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About Semaphore54

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  1. I have enough trouble with the local cats using our garden as a toilet, I wouldn't like to encourage them!
  2. The rule does seem to be "no gradients in the garden" but I'm planning one on my new layout, on a single line, I reckon as long as the track is dry and clean it should be okay. I do have a Hornby Railfreight 47 which I fitted two power bogies in (because I could!) just in case, and I've always found the Triang 37 with it's old, incorrect, cast power bogie, and a boat load of lead, will stick to the track fairly well. Power bogies in coaches, why not, the blue Pullmans had them in the leading coaches behind the power cars!
  3. Well I think I just look in the wrong skips! I do find some of the costs of new items rather daunting, I tend to buy used items from eBay, I've also discovered quite a good little used model railway items stall in a market hall near me, thankfully I've never disposed of a lot of the loco's and rolling stock I bought back in the 90's, plus I have a fondness for older Triang items, which as long as you don't go for the collectable stuff can be reasonable, but new DCC with sound modules? I can't see me going there any time soon!
  4. Hello Folks: I know this is an older thread but I thought I'd add my thoughts, on my previous layout, which had a life of about seven years, I found that eventually I had to bond all the rail joints as the joiners themselves fill up with gunk and don't fully conduct, the gold plated Peco joiners were very good, bet they're not made any more! Spraying with a good switchcleaner periodically, Servisol is good, (not WD40 it's an oil), does help but the older the layout got I had to put more bonds in, a gas soldering iron is good for the work, and the wire can be pretty thin. As regards t
  5. Hi Mick: Thanks, yes we moved house a good few years back and I am planing another garden railway now, probably on a wood base, the previous was on concrete, very robust but slow to build and tough to maintain, but then in the garden it is like p-way work on the real thing!
  6. I thought I would contribute a picture or two from my previous garden layout, from the 1990's, we don't get much snow in this part of England, but I usually had a running session on those occasions. The snow plough is a brass kit, I don't think they are available now.
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