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General Category => Welcome and Introduction => Topic started by: Tank on February 26, 2011, 03:45:32 PM

Title: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tank on February 26, 2011, 03:45:32 PM
Welcome to the forum! :wave:


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The forum was started by myself in December 2010.  I had some big problems with our first server, but since changing servers we've been able to grow to what we are now.  I'm very pleased with how quickly we've grown, and the friendly atmosphere on the forum.  Well done to all of our members for contributing and making the forum a great place to learn, chat and explore this great hobby.

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Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Mustermark on March 14, 2011, 02:05:45 AM
Thanks Tank.  I'm enjoying the forum.  It's a good atmosphere and a fun read as much as it is useful for N gauge info.

Many thanks to you both for getting it up and running.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Alastair B on May 28, 2011, 10:21:41 AM
Sounds great to me.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Chinahand on August 21, 2011, 06:06:47 AM
Thanks for the welcome Tank.  :wave:
Just found this forum via the latest N Gauge Society Mag. and am looking forward to both reading and contributing to the forum.  Some of you may recognise me fom other forums that I am a member of but, being an N Gauger, I'm very pleased to have found a forum that is specifically aimed and the trials and tribulations of modelling in N Gauge.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: cloughie on August 21, 2011, 08:08:58 AM
Hello Trevor and welcome :wave:
hows the layout getting on and how`s your back these days

cloughie
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Dock Shunter on August 21, 2011, 08:19:24 AM
Hello and welcome Trevor..... :thumbsup:
Look forward to seeing your layout......
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tank on August 21, 2011, 10:05:42 AM
Glad to hear that you saw the advert Trevor. :)  Thanks for signing up! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 21, 2011, 11:16:58 AM
Hi Trevor. I'm glad you've joined our happy throng and look forward to hearing/seeing what you are modelling :thumbsup: :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: upnick on September 04, 2011, 02:14:12 PM
Hi Chinahand,   

I thought i  recognised you    ;)

Welcome to the forum, hope to see  progress of your layout  /stock  &   locos  soon hope your all  keeping well  there.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Chinahand on September 04, 2011, 09:00:58 PM
Hi Nick. I thought I might find you here.

I'm afraid work to my layout is suspended at the moment until I get my other hip replaced but I still enjoy seeing what others are doing.

Best regards,

Trevor.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: davieb on September 04, 2011, 09:14:25 PM
hi trevor  :wave:

welcome to the forum

dave :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: upnick on September 04, 2011, 11:34:33 PM
Hi Trevor,     

Wish you all  the best for the new hip  replacement, great to see you here i  am  planning  a revamp  of my  British layout after  sorting  a good part of it  on Friday.   

I  hope your not in too  much  discomfort to do some  items for the layout such as the coaches if i  remember correctly  you painted in GWR   cream   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Chinahand on September 05, 2011, 12:12:43 AM
Hi Nick,

I'm on crutches and in a lot of pain at the moment but I have managed to put the Metcalfe Brewery together, including internal beer vats & lighting.

GWR choc. & cream it is but I don't need to paint anything at the moment. Look forward to seeing your revamped layout.

Thanks for the welcome Dave.

Cheers for now,

Trevor.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Seawise on October 08, 2011, 05:16:54 PM
Hi One and All,

Just found this forum when doing a search for the 3 way point.

I have been into N gauge for more years than I can remember and have attempted at a couple of layouts.

Last month I bought a layout on ebay, supposedly 6' x 3' but went to pick it up and it was 6' x 4'!

Now in the process of changing the trackwork around the excellent scenery.

Regards

Chris
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 08, 2011, 05:26:28 PM
Hi Chris, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Any chance of some pictures of what you're up to :camera: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: moogle on October 08, 2011, 05:39:54 PM
Welcome to the  :NGF:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Seawise on October 08, 2011, 06:40:57 PM
I will try and add a picture as the layout was when purchased.

Chris

Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Chinahand on October 08, 2011, 07:40:08 PM
Welcome aboard Chris.

There are some great guys here and I'm sure you will enjoy it. Maybe with your wealth of experience we can learn something from you.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Chris on October 09, 2011, 08:13:10 PM
Welcome to the forum Chris (from another Chris!)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Donkey on October 17, 2011, 03:25:00 PM
Thanks for the welcome Tank. I only recently registered and am thoroughly enjoying the Forum. I intend building an N gauge layout and am finding all the posts very helpful. I am currently studying plans etc for my proposed 7' x 3' layout and will try to keep members informed of my progress.  :)

Donkey
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 17, 2011, 05:54:37 PM
Welcome aboard :wave: If you can't find information you need on the forum, don't be afraid to ask! I've asked some pretty dumb questions in the past and everyone is so helpful :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Lawrence on October 17, 2011, 07:04:54 PM
Welcome aboard :wave: If you can't find information you need on the forum, don't be afraid to ask! I've asked some pretty dumb questions in the past and everyone is so helpful :thumbsup:

.......and he still does today  ::)
 ;) :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: longbridge on October 17, 2011, 09:22:36 PM
G'Day Donkey and welcome to the forum, dangle a carrot in front of any of these blokes and they will tell you all you need to know :thumbsup: ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 18, 2011, 08:10:05 AM
Welcome aboard :wave: If you can't find information you need on the forum, don't be afraid to ask! I've asked some pretty dumb questions in the past and everyone is so helpful :thumbsup:

.......and he still does today  ::)
 ;) :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:

One is hurt :'(
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Lawrence on October 18, 2011, 08:28:47 AM
Welcome aboard :wave: If you can't find information you need on the forum, don't be afraid to ask! I've asked some pretty dumb questions in the past and everyone is so helpful :thumbsup:

.......and he still does today  ::)
 ;) :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:

One is hurt :'(

 :-*

 ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Donkey on October 18, 2011, 03:39:27 PM
Thanks for the welcome Dave.
Dangle a carrot  :smiley-laughing: I like it. Thoroughly enjoying reading the Forum. There seems to be a lot of very helpful and friendly members, just what a newbie like myself needs. I am sure I will be asking for help once I get my baseboard sorted and am ready to progress  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: mr magnolia on February 02, 2012, 12:44:26 PM
Hey mr tank

I continue to enjoy the info and photos on here, even if I don't say overmuch!

I'm at work just now and so have to find the forum via the power of google, rather than bookmarks.

I am impressed that you managed to get the 'ngaugeforum.co.uk' web address - did you have it up your sleeve for a long while in advance of launch, or was it one of those that just happened to be available?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tank on February 02, 2012, 05:11:45 PM
Hello Mr Magnolia!

Great to hear you're enjoying it.  :)  I just typed in the name after thinking of it, and bought it.  If I knew it would have taken up so much of my time, I might not have done it!!!   :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: alan4790 on March 31, 2012, 09:45:25 PM
Hello everyone,
                       I'm new to this site, I've done a fair bit reading on here, & it seems like fun as well as being very helpful.

Thanks for letting me join you all.

Alan4790.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on March 31, 2012, 09:53:18 PM
Hi Alan - glad you've taken the plunge - welcome :wave:
How about jumping into the Introduction thread and telling us what you are doing in :NGAUGE:

We'll have nearly as many questions as you will e.g. what era/location, DC or DCC etc
We also like to see pictures once you have the hang of it (basically we're nosy :smiley-laughing:)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: galway on March 31, 2012, 10:29:40 PM
You're very welcome Alan4790  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: matohuska on April 29, 2012, 12:35:31 PM
Hi Everyone - just joined and trying to find my way around the forum. Thanks for letting me in.
Best wishes to all,
Keith
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on April 29, 2012, 01:08:54 PM
Hi Everyone - just joined and trying to find my way around the forum. Thanks for letting me in.
Best wishes to all,
Keith

Welcome Keith,

You will find your way easily enough, just give yourself some time and if you are confused (lots of people on here are  :evil:) just ask away.

Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tank on April 29, 2012, 01:11:48 PM
Welcome to the forum!   :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Lawrence on April 29, 2012, 02:32:39 PM
Welcome aboard Keith, any questions just shout
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: galway on April 29, 2012, 03:05:25 PM
Hello Keith  :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on April 29, 2012, 05:23:49 PM
Hi Keith, and welcome to the forum. :wave:
Let is know where your interests in N gauge lie as we're just a bit nosy ;D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Donkey on April 29, 2012, 06:52:02 PM
Welcome Keith  :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Clagger on September 29, 2012, 10:23:00 AM
Morning all, just registered today. Just starting out on my N gauge quest, been a train fan all my life (particularly diesels as my name would suggest). Nice to see a forum with courteous helpful replies and no excessive lols, pmsl etc etc. Look forward to gleaning some info off you experts about my upcoming DCC setup, i'll post updates/pictures as and when i feel they are of sufficient quality to air!  :hmmm:

Andy
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 29, 2012, 01:43:38 PM
Hi Clagger and  :welcomesign:

I guessed by your forum name you were a diesel fiend. ;)
Look forward to seeing some pics of what you're up to in N :camera:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Sprintex on September 29, 2012, 04:36:14 PM
Welcome in Andy from another oil-burner fan  :wave:

Now there's an avatar to attract attention - the King of the diesels  :thumbsup:

Superceded only by the King of the diesel push-pull sets - the HST  :D

Don't worry about "sufficient quality" as it's very subjective and open to personal interpretation, and there's no minimum standard around here, just helpful advice for improving skills that everyone can benefit from  ;)


Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on September 30, 2012, 12:06:43 AM
Welcome clagger! I too like the avatar. They looked heaps better in two-tone green, though!!
 ;) Cheers George
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Babz on October 28, 2012, 12:28:48 PM
Hi Everyone I am new here, I have been collecting for about 30 years I am German by birth  & lived & worked there for many years I collect german & swiss In N gauge but I do have other gauges,

My layout Is a Noch preformed layout called Baden Baden I use minitrix track & I have a four track Morely controller. Buildings are mostly Faller & vollmer.
I am not a very good scratch builder so these kits suit me fine.

In the winter my layout Is In the conservatory & In the Summer It Is in the Garage.
Some of  my stock Is really good Secondhand & the new I buy from Germany. I do have some DCC+ sound but mostly DC. Any useful tips I would love to hear from anyone. Thank you

Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 28, 2012, 03:11:50 PM
Hello Babz -  :welcomesign:

You're bound to have some questions but I would suggest you use the search button to see if the answers are already there. If not, don't be afraid to ask as we all started as novices.

I,too, have my layout in the conservatory but it is there all year round
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: parafuso on December 25, 2012, 08:35:02 PM
Hi just joined today to basically find out more about N-gauge sets as I'm with a OO set without the space for it.

Now on a quest to find a good starter set and a trawl through the forum
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Pengi on December 25, 2012, 08:53:37 PM
 :welcomesign: parafuso.

There are quite a few of us that started out with OO and then changed to N, myself included and I have not regretted it. There is quite a bit of stuff on choosing N sets (including my first ever post to the NGF where the advice of others got me to change course - and I'm very glad I did too!)

If you are looking for sets then we do have a Kato M1 set (has no trains though but a very robust track system) and a HN1004 Arnold Industrial Service Train Set in our Christmas Raffle. Details on the link below:

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=9115.msg96101#msg96101 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=9115.msg96101#msg96101)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 25, 2012, 11:17:39 PM
Hi parafuso and welcome aboard :wave:
I think your first decision has to be DCC or DC and then look at the starter sets available.
Then the fun begins................ :laugh:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on December 26, 2012, 01:15:30 AM
Welcome Babz & parafuso from Australia! Seasons greetings!

 :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Pertinax on December 31, 2012, 12:00:21 PM
Hello everyone, just finding my way around ! Some very useful stuff here I must say.
Oh, and Happy New Year to you all.


Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on December 31, 2012, 12:24:23 PM
Thanks Mate! Only half an hour to go in this part of the world!!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: THEBEATOFYOU on January 02, 2013, 11:14:10 PM
Hi all. Just thought I would Introduce myself.
I am a musician living in Southampton and have just started my dream of building an N layout.
At current I only have 3 locos and some rolling stock but I'm building scenery and houses etc until I decide how I want my layout, so the dining table is my running top for the moment :)
Anyway nice to meet you all and I look forward to sharing pictures and thoughts with you ;)
Kindest regards
Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on January 02, 2013, 11:20:27 PM
Hi Paul  :welcomesign:

The table top is quite a popular layout format, I use it myself  ;)

Are you running UK stock or something else?

We have a great membership here who will answer any question you ask  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Pengi on January 02, 2013, 11:22:55 PM
 :welcomesign: Paul - great to have you on board! I used to live in Southampton, which part are you from?

You will find us a friendly and helpful bunch so sing out if you need any help
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: THEBEATOFYOU on January 02, 2013, 11:24:24 PM
Hi John nice to meet you Sir.
I'm running British steam all Dapol at the mo. I nice wee terrier, the Apple green 460 and an Xmas present from my good lady, a D D Eisenhower A4 :) which is beautiful but having problems braking her in.
Kindest
Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: THEBEATOFYOU on January 02, 2013, 11:29:33 PM
Hi Pengy :) great to be onboard.
I am currently in Bursledon. Where where you living sir ?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Pengi on January 02, 2013, 11:34:43 PM
I've lived in Swaythling and Shirley. Saints fan too! There are some good model railway exhibitions at Eastleigh - I think there might be one soon.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 02, 2013, 11:37:18 PM
Big welcome from Down Under! Like your locos... apparently I am now the chuffed new owner of a similar 4-6-0 (NGF Raffle - thanks again, Pengy!). Love your forum name!

 :beers: Cheers, George
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: THEBEATOFYOU on January 02, 2013, 11:43:14 PM
Hi George great to meet ya :) yes I love that 460 she really is a Beauty and runs very well. Pengy that's great so right in the middle of Southampton. There's a good model shop in Shirley called Ron lines. Ill check out the exhibitions too thanks. :)
I really can't wait to get started on my humble layout so any input will be most welcome :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Pengi on January 03, 2013, 07:02:43 AM
Here are the exhibitions in Southampton and Eastleigh, Paul. I've been to the SMRS one - it gets packed and the car park fills up quickly so it is parking on the road.

I've not been to the Eurotrack before but may well go to this one (as I like modern image and also continental now). I see from the list of exhibitors that Banbury is being exhibited (which is an legendary modern image layout that I've only seen pictures of)

These exhibitions are well worth going to for inspiration and also for bargains.

http://southamptonmodelrailwaysociety.wordpress.com/exhibition-2013-2/ (http://southamptonmodelrailwaysociety.wordpress.com/exhibition-2013-2/)

http://solentmodelrailwaygroup.webs.com/modelrailwayexhibition.htm (http://solentmodelrailwaygroup.webs.com/modelrailwayexhibition.htm)

Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: THEBEATOFYOU on January 03, 2013, 10:09:41 AM
Cheers for that Pengy :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2013, 10:19:44 AM
This is my second go at posting this, but I'm a stubborn so-and-so. Pressed something on keyboard inadvertently and lost the lot! So here we go again.... Living here in Oz I always find the exhibition programme in the UK so intense to be amazing.

I'm going to be in UK in August (nearly said NEXT year, but OMG it's THIS year! I hate gettin' old!), primarily to watch the Ashes test match in Chester-le-Street, but then on to Scotland & Wales (hopefully lots of narrow gauge... I was on the LAAL RATTY a couple of years ago and it was great, but I want to savour the Welsh narrow gauge).

Anyway, any exhibitions that forum folk know are going to be on Aug-Sept, I would love to write 'em in my diary. Never know, I might be able to get to one!

Maybe even meet the odd Forum person! (or modeller of Japanese prototype  :thumbsup:)

All the best,

George.  :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2013, 10:30:31 AM
Oh, and quickly before I turn in (9.30pm here in Oz) - this is for THEBEATOFYOU....

Paul, I got a radio controlled helicopter and a VOX Tonelab stompbox for me guitar as Christmas presents from my daughters and their boyfriends.

Dunno what happened to my wish list... a Blue Pullman set in stocking?!

All the best, George. :beers:

Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Dock Shunter on January 03, 2013, 11:06:10 AM


Anyway, any exhibitions that forum folk know are going to be on Aug-Sept, I would love to write 'em in my diary. Never know, I might be able to get to one!


Here's one you MIGHT like to write in your diary George....... :thumbsup:

http://www.meridienneexhibitions.co.uk/our-events-detail.php?id=0000000003 (http://www.meridienneexhibitions.co.uk/our-events-detail.php?id=0000000003)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2013, 09:29:23 PM
Thanks for that, DS... I've bookmarked that page. Looks great!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 03, 2013, 09:31:59 PM
Thanks for that, DS... I've bookmarked that page. Looks great!  :thumbsup:

If you can make it to TINGS, it is N gauge Mecca - just check out the posts about it.
The downside is I am usually there pimping the forum and you'll get your mugshot taken and shown on the forum >:D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2013, 09:50:11 PM
Eeeek!  :D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: SamH on January 04, 2013, 11:07:44 AM
 :hellosign:

Hi from Birkenhead in South Australia, we had a warmish 45C today but tomorrow is will be only 32C. A very belated intro of myself having joined just before the Christmas break.
I joined the 2mm Assoc in 1982 after attending an exhibition in Rochdale on a trip to the UK and joined the local P4 club in Adelaide in 1990. My interest in N scale goes back to a Lone Star Treble-O-lectric train set I was given for Christmas more years ago than I care to remember. I have bought the wood to build some modules for a late N LMSR (post WW2) tail chaser to play with and possibly exhibit while I make a start on a 2mm late LMSR/early BR terminus to fiddle yard.

Sam H
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 04, 2013, 11:26:05 AM
Hi Sam -  :welcomesign:

We look forward to seeing what you're up to in N gauge and hope your stay will be a long and happy one :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 04, 2013, 11:29:45 AM
Hey there, SamH!

Yep, you are welcome to your 45 degrees. 30 here as I type this in NSW at 10.30pm.

Lone Star Treblo, eh!? OMG we ARE going back, there (showing me age!).

Experience with P4 and a 2FS layout planned.... I think we can all learn lots from you!

N scale is progressing brilliantly these days and there is a new enthusiasm for it, I think.

Welcome!

 :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on January 04, 2013, 11:37:27 AM
Hello Sam and  :welcomesign:

If you have been here since before Christmas you will have an idea of what we are like as a group of like minded people.

Any problems, just shout out and one or more of the members will come to your assistance.

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 04, 2013, 12:08:00 PM
Yeah like flyin' helicopters.  :smackedface: :smackedface: :smackedface: Sorry, in-joke. I promise - no more. I'll stick to trains. :D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: SamH on January 05, 2013, 09:20:39 AM
The SA P4 club has more experience as builders labourers than model builders to the point almost having to join the union. We have started lining our new (again) club building after yet another move this time to our own premises located at the St Kilda Tram museum here in Adelaide. Although I am the club president I do not have any P4 models but I do have some P87. Half the members are building a P87 SAR 1950s broad gauge (18.37mm) layout once the construction work is completed later this year, the other half will be making a start on a GWR P4 layout then as well. The building is about 21m x 7m with a meeting room and kitchen at one end. We will have a clear floor area of 18m x 7m for the two layouts and work benches etc. If anyone is in Adelaide let me know.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 05, 2013, 11:01:27 AM
Hi SamH,
I was there last year for my first visit to SA! Your P4 exploits seem extensive... but now you are thinking about N Gauge? I am intrigued.... I hope it's not 'the hobby starting to seem like work' syndrome.....

 :beers: Cheers, George.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: SamH on January 05, 2013, 01:13:15 PM
Hi George and others,

I have always been into N/2mm but when your new boss invites you to join his club.......

Did you come for the June long weekend train exhibition?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 05, 2013, 09:18:14 PM
no, mate. Although I have lived in Australia since 1974, I had never been to Adelaide.I was there in July (2011). I did have a ride on a little old mining train, though. It was at a place called Moonta, if I recall.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Rabbathehutt on January 11, 2013, 05:15:15 PM
Sorry for being ignorant
I joined on 30 December 2012
Forgot to say Hello to ALL
just starting out, wife got me Farish Mersey Deltic set for xmas
as i'm a newbie at this ALL tips will be welcome


cheers Rab
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Sprintex on January 11, 2013, 05:24:41 PM
Welcome in Rab  :wave:

Probably best if you start your own thread in this section just to say hello, and maybe tell us a bit about yourself such as what you're modelling or planning to model, etc  :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Rabbathehutt on January 11, 2013, 05:34:16 PM
Thanx Paul
At the moment i'm thinking Goods mebe 08 shunter
some coal wagons etc
but i got starter kit
i'll take it from there

cheers Rab
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Pengi on January 11, 2013, 07:39:10 PM
 :welcomesign: Rab,

Rabbathehutt - what a terrific name  :thumbsup:

There is a wealth of information on the forum, so the search facility will be your friend and if you want any help just ask - we are a friendly and helpful crew
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on January 11, 2013, 07:57:21 PM
Hello Rab,

Welcome to the forum.
We are a friendly bunch who are happy to help and answer questions.
I like your start with the Deltic Prototype.  I hope you like taking pictures and videos as we like to see what's happening on layouts and their progress, but all in good time.

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 11, 2013, 08:57:55 PM
Welcome from Australia, Rabba!  :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 11, 2013, 10:19:06 PM
Hi Rab - welcome aboard.
Your good lady obviously has taste if she got you that starter set :claphappy:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Gogs on February 24, 2013, 04:57:59 PM
Hi one and all. Having been on this site as a guest for the past few days, I decided to join what I think is a very good, helpful and humorous site. Looking forward to not only posing questions but contributing also.
Briefly, my layout is set in the BR period 1955 - 1965, of no actual location and has taken me so far 14 months worth of Saturdays to get it where it is. More on this later but, for now just a simple "Hi" to everyone.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Sprintex on February 24, 2013, 05:05:26 PM
Welcome in Gogs :wave:

Be nice to see some pictures of your layout when you get a moment? Hope you enjoy your stay at NGF ;)


Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on February 24, 2013, 05:22:31 PM
Hello Gogs,

Welcome aboard, you will find there are many members who can only spend a limited amount of time on their layouts so you will not be alone in that respect.

Please enjoy your time here and get to know us as we try to be a happy easy going lot who are eager to help out when problems arise.

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Gogs on February 24, 2013, 05:35:42 PM
Hi Guys, thanks for the welcome. Not being an I.T expert the uploading of pictures of my layout will have to wait until such times that my grandson is available to show me how. I'm afraid that technology is leaving me behind, in fact I've struggled ever since Version 2 of the abacus came out.   
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Pengi on February 24, 2013, 06:38:10 PM
 :NGaugeForum: Gogs. It is great to have you as a member of our forum
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on February 24, 2013, 08:49:48 PM
Abacus 2  :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost: :smiley-laughing:

Welcome to the Forum from Australia, Gogs! A person after me own heart - 1955-1965 BR!!! Right on, yeah! (Etc, etc....)

Cheers!  :beers: Green diesels Rule!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: johnlambert on March 22, 2013, 08:23:25 PM
 :hellosign:

I hope this is the right place to say hello, having just joined the forum.  I've been meaning to sign up for a while but only just got around to it.  Anyway, Hi, my name's John.

Having had a quick look around I see a few familiar names/faces from other forums and there are lots of interesting discussions I'm itching to join.

Over the last couple of years I've been building a small N-gauge layout set in Warwickshire in the early to mid 1960s.  But I'm sure there's a "my layout" section  where I can tell you more about that.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on March 22, 2013, 08:28:53 PM
Hello John, and welcome aboard :wave:
Sounds like you're beyond the Layout Planning bit so probably best post in the Layout Construction board. Given the period you are modelling, have you got as far as blue diesels or still green/steam?
I hope you enjoy your stay with us :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Pengi on March 22, 2013, 08:29:04 PM
 :welcomesign: John, Great to have you on board!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: johnlambert on March 22, 2013, 08:52:28 PM
Hello John, and welcome aboard :wave:
Sounds like you're beyond the Layout Planning bit so probably best post in the Layout Construction board. Given the period you are modelling, have you got as far as blue diesels or still green/steam?
I hope you enjoy your stay with us :thumbsup:

Thanks for the welcome (and to Pengi too).  My main focus is late crest BR steam locos and green diesels/DMUs.  But I do have a hankering for some blue diesels and blue/grey coaches.  I suspect I'll end up with a bit of everything from GWR to Chiltern Trains.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on March 22, 2013, 10:11:20 PM
Hi from Australia, John! Early 60's! Whohooo!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on March 22, 2013, 10:22:44 PM
Welcome on board John,

You will find us an easy going friendly bunch with a great willingness to help folk.

I hope you enjoy yourself on the forum  :beers:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: jwalter1940 on April 19, 2013, 04:33:11 PM
 

I am a bit late but thanks anyway  !
 
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Sprintex on April 19, 2013, 08:10:22 PM
Never too late ;)

Welcome in to  :NGaugeForum:  :wave:


Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: ReBeginner on June 14, 2013, 09:50:49 AM
Can't find where to post my thanks for the wiki - imagine, being away from NGF for a while then finding a wiki on board, almost made me Halfamulardmelud.

Thanks anyway, it's going to be most useful for everyone, will that include Nobby? Is he still deciding to have one later?

Regards and again, thanks.
David
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tank on June 14, 2013, 10:00:18 AM
Many thanks David, glad to hear that you like it. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: deltic 187a on July 13, 2013, 08:42:19 PM
Hi all,

been directed to this bit as being the right place to say hello. have already put details of what I am doing on the " what are you modelling " section. basically have returned after a 15 year absence and it has been an eye opener to see the changes - what with DCC and the demise of Grafar etc, times have sure changed. I have been using the site prior to joing to get as much DCC info as possible prior to taking the plunge and it has been fantastic, so thanks all whose info I have read and ideas I have nicked !

All my locos are very old so a big DCC conversion programme lays ahead, done the first one and made a few mistakes but cest la vie !  Biggest mistake to date was buying a Hornby select controller, oh well we all live and learn and get wiser by our mistakes. Looking at replacing it with a digitrax zephyr as soon as possible.

By the way, if you are wondering about my username, it is nothing to do with the locos but with the deltic 18-7a engines that were fitted to RN minesweepers, I was a maintainer of them. noisy things when you are cooped up in an enclosed engine room at full power ( all 1800 x 2 horses yea man !! ).

Trev.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on July 13, 2013, 08:52:22 PM
Hi Trev (again  :D) and  :welcomesign:

You may find it beneficial to post about any major spend and get our members opinions.  These will more than likely drive you round the bend with the choices provided but you will be given truthful answers.  It is always cheaper to learn from the mistakes of others  :D

The search function can be useful as well as the knowledge bank where your question may already have been answered.

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on July 15, 2013, 12:34:43 PM
Cooped up maintaining one of them beasts? Wow. How's yer hearing? I assume you have moved on now?

 :beers: Cheers, George.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: deltic 187a on July 15, 2013, 01:30:21 PM
Sorry, what was that ????   :)  hearing definitely not what it used to be as the deltics are a very high pitch sound compared to conventional marine diesels. And I was cooped up with 2 of them , not one! Yes moved on long ago, 1985 in fact and all the old wooden minesweepers have been scrapped now, though interestingly the modern ones still have them - nothing to better them apparently.

This is a fantastic site with some great folk on it !!
cheers

Trev.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: GeeBee on July 15, 2013, 06:15:12 PM
Hi Trev, don,t know if this helps I started DCC with old Grafar loco's had 2 modified, they are definitely NOT the best runners I have. The best runners  are all new generation Bachmann Farish but having said that the oldies do run if somewhat noisily.   :confused2:
Graham
 
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: SebBrady on July 30, 2013, 04:49:09 PM
Hi all was shown to the forum from St Johns railway show by a member, mainly do European and Japanese outline but im liking the forum so far :D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: mereman on July 30, 2013, 04:52:58 PM
 :welcomesign:

Hi and welcome   :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Country Joe on July 30, 2013, 05:12:15 PM
Hi all, I joined yesterday. My name is Joe. I live in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA. That's an American Indian name pronounced Pah-kip-see. I model the New York Central from 1945-1968. Another new member, Andy, screen name Texhorse, posted a link on nscale.org and I followed him here. I don't know very much about British railroading but would like to learn as I love all trains.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tank on July 30, 2013, 07:11:29 PM
Welcome to the forum.  I'm sure you'll like it here and can teach me a thing or two about the USA railways/railroads!  :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on July 31, 2013, 02:59:02 AM
Welcome SebBrady and Country Joe! You will find lot's of info, tips, and sometimes silly stuff here!! We're a friendly mob and you are sure to find someone who can address any problem you may have - especially railway ones!  ;D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: deltic 187a on August 12, 2013, 10:46:50 AM
I will second that. I have only been here a short time after a long absence from N gauge. The help, advice etc has been fantastic. I came back to the hobby and found those 3 letters - DCC, completely alien to me but after a lot of help from the forum members, I now understand it.

