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  1. I started by using with M2 screws and nuts, but later found that No.0 self-tapers are much easier to install.
  2. Well, plane wood you can always paint white. White ones are more difficult to revert to plane wood.
  3. Tony, I think you will find that the hole in the draft box is 2mm, but I always use a smaller size screw to give a bit of 'adjustment'. The ones I use are from ModelFixings.com and are No 0 Phillips Pan Head Black Finish Self Tappers x 6.4mm lg (MF-ST30B). The black colour is good to hide the screwhead. If you are pushed for space I also use No 0 Phillips Countersunk Head Self Tappers x 6.4mm lg (MF-ST55) as these install flush with the surface of the draftbox. At 6.4mm long they leave plenty to screw into the wagon body. When I do find them a tad too long, I just trim their length with some side-cutters. You can see how the MF-ST55 countersunk screws look in my layout page at: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/133913-burton-on-trent-south-rolling-stock/&do=findComment&comment=3669355 I hope this helps.
  4. Me thinks I'll stick with a 'simple' Excel spreadsheet for my purposes. Had a look in JMRI at the 'Cars' functions (typical Americans ...) but that's more directed towards 'operations' than fleet rosters.
  5. Yep, prepared in Excel, but as far as I know, JMRI only accepts XML files (unless there is an import?). I did have a look in JMRI, but couldn't see how I could enter the coaches in there. Have I missed something?
  6. Rolling Stock - Updating 1980s Purchases - Coaching Stock Listing As mentioned in my previous posting, please find below my coaching stock listing. You can see where I've renumbered the coaches and/or applied other 'conversions' to result in a reasonable fleet of coaches. You may also spot a few more 'recent' purchases, some of which were actually new. They are sorted by their vehicle number: Still plenty of 'tweaking' to do to the fleet, especially on the markings. Many of my BGs are missing the "Load not to exceed ..." and the designation / information panel should be added to the coach ends. If you are wondering what the "Image Found" column is all about, it's to record if I've located a suitable photo / image of the coach (in model form) from the interweb; usually from the Hattons website! If you've every used JMRIs DecoderPro program for DCC computer control of locomotives, you'll know that that software includes the option to display a nice image of the locomotive. My plan is to have the spreadsheet display the image of the item selected. I've got it part working in the spreadsheet (using a bit of VBA code), but it's a bit 'clunky' at present. It is also in need of 'tweaking'.
  7. The rakes are 'currently' assembled as: Mk.1 - BCK+CK+Buffet+CK+CK+CK+BSK+BG Mk.2d - BG+FO+FO+Buffet+SO+SO+SO+BSO Mk.1 - BSK+SO+CK+Buffet+CK+CK+BSK+BG Mk.2d - FO+FO+Buffet+SO+SO+SO+BSO+BG Mk.2b - BFK+FK+FK+Buffet+SO+SO+BSO+BG Mk.2b - BG+BFK+FK+MicroBuffet+SO+SO+BSO Obviously, all the BGs and Buffets are Mk.1 regardless of the rake make-up. And, yes I do have too many CK (corridor composites) to be properly realistic! The rakes are assembled as-best-as-I-can from my memories of train-spotting back in the 1970s, which included carriage spotting in its later years. Sad, I know. There are also some 'spares' not currently in the rakes; 2x Mk.2d FO + 1s Mk.2d SO + 1x Mk.1 BCK, and there is a parcels rake 'chucked together' at present as: BG(Express Parcels)+Siphon-G+BG(Newspapers)+GUV(Express Parcels)+CCT+CCT+BG(LMS)+BG(LMS). When I can get round to it, I'll upload a PDF tabulating the 'fleet', including running numbers, manufacturer, and model number.
