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N Gauge Discussion / Re: RSO Yugoslavia
Last post by martyn - Yesterday at 03:04:08 PM
I've never heard of RSO, but in about 1980 when I ordered, I think, P+D Marsh models of a Peak and cl 47, the chassis used was Mehano.

Both these were ordered as 'pre-built' by the manufacturer. I still have the 47 body, but not sure of the Peak. Both chassis failed after quite a bit of use: the Peak because it was cut and shut to extend it to fit the body length, and eventually bowed. I later modified a Farish 40 chassis for the Peak, and it ran along while in that form, being withdrawn when the Farish Peak came out.

The original chassis were for USA locos, and other diesel kits of that time may have used them as well, but I can't now remember.


N Gauge Discussion / Re: RSO Yugoslavia
Last post by chrism - Yesterday at 02:38:34 PM
What a curious listing. I can't imagine that anyone had originally intended the parts to go together, so presumably it's just a few bits from someone's spares box.
Is the "second bogie" actually the bit that was cut off?
N Gauge Discussion / RSO Yugoslavia
Last post by Papyrus - Yesterday at 02:17:48 PM
Well, you never know when you are going to encounter something new.

I was scrolling through eBay's 'spares or repairs' listings, as you do, and I came across one for an 'RSO Yugoslavia locomotive'. In 40 years of N Gauge modelling, on and off, I have never seen this brand before. Searching the Forum came up with a couple of mentions and Dr Google came up with a few more references, which seemed to indicate RSO made locos for the US market, which eventually ended up under the Mehano brand. Who knew?

The listing itself was wonderfully bizarre. The RSO chassis was a diesel and had been cut in two. The body was an Ivatt 2MT tank. There was a second motor, a wagon bogie and a pony truck. What piqued my interest was that the chassis looked as if it  would work under a DMU, and I have been looking for ages for one to fit a Class 105 kit. So I thought it might be worth putting a silly bid in, and I ended up getting it for £16 plus postage.

Now that it has arrived, I feel I've done well. The motors both run, and the chassis has a bogie wheelbase of 9' - nearer to the real thing than a Tomytec chassis. Also in the parcel, though not mentioned in the original listing, was a 00-9 wagon! Isn't eBay wonderful!?



General Discussion / Re: what are you listening to ...
Last post by GroupC - Yesterday at 12:09:19 PM
Screaming Trees, Dust.
General Discussion / Re: Too Many Trains ?
Last post by AdeV - Yesterday at 11:54:25 AM
Nice! I've ordered one for my nearly-4-year-old who's got more trains than me (and I've got piles of them!)
General Discussion / Re: Too Many Trains ?
Last post by Paul B - Yesterday at 11:19:35 AM
I have too many trains - and so I just HAVE to get that tee-shirt!  :heart2:
General Discussion / Re: An Eventful Christmas at T...
Last post by dannyboy - Yesterday at 10:55:38 AM
What a playlist! And I remember doing the twist at the 'Mecca' in Bradford a 'few' years ago - I think I would struggle just to walk on to the dance floor now.  :)
General Discussion / Re: An Eventful Christmas at T...
Last post by Chris in Prague - Yesterday at 07:45:07 AM
After Enka Lou-Lou and her two accompanying musicians finally left the stage, Susan smoothly transitioned the digital sound system to her carefully curated playlist, ensuring that those couples still eager to dance could continue to enjoy the music. Meanwhile, Sylvie, Eli, Enka, Sofi, Susan, and Jeremy went in search of refreshments. Gathering what they found, they ascended the stairs to the minstrels' gallery, where they could sit, eat, drink, and unwind in the cosy ambience away from the bustling activity below. The gallery provided a serene retreat, offering a vantage point from which they could observe the festivities while enjoying their own private moments of relaxation.

"That's quite some playlist you've compiled, Susan", remarked Sylvia to their friend seated nearby, next to the compact digital controls. Please, give us a quick summary."

With a chuckle, Susan entertained her friends, recounting her dilemma in crafting the playlist for the gathering. "You know", she began with a grin, "it was quite a challenge remembering that we're in December 1962!" Her friends chuckled along, anticipating her next words. "I had to leave out so many of my favourite tunes from the future", she admitted with a playful sigh. "I mean, there are just too many fantastic dance songs from later years!" Her remark elicited more laughter, adding a light-hearted touch to their conversation and underscoring the fun and nostalgia of the occasion.

"But here's what you have heard and are about to, with why I chose them. I have tried to blend dance music from various eras, creating a nostalgic yet lively atmosphere. After Enka's final encore, I just had to begin with 'In the Mood' by Glenn Miller, from 1940, a timeless big band classic that never fails to get people on their feet and dancing. Its Beats Per Minute, BPMs, are around 120."