To, our new friends  :welcomesign:

To the forum members    :thankyousign:

cheers
Trev.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: deltic 187a on August 12, 2013, 10:57:34 AM
Hi all, I joined yesterday. My name is Joe. I live in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA. That's an American Indian name pronounced Pah-kip-see. I model the New York Central from 1945-1968. Another new member, Andy, screen name Texhorse, posted a link on nscale.org and I followed him here. I don't know very much about British railroading but would like to learn as I love all trains.

Hello Country Joe. When I read your post a couple of weeks back, the name Poughkeepsie was bothering me, as I had heard it somewhere before but couldn't remember when or why. I think I have now remembered. I am very hazy about this but didn't the old Manhattan Limited used to run on that line years ago and was there an accident where a bridge over the river Hudson collapsed - was it the Hudson Deauville bridge or something like that - could be totally wrong here as the memory aint as good as it used to be!

Oh - and welcome on board!

cheers
Trev
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Country Joe on August 12, 2013, 04:33:59 PM
Hi all, I joined yesterday. My name is Joe. I live in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA. That's an American Indian name pronounced Pah-kip-see. I model the New York Central from 1945-1968. Another new member, Andy, screen name Texhorse, posted a link on nscale.org and I followed him here. I don't know very much about British railroading but would like to learn as I love all trains.

Hello Country Joe. When I read your post a couple of weeks back, the name Poughkeepsie was bothering me, as I had heard it somewhere before but couldn't remember when or why. I think I have now remembered. I am very hazy about this but didn't the old Manhattan Limited used to run on that line years ago and was there an accident where a bridge over the river Hudson collapsed - was it the Hudson Deauville bridge or something like that - could be totally wrong here as the memory aint as good as it used to be!

Oh - and welcome on board!

cheers
Trev

Thanks for the welcome.

You're confusing 2 bridges Trev. The Henry Hudson bridge connects Manhattan and the Bronx. It's in the  Spuyten Duyvil section of the Bronx. It was named Spuyten Duyvil by the original Dutch settlers because of the treacherous waters. It means spurting or spinning devil. I live along the Hudson about 80 miles north of there. The Poughkeepsie bridge was a major New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad route across the Hudson linking New England with the rest of the country. There was a fire on the bridge in 1974. Traffic was rerouted north and the bridge was never repaired. The state repaired the bridge and opened it as a state park pedestrian bridge in 2009. It connects Poughkeepsie on the east side with Highland on the west side and is about a mile and a quarter long. It's called "The Walkway over the Hudson" now.

Poughkeepsie was a stop on the New York Central and is the last stop for Metro North, the commuter railroad into New York City. Other than the fire on this bridge I don't know of a bridge collapsing in this area. There was a bridge that collapsed and fell into the Hudson in Troy NY, about 70 miles north. That was about 1975-77.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: CeeJay on September 12, 2013, 10:02:14 PM
Hi and thanks for the welcome note.  Name is Chris, member of the n gauge society and the Chatham and District MRC.
At this moment I have a blank baseboard, having totally dismantled the last attempted layout. It may offend the purists but I am a "Rule One" modeller, if I like it, I will run it so my existing stock runs from the GWR railcar to the Blue Pullman and modern diesels
Still in early planning stage for new layout, so hoping to pick up tips and some guidance.
Thanks again for the welcome

Chris   :dunce:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 12, 2013, 10:13:12 PM
Hi Chris, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Rule 1 is nothing to be ashamed of. We all have our vices, so whatever floats your boat is just fine :angel:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: mereman on September 12, 2013, 10:38:11 PM
Rule one rocks :smiley-laughing: I'm a great follower of rule one.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Sprintex on September 12, 2013, 10:50:58 PM
Welcome in Chris :wave:

Always exciting starting with a blank canvas, and not sticking to any particular region or era you can go whwerever you want with it. Keep us updated :thumbsup:

Oh yes, one more thing . . .
It may offend the purists but I am a "Rule One" modeller, if I like it, I will run it

Tough then eh, that's their problem not yours ;)


Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Pengi on September 13, 2013, 06:18:22 AM
 :welcomesign: Chris
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on September 13, 2013, 08:54:06 AM
Hi Chris and welcome on board,

Looking forward to getting to know what you are planning and the variety of stock you will be running  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: petercharlesfagg on September 13, 2013, 09:55:51 AM
I miss so many new members that it is becoming embarrassing!

Welcome to all those whom I have missed and those yet to arrive!!!

 :welcomesign:

Regards, Peter.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: guest2957 on September 25, 2013, 09:01:57 PM
Hi All,

Just joined, have been collecting modern british N Gauge for a few years, never really got round to getting a layout due to space/time/family etc. Hoping to try and pick it up again this year and maybe progress a bit.

Cheers,

Phil
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 25, 2013, 10:29:42 PM
Hi Phil, and welcome to the forum :wave:
As usual we have lots of questions for you:-

What era/location are you interested in?
What sort of space have you got to 'play' with?
Will the layout be an end to end or a roundy roundy?
DC or DCC?

Not that we're nosy of course, but we do like to know where the members interests lie :angel: ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: guest2957 on September 25, 2013, 10:39:23 PM
 ::) That's OK, thanks for the welcome!

Era/locations are modern anything from mid 80s onwards really, never really had a big enough collection to define an exact era though.

Space is a problem, do have plans for a small round and round layout but it will have to fit on the dining table and I'll probably get told to put it away again after a while. Of course this doesn't stop me having grand ideas for my "ideal" layout one day when I have lots of time, money and space but I'm still dreaming on that one.

DC, still quite a novice so haven't really fully grasped DCC yet. Maybe one day.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on September 25, 2013, 11:00:45 PM
Space is a problem, do have plans for a small round and round layout but it will have to fit on the dining table and I'll probably get told to put it away again after a while.

Kato Unitrack would be ideal if that is the case, you could have your oval of track laid down in a couple of minutes (if that long) and taken apart just as quickly  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Sprintex on September 26, 2013, 04:00:50 AM
Welcome in Phil :wave:

I agree with John that Kato track would be the best option, not only can you assemble and pack away fairly quickly but you can also make it different every time ;)

DCC probably isn't worth it for the size of layout you're looking at unless it's just to get a feel for it. Be perfect for your dream large layout though - no isolating sections, no multiple controllers, just pick a train and drive it anywhere you like 8)


Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Jerry Howlett on September 26, 2013, 01:27:14 PM
 :welcomesign:

Like Peter I too have been neglectful in my welcome ins.
So hi to all the new inmates.

Jerry
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: guest2957 on September 26, 2013, 09:23:49 PM
Thanks for the welcomes/suggestions.

Not really looked at anything other than Peco track before to be honest. Will have to investigate the Kato track. May be able to get a small baseboard to sit on the dining table, it's where to store it afterwards that could be fun. I am eyeing up behind the sofa at the moment though! :)

Phil
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Jerry Howlett on September 27, 2013, 11:42:09 AM
Thanks for the welcomes/suggestions.

 I am eyeing up behind the sofa at the moment though! :)

Phil

If you use that space where will you hide when Dr Who is on ?.

Its an age thing..............
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: ozzie Bill. on September 27, 2013, 12:21:26 PM
If you use that space where will you hide when Dr Who is on ?.

Its an age thing..............

my sister still takes the mickey out of me for that, 50 years later! Cheers, Bill.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on September 27, 2013, 04:20:44 PM
For me it was behind the sofa when Quatermass was on, now that was real scary.   :uneasy:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: mereman on September 27, 2013, 07:39:27 PM
For me it's whenever one of those awful reality shows is on :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: guest2957 on September 27, 2013, 09:04:21 PM
Thanks for the welcomes/suggestions.

 I am eyeing up behind the sofa at the moment though! :)

Phil

If you use that space where will you hide when Dr Who is on ?.

Its an age thing..............

Hmmmm, haven't thought this through have I!  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on September 27, 2013, 10:12:47 PM
Hmmmm, haven't thought this through have I!  :goggleeyes:

You will get used to it Phil, this bunch will spot the most innocent of typing errors and pile on the grief  :D

Of course I would never do such a thing myself  :angel:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on September 28, 2013, 12:54:48 AM
No, no of course not.

Welcome in, Phil!

I have just returned to Australia after a two month UK and European jaunt involving much railwayana. While the moderators have being getting a blow by blow travelogue, I wasn't game to bore the forum at large with it!!!

So to all those new members who have signed up in the last couple of months, a very big WELCOME to NGF!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Chetcombe on September 28, 2013, 01:49:09 AM
No, no of course not.

Welcome in, Phil!

I have just returned to Australia after a two month UK and European jaunt involving much railwayana. While the moderators have being getting a blow by blow travelogue, I wasn't game to bore the forum at large with it!!!

So to all those new members who have signed up in the last couple of months, a very big WELCOME to NGF!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

And welcome back yourself George!

Hope your trip was a blast :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on September 28, 2013, 05:54:51 AM
Cheers Mike - looking forward to seeing the latest news of your layout and also other forum members' news!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: ReBeginner on September 28, 2013, 08:25:33 AM
Love Jerry Howlett's picture - now he going to say it's him? Yeah!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 28, 2013, 11:04:51 AM
Love Jerry Howlett's picture - now he going to say it's him? Yeah!

It is. Really. It is :D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Jerry Howlett on September 28, 2013, 03:54:39 PM
Love Jerry Howlett's picture - now he going to say it's him? Yeah!

It is. Really. It is :D

Alas come the 26th October I will have to regenerate into the old "ish" git that I have become.

There was a later picture of me when I discovered Hornby Dublo 3rd rail but I had it removed as it offended many of the inmates...

Theres the age thing the picture IS OF THE 3rd Rail layout.  Help NURSE!!!!!

Jerry
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: ngaugeaidy on October 07, 2013, 07:23:40 PM
Hi Tank
Really enjoying reading items, found a wealth of information already. And it works well on my Kindle Fire.

Thanks for setting up a really great forum,with a professional edge to it.

Cheers. Aidy  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tank on October 07, 2013, 08:34:13 PM
Many thanks for the kind words Aidy.  It's always great to hear such great feedback. :thumbsup: :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Jerry Howlett on October 08, 2013, 02:36:56 PM
Hi Tank
Really enjoying reading items, found a wealth of information already. And it works well on my Kindle Fire.
Cheers. Aidy  :thumbsup:

If I print this response do you think Mrs "H" will stump up for an upgrade to the Kindle Fire (or kimble as she calls it) ?..  As its getting nearer to winter I am starting to get accused of monopolising the PC to get on that B****y forum  :uneasy:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 08, 2013, 05:30:59 PM
Hi Tank
Really enjoying reading items, found a wealth of information already. And it works well on my Kindle Fire.
Cheers. Aidy  :thumbsup:

If I print this response do you think Mrs "H" will stump up for an upgrade to the Kindle Fire (or kimble as she calls it) ?..  As its getting nearer to winter I am starting to get accused of monopolising the PC to get on that B****y forum  :uneasy:

 :hmmm:
That'll be a NO then :no:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Jerry Howlett on November 06, 2013, 04:59:00 PM
There was meant to be a post from "croxy" according to my notifications.

However I will take this moment to announce that I DID GET THE KIMBLE so can now acces not only the RM on line but also log in to the  :NGaugeForum: without causing major internal strife.

However not convinced it works as I have emailed 2 NGF suppliers on this forum and haven't had any replies.  :confused2:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: pgm2008 on November 09, 2013, 07:49:44 AM
Chris - take your time an enjoy your n guage
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: berjay on November 30, 2013, 12:42:21 PM
HEllO everybody and many thanks for your welcome to the forum. I first started in model railway with an Hornby loco and some tracks, Then on a visit to my cousins in Liverpool whose father was a driver on the main line ,and subsequently drove the engineers unit , we had our combined tracks and rolling stock all round rhe living room, and that started what was to be so far a lifelong loveaffair with steam.
Now that we live in a small flat all train activity is in "n" gauge BUT  we do live near the Severn Valley Railway and one of our closest freinds lives so close the line that he always refers to the local halt as His stop.(lucky b""""r I,d better go now as everyone will be thinking i,m hogging the site  So See you soon Bernard
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tank on November 30, 2013, 01:01:36 PM
Welcome to the forum Bernard.  I'm sure you'll enjoy it here.  :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on November 30, 2013, 01:16:40 PM
Hi Bernard and welcome to the forum :wave:
I worked in Bridgnorth for 13 years so am also familiar with the Severn Valley Railway
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on November 30, 2013, 03:16:27 PM
Hi Bernard and  :welcomesign:

I hope you enjoy your time spent here  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: daveg on November 30, 2013, 06:50:36 PM
 :welcomesign: Bernard

Look forward to learning a bit more about what you are modelling.  You may have noticed we like plenty of photos so if you've a camera handy .... :camera:!

Dave G
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Chinahand on November 30, 2013, 09:25:09 PM
Hi Bernard and a very warm  :welcomesign:

From what you have told us so far, are we to assume that you model GWR steam era. If so you will find plenty of like-minded members here, including myself. I hope you'll be starting a thread soon to show us your layout . . . . with lots of pictures please.  :D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on December 01, 2013, 06:52:23 AM
G'day Bernard, welcome aboard!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: QLD KID on January 25, 2014, 01:30:09 AM
 :thankyousign: G'day Tank,
I have just returned from O/Seas so have not been very active to date. It seems to be a very well run site so will try to contribute before we go away again in late March for 3 Months. Travel is a big part of our Life now.
Anyone would think we hate our House but not the case just travelling while my health is good enough as I have a Disease which is slowly getting worse and cannott be cured.
N Scale in Australia is very well established but where I am in Far North Queensland we miss out on most Model Railway Exhibitions so we are trying to establish a Club here in Townsville but it's a slow process. Will keep you informed on the outcome.
Cheers, Denis (QLD KID)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 25, 2014, 02:23:53 PM
Hi Denis,

Very sorry to hear of your circumstances, but welcome to the forum :wave:
Enjoy!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Andy1983 on March 09, 2014, 10:49:55 PM
 :hellosign:

Just want to say Hi! I found my old OO stuff in my parents loft, but N gauge seems more practical given SWMBO has control over room usage in the house!

Just ordered a Farish Depot Master set, although I plan on going DCC, cost is a tad prohibitive at the mo and just wanted to crack on before I go back to work (deep sea) - heck if the box is small enough I might squeeze it in my suitcase!

Cheers!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: davieb on March 09, 2014, 10:53:20 PM
Hi Andy  :wave:

Welcome to the forum
Hope you have a long and happy stay with us  :thumbsup:

Sounds as if you have a very interesting job  :hmmm:

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on March 09, 2014, 11:24:23 PM
Welcome to the NGF, Denis and Andy!  :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on March 10, 2014, 10:12:27 AM
Hi Andy, and welcome to the forum :wave:
I am sure you'll have more fun with N gauge rather than the 'Orribly Oversized' stuff :D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Andy1983 on March 10, 2014, 01:53:08 PM
Hi all!

Thanks for the warm welcome! Looking forward to being part of the community!

Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Pengi on March 10, 2014, 02:01:42 PM
 :welcomesign: Andy and Denis
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: B P on April 16, 2014, 03:57:22 PM
 :hellosign: In response to npn's request a few details.
I've come back to "active" participation in the last 18 months after many years of the armchair variety.
Main interest is BR(S) Bournemouth to Weymouth area around 1960.  Space available donated by my lady in her loft, just sufficient for an old door that I discovered in her garage.  Progress slow due to inhospitable temperatures (actually had a length of track buckle in the heat last summer but hoping to get there before I peg out or can't manage the ladder into the loft!
Good to be aboard.

Brian
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: pesky badger on April 18, 2014, 01:09:35 PM
A quick hello to all  :D

I'm currently trying to model the ubiquitous GWR branch line off a roundy roundy loop.  Loving the forum and all the really useful advice.

Stu
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on April 18, 2014, 01:18:09 PM
Hello from Australia, Stu! Welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: davieb on April 18, 2014, 03:44:40 PM
Welcome to the Forum Stu  :wave:

Hope you enjoy your time with us  :NGF:

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Sprintex on April 18, 2014, 05:18:43 PM
Welcome in Stu :wave:


Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: pesky badger on April 18, 2014, 06:01:36 PM
Thanks all for the warm welcome  ;D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on April 19, 2014, 01:46:44 AM
Hi Stu, and welcome to the forum :wave:
We're a nosey lot, so let us know more when you have time - space available etc
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on April 19, 2014, 09:57:49 AM
Welcome to the friendly forum Stu, nice to have you on board and looking forward to seeing pics and threads.   :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotrail on May 05, 2014, 11:06:45 AM
Hello!

I'm new to N gauge and this forum

is anyone based in the newcastle area?  Just moved to the area.  Lots of changes! !

Thanks
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: sedril on May 07, 2014, 07:06:37 PM
Hello,

I've been doing N gauge for a few years, and just found this forum on the weekend.
Any other Canadians out there?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on May 07, 2014, 07:17:04 PM
Glad you've found us sedril, nice to have you on board, you'll find them a friendly bunch on here and yes we do have a few members from the other side of the pond although most are from the US and no doubt they will be along soon to welcome you.

Have a good look around, use the search option in the menu bar for anything specific you are after or just ask away, someone on here usually has an answer.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: sedril on May 07, 2014, 07:30:14 PM
That's great :)  Thanks!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Lawrence on May 07, 2014, 08:15:05 PM
Hey sedril, welcome aboard, we have a members map, and you can see who else we have who is registered in Canada, have a look at http://tinyurl.com/okznzo3 (http://tinyurl.com/okznzo3)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on May 07, 2014, 08:35:30 PM
Hi sedril, and welcome to the forum :wave:
I'm sure you'll have lots of fun here :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on May 08, 2014, 06:45:58 AM
G'day from Australia, sedril. Welcome to the NGF!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: davieb on May 08, 2014, 11:17:30 AM
Hello Sedril  :wave:

Welcome to the forum  :NGF:
I hope you enjoy your time spent on here

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tahlon on May 11, 2014, 07:38:01 PM
Hi to the forum,

I have just found this forum and after another i joined recently being a wealth of information & suggestions i felt being a member to another forum would be good.
I,m new to the scale, but returning to the hobby ( i did have a layout in OO when i was younger).

I shall look forward to doing some reading on the subjects i might need when i am building the current layout (for me & my 6yr old daughter, honestly).. If i can't find what i need expect a thread on it..
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: davieb on May 11, 2014, 07:44:58 PM
Hi Tahlon  :wave:

Welcome to the forum

Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on May 11, 2014, 09:36:26 PM
Welcome to the friendly forum Tahlon, nice to have you join us and we look forward to hearing and seeing your layout ideas and pictures.
 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on May 11, 2014, 11:17:25 PM
Welcome to the NGF, Tahlon!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on May 12, 2014, 02:24:17 AM
Hi Tahlon, and welcome to the forum :wave:
I look forward to hearing more about what you are planning in  :ngauge:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: half a day on May 24, 2014, 09:19:50 PM
Hello all -

just registered, and just bought my 1st N-gauge kit.  When I was a boy I had some Hornby 00 gauge, but that was back in the 1960s really.  Now I need a hobby, and a long time ago my wife purchased me a N-gauge "Blue Circle" cement tank by Lima.  Only now, 30-years on have I been able to run it on tracks.

I'm still considering whether to start a flat base-board layout (safe, boring) or try for one made of wood struts and strips to support the tracks, leaving lots of gaps to fill in with non-flat landscape (too much for a beginner, exciting).

Either way I've decided to go for DCC, so I have put a controller chip into the new Graham Farish engine, plus a basic Hornby controller.  If it all goes well I'm considering computer control - although that will be after the 2nd layout is underway.

I've already found the internet a great place for research about N-gauge railway models.

BTW - I would like to have registered with my home, not work email address.  However, my home email includes "go-plus.net" and the sign-up wasn't allowing that as a proper email address.

Thanks, Richard
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Sprintex on May 24, 2014, 09:33:16 PM
Welcome in Richard :wave:

Blimey you've waited a long time to run that wagon! :D Good choice going DCC from the start I reckon, that's what I did when I came back to the hobby six years ago and so glad I did now ;)

What sort of trains will you be running? (don't say 'little ones'  ;D )


Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on May 24, 2014, 09:35:11 PM
Hi Richard,  :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on May 25, 2014, 03:14:38 AM
Hi Richard, and welcome to the forum :wave:
You mention chipping 'the Farish loco' - what exactly is the loco (just so's we know what you're interested in)?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: davieb on May 25, 2014, 12:02:07 PM
Hi Richard  :wave:

Welcome to the forum
I hope you find all the answers to any questions you may have  :NGF:

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on May 25, 2014, 01:36:57 PM
Hi Richard, welcome to the friendly forum, nice to have you join us and another DCC convert here. 
 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: half a day on May 25, 2014, 10:47:28 PM
Thank you all for your kind comments and questions.  I have put together some answers - I hope they don't put anyone off!

What sort of trains will you be running?

I haven't decided really, and to me it's not that important: I get more buzz from the system aspects - and the mechanics of the track - and the electrical work.  I know they will be 'short' in that for model purposes a loco and just two passenger carriages (or a loco and just four or five wagons for goods) will have to do since I don't have the money or space for trains with a dozen carriages or scores of wagons.

You mention chipping 'the Farish loco' - what exactly is the loco?

I look in my excel spread-sheet which is my inventory, and I see its "Standard Class 4MT 2-6-0 76053 BR Lined Black Early Emblem" part no 372-650.  My wife choose it (she likes steam) but I would like a DMU set like British Rail 1970s used.  As I said above, the system aspects are interesting, and most British trains would do.

...and another DCC convert here.

I love the whole DCC thing.  Permanently live track, simple wiring, CVs, programming, remote control of point motors.  In the future maybe I'll get into location sensing, feedback, signals, automatic control from a computer.  The Java interface at JMRI interests me, but I would need to fix it up with finite-state-automita and perhaps ladder-diagrams (per PLIs) as a start technology.  The whole time-table in the PC...   I can dream, but I'm not sure it'll come true!

Regards, Richard
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tred on June 02, 2014, 01:18:25 AM
First of all, thank you for the privilege to join NGF.  We can never have enough information or friends to chat ideas with. 

Let me tell you a little about myself...  I was involved in N Scale back in the middle to late 70s.  I NEVER completed a layout.  Oh yeah, I had track down, it ran all over my garage.  But it never got finished due to changing track plans almost weekly.  I was young, in the Navy, and had too many other things in my life.  I threw a lot of these items in a box, and drug them all over the country through out my 20+ years in the U.S.Navy.

Fast forward to the middle 1990s, I had retired from the U.S.Navy, and was looking to keep myself entertained.  Out came that old box of N scale trains!  I designed a layout on paper, laid the track, and then ended up in a divorce.  Back in the box...

So, here we are, ANOTHER 20 years later! Before I married my new wife, while we were dating, she asked me to take out my "trainset" and build a track around the Christmas tree at my place.  She liked to listen to the "clicky-clack" of the cars running over the rails.

Since we married, she has encouraged me to build my layout(s), and have fun!  So, slowly I am getting back into this hobby.  I am taking my time, trying NOT to make too many mistakes along the way.  My hands are not as steady as they once were.  My eyes are, well I am not blind, but close to it. 

I model N Scale, Desert and hill scenes, current times, in Union Pacific & BNSF.  I am DC only, with no plans on switching to DCC (AT THIS TIME).  I try to operate under the K.I.S.S. principle, Keep It Simple Stupid.

I will say, the QUALITY of the locomotives has really improved over the last 40 years!  This is the first thing I've noticed.  LOL  Kato, Fox Valley, Inter Mountain, and others are heads above the rest!  I enjoy how smooth they start up and run.  Next to that, there is much better quality in the cars!  Again, so smooth.  Maybe waiting all these years was worth it?  We'll see!

As I learn my way around here, I will leave posts and or questions.  It seems that everyone's site is similar, but so very different?  Give a little time to get this one figured out.

Finally, HELLO everyone!  Again, thanks for having me.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Sprintex on June 02, 2014, 02:49:27 AM
Welcome in Tred :wave:

Thanks for the history, sounds like you know where you're going with the layout. Keep us updated with it and enjoy your time on NGF :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on June 02, 2014, 04:14:06 AM
Hi Tred, and welcome to the forum :wave:

Thanks for the intro and enjoy your journey with us :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tank on June 02, 2014, 07:14:08 AM
Welcome to the forum.  I'm glad to hear that your wife is supporting you!  Very rare!!!  ;)   :D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on June 02, 2014, 08:18:07 AM
Hi Tred,  :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on June 02, 2014, 09:21:22 AM
Welcome Richard & Tred!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: JonathanC on July 13, 2014, 03:56:13 AM
Hi there,

I have just joined the forum. I am from Melbourne and have a strong desire to build a proper layout, but have a severe lack of time and space to be able to do so. I am interested in British outline and have built up a reasonable collection of 16 locos - mostly Minitrix, 4 x Graham Farish.

I am hoping to build another temporary layout which I can fold up and easily put away. I will be looking for ideas on how best to build and wire it.

I will try and contribute here as much as I can, but working full time, it may be sporadic.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: trainsdownunder on July 13, 2014, 04:31:44 AM
G'Day from a fellow Aussie member

Glad to have you onboard. The Aussie contingent grows by another one. Watch out UK  :bounce:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on July 13, 2014, 06:55:12 AM
G'day Johnathon! You might be from Melbourne, but we won't hold that against you here.  ;D ;)

Welcome to the NGF! You'll find plenty of help and good advice here.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on July 13, 2014, 09:49:12 AM
Hi Jonathan, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Don't worry about being a sporadic poster :no: It will probably take 3 years out of your life just reading up on subjects you need answers to :D
The 'Search' button on the main toolbar is your best friend :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: JonathanC on July 17, 2014, 11:06:02 AM
Thanks for the welcomes. Spurred on by some new enthusiasm, I have since bought a Farish Deltic DP1. Can't wait for it to arrive!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on July 17, 2014, 11:31:56 AM
Mate, you are off to an absolutely awesome start... a DP1!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: railsquid on August 22, 2014, 03:35:20 PM
railsquid aka Ian here. Brit living in Tokyo, I literally discovered N-gauge a couple of weeks ago and am now transfixed. A long long time ago I had some OO gauge stuff (still do), but never really the space to do anything with it, but wandered into a model shop here recently to gaze upon the offerings and noticed they were selling individual cars 2nd hand, thought one would look nice on a shelf, bought it together with a small stretch of track, and two weeks later I have a layout in progress.

I found some very useful info here so thought I'd sign up and say hello.

 :hellosign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 22, 2014, 03:38:18 PM
Hi Ian, and welcome aboard the forum :wave:
I hope you enjoy your time with us, and we'd like to hear more about your plans for the layout - space available, what you intend to run, DC/DCC etc.
 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on August 22, 2014, 03:40:14 PM
Hi Ian and  :welcomesign:

You will find plenty of help here, we are a very friendly bunch and like to help when we can  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: railsquid on August 22, 2014, 03:55:41 PM
Thankyou for the kind welcome  :beers: (It's Friday evening here)

I'll post details in a separate thread, but would just like to say the quality of N-gauge stuff available here is amazing (for me at least), and for a pretty reasonable price too.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on August 22, 2014, 04:05:51 PM
Welcome to the friendly forum Ian, nice to have you join us, looking forward to seeing some pictures of your acquisitions  and layout, in case you haven't noticed, we love lots of pictures on here.

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Malc on August 22, 2014, 04:06:34 PM
Welcome Ian, you are certainly in the right place to get Kato kit. Some of the best manufactured N gauge models there are (IMHO)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on August 22, 2014, 10:23:05 PM
G'day from Australia, Ian! Yep, you are in Kato Central there, mate!

Welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: railsquid on August 22, 2014, 10:51:59 PM
Thankyou again. By bizarre freaky coincidence it turns out I used to live about 5 bicycle minutes away from the Kato HQ.

Though I do have some Tomix stuff too, which seems perfectly fine.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: jpendle on September 01, 2014, 09:26:32 PM
 :hellosign:
Hello all,

Just registered so I thought I'd add a quick post.

Modelling the NorthWest of England contemporary scene, I'll be posting in the layout construction section soon.

I live in Colorado close to Caboose Hobbies, "The Largest Model Railroad Shop in the World". Pity all they carry is US outline.

Regards,

   John P
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Sprintex on September 01, 2014, 09:30:35 PM
Welcome in John :wave:


Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on September 02, 2014, 01:28:26 AM
G'day from Australia, John! Welcome to the N Gauge Forum!

Biggest model railway shop in the world, eh?  :envy:

Good to have you here!  :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on September 02, 2014, 07:52:17 AM
Welcome aboard.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on September 02, 2014, 09:09:23 AM
A big sunny welcome from the Costa del Sol John, looking forward to seeing you layout construction thread appearing, don't forget, lots of photos please. 

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 02, 2014, 10:26:51 AM
Hi John P, and welcome to the forum :wave:
As someone who lives in the NW of England I'll be very interested to see what your plans are.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on September 02, 2014, 10:35:28 AM

I live in Colorado close to Caboose Hobbies, "The Largest Model Railroad Shop in the World". Pity all they carry is US outline.

Regards,

   John P


Hi John and welcome on board  :thumbsup:

I would be in heaven if I lived where you are as I run US locos  :jealous:

You will get plenty help on the forum for the area you are interested in, so feel free to ask as many questions as you like as our members love to give their opinions, which invariably differ  :D

We are a friendly bunch so please don't be shy in coming forwards  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: James320 on September 07, 2014, 04:02:53 PM
Hello All,

I'm new to NGF.  I'm a US outline N Scaler living in Dorset.  I used to live in the states and I am member of a US N Scale forum but I came across this great site and started reading.  A lot of my friends are N Gaugers and my Local Club, Poole & District Model Railway Society, has several so I wanted to join in.

-James
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 07, 2014, 05:38:02 PM
Hi James, and welcome aboard :wave:
I hope you have a great time on the forum.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on September 07, 2014, 06:42:54 PM
Welcome aboard James.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: truemajo on September 10, 2014, 06:33:03 PM
hi everyone just come by this forum by chance looking for fitting seep point motors to my layout. this is the first time I have modelled N fully, before just got track set up then had to take it apart again, I made an 00 gauge diorama beginning of year and it has encouraged me to make a complete layout I am in the stage of plastering the base and have laid track and its nice to know there is someway of communicating with other N gauge people. what I've read so far is very interesting and helpful.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Sprintex on September 10, 2014, 06:52:04 PM
Welcome in :wave:

Glad you found NGF useful so far, don't be afraid to ask questions if you can't find an answer to something, we've all been there before so no question is a daft one around here :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on September 10, 2014, 08:16:19 PM
Welcome to our friendly forum, you'll get all the help you need on here as they are by and large a helpful bunch of guys and girls.  As Sprintex has said, ask away, any question you want but don't forget the search functon on the main menu as this can turn up quite a bit of useful info as can the knowledge database.

Happy N gauging.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 10, 2014, 09:10:43 PM
Hi, and welcome to the forum :wave:
I hope you enjoy yourself here and would like to hear more about your layout - size, era etc when you have time
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Sundiesel on September 21, 2014, 04:12:17 AM
Thank you for the welcome to NGF. Its much appreciated.
Over the past few years I've been slowly constructing, building and developing my N scale layout.
Its based on a now defunct US railroad, the Western Pacific and its Feather River Route.
Its a freelanced, transitional era layout and I'm in the final stages of laying track and wiring.
I'll make another post to introduce myself and will tell you more there.
Once again, Thanks,
Cheers,
Rob
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on September 21, 2014, 04:33:26 AM
Welcome to the NGF, Rob! Your plans seem to be at a quite advanced stage. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more! We love photos here.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Sprintex on September 21, 2014, 08:02:53 PM
Welcome in Rob :wave:


Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on October 12, 2014, 02:13:53 PM
 :thankyousign: Hello tank and the team,
I am new to model railways and this forum has helped a lot so far. Last time I used model railways was with my father when I was 13,now 49.
I have converted my summer house into a train room and have invested in kato track with digitrax controller and will be modelling 1965-1975 GWR.  Anyway thanks everybody for all of the invaluable information and hello from London....fineboy
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: railsquid on October 12, 2014, 02:25:45 PM
Welcome, it's a nice place (kind of new here myself).  :NGF:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on October 12, 2014, 02:30:31 PM
Thank you for the welcome, I see your using kato as well. I love this stuff. fineboy
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on October 12, 2014, 02:32:28 PM
Welcome to the friendly forum Fineboy, look forward to seeing some pictures of what you've done so far.  Like the selection of Digitrax for DCC and the GWR, not a better combination in my book, Kato for track is good selection but I prefer the more realistic look of Peco.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on October 12, 2014, 02:42:57 PM
Hello and thankyou for the kind words, I like the look of peco track 55 but just the thought of all that wiring under the bench with sore knees and neck put me off,i like the kato track for its plug and play. By the time I have banked and added ballast to the track you wont even know its kato with any luck and skill.
I was in the states a few week ago and found the digitrax zepher in a hobby store in NY, couldn't resist the price compared to here and just need extra controllers now, but in no rush.
Will add some photos soon but cant work out how to do it as yet. Fineboy
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 12, 2014, 04:06:03 PM
Welcome aboard, Fineboy :wave:
The hydraulic era on the WR is very close to my heart so well done on choosing that period :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on October 12, 2014, 04:19:51 PM
We are thinking alike...just love this period, steam still in use but by the skin of its teeth and sexy diesels appearing on the horizon..
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 12, 2014, 04:29:41 PM
The Warships were introduced in 1958, the NBL Type 2 in 1959, the Hymeks in 1961 and the Westerns in 1962 so were well established rather than 'on the horizon'.
BR Blue commenced in 1966 so your layout will be extremely colourful :D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on October 12, 2014, 05:14:21 PM
Yes you are correct as the warship is one of my most loved diesels, but my layout will be limited to a few rather than many different class 22,class55 class37 ,warships and a fleet of 9f's
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Jerry Howlett on October 12, 2014, 06:24:00 PM
Yes you are correct as the warship is one of my most loved diesels, but my layout will be limited to a few rather than many different class 22,class55 class37 ,warships and a fleet of 9f's
Now that is a fine selection of real locos.

HOWEVER not sure how you can squeeze class 55 Deltics onto the western but there is always Rule 1.

He says having a Beyer Garrett on my "Bristol" based layout from the same era as yours....ish.

Jerry
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on October 12, 2014, 06:51:36 PM
I know the 55 is out of place but I just love them so it has to be, will come out in the evening only I promise
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: railsquid on October 12, 2014, 11:49:30 PM
HOWEVER not sure how you can squeeze class 55 Deltics onto the western but there is always Rule 1.
Charter train / railtour (if only fictitous ones?)

(Writes someone running a Class 58 on a Japanese layout).
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on October 13, 2014, 12:02:31 AM
I know the 55 is out of place but I just love them so it has to be, will come out in the evening only I promise
G'day from Australia, Fineboy. I wouldn't be too much worried. I run a green Warship and a green Deltic on the same layout. Works for me!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on October 13, 2014, 12:36:44 AM
Hi and thanks, its my railway after all and I have a soft spot for the 55. this is were I came from so far, live in London so space is at a premium I have converted my garden shed from the usual lawn mower tools and all the other junk that finds its way there to insulating the walls painting and making a bench, in the pictures the track down so far will be the sub layer with another layer on top with a large terminus and only some of the track showing on the sub layer with trains going through tunnels and lots of retaining walls.  Im in no rush and its going to be an out and back continuous loop too and from the terminus. fineboy
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Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on October 13, 2014, 12:55:51 AM
Now that is a cool little model railway man cave you've set up for yourself there. Most impressive!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on October 13, 2014, 01:00:30 AM
Just looking for a small fridge to keep the beer in.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on October 13, 2014, 01:02:35 AM
Now ya talkin'. And by the way, nobody in Australia drinks Fosters.  :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on October 13, 2014, 01:44:23 AM
I was born in Adelaide from English parents so I know about the fosters, my fav is traditional ales but I also like xxxx on a hot day
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: daveg on October 13, 2014, 07:40:50 AM
Now ya talkin'. And by the way, nobody in Australia drinks Fosters.  :beers:

Shouldn't be allowed over here, either!

Speckled Hen, Bishop's Finger (AKA Vicar's Digit), Spitfire!!  :pint:

:offtopicsign:  :sorrysign:

Dave G
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on October 13, 2014, 07:47:54 AM
Why is it off topic, Dave? We want to welcome folk to the friendly forum.... not put 'em off!  :beers: ;D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: cpe111 on October 23, 2014, 10:01:31 PM
I'm a transplant from the UK to the US and have a keen interest in modelling the GWR. My interest was rekindled on a recent trip to see folks when we visited the GWR museum in Swindon. Looks like I will have lots of space but N gauge has always interested me because I just like seeing long runs of track  :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on October 24, 2014, 12:40:52 AM
Go for it, buddy, and welcome to the forum!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 24, 2014, 10:09:14 AM
Hi cpe111, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: SGREGM on November 17, 2014, 10:22:17 PM
 :hellosign:
Hi All,
I'm a new boy to N. Ive had a 16mm Garden rail set up now being decommissioned as a house move is in the offing. So I thought it would be a good Idea to have a small portable layout. So a 4' x 2' is under construction with a Christmas theme (just to amuse the grand kids you understand)
Not having done this before I was on the net looking for info when this forum popped up. So here I am, and already the wiser for being here.
regards
SGREGM
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on November 17, 2014, 10:32:53 PM
G'day from Australia, and welcome to the NGF! If your Christmas layout is going to be ready in time, you'd better get cracking!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on November 18, 2014, 10:33:50 AM
Hi SGREGM, and welcome to the forum :wave:
5 weeks and counting! :worried:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tank on November 18, 2014, 11:03:26 AM
Welcome to the forum!  I'm the opposite to you.....have always had N gauge, and am currently building a garden railway!   :D 
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: graeme Jolley on November 27, 2014, 03:12:08 PM
Good day.

I hope I am posting this in the right place.......
I am new to the forum - first name of Graeme - located on a rock in the middle of the Irish Sea - The isle of Man (just round the corner to Laxey Tram Shed). I have been an N gauge model fanatic for about 35 years ever since I got married and no longer had space for a larger scale - first locos were a Pannier and a Lima 31. Things have changed a bit since then. Now have a 16mm garden railway but still have the n gauge layout in its umpteenth version in the shed in the garden - along with a heater, wine etc etc. Have just gone DCC and have been an N gauge Society member for years. DCC? Mmmmm part of the reason I have joined the forum is to see others thoughts and ideas.
That should do by way of an intro and hope to talk to many of you in the future.
Regards
Graeme :hellosign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on November 27, 2014, 03:57:55 PM
Hi Graeme, and welcome aboard :wave:
Lovely place you live, often visited many moons ago for the TT races and brought up on Castletown Ale :beers:
Can't comment on DCC as I'm an old DC fart but someone mentioned it only took 2 wires :-X ::)
How about letting us know more about your intentions - era, location etc.
 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Toneeze on November 27, 2014, 04:20:10 PM
Hello, Welcome to the NGF!. What a great place to live ,When I stayed over in the I.O.M I stayed with Alfie and June, who have their own garden layout.All the buildings and coaches are scratch built ,and they represent the I.O.M steam railway. Also you have Colin Heard,who runs Union Mills. I have visited his workshop. Must visit that wonderful Island. All the best Toneeze
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on November 27, 2014, 07:05:17 PM
Welcome to the friendly forum Graeme, nice to have you join us, great intro and 16mm garden railway sounds fun, looking forward to seeing what you come up with in N gauge.

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tank on November 27, 2014, 09:14:02 PM
Welcome Graeme. :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on November 27, 2014, 10:59:17 PM
G'day from Australia, Graeme! Welcome to the NGF! I.O.M, eh? I feel another Bealman adventure coming on!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: graeme Jolley on November 28, 2014, 02:23:22 PM
Good afternoon (or day wherever you are!)
Thanks for the replies which much appreciated.
to answer some of the questions...

Union mills Models - definitely have visited the workshop and spoken with Colin. I have two locos and star performers they are as well.
Castletown Brewery. Good beer although my local (The Mines) sells Okells -  :beers:
16mm - will stay off that subject as this is "N" gauge after all.

Layout. it is in a shed measuring 8 x 6 imperial feet. it does not really have a set location other than somewhere up north. Nor a specific timescale other than post 1950 roughly. My stock covers everything from 1950 up to now (for example I really like the relatively new Dalpol Class 156 units) I have quite a number of locos/units although I am unable to now use a number of these due to introducing DCC. I pondered over DCC for a couple of years - the layout was sectioned so that I could run several trains at once (3) but I wanted to be more prototypical and liked the idea of leaving a train in the platform and running another up to it. additionally I was struck with the Dalpol coach lighting. I therefore took the plunge - but it has not been cheap. I went for a Digitrax Zephyr Extra - and will openly admit that I went for this unit as I liked the ergonomics of the handle etc. I am not disappointed.
Where I am disappointed is that I just did not realise the cost I was letting myself in for. Yes I considered the unit itself and yes I considered the cost of the chips. What I did not consider was the fact that on a unit generally 2 chips are required and, as I travel worldwide a lot for work and my time at home is precious, I also did not count on the installation costs for a chip on a loco that is not plug and play. The plug and play locos I can do myself - but the others, whilst I would be confident enough to give most ago in planting a chip, I put out to a dealer to do for me. So, assuming you are going to chip a 2 car unit, that is going to cost around 35 quid but a locomotive - say a 5 year old class 47 is going to cost around 40. Anyone else have any thoughts on this or has it all been said before and I am simply voicing old comments? Regards Graeme
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Malc on November 28, 2014, 03:57:46 PM
Hi Graham, and you are quite right about the costs. However, I have a DCC layout and also lots of unchipped locos that I run on it. Just not at the same time as the DCC ones. I use a cheap Bachmann controller fitted with a 5 pin din plug. My Zephyr also has a 5 pin plug fitted and plugs into the board when required.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: GeeBee on November 28, 2014, 06:14:56 PM
Hi, Graeme,
I have a DCC layout and I have configured the power bus so that I can run DC and DCC but it means clearing the DCC locos off before switching to to DC which can be a pain I am gradually working through my old DC locos if they are modern ie less than 5 years old, older locos are being replaced with modern DCC versions when they become available hope this helps
Graham
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tony G on December 04, 2014, 04:48:43 PM
Hello everyone
I am new to this forum, and can I say what an excellent forum! I have been into model railways since the age of 5. You could say I was born with it, my parents would often steward at York exhibition, while I was left in the stewards room in my push chair LOL! I started modelling N gauge since the age of ten and exhibited my layout at Doncaster exhibition at 13. Due to life changes and University I had a good 10 year break from it and then started collecting again :) So many changes since the old Farish 3 pole engines and brass gears. I am currently building a model of Goathland on an 8x3 board which breaks down into 4 boards. My intentions is to make it a multi function layout depicting Goathland, Army weekend Goathland and Hogsmead so many years of modelling to keep me busy. This layout is my first layout with Dcc, so as time and money permits my locos will slowly be  converted to dcc. I will look forward to reading lots of interesting articles, as these always seem to inspire me and give plenty of motivation.

Tony
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 04, 2014, 07:45:40 PM
Hi Tony, and welcome to the forum :wave:

The plan sounds very interesting so look forward to hearing (and seeing :camera:) more about it
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on December 04, 2014, 07:51:48 PM
Welcome aboard Tony.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: echo69 on December 11, 2014, 05:46:48 PM
Should have put I am a silver surfer returning to railway modeling after an absence of some 50 years and I decided to build an N gauge layout for my greatgrandson, with failing eye sight I now wonder did I make the right choice of gauge! well the basebord is made and the track bought so I am giving it a shot. :worried:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on December 11, 2014, 06:45:44 PM
Welcome to our Forum, nice to have you join us and there are quite a few of us like you so you should feel at home.  Feel free to ask any question you like, no matter how stupid or silly you think it may be, we've all been there so ask away, someone will come along with an answer.

Let us know what you intend to model, country, region, period etc, what sort of space have you available and once you find your way around, create yourself an album in the media section and upload sketches, track plans and photos to your hearts content.

Probably the first thread to create will be in Layout Planning, tell us what you're after and you'll get all the help you will need.

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 12, 2014, 09:45:59 AM
Welcome aboard, echo69 :wave:
You'll find all the help you need here so don't be afraid to ask.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: echo69 on December 12, 2014, 11:23:45 AM
As of yet I have a base board of mdf with planed 2 x 1 battens underneath, I intend to build it on my coffee table, being on my own and in a small flat and cramped for space. I have bought the Peco setrack starter set and some additional bends and points  (turnouts) 5 ST 5's and 3 St 6's, a job lot of PL 10's, PL 13's, a PL 35 AND 9 Peco momentary make switches and two 6 bay housings, track underlay straight and for the points, didn't fancy messing with ballast as yet, several lengths of cable of varying colours for the point motors, some 12v led's red and green with resistors are on their way to make a mimic board. Also have a variety of trees and scenic stuff, tunnel mouths and odds and sods of buildings, assorted tools and a hot wire cutter, a load of donated polystyrene foam. Also the Settrack N gauge  plan book, an assortment of Lima trains, carriages and trucks, scenic materials which my late father bought some 40 years ago with the idea of build a set but never got round to doing it. Will keep you posted as to how it comes along.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 12, 2014, 11:28:42 AM
Thanks for that. What is the overall size of your baseboard and what would you like to see on it? Single/double oval with sidings, station etc?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Gnu50 on December 13, 2014, 09:06:38 PM
 :thumbsup:
thank you for allowing me to join your forum.
i have loosely based GWR  layout .
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on December 13, 2014, 09:13:00 PM
To all the new folk above, g'day from Australia, and welcome to the NGF!  Great to have you all aboard  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2014, 10:09:39 PM
Hi Gnu50, and welcome aboard :wave:
We'd like to hear more about your layout when you have some time, please.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Ticketlad on December 30, 2014, 11:26:45 AM
Hello to Tank.
                     Thank you for the welcome, I feel sure I can look forward to many interesting chats and help is just a message away when needed
Thank you
Ticketlad
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on December 30, 2014, 11:40:28 AM
G'day from Australia, Ticketlad, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 30, 2014, 09:11:17 PM
Welcome to the forum, Ticketlad :wave:
Look forward to hearing more about what you're up to in  :ngauge:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: crewe80 on January 01, 2015, 06:03:41 PM
Hi all.
Just a quick post to say hello and how much i'm looking forward to browsing this fab forum, and joining in. I'm hoping to start an N gauge layout in the early part of this year, for the kids, honest :) It was a long process to get to this decision as I have a lot of OO gauge stock, but as space is a bit of an issue, I can make a much more interesting layout in N. Plus I've got to share my hobby room with a load of RC Planes! Thanks for having me along.
crewe80..
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on January 01, 2015, 06:29:47 PM
Welcome aboard Crewe80.
Have a good look around and don't be afraid to ask any question.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on January 01, 2015, 06:49:38 PM

Plus I've got to share my hobby room with a load of RC Planes!
crewe80..

Hi crewe80 and  :welcomesign:

We already have something in common apart from my hobby room is full of r/c helicopters  :D

My job for the New Year to combine both in such a way as I have easy access to both  :doh:

Do you have any ideas of what era of trains you will be running?

I run American locos with some Japanese and UK rolling stock, so a right mixed batch all depending on how I feel  :angel:

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have as our members are always willing to help out with answers.

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: crewe80 on January 01, 2015, 07:31:22 PM
Hi John. Thanks for the reply.
Prob run a mix of steam and early diesel, BR days. Maybe like Llangollen do now :) Got to plan it correctly first. I have the space worked out already, just need to knock up some baseboards :) I'll start a thread in the correct forum area when I get going :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 01, 2015, 08:02:48 PM
G'day from Australia,  crewe80, and welcome to the NGF!  I, too,  model the transition period.  It's a popular era with many modellers.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 01, 2015, 08:49:08 PM
Welcome to the forum, Crewe80, from another 'transition' modeller :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: warlokk on January 22, 2015, 06:38:11 PM
Hello all
Just joined after poking around the forum for a couple of days and I have been really impressed by the friendliness and help given by members on the threads and I'm certainly going to need lots of help. I'm an almost total novice apart from a 00 layout I started a few years ago which I never finished  :( This time around I intend to take my time, begin small and definitely plan it first   :doh:

Pete
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: austinbob on January 22, 2015, 06:41:43 PM
Hello all
Just joined after poking around the forum for a couple of days and I have been really impressed by the friendliness and help given by members on the threads and I'm certainly going to need lots of help. I'm an almost total novice apart from a 00 layout I started a few years ago which I never finished  :( This time around I intend to take my time, begin small and definitely plan it first   :doh:

Pete
Welcome Pete.
Novices become competent N gaugers very quickly on this forum with all the help, expertise and advice available. Enjoy.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 22, 2015, 07:41:36 PM
G'day from Australia,  Pete! Welcome to the NGF!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on January 22, 2015, 07:44:47 PM
Welcome to the friendly forum Pete, glad you've joined us and looking forward to joining in.  Let us know your plans, country, era, region and once you start, don't forget to add all those lovely pics. 

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 22, 2015, 09:03:45 PM
Hi Pete, and welcome aboard. Enjoy the journey :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: warlokk on January 23, 2015, 10:50:21 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome lads. I was just having a look at some layout plans and some wiring tutorials when I came across the Kato unitrack. What a revelation!! Plug and play :) I need to investigate this more I think

Pete
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Railwaygun on January 25, 2015, 05:45:26 PM
A search on Kato in the box on the top right of the page ( whole forum) will reveal a wealth of info on Kato unitrack

Nicholas Robinson
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: old misery guts on January 31, 2015, 11:26:23 AM
Thanks for the welcome Tank & thanks to all you guys for setting this forum up.
Just a bit about me, I'm retired & just starting back with  model railways in n gauge after a brief & not very happy experience with an inherited layout some 20-30 years ago. really got the urge to try again after a few shows in particular Stourbridge railway society one. Tried a small layout but have been very disappointed with my Grafar
Jinty which just doesn't like small radius points especially right hand. Is this normal or am I just unlucky? Anyway I will try a larger layout & try another small loco, any suggestions? Really looking for BR early crest era.     
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 31, 2015, 12:06:14 PM
Hello O.M.G, and welcome aboard :wave:

When you mention small radius points - are they Peco insulfrog?
I have code 55 electrofrog small points and have no issues, so I suspect your Jinty is stalling on the plastic frog. If this is the case, you might suffer that problem with any small loco you purchase. Of course, I'm stating this without knowing all the facts ::)

By the way, a few of us are meeting up at the Stafford Show tomorrow at 1pm if you can make it. It's a very good show to visit. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 31, 2015, 02:55:28 PM
G'day from Australia, and welcome to the NGF!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: old misery guts on February 06, 2015, 08:19:57 PM
THANKS NEWPORT NOBBY. YES THEY ARE INSUFROG BUT IT IS FINE ON LH TURNS BUT JUST JUMPS OFF THE RAILS ON R.H TURN. TRUCKS GO THROUGH OK BUT LOCO WON'T HAVE IT AT ALL. DON'T KNOW IF IT IS POINTS OR LOCO AT FAULT. SORRY FOR DELAY IN REPLY BUT NEW GRAND-DAUGHTER MADE DRAMATIC EARLY ENTRANCE, NEARLY LOST MOM & BABY. (PUTS LIFE INTO FOCUS DON'T IT?) KIND REGARDS
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on February 06, 2015, 09:22:52 PM
Glad Mom & Baby made it, and hope things are improving for both with each passing hour.
I'm a bit baffled now. Is there another layout near to you that you could try the Jinty on?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: old misery guts on February 08, 2015, 10:42:12 AM
thanks for that, yes they are both doing well. good idea, I will take it with me to the next show I go to & see if someone will try it for me. To be honest I am a little dubious about taking it to my nearest shop as I seem to get contradictory info when ever I visit but the constant seems to be the need to sell me something I don't want. Hope you enjoyed Stafford, I didn't make it for obvious reasons. Love the forum, and once again thanks for taking the time to try help me. Kind regards you & yours 
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: 25901JFM on April 10, 2015, 01:18:14 PM
 :hellosign:

New on here.  Having recently moved, I'm looking for some inspiration for a new layout.  I have only become aware of this forum from recently browsing the RMWeb forum and thought this may be a good place to find the inspiration required!

John
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on April 10, 2015, 01:40:28 PM
Welcome aboard John.
Hopefully you will find the inspiration that you need on here.
Any questions just ask away.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: REGP on April 10, 2015, 03:31:20 PM
 :welcomesign:

John, welcome to the friendly Forum plenty of knowledge and advice, here just ask.

You say you are  looking for inspiration but do you have any preference  for Era or Region?


Ray
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on April 10, 2015, 03:52:15 PM
Hi John, and welcome to the forum :wave:

Ask and ye shall receive (well, information anyway) :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: 25901JFM on April 10, 2015, 04:39:24 PM
 :hellosign: and :thankyousign: for the welcome! 

I have no specific era, although most of my loco's fit in the BR Blue era and a few extend post privatisation (Dapol 66's, a 67 & 73's) and a selection of steam loco's.

Whilst not every ones cup of tea, I'm leaning towards a preserved railway as that gives me scope to run pretty much anything I feel like! Which would also fit in with the space I have available to house a layout (when I finally finish sorting out the boxes left over from the move).  The inspiration I'm looking for is a suitable track plan / design for the area I have.  I will be browsing the various areas of the forum in due course and no doubt asking questions!

John
 
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: railsquid on April 10, 2015, 05:54:08 PM
:hellosign: and :thankyousign: for the welcome! 

I have no specific era, although most of my loco's fit in the BR Blue era and a few extend post privatisation (Dapol 66's, a 67 & 73's) and a selection of steam loco's.

Whilst not every ones cup of tea, I'm leaning towards a preserved railway as that gives me scope to run pretty much anything I feel like! Which would also fit in with the space I have available to house a layout (when I finally finish sorting out the boxes left over from the move).  The inspiration I'm looking for is a suitable track plan / design for the area I have.  I will be browsing the various areas of the forum in due course and no doubt asking questions!

John
 

Spoken like a man after my own cup of tea. Rule 1 rules, so to speak, and I like to stretch it to the limits. (Though the only post-privatisation things I permit are respray candidates).
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on April 10, 2015, 05:55:17 PM
Hello John and  :welcomesign:

A preserved railway is a good way to go for as you say you can run what you like  :thumbsup:

Some of our members have a look on Google Earth and zoom in to look at tracks already in existence for inspiration, so you may find having a browse there might help you find something you would like to model.

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: 25901JFM on April 10, 2015, 08:30:54 PM
Hello John and  :welcomesign:

A preserved railway is a good way to go for as you say you can run what you like  :thumbsup:

Some of our members have a look on Google Earth and zoom in to look at tracks already in existence for inspiration, so you may find having a browse there might help you find something you would like to model.

cheers John.

Hadn't thought of that!  Mind you internet access is a bit limited at present.  Due a monumental faux pas up by somebody our new build property (and everyone elses in our road) is still not connected to the BT network yet!  Virgin Media were also supposed to be available, but have failed to deliver as well... We've only been here four months  :censored: PAYG data seems to disappear before I know it! 
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on April 11, 2015, 11:52:06 PM
G'day from Australia John, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: MaxiKent on April 23, 2015, 11:34:57 PM
Thank you for accepting my membership.

I am 64 and have severe breathing difficulties as well as other complications. Nevertheless, at the age of 64 I am going to be building a model railway.

Wish me luck as I have never been noted for my practical skills.

I shall be using Kato Unitrack and Woodland Scenics products with other firms products as the layout evolves.

