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  1. The time has arrived to start a workbench thread for my projected MGWR branchline terminus layout, where I'll be building wagons, carriages and eventually locos, plus of course structures and the other little bits and bobs that go into creating a hopefully convincing model railway. The period I'm interested in is 1900-1905. This is the timeframe I usually go with, and my other projects are almost all set in this period of transition from Victorian to Edwardian eras. My standard gauge projects, Great Western Railway in Somerset and Cambrian Railways in mid-Wales, will be to EM Gauge Society standards. I'm a member of that Society, and for consistency's sake I want to stay with EMGS standards but using the correct gauge for 4mm/1ft scale of 21mm. While I applaud anyone who can create a convincing model railway, no matter the scale or gauge, personally I think its particularly important to use the right gauge as this is such a characteristic feature of Ireland's broad gauge railways. I've always found that one of the more difficult aspects of model-making is setting the standard to work to consistently. Unfortunately, I'm not a fast worker - continental drift is quicker - which means that while I strive for excellence I don't want to take forever to achieve it! Thus, I've reached the point where my specification for A N Other Goods Wagon will be: 21mm gauge, EM Gauge Society standards Etched axleguards with whitemetal, plastic or 3D-printed axlebox/spring assemblies Rigid underframe (fit inside bearing compensation unit if necessary), although I may compensate.....moving the goalposts already! Improved brakegear if a kit Sprung buffers Couplings - ? - I haven't decided yet but they must be unobtrusive So that's the preamble out of the way, and we can move on to something that's hopefully a bit more interesting!
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