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Old 06-09-2018, 10:48 AM   #401
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The one thing I have noticed that even in the heatwave we have just had, after this flying the trails spread out and form thick blanket like cloud cover and the main difference between this and natural cloud cover is when this happens we get the heat as if it is a hot sunny day but we get a dull day with cloud at the same time. All when the rest of the UK is in a heatwave!

I like the look of that Unimat 4. I'd like the Metal line set. The only downside is that there is no powerfeed.
I do hear of attempts to get the old canals reopened. To reopen our local canal would stop attempts to reopen our railway up the valley. It is in the pipeline to be reopened as a tourist railway. A lot of the railway was layed on top of the route of the old canal and uses the same bridges, hence flooding and the need to use cut down cabs when the railway used to be in operation.
There is power feed on a Unimat 4 but available as an accessory. You buy a little gearbox that fits on the end of the feed screw that connects it to the drive. It has a push/pull button on it to connect and disconnect it. You can see it here bolted in place.
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Old 06-09-2018, 02:13 PM   #402
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No John we didn’t even get discounted tickets, why would you think that?


Just because you work at an airport doesn’t mean you get free flights. Did you get anything free in your job?
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Old 06-09-2018, 02:33 PM   #403
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Fascinating though the diversion is - can we bring the thread back on topic please? R-
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Yes, although it was MG who deviated from the thread.
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Yes it was me who diverted the thread. Oops!

This morning I've been cutting track and soldering getting ready for making the short portable track pieces to bridge the boards. As mentioned before, the idea is that the short track pieces will allow some flex if the boards themselves slightly move as they age, or if the layout is on an uneven floor etc.
Here's a pic tyre of the work in progress so far.
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And while I'm involved in the PW (Permanent Way... In other words the track & signalling etc... This case the track) on the layout, there's something missing regarding using long flexible rail lengths. Few narrow gauge or older standard gauge railways had continuous welded rails. Very few as far as narrow gauge is concerned, so I have cut slits halfway through the rails at specific positions to replicate rail joints. I've also opened these up slightly with V shaped file.
I'm not sure if it will show with the photograph, but now my track which is on the scenic side of my little railway has sectional rails just like the real narrow gauge railways have. I may make some dummy fishplates to add to the look, though that is a low priority for now.
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