I have joined the Forum for help and advice as I shall probably need plenty of both.

Thank you,
MaxieT
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on April 23, 2015, 11:38:42 PM
And another G'day from Australia, MaxieT! Welcome to the NGF!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on April 23, 2015, 11:50:56 PM
Hi MaxiT and  :welcomesign:

You will find plenty of help willingly given here plus you will make a good few friends as on the whole we are a happy friendly bunch.  I feel sure when you get involved in building your layout, it will help take your mind of off your health problems, especially when you are able to run some trains  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on April 24, 2015, 04:50:00 AM
Hi MaxieT, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Loads of info available and folks here are extremely helpful.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on April 24, 2015, 08:56:51 AM
Hi Maxie I'm sure you will enjoy this happy band of N gauge nutters some very good hints and tips from some extremely good Modelers on here I've been in N gauge railways for about 35 to 40 years but still find new tips now and then .Any questions no matter how stupid YOU think they are will get you inundated with help ,good luck and keep us posted pictures please .
Bob
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: REGP on April 24, 2015, 10:01:31 AM
Hi Maxi
 :welcomesign:
I started modelling N gauge at a similar age to you but it took me a few years to realise Kato Unitrack was the way to go for me.

Plenty of help here on the friendly Forum for beginners.

Ray
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: petercharlesfagg on April 24, 2015, 11:51:15 AM
 :welcomesign:  Maxi welcome to the obsession!  Peter.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on April 24, 2015, 06:43:55 PM
Welcome to the friendly forum Maxie, glad you've joined us, you'll get all the help you will need on here. 

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: SteveR48 on April 27, 2015, 04:38:29 PM
Hello all,
Thanks for the welcome. I have started building in 'N' for the last 18 months, but it is slow going. I am building a small heritage line - so I can run what I want. What I have learned, is that it is far more difficult to work on them than OO well it is for older eyes and hands.
So I will be looking for some advice in the near future. It's the first time I have joined any form of railway club, and yours looks pretty good.
Thanks,
Steve R.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on April 27, 2015, 07:20:44 PM
Welcome on board Steve,

There is no timescale for modeling a layout and it is important to regularly test your track, in other words to have some fun running trains  :D

N gauge is a bit more challenging to work on for older tired eyes but fortunately there are many illuminated magnification devices available to help overcome that problem  :thumbsup:

You have been very fortunate finding our forum as we all really like to help anyone with questions or problems and there is no such a thing as a stupid question on the forum as we all had to start at some point, you will also find friends here you can chat to.

 :NGaugersRule:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on April 27, 2015, 07:30:29 PM
Welcome aboard Steve.
Hope you enjoy your stay and as Scotsoft says - plenty of helpful advice available on here.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on April 27, 2015, 08:17:08 PM
 :hellosign: Steve R as you've already been told this realy is a friendly forum I only joined just over a year ago and I have found some very nice friends and had a lot of help with my IPad which I am still struggling with , We also like to see photos of your layout no matter what size or era you model wether steam or diesel or electric even a mixture of them .I run to rule one ,I like it,Ibuy it I run it ,It's my world .
Bob
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on April 27, 2015, 09:40:10 PM
Hi Steve, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Several of us are of advancing years and suffer from all sorts of ailments, but I would put money on the fact that, after a period of time, you'll be looking at 00 stuff and considering it to be like large toys compared to N and all its benefits.
There are ways round things that prove to be difficult so all you need do is ask.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: REGP on April 27, 2015, 10:22:26 PM
Hi Steve, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Several of us are of advancing years and suffer from all sorts of ailments, but I would put money on the fact that, after a period of time, you'll be looking at 00 stuff and considering it to be like large toys compared to N and all its benefits.
There are ways round things that prove to be difficult so all you need do is ask.
Hi Steve

 :welcomesign:  I echo all of Mick's statement above.

Ray
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on April 27, 2015, 10:43:12 PM
G'day from Australia, Steve, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Gregcov2134 on May 16, 2015, 10:45:45 PM
Hello, have just joined here today following a recommendation whilst at the Lutterworth exhibition. A very helpful chap (sorry although 33, I have a terrible memory for names) has got me off to a great start at controlling my turn outs. It works - result!!!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Only Me on May 16, 2015, 10:55:41 PM
Welcome in Greg!  No Question on this forum goes unanswered nor is there ever a stupid question, if we can assist then someone will give you helping hand!

Paul
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on May 17, 2015, 12:08:23 AM
G'day from Australia, Greg, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

I can only echo what has been said above.

Welcome on board!   :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on May 17, 2015, 12:14:36 AM
Hi Greg and  :welcomesign:

I would not worry about remembering names, that has been a speciality of mine for decades  :angel:

It is great to find a solution to a problem and can be a great relief when you find it costs either very little or nothing.

You will make friends here and as for help, all you need to do is ask  :NGaugersRule:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on May 17, 2015, 12:55:34 AM
Hi Greg glad you took my advice and joined as I said at the show ask any question no matter how trivial it may seem and one of our members around the world will be able to help, I'm glad I helped with your points keep us posted on your progress and we all like photos of your efforts as well we were all beginners at one point.
Best of luck in your new hobby and hope you enjoy the Forum.
Bob
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Gregcov2134 on May 17, 2015, 05:17:28 AM
Ah Bob - thank you for responding. In truth I am building the layout as a trial to try some automation with different kind of sensors (that's kind of my day to day job) for turnouts and signals, so I'll keep you all posted.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: REGP on May 17, 2015, 09:10:21 AM
Hi Greg

 :welcomesign:

Welcome to the friendly Forum, lucky you, you've already found out how friendly the Forum members before you joined.

Ray
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on May 17, 2015, 09:25:55 AM
Welcome aboard Greg.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on May 17, 2015, 10:42:00 AM
Hi Greg, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: jenn6539 on May 26, 2015, 06:07:22 PM
Evening all,

This is my first time here. 

I'm currently building my first layout in N (having downsized from OO) - Georgemas Junction c.1970s, I'll start a thread in the layouts section just shortly.

I can pretty much guarantee that I'll have some questions along the way - might even be able to answer some too.

cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on May 26, 2015, 06:24:36 PM
Welcome aboard Shaun and nice to see you're starting in the real model railway scale.   ;)   Create your own thread in the welcome and introduction section and tell us a bit more about what you're thinking of doing, country, region, period etc and don't forget to post lots of pictures as you progress.

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on May 26, 2015, 07:04:48 PM
Evening all,

I can pretty much guarantee that I'll have some questions along the way

cheers
Shaun

Hello and welcome Shaun, :wave: and I can pretty much guarantee that for every question you ask you'll get half a dozen very different answers!  :doh:
We are just so helpful here! ;)
Only teasing - actually we genuinely try to help and there seems to be an expert on all aspects of the hobby so feel free to ask away.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on May 26, 2015, 09:34:25 PM
Hi Shaun, and welcome to the forum :wave:
I look forward to hearing more about your plans.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on May 26, 2015, 09:35:38 PM
G'day from Australia, Shaun, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on May 26, 2015, 10:00:17 PM
 :wave:
Hi Greg (cov2134) and a belated welcome to the site.
This will now get confusing because I'm Greg too. :worried: And some even get more confused because my username makes people think I'm a girl! :o But a 6'3" and 20 stones I don't think there'd be much doubt if we met!
Anyway, welcome.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: REGP on May 26, 2015, 10:56:49 PM
Hi Shaun

 :welcomesign:

Welcome to a very friendly Forum, plenty of experienced hands here who will always chip in with advice.

Don't think of it as downsizing more like upgrading to N.

Ray
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: jenn6539 on May 29, 2015, 06:25:58 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome

Don't think of it as downsizing more like upgrading to N.

Ray

Haha, so true - I wish I'd thought of it before, I could have fitted so much more into the available space.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: CrazyRob821 on June 04, 2015, 10:48:40 AM
Hi there everyone.

A big thank you for letting me join this forum. I've always wanted to model in n-gauge since seeing a friends layout when back in my teens many years ago. I now live in a small place so being able to model in a smaller scale means I can at last have a permanent layout. I already have been working on some track plans for the limited space available and am deciding between a continuous running dual track or an end to end layout. I would like to combine both but space may preclude this.

Best wishes to you all.

CrazyRob821

PS: I'm not really crazy but I am called Rob.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on June 04, 2015, 11:21:07 AM
Hi Rob, and welcome to the forum :wave:
There's a bit of craziness in most of us :laugh3:

Please let us know what space you have available along with a track plan and maybe some info about what era/location etc you're thinking of.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on June 04, 2015, 11:52:14 AM
Hello Rob, welcome aboard.
You might not be crazy now, but you've only just joined! You'll soon be like the rest of us. :goggleeyes: :)
821? Is that anything to do with Warship 821 "Greyhound", by any chance?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on June 04, 2015, 12:02:17 PM
Hi Rob and welcome on board,

Don't worry one bit about the crazy part as I was regularly known as "The Mad Jock" when I was working  :D

Reading about what you would like for your layout, I don't see why you cannot have  a continuous running dual track and an end to end layout.  You could have the end to end at ground level and the continuous running dual track as an elevated track.  Kato do a variety of double tracks, you could have a look at www.traintrax.co.uk (http://www.traintrax.co.uk) , Keith. who runs this site is a member on the forum and has a sale on at the moment so you could save yourself a few pounds.

cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: REGP on June 04, 2015, 12:26:15 PM
Rob
 :welcomesign:

Plenty of help and advice here if you need it.

As your still in the planning stage I would suggest you try out one of the layout planning programmes that are available.

I use AnyRail (there's a free demo version to try) but others on here prefer SCARM which is free .

They both give you the chance to play with track from various manufacturers (including Kato) and try out various scenarios.

Ray
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on June 04, 2015, 12:51:43 PM
Hi there everyone.

A big thank you for letting me join this forum. I've always wanted to model in n-gauge since seeing a friends layout when back in my teens many years ago. I now live in a small place so being able to model in a smaller scale means I can at last have a permanent layout. I already have been working on some track plans for the limited space available and am deciding between a continuous running dual track or an end to end layout. I would like to combine both but space may preclude this.

Best wishes to you all.

CrazyRob821

PS: I'm not really crazy but I am called Rob.

Size is a relative thing. I once felt hot under the collar because an American once saying he was 'struggling to fit all he wanted into his railroad room' because it was too small.
His 'railroad room' turned out to the basement and, if I recall correctly, something like 30 feet x 50 feet available for they layout.
I didn't say anything, because he wasn't talking to me, but thought he should try to build one in the UK.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on June 04, 2015, 01:19:20 PM
You are correct.  Size is indeed a relative thing.  :'(
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on June 04, 2015, 07:53:40 PM
Welcome to the forum Rob, great to have you join us whether you are crazy or not.  Mind you, being crazy might help on here.   ;)

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: CrazyRob821 on June 04, 2015, 08:13:18 PM
Thanks for all the replies & welcome messages.
I'm in the process of using any-rail to design the plan & te size I have i s a maximun of 6 feet by 4 feet. It must also be able to be dismantled into about 4-5 sections. Not sure how to acheive this yet. Any ideas on how to join board sections together. Do the tracks  have to be at 90 degrees to the edges of the boards or can track be cut at an angle.
I have a mad idea to try to do a compact Exeter St.Davids as I used to work on BR in that area & the track layout, in semaphore days, always interested me. I will try to post a picture of the basic track plan shortly.
Many thanks to you all again.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on June 04, 2015, 10:46:16 PM
Unless you can access the layout from every side 6ft x 4ft could well present a problem as you won't be able to reach the back. That's a lot of sections but I would imagine coach bolts would work (drill through boards to be joined at the same time). Cutting through anything but straight track is not something I like doing but certainly possible. I've even seen the odd layout at exhibitions where the baseboard join goes through the middle of a point! :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: CrazyRob821 on June 05, 2015, 05:10:39 AM
Hi there newportnobby.
Yes, 4ft is a long way to reach across. Maybe I'll have to have a hole in the centre. Thanks for the suggestion about coach bolts. Will have a look at them next time I'm at B&Q. I thought that i would not be able to put a point across a join but am not sure if I could run curved or straight track at an angle across a join in the boards. Luckily I'm still at the early planning stage so I can change things if I need.

Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Addie on July 08, 2015, 12:30:00 PM
Hello everyone,

My name is Addie (it really is). I'm thinking about entering this hobby after trying to get my son to slotrace for eighteen years now. I 've decided to stop trying. In those years I always envied the train guys in hobby shops. Not worrying about laptimes they left the hobby shops with stuff that I 'd rather buy then a next Scalextric slotcar. Well, it's time to put away the racetrack and start a N gauge layout. Since I'm in the reading and learning fase I will be mostly a reader and not so much a poster.

Thank you for making me a member, with kind regards,

Addie
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on July 08, 2015, 12:56:40 PM
Hi Addie, and welcome to the forum :wave:
I hope you enjoy yourself with us and, believe it or not, we can actually be serious about things at times :laugh3:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Malc on July 08, 2015, 01:30:24 PM
When are we serious, Mick? I must have been off line then and missed it. :D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on July 08, 2015, 01:42:12 PM
NewportNobby is extremely serious. In many ways.  :P
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on July 08, 2015, 02:06:57 PM
 :welcomesign: You've mad a good start by joining this forum use the search button to find out nearly everything you'll need to know ,if not then ask away someone will be able to answer most questions ,but as I always say the most important thing is have fun and enjoy yourself.
Bob
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on July 08, 2015, 03:35:44 PM
NewportNobby is extremely serious. In many ways.  :P

I resemble that remark :telloff:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on July 08, 2015, 04:20:33 PM
Hi Addie, welcome to the forum. Here you will find experts in all things to keep you going the right way (and people like me too!) so look around, make yourself at home and good luck with the layout.
Like they say, motor racing is going nowhere fast  :D.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on July 08, 2015, 04:24:12 PM
Can NPN really be serious I'm  not too sure about that in fact I'll have to have a serious think about it .
Bob
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on July 08, 2015, 08:51:00 PM
Hi Addie, welcome to the friendly forum.   :thumbsup:

Don't talk to me about slot racing  :veryangry:  I started to build the Claywell layout for my grandson as he didn't get a look in with his dad's layout so wanted to give him his own one to play with.  After three year's construction and getting things running he decides he's not interested in model railways any more as all his mates have got into slot racing, so I've ended up with a layout that I am now really enjoying myself, his loss and my gain.   :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on July 08, 2015, 08:58:01 PM
Hi Addie, welcome to the friendly forum.   :thumbsup:

Don't talk to me about slot racing  :veryangry:  I started to build the Claywell layout for my grandson as he didn't get a look in with his dad's layout so wanted to give him his own one to play with.  After three year's construction and getting things running he decides he's not interested in model railways any more as all his mates have got into slot racing, so I've ended up with a layout that I am now really enjoying myself, his loss and my gain.   :)

I can't help but wonder if that wasn't the plan all along, though? ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Addie on July 09, 2015, 09:07:52 PM
Hello everyone,

Thank you all for the kind replies.

Addie.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: JC4TH on August 01, 2015, 09:44:56 AM
Good morning N Gaugers, I am yet another super novice who has a piece of plywood and some 2 x1 destined to be a baseboard, a motley collection of e bay locos of eras 1 to whatever we are at now; stock of every known region/company and the tattiest selection of second hand track ever seen.  So what do I do now? lol  seriously I am at the very start of what I hope to be a new exciting hobby and look forward to sharing my trials and tribulations with you guys and of course, pumping you all for advice on an annoying regularity, as the saying goes ''I know nothing...."" 
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on August 01, 2015, 09:56:58 AM
G'day from Australia, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

You too, Addie!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: REGP on August 01, 2015, 10:03:06 AM
Hi Addie & JC4TH

 :welcomesign:

Welcome to the friendly Forum, where there's plenty of advice and encouragement only a click or two away.

Ray
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on August 01, 2015, 12:09:14 PM
Hello and welcome to you both (Addie and JC4TH) - here you will find highly experienced modellers ready to help you at every step - and quite a few like me too who know nothing (much) about some parts of the hobby but bumble along anyway! :)
Seriously, no question is 'too stupid to be asked' so please ask away but be warned - with 4000+ members you can expect 4000+ very different replies!! ::)
Please feel free to look around the site, jump in anywhere and have fun here - it's what we are about.
Thanks for joining,
Regards, Greg.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 01, 2015, 01:40:13 PM
Hi JC, and welcome to the forum :wave:
I hope you enjoy your time with us.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: leachsprite4 on August 25, 2015, 09:27:36 PM
Hi,

I am Graham.

I've been modelling in N for over twenty years (on and off) and have admired this forum as guest for sometime and found the discussions informative.

My current layout is 7 years in the making, it's a roundy roundy double track with a few extras. No apologies its a preserved railway theme based on my thoughts of what it should be. Preference for me is southern and gwr, in BR days, but the modelling and musings of the forum has resulted in a class 73 and blue grey MK2 set appearing.

I have started a gallery showing Woodhuish, one of the two stations on the line. Yes they are Dapol working signals, included purely for my sons entertainment. Sorry its beyond me at the moment on how to include a picture, I need to read more on that subject.

Graham


Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 25, 2015, 09:50:49 PM
Hi Graham, and welcome aboard :wave:
Good to have another GWR/SR modeller along and I look forward to seeing some pics when you have got the hang of it (if I can do it, I'm sure you can). There's some great easy to follow instructions under 'Help and FAQs' on the main toolbar.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on August 25, 2015, 10:07:20 PM
Welcome aboard Graham.
As Newport Nobby says, good to have another SR/WR modeller on here.
Looking forward to pictures in due course.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on August 25, 2015, 11:25:35 PM
G'day from Australia, Graham, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Like the others, I too am looking forward to the pics of your layout.

No need to post them upside down, by the way.   :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: leachsprite4 on August 26, 2015, 08:50:09 AM
Thank you all, I can see how to do photos so will start a layout thread later today for you all to see.

Graham
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: brakevan on September 01, 2015, 11:24:39 AM
Thanks for accepting me into the forum. As a lapsed modeller of over 20 years I'm looking forward to getting back into the hobby. N gauge since '74.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 01, 2015, 11:37:06 AM
Hi Brakevan, and welcome to the forum :wave:
We'd love to hear more from you such as what you like to model and what space you have available (not that we're nosey :no:, just inquisitive)
Don't be afraid to ask any question, and you'll find the 'Search' button on the main toolbar will give you heaps to read.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on September 01, 2015, 11:38:54 AM
G'day from Australia, brakevan, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Love your callsign! At the back, holding everybody up!

Totally joking. Welcome to the the friendly forum.   :beers:

Actually, I can't work out why we haven't seen a brakevan before!

Welcome on board, mate.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on September 01, 2015, 02:58:16 PM
Hello and welcome, Brake Van.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: leachsprite4 on September 01, 2015, 05:49:23 PM
Hello and welcome great name  :ngauge:
Graham
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on September 01, 2015, 06:31:19 PM
Welcome to the friendly forum Brake Van, great to have you on board.  As Newport Nobby says, we look forward to hearing more about your aspirations.

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on September 01, 2015, 07:17:38 PM
Welcome aboard brakevan.
Can I ask where you hail from ?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: brakevan on September 02, 2015, 12:31:48 PM
Welcome aboard brakevan.
Can I ask where you hail from ?
South Staffs.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: brakevan on September 02, 2015, 12:35:25 PM
Thanks for the welcome everyone :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on September 02, 2015, 12:53:44 PM
 :welcomesign:

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: brakevan on September 04, 2015, 09:54:19 AM
Hi Brakevan, and welcome to the forum :wave:
We'd love to hear more from you such as what you like to model and what space you have available (not that we're nosey :no:, just inquisitive)
Don't be afraid to ask any question, and you'll find the 'Search' button on the main toolbar will give you heaps to read.
Hi Newportnobby, Growing up in the fifties my interests are early BR steam and the loco's and rolling stock inherited from the big four , maybe a few diesels thrown in. because I've out of the hobby so long I've cobbled together a 5' x 1' baseboard on which will be a tiny branch terminus so I can re-aquire the skills I used to have. I have a 7' x 4' baseboard already fixed in the loft but I'm not prepared to invest time and money till I'm on top of my game. Also thinking of a 12' x 1'6" portable (split in half) I've kit built rolling stock in the past but never loco's, too scary!! I have a penchant for buildings and scenery, I also like track but I fear I'd never build any. My real weakness is electrics/electronics, I know the most basic stuff but get lost soon after. DCC looks interesting. :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Papyrus on September 04, 2015, 11:13:55 AM
Thanks for accepting me into the forum. As a lapsed modeller of over 20 years I'm looking forward to getting back into the hobby. N gauge since '74.

Me likewise, although in my case it's N gauge since '84. Your list of interests sounds much like mine too. I've just started on the wiring and it makes my brain hurt!

No need for thanks! They'll accept anyone on this forum who isn't actually certified, and I sometimes suspect some of those have slipped through the net...

Happy modelling!

Chris
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: brakevan on September 04, 2015, 12:15:23 PM
Thanks for accepting me into the forum. As a lapsed modeller of over 20 years I'm looking forward to getting back into the hobby. N gauge since '74.

Me likewise, although in my case it's N gauge since '84. Your list of interests sounds much like mine too. I've just started on the wiring and it makes my brain hurt!

No need for thanks! They'll accept anyone on this forum who isn't actually certified, and I sometimes suspect some of those have slipped through the net...

LO!! :laugh:

Happy modelling!

Chris
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: GeeBee on September 04, 2015, 02:10:13 PM
Thanks for accepting me into the forum. As a lapsed modeller of over 20 years I'm looking forward to getting back into the hobby. N gauge since '74.

Me likewise, although in my case it's N gauge since '84. Your list of interests sounds much like mine too. I've just started on the wiring and it makes my brain hurt!

No need for thanks! They'll accept anyone on this forum who isn't actually certified, and I sometimes suspect some of those have slipped through the net...

Happy modelling!

Chris

I think we resemble that remark  :laughabovepost:  :claphappy:  :laugh:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Scott on October 31, 2015, 05:57:28 PM
Good evening
What can I say I'm Scott from Swansea, been modelling 11years mainly in 0, 00, Ho, 0-16.5 , 009, N and dabbled in EM. I am currently modelling 0, ho gauge but have always been drawn to N for its compactness and possibilities. I joined the N gauge society in Bristol during the Thornbury exhibition. I am currently building Box station at the club in N gauge which is most interesting using the original GWR plans and site visits to help us model this accurately.

Look forward to following some of the excellent work on here.
Scott
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: austinbob on October 31, 2015, 06:13:37 PM
Lots of experience, good advice and humour on this site. Enjoy.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on October 31, 2015, 06:53:02 PM
Welcome aboard Scott.
You seem to have plenty of experience so look forward to seeing some of your work here on the forum.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 31, 2015, 07:11:37 PM
Hi Scott, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Glad to have you with us.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Scott on October 31, 2015, 07:26:25 PM
Thank you gentlemen for the warm welcome.

Scott
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on October 31, 2015, 07:46:16 PM
Hi Scott and  :welcomesign:  :wave:

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on October 31, 2015, 09:17:08 PM
G'day from Australia, Scott, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on November 01, 2015, 03:31:25 PM
Welcome to the friendly forum Scott, nice to have you join us, you'll find lots of help on here, just ask away no matter how silly you might think the question as someone will be along with an answer. 

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Scott on November 01, 2015, 04:22:51 PM
Once again thank you all for the very warm welcome which has been extended towards me.
Scott
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Dodger19 on November 03, 2015, 04:05:58 PM
Hello, and thanks for allowing me to join, I have been collecting N gauge loco's coaches & waggons for the last 15 years, but not been able to do any baseboard or track laying in that time. She who must be obeyed has given permission for a new garden shed (that will be my railway room!) next spring when I retire (ha ha!) so having sorted out the children, the house and other things I am getting ready to seriously start modelling. when I started to sort out the various boxes I found I have several Lima diesel Loco's some coaches etc., and several Graham Farrish steam loco's, my daughter just brought me a Dappol A4 loco second hand, it is about a year old, but now I am told that it may be a DCC, how can I tell if it is? my son brought me a Graham Farrish class 22 with two coaches and that is in a boxed set that too is DCC. Now what do I do? help please I thought this was a hobby to help me relax, now I am confused dot com. if it helps I have two large power boxes that you turn the knob on to select forward and reverse in DC with a 16 volt ac terminal on the back.. help please!!!!!!   
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on November 03, 2015, 04:36:22 PM
Hi Dodger, and welcome aboard :wave:

To correct one point - Farish don't make a class 22 (Dapol do) so maybe yours is a class 24 or a 42 :hmmm:
Does the Dapol A4 box state "DCC ready" or "DCC Fitted"? Only stuff marked DCC Fitted is chipped for running on digital. DCC Ready means you have to fit the chip of your choice (and I don't mean McCains).
If your A4 is DCC fitted then, underneath the coal in the tender, you should be able to see if a chip has been fitted.
Not sure I like the sound of your DC controller(s) so could you post pics of them for us all to advise you about them, as modern N gauge motors can be a bit finicky about them.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on November 03, 2015, 06:48:34 PM
Welcome aboard dodger, great to have you with us. 

Perhaps to help identify what youīve got upload some pictures so that members can start to help you in your quest.

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on November 03, 2015, 09:03:34 PM
Welcome to the forum Dodger.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on November 04, 2015, 01:38:58 AM
G'day from Australia, Dodger, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

I run my layout from a couple of old power units which, from your description, are probably very much like yours. However, they are used just as a source of raw DC which is channelled through solid-state controllers.

However, if you are going down the DCC route, that is irrelevant information!

Once again welcome on board.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Dodger19 on November 05, 2015, 03:40:25 PM
Thanks for the info, I will take a picture of them when I get home tonight and post it tomorrow.
I am sorry to say that I buy the Loco's because I like them, not for their class. A modeller at a show this year said to me "it's your railway, run what you like, even if it never did or would happen, but may do one day on a heritage line" so that's what I will do, sorry if that upsets anyone! :-[ another question, Peco do concrete sleepered flexi track, what about the points? I found in the cupboard some points etc. but these have wooden sleepers, this is fine for my plan to have a heritage line but not for the modern(ish) image!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on November 05, 2015, 07:38:55 PM
another question, Peco do concrete sleepered flexi track, what about the points? I found in the cupboard some points etc. but these have wooden sleepers, this is fine for my plan to have a heritage line but not for the modern(ish) image!

First, hello Dodger and welcome.
Your concrete sleepered flexitrack will be fine on either a main line setting anytime since the 1960s or even a preserved line in small areas as when these replace track they do sometimes use the concrete option.
As for pointwork wooden sleepers have been, and in many places still are, used there long after other parts of the track were replaced by concrete and, although we have PW experts, including professional railwaymen, on site (who will no doubt correct me if I'm wrong) I believe there were still wooden sleepered points in place when I retired as a FGW Guard about a year ago.
Best wishes,
Greg.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on November 05, 2015, 09:19:18 PM
I don't believe Peco do concrete sleepered points :no:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on November 06, 2015, 09:01:15 AM
No, they don't. However it's quite prototypical to have concrete sleepered track with wooden sleepered points.

Or was, some time ago....?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Firefox on November 24, 2015, 12:39:59 PM
Hi All

Just joined up.

I was fairly experienced in 00 gauge modelling in my teens. Now 30 years later and mortgage paid off I thought I would get back into modeling but try N as I can create a lot more in a given space and on a smaller budget.

Also the modern day N locos are super detailed and generally good runners, a far cry from the lumps of plastic in the 70s/80s. Another inspiration was Simon's Shed on You Tube where he shows what can be done in modern day N.

I'm starting with one board 1200 x 750 oval of track, station with passing loop and small yard at the front. Two tunnel mouths and over half the board devoted to fiddle yard at the back. I am hoping to add a scenic drop in covering one tunnel mouth to switch between end to end and an oval as required.

I have already built the board, track, and done the track plan using Anyrail which I'll post later.

I'll be using DC to cut costs and also I think with a small layout it is quite manageable.

Going to be modelling SR/GWR late 30s/40s. But I'm not too fussed about complete accuracy; may even run the odd LMS or even 50's diesel loco for variety.

