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Just found this recording of some top flight musicians having fun and felt I really had to share it.
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It's now my cheer-me-up music for when I'm feeling bored or a bit low!
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For those who are interested, I shall be exhibiting my Z scale layout, Bahnhof Breitenfurt – Ost, at the Elgin Model Railway Club's Modelfair on Saturday and Sunday, 3rd and 4th of November, in Elgin Town Hall, North Street, Elgin  IV30 1UD.
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The exhibition went well with few problems. I am working on uploading photos and will post the URL when it they are ready.
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Hi Guys. A while back I received a request to add a link from my site to a site called 'Paperbrick'. Being lazy by nature (I should be out for a walk right now) I only just something about it. To quote the person who created the site:

"o Free brick prints for modellers.
"o Generate your own unique pattern of bricks to create your own unique brick paper.
"o Every generated print file has a randomly generated pattern of bricks using images of real bricks."

Sadly, the site's creator died recently but his daughter is keeping the it going. The service is free but if you send a donation you will be able to access extra material. £1 ($1.65) will give full access for two months.

As created is only goes down to N scale. For Z (1:220) I suggest selecting TT and set divide your required dimensions by 2. T scale is probably a bit ambitious but try TT and divide by 4. I did a quick run on it and the result was excellent.

NB, I have no connection with the owners of this site.
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OK. I don't seem to be able to write in my notes against each image so here we are.

1. The recently added footbridge. Currently set to bright (for exhibitions) it can be dimmed for night photography. (Same applies to the signal box.) The white marks are plaster has been used to fill old signal motor holes. Ballasting was stopped after I wrote of 3 turnouts, a double slip and my turntable. I wasn't going to ballast but quite a few modellers were all for it. Expensive advice.
2. The track plan (version 4.0.3) The track layout is designed in such a way that trains arriving on the down main can run onto any of the four tracks. Similarly, any station track can access the up main. There is also a branch line that can be access track 1 (nearest to the station building) and tracks 5-7. Bad design points: freight yard is at the wrong end of the layout, etc. Some have been sorted out.
3. The layout can be covered by the front apron and the apron can also carry descriptions of the trains. I fitted the apron/lid after I went round a roundabout a bit too fast and one of the train boxes landed on the layout (fortunately not too much damage done).
4. An additional image. The up end of the station. The four trains (left to right) are: Epoch 1 down express drawn by a Bavarian S3/6 4-cylinder compound; An epoch 2 Orient express set drawn by a BR 18.4 (ex S3/6); Next we have a V120 DRG diesel-pneumatic. Finally, you can see a Gt2x4/4 [config. (D)'D h4vt] easing a freight train down the steep grade of the branch line.

Once again, sorry about the loss of teh original posts.

PS. Could we have a Layout option for general comments about a layout rather than specifics.

All the best,
Chris.
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Oooh, nasty. Don't want to be a loser of posts. :o(
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Watched a programme last night on Channel 4 (UK) about the weird weather we've been having. I looks like a case of "Be scared, be very, very scared." According the the expert on the programme, thing could, just could, get a lot worse. Also, it is forecast that the UK could have it coldest winter this winter for many many years. I wonder if the Thames will freeze over.
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According to the programme the North Atlantic drift has weakened a bit. Also they said that there is increasing evidence that global warming is affecting the weather even tho' the average increase in temperature is less that one degree.
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First, thank you, Ken, for inviting me. I don't have any local model rail people so am dependant on the Web.
It is 5am and there is a howling gale and rain outside!
OK, to introduce my self. As retirement approached I decided that, at last, I would build myself a big (for a cottage) N scale layout and commandeered one of the bedrooms. I built up a collection of trains (esp. sets) but before I could start I discovered Z and fell in love!
So, Bahnhof Breitenfurt -- Ost (Broadford East station) was born and has gradually grown to maturity. So here is a photograph of the central area of the station. You can see more by going to my website at http://trains.manvell.org.uk/ and either look at my diary or at photos from exhibitions.
Well,that's enough from me.
Best wish,
Chris.
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I don't have good eyesight as I suffer from macular degeneration in one eye. I do use a magnifying headband though. CM
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A Tomschik natural (or hand) horn in F, c. 1910. Ine of my collection of four horns.
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I'm pulling out of this community.
I have had little to say as I am noy into US trains and the one post that I thought would have been a great help to modellers in all scales has been blocked and no reason given.
I know when I'm not wanted.
Good luck with all your modelling. Some super stuff here. I just don't have time to read it all.
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+Chris Manvell : Sad to see you go. However, Can you give me a clue which post had been blocked without apparent reason? If I block a post, I usually give a reason ( and I only block obvious spam). Your current post would have been deleted though, because it is in a category that is not intended to hold any posts... If you would care to read the guidelines you would know this...

As the owner of this community, I have to take the time to read every post and also have to take the time to "clean up" the community, hence the guidelines.
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It's not often that I originate something here but I was so shocked when I saw this video that I felt that I should pass it on even though I only have a small circle of readers and it affects New York, not the UK. This is frightening.

Youtube: Radon in My Apartment? The Spectra Pipeline
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Upworthy: http://www.upworthy.com/in-case-you-missed-it-a-seriously-scary-thing-is-scheduled-to-happen-to-new-york-city-in-november-3
Or go to their website where there are other videos as well:
Website: http://occupythepipeline.com .
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Sorry guys. I just spent about an hour giving a description of my layout and adding images and the whole lot crashed so you're just going to get three of the images (if I'm lucky). The one of the bridge shows the lights bright for exhibition mode. Sorry, I have to go as I have other things to do. CM
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I promised to update my track plan and so here, eventually, it is.
http://trains.manvell.org.uk/layouts/z-scale/Breitenfurt/images/Trackplan-latest.jpg
For more info see http://trains.manvell.org.uk/
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