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Author Topic: Birmingham Knotmore Street  (Read 11930 times)

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #30 on: June 21, 2016, 12:50:29 am »
I think the Class 108 must be the same one that runs through Claverdon on the Birmingham to Stratford services  ;)

Until we can buy a genuine Class 116 I think the 108 is the best substitute available RTR.  There were a few 108 units stabled at the old Leamington Milverton shed; my theory is that one was borrowed (in our alternate timeline) to cover for a shortage of stock in the Western Region.

That does indeed sound most plausible, especially as this route is less urban than the Cross-City line and I have photographic evidence of 101s being used on it. I also have a 108 in BR Blue, and a Dapol bubble car in green. This particular model was acquired on a local auction site for a fairly reasonable price and I was unable to resist. I'm currently spending a bit of quality time "running in" a lot of recently acquired stock, particularly Farish, as I recently discovered a 37 had developed a split gear after a year or so of storage, so looking for any other failure candidates before I send for replacement parts.
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #31 on: July 02, 2016, 08:59:46 am »
A mixed rake of BR maroon on a very dull day.
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #32 on: July 02, 2016, 09:05:57 am »
Cool.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #33 on: July 02, 2016, 07:28:29 pm »
A very nice video. I believe that train is a special, via the WR and then SR (from Templecombe and Exeter) mainlines, to Wadebridge and Penmayne taking enthusiasts to North Cornwall for the celebrations of the re-opening of Port Perran. (Special shuttle trains are operating from Wadebridge to Port Perran via Trepol Bay.)

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #34 on: July 03, 2016, 10:30:01 am »
 :hellosign: Excellent video Railsquid, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #35 on: July 03, 2016, 09:01:47 pm »
Photos. of the train shown in the above 'cine film', leaving Birmingham, arriving at Cant Cove have now been released. 8-)

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #36 on: July 12, 2016, 01:45:30 pm »
Before I forget, another Youtube video of historical interest
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #37 on: July 16, 2016, 06:16:59 am »
Rumours abound of the impending passage of a special freight working from the South West.
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #38 on: July 16, 2016, 06:42:45 am »
Rumours abound of the impending passage of a special freight working from the South West.

Looking forward to seeing the pictures, Ian. There may be another if Martin's local companies decide also to adopt Extra-LWB vans for long-distance traffic! 8-)

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #39 on: July 17, 2016, 01:33:35 pm »
Meanwhile some twiddling of track has taken place to bring the erstwhile Plighwood Heath into something resembling the final alignment.

temporary-realignment by Rail Squid, on Flickr

The temporal and geospatial anomalies in the vicinity have transported it back to the 1980s, before the Snow Hill line platforms were built, but in an alternative reality where a single through-line had been kept in place for freight trains. In the background we see the Twin Rotundas, for inexplicable reasons plastered in advertising for Japanese manufacturers of paint thinner and IPA.

This is by the way an excellent demonstration of the advantages and disadvantages of Kato Unitrack. The advantage being that it's very easy to rearrange things and create quick mockups (while retaining full roundy-roundy train-running capability), which is extremely helpful when one has limited time. The downside, apart from the look of the track itself, is the limited range of points and curves, which make it impractical to recreate something more closely resembling Moor Street, which has some quite subtle angles. I will be replacing this with Tomix Finetrack, which is also settrack but somewhat more versatile, and in the much longer term I would like to have a crack at some hand-built pointwork and track but one must set priorities (one of which is to keep my ancient but trusty Fleischmann V100 within easy reach for when the Squidlet expresses a desire to grab the controller, which he's actually quite good at, as said V100 is both reliable and slow even when the controller is cranked up all the way to 11).
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #40 on: July 17, 2016, 03:42:33 pm »
It's looking good, Squiddy. Curves are easy to alter in unitrack. I just made a few wedge shaped cut outs in the plastic base of a long straight and bent it to suit. I think Mike Fifer posted a tread on it.
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #41 on: July 17, 2016, 03:46:01 pm »
Sitting here watching the 101 DMU running round and round (unfortunately I lack the energy to summon forth the Green Dragon from its boxed lair) it occurred to me that the next station along the line in this confused model universe, which would be the next station away from London in the real world, is the modern Japanese concrete monstrosity, so far without name, but it would be mightily fitting to call it "Yukiyama", "Yuki" meaning the white fluffy stuff which sometimes falls from the sky during winter, and "Yama" literally meaning "mountain", but similar to the German "Berg" common in place names indicating any locale on a rise slightly above the mean datum. If you get my drift.
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #42 on: July 17, 2016, 04:06:44 pm »
It's looking good, Squiddy. Curves are easy to alter in unitrack. I just made a few wedge shaped cut outs in the plastic base of a long straight and bent it to suit. I think Mike Fifer posted a tread on it.

It's not just the curves but the pointwork in general, Tomix is much more versatile (double slips. three-way points, curved points, compact tram points etc.) and it's what most of the rest of the layout is in already.
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #43 on: July 17, 2016, 08:35:15 pm »
Sounds like Tomix are missing a trick in marketing their track in the UK ?

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #44 on: July 17, 2016, 11:20:13 pm »
Apparently it's available via one or more of the usual sources for Japanese stuff in Europe, but overall Tomix seems very focussed on the Japanese domestic market (and produces only Japanese trains) whereas Kato is much more active internationally.
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