I'll be asking lots of Q's mainly about modern N gauge locos. So far I have Farish 2-6-0 SR N class, and Dapol 0-4-4 M7 SR tank, Dapol GWR 0-6-0 Pannier, and Dapol GWR 0-4-2 Tank. All the RTR stuff sourced from discount online or ebay bargains to get going. I will probably do some kits later to add variety.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on November 24, 2015, 01:56:28 PM
Hello and welcome, Firefox.
So far as asking 'lots of questions' nothing about model railways or N Gauge is 'too silly to ask' here so please ask away.
As you may have already seen we experts on just about everything railway from 12 inches to 1 foot scale right down to N so there's sure to be someone who can put you right.
One thing I would suggest though is that many new to N feel they can put in lots of tracks; this is OK but layouts often look better with less, leaving more room for the landscape.
But that's only my view.
Good luck with the new layout,
Regards,
Greg.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Firefox on November 24, 2015, 02:06:41 PM
I agree with the thing about lots of track.

On my visible board I just have a passing loop station and a couple of sidings behind. Fiddle yard has 4 passing loops and 3 sidings but all hidden.

If it all goes to plan, I'll do another scenic board with just 1 track passing over viaduct and through more scenery etc. So I do want to avoid the over-tracked look and concentrate on the scenic aspects.

Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on November 24, 2015, 02:53:39 PM
Hi Firefox, and welcome aboard :wave:
Having seen some of your other posts before your intro I guessed you were doing some SR stuff, but it's nice to see you're mixing it with GW too :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Firefox on November 24, 2015, 03:40:11 PM
Cheers. I guess SR/GW is a bit of a well worn path.... it's what I modelled in OO  ;)  I would probably just do SR, nothing against the GW, but a little more realistic to do onemaybe.

However, plenty of lines where they had joint running and if one throws in places like S&DJR area no doubt there's an excuse for LMS too.

Also, when one considers the few models available in that era for RTR N gauge it's best to do a couple of the big 4. The Southern always seems short on compact tank engines too, and the Pannier or 0-4-2 class are great locos for a small set up with just a couple of carriages or an autocoach  :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on November 24, 2015, 03:59:39 PM
Just joined and 10 posts already, you obviously don't hang about.   :)   Welcome to the forum, great to have another convert from the 'orribly oversized' gauge, you'll get all the help you will need on here from a knowledgeable bunch of guys and girls.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Firefox on November 24, 2015, 04:12:37 PM
Thanks. Orribly oversized - I like that! OO was a good gauge in terms of availability, but the distance between the wheels always bothered me, things never looked right.

Good to see there are some girls here too, I always thought modelling was an area missed out on by many girls; the scenery and fine details in N present great opportunities for all kinds of talent. I'm looking for a smaller set of fingers to work on the locos, they are like fine watches and jewellery inside!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on November 24, 2015, 08:27:27 PM
G'day from Australia, Firefox, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on November 25, 2015, 02:31:10 AM
OO models always look like big junky pieces of plastic to me, whereas N models seem "real."

Perhaps it's because of the 'railway in a landscape' approach.

Anyway, once again, welcome aboard.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: railsquid on November 25, 2015, 03:03:56 AM
And welcome from Japan  :NGaugersRule:

I must admit, having been away from model railways since the 1980s until last year, that I'm still astounded by the progress - I keep seeing layout pictures in magazines and having a hard time telling whether it's N or OO I'm looking at, especially if there are no Rapido couplings visible. Mind you compared to my crude plasticky Lima/Hornby/Mainline lumps, some modern OO I've seen looks amazing. But you need space to do it justice.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Firefox on November 25, 2015, 04:03:33 AM
It's certainly come a long way. I think 1982 was the last time I really had an involvement in modelling before going to Uni and then career took over. But I've still visited preserved lines and exhibitions over the years.

So nice to get back into things. I remember Lima used to be particularly rough, but most of my stuff was Hornby and I think Wrenn. I'm amazed at the detail which has taken off now especially in N gauge.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: nightfly on December 13, 2015, 02:48:45 AM
Hi! Nice to be here! My name is Don, I live in New Jersey (across the pond), and have just found this forum. Nice to know so many also like N scale trains over there. I chose my screen name Nightfly because I've worked nights all my life, and even on my days off sleep daytime and stay up all night. I'm lucky enough to live across from New York City, so there's always things open no matter what time it is. I got into N scale as a child when I wanted to play with trains but didn't have enough room in the house to keep a permanent O scale setup. Currently, I am housebound for a while as my leg heals from a nasty cut. So while searching I found this forum. (read a lot of the joke threads one night). I got back into n scale about 10 years ago, and have more trains than I would like to admit to. Anyway, glad to be here.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Chetcombe on December 13, 2015, 03:01:16 AM
Welcome from Philly nightfly :thumbsup: Not too many from this part of the world on this forum, but it is a very friendly place :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on December 13, 2015, 03:21:05 AM
G'day from Australia, Don, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Well let's hear about all those trains you don't want to admit to, then!! We're a very nosey lot on here and you've certainly got me curious!  :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on December 13, 2015, 09:04:19 AM
 :welcomesign: Nightfly you won't regret joining the Forum we do enjoy ourselves on here and we have a lot of knowledgable Modelers in all aspects of the hobby ,as all ready said we are very nosey and we love photos .
We have a Media section where yuo can post all the photos of your layout and stock put a tag on the bottom of your posts and then it's easy for us to look at them.
Bob
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2015, 04:02:26 PM
Hello Don, and welcome aboard :wave:
I hope you enjoy your journey with us.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on December 13, 2015, 04:57:35 PM
Welcome aboard Don.
Looking forward to some pictures please .
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: nightfly on December 15, 2015, 04:17:15 PM
 :) What a nice welcome! OK, I filled out my profile and listed some of my trains. I was a member of a ntrak club, but they moved to a different location and built a new setup which included a crawl under, and with my arthritic knees I couldn't manage that, so now I just run my trains at home. This past year a lot of things in my life changed, and I was planning to move to Florida; I had most of my things packed up when my elderly mother unexpectedly died, so right now I'm kind of in limbo, as I have to settle her estate before moving anywhere. So nearly all my belongings are in boxes including my trains, though I will pull some of them out and set something up for Christmas on a table for a few weeks. I plan to set up my tiny Christmas tree with a train loop this coming sunday. It won't be very big, but at least I'll have my Christmas trains running.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on December 15, 2015, 04:32:50 PM
 :hellosign: Nightfly ,Im sorry to hear about your mothers untimely passing and I wish you the best of luck for the future . It's good to hear that you are going to cheer yourself up at Christmas with some trains running if only around your tree , I wish my wife would let me do a little Christmas Diarama but she hates it even if I bring something indoors to mend or build ,she says I've got a shed that should be enough without bring trains into the house,but I get lonely down the shed .
Bob
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: GregofBrummagem on December 17, 2015, 08:08:47 PM
Hello everyone,

Having stumbled upon this excellent and friendly forum i'm glad I'm now fully joined up.

By way of some background I'll keep it short. Like many I used to model OO but space constraints and the desire for a small, fun, interesting and portable layout has finally made me give up the ghost on OO and turn to N.

I'm currently trying to find an identity in N in terms of what I want to model but I'm sure i'll find guidance and inspiration here. My latest thoughts are around modelling a small roundy roundy with loops depicting a preserved railway on the inside and a modernish mainline on the outside (think Cholsey or Kidderminster).

In addition to N I also collect tin plate O gauge (for temporary running).

Outside of modelling my day job is in the rail freight side of the industry and in my spare time I'm a season ticket holder at West Brom and love real ale and history.

Thanks for having me.

Greg
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on December 17, 2015, 08:25:00 PM
G'day from Australia, Greg, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on December 17, 2015, 08:37:30 PM
Welcome aboard.
Hope you gain some inspiration here and we look forward to seeing pictures of your layout.
However, I'm afraid to say that your team will not be progressing beyond Round 3 in this years FA CUP !
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on December 17, 2015, 08:59:29 PM
Welcome to the friendly forum Greg, youīve sure come to the right place, youīll get all the help and guidance you will ever need on here.

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 17, 2015, 09:43:01 PM
Hi Greg, and welcome to the forum :wave:
You could always have the outer loop as Kidderminster and the inner loop as the Severn Valley Railway as there are many locos manufactured at present that the SVR run :D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: REGP on December 17, 2015, 09:46:50 PM
Welcome Greg  :welcomesign:

Plenty of help and advice always available here and with your work history you may well be able to help others as well.

Ray
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on December 17, 2015, 10:18:49 PM
 :welcomesign: Greg joining us Nutters on here is the second good move you've made the first was changing to N Gauge .
This Forum is the best thing I've  ever joined , it's full of Fun ,Information , and help , we love to know what your up to and we need photos to see your progress.
Nothing you ask will go unanswered no matter how silly you think it is we all had to ask questions when we started out and there willbe someone to help you.
Bob
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: GregofBrummagem on December 18, 2015, 12:14:03 AM
Thank you all for your kind welcome; it re-affirms my impression of this being a fun, friendly and informative forum.

It goes without saying that if anyone has any questions about today's freight scene please don't hesitate to ask. Whilst I can't divulge commercially sensitive info, anything ops or planning wise is fine.

One of the other layout thoughts I had was modelling somewhere like Dunbar in Scotland where I've been recently albeit with a fictional history that sees the station served by a preserved line whilst the busy ECML sits adjacent. The modern station sits in s loop effectively and there's remnants of s goods yard/siding too which could play into the preserved part.

Greg
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on December 18, 2015, 12:27:46 AM
I actually know where you are talking about! Sounds like a cool idea.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: btcc93 on December 18, 2015, 09:44:32 PM
Thanks for adding me
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on December 18, 2015, 09:55:29 PM
Welcome aboard btcc
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on December 18, 2015, 09:57:31 PM
G'day from Australia, btcc93, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on December 19, 2015, 03:34:03 PM
Hello again folks. I had a poorly computer which had picked up a mild virus but was made better thanks to the man in a little shop I know in Swindon.
But it's left me a bit behind so forgive me for welcoming three of you at one time, they being Nightfly (Don), Greg and btcc93.

Best wishes to all three,
regards, Greg. (yes, another one!)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: N-Gauge-US on December 19, 2015, 04:11:04 PM
Hello again folks. I had a poorly computer which had picked up a mild virus but was made better thanks to the man in a little shop I know in Swindon.
But it's left me a bit behind so forgive me for welcoming three of you at one time, they being Nightfly (Don), Greg and btcc93.

Best wishes to all three,
regards, Greg. (yes, another one!)

Last night, I suddenly realized I hadn't seen you post in a while and I was worried. Glad to hear your absence was just a dodgy computer! :)
-Philip
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: TylerB on December 20, 2015, 06:10:17 PM
Hello!

I'm new here (hello!) and I was hoping someone could advise, I want to get a feel for this site and how to use it, is there a simple 'how to guide' on here, or maybe a 'frequently asked questions' guide to properly using the forum?

I can see that there are welcome threads here on various topics but many of them, for example the how to post pictures thread, now have hundreds of posts on them, I'm hoping I don't have to trawl through all those posts in case I miss something vitally important?

I'm afraid the 'how to' videos go past too quickly for my deteriorating addled mind, just a simple step-by-step text would be ideal for me.

Please feel free to treat me like a computer illiterate, as that is essentially what I am :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on December 20, 2015, 09:06:57 PM
Hello again folks. I had a poorly computer which had picked up a mild virus but was made better thanks to the man in a little shop I know in Swindon.
But it's left me a bit behind so forgive me for welcoming three of you at one time, they being Nightfly (Don), Greg and btcc93.

Best wishes to all three,
regards, Greg. (yes, another one!)

Last night, I suddenly realized I hadn't seen you post in a while and I was worried. Glad to hear your absence was just a dodgy computer! :)
-Philip

Thanks, it's nice to be missed!  :)

Just so long as it's for the right reasons!! ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: N-Gauge-US on December 21, 2015, 04:46:45 AM


Thanks, it's nice to be missed!  :)

Just so long as it's for the right reasons!! ;)


Oh, of course! I always know I'm in for some first rate knowledge when I see your name at the top of a reply!  :NGaugersRule:


Hello!

I'm new here (hello!) and I was hoping someone could advise, I want to get a feel for this site and how to use it, is there a simple 'how to guide' on here, or maybe a 'frequently asked questions' guide to properly using the forum?

I can see that there are welcome threads here on various topics but many of them, for example the how to post pictures thread, now have hundreds of posts on them, I'm hoping I don't have to trawl through all those posts in case I miss something vitally important?

I'm afraid the 'how to' videos go past too quickly for my deteriorating addled mind, just a simple step-by-step text would be ideal for me.

Please feel free to treat me like a computer illiterate, as that is essentially what I am :)


Hey Tyler! Welcome :) The best thing is to probably take it one step at a time and just explore. You can start by posting a new topic here: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?board=40.0 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?board=40.0) where you can introduce yourself a little further and outline your interests. It is also a good way to see how creating a thread works. Near the top of the page you will see a button that says "New Topic." When you click it, it will generate a page that looks like an email except you are creating a "thread" or "topic" that others will be able to see and respond to. You should title it something that makes it obvious what it is about. Don't worry about pictures in your first few posts if it makes you nervous. When you are ready, the thread you mentioned about how to post pictures has a very good step by step (including links to videos). It is the very first post. Read it first and see if you can follow the steps. Only read the other bits if you still have questions. :) Beyond that, the only other things you need to be able to do to use the forum are browse and reply to posts. You obviously have replying to posts down, so I won't bore you with that! As far as browsing, you have a few options: you can browse all of the topics with posts you haven't read by clicking "Show All Unread Posts" at the top of the page, which I find the best way to keep abreast of everything. You can also browse by topic, which you can do by clicking "forum" in the navigation bar and the selecting a category and looking at the topics within it. For example, if you are curious about American modeling, you can scroll down to American N Gauge or if you are interested in how people like the newest Graham Farish locomotives, you can scroll down to "reviews" and select "Gra Far Steam" or "Gra Far Dieael" etc. The final way you can browse is by searching for topics you are interested in, but I find this gives variable results (some pun intended). I only do that if I am searching for something and I'm not sure where to look. There are a few other things you can do but not much that it important. If there is something you want to know about, the best thing is to ask. Someone will either explain or post a link to where someone else already has!

Hope to read many more of your posts soon!

Philip aka N Gauge US
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on December 21, 2015, 05:13:11 AM
G'day from Australia, TylerB, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

The above post pretty much sums it up.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on December 21, 2015, 08:01:20 AM
Hello Tyler B. Yes, Philip pretty much summed it all up. Remember that there are no stupid questions on this site (but I'll say nothing about some of the answers!! :D) so ask away.
We have experts on just about everything covering model and real railways, scenic work, computers, aircraft, ships, astronomy  - virtually all subjects - and people like me too - so ask away.

Best wishes,
Greg.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: bigbadbadge on December 22, 2015, 09:17:15 PM
Hi all

Seasons Greetings.  I have checked out the forum a couple of times previously and have now finally joined. I am based in the Romney Marsh area in Kent.  I had a break from  modelling and since getting my son (now 10) his first trainset I got back into it after a break of around 30 yrs.

All the best

Chris

Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on December 22, 2015, 09:33:15 PM
G'day from Australia, Chris, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: N-Gauge-US on December 22, 2015, 09:54:50 PM
Hi all

Seasons Greetings.  I have checked out the forum a couple of times previously and have now finally joined. I am based in the Romney Marsh area in Kent.  I had a break from  modelling and since getting my son (now 10) his first trainset I got back into it after a break of around 30 yrs.

All the best

Chris

Welcome back! From what I understand there are much better quality n gauge models available now and much more availability (and growing all the time!). I hope you find the forum to be the happy, helpful escape that I do!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on December 22, 2015, 10:04:48 PM
Happy Christmas Chris. Welcome to the forum.
Regards,
Greg.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 23, 2015, 10:45:57 AM
Hi Chris, and welcome aboard :wave:
I hope you enjoy the forum as much as we all do.
Pssst - it can save you a lot of time and money, too ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: junior_7178 on December 27, 2015, 07:46:30 PM
Great forum
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: N-Gauge-US on December 27, 2015, 08:13:04 PM
Great forum

Welcome Junior! We certainly think so ;)  :NGaugersRule:

I hope you'll find everyone on here as helpful as I have :) Never be afraid to ask questions on here; someone usually has the answer!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: ShakyZZR on January 02, 2016, 03:38:33 PM
Hi there. Just joined the board after toying with the idea of building my own layout (eventually) after years of looking enviously at others on t'internet.

I'm a Telecom Cable Jointer and Biker for those that like to know  :D

I plan to use N Gauge and hopefully Code 55 for extra realism. I've downloaded and started to use S.C.A.R.M. for planning and find it very good.

Last time I had a layout, I was 14, I'm now 50 ! My Brother, Dad and myself built it on an 8'X4' board, 'OO' scale using Hornby track. The track plan is still available on the 'net which I found amusing after all these years.

I will have plenty of Q's in the future but hopefully I'll be able to find most answers using the search function.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on January 02, 2016, 03:51:53 PM
Welcome aboard Shaky.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 02, 2016, 03:55:05 PM
Hi Shaky, and welcome to the forum :wave:

Are you sure your surname isn't Byrne and you're telling porkies about your age? ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: ShakyZZR on January 02, 2016, 04:02:16 PM
Tks for the welcome peeps.

@portperran, I got rellies who live down your neck of the woods in Sladesbridge  ;)

@newportnobby (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=264). if you saw my riding skills, you'd know I wasn't lying about either my surname or my age  :D The ZZR is one of the few bikes I can still ride these days without my back giving up after a couple of hundred miles, although that and my KLR650 are currently SORN awaiting some major jobs to be done...........errr as they have been for the last three years  :-[
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 02, 2016, 04:14:31 PM
Just noticed your tagline, too :laughabovepost:

Full marks for getting Star Trek and The Simpsons in one line.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Grandad on January 28, 2016, 11:25:21 AM
Hi all, been lurking for some time and the help given on this forum is great.
I started a layout some 30 years ago based on Swanage but following several house moves this fell in to disrepair.
Last year I started a new layout (still very much a work in progress) utilising the bit and bobs in the loft consisting two Peco Jubilee locos, a minitrix 47 and a few minitrix coaches.
I also had a number of unmade Ratio kits from the late '80s which again are a work in progress.
The new layout is a double oval (mainly so great grand children can see trains going round and round) with a goods siding and a spur off to a turntable and engine shed, all on a 5 foot by 2.5 foot base board.
No doubt I will be posting many questions as time goes on.
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Post by: Tank on January 28, 2016, 01:22:44 PM
Welcome to the forum Old Un!  :)
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Post by: port perran on January 28, 2016, 02:00:58 PM
Welcome to the forum
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Post by: N-Gauge-US on January 28, 2016, 03:07:57 PM
Hi all, been lurking for some time and the help given on this forum is great.
I started a layout some 30 years ago based on Swanage but following several house moves this fell in to disrepair.
Last year I started a new layout (still very much a work in progress) utilising the bit and bobs in the loft consisting two Peco Jubilee locos, a minitrix 47 and a few minitrix coaches.
I also had a number of unmade Ratio kits from the late '80s which again are a work in progress.
The new layout is a double oval (mainly so great grand children can see trains going round and round) with a goods siding and a spur off to a turntable and engine shed, all on a 5 foot by 2.5 foot base board.
No doubt I will be posting many questions as time goes on.

Welcome to the forum! :) I hope you find everyone on here as welcoming and helpful as I have!
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Post by: Grandad on January 28, 2016, 03:28:07 PM
Thanks for the welcome Tank, Port Perran and N-Gauge-US : :wave:
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Post by: Fraggle on February 10, 2016, 09:20:01 PM
Hi all. Been thinking about joining the forum for a while, finally bitten the bullet. Am based in Barnoldswick, Lancashire (just). Am on my second layout, cobbydale, my first being a hurridly planned experiment.

I'm also an active member of Aire Valley Railway Modellers Club, a new club based in Keighley.
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Post by: port perran on February 10, 2016, 09:30:41 PM
Welcome aboard Fraggle.
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Post by: N-Gauge-US on February 11, 2016, 06:31:05 AM
Hi all. Been thinking about joining the forum for a while, finally bitten the bullet. Am based in Barnoldswick, Lancashire (just). Am on my second layout, cobbydale, my first being a hurridly planned experiment.

I'm also an active member of Aire Valley Railway Modellers Club, a new club based in Keighley.

Welcome Fraggle! Good to have you on board!
:A1Tornado: :Carriage: :Carriage: :Carriage:
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Post by: Geoff on February 11, 2016, 06:34:07 AM
Welcome Fraggle
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Post by: Bealman on February 11, 2016, 06:47:30 AM
G'day from Australia, Fraggle, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Bob Tidbury on February 11, 2016, 08:09:22 AM
 :welcomesign:  fraggle Glad you decided to join us you won't regret it we do have fun on here, and good luck with the new club .
Bob
Ps give my regards to Mr  Oughton when you see him.
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Post by: Grandad on February 11, 2016, 08:34:16 AM
Hi Fraggle from another newbie
Peter
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Post by: Bealman on February 11, 2016, 09:46:12 AM
G'day from Australia, old un, and welcome to the NGF!   :thumbsup:

Interesting avatar... we have number of female members here... hope they don't  get upset! We are a family forum catering for all ages and gender.

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Post by: Fraggle on February 11, 2016, 12:59:56 PM
My avatar? Havent chosen an avatar yet....
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Post by: Grandad on February 11, 2016, 03:51:11 PM
Removed Avatar Bealman, I don't want to upset anyone :no:
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Post by: N-Gauge-US on February 11, 2016, 04:42:57 PM
Removed Avatar Bealman, I don't want to upset anyone :no:

Gave me a chuckle, but probably the right call. ;) I can't imagine my mother would like it too much (then again being a great grandfather, you can always claim the grumpy old man excuse ;) ). How's the work on your layout going? Might be time for you to start a thread about it! ;)
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Post by: Grandad on February 12, 2016, 03:01:58 PM

Quote

 you can always claim the grumpy old man excuse ;) ). How's the work on your layout going? Might be time for you to start a thread about it! ;)

I am the original GOM, according to the grandchildren :worried:
The layout at the moment after 18 months is a building site but I hope to be able to show some progress in the not to distant future.
Peter
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Post by: slippyshome on March 05, 2016, 11:13:39 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am, in the parlance of our times, a complete Noob!  :D I'm here to say hi and give you a little background on the new hole I've found to throw money into.

In a previous life I was into wargaming, followed by historical miniature painting (Zulu wars). My father has recently returned to me my old (very) OO' scale kit; a type 47, an 08 shunter, various buildings, about a metre of platform and probably 20m of decrepit track (plus one Percy). My original plan was to use this in some way to build myself something beautiful, then I looked at the track again and thought sod it.
Without any planning I'd bought a job lot of  track on ebay, a Battle of Britain Class loco, various point motors, (I've got wire and solder in abundance), a couple of SR Green coaches and 4 6'x2' boards.
Now since this, I've done a little planning. 2 of the boards are useless as there is nowhere for something that big to realistically fit. I actually have, above my kitchen, a perfect space already boarded for a long term permanent fixture. But to start, to sow my oats in the field as it were, I want to go smaller.
So now my new plan is a 6'x4' setup, plans to follow (I now have plans) in two halves (2 boards ;) ).
I'm sure this is actually all part of my fathers long term plan from the OO days. I always new of his love of trains, and his continual efforts to get me to follow suit; sniffing soot in engine sheds etc. On telling him I'd bought a Battle of Britain Class loco 'Spitfire' he immediately replied "34066" !!! :hmmm: 

Anyway to my plans....(see another place to be decided)

Cheers,
Nick
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Post by: dannyboy on March 05, 2016, 11:27:14 PM
Hi Nick, welcome to the forum. There are quite a few knowledgeable people on here as I have found out, (to my cost I might add - people keep suggesting things, so then I have to go and spend some money  ;D), so any questions, ask away. David.
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Post by: Bealman on March 05, 2016, 11:34:22 PM
G'day from Australia, Nick, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: slippyshome on March 05, 2016, 11:51:28 PM
Cheers David and Bealman. It's always reassuring that it's a 24hr service.  ;) Even since posting I've bought a static grass applicator from China! This is going to ruin me. Seriously though, £15? will it work, will let you know.
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Post by: dannyboy on March 05, 2016, 11:57:39 PM
Even since posting I've bought ............... :doh:

Nick, I don't want to put you off, but can I respectfully suggest that you take a look at a thread I started -    
Fed up with this forum! (under General Discussion) - you have been warned!  ;). David.

Oops - for 'General', read 'N Gauge'  :-[
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Post by: slippyshome on March 06, 2016, 12:17:09 AM
Nah, that's not me. Addiction is for other people!! (Plans a post office heist)
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Post by: scotsoft on March 06, 2016, 12:52:15 AM
Hi slippyshome and  :welcomesign:

Welcome to the madness that is n gauge  :help:

If your static grass applicator looks like a tea strainer with a thick handle, then you should be fine with that type.

Cheers John.
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Post by: slippyshome on March 06, 2016, 01:16:44 AM
Hi John,
Thanks for the welcome.
It does look of the type you described. I'm a physicist/chemist by trade so I know that all I really need is a balloon (rub it on your head as long as one end is stuck to the glue) or could have built one from the myriad of plans from the web. I have been intrigued by people saying to put salt in their glue as an improvement to potential differentiation. Yes it would give a larger potential, but salt in anything, even plastic (glue after setting) is hydrophilic. It could attract water. Obviously this is theoretic, but around a wooden base board, I would not want it swollen or metal track parts that I would not want oxidising, I would be wary in the long term. To be fair I don't know about the encasement of salt crystals within a plastic matrix, but suspect that due to their hydrophilic nature they would migrate during the curing process to the surface. I would therefore be in doubt whether to use them in a flocking system. AND BREATH......Be all, end all, don't risk salt in your PVA.
Cheers,
Nick
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Post by: Newportnobby on March 06, 2016, 09:28:20 AM
Hi Nick, and welcome to the forum from an old fart who lived/worked in your area for some 13 years from 1993 onwards :wave:
'Twas at a well known aluminium rolling plant ;)
I'd really suggest you seek the opinions of 'the collective' before spending your hard earned as it can and does save you money and grief!
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Post by: N-Gauge-US on March 09, 2016, 09:47:20 AM
Welcome, Nick! Glad to have you on board! It seems like you already have a great resource in your father and I hope you find the forum to be useful as well (I find it totally indispensable). Good call starting with a 6'x4', much larger is an overwhelming first project! That said, do make sure you can get to both of the 6' sides, so that you only have to reach a maximum of 2' at any given point to reach something. Much farther than that is difficult, even if you are tall (I'm 6'4", slender and have long ape arms and still can't reach more than about 30" comfortably and at that point I start brushing things with my body).

Hope you're enjoying your new toys (nobody throw rocks at me, I like calling them my toys) and I look forward to seeing your layout take shape!

-Philip
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Post by: jandee on March 23, 2016, 05:31:52 PM
Hi,
    Although I joined the forum a couple of years ago, I've rarely if ever looked in and have not made any contribution over that time.

    Opening up the forum today, I couldn't even remember my password and had to come in the "side entrance" marked 'forgotten password' to get access. So, feeling guilty, I felt that I should rattle a few keys on the computer and make a bit of a racket, to let people know that I'm here, instead of skulking silently in the shadows watching everybody else beavering away contributing knowledge and learning from each other.

   I've been modelling (to use a kind word) for around five years now and while part of the layout isn't too bad, some of it resembles a building site with the only saving feature being the lack of mud and puddles usually associated with the construction industry. However I'm getting there, slowly, despite the odd grandchild pinching the occasional unsecured car or van or even doing some cattle or sheep rustling. ( thankfully the pigs are glued down, safely mired in their muddy pen) Funnily the kids don't ever try to pick up the locos!? 

    So, I'm looking forward to visiting here more often and taking full advantage of the experience and knowledge that flows through the forum and maybe when it's passing, a little will fall my way and open my mind further to the great hobby of railway modelling.

