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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Hinged Layouts on: April 19, 2007, 01:13:17 PM


Very clever !!!

What about the height of the layout scene?

Any other folds that make sense?

I think, not a good idea.

Regards
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Slow Downloading from Bachmann Web Site on: April 19, 2007, 01:02:16 AM

I wish to confirm that the site has been slow for me, and often comes up with error message that the site is not available, suggesting there is too much traffic for the server.

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3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Styrofoam cutter on: April 18, 2007, 04:49:13 PM

Hobby and Craft shops have a simple device that is effective. I cannot imagine knocking anything else up any cheaper - that is if you can get the eureka wire.

"The Wonder Cutter" made by FloralCraft Corporation, Luddington, MI, 49431.

AND they have taken a Patent for it No.3297856. It's so simple, I wonder that the patent holds!
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: railroad or railway on: April 17, 2007, 10:44:02 AM
Note: the English teacher of the slayer's class at Virginia Tech' is clearly English, and she makes no compromises to "American" per se in her speech! That is how it is taught there: our local High School in Phoenix is the same staffing and discipline.

"Cornishman" Gene :   So, speaking epistimologically can we say - "it may be Railway, and then again, it may be Railroad."

"Queen's English" is a bit of a nonsense that everyone hangs a hat on. Accents are always with us, and are more colloquial (viz. Cornish - "Grocal" = outsider.) than regular speech, they tend to over emphasize the vowel and consonant sounds (viz "R").

Where I see the difference is in the lack of discipline over vowel sounds and the enunciation of certain consonants where in the US "Winner" & "Winter" come out the same; "Latin" is slain by scholars and wordsmiths.

The most original English spoken in the US is understood to be on the islands off the Carolinas - and that is from the 17th/18thC. West Country English sailors.

The point being, that we should be understood when we speak, and knowledge of the widest possible vocabulary, properly pronounced to the rules of vowel sounds and the consonants that discern the word from another, is what is needed. Calling it American, I think is a weak excuse - when it was taught in school as English.

You should understand by now that I don't care a wit what Europeans think, I learned years ago not to alter my behavor from what I believe based on what others think, here or abroad.

"go along to get along" is a failed concept that has done the world great harm.
Sheldon
.... Europeans of different languages live cheek by jowl, where French was once the language of diplomacy, and George Bernard Shaw left his estate to the development of Esperanto as the International Language; now the World is moving in a consensus to English, not American English but English English. More Dutch now speak English than Dutch. (and pity, there are less than 300 true Cornish Language speakers)

I see this as a natural evolution of the world becoming a more universal experience for all mankind.

There needs to be reciprocity not isolationism, English is a rich language of both "Railway" and "Railroad": I am English, and I speak the English, where every adjective is not reduced to "Cool".

Regards


5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: railroad or railway on: April 15, 2007, 12:40:51 PM

My yawn was simply an expression of what I have been saying all along about Europe, no malice, just indifference.
 
Sheldon : ... in this, the rest of the world see the US constantly reinventing the wheel for themselves - where others have already been.

I will now ask the question I have resisted up to now. If the UK is so wounderful, why are you here?
 
I am here to bring you this message - over 50 years a US citizen.

Could we please get to a consensus on "Railway or Railroad"?

Regards

6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: railroad or railway on: April 15, 2007, 11:08:05 AM


Sheldon : Opinions are a dime a dozen.

What are they backed with: yawns?

Regards
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: railroad or railway on: April 15, 2007, 11:03:42 AM

Could we please get to a consensus on "Railway or Railroad"?

Gene : I think it is more than just a change in dialects.

English owes a lot to its Gernanic influences, where Native English has since moved from the guttural to the rhythmic.

The original authors of the Constitution seriously considered publishing it in German, and not in English.

German is a language of building prefixes and suffixes to get to where you want to be. This is most prevalent in American speech, hence the German influence. This makes for a mouth full and a very guttural language, which is not where Native English is going.

