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Flymo748
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Right Track DVD series

Postby Flymo748 » Fri May 22, 2020 5:36 am

It's been nearly five years since the Right Track DVD series ceased to be published. However, I'm sure there are many still around.

I while ago, I put together a list of all of the DVDs, for my own knowledge. I hope that posting it here will also be helpful in tracking down what is available:

    Right Track 1 - Locomotive Kit Building: Part 1 https://youtu.be/a1DGQsXapFk
    Right Track 2 - Locomotive Kit Building: Part 2 [second part of video above]
    Right Track 3 - Painting, Lining And Finishing Locomotives And Coaches https://youtu.be/Ne0fBH6zNkQ
    Right Track 4 - Detailing And Improving RTR Locomotives And Coaches
    Right Track 5 - Modelling Landscapes: Part 1
    Right Track 6 - Modelling Landscapes: part 2
    Right Track 7 - Building Buildings with Geoff Taylor
    Right Track 8 - An Introduction to DCC
    Right Track 9 - Practical Aspects of DCC
    Right Track 10 - Laying Terrific Trackwork
    Right Track 11 - Weathering Techniques
    Right Track 12 - Wiring Your Layout
    Right Track 13 - Wagons: Part 1
    Right Track 14 - Wagons: Part 2
    Right Track 15 - Railway Operation and Signalling
    Right Track 16 - Development In DC And DCC
    Right Track 17 - Weathering Techniques 2
    Right Track 18 - Trouble-shooting & Fault-finding
    Right Track 19 - Layout and Planning and Design

You can download a zip file of the first twelve DVDS in a single action from https://archive.org/details/RightTrack/

If you go to the right hand side of the screen, and click on "MPEG4" you will be given a further button to download 59 files. I've circled it on the screenshot:

Right Track screenshot.JPG


Then select a place to save the file to and leave it to download. For about eight hours, given the speed of my broadband...

When the file is downloaded, you need to unzip it and extract the contents. This is not as complex as it sounds - in most cases, you double-click on the zip file and your computer will do the rest.

Happy viewing!
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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby DougN » Fri May 22, 2020 8:00 am

Thanks Flymo that's a great list. I have tripped over the full videos on YouTube at time but never "saved" the addresses.
I have the trackwork edition which is very enjoyable and encouraging to get to the workbench. :thumb
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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Flymo748 » Fri May 22, 2020 6:50 pm

DougN wrote:Thanks Flymo that's a great list. I have tripped over the full videos on YouTube at time but never "saved" the addresses.
I have the trackwork edition which is very enjoyable and encouraging to get to the workbench. :thumb


Well Doug, if you or anyone else comes across copies on YouTube, post the URL here, and I'll update the "master list" on what will be the title page :-)

Simples!
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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby grovenor-2685 » Fri May 22, 2020 8:04 pm

A quick search for 'Right Track' on You Tube reveals lots of 'samples' or 'cuts' but no complete videos, just 3 or 4 minutes of each.
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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Winander » Fri May 22, 2020 8:12 pm

I think these are Right Track, the titles don't reflect the content.

Painting and weathering Wright/Rathbone 3hr 38min https://youtu.be/Ne0fBH6zNkQ
Loco builds Wright 5hr 38min https://youtu.be/a1DGQsXapFk
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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Flymo748 » Fri May 22, 2020 9:06 pm

Winander wrote:I think these are Right Track, the titles don't reflect the content.

Painting and weathering Wright/Rathbone 3hr 38min https://youtu.be/Ne0fBH6zNkQ
Loco builds Wright 5hr 38min https://youtu.be/a1DGQsXapFk


Thank you - assuming I've got the atribution correct, I've added them to the table above.

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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Le Corbusier » Sat May 23, 2020 6:30 am

Does anyone know why these are no longer available and what the copywrite situation might be. I find it odd given modern tech that no one is making them available within the hobby. I would have thought it would be easy to supply copies as a 'cottage industry' and pass on any royalties due.
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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Albert Hall » Sat May 23, 2020 7:14 am

We started selling these DVD's during my last few years C+L up to 2016. Very few actually sold and they were eventually given away by the then owner. My understanding is that we were allowed to sell existing stock but no further copies could be produced, which I assume was down to a copyright issue. A great shame as they are very informative. Viewing something being done in practice is much better than trying to interpret it from a book. I did acquire the full set over the years but they were snapped up very quickly during my big sell off last year.

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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Le Corbusier » Sat May 23, 2020 7:58 am

I remember this Roy as I had some e-mail correspondence with Pete at the time.

I think if what you are talking about is making a decent return on the DVDs then you are unlikely to be successful ....even if you managed to get the marketing spot on (I assume that the hard copies would need to be bought in at trade price).

However, having the masters available and being able to burn a disc whenever a request for a copy was made .... passing on a percentage of royalties to the copywrite holder .... would seem worth while as far as the hobby is concerned? - even as a break even opperation. The speed with which Ebay copies tend to be snapped up perhaps supports this view? I still find it odd that that nothing like this has happened as there would be no real upfront costs or need to hold stock .... though I understand why the copywrite holder(s) themself(ves) might not be interested in driving this.

