Firstly we’ve visited two miniature railways, both recommended at nearby country parks. The Echills Wood Railway is at Kingsbury Water Park and is a superb run of over a mile. The odd engine shown above bears a kind of resemblance to the funkey ‘Vale of Ffestiniog’! The other is more of a standard miniature run at Ryton Pools – a green class 37 this time.
I’ve also managed to wire up the question mark board with it’s 4 feeds now attached to the track and the bus. Furthermore the ends of the bus wires have had their connectors added and all is good.
Last night I decided to have a play with greenwich couplings (well expong is organised by these guys and gals). I found them excellent to fold up and use as simple loco couplings and extension backwards with three mounting holes should make them great for adding to brass bodies with just a vertical wire inside the ends. The black colour is how they come – ready blackened!
I then tried to make one up into the full coupling. I didn’t need the magnetic uncoupling and was aware that the extended leg would catch on the exit from the down gradient on the layout, so I snipped this off. However this means that the very small and light loop doesn’t like to return to the normal position, and so I have decided to give up on that one and just use ordinary bemos. However I think they are well worth using as loco couplings.
I also ordered the 4 new peco mainline points I need, and to pay for these and the NGG16 I bought, a few items have been added to ebay: