out there, you could make it work. A lot
  11. Nice work again Tony. I take it you're far enough away from the areas which are experiencing flooding at this time? Geography isn't my strongest point but I believe you're somewhere over towards the east aren't you?
  12. I've just had Worsley Dale powered up for the first time in 3 weeks or so and had a very brief running session. I'd hoped to get away with just going round with the track rubber and then IPA in the track cleaner but found it necessary to get the garden vacuum out too as there was so much debris and fallen leaves along the tracks. It wasn't until I'd started that I remembered I have still to replace the auto frog on the spring points just off Low Shott viaduct. I didn't fancy getting tools and soldering irons out just yet as they are all up in the attic so I left it as it was for now and i
  13. Great work Thomas! It's amazing, though certainly not the type of layout you'd find in the Hornby Track Plans book. Strangely the first thing I thought of was "how on earth is he going to clean the windows!" but your planning has been so meticulous that I'm sure you've already thought of a solution to that. That storage/stabling yard really would be perfect for my needs but sadly I just don't have the space to accommodate that number of roads. Is this going to be a DCC sound layout? Has that been mentioned previously?
  14. On one of my 37's the previous owner had separated the fans from their mounting and carefully glued just the fans directly to the rim of the fan grills. Looks very neat. I also remember on one of my models I fastened the fans on top of the speaker itself but directly below the grills. Where there's a will there's a way...
  15. I've put two videos together today, one featuring the Tilcon stone hoppers and the other the BZA steel coil wagons. Both are just about finished (though some of the BZA's are not quite dry) so unless I see something that bugs me I'll move on to something else shortly. Here's the Tilcon hoppers..... ....and here's the BZA steel coil wagons.
  16. Drop Richard a line at Roads and Rails and ask him which speaker he recommends for fitting beneath the fan grills without needing any modifications. He's normally very helpful. I have iphone speakers in some of mine and they can sound pretty decent but I think he will recommend you try something other than those now. The fuel tank way is just an option and not the only way to go about it by any means. Wait until you start milling chunks out of the chassis to fit the biggest speakers! Just be careful installing speakers with TTS decoders as those decoders require 8ohm speakers and iphone t
  17. Oh, that slippery slope.......I remember it well!
  18. The BZA set is almost complete and I'm just waiting for some of the cradles to dry before adding the final steel coils. I'll then take a close look and see if any of the wagons need any further colour or weathering but they're not looking too bad at the moment. I think the rake would look better with some variation in the size of steel coils rather than them all being the same. A lot of the photos I've seen appear to show various size steel coils so I'm not sure if there was a standard load or not. Steel wasn't really my thing but I'm not a fan of uniform loads and a bit of variation alwa
  19. ..and it appears they're multiplying!
  20. Time for a coffee break and so an opportunity for an update on the BZA wagons. You'll see from the photo below I have managed to get 6 wagons reassembled so far and I'm pleased with how they're looking. I should be able to manage to assemble another 6 by this evening. In close up I can see a few areas that need attention where stray blobs of paint appear like giant puddles, and the left hand cradle in the photo below looks much more prominent than the rest but that's more to do with the attic lighting than anything else. Getting a finish that's acceptable on the layo
  21. I agree Barry, many of the sound projects out there just don't meet expectations, perhaps because our expectations are sometimes greater than what the current technology can provide. However, one thing is for sure and that's that speakers have come a long way since the early days of DCC sound and there's now a much greater choice. If I can just return to the sound decoder itself, although Biffo generally get's good reviews I've found that the best 37/0 sound files are the ones from Jamie Goodman on Loksound v5.0, and Locoman Sounds on Doehler & Haass decoders. We all know the Loksound
  22. That's good to hear Iain. I might just give that a try this year if I can find the time and a decent spell of weather to get round to ballasting.
  23. I've spent the majority of the afternoon and into the evening working on the BZA wagons and some of them are getting close to completion so I thought I'd post these before and after photos so you can see how they are coming along. This is one of the Bachmann BZA's looking much as it did when it was taken from its box. And now after airbrushing, brush washing, and paper towel wiping, but still in need of its wheels replacing they're beginning to look like I want them to. I've still got some finishing touches to do to the cradles and the bogies and there's still the st
  24. Well hello 31's! Nice weathering on both loco's Iain. I never worked with 31's but I do remember them as always being oily and dirty and your pair brings that across well. I was going to ask you about your track ballast and how it coped during the winter. Has it survived okay? Would you recommend using SBR?
  25. I've been a busy bunny so far today. Although I made a start weathering the MEA's yesterday they're not a particularly enjoyable wagon to work on and yes, I know they have to be done at some point but I was tempted to have a go with another wagon this morning and so I began dismantling the BZA steel carriers. I thought it would make them easier to work on and I was right, it does. So it was out with the airbrush and before long I had 7 of them lightly weathered and they are now up there drying off. I'm looking forward to comparing the 7 I've done against the 9 I still have to do when
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