Bob Hughes

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  1. After the previous video showing how the railway makes money here's one to show how it loses it.... Passenger operations are run as a social service funded by the Sierra Oculta government. If the FCPyF had its own way there would be a very basic, steam hauled, tourist operation running once or twice a week between Grande and Cuarto de Pulgada only.
  2. Not been able to do anything since the update. 😕

  3. I find the prices quite stunning, there's only one model that caught my interest but I'll not be spending half a week's wages on a tiny four wheeled diesel. The mechanism in this tiny loco is probably on a par with one of the the two power bogies in the original Bachmann HO scale 44 ton GE centre cab, so dodgy to say the least when running on Hornby's own points even if it is coupled to the match wagon. Of course, we all know about Hornby's (optimistic, to say the least) due dates so I reckon there's going to be enough wish-listing and pledges to buy "one each of every available livery" on a certain box-opening forum to keep its members' posting frequency at commercially acceptable levels for the next 18 to 24 months.
  4. This is true, but difference does not mean improvement. Quite the reverse in most cases I've witnessed at exhibitions.
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    Gilfach Forgoed

    Did somebody mention Really Useful Boxes?
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    Thanks for sharing, I was tempted to go but there were only a couple of layouts that I'd have been interested in and I've seen one of them before anyway.
  7. It's not the only abandoned railway in Sierra Oculta. When I was building this area of the layout my intention was to have a branch terminating in a hidden siding behind Rio Paleta. The idea was abandoned due to difficulties with the gradient changes involved at the junction. EDIT - With hindsight it may be possible to "reopen" the line by paralleling the branch and main lines and moving the junction from Cumbre to Lago Cumbre. The main line levels out at the lake station (it's where banking engines are detached from trains heading to Cuarto) so minor alterations to the baseboard here would permit the installation of a turnout. From there the branch roadbed could be raised slightly to run on the level until it meets the existing formation climbing towards the tunnel.
  8. Hi John, sorry for not replying sooner but I've not been using this forum for a while and only just dropped in to see what's happening. "Travels with Charlie" would have to be on a disused section if it were included in a larger layout. Not only is it under scale (approx. 1:72) but the track largely buried in drifting sand and the bits that are visible are plastic, and 12mm gauge, so the FCPyF's trains might have a bit of trouble running through this scene!
  9. Using nuts and bolts instead of screws would solve the problem of sharp points sticking out.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 -
  16. Grande is now connected to the rest of the FCPyF with work progressing on the scenery...
  17. As this thread seems to have been reactivated, what am I listening to now? - My dog, snoring on the settee behind me.
  18. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Just under two and a half inch radius, is that small enough? Or even ...
  24. An update on my latest project, it's big in the sense that it is 1:12 scale and micro in that it is less than four square feet. The Blackcloud Estate Railway carries a lot of apples from the orchards in late summer/early autumn. These are delivered to Phoenix Yard where they are pressed to make cider... Proper cider, greenish yellow and lumpy, with bits of well preserved spider and other detritus floating in it, not the pasteurised fizz you buy in supermarkets. Phoenix Yard is being built as a replacement for Hazy Days. The former was more of a diorama than a layout, trains could run in and out of the scenic area to drop off or pick up wagons but that was the limit of operation. Phoenix Yard is a "tuning fork" type layout so some shunting can take place. The main feature is the warehouse, salvaged from Hazy Days and extended to fit the wider baseboard. One siding serves a low platform for one of the warehouse doors and appears to enter the building through another. The warehouse roof is not modelled, when the proscenium and lighting are fitted the tops of the building and trees will not be visible from the front of the layout. The second siding ends in a paved area below a door for the upper floor of the warehouse and a hoist will be provided here as work progresses. At the moment I'm concentrating on burying the track in weeds and mud with just a small area around the points having "proper" ballast. The idea is to replicate an agricultural estate railway that doesn't see too much in the way of maintenance. Narrow gauge railway modelling seems to be divided into two camps, there's the neat and tidy, twee chocolate box lid picture type and those who prefer the run down, decrepit, almost on its last legs, sort of appearance. I'm very definitely in the second category! The rust on that tub wagon in the corner was done using acrylic paint and very fine sand. The wagon itself was once a Spam tin and there may or may not be track under it in all that grass.