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Wow! Nice find. This looks like a useful resource for Model Rail Forum. The first forum in Europe to offer its members a TV show to watch!

Ok its American but the ideas travel across the pond.

This is a better link as it take you to almost 10 hours of TV viewing!


http://www.thetrainshow.com/show_schedule.html

I'm rivetted!


Why don't we do it like this in Europe?

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QUOTE I also enjoyed the 'instant' layout that Rich did with an oval and siding, a few 'rocks' and some scatter!!!

This was in the "Lay-Goh" episode. It was pretty amazing what you can do with a pepper shaker and a few rocks in just 10 minutes. It was all on black paper under the track so putting large black sheets of paper under your layout and working on that seems like a good tip if you want to create instant layouts by scattering buildings and everything everywhere.

And when its time to pack away you can just lift the paper up and put the scatter back in the pot! Don't say you don't pick up money saving tips at Model Rail Forum!

QUOTE Looking at the #20a. Does the equivalent of these big clubs exist in the UK where dispatchers (or Fat controllers) organize the drivers and signal men on complex operational layouts?

The short answer is No! Even at exhibitions it does not happen. Random trains just appear from the fiddle yard and dissapear back to the fiddle yard. I think the issue is one of space and the cost of real estate in the UK. To make something like the dispatcher operations interesting with several operators responsible for sections of track probably requires a very long circuit. The one in the TV programme was about 100m long wasn't it (or some considerable length)? That would take an HO scale loco running at scale speeds about 5 mins to cover! That would be real heaven!!!


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Its whatever rocks your boat.

I do admire those folk who say they have a passion for all scales and all gauges and all things worldwide. Its the big pockets I admire!


And I will admit to enjoying watching free to air TV programmes about model trains no matter which continent or gauge is featured. And I do take an interest in all aspects of the hobby on show at Warley and other shows as once you have paid your entrance fee it is all free.

But when it comes to spending money then its time to focus on what you are really passionate about and that normally involves something that you can relate to and get emotional about.

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With Xmas coming up and folk having plenty of time to watch things it might be worthwhile reviving this topic.

It was all free to view 2 years ago. There is now an annual membership fee of around $15 which gives you access to around 17 hours of model railway video (45p per hour) however there are also plenty of free videos to watch sponsored by various companies to offer a flavour of what is available.

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Gary
 
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