I assume that there is no wish to transfer copywrite at an acceptable/viable price and no vendor/club stores has either approached or successfully negotiated the idea of acting as an occasional distributor. A shame as much time and expertise went into the various episodes and they are a fantastic resource. If nothing else, there is an archive record of some exteremly accomplished modellers at work.
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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby PeteT » Sat May 23, 2020 12:19 pm

Winander wrote:I think these are Right Track, the titles don't reflect the content.

Painting and weathering Wright/Rathbone 3hr 38min https://youtu.be/Ne0fBH6zNkQ


Thanks for this - only watched a bit at the beginning so far - it explains why some people have more issues than others with fibreglass fibres, I wouldn't brush them off with my fingers! Tony may have done the soak in PVA trick, but even so - without saying that he has done this it is opening up the technique for others to follow without having done so.

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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Steve Carter » Sat May 23, 2020 1:50 pm

PeteT wrote:
Winander wrote:I think these are Right Track, the titles don't reflect the content.

Painting and weathering Wright/Rathbone 3hr 38min https://youtu.be/Ne0fBH6zNkQ


Thanks for this - only watched a bit at the beginning so far - it explains why some people have more issues than others with fibreglass fibres, I wouldn't brush them off with my fingers! Tony may have done the soak in PVA trick, but even so - without saying that he has done this it is opening up the technique for others to follow without having done so.


Tony also has asbestos fingers when it comes holding things when soldering :shock:
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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Knuckles » Mon May 25, 2020 10:36 am

You forgot the 4 extra Right Track DVD's that focus on particular layouts. ;)
Granted they arn't instructional but still part of the series.

I collected the lot when they were current although the 2nd scenery DVD has a fault on some copies where it won't play all the way through so had to buy a 2nd copy that was thankfully ok.

I know at least 1 other who experienced the same fault.

Would be great if the series was brought back or even continued, even if you know everything they are showing I find them fun and relaxing to watch either way. Quite comical in places too. Bastard file.
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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Albert Hall » Mon May 25, 2020 1:23 pm

I agree some of these videos could be quite relaxing. I recall one in particular was very informative and instructional but the dialogue was so slow and monotone that I kept nodding off then having to rewind.

The 'bastard file' was a term I first came across during the first year of my apprenticeship in Swindon Works training school. It was a fairly coarse tool which was initially used to rough size and shape a lump of metal in the fitting and machining section.. Progressing onto finer files and with the help of the surface plate, engineer's square and vernier calipers produced a very accurate and square piece of bright mild steel which you could almost see your face in, part of a toolmakers clamp.

I also remember our welding instructor Jack Packer (Jumping Jack Flash) who referred to cleaning up a weld by giving it a good 'bollocking' with a wire brush. Not the sort of language you came across in metal and wood working classes at Grammar school, but then this was the introduction into the adult world.

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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Flymo748 » Tue May 26, 2020 9:58 pm

Well, thanks to my good friend Carlos from CHEAG, I can now provide a link to all of the Right Track DVDs from 1 to 12.

These are available as a single download from a website, and I'll post the details of the link and instructions in the opening post.

One thing I will say is that if you download the whole lot, set your computer running and leave it to it. Out here in the country, our broadband isn't great, and it took around eight hours to download the zip file.

But I've checked one or two of the files, and they seem to work. Thanks Carlos!

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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Tonycardall » Tue May 26, 2020 10:51 pm

Many thanks. Now I can fill the gaps in my collection.
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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Daddyman » Wed May 27, 2020 7:45 am

Flymo748 wrote: One thing I will say is that if you download the whole lot, set your computer running and leave it to it. Out here in the country, our broadband isn't great, and it took around eight hours to download the zip file.


Took less than an hour with a broadband speed of 37mbs - this is not to rub it in, Paul, but just to give encouragement to those who have faster broadband speeds.

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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Tim V » Wed May 27, 2020 10:51 am

My broadband speed is 110mb, but the download speed from the site is about 2mb!

Currently in my DVD player is a copy of the Railway Channel, part one. I was thinking about this thread, found it on my shelf - then found why I'd bought it - I'm on it!
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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Tim Dubya » Wed May 27, 2020 11:04 am

Tim V wrote:My broadband speed is 110mb, but the download speed from the site is about 2mb!

Currently in my DVD player is a copy of the Railway Channel, part one. I was thinking about this thread, found it on my shelf - then found why I'd bought it - I'm on it!


I get this quite a bit, I suspect the bandwith is restricted by the host website, not your ISP?
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Re: Right Track DVD series

Postby Tim V » Wed May 27, 2020 11:17 am

Most likely. These 'free' sites tend to have very restricted bandwidths, I really wasn't expecting any better.

I remember downloading a 40mb file (I think it was - big at the time) over dial up! took hours. And then, as always, it crashed. Used to get download managers for that occasion.
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