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  1. Mick's Drivel

    I reckon Mick bought a model railway shop..
  2. Transalpina Railway

    I once used to work on a radar where the 12 transmitters, were routed through the many waveguides into any of the 12 output horns. This was displayed on a wall in the control room, with 2800 little light green plaques ( smaller plaques than above) just like a signal box as above. Same shade of green!!. That control panel was I believe supplied by a railway supplies company. Pity I wasn't around when it was scrapped... I have thought of building a control panel like it, but it would probably be bigger than the layout.... My layout being built in the shed, will feed out to the garden railway, on top of viaduct walls. My back does not allow for low level work...
  3. The thoughts of Chairman Q

    We didn't get a white Christmas in fact it was quite warm, 11C, We are possibly getting snow later today, on the back edge of the Strom that's going over, it's blowing 60 mph, With horizontal rain and hail at the moment. Time to wind up the fire a bit..
  4. The thoughts of Chairman Q

    Well still nothing doing on the garden railway or its in shed component, the new gateway and walls are complete except for painting, there is a bin cupboard built into the wall one side, and a post box with parcels cupboard beneath the other side. Hopefully that will stop the sorry you're not in cards... Meanwhile the inherited railway, has been proceeding well, you can see it at http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38780.msg480978#msg480978 Ben the Border Collie accompanies me to the MRC each Friday, so when we go in, I get ignored and it's hello Ben, as he visits everyone for a pat on the head. He's become very much calmer and is turning out to be a very nice dog... I've now reached the age when I've got the old gits card from B+Q, and during this year my strength seems to be seriously deminishing. My problems are little compared to many on this site, but I am now finding lifting and placing concrete aerated blocks hard work, my body seems to be going down hill rapidly. I'd better get the railway walls / viaducts built soon before it goes beyond my strength. The plans for the layout have not changed, it's just taking vastly more time than I'd like. So as I lie here in my pit, with pain from my left elbow and lower back from mixing concrete yesterday, I'll toast you all with a glass of Highland Park, and hope you all have a happy and healthy 2018. Nollaig Chridheil ( merry Christmas in Scottish Gaelic)
  5. Disruption to service

    What?s that white stuff? we've had none of that round here, just Rain.... Lots of rain...
  6. Mick's Drivel

    The one advantage I have, is living out in the middle of nowhere, which also means few low life, My neighbours until not long ago never locked their house. I rarely lock the car to get to us you'd need a car so they wouldn't need to nick one!!. Althoughthe car is in the back garden and we have something with 4 feet and teeth, they don't know he'll only lick you to death, not bite you. For the nearest low life to get out from the nearest town to us is a 5 mile bike ride or by car and they stick out like a sore thumb.. The low crime rate does mean on a night shift there are only 4 policemen within 20 miles (thats 2, 10 miles away and 2, 20 miles away), as Cromer found out when they were invaded by travellers, they had more crime that weekend, than in a normal month..
  7. Lockerbie station

    If you look at the National Library of Scotland site there are very good accurate maps of all of the UK from about 1500!! to today, I hope this link works to Lockerbie. http://maps.nls.uk/view/75503174 it does (1930's ish map)
  8. The thoughts of Chairman Q

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.
  9. Maximilianshafen

    The standard external height of UK containers is 8ft 6 inches, However there are Now "Hi-cubes" which are 9ft 6 inches tall, which why we are getting so many bridge strikes at the moment, when the lorry driver forgets his load is 1 ft higher than normal...
  10. Dapol 7S 026 006 Jinty 3F Club Special

    That Jinty is 1/43 scale "0" gauge, 7mm to the foot. 32 or 33 mm between the rails. " G" gauge is 45mm between the rails..
  11. Hornby changes

    I think Hornby has realised that unless it is seen, it won't sell, you need to have a presence to sell. Selling from the internet doesn't attract new buyers.. Bricks and mortar shops were getting people coming into the shops looking at the models and then going away and ordering off of the internet. Similarly I wonder how many banks are losing future customers because they are closing all the branches and putting all their faith in the internet. It's gone from a 6 mile round trip to a bank to a 25 mile round trip. If that one closes as is likely it will be a 50 mie round trip. As it is I've just put a days leave in to do the 50 mile round trip to process some cheques for my sailing association.
  12. Ballast

    SBR is a additive for concrete, used the make concrete more waterproof and flexible. You should be able to find it in your hardware store in the concrete additives aisle. SBR is a latex additive. You can also find PVA additives for cement and a 5 ltr Bottle of that is a good cheap source of PVA glue.
  13. The thoughts of Chairman Q

    Just a note to remind you our show is next Saturday, sadly Harnsers Loke has been withdrawn another layout has been sought.
  14. Forum updated to v.4.2.4

    We've Just had an outbreak of Windows updates at work and I'm glad to report this latest version of Windows 10 works!!
  15. What is everyone up to?

    One wall of my gateway is up, as a bare baseboard, as in not decorated. I'm finding old age is catching up, I'm having severe muscle and joint problems constructing these walls. I need to do the railway viaduct soon before I get too knackered. There is reference to muscle problems for some of those with a "susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia" I'm begining to believe I may be one of those... The latest Railway Modeller has just dropped into my temporary postbox, an advert shows £220 for a new Hornby loco!!! Ouch..... I think I'll stick to buying and modifying secondhand rolling stock.. My MRC is preparing for our annual show on October the 7th in Aylsham. Surprisingly we get more new members from an open day in the local town hall than our much bigger exhibition. My MRC occasionally goes and visits members railways it can be quite nice sharing a beer watching the trains go round the garden. Something I hope to be able to invite them to do here one day...
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