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    OTPD On Track Plant Depot

    The baseboard has arrived!!! Scale Model Scenery Micro Layout laser cut baseboard 730mm x 95mm x 207mm (28.75" long x 3.75" high x 8.14" wide) A nice little indoors winter project and like Sir Rod, I do get boring nights in hotel rooms when on business!!!
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    OTPD On Track Plant Depot

    Planning next micro-layout: Although not strictly British Railway Modelling, Track Maintenance Machines or On Track Plant are usually Austrian (Plasser & Theurer), German (Vossloh), French (Geismar), or Italian (Donnelli) built machines for rail customers and contractors worldwide and therefore have a uniform appearance. On Track Plant Depot. Having been up close and personal to some of these machines during my railway career, I'm gathering stock and structures for a simple HO scale micro layout where these machines would be stabled and serviced. As OTP Machines are fairly generic worldwide, then the layout will also have a generic theme. Watch this space!!! One of three London Transport Plasser & Theurer 07-16 PU Ballast Tampers on test at Linz Yard, Austria. 1980 Peterborough On Track Plant Depot and Training Centre. 01/11/2014. Broxbourne Network Rail On Track Plant Depot 24/02/2018. Stock & Structures for the new layout: Kibri 'Forestry Set' but really permanent and mobile site accommodation. Bachmann Spectrum (USA) Plasser & Theurer OWB 10 TRAMM (Track Repair And Maintenance Machine) Bachmann Spectrum (USA) Plasser & Theurer 07-32 Ballast Tamper.
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    Member rejoined

    Welcome Back Mark! I've seen your handiwork on another forum that will remain nameless here, so please share your work around here!!
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    My friend Debbie

    Dave this is a lovely tribute to your late friend Debbie. And I’m certain she will be looking down on you.
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    Bachmann '00' Railtrack Windoff MPV MPV No. DR 98980 seen on the Stevenage and District Model railway layout. What caught my eye: What can I say really! I am sure that many modellers got a surprise when Bachmann announced the release of the MPV, because I certainly did. I have been after one now for some time, and finally managed to pick one up cheap at the London Model Engineering Exhibition. What caught my eye though was the fact that it was unusual and that it is excellently modelled and is detailed superbly. Every module is well modelled and detailed and the livery makes it a rather good looking model. It is nice to see something other than your regular passenger stock. Running: Simply a great runner I think! Good slow running speeds and very easily controllable. It can run at faster speeds, but it is more of a pain to keep control off. It has a very flat motor sitting under one of the modules, which unfortunately means you need to run it with at least one module on the loco. it is however a very smooth and quiet motor. The weight it sufficient enough to give it good traction, but as I understand you can replace the wheels for those that have traction tyres onboard. It is more than capable of pulling the other half of the loco. Handling: Another one of Bachmann's very finely modelled locos that indeed, does require care when handling it! The thin hand rails are made of plastic and are quite flexible, but you still don't want to be poking your figures around them. I had trouble getting the modules to fit on the base of the train, and I found that if you pick the loco up carelessly when they are not properly fitted down, they may fall off. They do require a bit more force to fit them than you think. Once again though, Bachmann have fitted a special coupler to the train. A copper plated coupler joins the two parts of the train together, but much like Bachmann's class 350, it is difficult to coupler and uncouple, even more so when you receive a model without the uncoupler I haven't really tried to dismantle the loco, but to get access to the chip and the majority of the motor, you simply remove one of the modules from the powered half of the unit, which is relatively easy and simple. Features: Slightly disappointed on this side of things if I am brutally honest, and here are my reasons why; - As well made model that it is, it does not have in cab lighting. This isn't such a problem for me as I run DC anyway, but if/when I get it chipped, it would have looked rather nice with cab lighting. - I don't like the way you need to have a least one module on the train, otherwise the motor and the chip show, but I understand that it is impossible to place the motor anywhere else on the train. - Although the model was released 2008/2009, I have yet to see anyone that does different modules for the model. I understand that the one fitted is the Rail Head Treatment modules and it would be nice if you could buy the weed killing modules, so you can alternate between the two. - I understand that the locos were designed to haul containers in freight yards. This is difficult to simulate with this model because the coupler between the two locos is not a standard 'NEM' coupling. You could adapt the coupler on the containers, but you may need to run wire through the train so you don't need to buy another chip, but that is some serious work to do. However, all bad points aside the paint work that has been applied to the model is good, and represents the loco very well. The detailing is just outstanding, ever hand rail, every warning sticker is well applied and securely fixed. The loco is DCC ready, and simply awaits a 21 pin chip, and it will be ready run DCC. Overall: I bought the loco as a returned 'Seen as Sold' product from Bachmann. Although I got it for a really good price (£65), the detailing, uncoupler and the traction tyre axel were not in the box, but after sending an email explaining to Bachmann I did receive the missing parts. However, my reply hinted at the fact that because it was a returned stock item, normally they would not replace parts, however on this occasion they did. Pros: - Well modelled - Excellent runner - Good finish/livery - Bright directional lighting - An unusual but well modelled model Cons: - Difficult to couple - No cab lighting - Modules are difficult to fit - Always need one module to hide motor - Can't get different modules - Can't put wagons/containers between the loco because of complex couplers I would like to give the model a high rating, but because of the cons listed, I can only really give it a 8/10. It could be better in many ways, but it is a difficult model to create, but I am glad I have it finally and I am still very pleased with it. MPV No. DR 98980 seen on the Stevenage and District Model railway layout.
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    OTPD On Track Plant Depot

    Not if you split it!!! That's why I asked the question if the power unit can be run independently and StaffsRail answered it for me, if it doesn't work out, then at least I have an appropriate item to run on one of the club's layouts.
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    OTPD On Track Plant Depot

    Was at the Manchester Model Railway Society Exhibition on 7/12, the first time I've been to this show in over 30 years!! Went a bit mad and bought this new, unused Bachmann Windhoff MPV in Railtrack livery for under £90!! So I might be changing the micro-layout's theme to RHTT (Rail Head Treatment Train) Depot. I'll see how it runs first.
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    Guess What StaffsRail? I bought one at the Manchester Exhibition today - Brand New Railtrack livery for under £90!!!!
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    Although smaller than the Warners exhibition in Peterborough on the same weekend, it is less commercialised and I will be making the journey from Suffolk, it's been over 30 years since I've visited the MMRS exhibition.
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    OTPD On Track Plant Depot

    Thanks Buz and Chris, I don't want to give this micro a defined identity, it is intended to be generic as in anywhere in the world so that rules out a Class 04 and hopper wagon! The Japanese containers are now out of stock, but I can get an HO scale container for next to nothing out of the junk box at a model shop. I intend to use Knightwing Pallisade Fencing as it has strength and has the beefy look of security fencing. As far as I know, only UK & Irish OTP travel to sites without support vehicles, so I have a knackered US Flat Car which will become even more knackered and unidentifiable to carry one of the mobile site huts as seen in the Kibri kit above. Early days about the track plan yet, but will probably be a two track 'tuning fork' or a three track 'Inglenook'. There will be no covered stabling, On Track Machines prefer all weathers! And no fuel points as they are easily refuelled by one man and a 100 litres drum which is more than enough for a night's work. The photo is of DR73919 in the two-siding On Track Plant Depot at Ely 20/11/2013. Keep watching this space!!!