  8. Now that does sound tempting .... I do have 'previous' with Wilko grey primer on the Lima interiors.
  9. Hmmm, that wasn't on my mind, but your comments have now put it there. I can see how the roof vents improve things, but that would mean me moving into airbrushing territory for the roof and that's not something I'm currently comfortable with (although I have bought an airbrush already. Maybe I should unbox it ...). Something to consider for next summer after some airbrushing practice. The square cabinets in the underframe I could have a go at. A few rectangles of styrene and a coat of matt black paint (by brush). I will give that some more thought. Glad you liked the posting. With the upper level baseboards on hold until the warmer weather (don't fancy measuring a cutting in a cold garage ...) I'm keeping myself occupied with the rolling stock. I prepared a spreadsheet to document the carriage conversions and renumbering, and was somewhat surprised to find I had 58 coaches and parcels vehicles. I have enough for 6 complete rakes and a parcels train. That makes it rather hard to justify purchasing the 'missing' Mk.1 second opens. Hard, but not impossible.
  10. Rolling Stock - Updating 1980s Purchases - Coaching Stock  Further to my previous posting about updating 1980s locomotives, I've also been busy over the last months updating my fleet of 1980s vintage coaches. Back then I bought coaches at £1.85 or £2.30 ish, so if these can be made to look 'decent' then I'm onto quite a saving over buying new, or even buying secondhand on the-Bay. So, in an effort to make them look presentable for use on Burton-on-Trent South, the following work has been completed on them: Lima Mk.1 Ends painted in blue to cover the moulded black C1 & OHLE marking added Coupling changed to Kadee Glazing replaced with SE Finecast Interior painted Lima Mk.1 Buffet Cars Ends painted in blue to cover the moulded black C1 & OHLE marking added Coupling changed to Kadee Glazing replaced with SE Finecast Interior lavatory partition added Interior painted Bogies replaced with correct Commonwealth type, and the underframe 'raised' to permit fitting Lima Mk2b C1 & OHLE marking added Coupling changed to Kadee Glazing replaced with SE Finecast Interior lavatory partitions added Interior painted Bogies rotated 180-degree to correct orientation Airfix Mk.2d C1 & OHLE marking added Coupling changed to Kadee Interior lavatory partitions added Interior painted, although it's not that visible through the 'tinted' windows Underframe and bogies painted matt black to over the moulded' brown' And, of course, all the coaches have been renumbered using my trusty 1976 RCTS Coaching Stock book. Here are a few photos of the results: Lima Mk.1: Lima Mk.1 Buffet: Lima Mk.2b: Airfix Mk.2d: There are still a few more 'improvements' that I could make including by adding further transfers to the coach ends. I've not resorted to changing the wheels yet (except where Commonwealth bogies were fitted), so the Lima ones retain their 'pizza cutters' and the Airfix ones still have plastic wheels . I'm pleasantly pleased with the results, and they look fairly good in a rake of 7 or 8 coaches. About my only problem is a proliferation of Lima Mk.1 CKs (corridor composites) and a dearth of Mk.1 TSOs (second opens). Even the-Bay has not been helpful on that front, although I did find an early Bachmann TSO at a recent model railway show.
  11. Paul, Indeed, I started work in 1980 after spending 3-years at Liverpool University, so I know your 'new' location quite well. Time? Just check your watch .... Inclination? Add a gradient to the layout ....
  12. Paul, I meant to include the attached sketch / drawing in the previous reply to show the veroboard layouts. Here it is now:
  13. Paul, Glad the photos are of some help. If you need more of specific details just let me know. The Hornby Class 25 comes apart quite easily (unlike new Bachmann versions ...). Changing to a CD motor is actually fairly straight-forward once you've bought the motor and gear-wheel. Scrub that, you only need the gear-wheel for Lima conversions. For the Hornby you have to reuse / re-purpose the existing brass (?) gear-wheel. There are quite a few videos on YouTube showing the process. I think the one I used is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnY0nCt7sOU Not sure what, or who?, is a '75 Silver Seal model. Mine are "Hornby R326 BR Class 25 Diesel (Blue Livery)", that's what the box end states, and were bought in 1980 or 1981. I'm guessing mine are a few years newer than yours?
