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.