Bob Hughes

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  1. I've made some more this morning, two O gauge, one On30 and one OO9. N gauge would be OK but double track OO will not fit on discs this size The prototype is in use, the second batch are much lighter in weight because they have expanded polystyrene insulation instead of the bubble wrap and the ballast is shallower. The glue was still wet when the photo was taken, they'll dry to match the prototype's colouring.
  2. Dave asked me if I could copy this here, so here it is. Probably the smallest O scale standard gauge model railway you'll find on the exhibition circuit. It's a model of a disused railway, so there are no trains or electrickery to bother with. It's pointless, ie it does not have any points, but it isn't pointless in so much as it does serve a purpose. How many times have you made a brew only for it to go cold while you're chatting to visitors or playing trains? There are three layers of bubble wrap under the ballast to provide heat insulation.
  3. 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.
  4. Not been able to do anything since the update. 😕

  5. 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.
  6. This is true, but difference does not mean improvement. Quite the reverse in most cases I've witnessed at exhibitions.
  7. Bob Hughes

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. Using nuts and bolts instead of screws would solve the problem of sharp points sticking out.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!