    Regards,
    John.
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Post by: port perran on March 23, 2016, 05:55:23 PM
Welcome aboard John.
Hope you enjoy having a good look round on the forum.
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Post by: dannyboy on March 23, 2016, 05:58:20 PM
Welcome John - as you have found out, there is plenty of experience and knowledge available on this ere forum  :thumbsup:  Regards the building site puddles, PVA dries clear, so a drop here and there over some brown paint  ???. I used PVA over blue paint to create a little pond for my Station Masters garden. David.
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Post by: Caz on March 23, 2016, 07:39:32 PM
Thanks for coming out of the shadows John, see we don't bite and I look forward to seeing your plans and pictures.

 :welcomesign:
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Post by: Newportnobby on March 23, 2016, 08:39:41 PM
Good to see you posting, John :wave:
Maybe in the intro section you could tell us a bit more about your layout e.g. space available, location, era etc.
This will, of course, prompt us to ask you about what track you use and whether analogue or digital control and so on :)
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Post by: N-Gauge-US on March 24, 2016, 05:49:48 PM
Glad to have you on board John! I'm sure your layout is like all of ours- a work in progress :) What matters is you are happy with he progress you make! :) I'm sure we would all welcome an opportunity to see some of what you have accomplished and hear a little more about your plans, whenever you get the chance to write a little more :) Thanks for posting and I look forward to seeing you on here more, and hope we can offer some valuable advice :)

Philip
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Post by: Bealman on March 24, 2016, 08:16:52 PM
G'day from Australia, John, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: roy57 on March 25, 2016, 10:52:47 PM
Hi, I'm a newbie here, and am currently pondering my first n gauge layout. Thanks for having me.
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Post by: Bealman on March 25, 2016, 11:02:49 PM
Another G'day from Australia, Roy, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Let's hear of your plans.... location of layout, era, etc!  :beers:
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Post by: Newportnobby on March 26, 2016, 05:15:47 AM
Hi Roy, and welcome to the forum :wave:
What sort of space have you got to build a layout in?
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Post by: port perran on March 26, 2016, 09:19:07 AM
Welcome aboard Roy.
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Post by: Bob Tidbury on March 26, 2016, 09:42:16 AM
 :welcomesign: Roy you've made a good start to your new hobby by joining this Madhouse !! I mean Forum , on here you will find the answers to almost everything you'll need to know from simple wiring to complicated electronics that are way beyond my capabilities.
We are a nosey lot on here and really look forward to seeing what your up to we do expect to see some photos of your progress .
Feel free to ask any thing your not sure of and I promise you will be surprised at the response you'll get.
Enough of my yapping your wasting modelling time reading this.
Bob
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Post by: scotsoft on March 26, 2016, 10:23:33 AM
Welcome on board Roy.

Once you give our great members an idea of what you wish to achieve, you will receive plenty of help and ideas.

Cheers John.
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Post by: Fredastaire on March 31, 2016, 07:05:20 PM
Hi Roy and welcome. I'm also a newbie, ive collected lots, have my layout sort of sorted in my head, Sundeala board purchased. As you are UK based may I add some comments on buying. Ive bought a lot off Ebay however ive found that you have to be careful on prices, some articles are cheaper to buy direct from your local Model Shop or Hattons, this most definitely applies to Peco flextrack and Metcalfe card kits. lots of things sell for much higher than proper retail. Ive made some good buys on buying older locos that were mint, boxed, unused and a more recent A1 sold as spares which had just one tiny screw missing! Equally ive bought a couple of duff packages of things like coaches which were listed as Farish but turned out to be Lima and a 08 shunter described as working which actually didnt. I can also recommend watching the youtube films of Everard Junction which albeit is 00 gauge,95% of the theory on trackage etc is identical to us N gaugers.
May I pay compliments to others on this forum for being so helpful with questions ive posted.
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Post by: zziiggss on May 13, 2016, 08:11:16 PM
Hi everyone I would like to introduce myself, My name is George and I am from Tyneside (north east England ), I have lived in North Yorkshire for the last 30 + years, now retired and hopefully have time to indulge myself in one of my main hobbies that being rail modelling .
Until now I have been modelling in OO gauge, My first railway set was for Christmas circa 1954 and was made by Mattel, it was O gauge and ran off two batteries in the loco. Back in those days batteries did not last long, I spotted it on top of mothers wardrobe the week before Christmas and each time she went to do some shopping I would get it down and lay a circle on the floor, run the set for about 10 minutes then put it back, On Christmas day when I got the present the batteries were dead, mother was very apologetic but I told her not to worry as I could push the carriages around using my hands,
I kept that set until I was married and my firstborn was on the way, I had to get rid of it when we moved into a small flat however  the day before the child was born and my wife was in hospital after visiting her I called at the model shop and bought my son a Triang train set just for him, much to my surprise the baby turned out  to be a daughter so I had to keep the set for myself. She is 50 this year!
I have been buying OO gauge rail stock constantly since then and have a layout in the Garage,
My other interests are in older cars, pre 1950, motorbikes though I have given them up reluctantly as my reactions are not as good as they have been,
I have a keen interest in Photography and amateur radio, my call sign is M1CCG.
Whilst I am typing I would like to thank TANK for sorting out the problem i had with registering on here.
I have lots of questions to ask but before I do that then I shall spend a few hours relaxing and reading the forum
Best regards to all George
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Post by: dannyboy on May 13, 2016, 08:21:23 PM
Hi George and welcome. As you will find out, there are plenty of knowledgeable and friendly people on this ere forum. Any questions, just ask. :beers:
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Post by: Newportnobby on May 13, 2016, 08:22:31 PM
Hi George, and welcome to the forum :wave:


I have lots of questions to ask but before I do that then I shall spend a few hours relaxing and reading the forum


A few hours? I think you need to make that months or years (dependent on your reading speed) :laugh3: In the meantime the 'Search' button on the main toolbar will be your best friend.
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Post by: port perran on May 13, 2016, 08:42:34 PM
Welcome aboard George.
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Post by: Bob Tidbury on May 13, 2016, 09:28:31 PM
 :welcomesign: George I'm sure you will enjoy reading the past posts , there are some very good layouts on here and lots of hints and tips and problems solved by our members all over the world ,feel free to ask anything your not sure of and I  guarantee that someone will be able to help you.
We all enjoy looking at other peoples layouts so keep us posted on your efforts .
Bob
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Post by: Bealman on May 14, 2016, 12:26:39 AM
G'day George from another George from the North East. This one just happens to live a bit farther afield these days, though.  :thumbsup:

Welcome to the NGF!  :beers:
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Post by: Caz on May 14, 2016, 04:15:34 PM
Welcome to our friendly forum George.  Think you could spend the whole of this year reading if you were really dedicated.   :)

 :welcomesign:
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Post by: Rapid63 on June 19, 2016, 02:06:44 PM
Thanks for adding me to the forum. I'm a newbee to n gauge
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Post by: Newportnobby on June 19, 2016, 04:39:49 PM
Hi Rapid63, and welcome aboard :wave:

I look forward to hearing more about your plans in N such as era,location, how much space you have, DC/DCC etc etc.
If you're completely new to railway modelling I would suggest you consult the good people of the NGF before spending money as this forum will save you £££s.
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Post by: port perran on June 19, 2016, 04:42:10 PM
Welcome aboard.
Can I ask what area and/or era you intend to model please ?
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Post by: Caz on June 19, 2016, 05:19:44 PM
Welcome to the friendliest forum on the net Rapid, nice to have you on board and I look forward to seeing your plans.  Don't forget, on here there is no such thing as a silly question, just one you don't have the answer to so ask away.

 :welcomesign:
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Post by: Bob Tidbury on June 19, 2016, 09:45:51 PM
 :hellosign: Rapid 63 your on the right track joining us here on the forum  and we all look forward to seeing a photo or two of your work as it progresses don't be worried about asking for help if you need it.
Bob
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Post by: Bealman on June 19, 2016, 10:32:55 PM
G'day from Australia, Rapid63, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: riddie on August 10, 2016, 12:32:59 PM
Thanks for the welcome, just going to have a look around get to grips with things and hope to post in the near future.
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Post by: LostBoy30A on August 21, 2016, 10:15:37 PM
Hi, it's been years since I joined a forum and that was to do with music but the band no longer exist. I've rekindled my love of model railways with the realisation that I have enough space in the place I'm settled in for quite an extensive project.
My love of trains goes back to childhood, and it got so bad that my user name refers to my seniority grade and depot I worked at for BR in the '80s.
I was at a model railway club in Walthamstow, London, and became friends with another member who was a second man at Stratford which led to me working there.
While I was at the club, a most venerable member actually gifted me a green Minitrix Warship and a handful of coaches. I also got an early Farish brass geared green EE Type 1. All this got mothballed and moved around various addresses until now. The only thing to overcome now is procrastination, and get building a simple oval with siding as a test track before moving on to another project which I'll describe on another thread.
I'm looking forward as well, to looking all over these boards - but not to much, as I said just now... procrastination.  :D
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Post by: Bealman on August 21, 2016, 10:30:52 PM
G'day from Australia, Lostboy, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: LostBoy30A on August 21, 2016, 10:37:53 PM
Thank you. :)
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Post by: acko22 on August 21, 2016, 11:45:39 PM
Welcome to the Forum LostBoy and back to the hobby, you will get plent of help and advice on here!
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Post by: port perran on August 22, 2016, 08:12:46 AM
Welcome aboard.
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Post by: Bob Tidbury on August 22, 2016, 10:00:08 AM
 :welcomesign: lost boy  make sure you take photos of your progress on your main project as we really are a nosey lot and love to know what's going on .We would like to know the size and type of layout and what era and location and will it be steam diesel or electric  or even Rule one which is much more fun in my opinion
There has been a lot of improvment in N if you said you have been away for a long time and you will be impressed with some of the latest models.
My advice is read some of the previous threads on here before you purchase any more stock because there have been a few dodgy models made and it would be a shame if you got one and it put you off of N gauge.
Good luck with your project.
Bob
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Post by: Newportnobby on August 22, 2016, 10:32:01 AM
Hi Lostboy, and welcome to the forum :wave:
From someone who used to sneak around Stratford shed in my trainspotting yoof :-[
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Post by: LostBoy30A on August 22, 2016, 06:19:25 PM
Hi Lostboy, and welcome to the forum :wave:
From someone who used to sneak around Stratford shed in my trainspotting yoof :-[
Sneak was the word as well! Certain foremen were quite vigorous in their language and attitude with enthusiasts. Not a good place to get caught in.  :no:
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Post by: Fardap on September 07, 2016, 08:39:35 AM
Just wanted to say hello after joining the forum a couple of days ago and lurking/looking around for a bit.

Have dropped in and out of getting going with an N layout since the 90's, had OO as a kid under the bed and folded against a wall at various times, never ideal.   Having realised that space was an issue in the 90's living in a modern 'Wendy' house N gauge seemed like a plan, a board was made to fit a space and progressed as far as installing track, turntable, some scenery all DC.
Then house moves and life changes led to it being shelved... then I found myself working in France in 2009 with a large house in the countryside and the possibility to get going again was there, albeit delayed a couple of years as I found me feet, settled in and enjoyed the food, wine, weather...

In 2012 the layout was put up and plans to convert to DCC were started with busses and droppers being added, also to add an extension with all the space in the basement room were devised... roll on 2014 when the company decides to close the office  :censored:
A move back to the UK at then end of 2014 to the smaller town house with all available space taken up with furniture bought in France and other goodies the layout is now stored on its side in the garage  :worried:

However, there is a plan... I am trying to clear a workable area at the rear of the garage (this is a town house with garage on ground floor going through to rear of house where there are French doors to the garden) then I can at least get the layout up and running even if only as a glorified test track initially.

I have started building up some stock, well gone a bit mad at times  :uneasy: and was fortunate in getting a bargain on an ESU controller whilst in Europe, so the Bay is a friend and have also joined both the Farish and Dapol clubs - the Farish when I was in France, the Dapol one this year as by all accounts it was getting better and that seems to be valid from experience this year.

I am constantly astounded at the detail now on the N Gauge models, I remember adding separate handrails to Hornby models in the 70's as they were at the time just molded!

Will be going to TINGS and Dapol Day - went to Ali Pally last year as a first exhibition in forever and really enjoyed it, followed with St Albans earlier this year.

So a modeller without a layout, or an accessible one at present. For those that like these things I am one year the wrong side of half a century and according to a post I saw yesterday have a potential 41 years to go!!!!

Anyway enough rambling!


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Post by: Only Me on September 07, 2016, 08:59:56 AM
Welcome to the Forum, be sure to come say hello to Ben, Mike and myself on stand 34 at TINGS ..... www.revolutiontrains.com (http://www.revolutiontrains.com) :)
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Post by: Bealman on September 07, 2016, 09:10:45 AM
G'day from Australia, Fardap, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: dannyboy on September 07, 2016, 09:41:59 AM
Welcome Fardap - don't worry, it will come together eventually  :thumbsup:
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Post by: port perran on September 07, 2016, 09:48:22 AM
Welcome aboard.
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Post by: REGP on September 07, 2016, 09:51:27 AM
Welcome to the friendly forum

Ray
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Post by: Bealman on September 07, 2016, 09:58:43 AM
Please don't take offense at this, but your callsign reminds me of Pharlap.... the most famous racehorse in Australian racing history!  :thumbsup:

All cool, forum... I'll stick to model railways from here on.

Welcome to the NGF, buddy!  :beers:
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Post by: Newportnobby on September 07, 2016, 10:21:34 AM
Hi Fardap, and welcome to the forum. :wave:
Thanks for the intro. Sounds like you know your way round N gauge if you've been fitting hand rails but, hey, you're still a youngster without the  shaky hands and dubious eyesight which goes with advancing years :-[
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on September 07, 2016, 12:33:48 PM
 :welcomesign:  Fardap listen out for the announcement over the sound system at TINGS and hope to see you at the Forum meetup at 2 o'clock by the NGS stand,we have a meetup every year and exchange ideas and show new purchases but most important we put faces to names., And we usually have a mugshot to go on the Forum .
See you there.
Bob
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: emjaybee on September 11, 2016, 06:43:07 PM
Hello there.

Just joined today, I've been trying for a few days to find a forum that was still operational!

I've been around model railways on and off for 40 years (started at 8 with a "00" oval and a small green tank engine and a few wagons).

My father "looked after it" for many years, if you know what I mean, building an extension to the family home to include a built in permanent 00 layout 14' long by 2' wide with removable "wings" to accomodate loops.

It's now a good time to start my own layout as my business is nicely settled after the economic turbulence of the last 8 years, and I've got an itch that needs scratching!

I'm still very much in the fact finding and planning stage, so there is likely to be many questions coming your way.

The current plan is a table top'ish design, 3ft x 5ft, multi level, with two, maybe three loops, hidden fiddle yard and a few other things. I've got a few rudimentary designs pencilled out on AnyRail, but nothing concrete yet. It'll be DCC, LMS/Early BR (best locos - obviously!) ;)

First question is to NobbyNewport. What's your interest in that line? My Grandfather, Father and I all did time in the railway works in Wolverton. When I left in 2000, there had been a "Bowler (surname)" in the "works" for 90 years. I have a section of the tramway which used to run in front of the works.

I'm looking forward to a lot of brain-picking!

 :hellosign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 11, 2016, 06:51:13 PM

First question is to NobbyNewport. What's your interest in that line? My Grandfather, Father and I all did time in the railway works in Wolverton. When I left in 2000, there had been a "Bowler (surname)" in the "works" for 90 years. I have a section of the tramway which used to run in front of the works.


@emjaybee (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5604)
Hi MJB, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Thanks for your comprehensive first post as we know what you're up to now in N.
Regarding your question - I was born in Newport Pagnell nursing home and lived in Wolverton for the first 10 years of my life, then Northampton for a few years and then back to Wolverton while my Dad was a brass shop inspector in the railway works all that time. As a keen spotter from age 8 or so I was reared on the local trains and viewing spots like the canal bank, the turning triangle, Blue Bridge etc.
My avatar is an Ivatt 2-6-2T, the like of which saw sterling service at the time on the Newport Nobby (or Nobby Newport)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: emjaybee on September 11, 2016, 10:09:45 PM
Your showing your age there my friend.

My father remembers the line, and I know the Blue Bridge, but that's as far as my knowledge goes. Sadly the Brass shop went a long time ago, during my time that end of the works became Tesco!

They kept the old Fire Station and Bath House Facade, but the rest of that end has vanished. The old lofting shop is still there, sort of, it's now flats!

Progress huh :confused2:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on September 11, 2016, 10:19:48 PM
G'day from Australia, MJB, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: kingoftheroad on September 12, 2016, 08:04:45 AM
Good morning, just to introduce myself, like several members posting
previously have been in and out of model railways, but now building
a small tabletop layout with a couple of  ovals and a siding or two.
No new fangled DCC, scenery on the layout will be fairly vague as I plan to
run trains from different eras and regions, have some crimson and cream coaches,
also some southern green and some GWR stuff plus Peco wagons. I have 2
Union Mills locos, a couple of tank engines and two diesels .I may incorporate
a backdrop or tunnel  to disguise the continuous loop aspect of the layout.

cheers

Allan


Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on September 12, 2016, 08:19:08 AM
G'day from Australia, Allan, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: kingoftheroad on September 12, 2016, 08:35:01 AM
Thank you for your welcome Bealman. :wave:

Allan
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on September 12, 2016, 08:48:56 AM
 :welcomesign: to our two latest members  we will look forward to some pictures of your layouts and we are a nosey lot so we really need to know about them such as modelled location ,region , and era ,steam or diesel or as I model
RULE ONE I like it ,I buy it ,I run it , It's my layout ,my world.
Bob
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: kingoftheroad on September 12, 2016, 09:07:14 AM
Hello Bob.

I will be  a bit of a Rule 1 person, though I won't be running
Stephenson's Rocket alongside a Eurostar train ! In addition
to the main layout I am building a mini layout on a  cork
notice board, sort of lap top layout , hope to have an Alpine
theme  as I bought a very small Fleischmann loco and some 4
wheel coaches on Ebay. Despite its critics my Ebay transactions
were trouble free, perhaps I've just been lucky.

regards
Allan




Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on September 12, 2016, 09:27:35 AM
Kingoftheroad I don't think anyone's made a RTR N gauge model of Rocket but if they have I will have one and the coaches to go with them .
I actually have run a Voyager on the up  line and a GWR Twin Raicar on the down line on my layout but as its now supposed to be a preserved railway I can get away with it because the Voyager is a visiting guest giving rides to the public .I can't wait to get the two Dukedogs that my family are buying me for Christmas/ Birthday present .
I do TRY and run the right loco stock combination but we do have fun formations sometimes ,My idea is this is a hobby and as such the whole idea is to have fun and enjoy yourselves, Unless of course if your exhibiting your layout  then of course you have to have a bit of common sense but you can still run a few funny trains to make the visitors enjoy the show.
Bob
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on September 12, 2016, 09:44:11 AM
Hear hear, and yeah.... if you come across an N gauge Rocket, let me know, too!

Shades of the Airfix kit and the Triang one, which had smoke, if I recall!  :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: kingoftheroad on September 12, 2016, 09:55:44 AM
I think fun is the main object of any pastime or hobby, a pal of mine is a keen
golfer, but awful player , enrolled in his club when he was about 6-7, has the max
handicap but enjoys hacking about the course and socialising afterwards.Obviously
if exhibiting you would have to have the correct era, liveries , etc, but in private
you are the boss !  As they say in adverts for bookies "When the fun stops, stop! "
That is about gambling addiction and the financial consequences, but it can apply
to any leisure activity .

cheers

Allan




Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Fardap on September 13, 2016, 03:01:09 PM
Many thanks for all the welcomes, I did make it to TINGS but was nursing a really bad toothache... dentist tomorrow :-( So bowed out early for the meetup.

Did pickup a couple of Britannia class from Dapol along with CCT wagons, thought they had great prices on there. Not so lucky at Farish almost bought something but decided against in the end...

Really enjoyed the show and having wondered how bad it would be on the only day I could go (Sat) was pleasantly surprised, got there just after 11 straight in no queues. It was a lot easier to negotiate than Ally Pally for crowds, although seemingly populated by the same spatially unaware (or just rude) people who place themselves right in front of you as you are looking at a layout/vendor... I could describe in detail many backs of heads that appeared that way!

All-in-all a great show and will be back again next year, not sure if I will get to Warley falls in a hectic theatre show period, so next one may well be Ally Pally next year.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: BIG AL on September 15, 2016, 02:50:51 PM
 :hellosign: NGF members go easy on me . I had started modelling a N Gauge layout about 30 years ago and had to give it up as we had not got the space but now all the children have flown the nest and I am back into it. I was hoping for the middle sized bedroom but had to settle for the box room 10x6 approx,  I have laid the baseboards and it is round the room with a tunnel going into the airing cupboard for a helix. The layout will not be prototype but it will be set around 1966 good year for football fans and it will run on a LMS line.
I hope I have put this in the right place not quite sure what i am supposed to be doing so if it is in the wrong place please advice.
Well here's to many years of Railway Modelling and being a Member of NGF. :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 15, 2016, 03:06:21 PM
Hello Big Al, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Yes - you've posted it in the right place.

I, too, started in N some 30 years ago and am staggered by how much the hobby has come on in that time. If you're not up to date with current methods and thinking then don't be afraid to ask as this forum will save you a lot of time, grief and money.
The 'Search' button on the main toolbar will yield you years of reading material :D
Have you had any thoughts on what track system to use and whether to go DC or DCC?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: BIG AL on September 15, 2016, 03:28:21 PM
Thanks Newportnobby
Yes it will be Peco and DCC with electrofrog turnouts, If I am starting again I might as well go with all the new things they have brought out, Its like starting all over again compared to the one I had where it was a matter of 2 wires attached to the track and then attached to the controller, cheap easy and quick which is not what you can say today. I think the forum will be able to give me a lot of help and hopefully in time I may be able to help others.
:thankyousign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 15, 2016, 03:58:33 PM
Thanks Al,
In which case I suggest code 55 as it looks better than code 80 and is easier to work with. With the space you have available I'd go for largest possible points in the viewable areas and small points in hidden areas (these are 12" radius so you'll have no running issues)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on September 15, 2016, 08:29:08 PM
Welcome to the forum BigAl, always nice to have another DCC'er on board, 'tis the future.  I sure our resident LMS nut Paul Price will be along shortly to welcome you, if not, seek out his thread LMS, LMS, LMS although there have been slight signs of weakness recently.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on September 15, 2016, 10:39:25 PM
G'day from Australia, Al, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: BIG AL on September 16, 2016, 10:09:16 AM
Thanks Newportnobby for the good advice I will definitely be using code 55 is it possible to mix code 55 and code 80 set track ?

Thanks Bealman for the welcome from down under , when we were over there we did not get as far as NSW,We were staying with my brother in Adelaide perhaps next time.

Thanks Caz for your welcome and i will have to check out the tread

AL
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on September 16, 2016, 10:26:41 AM
You're welcome mate, and it is possible to connect the two systems. We have info here if you use the search function.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on September 16, 2016, 10:27:21 AM
Welcome to the forum Al.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 16, 2016, 10:57:28 AM
Thanks Newportnobby for the good advice I will definitely be using code 55 is it possible to mix code 55 and code 80 set track ?


It's possible but code 80 sits higher than code 55 so there is a 'step' at the joint which rolling stock hates. Some folks put packing under the code 55 and I have heard others file the code 80 down :o
Neither is satisfactory to me so I stick with the one gauge.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: BIG AL on September 16, 2016, 12:04:36 PM
Thanks Newportnobby

I thought that might be the case at the moment I am working on the layout plan using Anyrail and i found using set track was easier to use but seeing something on the forum about Anyrail helped as he used set track and then bent the flextrack over the set track and then deleted the set track.

Many Thanks
AL

 
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: BIG AL on September 16, 2016, 12:09:23 PM
Thanks for the welcome Port Perren

:thankyousign:

AL
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 16, 2016, 12:20:38 PM
Thanks Newportnobby

I thought that might be the case at the moment I am working on the layout plan using Anyrail and i found using set track was easier to use but seeing something on the forum about Anyrail helped as he used set track and then bent the flextrack over the set track and then deleted the set track.

Many Thanks
AL

I use the SCARM free track planning system but am so rubbish at it I plan in set track knowing I'll use code 55 to create the plan in reality :-[
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: BIG AL on September 16, 2016, 12:34:55 PM


I use the SCARM free track planning system but am so rubbish at it I plan in set track knowing I'll use code 55 to create the plan in reality :-[
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That's the way forward then  plan in Set track but lay code 55, You should have a look at Anyrail I find easy to use , you are limited to 50 pieces of track but all you do when you reach 50 just save it open it up again and delete all the track except for the end ones and add the new track on and save that as a new file name.

AL
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: 70000 on January 10, 2017, 02:16:29 PM
Just joined this Forum and have modelled in N for what must be getting on for 40 years now, starting with a Wrenn/Lima set which, from memory, consisted of a Class 86, a couple of wagons and a brake van!

Disposed of nearly all the UK outline items (apart from a Merchant Navy & J69) by the early 1990's and have been modelling US outline ever since.

Currently reconstructing a layout based on railroads in New England with mainline (some steam, though mainly diesel & electric) and urban/interurban tram operation as well.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 10, 2017, 02:48:15 PM
Thanks for that. This album may be of interest to you........

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;su=user;cat=1221;u=264 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;su=user;cat=1221;u=264)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 10, 2017, 09:08:17 PM
G'day from Australia, 70000, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Jimbo on January 10, 2017, 11:41:18 PM
Hi 70000, welcome aboard!

Best wishes,

Jim.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: pmr5346 on March 05, 2017, 04:15:41 PM
 :hellosign:
Hi, I am starting to plan my very first model railway and have chosen N gauge due to the lack of space I currently have. Everything is new and confusing at the moment so I am hoping to get some useful info from this site !!. Thanks.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on March 05, 2017, 04:19:41 PM
Hi pmr5346, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Have a squint at this as it may help you avoid some pitfalls....................
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35556.msg416494#msg416494 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35556.msg416494#msg416494)

Don't be afraid to ask questions as the forum is here to help
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: austinbob on March 05, 2017, 04:20:25 PM
Welcome to the forum. Ask away, someone will have an answer....
 :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on March 05, 2017, 04:38:57 PM
Welcome aboard.
Any idea as to what area and era you want to model?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on March 05, 2017, 07:24:30 PM

Hi and welcome pmr5346 -

 Everything is new and confusing at the moment so I am hoping to get some useful info from this site !!.

We all thought that at one stage, (some of us still do, certainly the confusing bit  :)). Just ask away, it is surprising the wealth of knowledge and experience that is available on this 'ere forum.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Jimbo on March 05, 2017, 08:43:38 PM
Wotcha! Welcome aboard!  :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: shornsrail on April 10, 2017, 08:46:03 PM
 :hellosign:
Hello all. 
Joined the forum today after trying to find ngs but found the forum instead.  So now I'm a newbie on both the forum and with the ngs.

Thanks to Newportnobby for the kind welcome - I'm delighted to be onboard.  He asked me to let you know what my n gauge plans are - well you did ask......

Many years ago I had a very large OO gauge set, originally my fathers, then I arrived and things kept growing!  Then I reached 14 years old, discovered airplanes and girls and the rest is history...... 

Now, newly retired, I want to get back into model trains, and I think, given the size of my new home, that n gauge is the way to go.  Visited Pecorama and the bug has now truly got back in!  So now, starting with a 4x2ft baseboard and some ideas, I'm looking to start building.  I'm interested in GWR branchline, around the post war to 50s, steam only.  I have a couple of Graham Farish 64XX Tanks plus a Dapol Grange, together with some coaches, Autotrailer and wagons, plus some kits/models to build.

Early birthday pressie is a course at Pecorama to get some practical in, then with a few books, the ngs and Peco  documents, and of course the forum, I hope to start planning track layout and looking for ideas and inspiration for what to build.

So where do I find small layouts please???

