Bob Hughes

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  • Name Bob Hughes
  • Location Sandbach, Cheshire
  • Interests Errm, trains?

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  1. new year new project

    Using nuts and bolts instead of screws would solve the problem of sharp points sticking out.
  2. Railways and Tramways of the Forest of Dean

    4ft gauge can be modelled fairly accurately in 4mm scale by using OO track and mechanisms, 3'6" is not far off either, certainly no worse than using the same track and scale for standard gauge anyway.
  3. Kamco toy train coach wanted

    I have been looking, without joy, for a reasonably priced (OK, cheap) Kamco carriage to make a two car DMU with the one I already have. It's the red vehicle on the front track. More photos in this slideshow. I have found some, but they're being sold as parts of boxed sets at ridiculous prices.
  4. The Crossing

    Many years ago (too many) I read Travels With Charley... And owned a die cast camper van. As I get older I keep remembering things like this, but forgetting where I left my boots when I took them off yesterday! Anyways, two recent eBay purchases, a couple of pipe cleaners and some sand have resulted in this. I wouldn't advise holding your breath while waiting for a train to turn up on that railroad though!
  5. New Walmington Pier - 2018 Exhibitions

    Rainhill MRC cancelled their show at the weekend, again it's clear here, but the organisers did recognise the fact that other parts of the country have had it a lot worse than what we got in the NW and a lot of their exhibitors and traders would have been unable to make it.
  6. Going round the bend

    Hi Chris, My basket liner is from Handy Household in Sandbach, it is brown as supplied but I use trigger spray bottle (the type that comes with cleaning products in) and diluted poster paint to get it green. Work around Bodjio is on hold while the glue dries on the ballast and weeds so I've diverted my attention to the other end of the garage where the line crosses the doorway to the garden. The existing station at Cumbre has been removed, to be replaced with a new rail/ferry interchange called Lago Cumbre (Summit Lake) on the section which was previously hidden from view. The painted mountains screen has been relocated behind the line to act as a backscene. The water tower from Cumbre is now at Grande and the tower from there has been returned to Rio Paleta. When originally here it cast a shadow on the backscene so its new location is on the near side of the line to prevent this. Structure gauging at Lago Cumbre and Rio Paleta was done using the Peru Rail diesel and Fleischmann coach as these are both slightly larger than the Bachmann trains.
  7. Going round the bend

    The track is now ballasted and the initial soaking with diluted PVA almost dry so I've added some (OK a lot of) weeds and doused the track again with the glue. The result is -
  8. Going round the bend

    Grande is now connected to the rest of the FCPyF with work progressing on the scenery...
  9. What are you listening to ?

    As this thread seems to have been reactivated, what am I listening to now? - My dog, snoring on the settee behind me.
  10. new year new project

    Both the San Juan Central and Hancock's NG Adventure are excellent sources of inspiration. If you're not already there it would be well worth joining the Narrow Gauge Railway Modellers forum, membership is free but the forums are not available to non-members. Also search for Ted Polet on YouTube, his OO9 modelling is well worth looking at. Like this - Not forgetting the ever-valid advice though, look at the real thing as well. There's a whole world of variety out there.
  11. Little Lawley

    If you add a removable fiddlestick at the opposite end of the station from the tunnel mouth you could run through trains and operate the layout as a proper light railway with mixed trains dropping off/picking up wagons from the siding. This would make the layout a lot more interesting to operate and therefore more likely to be longer lived than it would be with a simple push/pull train emerging from the tunnel and returning whence it came. It would be permissible for a light railway train to propel a wagon in front of the loco to drop it at a facing siding but more likely for the wagon to be conveyed through to the terminus and dropped on the return run when the siding would present trailing points. A small diesel hired from BR could be used to replace the saddle tank when it's being serviced. An elderly coach, like a Tri-ang clerestory brake third, would be the perfect passenger vehicle... And is notably shorter than a MkI.
  12. Line Closed

    There's a track closure on the FCPyF at the moment... It's a tray of rat poison. All services have been withdrawn until further notice.
  13. 2018 competition/challenge?

    Just a quick question for the admin. It's that time of year again, is there to be a challenge for 2018 please? Last year's had disappointingly poor support so perhaps something rolling stock/motive power based instead of layout/diorama related might attract a little more interest.
  14. 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.
  15. N Gauge - Tightest Radius Turn? Just under two and a half inch radius, is that small enough? Or even ...