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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:27 pm

Its finally made it!! The Bridge is featured in the August edition of British Railway Modeller.....available in the shops or online:
https://www.world-of-railways.co.uk/brm ... ugust-2017
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Re: The Bridge

Postby Nutter » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:53 pm

Will have to stagger over the shops tomorrow then. 8-)
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Re: The Bridge

Postby Kupzinger » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:16 am

Hi Doug,

Just bought the issue because I needed to see the article. Looks great. Especially the title picture! How was that made?

Congratulations from Vienna
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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:04 am

....the title picture! How was that made?

None of the photos were anything to do with me! And I believe a dose of Photoshop was involved! ;) ;) :roll:
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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:39 am

I've just accepted an invitation to take The Bridge to the Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition 2018, being held in Stevenage on 13th and 14th January. This show has previously been held in St Albans, but is moving to a larger venue in Stevenage where they can accommodate more layouts....
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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:31 pm

Well...in one day I've received and accepted one invitation to show The Bridge.....and withdrawn my acceptance of an invitation to take The Bridge to another show!! :shock: :shock:

I had received an enquiry to exhibit at a show in the north west in the winter of 2018, but I have decided not to pursue it due to a couple of reasons......very awkward access to the site and unacceptable selection criteria the organisers have for layouts they invite! :(

Now the good news, this afternoon I was invited to the Festival of British Railway Modelling Show at Doncaster in February next year. This is apparently the first T gauge layout they have invited to the show.....and follows the featuring of The Bridge in BRM magazine. :D :D
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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:08 pm

Just resting after a good weekend in Worthing. The show was fairly busy and there were many visitors who hadn't seen the layout before...and even a few who had visited the show mainly to see the layout. Just shows BRM readers do read through the details in articles! ;)

All stock ran well...although the Class 170 did stutter at one spot every time through on Saturday. I'd touched up the paintwork on the under-belly of the units as they were looking worn.....and didn't realise that one layer of paint would make the unit stop!. I scraped the paint off the corners....and the unit then ran perfectly! 8-)

I have some repair work to do before the next outing....to Falkirk.....two new signals needed. One had previously been knocked and the head came loose. It was still working...so I did nothing...and when cleaning the track Sunday morning I nudged it once to many times and one of the wires broke, so it lost one aspect. And I must have caught another of the signals with the track insert when dismantling the layout....Its head got knocked off completely! I think I have enough spare smt LEDS!
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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:07 am

Signal repairs in progress as I start preparations for the Falkirk show.

And I've just had confirmation of an invitation to another show....the Sheffield Model Railway Enthusiasts 2018 Exhibition on 24th and 25th March 2018.
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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:55 pm

All repairs now completed and signals all now fully functional.

Tomorrow I can now concentrate on getting the track and rolling stock cleaned and prepped for the show...50 ft or more track to clean and 24 axles/wheelsets to strip out, check, clean and replace. Should be a fun day!!
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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:58 pm

I'm starting to see signs that my rolling stock is starting to get to the point of needing a major overhaul!!

I think I may need to fit new driving bogies....as I've had to replace three individual wheels .. either a magnetic tyre has come loose and spins, or where the magnetic wheel is starting to break up or wear! I've also had to tweak a few of the metal pieces in the bogies so they grip the wheelset a little tighter.

I'm not that surprised I've found these issues.....these DMUs have travelled a few miles (1:1 scale miles) in the last year 12 shows, 22 days, and at say 5 hours a day running, a total of 110 hours running!! Does that mean my DMUs have each travelled over 100 miles?? :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

And its very strange that the most common question I've been asked by show visitors about reliability is "How long do the motors last?".....with my reply being "No idea.....I've never had to replace one!". And this must raise a question re power units/locos in the larger scales.....Do they have fragile motors?
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