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The level change to the road in the backscene is small enough to have an unguarded level crossing?

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Posted on: Yesterday, 09:17 PM


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Hump back bridge?

I would make the top third of the road surface as 'normal' and then have the bottom two thirds on the grey cottage side vertical. From a distance I don't think you'd notice that too much.

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Posted on: 23 Oct 2020, 21:28


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I hope nothing derails in there .... unsure.gif

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Posted on: 22 Oct 2020, 17:15


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Like those very much thumbsup.gif

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Posted on: 20 Oct 2020, 20:46


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Very nice thumbsup.gif

In that photo of the coaching inn a couple of posts back, you really wouldn't know that support was embedded in the building.

For photos, maybe a bit of foliage in the shelf support could be passed off as a tree?

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Posted on: 19 Oct 2020, 16:41


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ESU have announced some new diesel locos and coaches - Visit http://www.esu.eu/aktuelles/newsbeitrag-le...-2020-online/3/

The page may be in German. My browser translated it for me.

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Posted on: 19 Oct 2020, 16:38


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You can now view / download a PDF of Roco's planned new releases for winter 2021 at the Catalogues page on their website:

https://www.roco.cc/en/news/catalogs/index.html

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Posted on: 17 Oct 2020, 20:43


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The anticipation .... wink.gif

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Posted on: 13 Oct 2020, 15:45


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Posted on: 11 Oct 2020, 20:21


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Nice job on the chimney cladding round the shelf upright thumbsup.gif
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i expect a sort of chimney cap would slightly improve the general look of this feature,

I agree...
... and if you make it deep enough maybe a row of 6 chimney pots to finish it off?

The overall view makes a good impression too. I can just imagine it once the 'work in progress' is completed.

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Posted on: 11 Oct 2020, 07:21


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Nice ground level shot thumbsup.gif

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Posted on: 8 Oct 2020, 17:27


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I would, however, rather like the addition of a single button for a "thank you". For me it would allow a supportive / informative response, which I could apply, when a full reply may be more than required.

I've had a look in the settings and didn't see anything particularly obvious there.

We'll just have to reply more often. I know what Kristopher means about lack of feedback.

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Posted on: 2 Oct 2020, 15:29


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Jones Chalet style building is nearly complete, here missing its chimneys so what do you think

Good execution but the building style does not appeal to me at all.

I like the photo of the goods train going through the entry to the 'works'.

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Posted on: 1 Oct 2020, 15:37


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their core customers are in the German speaking lands, and expectations of product being 'right' are high

It would be worth checking out German model rail forums if your German is up to it. Mine definitely isn't.

I have quite a lot of Roco stuff and am likely to buy more so your unfortunate experience has put me on my guard.

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  Forum: HO & International · Post Preview: #647649 · Replies: 14 · Views: 672

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Posted on: 1 Oct 2020, 15:34


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Regensburg and Passau are certainly well worth a visit.
I don't remember seeing the old river port in Regensburg but we did find an old steam loco displayed near one of the locks by the Danube.
On our visits to Passau we didn't stray far from the old town either.

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  Forum: On My Layout · Post Preview: #647647 · Replies: 9 · Views: 937

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Posted on: 29 Sep 2020, 15:38


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Among other things, my wife gives piano lessons and the piano is in the dining room which meant that my tenancy there was always going to be short lived. But there's still a problem as the room I now occupy is directly above the dining room and being a modern (ish) house, I get to hear a lot of what goes on.

Having lost just about all her other work due to lock down, my wife has been able to continue teaching 'willing' pupils via video so, after a few weeks, the idea of a garden office came up and that somehow morphed into a sound proofed studio.

The building work was completed a couple of weeks ago and the electrics hooked up last week. Professional piano removers shifted the piano and organ to their new home last Friday and the first lesson took place yesterday afternoon. Sound reduction has been measured at between 45 to 50 dB which meets the commitment made by the builders.

So the distraction technique was not particularly subtle. My wife likes trains and is particularly pleased with the theme as she too misses our visits to quaint walled towns in southern Germany.