  14. I agree the Bachmann Peak is a much better shape and has a better motor. I've a class 44 & 46, but am 'on the lookout' for a cheap class 45/1 for the air-con mark 2s I have. Where I can I replace the motor with a CD/DVD type one, which means just about any Lima or old Hornby model. The Airfix Class 31s are a bit of a problem in that regard, with a very old style motor. I wish I could replace the motor in the Mainline Peak, but the existing motor casing is just not large enough. Strangely, the Mainline Class 56 motor is suitable for retro-fitting with a CD/DVD motor, and I have completed one already. It now runs very smoothly. I also fit SE Finecast windows where this is possible. The Class 31s were a case in point and it really does improve the look. I could have done the Triang-Hornby Class 25s as well, but the existing window moulding is a single piece running the whole length of the body and hold in the cab interior moulding. When I did the DCC conversion I put a veroboard on the chassis for a DCC 8-pin socket and associated connections, and a separate board on the window moulding for the lighting circuits. By using the existing Triang-Hornby 'fin' connectors I was able to ensure the window moulding could be unplugged for removal without any de-soldering. It also runs without the window moulding in place, just without the lights. See photos below: Overview ('fin' type connectors either side in the centre): Lighting veroboard, mounted on the window moulding: DCC socket veroboard mounted on the chassis: Regarding the details differences between Classes 31/1 and 31/4, from what I've read I agree with you that the only external difference is the addition of the ETS jumper cables, which weren't moulded into the Airfix model. There were some Class 31/1 without the headcode box (disc fitted) in the range D5500 to D5530 and intermittently between D5531 and D5561, so I kept clear of those numbers. So, is the 'premium' for a new model worth it? I suppose that does depend on the loco Class and the availability of good secondhand more recent models. In my case, I had the old models already, and these were essentially new not having been used for ~40-years. There is also quite a lot of fun to be had updating / modifying older models and getting them back on the tracks. And, of course, if it all goes wrong you haven't lost a lot of money anyway. I think I'd be almost scared to handle one of the new >~£175 models with all the fiddly details they incorporate. It's so easy to break those small 'protrusions'. Me, I'm sticking with old or semi-old secondhand.
  15. Rolling Stock - Updating 1980s Purchases With baseboard construction at a convenient stopping point, my attention has turned towards the rolling stock. Way back in the early 1980s, just after I started work and was renting a bedsit, I began collecting locomotives and rolling stock for a 'future' model railway. At the time little did I know that I was destined to spend my working life as an expat! Those purchases ended up being stored in my parents attic for over 30-years. As I have a emotional attachment to those purchases, I always planned that I would make use of them on Burton-on-Trent South. To 'bring them up-to-date' (well, as best as I can ...) the following work has been completed on them (they were all converted to DCC, with sockets where I could): Airfix Class 31, 31401 Renumbered to 31206, and OHLE warning signs applied. Kadee couplings fitted. Cab interior fabricated from plasticard and installed. Bogies and underbody painted black, to cover the original 'brown'. Airfix Class 31, 31401 Renumbered to 31287, and OHLE warning signs applied. Kadee couplings fitted. Cab interior fabricated from plasticard and installed. Bogies and underbody painted black, to cover the original 'brown'. Triang Hornby Class 25, 25241 Renumbered to 25076, and OHLE warning signs applied. Kadee coupling fitted. Headcode / tail lights fitted (LEDs). Remotored with CD/DVD motor. All-wheel pickup fitted. Additional weight added (7x M6 square nuts). Triang Hornby Class 25, 25241 Renumbered to 25206, and OHLE warning signs applied. Kadee coupling fitted. Headcode / tail lights fitted (LEDs). Remotored with CD/DVD motor. All-wheel pickup fitted. Additional weight added (7x M6 square nuts). Mainline Class 45, 45044 Bogies modified with Craftsman kit to relocate the bufferbeam to the bogie from the body. Kadee couplings fitted. Headcode / tail lights fitted (LEDs). Cab interior fabricated from plasticard and installed. Additional pickups fitted. Here they all are parked up in the lower baseboard stabling sidings. These locomotives now perform quite well on the layout with good slow speed performance and good pickup (they pass through the insulfrog double-slips without problem). Yes, the motors are noisier than more modern products, but they are not intrusive, and are capable of pulling a 6 or 7-coach rake up the gradients. To my eye, the also 'look' quite presentable, although I do find the nose of the Peak 'wrong'. On the whole, a nice cheap way to increase the locomotive fleet, but I think some detailing of the bufferbeams needs to be done though.
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