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  2. Too early for a 2018 wishlist?

    You must have won the lottery!
  3. Usually a few layouts at this event, also a lot of high quality non-railway related modelling. I will be there with Allt-Na-Ballt and my new On18 modular concept.
  4. N Gauge - Tightest Radius Turn?

    True! I'm thinking more of weight and size, given it won't be a permanently mounted board and has to be easy to set up and store away. But I'm sure a kind of 'dog bone' shape at each end of the boards won't be too much of an issue. :) That's a GREAT idea about the boxcar. Basically the theory is, if THAT can get round the layout, anything can? Any specific models in N gauge you'd recommend?
  5. Too early for a 2018 wishlist?

    Mine cost a whopper £175 for the two wagons. Don't get me wrong, it's an incredible price, and compared to what some go on fleaBay for, quite cheap. But it was gut choice I regret now...
  6. Too early for a 2018 wishlist?

    Don't tell me yours cost even more?
  7. Too early for a 2018 wishlist?

    Pricey?! PRICEY?! You try telling me after I just bought a completed S-Kits jobby last week. Anyone fancy buying it off me? Pre-ordered the Hattons 3-wagon sandite one.
  8. Hi AJV1 If you make your framing right you can get the necessary bumps built into the ends with enough strength to support the railway and scenery. There is nothing that says the line has to be built on a perfect rectangle or square table. Even if you don't run US trains get an 86' high cube boxcar or something of similar size to set clearances with then you won't have many visitors that can't get around the layout. I have one for my OO scale for the same reason. regards John
  9. Too early for a 2018 wishlist?

    Hattons have just announced they will be producing a RHTT set. Pricey though!
  10. N Gauge - Tightest Radius Turn?

    Thanks for all these measurements and details John! Really appreciate it. I'm working on using a 6ft x 20'' board, with the front scenic section looping round tight scenic breaks at each end into a fiddle yard on the back half of the board - so basically I need the tracks to loop round a complete 180 degree turn inside 20'' at either end of the board! It's a bit of a squeeze If only I'd made the boards the full 2ft wide...possibly there's a way I can add a little extension either end, to accomodate 3rd or 4th radius curves?
  11. Hi AJV1 After some research. If you can fit them in I would use 4th radius curves Peco list them as being 333.4 mm or 13 1/8" radius, big enough to start thinking flex track. Or if that is too big go with the 3rd radius which is listed as 298.5 mm or 11 3/4" radius. Peco ST17 3rd radius set track double curve 8 per circle Peco ST19 4th radius set track double curve 8 per circle Oh, and the little red Peco track spacing gauge is very useful as it will also give you the platform edge distance get a few of them they are easy to loose. Also, remember the radius is measured to the centerline of the track Hope this helps regards John
  12. Hi AJV1 The minimum radius for "N" scale is nine inches this equates to 1st radius curves in "N" or if you wish very sharp train set curves. They are available from PECO as part of the set track range. I would NOT recommend the 1st radius curves, with the wide range of "N" available you may find you can't run what you want. As a side note, they are very good for industrial tracks fitted into tight places. The old general advice still applies use nothing less than second radius curves Long time since I was in "N" so I am not sure what it was again Peco make second radius curves. With the sharper curves, I found set track easier to deal with for those. regards John
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  14. Too early for a 2018 wishlist?

    Second that
  15. Too early for a 2018 wishlist?

    A Class 175 from any manufacturer.
  16. Too early for a 2018 wishlist?

    Its getting to the time of year where many of us catch ourselves day dreaming about what could be in the pipeline from the manufacturers in the next year. Heres my hope-list... From Hornby: - Class 56 Transrail. Maybe one triple grey and one dutch? - Class 67 in DB updated livery. - class 60 in DB. Class 67 in Colas. From Dapol: -Class 68 in DRS - class 88 I will add to this...
  17. N Gauge - Tightest Radius Turn?

    In theory it should do - I guess I'm thinking more if it would be such a tight turn that the coaches would derail as the gap between each coach would close too much. *dives onto Youtube to find some layouts with tight turns*
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  19. N Gauge - Tightest Radius Turn?

