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  1. Didcot, Newbury and Southampton a few years ago. First pic just around the corner from us as the line leaves Didcot. Second is the bridge for farm access to West Hagbourne. I've never seen pics taken when the line was operational in this area.
  2. We have a wood burner and its our main source of heat. I also cook stews on it as well. Most of our friends and neighbours now give us their unwanted wood. We are cheaper than the local tip. I also trim or cut down their trees to keep our supply going. We dry the wood as well. The primary reason for having the wood burner and prior to that an open fire is the cost of gas and electricity. We simply cannot afford to regularly heat the house throughout the colder months using the central heating. We put it on for an hour so that the boys rooms warm up during the evening, but that's it. The utility companies make massive profits ( I know they need to make money) but they need capping and until that happens we will continue to burn whatever we can to stay warm.
  3. didcot

    New Hornby Rocket

    Looks great. Shame the barrel doesn't pull off in one a bit like the 3 1/2" version.
  4. A little and often as the old saying goes! Its a fine line between pushing yourself to do something or nothing at all. I give myself 20 minutes or so. If it goes right I don't notice the time and I'm engaged. If it goes wrong, I walk away! Its what works for you that matters. What really used to get my goat was people telling me to cheer up! It was usually followed by a £$%& off from me! Getting the right meds helps, but it can take time. I've had a few over the years and the side effect were horrible for me, others swear by them! Finally settled on two that compliment each other, one helps with the mood swings and they make me sleep, which is a bonus. Only down side is some weight gain, but compared to the others I can live with that. I hope that things pick up for you.
  5. For pure Victorian grace you cant beat the Broad Gauge Rovers. As a development of the Iron Dukes they look the part. Clean lines and the look of an express loco. Reported to reach speeds in the mid to high 70's they must have been a sight to behold!
  6. That would be the Fairmile Hospital! Closed some time ago and has appeared derelict in Endeavour or Lewis!
  7. I use one of these Link . I think it came from Chronos. I bought some cheap casters from Wilko and mounted them on the bottom. That way I can wheel it into the living room when I need it.
  8. I'm not 100% sure but I think you will find it in a book called something like The Lynton & Barnstaple measured and drawn. There will be others on here who can confirm.
  9. No other Wantage Road station bits unfortunately. I've attached a picture of the slabs. The smaller ones are from Wickes and are a reasonable match. They just need weathering in a bit.
  10. Print every time for me, with perhaps the odd exception of a back issue for a particular article. No need to worry about software, compatibility, storage or file corruption. Plus it will still be around in years to come, unlike say the ZX Spectrum and the games I used to play on it!
  11. I have a funny feeling that may well have been a private siding. Bridge rail was recovered from various places around the network. I do recall helping to collect some Barlow rail from a garden in Compton which is now on the standard gauge siding at Didcot. Shorter lengths were used to make a trolley/crane for positioning platform slabs in the Transfer Shed. I also have in my garden some platform slabs that supposedly came from Wantage Road when it was demolished. My parents bought their house from a railway man who had rescued them and laid them as the drive. They are bomb proof and even steam roller wheels failed to make them sink. When my parents had the drive redone I collected them and used them in our garden. I moved them again when we moved and they are now a garden path. They look to be granite chipping/cement mixture. I would guess they are about 2' x 3' and 2" thick and heavy!
  12. Well at least no one was hurt especially as it looks like plenty of children on the platform.
  13. Having once been an Aveling and Porter owner you can guess where my vote has gone.
  14. The smaller 2 cutting faces/flutes do tend to deflect as you pointed out. I found that out to my cost on my cnc router. Having had a box of FC3 cutters left over from my Instrument Making days I used those instead. 3 cutting faces/flutes and a lot more stable. You can treat them like a slot drill as the cutting faces are off set, so don't produce a pip.The extra flutes make it less likely to deflect. Being tungsten carbide helps as well. In fact I would recommend Tungsten Carbide cutters for beginners. They can take a bit more punishment than High Speed Steel and are not much more expensive.