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  Forum: On My Layout · Post Preview: #647609 · Replies: 9 · Views: 937

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Posted on: 28 Sep 2020, 21:38


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Received a consignment of A1 5mm foam board from Hobbycraft today. I have used this to mount the first section of Faller's 'Small Town' background - 900mm x 500mm. I secured it with 3M double sided tape along the top, bottom and middle. The small town is actually "Rothenburg ob der Tauber and I have walked along the path just outside the wall in the picture.

I also completed the second low relief house.



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Posted on: 27 Sep 2020, 18:22


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After some initial sizing up, I decided that I could afford a 24" wide shelf for the first 35" just inside the door, so I bought a couple of 610mm brackets.



This was followed by a sheet of 12mm hardwood ply 35" x 24".



The length of 35" is one third the length of the wall. The room is just over 6' wide at the far end so the railway is going to be very simple. I am planning on making a small elok maintenance depot attached to the side of a small country station.

Part of the idea behind this shelf layout is to see what I can achieve with RTR locos, 'set track' and buildings from kits. Years ago I had a couple of Faller kits and have always fancied building a few more. In other words, something a bit simpler than the monster project in the loft. I also want to create something which evokes some of the southern German towns we have visited and enjoyed in recent holidays. Reading this article on this BBC website about people recreating elements of holidays in the Scilly Isles, I am not unique in wanting to do this.

So this first baseboard is going to be a town scene inspired by Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbuehl and Noerdlingen and there is no better model to start with than 'The Swords Tower' from Rothenburg by Faller:



I have spent many hours trawling through the Faller, Vollmer, Kibri and MSL websites for suitable buildings. From holiday photos it seems that Bavarian town houses have the roof ridges running fore and aft to the street, whereas most of the kits I have come across go from side to side but they have pantile roofs, multi coloured walls and timber framing, so I think they will capture the essence I am looking for.

My first building is a low relief house from Faller. This shows the true scale of The Swords Tower.



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Posted on: 27 Sep 2020, 09:24


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Over the past few years my collection of modern era locomotives with a Brenner Pass theme has grown to the point where I don't have any room to run them on my layout in the loft. It seems a shame to just leave them in boxes so I thought to display them on a shelf somewhere downstairs. And there the thought rested until "The Virus" came and I found myself working from home.

After a week at the dining room table which was uncomfortable, draughty and cold, the following weekend was spent clearing my desk in the smallest bedroom. More clearances followed and eventually it was possible to reach the single straight uninterrupted wall which would make a good location for an adjustable shelving system.

In due course some twinslot uprights and supports were put up and some 12mm plywood shelves. Most of these were filled with my collection of railway books, some modelling materials with a small amount of space for displaying locos.

Rather than just getting some bare track, I bought some Roco RocoLine ballasted tracks and finishing ends.



So far so tame. The plot thickens. Careful arrangement of the shelves left a gap at the bottom:



to be continued...
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Posted on: 25 Sep 2020, 16:02


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I posted a couple of photos in my photo album along with a description on how I converted by Hornby A4 from chassis conduction to two wires. It may look similar to your SR loco:
Follow the link and then go left for the completed view.

https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...si&img=1767

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Posted on: 22 Sep 2020, 17:42


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I would wrap the lower part of that strut / shelf support in brick paper to make it look like a chimney and then just place the coaching inn around it.

The low level view looks good.

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Posted on: 21 Sep 2020, 15:42


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I like the way the coaching inn has come out thumbsup.gif

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Posted on: 19 Sep 2020, 08:26


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Roco had got to the point where they had three track systems - Geoline, Rocoline and Fleischmann. Something had to give and with the owners putting the HO under Roco and 'n' under Fleischmann the result was inevitable?

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Posted on: 18 Sep 2020, 15:48


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I wonder what Roco will do in response? Surely they're not going to allow their customers to decamp to Trix without a struggle?

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Posted on: 17 Sep 2020, 17:41


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There's a photo of the Trix converter track in their new items leaflet for Autumn 2020. You can clearly see it change in height from one end to the other.

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