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Nice layout mate, but in the third from last picture there looks to be a 'triple' decker bus.:hmm Where did you find that

Well spotted Kev - I've never seen one of those - and in purple to boot !!!!   :shock::shock::shock:



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 Posted: Fri Jan 23rd, 2009 01:06 pm
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Gwiwer wrote: A nice mix of what appears to be O, Q23, Q27 and is that 1938 tube stock lurking behind? The F stock is reserved for the avatar ;-)

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Now there's knowledge for you !!!:shock::shock::shock:

Where did you learn all that Rick - are you an ex Transport Minister ? :roll::roll::roll:



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Jeff ,in the picture of the bus garage ,you have an unusual backscene showing a street heading away from the garage with a side street off. Is that one of the usual backscenes available just now.



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Bobk,i think you will find they are in the forum index, i put a link in a while back.
simple to make and work very well.

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Thanks Owen, I thought I had seen them before.

Afternote: Owen I went to the Index, looked under 'U' for uncoupler and could not find it. Do you know where it is posted?:hmm

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That's a beaut diorama, Jeff.



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Bobk,looks like the article is lost ( all the forum probs most like )
if Jeff doe`s not reply i will try to dig the item out for you.

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Brilliant layout Jeff,and I'm loving the buses and lorries too.Very interesting!

Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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A lovely layout Jeff

I can see many years of work have gone into creating the layout and some really nice stock you have there.

Have you seen those flickering blue lights you can get that flash like an EMU or underground train pick up? 

Are all your locos dcc now the reason i ask your LT stock the efe ones probably have black beetles i was wondering if black beetles are happy with decoders.

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The purple triple-decker bus is featured in the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The one used for filming is a former London Transport RT-type bus with an extra top deck grafted on. It was converted inside to provide a dormitory.

With the popularity of these movies it wasn't long before Corgi brought out a model (as seen on Jeff's layout) and the tourist trade tried to replicate the Knight Bus in any way possible.

They sold quickly and I have not had much success in locating any stores with current stock.

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I think Jeff actually made those buses before the Corgi one came out.  There is also a Ford Anglia in a tree somewhere in another tip of the hat to Harry Potter.

 

I am quite familiar with Jeff's layout as he lives nearby.  I'll probably see it again in an hour as I am off round to Jeff's in an hour.  Nice to see some pictures of your layout Jeff.:doublethumb



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There is also a Ford Anglia in a tree somewhere
Spotted that one as well. :thumbs;-)

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Where did you learn all that Rick - are you an ex Transport Minister ?

No, not at all. But familiar perhaps with the London Underground system and the various trains which have run on it down the years.

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Real nice layout,like all the vehicles. Personally i dont like the 'Q' Class loco's either,glad all steam wasn't made the same way

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OK, a few questions to answer - also, I missed your earlier post, Rick (gwiwer), so apologies for not responding to it earlier.

 

Rick and Kevr: The Harry Potter bus was a challenge I set myself, using two EFE RTs (actually, one RT and one RTL!), plus a lot of cutting, filing and filling for the middle deck. The shade of purple eluded me for some time but I eventually came up with a mix I was happy with. Corgi later produced a ready to run vesion but theirs doesn't look as "accurate" as the radiator is the wrong shape and the top deck tapers inwards too much. Mine, on the other hand, is a little too vertical at the front of the middle deck. Corgi have modelled the beds and chandelier nicely, I haven't!!  ;-)

 

I actually had it in mind to construct a Harry Potter exhibition layout but haven't really the room or the finances to carry it hrough. In the meantime I also did the Ford Anglia, which no one seems to have commented on (until Neil, anyway, and he knew it was there!!): it's sitting in an oak tree ... well, I don't have any whomping willows so that had to do! There are also squirrels in some of the trees but they can't be seen in the pics. I do have a Hogwarts Castle and four Hornby coaches ready to go.

 

Rick, the F stock consists of one complete coach at the moment, a double-ended driving coach. I have a trailer to build, and intend to do one more trailer and a single-ended driving coach to complete a four car set when finances and time allow. The avatar pic is quite old - the F car was unglazed when that was taken. In fact, the full sized photo showed up that the leading side panel was glued on crookedly so after that shot I ripped off that panel, cleaned it up and reglued it. I have described all of the LT stock I possess in the Welcome thread (EDIT: see my next post).

 

Black Beetles work fine on DCC - the "Tadpole" unit has one fitted with a TCS M1 decoder. I did blow up the first decoder because I wrongly identified the brush and track feeds in reverse! My own fault but thank goodness for the TCS goof-proof warranty - they replaced it with no quibbles at all.

 

The uncoupling ramps have evolved by experimentation but are made from a length of clear shirt box plastic. They aren't quite right yet but are very close to my "definitive" design now. They have the advantage overthe Peco and Hornby plastic ramps in that they are clear plastic and less obtrusive, and that they can be made to fit gentle curves as well.

:cheers  If I have missed any other questions, just prod me to remind me.  :cheers



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Excerlent looking layout! I noticed the car in the tree and was just going to point it out when I noticed that I had been beaten to it! Like the look of the underground stock. I was thinking of having a section of underground on my garden railway but I think I had better finish what I have first as I dont think that the mrs would be too happy! :roll: :lol: ;-)

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Correction to my previous post: the list of my LT stock was in the Model Railway Videos section. I have copied and pasted what I wrote there below.  :oops:

 

re the LT stock (in my avatar too!): It is a bit of a mixture but all that are motorised have used Black Beetles, except one of the 1938 tube sets I bought already motorised with a Bachmann mechanism in it.

Not in any order, I have:

5 car CO/CP stock made from white metal Harrow Models kits (now in the Radley range).

5 car Q stock made from resin kits from DC Kits/Little Bus Company - 2 x Q23, Q27, Q31 and Q38 in the mix, most painted but awaiting glazing and couplings.

2 car F stock from Harrow Models white metal kits - 1 built the other still in kit form.

2 x EFE 1938 tube stock sets, motorised.

1 x EFE 1959/62 tube stock, unmotorised at this stage.

4 car A60 stock from resin Harrow Models/Radley kits, painted but not yet built or motorised.

4 car C69 stock from Little Bus Company resin kits - unbuilt.

They were running a shuttle on their own lines but I relaid the fiddle yard and have not restored the LT tracks - the sidings they are sitting in are the remnants!


 



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Bobk,i found the measurements for the uncouplers ,
10 mm wide- 85 mm long,10 thou plastic,place over 8 sleepers with the ends tucked under two.

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cut a 10mm wide strip of PET plastic 0.010”thick (0.25mm) about 85mm long, and threaded it under the sleepers at each end, so that it went under two sleepers and over 8 sleepers, in the centre of the track, checking that it did not foul the backs of the rolling stocks wheels. Depending on your make of track and its sleeper spacing it may be necessary to adjust these details.

original instructions.

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Here are a couple more pics of that low bridge diorama, but with a different bus this time - a South Yorkshire PTE DMS for those who want to know. :)







You can't really see it but I did paint that little moustache on the Inspector - shades of Blakie!



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