Sheldon's list is by no means representative: viz Acclimated v. "getting used to" ... new climate[OED].
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: railroad or railway on: April 15, 2007, 10:23:22 AM

UK records show 5 deaths domestically, and 25 work related in a population of 60 million. www.oxford.gov.uk/planning/new-electrical-regulations.cfm


US records show 376 overall, excluding 47 from lightning and over 150 from tasers in a population of 300 million.www.nsc.org/lrs/statinfo/odds.htm

Flexing the figures for the populations, I think the higher voltages in the UK do not bearout the arguments. Indeed the experience of deaths in the US may be more than twice that in the UK.

What I see is very flimsy equipment that is only just engineered for the job, and a culture of "wing-nuts" and those little orange adapters to get around the earthing pin on the appliance!


Regards
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: railroad or railway on: April 14, 2007, 12:34:37 PM


Steve C : I think 1843 is after the established use in the US. (you may have the wrong link)

I think something else is working here. As we see exemplified in this thread is the regular American insult of making Native English speakers use the words and the pronunciations that satisfy them: and they will repeat their preferance until the learning is taken onboard. Ever willing to be understood abroad, the Native English speaker will seek to accommodate them. I think we cannot exclude this from the usage in an article of 1843.

Sheldon : Arizona is the "Red Light Running Capital of the World" and we have weekly gun fights on the interstates. I think you may wish to consider this as a place to retire for good sport.

It was 240v, but to harmonize with the EEC it is now 220v. I think the answer to your question in the US, is that Electric Cookers and Water Heaters still require 220v. The complaint of most Europeans in the US is that while cheap, domestic appliances have no beef in them!

Regards

 
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: railroad or railway on: April 13, 2007, 12:29:48 PM

Craig : We have the situation in Arizona where both "Traffic Circles" and "Traffic Roundabouts" are being used in public speech.

I cannot understand Sheldon's aversion to traffic circles, when they provide him with more freedom in his truck: whereas he is currently met with the authority of a Red Light.

Steve C. : Thank you.

The original posting by Gene is problematic because we have not agreed any difference between Railway and Railroad in order to apply a rule - beyond that which evolves to Sheldon's observations.

If it boils down to "Way" and "Road" regardless of whether it is "Rail", then "Way" at least, is in the literature back to Chaucer and further back to Roman times in the UK.

In the UK the term at Law exists of "Rights of Way" which had to be set by statute for the building of the canals and the railways, not only over public, but also private land in order to facilitate the purchase of land.

I am surprised for so many engineering types, that a reductionist mind was not applied in this way.

Regards



11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: hogwarts express on: April 12, 2007, 10:53:29 PM

Hornby have now announced the  R2662: Hogwarts Express Locomotive (Harry Potter)

http://www.ehattons.com/stocklist/results.aspxsearchfield=hogwarts&Submit=Search

Regards


12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: ungluing glue joint on: April 11, 2007, 10:42:51 PM
Jim : It's Stewart.

In using the word vulcanizing, I was using it in a more general sense. Of the two parts joined in a bond, rather than held together by a glue.

I believe MEK is the solvent for Styrene to provide a bond: used it for 40 years. Others will work too.

Regards
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: railroad or railway on: April 11, 2007, 01:24:01 PM
Could we please get to the point of agreeing that the terms are used interchangeably: and more so in the US?

My interest in this string is how the terms evolved.

To confirm: it is The Historical Model Railway Society in the UK, and The National Railway Museum, York.

Please note the definite articles, viz. The Automobile Association in the UK, and The National Trust in the UK.

14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: ungluing glue joint on: April 11, 2007, 01:01:22 PM
Both Testors Liquid Cement and Weldon #3 are for styrene, where the solvent is Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone (MEK), for vulcanizing, rather than gluing of joints.

I doubt if pulling apart would work for a vulcanized joint.

A craft knife is more likely to be needed to cut the styrene made soft, to where you want the division to be.
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: ungluing glue joint on: April 10, 2007, 12:31:14 PM

Have you tried using a cheese/saw wire on it?
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