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Caiptean

Signature: I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Bio: Career railwayman, author and life-long railway modeller.

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Caiptean

1832 posts

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

1832 posts

SoT,

I completely agree with your sentiments!  Smile

 

Welcome to the forum LUYModeller!

When I was your age my local (well-stocked) model railway shop was 500yards away. Now the nearest shop to my (former home) is 30 miles distant.  Surprised

 

Even though I now live further away this also happens to be the model shop that I support with through my orders whether it be a pot of paint or a Hornby locomotive or an trainload of Oxford Isettas!  Smile

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

1832 posts

Only buckeye uncoupling that occurs on my layout is in two of the three platforms and an electrified carriage sidings; the third Up platform only see attachments. The magnets (Kadee no.308) being fitted uderneath the track (and can be removed /replaced from below).

 

This uncoupling is simply the splitting of electric trains (the CEP /EPB stock used buckeyes - it is appreciated the BIL /HAL stock didn't) and with each unit motored there is no opportunity for rolling stock to move (due to attraction from the magnets). With only three uncoupling points these are clearly defined (from approprate positioned scenic features).

 

Electric trains are drawn to a halt with the couplers over the magnet, thence one unit complessed against the other with uncoupling taking place!  Smile

 

Whilst the intermediate coupling of most SR corridor coaching sets used buckeye couplers these sets were not normally sub-divided in service. Subsequently there is no requirement to uncouple these on my layout.  Wink

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

1832 posts

Did you mean Rob's image of a modified BMW 600?

https://goo.gl/images/4m8w61

 

It was BMW's 600 series that effectively killed off the Isetta in 1964. Fiat made an equivalent in the form of the 600 Multipla from 1956 to 1968 - a friend has the full six seater version (powered by a 663cc engine)!  Smile

 

Looking at the Isetta rail-taxis compared to some of the new trains with uncomfortable ironing board seats I can see how far the railways haven't come......  Wink 

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

1832 posts

Incidentally It mustn't be forgotton that Brighton Locomotive Works were the only railway location that was building cars.

 

Around the same time 1957-64 Scootacar Ltd (a division of the Hunslet Engine Works in Leeds) started making the Scootacar. These unusual vehicles are quite fun and the twin-cylinder version can reach almost 70mph. Whilst they were made in the railway works there is no evidence of mass deliveries by rail.  Smile

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

1832 posts

@Australian model rail road

I opened it and found one of the pickups not in contact with a  wheel not impressed

 

It is not just models supplied to Australia that can suffer from this!   Wink

 

With any new model (Hornby or otherwise) I always check the wheel pickups, the back-to-back dimensions and faults in general. If the model runs fault free for a half-hour each direction then I'll correct these faults whilst at the same time shimming out any excess lateral play in the axles.

 

When I once raised such quality issues with one manufacturer (not Hornby) the reply was terse and blunt -

"this is what we produce if you don't like 'em then don't buy 'em........."

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

1832 posts

They are relatively rare but still many about. Mind you with BMW's latest faults and 'product recall' you'll be seeing less BMW's on the road in general........     Wink

 

At the time of the Isetta, motor car's were unaffordable for so many and these sought to try and offer more-affordable motoring.

 

As a consist for a model railway (even a single wagon load) it'll represent an interesting model. Carama made a 1:72 Isetta a few years ago except it had an open sunshine roof and wicker basket in its luggage rack; so it would have needed considerable work to be useful as a wagon load let along sixteen of them!  Smile 

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

1832 posts

Jacob, never knock something until you've tried it!  Smile

 

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

1832 posts

When Govia took on the South Central franchise the operating company was New Southern Railway Ltd trading as Southern. Govia Thameslink Railway Ltd took over the Thameslink Southern Great Northern (TSGN) franchise with Southern remaining as a trading name for is Southern Metro and Southern Coast operating divisions. Gatwick Express is a trading name and operating division as are Thameslink and Great Northern. However, this largest of the franchises (running about 3200 trains daily) is unlikely to last in its current form come next refranchising.

 

By comparison in terms of daily trains I seem to recall Virgin West Coast has around 110 and DLR 130!  Wink

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

1832 posts

@howbiman

And why werent they BLWs.

What's a BLW?

 

It took me a couple of minutes for the penny to drop on that one!

 

....but after the ker-ching moment it is blindingly obvious.    Laughing

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

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