You did ask!   :thankyousign:
Cheers SR
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on April 10, 2017, 08:53:13 PM
Thanks for that. Good to have a steam era modeller join us, and your stock sounds like it's all the right stuff.
I'm sure those with small layouts will be along soon to give suggestions.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on April 10, 2017, 08:58:37 PM
Welcome aboard shornsrail.
Do you live in the South West? With visits to Pecorama you may well live down here somewhere.
Anyway, lots of help and advice available so just ask away.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on April 10, 2017, 09:19:16 PM
Welcome shornsrail. There are plenty of knowledgeable and talented people on this 'ere forum, (and it is not short of its comedians!), so any questions, just ask.  :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: shornsrail on April 12, 2017, 09:43:05 PM
Hi port perran
 :hellosign:Many thanks for the welcome. Yes I'm a Devon Boy. Off to Pecorama for one of their courses next month to learn what's what.
I've just been reading the Peco catalogue and I'm interested in their SmartSwitch system - any thoughts on this kit?
Cheers
SR
 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: shornsrail on April 12, 2017, 09:46:43 PM
 :hellosign:
And hello dannyboy - glad to be here!
Cheers to you too  :beers: SR
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Jimbo on April 13, 2017, 08:11:32 PM
Hello! Welcome aboard!  :claphappy:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: scotsoft on April 13, 2017, 09:42:09 PM
Welcome to the NGF  :NGaugersRule:

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on April 14, 2017, 01:42:04 AM
G'day from Australia, shornsrail, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: 37214 on April 20, 2017, 08:10:29 PM
Hello,

Been on here about a week now so better officially introduce myself. I found the forum whilst searching for N-gauge Class 37 replacement nose ends.

I have mentioned in a couple of other threads that I was clearing out my loft over Easter and rediscovered my N-gauge models that I had in the early 1990's. Everything went into the loft when we moved into this house and 18 years later I found just about everything packed away in boxes but couldn't find 4 pairs of 37 nose ends, some Mk2 coaches and coach roofs. I have since found the missing items in a plastic tool/modelling box in the garage.

I used to buy second hand Class 37's and renumber and detail them or buy blank bodyshells from Farish and paint those in the colours I liked, BR Large Logo, Regional Railways and Railfreight Distribution.

Also in the collection are 2 TPM class 60 kits and 2 CJM class 26's, this was the only way to get hold of these types in those days. I am halfway through converting a rake of Mk2 coaches to Regional Railways and Scotrail using TPM inlays, time consuming but it kept me off the streets. Joining these are about 5 old Lima class 86's that I was repainting and detailing, 3 are finished - 1 RES, 2 in RFD and to round it off, about 30 wagon kits to build.

I never got round to building a layout, I actually prefer building and painting the rolling stock but if I did, it would be a fictitious setting in the North of England near the Scottish border, electrified so I could run 86's, 90's and 91's if I wanted to. I also have a liking for Engineers trains so most of the kits to build are for these, one of my 37's will be in Dutch livery to join one of the 26's.

I'm going to pay a visit to the Sindlesham show this Saturday if I can and check out the local N-gauge area group.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Steamie+ on April 20, 2017, 09:27:09 PM
Hello,

Been on here about a week now so better officially introduce myself. I found the forum whilst searching for N-gauge Class 37 replacement nose ends.

I have mentioned in a couple of other threads that I was clearing out my loft over Easter and rediscovered my N-gauge models that I had in the early 1990's. Everything went into the loft when we moved into this house and 18 years later I found just about everything packed away in boxes but couldn't find 4 pairs of 37 nose ends, some Mk2 coaches and coach roofs. I have since found the missing items in a plastic tool/modelling box in the garage.

I used to buy second hand Class 37's and renumber and detail them or buy blank bodyshells from Farish and paint those in the colours I liked, BR Large Logo, Regional Railways and Railfreight Distribution.

Also in the collection are 2 TPM class 60 kits and 2 CJM class 26's, this was the only way to get hold of these types in those days. I am halfway through converting a rake of Mk2 coaches to Regional Railways and Scotrail using TPM inlays, time consuming but it kept me off the streets. Joining these are about 5 old Lima class 86's that I was repainting and detailing, 3 are finished - 1 RES, 2 in RFD and to round it off, about 30 wagon kits to build.

I never got round to building a layout, I actually prefer building and painting the rolling stock but if I did, it would be a fictitious setting in the North of England near the Scottish border, electrified so I could run 86's, 90's and 91's if I wanted to. I also have a liking for Engineers trains so most of the kits to build are for these, one of my 37's will be in Dutch livery to join one of the 26's.

I'm going to pay a visit to the Sindlesham show this Saturday if I can and check out the local N-gauge area group.

Hello 37214, welcome to the forum, there are plenty of well informed members on here so please ask away to any questions and the better informed knowledgeable members will put you at ease.

If you go onto the layout planning page you can tell us more about your plans and if you have a layout in mind post it for the more enlightened members to view, i promise you wonít get slated on here, well not by me anyway lol.      :laugh3: :laugh3:

Seriously the members are very tolerate about new members and the Moderators wonít stand for any abuse to members what so ever.  Happy Modelling.     :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Jimbo on April 21, 2017, 06:32:36 AM
Hello! Welcome aboard!  :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: coopz on May 10, 2017, 04:28:16 PM
Hi,
I have just joined up as I am determined to get serious at last about building a ďproperĒ layout and am eagerly digesting any information, advice and guidance that I can find. It seemed polite to introduce myself a little so here goes.
I well remember my first introduction to n gauge some 40 years ago when my boss showed me a few models that he had hidden away in his filing cabinet as he was afraid that his wife might not approve! Move on 9 years and I find myself living in Poole, regularly passing the Graham Farish signs on the Wareham road. However, a busy working life and two young children left little time for more than a passing interest back then.
So, when the kids had grown and flown the nest, it was time to get serious again. Old Triang and Hornby OO models still reside in the loft from my own, and my younger sonís, early years but now it had to be n gauge purely to fit more in the space. My first shock was to find that Farish had long since left Poole, which shows how little attention I had given to model railways over the years.
Anyway, my apologies for the long-winded introduction. I am now making progress with a reasonably well developed track plan courtesy of SCARM (what a great piece of software for free!) and a pile of PECO code 55 flexible track! I decided at the outset that I would go DCC as I have an interest in electronics and, with a background in computers, I have an ambition to get everything running automatically at some point in the future. This could well be the cause of substantial delay as I have found myself playing with JMRI and building RFID modules before really making progress towards realising the track plan. I therefore see huge benefit in being able to seek guidance/opinion on this forum and hope that, in return, sharing some of my experience as I develop pretty much from scratch may be of interest. I have built a test track and have a couple of locos running (with another being converted) to better understand DCC but now the serious work starts. Summary of goals: 6í x 3í board, two joined track levels, DCC with RFID and computer control capability. Locos and stock Ė any and all I fancy. I am not particularly bothered about authenticity or rigorous conformance to an era as there are just too many great models around. Of course that may all change as I get more hooked!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on May 10, 2017, 04:55:54 PM
Welcome aboard from a DCC dunce. I know nothing about it but plenty on here do so you'll get plenty of help.
Have fun.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on May 10, 2017, 08:08:10 PM
Hello Coopz, and welcome aboard :wave:
(From a self professed DC dinosaur)
I work on the basis to err is human. To really foul things up you need a computer ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on May 10, 2017, 09:15:16 PM
Hi Coopz and welcome. There are plenty of knowledgeable and talented people on this 'ere forum, so any questions - ask away.  With your interest in electronics, I am sure you will be able to make plenty of meaningful contributions yourself.   :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: coopz on May 11, 2017, 02:43:32 PM
Many thanks for the words of welcome. I look forward to being an active participant. :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Gareth from Down Under on May 15, 2017, 04:10:21 AM
Hello Everyone,

My name is Gareth I moved to Australia some 17 years ago & left all my trains in England when I did. Time has now finally come for me to start building a train set again and due to starting again I have decided to leave the )) gauge behind me & start with N especially due to the limited space the wife will allow me to have.

I have actually been a member for 2 years but have never posted & only viewed the forum as a guest but now the time has come to start building my layout I thought I would drop in & say hi.

I'm hoping to build a layout of my own design & not based on a particular station as I love the the bis steam locos of the LMS & LNER so I think it will be based somewhere in Scotland with a range of these big lovely locos running around. The layout will be limited to a baseboard size of approximatly 3mtr * 1.5-2mtr depending on the wife. I hope to add a few more A4's to my collection along with some Princess Coronations & a large Beyer Garrett.

Anyway enough about me & hello again.

Thanks Gareth
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on May 15, 2017, 04:16:35 AM
Hi Gareth and welcome. If you have been a 'lurker' for two years, you will know that there are a lot of knowledgeable and talented people on this 'ere forum, so there will be plenty of advice forthcoming. 3 x 1.5 metres is a good size - just make sure when you start the planning, that you will be able to reach the inevitable derailment at the back of the layout, (if you are able to walk round the layout, that problem will not arise!). :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on May 15, 2017, 06:31:44 AM
G'day from another ex-pat, Gareth! Welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup: :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Gareth from Down Under on May 15, 2017, 06:44:35 AM
Thanks for the welcomes dannyboy & Bealman. Yeah I have noticed that there is a lot of talent on here I'm particularly interested in some of the scratch builds on here that are very well done.

Bealman nice to meet you I see your down in the Gong I"m at St Helens Park in Campbelltown. We may need to grab a beer at somepoint & have a chat about all thing N gauge
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on May 15, 2017, 06:57:24 AM
Sounds cool to me  :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on May 15, 2017, 08:48:21 AM
Welcome aboard Gareth.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on May 15, 2017, 09:50:20 AM
Hi Gareth, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Come into the light, you must ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: skel on May 21, 2017, 09:06:45 AM
Thanks Tank! Glad I found your excellent forum through the N Gauge Society Journal, looks like it is going to be very useful for me. I last did an N Gauge layout over 30 years ago and have a lot to learn again.

I still have a couple of locos from that era with some wagons and coaches and a few lengths of Peco code 80 flexi. The rolling stock looks a bit basic compared to what you can get now but the flexitrack looks the same.

One of the things I am looking forward to in N Gauge is the improvement in technology that is allowing DCC sound to be used

Cheers

Steve
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on May 21, 2017, 09:09:37 AM
Hi Steve, and welcome to the forum :wave:

Quite right - a lot has changed but us 'oldies' still have our day......................sometimes ;)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: skel on May 21, 2017, 09:57:14 AM
We certainly do! Thanks for the welcome  :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Tank on May 21, 2017, 10:28:02 AM
Welcome to the forum Steve.  Great to know that you found us in the Journal. :thankyousign:  Look forward to seeing what you make in the future.  :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: skel on May 21, 2017, 10:38:30 AM
Thanks Tank! I have drafted up a plan that I will put up on the Forum for review and advice soon
Cheers
Steve
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bridge69 on May 25, 2017, 08:28:23 AM
Ello every body,
I'm another Gareth, near Chester this time. N gauged during the mid 90, built   a small Inglenook style, but lost interest. What's got interest up again are 2 things, Dapols class 35, & web site dedicated to shunting puzzles. Still got few of my locos, only the 33 is still runner. I dropped NGF by chance, glad to have found you. A real font of knowledge.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on May 25, 2017, 08:42:57 AM
G'day from Australia, buddy! Welcome aboard!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on May 25, 2017, 08:50:28 AM
Welcome aboard Gareth

Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on May 25, 2017, 08:59:13 AM
Welcome to the forum Gareth.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Steamie+ on May 25, 2017, 09:22:46 AM
Welcome Gareth and enjoy.   Happy Modelling.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on May 25, 2017, 09:36:14 AM
Hi Gareth, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Jimbo on May 26, 2017, 10:22:35 AM
Hello Gareth!  :wave:, welcome aboard!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bridge69 on May 27, 2017, 11:52:31 PM
Thanks for the greetings, I'm differently going to take advantage of your knowledge base. First off it's trying make sleepers look like they have settled into ground. Shall be  looking in relevant sub areas.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: BobE on May 29, 2017, 01:02:55 PM
Hi everyone!
Thanks Tank for the welcome, and also to everyone involved with this forum. So far I have found it very informative, since my last layout was about 25 years ago, the hobby has moved on, just a tad lol, so I have much to re-learn!
Cheers
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on May 29, 2017, 03:11:34 PM
Hullo Bob, and welcome aboard :wave:
How about a post in the 'Intro' section telling us what your plans are in N please?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on May 29, 2017, 05:02:09 PM
Welcome aboard Bob.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Steamie+ on May 31, 2017, 06:43:18 AM
Welcome Bob and Happy Modelling  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Chuffed2bits on December 06, 2017, 07:46:19 PM
 :hellosign:

I've just joined the N Gauge Forum and I'm looking forward to spending time on here talking with you all about the model railways that we create.

A little about me...  I've loved electronics since I joined an electronics club during lunch at school, developed a great career as a result and now spend my time contracting and running my small (but growing) company. 
I've always had a fascination with model railways since my dad bought me a OO railway when I was about 6.  I think he really bought it for himself, but it was certainly one of my better presents (my Cindy doll got thrown out of the window with my mothers tablecloth as a makeshift parachute... but that's another story).

My first outing with N Gauge was analogue and many years ago, but work and life got in the way and my poor layout was evicted from the spare room...

However, I AM BACK...  I have claimed the conservatory as my new model railway territory, have cranked up my stereo with some fine tunes and I am embarking on a new layout.  I've decided that my long lost love of electronics (I really miss designing and creating circuits, soldering and producing something that I can touch and feel) should suit DCC, so that's what I am going to do.

My last model railway was a mish mash of eras, with no real plan and just for the love of it.  This one is going to be a labour of love...
I've started to use AnyRail to plan out my layout and I've given myself a month break from contracting so that I can get a good start.  I've decided to use the Taff Vale Railway circa1900 as inspiration for my plan and although I don't think I have enough skill to do a wholly accurate representation - I'm going to do my best.

I'm a bit nervous, it's been over 15 years since I last worked on a model railway but I'm excited.  I know I'm going to make mistakes but I'm hoping that the N Gauge Forum will be a place I can visit for sage advice, inspiration and hopefully some laughs along the way.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on December 06, 2017, 07:53:03 PM
Welcome aboard.
Plenty of help and advice available on here. Donít ask me about electrics though. All a complete black art to me Iím afraid.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: RailGooner on December 06, 2017, 08:13:39 PM
Hi @Chuffed2bits (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=6466) and welcome aboard! :wave: Looking forwarding to following as your layout comes to life. :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 06, 2017, 08:29:19 PM
I'm hoping that the N Gauge Forum will be a place I can visit for sage advice, inspiration and hopefully some laughs along the way.

Hi Chuffed2bits, and welcome to the forum :wave:
You'll get plenty of the above here. Who knows? Amidst the sage there may also be some turmeric and coriander.
I note the 'plan' is going to be based on Taff Vale c.1900 but what do you intend to run on the plan?
I, too, have my mancave in the conservatory but I live alone so have no 'authorites' to have to consult/put thumbprints into my head.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: DarrwestLU6 on April 29, 2018, 06:34:48 PM
 :hellosign:
Hi
I have just joined the Forum. Iíve modelled in N for years, as a boy then left then come back to it in last few years, building a tail chaser for my three boys. Trouble is it is taking me AGES as I keep thinking of new things to add! The oldest has no left home but I still have the other two sort of interested!

Itís also a bit of a test bd for me to get my skills back and build up some long forgotten experience. My layout is analogue DC, Iíve bought some old Minitrix locos second hand (plus my old set was Minitrix). I also bought a second hand A4 Dalpol steamer and some new Grafar locos. The layout is 4ftx6ft and designed to fit on top of a mini pool table but can be lifted off and store away- this means limited wires/fittings under the baseboard. It has a few hidden sidings at the rear and the split levels for interest with a disguised double helix to get up there! I tried to keep the curves down to minimum No 2 = 263mm, 10 3/8 inch set track but I think a few of my flexi curves are borderline! This is bugging me with some of the GF locos and the Dalpol A4 but the Minitrix are fine.

I am keen to try DCC in the future but for now will stick with analogue until I learn more. Iíve got plenty of old school dead sections and 2x double H&M controllers. Iíve got 95% of the track don and my youngest son and I are going to start ballast in soon and putting up scenery. Iíll try and load some photos soon when I figure out how to do that on the Forum.

In the meantime nice to meet you all!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on April 29, 2018, 07:12:53 PM
Welcome aboard Darrwest.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on April 29, 2018, 07:28:13 PM
Welcome to the forum Darrwest.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Train Waiting on April 29, 2018, 07:53:05 PM
Welcome aboard, Darrwest.

Your electrical arrangements sound a bit like mine (which work fine).

All the best.

John
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on April 29, 2018, 09:30:51 PM
Hi Darrwest, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: RailGooner on April 29, 2018, 09:38:33 PM
Hi Darrwest, :wave: welcome aboard. :wave:
Title: Hello from Australia
Post by: Platy767 on July 09, 2018, 11:04:31 AM
Hello all. I've been around for a short time and I thought it was right and proper to introduce myself.

An oval of Lima track on the kitchen table, an Italian diesel and a few wagons was my early 70s introduction to N. Membership of the NGS and 2mm Society and 3 small layouts followed in the 90s, but only 1 layout got past the ballasting stage. Redundancy last year allowed me to make a start on another small layout, reusing the points I had saved from back in the 90s. No ballast so far on this one either, but, like the others, it's a test track (and I like to run trains!). I've made a few different DC controllers to try and have settled on an LM317 design, published by a chap in Canada. I've included a piccie of the board, although the curved point has now been replaced by a point in the rear straight, diverging to 2 curves, one for a run into the terminus and the other a continuation of the oval. So, I have most of the bad things, like parallel tracks on the edge, tight curves (I used setrack for the 9" as I wasn't confident to lay that one smoothly) and no scenery. On the plus side, I have a continuous run, a terminus and an inglenook for a goods yard.
Although I have an interest in the GCR and it's various joint lines, the layout took inspiration from an article by Giles Barnabe in RM June2004 about Staines West which has a compact terminus, a link to the SR (the oval) and a fuel depot (the inglenook). I like compact layouts because they are not too expensive, can be cleaned and maintained easily and can be put together quickly. The track is a mix of setrack and code55, with all the points code 55. The track divergences might look a bit strange, but I used what points I had to hand.

Nice to meet you all,

Mark
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/6709-090718110255.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67300)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on July 09, 2018, 11:10:18 AM
Welcome to the forum Mike. I like the layout and it leaves plenty of room for scenery etc. I can not really comment on your track, as I have gone over to Kato Unitrack, but someone will no doubt pass on some information.  :)
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: RailGooner on July 09, 2018, 12:32:56 PM
Hi and welcome aboard Mark. :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on July 09, 2018, 01:39:46 PM
Hello Mark, and welcome to the forum (officially) :wave:

I'm now going to bore the whotsits off several members* by asking you to put some edging round the board to avoid anything plummeting to the floor in case of derailment (locos are expensive)

* It seems I'm well known for saying this :sleep:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Delboy on July 09, 2018, 01:40:46 PM
Hi Mark,
 :welcomesign:
You will find us a friendly and helpful lot. Any questions, no matter what, feel free to fire away. Someone will assist you as soon as possible.
Delboy.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Train Waiting on July 09, 2018, 02:19:18 PM
Welcome aboard, Mark.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on July 09, 2018, 04:27:54 PM
Welcome aboard Platy767.
The layout looks fine to me but I would reiterate Newport Nobbyís remark about the track being mighty close to the edge.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on July 09, 2018, 08:44:45 PM
Welcome to our friendly forum Mark and I would third what has been said about the track being very close to the edge, could get costly.
 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: TrickyRich on September 05, 2018, 03:04:39 PM
Hi! Glad to be a member at last! First got into N gauge in the 80s when I asked for a set for Christmas I'd seen in a Wellingborpugh shop. This age 38! I soon "grew" out of this Lima Deltic set, and started learning about realistic layouts via RM. My first layout was "Axtelford and Moor Top". I loved building it and collecting stock, but was distraught when I had to sell it all due to divorce! Since then I have only dabbled. I have started a new collection of stock and materials, awaiting that "boot up" (literally!). I have also started collecting Lone Star products and will be building a small exhibition layout in the "train set" format.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: RailGooner on September 05, 2018, 03:28:11 PM
Hi and welcome aboard @TrickyRich (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=6977) ! :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 05, 2018, 04:29:16 PM
Hello Rich, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on September 05, 2018, 06:14:07 PM
 :welcomesign: Rich you will find a mine of information on this Forum so youíve made a good start back
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on September 05, 2018, 06:23:32 PM
Welcome to our friendly forum Rich great to have you on board.
 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on September 05, 2018, 07:27:50 PM
Welcome to the forum Rich.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: flyingsignalman on September 05, 2018, 09:51:26 PM
Only just joined, but I've seen the Facebook Group, which led me here.
I've been interested in N gauge since about 1977 off and on. I've not had a layout completed in N; in the early days I had big plans but recently I've been drawn to more simpler layouts.
I've been modelling lately in 009 (building a 4'x2' layout) but now I fancy having another go in N gauge as that layout has made me aware of the possibilities of small simple layouts!
Work-wise, I am employed by Network Rail as a Signaller and will shortly complete 44 years employment on the railways (42 as a Signaller). Working in a PSB for the last 24 years has made me more interested in the simpler side of railway operation!
Learning about the current state of N gauge is almost like being a new entrant to the hobby so I have plenty to learn!

Keith
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on September 05, 2018, 10:09:20 PM
Hi flyingsignalman and welcome to the forum - plenty of talented and knowledgeable people here.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 05, 2018, 10:18:17 PM
Hi Keith, and welcome to the forum :wave:
I really recommend you seek advice on this forum before parting with any money as you will get great advice and find the best prices.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on September 05, 2018, 11:29:01 PM
G'day from Australia, Rich and Keith, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Caz on September 06, 2018, 07:51:22 PM
Thanks for coming over from the darkside that is Facebook Keith and welcome to our friendly forum, great to have you join us.
 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on September 06, 2018, 07:54:25 PM
Welcome aboard Rich and Keith.
Hopefully you will enjoy our ramblings.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: TrickyRich on September 08, 2018, 04:04:14 PM
 :thankyousign:
Hello Rich, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: TrickyRich on September 08, 2018, 04:12:43 PM
 :thankyousign:
Hello Rich, and welcome to the forum :wave:
G'day from Australia, Rich and Keith, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: DarrwestLU6 on September 09, 2018, 12:14:03 PM
Welcome Rich and Keith- look forward to hearing about your plans.....
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on October 20, 2018, 11:06:50 AM
Welcome aboard Greg.
Good to see another member from the South West.
Can I ask what area and era you might be thinking of modelling?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 20, 2018, 01:21:40 PM
Hi Greg, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Have a read of this which may help you avoid some of the more basic pitfalls I ran into early in my N gauge history...........
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35556.msg416493#msg416493 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35556.msg416493#msg416493)

I really do suggest you ask questions of the experts here before you spend your money as this forum will save you not just money but angst too!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on October 20, 2018, 02:02:35 PM
Hi Greg and welcome. There are a lot of talented and knowledgeable people on the forum so ask away.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Madann01 on December 09, 2018, 07:53:25 PM
Welcome to the forum! :wave:


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Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on December 09, 2018, 07:59:36 PM
Hi @Madann01 (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=7217) and welcome to the forum.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on December 09, 2018, 08:47:59 PM
Welcome aboard Madann.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: RailGooner on December 09, 2018, 09:04:02 PM
Hi @Madann01 (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=7217)  and welcome aboard! :wave:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 09, 2018, 09:43:59 PM
Hello Madann01, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Can you tell us more, such as space available, DC/DCC, era, location etc?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on December 10, 2018, 12:59:14 AM
G'day from Australia, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Madann01 on December 10, 2018, 07:33:35 PM
 :thankyousign: Thanks for all the welcome messages from members, I am sure I will get used to using the forum and hopefully make a few friendships along the way  :) in answer to the request for more information about my modelling, I can say that I am trying to build a modern day era layout, and failing miserably, I have had many rethinks over the past years and am determined to stick to the goals I set when starting out,mainly to be a totally realistic setting, able to run full size trains with interesting operation, I hail from Coventry and have part of a room available with an area of 3.5m x 2.2m in which to model. I currently have a preference for DC working but could possibly be swayed to DCC in the future, No doubt there has been some discussions on the pros and cons of each system.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: crewearpley40 on December 10, 2018, 07:53:04 PM
hi chris, here

hopefully your real name of use. there are a few of us wycombe way

all areas covered : electrics, control dc and dcc


check :


https://modelrailwayengineer.com/model-railway-analog-or-digital-dc-or-dcc/ (https://modelrailwayengineer.com/model-railway-analog-or-digital-dc-or-dcc/)

weighs up the pros cons

and :

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/60761-dc-vs-dcc/ (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/60761-dc-vs-dcc/)

im a modern image modeller there are some of us around, im not an experton control so there are people who are. i just look at trains, scenery, layouts
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Madann01 on December 10, 2018, 08:20:04 PM
Hi Chris, Thanks for links, I shall certainly look up.


Regs Mark. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: crewearpley40 on December 10, 2018, 08:23:42 PM
if modern

are you modelling a station, country, shed ?

which location ? fictitious ?

large / small locos ?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Madann01 on December 10, 2018, 10:06:53 PM
My original idea was to model a mainline station with multiple platforms and a variety of train companies using it. Loosely based on Birmingham New Street West Coast main line track layout and the approaches from the south (not the Station structure), This I know is quite a task and has been a challenge thus far.  I am beginning to find out how difficult it is given the resources available as the prototype is ever changing So I am thinking of changing up to a more futuristic fictitious  theme, hoping that by the time I complete the build it will be current era.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: crewearpley40 on December 10, 2018, 10:11:53 PM
will need space

what with tyseley / edgbaston / gloucester trains from the south west, derby to the east, sutton / bescot lines, proof house junction. jim smith modelled new street p4, i would personally aim for the international station. good luck
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Madann01 on December 10, 2018, 11:08:01 PM
It's a dream, and I may have to do something else, I'm used to ripping everything up and starting again will spend the rest of the week deciding how to proceed, I will certainly have to compromise  just to get trains out of boxes and running.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: crewearpley40 on December 11, 2018, 12:33:22 AM
the southern / east side of new street is complicated what with saltley / the approaches to new street what with the incline, curves, and landor street below -

suggest another easier loc ation sure someone will advise. i would aim simple first
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: 9C on January 01, 2019, 01:50:48 AM
Hello all,

New Year, new start, new member.  :wave:

I'll dip my toe in a few threads once I've had a few hours nod.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Bealman on January 01, 2019, 02:04:01 AM
G'day from Australia, David, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Happy New Year!  :beers:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 01, 2019, 09:29:07 AM
'Eyup, David, and welcome to the forum (from another Lancastrian - there are several of us) :wave:
According to my Ian Allan books of the time 9C was Reddish depot, although no doubt that changed.
I look forward to hearing more about your plans in N such as space available, era/location, DC/DCC etc
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on January 01, 2019, 09:30:29 AM
Welcome aboard.
Hopefully you will enjoy your time on the forum.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on January 01, 2019, 09:53:24 AM
Welcome to the forum David. Once you have wet your toes, jump in!
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: DarrwestLU6 on January 01, 2019, 11:45:41 AM
Welcome @Madann01 (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=7217) and 9C
If itís any help: over Christmas in a charity shop I found a set of books showing  1960s era BR track plans with diagrams for all stations. Happy to photograph any of interest and PM them to you. Would suit early diesel era modelling.

Also there are old OS maps available online mentioned in another thread https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39731.0 (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39731.0)

Happy New Year!
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Post by: tunneroner61 on January 01, 2019, 12:23:18 PM
Hi to 9C,

I note you have put Macclesfield Hibel Rd etc into your profile. Did you know that the Macclesfield MRG have/had a layout in N on just that place - Hibel Road, Central and the MB&M branch. I say had as I think they may have disposed of it due to lack of N gauge modellers in the club. I expect you are aware of the Foxline book on the place and one on the MB&M both by Basil Jeuda.

Happy modelling in 2019, Norman
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Post by: 9C on January 01, 2019, 10:38:10 PM
Norman,

When I was first researching the layout, nearly 30 years ago, I visited Macclesfield and the local club on a few occasions. The members of the day were interested in the many opportunities that the compact site and company rivalries offered but were working on other (OO) layouts and had no-one interested in N. It seems that the kernel of suggestion stuck with someone and that my 25 year hiatus has allowed them to complete the project sooner.

