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All quiet in the midlands

Posted by RichardW1 , 26 March 2016 - - - - - - · 850 views

I am conscious that posts here have been sparse lateley, mainly the result of building works at home. 1860s terraced houses are draughty, especially when the windows are original! So new glazing units all round, which has meant decanting the workshop. Then while there is noting in the workshop thought I'd redecorate, er........ 
So old floor boards u...


D&S high sided Syphon

Posted by RichardW1 , 27 June 2015 - - - - - - · 963 views

At Chelford I managed to acquire three of these kits from Jerry's bits stand, and thought that they would compliment Lambourn well, I later learn that fish was also carried in these wagons. Anyhow two weekends later and progress is good. The kit goes together well, but in future I'll add the details to the framing before fitting to the sides. Less of a he...


Epsom Show

Posted by RichardW1 , 29 April 2015 - - - - - - · 962 views

The show at Epsom went well. (Thanks to Justin and Mark for their time operating etc). The new MERG Shuttle work well enough, although the deceleration/delay times could be longer. This may need either a reset chip or adjustment to resistor /capacitors.

The Platform siding rails at the board joint took a bash loading into the car - although repaired a bi...


Updating stock for Lambourn

Posted by RichardW1 , 19 April 2015 - * * * * * · 955 views

After spending a great day at the controls of JBS' Ashburton layout, I was very impressed by some of the very simple conversions of proprietry stock. Operating to a schedule was fun too, giving some meaning to driving trains- at least it is not aimless. Trying to get a particular movement for each train adds purpose and keeps the mind going.
Lambourn need...


Poor decision

Posted by RichardW1 , 08 April 2015 - - - - - - · 1,165 views
Pictroller, coreless motor
I managed to get my self talked into obtaining a hand held PICtrollerfor Lambourn, to replace the original AMR hand held.

It works great on Farish (Poole) mechanisms, but is frankly hopeless with coreless types.

Nothing wrong with the controller, so I'll not return it, but not really a happy buy ????


A Starter for Lambourn-mechanism

Posted by RichardW1 , 25 August 2014 - - - - - - · 817 views

It seemed appropriate to show a picture of the bits that make it work. The servo motor is self explanatory. the brass plate screwed to the small block of ply is the main below baseboard drive. The red and black wires power the LED.
What may not be so obvious is the double crank arrangement for the signal. Just below the red and black wires can be seen a s...


A Starter for Lambourn

Posted by RichardW1 , 25 August 2014 - - - - - - · 648 views

It has long been a task to get Lambourn's platform mounted starter signal into operation. In fact the original non-working signal was broken some time ago.
A fit of enthusiasm, and a wet weekend (Well two actually) has seen the task completed.

the signal was sited at the end of the platform, and so was unusual in that the balance weights were mounted hig...


Midland Class 800 2-4-0

Posted by RichardW1 , 13 October 2013 - - - - - - · 1,210 views
2mm Class 800, Loco construction
This blog was originally set up to document progress on my Midland Railway modelling, and layout Maxstoke. So after a brief excursion to GWR metals, and a rummage through the gloat box, the next loco has been started. This will be based on an etched  (10 thou NS) originally produced by Nick Dearnally many years ago, under the name of Lodge Coachworks. The...


inagural run for 2-6-2

Posted by RichardW1 , 22 September 2013 - - - - - - · 1,139 views

A (very) short clip of the first run of my new 2-6-2 running through the Lambourn countryside.


Lambourn Pictures

Posted by RichardW1 , 11 August 2013 - - - - - - · 1,108 views


just as a reminder- I took a couple of pictures today:

still pretty as a picture


Lambourn awakes

Posted by RichardW1 , 11 August 2013 - - - - - - · 983 views

Hello everyone-

I have been foolish and accepted (perhaps I offered?) to dust off Alan Martin's finescale model of Lambourn for an upcoming show. I acquired this layout a number of years ago, and it has rarely been shown since. I have to say I'm quite excited by the opportunity to get things running again. At it's last showing the shuttle failed, and I n...


2-6-2 Cylinders

Posted by RichardW1 , 05 June 2013 - - - - - - · 755 views

Evening all,
It's been a not very nice day today, overcast and cool-perfect for spending an afternoon in the workshop!
Having cleared a bit of space on the workbench, attention has turned to assembling the cylinders. David's design produces a sturdy slidebar assembly, but you do need some small (tiny) files to size the apertures in the cylinder covers.


Pictures missing from previous post

Posted by RichardW1 , 03 June 2013 - * * * * * · 701 views

I'm not sure what happened here, these pictures appear ok in the preview, I hope that this upload works ok.



2-6-2 chassis progress

Posted by RichardW1 , 03 June 2013 - - - - - - · 704 views

The motor is mounted by machining a support ring which is then tapped to accept the thread on the motor nose. Once soldered to the chassis the motor can be mounted. I took care to align things such that when screwed in tight the connection tags are horizontal

The balance weights are fixed in place on the wheels with epoxy

And all are now ready for pain...


Gears completed

Posted by RichardW1 , 26 May 2013 - - - - - - · 665 views

Here I have completed the 25t Mod0.3 gear, in brass, next step to make the split axle muffs to carry them, and the wheelsets  


Foreign engines

Posted by RichardW1 , 26 May 2013 - - - - - - · 658 views

Following a good day at Railex in Aylesbury meeting old friends, and making new ones too, I have returned home with renewed enthusiasm
This afternoon I have been mostly making gears for my Dapol GWR 2-6-2 conversion.

These are to be M0.3 and the first is 14 tooth, machined directly onto a muff as the first gear in the final reduction train.

The pictures...


End of the Line

Posted by RichardW1 , 13 April 2013 - * * * * - · 781 views

Whilst reviewing the photo showing the basic formwork for the ground it was noticeable that the siding has not been fitted with any buffers. So I thought I'd better provide some. Typical rail built Midland style buffers are described in MRJ issue 121, and now adorn the Northern end of the siding.



Posted by RichardW1 , 13 April 2013 - - - - - - · 771 views

Now that the Servo TOU's have been installed, it is time to start thinking about groundwork. On Copenhagen Fields the majority of the 'world' is plywood, being covered with buildings. Here at Maxstoke I am going back to open country, so the basic ground former for the foreground land is based on artist's chicken wire stapled to plywood formers. Over this...


Whats the point? installation

Posted by RichardW1 , 02 February 2013 - * * * * - · 713 views

The Servo motors arrived this week, and to my great surprise the Servo4 board and Setting box worked flawlessly. A simple support cradle was swiftly assembled this morning from offcuts of ABS sheet. When assembled, the complete unit was mated with the turnout, and in-situ testing started.  Unfortunately the turnout would not fully throw in one direction....


Turnout operating unit - initial work up.

Posted by RichardW1 , 27 January 2013 - - - - - - · 1,359 views

Standard TOUs are many and various. I doubt that there is anything truly original in this, but it is offered for interest's sake.The baseboards for Maxstoke are of a low profile, so a reasonably discreet unit is required. Eventually the design will incorporate mountings for frog switching microswitches, but this is a trial unit to test the system. Firstly...

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