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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #45 on: October 19, 2017, 10:40:36 am »
Thanks for the mugshots :D

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #46 on: October 20, 2017, 06:50:02 am »
One of the things I like about the Ridgacre branch is being able to do a bit of shunting. I use Gaugemaster electromagnet uncouplers m ounted under the baseboard with just the top sticking through to sleeper level. On a few coaches and wagons I have added a metal strip to the coupler and removed the spring. The items remain coupled well even without the spring. At first I used Peco uncoupler strips but now I realise that all you need is a staple in the coupling. Getting rid of any flash and a lot of adjusting are the key to getting them working well.


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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #47 on: November 19, 2017, 09:54:38 pm »
For no good reason, a photo of my Wizzo collection. Five in the livery as bought and two repaints. All lightly weathered. Just need Maroon one with yellow buffer beams for a full set!



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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #48 on: November 19, 2017, 10:01:47 pm »
Thank you, Chris. A very nice collection indeed.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #49 on: November 20, 2017, 09:11:24 am »
That's a super picture, Chris.  Why don't you arrange a Poll so we can have fun voting for our favourite 'Western' livery from your fleet?

And, many thanks for your informative post on couplers.

Best wishes.

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'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)


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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #50 on: November 22, 2017, 06:08:50 am »
Another rare visitor to Ridgacre. It was under test after repair because some clown (me) had dropped it.
















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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #51 on: November 22, 2017, 08:36:02 am »
Thank you, Chris, for another excellent set of photos. I'm glad that the Chilterns DMU survived its fall.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #52 on: November 22, 2017, 08:50:31 am »
I'm sorry, I don't find anything pretty in those blue dmus that I used to scuttle between Middleton-St-George, Darlington, Stockton and Sunderland in the early seventies.

Great pics and great modelling, though. :thumbsup: :beers:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #53 on: November 22, 2017, 08:59:34 am »
Lovely modelling.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
My Layouts -
Port Perran:- Trepol Bay:-

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #54 on: December 27, 2017, 10:06:41 pm »
The RM forum has a topic about why preserved railway layouts arenít popular. This set me thinking and I decided to run the Ridgacre Branch with preserved locos.

 Locos featured are Western Champion, 13029, Foxcote Manor, 46521, 46443, 3822 and 6412. All of these are preserved although not necessarily in working order or in the livery I have.

Maybe I should make the leap to a preserved branch. Just need to knock down the brewery and replace it with a car park!















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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #55 on: December 27, 2017, 10:14:35 pm »
Great shots.  :thumbsup:

And a preserved line makes sense to me. I have locos from different regions and eras. Rule one and all that.  ;)

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #56 on: December 27, 2017, 10:32:05 pm »
I think that running entire eras at a time is a good idea. I model transition period full stop, but I remember a day back in the nineties when some visitors from Campbelltown MRC brought a whole heap of BR blue stock.

For one Saturday afternoon, the Beal and Castle Eden was catapulted into the seventies!

Great pictures, BTW.  :thumbsup:
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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #57 on: December 28, 2017, 08:44:22 am »
Thatís a great idea and lovely photographs.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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Port Perran:- Trepol Bay:-

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #58 on: December 28, 2017, 09:59:54 am »
Thanks for the excellent photos. of a very nice collection of locos. No. 46521 in BR Lined Green is a particular favourite which I have yet to buy. I also like 13029 and, of course, "Western Champion".

Standard gauge locomotive preservation has a long history dating back to the middle of last century. A preserved 14xx, 45xx, "Castle", and most famously 4472 "Flying Scotsman", all ran in their pre-BR liveries on BR in the 1960s, so there is plenty of precedent for running Transition Period BR stock with preserved rolling stock, too. (As I do.) So, no need to demolish the brewery!

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #59 on: December 28, 2017, 05:44:07 pm »
Personally I feel that Preserved / Heritage Railways are not a bad proposition to those of us that like models from more than one era (Rule One running).  You don't need a reason for your parcels & freight trains they are demonstration trains or photo charters.  That said there have been examples of freight traffic on preserved lines, so there is scope there as well.  Then there are options for additional trains.  The Paignton & Dartmouth run additional trains for things like the Dartmouth Regatta and the G&WR have been known to provide a Park & Ride facility at Toddington and run race day specials to Cheltenham Racecourse.  So lots of opportunities for those with a lively imagination!  Obviously this will not appeal to all, but that is the joy of the hobby, we all have our own ideas of what we want to do.  I personally don't want to tie myself to a specific era and run what suits me and the preserved line really does tick that box for me.
There was one example, I think it was on RMWeb of an N Gauge preserved railway where the gentleman concerned even produced a calendar like the ones in the glossy leaflets that preserved lines produce with different timetables for the various Galas and running days.

Happy New Year to you all!
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