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I started converting my railway from DC to DCC in July. I had 60+ locos back then, but found all of the steam bar one DCC ready loco couldn't be converted.

So far I have bought or converted 31 locos and still have 10 not suitable for conversion, the oldest being Hornby Dublo. I am mainly modelling modern GWR (including for steam charters), plus anything Southern DC. I still have some locos rarely or never seen on these regions, that will go eventually.

I have 08/10/11/24/25/31/37/40/42/47/50/52s/56/59/60/73/86/92/MPV + 101/110/156/170/220/HSTs/395/401/402/403/423/450/466 + some steam locos of which only 71000 can stay

Yes I buy what I like. For steam, that is locos that look good. I plan to get a Garratt, Battle of Britain, LNER P2, W1, Silver A4, but only those I can get at a reasonable price. My philosophy is to have a long wish list and only buy what comes up for an affordable price. I'd love a Paddington class 800, but not for £500+ and S Stock but not for £1000.
Your collection is impressive I must say, and I can relate to the cost of models. I've only very recently purchased a set of coaches because new they were €56 (~£50 at the time, though closer to £42 from certain retailers), having held off over year after they were released a full set came to around £23 per coach roughly which is reasonable enough considering the general scarcity of Irish stock and the small runs of such information comparison to British stock.
 
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Your collection is impressive I must say, and I can relate to the cost of models. I've only very recently purchased a set of coaches because new they were €56 (~£50 at the time, though closer to £42 from certain retailers), having held off over year after they were released a full set came to around £23 per coach roughly which is reasonable enough considering the general scarcity of Irish stock and the small runs of such information comparison to British stock.
I am finding that about 2 years after release a price low point is reached.

I am looking to get a rake of freightliner type container wagons. You have to do a lot of price research, watch & bid last minute and hope that you might win one. I just bid on 4 and won one at the lowest price of the 4, well below market rate :)

Also just sneaked a very cheap class 411 in blue/grey by bidding with 5s to go!

Laid another point & double slip today - remembered to drill holes in the base to add point motors!
 

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I am finding that about 2 years after release a price low point is reached.
I would tend to agree, though at this point the models in question are becoming difficult to find as the original manufacturer doesn't have any left in stock now and nor do most stockists.


I am looking to get a rake of freightliner type container wagons. You have to do a lot of price research, watch & bid last minute and hope that you might win one. I just bid on 4 and won one at the lowest price of the 4, well below market rate :)
That's pretty much my bidding technique as well! Though one still gets gazumped now and then.


Also just sneaked a very cheap class 411 in blue/grey by bidding with 5s to go!
Nicely done! 8-)
 

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I’ve realised after a bit of research and swearing that the magnet I buried under my track in three places are upside down.
This means that my automatic uncoupling doesn’t work and I’m going to have to dig them out somehow and reset them... They were the only thing that I didn’t test before ballasting and I’m absolutely kicking myself now.
I may need some counselling at some point...
 

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There's something fishy about the Southbound sleeper portion for London St Pancras this evening... layout very much WIP but starting to resemble a railway at least now. Need to think about my platform layout before the underlay arrives.sleeper.jpg
 

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There's something fishy about the Southbound sleeper portion for London St Pancras this evening... layout very much WIP but starting to resemble a railway at least now. Need to think about my platform layout before the underlay arrives.View attachment 84764
Love it. :)
So, Herring in that van..?
 

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Love it. :)
So, Herring in that van..?
Thank you. Something like that! Luckily for the passengers there is a BG inbetween it and the two sleeper carriages! Although this portion working is fabricated for my railway, this is how the Glasgow St Enoch-London St Pancras Sleeper (via Leeds & Nottingham) ran, with a fish van and BG separating it from the passenger coaches. Of additional interest, this service alternated nightly between using Eastern Region and London Midland region rolling stock. To model this I can switch the current Mk1 BG for a Stanier or Thompson equivalent; maybe some Gresley sleeping coaches might appear in the future...
 

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I’ve realised after a bit of research and swearing that the magnet I buried under my track in three places are upside down.
This means that my automatic uncoupling doesn’t work and I’m going to have to dig them out somehow and reset them... They were the only thing that I didn’t test before ballasting and I’m absolutely kicking myself now.
I may need some counselling at some point...
I take it the couplers can't have the polarity changed, it's has to be the uncouplers?
 

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I take it the couplers can't have the polarity changed, it's has to be the uncouplers?
I don’t think so unfortunately. I’ve sought wise advice from people that know these things and it looks like they have to come out if I want them working. I’ve just got to decide how important that is to me.
 

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I don’t think so unfortunately. I’ve sought wise advice from people that know these things and it looks like they have to come out if I want them working. I’ve just got to decide how important that is to me.
As hard and as frustrating as it probably is to do, just forgetting all about them might be the sensible option!
 

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As hard and as frustrating as it probably is to do, just forgetting all about them might be the sensible option!
I think you might be right actually.
 

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This is my main station, do far consisting of platforms and tracks at the north east end and a blank board ready for tracks & sidings at the SW end.

The trains are out as I'm replacing the boards with PIR insulation. That wall at the end will be demolished soon to open up the space into the next loft rather than small tunnel holes.

This will be the railway yard area

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My SE loop under construction. There will be a hill on the left of the 4 tracks and the viaduct will be across the end wall where it loops to the other side of the loft. This will be the S&C type scenery area

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My NW loop to be inner city area like say London Bridge to New Cross. Trains are stoed there whilst I insulate the rest of the loft.

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Another area and the temporary DC suburban station that I'll replace

I've probably done around 60% of the base boards so far, DCC wiring but little scenery, no point motors, signals etc
Cracking space you got there! Could probably end up watching and running the trains all day with a layout like that.

There's something fishy about the Southbound sleeper portion for London St Pancras this evening... layout very much WIP but starting to resemble a railway at least now. Need to think about my platform layout before the underlay arrives.View attachment 84764
Nice start!
 

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I don’t think so unfortunately. I’ve sought wise advice from people that know these things and it looks like they have to come out if I want them working. I’ve just got to decide how important that is to me.
That is unfortunate, if it's any consolation plenty of excellent layouts use the tried and tested "hand of God" - I don't feel it detracts from the layout itself.
 

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That is unfortunate, if it's any consolation plenty of excellent layouts use the tried and tested "hand of God" - I don't feel it detracts from the layout itself.
Well it got the better of me in the end and I managed to dig two of them out without damaging the track. Now I’ve moved the magnets to the side and raised them slightly they seem to work fine so I’ll reballast it at some point.

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Glad you've managed to at least partly solve the problem, how many did you have installed?
There’s three altogether so I’ll probably have a bit of a play first before I dig the last one out.
Actually I dissolved the PVA in the ballast with a bit of thinners and it was easier to do than I expected.
 

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There’s three altogether so I’ll probably have a bit of a play first before I dig the last one out.
Actually I dissolved the PVA in the ballast with a bit of thinners and it was easier to do than I expected.
Always comforting when something works out a bit easier than anticipated, good luck with the final one.
 

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I've got a 3d print kit class 508 on the go along with a reject 3d print class 313. You can follow my progress on my modelling Instagram account - 508emu
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Theres definitely a growing market for these things now. You can buy a variety of laser cut MDF kits from various ebay sellers, and 3d printing seems to be on the rise not only for scenics but for stock too. The 508 kit is available from modernmultipleunits on ebay. He does the pep series and now class 323 amongst others.
 

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