"Very good, Susan", laughed Eli, "because we were all in the mood after Enka's amazing performance!"

Indeed", Susan replied with a grin, her eyes sparkling with enthusiasm. "That had to be followed by 'Rock Around the Clock' by Bill Haley & His Comets, an iconic rock and roll anthem from 1954. It defined the music scene of the 1950s and remains a favourite for dancing, clocking in at approximately 176 BPM. Continuing the theme, next up is 'Johnny B. Goode' by Chuck Berry, from 1958. It's another pioneering rock and roll song with its energetic guitar riffs and catchy rhythm, perfect for shaking off any post-concert fatigue, at about 168 BPM."

"Moving closer to 1962", Susan continued, her excitement palpable, "we have 'Twist and Shout' by The Isley Brothers from last year. It's a high-energy twist song that's already become a sensation, inspiring dance crazes and joyous celebrations at around 128 BPM. Paired with that is 'Let's Twist Again' by Chubby Checker, also from last year, another twist classic that encourages everyone to hit the dance floor at approximately 165 BPM and relive the carefree spirit of the early '60s that the future will remember."

"From this year", Susan added, her enthusiasm undiminished, "we have another wonderful pair. 'The Loco-Motion' by Little Eva is a catchy pop song with its infectious beat and simple dance steps, ideal for keeping the party atmosphere going strong at about 120 BPM. Following that is 'Do You Love Me' by The Contours, a dynamic soul and R&B hit that invites listeners to move and groove with its irresistible rhythm and soulful vocals, around 126 BPM."

"Of course", Susan added with a smile, "I couldn't forget 'The Twist' by Chubby Checker, from 1960 but re-released this year. It's the song that started the twist craze, with its upbeat tempo and easy-to-follow dance moves making it a perennial favourite for any dance party, at approximately 128 BPM. As for the rest", she concluded, "you'll have to wait and listen! I hope everyone enjoys them as much as I did curating them!"

"These songs certainly create a lively and upbeat atmosphere, encouraging our guests to dance and enjoy themselves well into the morning", grinned Sylvia. "Cheers to everyone!" as they raised their respective glasses.
General Discussion / Re: My local bus stop
Last post by Bealman - Yesterday at 12:59:23 AM
By the way, the big lump on the other screen is Blocker Roach, a big rugby league star here in the eighties and nineties, and now makes a killing sprouting crap on the sports channels  ::)
General Discussion / Re: An Eventful Christmas at T...
Last post by Chris in Prague - February 26, 2024, 07:55:57 PM
The anticipation surrounding Enka Lou-Lou's performance at Trevelver Castle had already set expectations impossibly high. However, as soon as she took the stage and began to sing, it became apparent that those expectations were about to be effortlessly exceeded. Enka's charismatic presence, coupled with her extraordinary talent and passion for music, captivated the audience from the very first note. Her voice, like liquid gold, poured forth with such power and emotion that it seemed to transcend mere performance, reaching deep into the souls of all who listened. With each song, she wove a spellbinding tapestry of sound, effortlessly drawing her audience into her world of melody and emotion. By the time her performance came to an end, it was clear to all present that Enka had not only met but far surpassed any expectations that had been placed upon her.

After Enka Lou-Lou's second and final encore, Sylvia and Eli approached her, offering congratulations on the superb organisation of her setlist with its mix of old favourites and specially composed new songs. They remarked how the tempo first rose and then fell until Enka reached a climactic trilogy of pieces related to Trevelver Castle and its surroundings. The first of these, "Ocean's Embrace", recounted the tale of Cant Cove's mermaid, Morwen. Following this was "The Maiden and the Troubadour," a narrative set in medieval times within the walls of Trevelver Castle. Finally, "Snowfall Serenade" painted a picture of couples within the Great Hall that very morning, their eyes filled with love. Jeremy and Sylvia were particularly touched by this last piece, as they were described in its second verse as "the captain with eyes like the Cornish sea, She, a weaver of words. Their passion-filled glances, beneath chandeliers' glow", which served as the triumphant conclusion to Enka's set.

As encores, she treated the audience to "Twilight Tango" and "Whispers in Blue", leaving a lingering sense of magic and melody in the air.

Sylvie and Eli shared a laugh as they remarked on Enka's impressive repertoire of new songs, joking that her manager would want a full album rather than just a 'Live At Trevelver Castle' three-track 7" EP. They marvelled at how Enka's performance had exceeded all expectations, leaving no doubt that her talents deserved a much grander showcase.
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