Up & Down in Henley

Chops Jan 25, 2021

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    Loch Ness Monster sight seeing in the UK.
     
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    Electric Holiday. I am having a blast with the Dapol Diesel Rail Coach and the Hornby Class 71. Simply superb in every way. I could do this all night. The vintage Triang (Electra) is also a lot of fun, but in no way competes with the fluid motion of the two new pieces.
     
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    That looks really fun. How big is the layout?

    Also, what is the radius on al those curves?
     
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    4 x 8, balance of outer curves are about 22 inches, inner 18 inches. Hornby code 100 is used, as its profile is a tad bigger than Atlas code 100, and the latter will trip up the vintage wheel flanges of OO.
     
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    More drivel, but less humor, taken from a different angle as I struggle not to fall over extension cords and containers. The performer, Richard Dyer-Bennet, was big in the day, now largely forgotten. Here's a bump to his brilliant style and artistry:

    (Like I say, I'm not much of a highbrow, but I do enjoy a good tune).

     
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    Neither Snow Nor Rain...

     
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    I do enjoy your videos and your choice of music. Haven't heard Richard Dyer-Bennet in a long time.
    I usually wish I had a better sound system but, the other apartment dwellers probably wouldn't. (y);)
     
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    I have fun three times. I get to run the trains, and I get to run them again when assembling a video. And I get to play DJ from 16th Century Italian folk music to Punk Rock.

    Unlike slot car afficianados, a lot of model rail heads like their trains to run on the slow side of the speedometer. So do I. Problem with these vintage three pole motors is that they are full on or full off, and lowest I could tease these oldsters down was to maybe six or seven volts before they started cogging and stalling. Even the little O-4-O has a re-geared worm for slower running, at it howls along as to what is seen here with only 3.5 volts- the least it will tolerate.

    Little by little, manufacturers are slowly waking up to the fact that we don't like 100 MPH Shays, so there is a trend towards slower things in the British Range, as well as American. I can even tamp down my retooled Rocket to maybe 2.5 volts for an easier, loping gate. The Ye Olde Triang used to blow down like an egg beater turned up to extra-extra whip.

    I've got a new idea for the Armadillo line next weekend. Glad you enjoy it, sometimes I feel I am the only one that does, but it is better than hitting up Ye Olde Watering Hole, so I'll keep churning this stuff out.
     
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    Agreed! I've tried the cars and airplanes in the past and found them too radical. As you say the trains need to be brought down the same as I have.
    The electric bicycles have gotten radical as well. I will now need a drivers license, insurance and restrictions as well.
    Thanks again for the enjoyment. Hoping I can get there soon.
    Rich :)
     
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    Electrifying Developments...in Olive Oil Distribution

    This generic Italian job, analyzed in Sam's Train Review, is just a gem, and at $25 plus $8 shipping I was delighted to bag it. For a cheapo, it runs brilliantly.

     
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    Too bad you don't have the overhead cables.
     
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    Yeah, I've thought about it, did a little trolley line with overheads, and tried a little on Armodilloville. Running electrics without
    caternary is like playing air guitar. Thing with Henley, I can pull the buses off and backdate the layout to 1830. or 1870, and
    that is nice to do from time to time. Putting in cat would be a game changer, in that regard. The other problem with cat is how #%#%#$ easy it is to catch on your sleeve. One moment of inattention and you got hours of repair work. Oscar Paisley does a Youtube channel where he runs a lot of vintage Hornby under wire, and his stuff is AMAZING. The guy must have more money than the Prince of Wales- space and money is in very short supply in the UK, so layouts tend to be very, very small and very simple. Not all, but many, by comparison.
     

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