If, once again, they have no N gauge modellers and wish to find a good home and caretaker, then we have sufficient space at 24A. If, unfortunately, it has been recycled then perhaps there may be photographs or construction notes (especially of the gas works) which would allow me to recreate it.

Edit: I have almost all of Basil's books plus others which show the stations and yards. One map source has a 1:1500 track plan which I have resized to 1:150 - as close to 21/16mm:1ft as most  N gauge models manage.
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Post by: RailGooner on January 01, 2019, 10:47:53 PM
Hi David ( @9C (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=7275) ) and welcome aboard! :wave:
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Post by: 9C on January 01, 2019, 10:54:28 PM
'Eyup, David, and welcome to the forum (from another Lancastrian - there are several of us) :wave:
According to my Ian Allan books of the time 9C was Reddish depot, although no doubt that changed.
I look forward to hearing more about your plans in N such as space available, era/location, DC/DCC etc
NN,

That must be post-war. The plan is for an analogue layout set at the junction of the (old) LNW, NS & GC territories in Macclesfield on 30 May 1941; which provides a main and branch, two stations, two loco/goods yards and appropriate scenic breaks within a club sized modular layout, but also the ability to put fiddles onto the ends of a 6' 6" by 3' 6" core module and run that alone.
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Post by: tunneroner61 on January 01, 2019, 11:38:07 PM
David,

I was a member of MMRG late 80s till 2005ish (sorry can't remember exactly). When I first joined the club had Marfield in N gauge which was widely exhibited until sold to the RAF Sealand club. That's when Macclesfield the layout was started - mid 1990s. There were half a dozen of us involved. Unfortunately it was a massive project probably 20' by 6' (again the mists of time) that got going quickly but got bogged down in the number of buildings  and the historical research needed to model them accurately. Personnal circumstances meant I stopped modelling for a while and left the club so I lost track of progress. I think much of the drive to complete it came from the late Ian Hibbert, but when he passed away unexpectedly enthusiasm was lost and work stopped. As far as I am aware the layout was never completed.

Why not contact the club via their website https://www.macclesfieldmrg.org.uk/. (https://www.macclesfieldmrg.org.uk/.) I know their chairman Shaun Horrocks and I am sure he would be most helpful to you. Interestingly this still lists the layout under club layouts so perhaps my previous assertion that it has been moved on is wrong.
Also I remember that Ken Ball built a model of the gas works so maybe he has plans still.

Norman
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Post by: 9C on January 02, 2019, 12:48:59 AM
Norman,

We may well have met IRL in '88 or '89. I'd got as far as laying the double line from Hibel Road to the LNWR tunnel mouth scenic break and the points for the NSR loco shed lines when my marriage started to unravel. The baseboard somehow mysteriously disappeared shortly before the divorce, but I'd already taken my box of stock to my father and it survived. Moving, not only out of the house but out of London, finding a new job, marrying again, relocating again, divorcing again and the concurrent twenty years of irregular shifts put modelling to the back of my mind. Then, last year, my parents moved into a bungalow and that box of stock came out of the old house's loft....
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Post by: Newportnobby on January 02, 2019, 11:08:53 AM
'Eyup, David, and welcome to the forum (from another Lancastrian - there are several of us) :wave:
According to my Ian Allan books of the time 9C was Reddish depot, although no doubt that changed.
I look forward to hearing more about your plans in N such as space available, era/location, DC/DCC etc

NN,

That must be post-war. The plan is for an analogue layout set at the junction of the (old) LNW, NS & GC territories in Macclesfield on 30 May 1941; which provides a main and branch, two stations, two loco/goods yards and appropriate scenic breaks within a club sized modular layout, but also the ability to put fiddles onto the ends of a 6' 6" by 3' 6" core module and run that alone.


Aha. Having been born in 1953 it was only when I got pocket money I could save up to buy the books so they start at 1963 and go onwards from there. I like the sound of your location/era but don't envy you sourcing stock as, owing to infirmity, I am firmly in the RTR camp.
I think this site is uneqalled when it comes to checking allocations to sheds or individual loco types....
http://www.brdatabase.info/index.php (http://www.brdatabase.info/index.php)
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Post by: 9C on January 03, 2019, 12:19:03 AM
NN,

There will be a few "guests" passing through on the mainline, including Farish 2715 (Agecroft), Farish 5041 (Kentish Town), Peco/Rivarossi 5690 (Crewe {North}) and Langley 6243 (Camden), but most of the locally based stock will have to be 3D printed bodies on S/H motions. I'll need 2 LMS Fowler 2-6-2T, 6 LMS Fowler 2-6-4T, 4 LNER GC/C13 4-4-2T, 1 LNER GC/N5 0-6-2T and 1 LNER GC/O4-1 2-8-0. I've been working with Simon at Rue d'…tropal to produce a prototype for the larger (4P) Fowler tank and the early print looks extremely promising. None of the available chassis units is perfectly to scale for wheelbase, with Bachmann's Fairburn 2691 being marginally the closer but at twice the price of an old Farish Riddles 80064.

Edit: Whitehouse and StJ-Thomas' excellent LMS150 has a complete list of allocations dated 10 November 1945. I know there will have been a few rearrangements over the preceeding four years, but that's close enough for me to work with.


Darrwest,

Many thanks for the kind offer, but the basic track plan was set out in 1989 and I have recently had the chance to resize a 1930 map to 1:150 scale for precise work (once I get on with track laying on the new baseboards).


Everyone else,

Thanks for the warm welcomes.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: PostModN66 on January 03, 2019, 02:01:32 PM
'Eyup, David, and welcome to the forum (from another Lancastrian - there are several of us) :wave:
According to my Ian Allan books of the time 9C was Reddish depot, although no doubt that changed.
I look forward to hearing more about your plans in N such as space available, era/location, DC/DCC etc
NN,

That must be post-war. The plan is for an analogue layout set at the junction of the (old) LNW, NS & GC territories in Macclesfield on 30 May 1941; which provides a main and branch, two stations, two loco/goods yards and appropriate scenic breaks within a club sized modular layout, but also the ability to put fiddles onto the ends of a 6' 6" by 3' 6" core module and run that alone.

Welcome to the forum David,

Being from Macclesfield (actually born in Bollington) I am very interested to see your workings for a Macc-based layout.

Of course, in my day it was blue 86s, 304s and 310s, and Hibel Road station, the gasworks and the Bollington line were memories.

Cheers Jon  :)

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Post by: Redcap on January 16, 2019, 03:04:46 PM
Good afternoon folks. I hope Iím posting this in the correct place.
Iíve just joined the forum and I must say that Iím rather impressed with it.
Iíve recently got back into N Gauge, particularly trams and I intend to build a 10ft x 6ft city centre tram layout.
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Post by: dannyboy on January 16, 2019, 03:12:22 PM
Hi Redcap. I have just posted a reply in the tram post, but, again, welcome to the forum. Some very knowledgeable and talented people here.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Newportnobby on January 16, 2019, 03:50:49 PM
Hello Redcap, and welcome aboard :wave:
Which country is your proposed city likely to be based in, please?
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: Redcap on January 16, 2019, 04:49:13 PM
Iíve not decided yet, but most probably Japan.

Thanks for the welcome.
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Post by: Stuart The Bass on January 25, 2019, 08:40:55 AM
Hi There Tank,

At last. Somewhere I can talk N Gauge.

I am returning to Railway Modelling after thirty years and need to catch up a bit :smiley-laughing:. I may not post a lot to start but hope I may be able to help out occasionally, but I think I'll be needing the help...Ö..

Hope this is in the right place and I'm gettin off on the right foot.

I have just started building a small (8 feet x 1 foot) shelf layout based somewhere in Cornwall. Nice to get time to come back to the hobby.


Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on January 25, 2019, 08:45:23 AM
Hi Stuart and welcome to the forum. There are plenty of knowledgeable and talented people here, so, when you are ready, ask your questions.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Bealman on January 25, 2019, 09:01:31 AM
G'day from Australia, Stuart, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Newportnobby on January 25, 2019, 10:05:34 AM
Hello Stuart, and welcome aboard :wave:
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Post by: Bob Tidbury on January 25, 2019, 10:20:27 AM
 :welcomesign: Stuart Well you have made the second best decision .
The first was to go to N Gauge .
The second was joining this fantastic Forum .
Here you will find all the help you need to get back into our fascinating hobby .We are a real friendly bunch of guys and gals and we do have a laugh now and then which brightens up the day .
You will soon find out the names of the experts in each field of the hobby and the jokers like me ,but we all get along well , I consider myself very lucky since joining I have friends all over the world ,but unfortunately non in High Wycombe ,where I live ,the nearest being Crewearply in Tring and the bunch of guys from the Berkshire N Gauge Group based in Sindlesham near Reading .Hailstone picks me up for their club running days and we do have a smashing time .
Bob Tidbury
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Post by: port perran on January 25, 2019, 10:38:02 AM
Welcome aboard Stuart.
Always good to see another Cornish based layout on here - there are several of us either living here or modelling various places.
Can I ask what era you intend to model please?
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Post by: Tank on January 25, 2019, 12:23:49 PM
Welcome to the forum Stuart.  I hope you enjoy it.  :)
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Post by: NYMR on January 27, 2019, 05:37:46 PM
Hello Tank. Pleased to be part of the Forum
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Post by: Gabby on February 07, 2019, 01:13:51 PM
I have just joined and am looking forward to finding out what is on offer here. So far it looks really good but I need more time to fully appreciate the benefits of membership. All thanks go to those volunteers whom give their time to make such things a success. A personal thanks from me.
Kind regards
Gabby
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Post by: Newportnobby on February 07, 2019, 01:20:44 PM
Hi Gabby, and welcome to the forum :wave: Good to have you with us.
There is a huge range of expertise to be tapped into here and the forum can, and will, save you time and money
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Post by: port perran on February 07, 2019, 01:38:48 PM
Welcome aboard Gabby.
Iím not good on flags so what country are you in please?
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Post by: Gabby on February 07, 2019, 01:59:26 PM
Hi all,
Gabby here, new on NGF today.

For those of you that wish to know I am based in Bangkok, Thailand, I am a retired British engineer with a Thai wife (found her somewhere on my travels!).
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Post by: RailGooner on February 07, 2019, 02:06:33 PM
Hi Gabby and welcome aboard! :wave:

Is N gauge big in Thailand?
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Post by: dannyboy on February 07, 2019, 02:16:20 PM
Hi Gabby and welcome.
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Post by: Gabby on February 07, 2019, 02:33:58 PM
Hi again,

If i were to find anybody else in Thailand that modeled railways of any sort then I would be extremely happy! This sort of thing does not exist here. Most Thais have a problem to keep themselves fed never mind buying model trains. I have yet to find any kind of model shop in Bangkok, a city of 11 million plus people so you can tell. No, nothing here, I have to buy everything from the UK for any items for my GWR based layout.

Gabby 
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Post by: Bealman on February 07, 2019, 03:32:23 PM
G'day from Australia, Gabby, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Caz on February 07, 2019, 07:42:45 PM
Welcome to the friendliest forum on the net Gabby, look forward to see you plans and aspirations develop.
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Post by: Tank on February 07, 2019, 08:40:08 PM
Welcome to the forum Gabby! 
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Post by: DarrwestLU6 on February 15, 2019, 08:37:13 PM
Welcome Gabby! Enjoy the Forum!
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Post by: Dickydcc on March 30, 2019, 09:37:46 PM
Hi all realised  that I have been a bit rude by not introducing myself. However would like to thank all who post on here as what I have learnt from you all has been invaluable. My name is Richard & our layout is Thetford Rd. My dad,spent all his working life on the railway.  My mum, uncle & grandfather worked on the Muddle & Go Nowhere. So it's no surprise as a kid I had a model railway. Our layout is partly a tribute to them all sadly no longer with us.
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Post by: Bealman on March 30, 2019, 09:43:07 PM
G'day from Australia, Dicky, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Newportnobby on March 30, 2019, 10:19:55 PM
G'day from Australia, Ducky, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

 :oopssign: Whaddamistake @Bealman (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=255)
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Post by: Dickydcc on March 30, 2019, 10:40:39 PM
I've been called worse  :D
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Post by: Bealman on March 30, 2019, 10:48:51 PM
Bloody phone! Sorry, Dicky!  :beers:

As for you, NewportNobby, watch it, Ducky  >:D
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Post by: Railwaygun on March 31, 2019, 01:29:38 PM
Welcome aboard Gabby.
Iím not good on flags so what country are you in please?

Just click on the flag!
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Post by: mouldyoldboater on April 21, 2019, 04:10:32 PM
thanks for adding me. i look forward to reading the posts from your very knowledgeable  members :D
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Post by: dannyboy on April 21, 2019, 04:14:06 PM
Welcome to the forum mouldy, as you say, there are some very knowledgeable, (and talented), people on the forum.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: RailGooner on April 21, 2019, 06:10:09 PM
Welcome aboard mouldyoldboater! :wave:
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Post by: Newportnobby on April 21, 2019, 07:17:04 PM
I look forward to reading the posts from your very knowledgeable  members :D

That lets me off the hook, then. :D
Welcome to the forum :wave:
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Post by: D. Allan S on July 26, 2019, 04:04:45 PM
 :hellosign: :confusedsign: hi all, just joined the forum. Not great at using my pad and a bit slow because of a stroke. Have changed from OO to N because I can't bend down because I fall over and needed a track that I could put together without needing to solder. It is my hope to put together a steam museum by the side of a village with a tour through the countryside. So just bought a bit of track (kato) being a pensioner it was a bit of a stretch but I will be letting it grow as the years go by. :wave:
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Post by: RailGooner on July 26, 2019, 04:14:50 PM
Hi @D. Allan S (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=7747) :wave: and welcome aboard! :wave:
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Post by: crewearpley40 on July 26, 2019, 04:16:05 PM
Welcome to the forum
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Post by: dannyboy on July 26, 2019, 06:05:21 PM
Hi and welcome to the forum @D. Allan S (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=7747) . I think you have made the right decision in going for Kato Unitrack. There are a lot of fans of Unitrack on the forum, (including me) and there are a lot of hints and tips. It might be a bit more expensive to start with, but there is no expense needed for points and their motors, no soldering unless you want to, (I could go on) and very few negatives. Some dislike the plastic ballast and rigid track pieces, but both are easy to circumnavigate. Good luck.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: port perran on July 26, 2019, 06:26:00 PM
Welcome aboard.
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Post by: emjaybee on July 26, 2019, 07:07:47 PM
Hullo thar!

Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: Newportnobby on July 26, 2019, 08:51:21 PM
Eyup, and welcome to the forum :wave:
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Post by: Bealman on July 26, 2019, 10:38:34 PM
G'day from Australia, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Chris-Jam on August 22, 2019, 08:39:39 AM
 :thankyousign: it looks like there is a lot of good stuff on here, I'm looking forward to a long association.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on August 22, 2019, 08:43:48 AM
You are right about there being a lot of good stuff. There's plenty of knowledgeable and talented people on the forum, so 'fill your boots'. Any plans yet? There are some nosy people about, so a bit in the 'Introduction' thread would be appreciated.  :beers:
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Post by: Newportnobby on August 22, 2019, 10:21:15 AM
Welcome to the forum, Chris-Jam :wave:

There are some nosy people about, so a bit in the 'Introduction' thread would be appreciated. 

I resemble that remark :laugh:
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Post by: dannyboy on August 22, 2019, 10:32:50 AM
I'm saying nowt!  ;)
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Post by: Swadieram on November 30, 2019, 08:54:38 AM
Good morning

Iím 61 and fancied a project in the evenings, hence my being here
based in south Derbyshire there are some good modellers near me and at lease 3 societies Iím aware off
as a new boy to model railways have loads of stupid questions  hopefully the answers are all on here if only I can find them

Cheers

Ian
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Post by: Bealman on November 30, 2019, 11:41:54 AM
G'day from Australia, Ian, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Just had a look at your other post, and it sounds like you've made a good start.

It certainly helps having a partner who is also interested!!  :beers:
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Post by: dannyboy on November 30, 2019, 03:49:07 PM
Hi Ian and welcome to the forum. There are plenty of talented and knowledgeable people on 'ere so when you are ready, ask away.
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Post by: Daniel M on December 12, 2019, 08:35:11 AM
Returning to a childhood passion (when it was chunky monkeys from Lionels and Marxs and anything I could get hands on), I feel like I'm facing a learning curve that looks more like a wall. Also, feeling a tad isolated as there are no clubs or train shops nearby, with the closest shows 400 km away. And, though living in Canada, I'm in love with British railways (with a slight crush on German-Austrian lines). Fortunately, the local bookstore stocks some British mags... but I doubt they'd condone my lurking about on a daily basis, waiting for someone to pick one up so that I could run up and go: "Hey, are you into trains?" So, grateful for resources like this site.

Boy! Much has changed in the hobby. And though tons available for HO/OO, I've found that N punches well above its weight and gives me more opportunities for space available. Currently planning my layout using RailModeller Pro on my Mac while wrapping my head around DCC. Baby steps... baby steps...
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Post by: dannyboy on December 12, 2019, 08:44:45 AM
Welcome to the forum Daniel.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Bealman on December 12, 2019, 08:48:50 AM
G'day from Australia, Daniel, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: port perran on December 12, 2019, 08:58:12 AM
Welcome aboard Daniel
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Post by: Newportnobby on December 12, 2019, 11:18:22 AM
Hi Daniel, and welcome to the forum :wave:
We get the news as it's made here on the forum :D
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Post by: Bealman on December 12, 2019, 11:22:58 AM
Only if you're into very sad jokes from certain members  ;D
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on December 12, 2019, 11:48:57 AM
Who you talking about George? :confused1: :worried:
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Post by: MarkJ on December 12, 2019, 05:30:11 PM
Hey all
I am a complete newbie to this hobby, but need something to keep me occupied during my later years. I have always been interested in trains and train sets, but the hobby always seemed to be out of reach for a variety of reasons.
I now find myself with time on my hands and have finally decided to take the plunge. Due to space limitations I have decided to go for a basic 4x2 base and an N gauge setup. I understand this would seriously restrict what I can achieve, but its more affordable for starters.

I haven't decided weather to buy a starter set and build from there, or start with a track only set and add the other components.
I am sure I will be asking lots of questions.
Anyway, thanks for allowing me into the forum.

Mark
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Post by: RailGooner on December 12, 2019, 05:55:09 PM
Welcome aboard Mark! :wave:
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Post by: crewearpley40 on December 12, 2019, 05:59:26 PM
Welcome mark j. Maybe worth a read of : ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35556.msg/416493#msg416493. Search A beginners guide to model railways written by mick  newport nob by. Please do ask questions. Plenty of friendly  experienced talented modellers
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Post by: port perran on December 12, 2019, 06:00:26 PM
Welcome to the forum Mark.
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: dannyboy on December 12, 2019, 06:12:51 PM
Welcome to the forum Mark. When you are ready, ask your questions - somebody will have an answer, (or two).  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Newportnobby on December 12, 2019, 08:37:57 PM
Hi Mark, and welcome to the forum :wave:
I suggest you consult the 'collective' before you buy the track as there are options
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Post by: Daniel M on December 12, 2019, 11:03:50 PM
Welcome mark j. Maybe worth a read of : ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35556.msg/416493#msg416493. Search A beginners guide to model railways written by mick  newport nob by. Please do ask questions. Plenty of friendly  experienced talented modellers

MarkJ Welcome, from one new railroader to another. I don't know if you flailed about trying to get to Crewearpley40's excellent recommendation but I sure struggled! Yet like a terrier with a bone (or, actually, a reference librarian with a juicy stumper) I've located it by using https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35556 (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35556) and, yes, Newportnoby and the other contributors have a lot to offer.

Heck! Just after posting this initially, I was rambling about in the different tab headers and under NGF links (3 over from the Home tab), voilŗ! Halfway down, a dedicated link to the Beginner's Guide. Can't wait to explore what more is in the forum. Still, wouldn't have found it without Crewearpley40's mentioning it so thanks to him for the lead.
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Post by: crewearpley40 on December 12, 2019, 11:10:59 PM
Glad you found the link
 Apologies technical issues. Please do share your ideas with the friendly forum whatever dcc, analogue, whether scenics, kits, electrics. We all try and help
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Post by: Bealman on December 13, 2019, 12:23:59 AM
G'day from Australia, Mark, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: MarkJ on December 13, 2019, 04:49:33 PM
Thanks for all the welcomes people, much appreciated.
I have discovered there is an almost overwhelming amount of information and choices, however, I have to start somewhere.
I have been playing with SCARM and have attempted a basic layout using settrack, Its a basic loop with a double straight at the front where I would like a platform, and a spur off the back leading into the centre for storage of trains. I have made mistakes no doubt and a more experienced person would probably take one look, shake their head and mutter "noobs".
I am leaning away from starter sets at the moment and maybe assembling the components seperately.

Thanks again folks for the welcomes.
Mark
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Post by: DarrwestLU6 on December 28, 2019, 02:10:14 PM
Hi MarkJ @MarkJ (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=8111) 
Welcome!

SCARM is a great start. You can export you diagram to PDF, then could attach to a post if you want some feedback. Even start a new thread under ďLayout planningĒ sub heading...
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Post by: keithhumphries on January 16, 2020, 09:03:37 PM
 :hellosign:hi,im looking forward to being an active member, found out about the forum from a fellow member of my club in blandford cheers keith
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Post by: Bealman on January 16, 2020, 10:28:14 PM
G'day from Australia, Keith, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: RailGooner on January 17, 2020, 05:59:36 AM
Welcome aboard Keith! :wave:
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Post by: dannyboy on January 17, 2020, 07:50:00 PM
Hi Keith and welcome to the forum.
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Post by: port perran on January 17, 2020, 07:52:30 PM
Welcome aboard Keith.
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Post by: Cadman0501 on January 30, 2020, 02:15:14 PM
Thanks for the welcome. Looking forward to getting back into the hobby.
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Post by: Newportnobby on January 30, 2020, 02:41:52 PM
Hi Cadman0501, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Glad N gauge has kept its pulling power :)
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Post by: k2victor on February 07, 2020, 07:23:32 PM
Thank you for the welcome. I am in the process of starting again, first started in 1970's but due to work commitments was not able to keep the interest going. Now retired giving it another go. Pleasantly surprised at models are now available.
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Post by: dannyboy on February 07, 2020, 07:40:55 PM
Hi k2victor and welcome to the forum.
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Post by: Newportnobby on February 07, 2020, 08:29:37 PM
Hello k2victor and welcome aboard :wave:
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Post by: Bealman on February 07, 2020, 11:43:15 PM
G'day from Australia, k2victor, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Interesting call sign!  :beers:
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Post by: RailGooner on February 08, 2020, 10:40:54 AM
Welcome aboard k2victor! :wave:
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Post by: TrevL on February 10, 2020, 07:14:32 PM
Welcome along, another "crab" I'm guessing. There's a few of us here.
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Post by: greydog on February 16, 2020, 04:11:11 PM
 :hellosign: i joind a couple of weeks ago and have already had nice chats with a couple of members i have a double loop l shaped layout with a return loop on the inner track and a branch leading to an upper level terminus had to use a peco 3 way point there tto save space at the moment have got seep point motors but looking to change to servo's with arduino so will be looking for tips on that. have tried to add a pic :hmmm: looking forward to having some fun
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/87/8274-160220160829.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=87560)
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Post by: DarrwestLU6 on March 02, 2020, 11:40:23 AM
@greydog (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=8274) - looks very good use of the space, and clever use of the return loop and nice sweeping curves!
Also - I love the buildings on the right as part of the townscene against the backdrop. How did you model those?
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Post by: greydog on March 02, 2020, 04:42:36 PM
 :doh: hi since i posted the pic of my layout i have had to move it into another room and guess what the bloody thing didnt fit in any corner properly so i have had to rip it up and start again  :scowl: so i am now starting a 6foot 6 x 3 foot layout hopefully it will have a double figure of 8 in it on 3 levels. the buildings to the right are all metcalfe low relief kits and i have put led strips in each one to light them up they will be recycled into the new layout wish me luck i will need it
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Post by: dannyboy on March 02, 2020, 06:43:43 PM
That sounds like one of those 'oops' moments.
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Post by: greydog on March 02, 2020, 08:21:58 PM
That sounds like one of those 'oops' moments.
more like aarghh 
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Post by: Von on March 05, 2020, 08:25:52 PM
 :hellosign:

Hi  Im Von from Worcestershire and Im getting into N gauge
     Ive seen some great info already in my brief visit .... so will be hovering around the forum.

 wishing you all happy train days.
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Post by: dannyboy on March 05, 2020, 08:57:25 PM
Hi Von and welcome to the forum. Have you any ideas of what you are going to do yet?
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Post by: Corbie on March 05, 2020, 10:14:55 PM
Welcome Von. Looking forward to hearing your plans.
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Post by: Von on March 06, 2020, 09:04:06 AM
Hi Danny and Corbie..
Im not sure if Ive attached the photo correctly but im just at the stage of trying out track layouts  within the space ive got .. which is a inch and a bit  under 6ft x 3ft  off the top of my head ...Ive decided on Kato Unitrack and to model USA 1950

but also may want to put British  diesel  and maybe a guest Steam loco on  at a later date ..so want to keep landscape  a bit neutral... ... its ALL MONEY ... as you know!!

Corbie what does pre grouping steam mean ?  any photos of your  layouts guys ?

see ya
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Post by: dannyboy on March 06, 2020, 09:11:40 AM
Hi @Von (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=8398) , one question - any reason why the two loops go single track for that short stretch? I can thoroughly recommend Kato Unitrack, (and their locomotives!)  :thumbsup:. My layout 'Averingcliffe' starts here-
https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=44061.msg547551#msg547551 (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=44061.msg547551#msg547551)
There is a fair bit to read, but as you get nearer the end, you can see how the Unitrack all blends in. (I hope).  :beers:
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Post by: Corbie on March 06, 2020, 10:00:52 AM
Hi Danny and Corbie..
Im not sure if Ive attached the photo correctly but im just at the stage of trying out track layouts  within the space ive got .. which is a inch and a bit  under 6ft x 3ft  off the top of my head ...Ive decided on Kato Unitrack and to model USA 1950

but also may want to put British  diesel  and maybe a guest Steam loco on  at a later date ..so want to keep landscape  a bit neutral... ... its ALL MONEY ... as you know!!

Corbie what does pre grouping steam mean ?  any photos of your  layouts guys ?

see ya


@Von (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=8398) pre-grouping refers to everything before January 1923 in British steam railways. After the first world war many small railway companies (there were lots of them) were in a bad way and parliament passed a law causing them to amalgamate into 4 much larger companies. The smallest, my "home" company the GNSR, was amalgamated with others up and down the east coast to form LNER.
6' x 3' is the same size as my current layout. I'm only 4 months into it but I've posted a few pics and progress reports in the layouts section, under Great North of Scotland Railway or Pitlurg Station & Glen Sharnie.
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Post by: CB on March 28, 2020, 05:40:46 PM
Thanks for letting me join I hope to gain knowledge as a newby :thankyousign:
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Post by: crewearpley40 on March 28, 2020, 05:48:01 PM
Welcome CB. Use your cursor mouse in ngf links. A beginners guide to model railways. If experienced, dcc, analogue, steam, diesel we have people who try their best to answer queries
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Post by: dannyboy on March 28, 2020, 06:36:43 PM
Hi CB and welcome to the forum. Plenty of talented and knowledgeable people on the forum so any questions, ask away.
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Post by: Newportnobby on March 28, 2020, 08:30:58 PM
Hi CB, and welcome aboard :wave:
Don't be tempted to go for that 'mighty Wurlitzer' straight away. Go for something smallish you can get results with pretty quickly, and don't be afraid to ask questions. We all started out as newbies.
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Post by: Bealman on March 28, 2020, 10:02:10 PM
G'day from Australia, CB, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: RailGooner on March 28, 2020, 10:39:18 PM
Welcome aboard CB! :wave:
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Post by: DarrwestLU6 on March 29, 2020, 01:59:47 PM
Welcome CB. What era and type of modelling interest you?  Happy to help. Feel free to start a thread under layout planning or layout building sections of the Forum or just post up questions...
Title: Re: Welcome to the NGF!
Post by: port perran on March 29, 2020, 02:26:38 PM
Welcome aboard CB
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