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  1. Hi Thomas, It’s nice to see progress happening and to hear the bridge problem may soon be resolved. I wish you well. John
  2. Hello Thomas, Oh boy! That would be such a nice bridge, I keep my fingers tightly crossed for you that it does turn up at your house. It reminds me of the Chesapeake and Ohio’s bridge over the Ohio river at (I think!) Sciotoville or similar spelling. At one point this was the world’s strongest bridge. Good luck, John
  3. Hi Tony, I think you directed that to me, if not, sorry Thomas! Firstly, 4 meters is "only" about 13 feet or so and secondly, we usually only operate with single locos but do occasionally double head just for fun though rather than because we have to. A 30 foot long train would be about 9 meters and I guess we would need two locos for that. Cheers, John.
  4. That's the advantage of decent mechanisms and reliable couplings as well as . . . . Traction tyres! I built a folded figure eight layout for my friend Doug, we had to use 2.5% (1 in 40) grades but can still operate 4 metre long trains.
  5. Hello Tony, I'm quite new here but am certainly enjoying your build, it is very ambitious! Do I have this right, your layout is basically modular so you can set it up each time you operate? Given your climate down under, sounds like a good idea to me! Keep up the good work, Cheers, John.
  6. Hi there, I have a small Bosch drill/driver that has a lithium ion battery, must be nearly 15 years old now and is still excellent BUT recently, my brother in law helped me redo my bathroom ceiling and he was using a pair of Screwfix drill/drivers, they seemed very impressive to me! This was it: https://www.screwfix.com/p/mac-allister-msdd18-li-2-18v-1-5ah-li-ion-cordless-drill-driver/873fx I can't vouch for the longevity of this as I can for the Bosch, I see the modern equivalent of mine is now about £65 - WITHOUT battery! Similar again for a battery but as I always say, you get what you pay for. Plus, I always say, always buy the best tools you can afford. Hope this helps, John, just a DIYer, not a professional of any kind.
  7. Hello Stephen, I can see you've put some real hard work in there, it looks great. There's nothing like seeing the trains going round in natural daylight, is there? Cheers, John. PS I was like you - joined years ago then forgot about it!
  8. Hi Marcus, That's a great start! I love the weathered Lima Warship, looks really authentic. Cheers, John
  9. Hi Mick, A great thread, thanks. I've been using a pair of the Trix wheel cleaners clipped together for quite a few years now, I find them excellent. However they are only good for driven wheels! For non-driven wheels, I have used an American tool called a Bachrus "Wheel Doctor" - expensive! Not that great to be honest, it's okay but not that easy to use, not that effective. A much cheaper and simpler solution sounds to have been described here: http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/88/p/171971/1888899.aspx#1888899 Post number: 3 by "Allegheny 2-6-6-6" - quote: " I've never seen that particular wheel cleaner work but a while back I had the pleasure of visiting Ken McCorry's Conrail layout which in itself is a marvel of HO railroading but while touring the railroad I kept noticing these metal clips here and there that seemed to be holding a wiper of some sort. This has to be one of the most ingenious pieces of model railroading I have ever seen Ken fabricated small wire clips that hold down yup, you got it small pieces of parer towel. As the trains pass through the fixture the wheels are wiped clean of any gunk that may accumulate on them. Every once in a while the clips are removed and new pieces are slid into place and the old one's discarded. Having them placed in various places places throughout his 5000 sq.ft. layout he told us he has zero problems with dirty wheels I can't imagine it cost Ken all of maybe a few cents worth of material to solve a problem. If the rivet counters or railroad purist among us are concerned with how it looks you always have the option to put the wipers on hidden trackage or possibly inside a removable portion of scenery etc. Real modeling genius " If that were me, I may occasionally dribble a tiny bit of Limonene, IPA or similar onto the pieces of paper, certainly to start with but it does sound an excellent and cheap way of cleaning wheels. Cheers, John
  10. Hi Thomas, Please excuse all the "likes" - I have been reading through your whole thread from the beginning! I have to say that it is all completely fascinating and I really admire what you have done. Did you have a vision for how everything would be from the beginning? I recall that you have simplified some aspects earlier this year (sorry about what happened with the rocket and the "cat?"). I had just about worked out what I wanted in a layout when I came across this website so everything is up in the air again with me. My wife and I are soon moving from England to Greece so an outdoor layout will be perfect for me to enjoy the decent weather. As you suggest, an indoor section will be perfect as that can be run independently of the outdoor lines for extremes of weather. Now, I really can't wait to get started! Cheers, John.
  11. Hello Thomas, I followed your link in 'Stummis' and was surprised to see that I am a member on here already! I am very impressed with your plans and especially with your extra long points. I too, like high speed trains, along with my friend James who has one of the CR400s from China also! I don't have these yet, just the usual ICE 1, 2, 3, T, TGV, Acela etc - all in H0 scale. I was planning a large layout with an LGV but now I might have to consider going outdoors - as soon as I am settled in my new house. Cheers, John.
  12. Hello All, I just happened upon this forum by chance earlier today and thought "00"? "in the garden"? That sounds interesting, what a good idea! So, a quick look around and here I am! Some of you may have heard of me before as I am on quite a few forums, all "indoor" based jobs though. I have many times contemplated an outdoor line but always in the larger scales. I do like to chop and change my interests and it gets stupidly expensive to do that in the big scales, which is why I had settled on 16.5mm gauge track. I run a mix of 4 and 3.5mm scales as I like trains from all over the world. My name is John Edge, I am about 50 y.o. married with no kids but three cats! The wife and I are both big cat lovers, we have two Bengal girls (sisters) who are now 13 and one Greek boy who is three and a bit. The cats may actually make it easier for me to go outdoors as they have a large cat pen and associated run, this is due to an adjacent busy road, far safer for the cats! Untitled by Allegheny1633, on Flickr This is the main part of the cat run in an uncompleted state, last summer. It is now finished and has a connecting "tunnel" that is about as long again and reaches back to the house. The "tunnel" is actually a mesh covered walkway that is between 3 and 4 feet in elevation. I have been thinking that it would not take much to attach a slim "plank" upon which to run a model railway, to the outside of all the feline constructions. In fact the cats would probably chase the trains! Everything would of course be physically separated by wire mesh, paws cannot reach through to cause any derailments. What do folk think, please? Cheers, John.
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