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  1. I have taken two photographs of an enlarged photograph at Achanalt station, which shows the 30' length of track which I refer to. Despite what the official drawing might show, it seems to me that those on site probably chose to "do their own thing " within limits. The track clearly shows that the sleeper spacing of 2' 9 1/2" beyond the first sleeper is not adhered to and at a guess might be closer to 2' 3". The remainder of the sleepers appear to be at random centres ! The second photograph vaguely shows the short S signal which I have mentioned previously. It's all good fun really ?
  2. Thanks for this information - and my maths was incorrect for a 5.43 cm offset, as I had worked on a diameter of 3 metres, not a radius. I'll try again sometime ! The platform height appears to be approximately level with the bottom of a coach buffer - and I'll probably work that out as well, at the same time.
  3. Thanks once again. I have seen a photograph of a length of track, preumably 30' 0" long at Achanalt station [platform] and it has 11 chairs between the fishplates. I'm presuming that when this track was originally laid, the sleepers would have been 9' 0" long and I'm assuming that the sleeper spacing was 1' 0", 2' 8", 8 x 2' 10", 2' 8" and 1'0" - unless you can suggest a different more appropriate spacing. I appreciate that this is nit-picking but I'm hoping to produce some realistic looking track in 3 mm scale. The station is on a curve and I've settled for a three metre radius, with the tracks [a loop arrangement] 30 mm apart. I've literally spent hours fiddling about with Templot2 for this simple station layout [with one siding] but being a computer nerd, it's way above my head ! So I've used some school geometry [from c. 70 years ago] and with an 80 cm long platform the offset in the centre is 5.43 cm.
  4. Thanks again for all these comments. I have seen photographs what I believe were lengths of 24' track having 11 sleepers and 30' track having 13 sleepers. The reason I'm so interested is that I would like to produce a realistic interpretation in model form, of the trackwork in 3mm scale [Scalle3] at Achanalt station - I'm aware of radii restraints ! I'm wondering if anyone or Templot could suggest, or preferably define the sleeper spacing which was specified by the Highland Railway for 24' and 30' track lengths please ?
  5. No, beyond the S signal in the direction of travel - a few metres only.
  6. There was a much taller Home and Distant signal just ahead of this S signal, which was sited just beyond the end of the platform. There were no other signals before it. The other part of the loop gave access to a single siding, via a Y point before the platform.
  7. Thank you for all these comments. I'm particularly interested in the lines described in Peter Tatlow's book : The Dingwall - Skye Railway and specifically in the Achanalt station area. There appears to be 11 sleepers to a length of track which is on a very large radius curve. Here, there is a short signal post with a large white painted S on the arm which presumably means "just start and then reverse on to the other loop" - the point is just beyond it on single track ? I've not seen that feature on other HR station photographs.
  8. Hello, Can anyone please tell me if the Highland Railway normally used 40' 0" lengths of rail, which I believe they did and also, what the sleeper spacing might have been specified for a length of track ? I have looked at many photographs of straight track and the number of sleepers appears to vary between eleven and fourteen - presuming that they were 40' 0" lengths, which I believe they were - or were they 30' 0" lengths as standard ? Thank you for any suggestions. Keith
  9. Can anyone suggest how to make a parallel boiler, without using rollers, from flat brass sheet please ? The boiler which I need to make is 43 mm diameter [approx. 4' 6" dia. in Finescale Gauge 1], for an LNER P1 0-6-0 loco. electric motor, not live steam ! I was thinking of using something like 0.5 - 1.0 mm flat brass sheet and I have some lengths of copper tube just a bit smaller in diameter. Will I have to anneal the brass first, somehow ? Could I incorporate "Jubillee" clips in the process for example ? I would soft solder the meeting edges I do have a hefty engineer's vice and basic tools. I have a 300 mm length of 1 3/4" outside diameter brass tube, with a wall thickness of approximately 1/16" - and I have been quoted £75.00 to turn it down to 43 mm diameter, leaving a short length un-skimmed for a smoke box ! Too expensive to even think about. I have bought the Isinglass drawing for the loco - an LNER P1 0-6-0, which is only available in 4 mm scale. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Keith
  10. Can anyone tell me if a drawing was ever published in a model railway magazine please, for specifically the [ NER P1 ] LNER class J25 ? The Railway Modeller etc. Thank you.
  11. I now have a copy of the "Railway Modeller" November 1969 and it does have a single page article and drawings of this loco. It is very informative and the 4 mm to 1' 0" drawings are very detailed, but no plan is provided. I am presuming that it is a fixed wheelbase loco - a pity no front and rear pony trucks, unless I've missed something. I'm going to have a go at building this loco in Finescale Gauge 1, wheel back to back 42.0 mm and electric motor driven - is there a suggested overall frame width please ? The frames will be 1 mm Nickel-Silver, which is probably about true to scale. Thank you for all your suggestions and information. Keith
  12. Thank you very much for this information - I'm very grateful !
  13. Scaling it off a photograph, the dimension might be 8' 6".
  14. Thank you, I've already been there and unfortunately it doesn't give the wheel centres dimensions. I'm guessing that the driving wheel centres will be somewhere between 7'0" and 8'0".
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