Penlowry

Chronicling the development of my 5-gauge 4mm scale model railway with a few off-topic insights thrown in for free

Choices

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I think in model railways you need to make a choice on what you spend your money on. Somethings are worth it and some really aren’t. 

Today I knocked up a short track on which to run in locos using a rolling road. I have the DCC concepts one and it really is worth the money. Easy to use, well made, worth every penny. 

I used it today to run in the replacement chassis I got for the 43xx Mogul. 

  
For lubricating it and attaching it to the body, I put it in a cradle. You can buy proper cradles for locos but I really don’t see the point. I use a sponge that cost 50p from a local supermarket with a slot cut into it with a scalpel. Even the cheap one from Peco costs in the region of eight quid. 

  
It must be pretty a pretty awesome type of sponge to be 16 times the price of mine. 

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Author: Chris H

Now in my fourth decade, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad, and trying to fit in railway modelling and visits to volunteer on the Ffestiniog Railway. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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