I was tempted to paint one of the coaches in green as there are a number of photos on the web of these units in both green and blue in very poor condition. Some were withdrawn after only 10 years of service and spent nearly 20 years being robbed of parts and slowly rotting away.
One piece of advice I can give as someone who built his first (very poor) layout as a 15 year old and who, at 48, is still waiting to build his second is don't be afraid to ask. However daft you may think the question is, always ask it. As someone who has asked some daft ones here I can assure you that your questions will be treated with respect by the other members on this forum as we all have to start somewhere. Be inspired by the pictures that xercesfobe, Metman and others have posted and go for it. Mistakes will happen (believe me, I know!). Just be sure to learn from them.
The layout is Wycrail today the Show is definitely on following an unfortunate accident at the John Hampden School on Thursday www.hwdmrs.org.uk/index.htm The big event for us is the first public outing of another Class 501 with full sound on board, our model L11 will be will make debut at the Show as well as the scrap Class 504 unit
We are in the Sports Hall at the Show please come and say hello if you visit
I have to admit at Wycrail we did have a few running problems, a case of introducing to new things at once and skimping on the track cleaning! The sound chp Class 501 did work well although I only managed to take a couple of photos with my older Nikon P5000 camera.
Anyway here's a view of the shed with Class 501's in view the wrap around yellow end Class 501 has the sound chip and working front lights
Surely they're displaying the codes for thier next duty, not thier last one!
Prior to 1965 CY would only be shown for trains to Croxley Shed and they would not show a B code but correctly show C with the number of the working so a C2 to Bushey & Oxhey would change to a B2 forward to Broad Street. From 1965 all ECS workings to and from Croxley Shed would show CY, the units at Willesden TMD were sent to and from Croxley after Stonebridge Park electric depot closed to electric maintainence and therefore correctly showed CY. In later years when everyone got lazy headcodes became a little haphazard.