    Not so acquainted with imperial measures, but it seems to me that such a train will take the entire curve, won't it?
  20. THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    Just to confirm some changes; Glenngarry the funicular railway layout has had to withdraw due to illness and is now replaced by: Campbell’s Quarry (16mm scale R/C) (c) Phil Parker (c) Phil Parker Also, on the traders front, unfortunately, C&L models will not be able to attend either.
  21. N Gauge - Tightest Radius Turn?

    Yeah that might be the bigger concern. It'll be off-scene so I don't need it to be prototypical, I just need it to be physically possible for trains to run around such a tight curve into the fiddle yard on the back of the board. :) The maximum length of any train will be about 5-6 coaches, so maximum 3ft long train. :)
  22. N Gauge - Tightest Radius Turn?

    Well, can't remember where (maybe Carl Arent's site) I saw a "layout" built around a 1£ coin (or something like that) so 10/11 inches may fill every need ... it depends on what you want to run on that curve too as a full size HST couldn't feel ar ease
  23. N Gauge - Tightest Radius Turn?

    Hahaha! I'd say that's more than small enough Now I'm curious about a diesel locomotive or coach trying to go round in circles...
  24. N Gauge - Tightest Radius Turn? Just under two and a half inch radius, is that small enough? Or even ...
  25. Jack's Workbench

    Exactly what I've done. Got one last go before I run out of transfers.
  26. Jack's Workbench

    Deep breath. Leave it for today and come back to it with fresh eyes.
  27. Jack's Workbench

    Trying to sort out the GWR 153 that I didn't quite finish from earlier in the year. Few transfers to go on, and every time I try and readjust them they tear and screw up. Maybe I'm too used to the better quality Railtec ones now and don't have the patience for the Precision ones? I'm now out of spares, and very close to stripping the model and starting again, but opting for an easier livery, perhaps basic FGW blue to match the 150? It'd certainly be easier... Frustrated.
  28. THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    Camel Quay (OO, 4mm=1ft, 16.5mm gauge) (c) Ray Wilton Camel Quay is a typical North Cornwall ex-LSWR station on the River Camel that could have been on the Rock-Delabole Railway had it been built. The station, with its station building, goods shed, and signal box, bears a resemblance to Padstow on the opposite side of the river. There are local pull-push passenger services and trains from Exeter and Waterloo including a portion of the ‘Atlantic Coast Express’. The quay, with its sidings, sustains a small coaster carrying china clay brought down from the local quarry in wagons and a small local fishing fleet. The High Street has a traditional public house, railway hotel and a few shops served by the local Bedford OB bus service to surrounding towns and villages. The era depicted is of the early/late BR period with typical examples of the BWT, O2, M7, T9, ‘N’ and Class 22 locos with ‘Carmine & Cream’ and BR(S) Green/Crimson coaching stock. The layout is DCC controlled and all Locos are sound fitted Cirencester (M&SWJR) (P4, 4mm=1ft, 18.83mm gauge) (c) Dave Barrett This station in Cirencester should not be confused with the GWR terminus on the other side of town. It lay on the Midland and South Western Junction Railway running between Andover and Andoversford and linked the north and Midlands to the south coast, in particular, the docks at Southampton. Running through a mainly rural area, local traffic did not become significant, but as a through line it developed an important use during wartime and for military manoeuvres on Salisbury Plain, providing a vital link for the movement of supplies and men. During peacetime, the link to the docks provided income from seasonal fruit and vegetable traffic and to service the port and ships. The lack of income meant the company was unable to afford sufficient stock to maintain the service during peacetime let alone during wartime and they were frequently forced to borrow from other companies. They were loaned locomotives and coaches by the GWR, MR and the LSWR. During military activity, a great variety of stock could appear providing me with a great excuse for modelling almost anything I fancy. (c) Dave Barrett Cirencester was the workshop location for building and maintaining the company’s stock. These are under construction and they will sit behind the main station buildings. To the north, towards Cheltenham, the line is double tracked but to the south, only a single line existed. There seem to have been many changes to the track layout, with most plans that I have seen having the access to the siding behind the signal box and the works and goods shed combined, however, there is evidence that at one time there were two separate links and this is the configuration I have modelled. I have tried to date the line at around 1919 which justifies a variety of stock from other companies as well as the MSWJR itself and include some extra unusual movements.
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