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  1. The first set of blocks are laid so I stuck some track on top and sent a train down as a test. The roofing felt isn't glued, the track isn't glued or pinned yet and I had to use a temporary board to run off. It was really just to get something working - anything. By the time I did that, it had gone dark. So all I've got to prove it is a grainy video. I'll stick it up anyway and try to get some better footage in the light.
  2. I don't think anyone else can answer that for you. I've not been following your build for long, but in the short time I have, it has always seemed like just an approach to the main scenic area you film on. What would it allow you to do that you can't do now? Would it make operation any more (too) complicated? I don't know how much of a general view you have of it when operating from other areas. Could it end up a bit like rounders or baseball where you end up with trains following each other from base to base?
  3. Just bought two and tried them on 36" radius curve with a Lima 156. Plenty of room there. In fact they'd probably work with 4th radius setrack, if not 3rd. It'll do for my purposes anyway. I'll build the tunnel over winter but having them is helpful for planning. The remainder of this year is about gardening, which I best get on with.
  4. I think that was down to the gradients around Scotland they would have to cope with, possibly it was also reliability and not blocking the line if one failed. The Fife coal fields seemed to be served more by pairs of 20s or type2s as far as I can make out. 37s or 47s on their own were still seen a lot across the central belt where it is flatter. The Hunterston to Ravenscraig MGRs would be doubled to Mossend and then one of the Mossend shunter 37s would get to cover the rest in soot stretch its legs for the climb up to Ravenscraig. Pretty sure one 60 replaced the three 37s. https://www.
  5. I think I might copy you on that front as well. I have one broken coupling on one blue grey Mk3a TSO and repair has not gone well. Is it possible to know what materials (Kadee No. plasticard thickness etc) and process you used please?
  6. I can confirm the Evolution saw is worth its weight in awesomeness. Unfortunately the blocks are a bit big for it so the blade guard needs retracted first (fingers in peril) and the blade won't go all of the way through so the final bit needs sawn manually. But getting the cut started with the Evolution means the angle is perfect and the surface is also smooth. I'll start a build thread at the weekend, but, I need a name for the railway. I'm thinking something-glen.
  7. Block gluing rig. Using Aluminium L section to keep everything straight. So I have glued the 4 blocks for the first straight section using Gorilla grab adhesive. The first two blocks were done with the two smooth edges mated and this worked fine. The third block was one rough edge to one smoother and took a bit more glue to fill in all of the gaps. For the third I did the same but wore down the rough surface first to reduce the amount of glue needed. All seem to have stuck well. For the next blocks to be glued I need to chop them at angles so will have to wait until the weekend. I'm kind
  8. You've made me think about expansion in my metal bridge plan but my thoughts might apply here too. I was thinking about how real road bridges cope with expansion. The bridge sits on bearings that allow for the movement and then the surface has expansion joints. Could you split the construction into smaller lengths with the track only secured at a limited number of locations and have a sliding joint at the end of each section? Basically allowing the plastic to expand and contract underneath without affecting the track. Edit 7 hours later : Just so I understand the problem correct
  9. Well they look good with that paint on them Mick. And the double looks fairly generous to accommodate two tracks on a curve so perhaps the single one will be generous enough too.
  10. So my old cordless drill has picked up a nasty smoking habit of late and is perhaps reaching the end of its useful life. It gets a fair bit of use as a drill and as a screwdriver; and probably going to get more use building the railway. Does anyone have any experience to recommend a decent cordless drill please?
  11. I was on top of Holme Moss that day in 2014, never experienced anything like it. I've been chasing them around most of my adult life. lol I swapped chasing trains to chasing bike races. Now I'm a bit like a labrador - I chase everything. The biggest cycle race from the USA is the Amgen Tour of California. I don't think I'm wrong in saying that Amgen is the licence owner for E.P.O. And the owner of Amgen was the owner of the race team that was US Postal Service and then Discovery Channel. i.e. Lance Armstrong's team. Perhaps I'm seeing something there that is more than it is.
  12. Hi, I can't find any dimensions for the tunnel portals on any of the ready-made plastic tunnel mouths. I'm really hoping not to have to make my own, I think ready made plastic will be far more durable outdoors. It looks from laying out the blocks that at one end the tunnel entrance will be on the straight but immediately going to a 36" radius inside the tunnel, there is a little more space to get around the lavender than I planned for. The other end is looking more like it will be on a curve 36" inside the tunnel again but widening from the tunnel mouth but how much I'm not sure. So my
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