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  1. I've been putting together a level crossing that we can put on the railway. I didn't want a generic Hornby one so got a kit and adapted it so we can lift it off and store it when finished in the Garden. Mr Bean waiting patiently as the last bits of glue dry up...
  2. We apologise for the delay.....
  3. Now I know what to look for the eBay app has had a bit more use lately
  4. Some running today, all fine and the hoppers are looking great!
  5. With a 5 year old being in control of trains outside, on a raised base where a derailment could be a bin bag job for the poor train involved, I got thinking we need some protection. I'll give our little boy credit, he's very mature for his age and treats the trains as models where as some of his friends might not be so gentle and on the ball. However, even I've had a near miss when a coach came free and I wasn't paying attention. I've looked at various solutions, most of which require purchasing something or another but decided to try and use things I already have. Plastic netting (left over from our Protectapet fence) Large cocktail sticks Outdoor fence paint Cable ties Staple gun and staples Due to the way the plastic netting bends the outside of the corners only requires a couple of posts to keep it tight. The inside requires double. It might not be the best looking but providing the cocktail sticks hold out it will require no maintenance.
  6. That's a great shout Mick, the moulds are good but very flat.
  7. Morning all, It's taken some steady hand Dremel work and creative thinking with regard to getting the smaller type connectors attached but finally got the hoppers converted. It's been a fun little project but no way I'd be wanting to convert anymore. I purchased a more recent Hornby version to get a reference for how high the couplings needed to be. I also went to work with some acrylics and a sponge to get a more "used" look to them. I spent my childhood in the Midlands watching these things thunder past on their way to the power station and remember them being grubby as anything. I could get better effects by purchasing some specialist weathering bits but I'm a fan of using what's at hand.
  8. Added an old web cam to the computer in the garage so we can monitor outside. This has made running the trains much easier as we know what's coming.
  9. Hi all, Any of you green fingered fellows recommend some easy to maintain bushes / plants to liven up our garden a bit? Preferably some big enough for our cats to dive in and chill out on a hot day. South Devon and south facing garden that sees the sun most of the day. Cheers
  10. Another nice day so the Class 37 is doing a spot of track cleaning for me whilst I cut the grass. That's after a session with the track rubber and my super duper "get the bits of left over rubber off the line tool" haha
  11. From the album: The Pickle Line

    © Chris S

  12. From the album: The Pickle Line

    © Chris S

  13. Thanks for taking the time to give me the numbers Mick, much appreciated.
  14. Thanks chaps. I'm using the two I got from eBay as testers for now. I've removed the wheels and found both sets are 14.1 already. I've ordered replacements along with nem connectors and coal loads. It's nice to have a mini project on the go but I don't fancy doing this every time so will be keeping an eye out for the newer version mgr.
  15. Thanks Mick, I'll keep an eye out. I'm currently using these two as guinea pigs. Replacing the wheels, replacing the massive couplings and adding coal loads. Would you happen to know the product number for the later Hornby version so I know what to look for?
  16. So, with the nicer weather (well, not today typically) I've been flicking through eBay listings for bargains. I stumbled across this DCC fitted 37 for a very good price so snapped it up along with a couple of hopper wagons. I'll be keeping an eye out for more of those wagons over the next few months. I did post in the rolling stock section about these wagons but will mention them here too. One has plastic wheels the other metal. The plastic wheels don't really turn very freely and the metal ones have a good wobble to them. Any idea on replacement metal wheels?
  17. I've just picked up a couple of these hoppers. One has plastic wheels which aren't turning very freely. The other has metal wheels but wobbles quite a bit. Any advice on maintenance and replacement metal wheels? Cheers
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