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  1. Hi Mick, I'm wondering whether you used the speaker which came attached to the TTS decoder or something a bit more exotic! If it was the standard speaker I would be inclined to email, or perhaps even telephone Hornby and ask them how it is supposed to fit. It is, after all, a Hornby accessory for a Hornby product and should be compatible. Their original sound fitted Class 60s from around 2009 were fitted with ESU decoders but I don't know whether they have ever sold any with ready fitted TTS decoders. I will need to dig out my 60048 some time and see if it needs to receive some attention.
  2. I'm guessing that wasn't Sir Nigel Gresley! 😀
  3. I really wish I could remember all your faces! I know I bumped into you at an exhibition (perhaps Burton-on-Trent?) . The “good lady” has a much better memory than me. She probably gently interrogated you and will be able to recall everything you said, just to warn you! I wonder if Trevor will be reading this?
  4. This website/forum whatever, was a real find when I came upon it nearly 10 years ago and I did wonder how one man, i.e. Mick, could find the time and money to have created it. I would be very happy to contribute towards the costs involved but I am too old to learn new computer skills, besides which I already have 2/3 almost full time voluntary jobs which have prevented me making progress on my own garden railway. I have hesitated to suggest this, and I know there would be negative issues, but has the time come to offer the domain to a commercial organisation such as a magazine publisher? At one time Pat Hammond ran an online discussion forum, called Model Rail Express I think, and this was much less formal than RMWeb but appeared most days. There was a brave attempt to put this on a commercial footing when Pat decided it was time for him to retire but I don't think it ever really took off. I do hope oogardenrailway continues.
  5. Cheers. Thanks for clarifying that. It seems the safest trackbed is Rubbercrete or light thermal blocks, both methods needing a lot of planning and "civil engineering". Good luck with your 00 garden railway and enjoy it, whichever way you go. Riddles
  6. I have hesitated to post this, and still await being shot down in flames, but from the figures you have quoted, is not the coefficient of expansion for the plastic 100 times greater than that of nickel silver rail?
  7. There is one product which Thomas alerted us to, some months back. It is made in Ireland and is very expensive but sounds ideal. Check out "Medite Tricoya Extreme". An 8' x 4' piece 12mm thick can be had at present for £241.30 online. The blurb says "Medite Tricoya MDF is a revolutionary board that is characterised by its durability, dimensional stability and reliability properties, meaning it may be used in situations and applications where normal MDF panels cannot, even in changing weather conditions. It can be cut, machined and used in exactly the same way as other wood fibreboards and is longer lasting, perfect for outdoor use or wet (interior) environments. It is made using a high performance resin which is also zero added formaldehyde, meaning the product not only exceeds EU E1 but is also CARB2 compliant. The product also comes with a 50 year Medite Tricoya guarantee, providing peace of mind. All boards are FSC® certified". I'm afraid I've no personal experience of the product and have no connection with the maker or any supplier.
  8. I see that Hornby is seeking warehouse space in the Netherlands to help overcome the problems caused by Brexit. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/26/brexit-dutch-warehouse-boom-as-uk-firms-forced-to-invest-abroad
  9. Hornby's cancellation of delivery to EU is not intended to be permanent, but who knows how long it will take to resolve the problems?
  10. It sounds much more refined than "fiddle yard".
  11. I am wondering how the ballast will survive, when the thaw sets in. Probably best to wait for warmer temperatures than put down salt or similar. More photos later please.
  12. Yes, you are quite right. With regard to Hattons & Rails and Bachman & Hornby it seems as though the two big names no longer have to compete for our business on a level playing field (to use the phrase of the day) . I know other suppliers stock both names and I do like to support my local shop as well but it is usually much easier to order for door step delivery. We had never used an online grocery delivery service until this year but we have had to try them all to get a delivery slot and there have been several "disappointments" including receiving an afternoon phone call from Sainsbury's saying that they had technical problems so could we click and collect. No. Then we had an Ocado delivery with a large crushed yoghurt (M & S) which had messed up everything else. Perhaps next year we will feel happier venturing out.
  13. There are also the Beilhack snow ploughs (ex-Class 40) from Hattons which look a little bit delicate. https://www.hattons.co.uk/234017/hattons_originals_h4_bh_001_beilhack_snow_plough_ex_class_40_zza_adb965576_in_br_yellow/stockdetail.aspx Many years ago Liliput UK sold one based on a A4/A3 tender with a continental plough blade on the front and of course there is the old Tri-ang Transcontinental one with fold back blades. Several on eBay currently but most with missing wings. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Triang-OO-Gauge-R138-Snow-Plough-Wagon/313329238254?hash=item48f3e0c0ee:g:y3MAAOSwVIZfydIl Snow may not be an electrical problem as there is a You-tube video of a loco running on 12 volt DC under water
  14. On the odd couple of occasions I've had to return items to Hattons, they've emailed me a reply paid label. I'm not sure whether I asked for it or not. If you just post an item back to them without prior notice I don't suppose they will offer to compensate you. Rather naughty of them to send out defective locos as brand new though, especially when they are marked with known faults.
  15. The most important thing about any hobby is that it is something to be enjoyed. I hope you continue to do so.
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