  15. You can mill on a lathe with a vertical slide attachment. Myford were well know for the attachment. It's basically a vertical attachment with a slide that is wound up and down. It bolts on to the top slide of the lathe instead of the tool post. It then gives you x & y axis. You can mount a small vice or the job to it. The cut is applied by winding the job into an end mill or slot drill held in the 3 jaw or collet chuck. Think of the arrangement as a milling machine led on its back. I suspect you could find something to adapt to most lathes. It's made easier if the top slide has tee slots for mounting. Accurate depth of cut can be tricky, you'd need a dti to measure the depth. But I made a small stationary engine using one. Talking of drilling on a mill. It's much easier to drill on a mill, than mill on a drill. I would never recommend using a pillar drill as a mill. They aren't robust enough. The thing to remember is the Jacobs chuck on a pillar drill is most likely on a taper. One into the chuck and another into the spindle. Great for drilling, not for milling as the side forces can pop the chuck off the taper or cause it to drop out of the spindle. But it depends on the size or make of pillar drill. Dremels don't make good mills. Rigidity is the key in all machine tools regardless of size. You'd be surprised by the forces involved in taking even the smallest cut. The more cutting flutes on a small slot drill the better. A bit of a ramble but hope that helps.
  16. Very true. A 4 jaw should also be used if you are only gripping a small amount of material at the end of the jaws. The extra jaw makes a difference. This prevents your 3 jaw becoming bell mouthed as I was explaining. Black bar and castings should never be used in a 3 jaw. My apprentice instructor would have had a fit if we tried that. The other consideration is the way the chuck is mounted. A good quality camlock/ taper nose mounted chuck is far more repeatable and accurate than one that simply screws on. The 3 jaw chuck on my Colchester Student is good to 2 thou, my collets are spot on. Collets are for light work only, so more suitable for modelling work.
  17. This is the Unimat I was talking about. Link here .
  18. Sound like its a self centring 3 jaw chuck. If you put something round in it, say an endmill or silver steel and turn it by hand it shouldn't wobble. If you have a dial test indicator (DTI) you can check for run out. The issue with 3 jaw chucks is people tend to hold items at the ends of the jaws. This leads to them becoming bell mouthed and they only grip longer bar with the part of the jaws nearest the chuck. No matter how hard you do them up the work piece will wobble. More noticeable on smaller 3 jaw chucks as they aren't as strong and run out is more obvious due to the small size. Emco used to make the old Unimat lathes. You know its a Unimat as the bed was two 1/2" round bars.
  19. Just a thought, but if you are using Peco track products then they provide a very useful service in that if you give them a diagram of your layout along with part numbers for points etc, they will reply with a wiring diagram suitable for either DC or DCC which ever your preference is. They were very helpful to me providing schemes for a small oo9 layout I have just started. You can find information on the Peco website. I can't praise them enough for the speed and level of information they gave me.
  20. The steel work in the back ground is the infamous boiler house that collapsed a few years ago. Its instantly recognisable. The caravan park is still there as well, although properly laid out these days. Looking at the temporary nature of the caravans, some are touring caravans, I think this site was for workers building the power station and possibly on the old MOD site. A lot of workers came from up country and eventually stayed in Didcot. There wasn't the labour force in Didcot or surrounding area to build the power station. Most local skilled labour were either at Cowley or the UKAEA at Harwell. A lot of electrical equipment for the GWML is in the area where the pway hut is to the top left of the photo.
  21. The only resemblance to the book is the title! The Martians were laughable, possibly tapping into peoples fear of spiders, but failing miserably. The bit about the empire didn't add anything to the story and seemed out of place! A 21 century comment on 19/20th century events with no context. It had the potential for a cracking piece of drama, but fell short of what we expect from the BBC
  22. You've hit the nail on the head there. Miserable old men as I refer to them. I've encountered it from my late teens and now nearing 50 it still prevails. In not just heritage railways, but we have encountered it at Steam Rallies and model engineering clubs as well. Miserable old men who instead of encouraging youngsters or give advice would just sit there and criticise. I have been very lucky to encounter individuals in my life who have done the opposite and made a lasting impression. Its unfortunate that they now are slowly disappearing, but it has been an honour to know and learn from them. A lot of the old guard don't realise or care that in the 21st Century it takes both parents to work, be parents and do all the chores. Gone are the days of the wife doing all the domestic work. Therefore its impossible to commit to a regular day to volunteer, but you get criticised for only turning up for half a day when you have the time. For me the miserable old men means I rarely volunteer now.
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