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David Schweizer

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    Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire
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    Kent and East Sussex Railway

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  1. I have been following the announcement from Hattons regarding their Genesis range of coaches for what seems like decades, and despite continually adding more liveries, they still they do not appear to have any for sale, so I am pleased that Hornby have introduced these coaches, and some liveries are already available to buy. I model the K&ESR up to the1930's, and they ran a variety of four and six wheel coaches, purchased second hand from other companies. Liveries are a matter of some conjecture, the only documented record being that most of the coaches (both four and six wheel
  2. Thanks for very helpful information gentlemen, I have loads of 0.5mm2 multicore cable in my spare cable box, so from what you are saying I should be OK with that without having to buy any.
  3. I have finally managed to aquire all the electrofrog points that I need, so I am ready to start my layout, the problem is I am uncertain about which cable size(s) I should be using. I am assuming that something like Thinwall 11 amp, 0.5mm sq. 16/0.20, or 16.5 amp, 1mm sq. 32/0.20 will be more than adequate. Most of the wiring information I have found on line, and though the forum search, has been about DCC wiring which I am not using, I also have no plans to install point motors, Most of the information I have found about DC wiring has added to my confusion, with advice ranging from solid c
  4. I have just re-read the drawings I found on Adrian's site. The text at the bottom of these drawings would suggest that wagons with 17'6" over headstocks with a 9ft wheelbase were authorised by the 1923 RCH specifications for the transportation of Coke. Whether any were actually built for private owners is another issue, but It would seem that, in theory, my 17'6" Coke and Coal Merchants wagons would comply.
  5. Thanks for that confirmation Jim. One of the two Station Agent Coal Merchants, Arthur Taunt, was my Great Grandfather , and I have a copy of an advertisement he placed in the 1923 issue of Thomsan's Almanac, where he describes himself as a Coal and Coke merchant, so it is possible that he did have a longer wagon for transporting Coke. There are no known photos of the two wagons he owned, and the Dapol model is based upon the recollections of a former employee. I already have a 16'6" wagon of earlier style construction with a wooden 9ft W/B chassis, which I built myself, and numbered No.1, so a
  6. As much as I would like it to be otherwise, I have to agree, it does look more like a 16'6" wagon on a 9ft wheelbase chassis. My main reason for asking is to confirm (or otherwise) that the two 17'6" private owner wagons featuring Station Agent Coal Merchants on the K&ESR , and produced as specials by Dapol could have been mounted on 9ft W/B chassis, rather than the 10ft chassis they come mounted on.
  7. Can anyone confirm whether any RCH Private Owner wagons with a 17ft 6ins measurement over the headstocks were ever built on chassis with a 9ft wheelbase. I have searched on this forum and on the Internet and the only site which I have been able to find showing drawings with measurements is on Adrian Johnstone's "Steam" site. The site has four drawings for 9ft wheelbase wagons - two complete Wagon drawings showing 16ft 6ins across headstocks, and two drawings for chassis only showing 17ft 6ins over headstocks. But interestingly there are none showing the longer wagon body on a 9ft wheelbas chas
  8. Which is what I believe the K&ESR actually did. Passenger traffic was never heavy, with rarely more than one train per hour.
  9. Just a coupleof photos of Biddenden Station which will be the basis for High Weald Station building. The raiway worker's cottage can be seen at the far end of the platform in the second photo.
  10. Thanks for the helpful responses. You have read my last post correctly Chimer. After further consideration I have more or less decided on providing only one feed, fit the converging point, and insulate it with IRJs, just in case I decide to extend the layout in the future. I will also consider isolating one or both the yards to facilitate shunting. Below is a sketch diagram of the proposed layout, which is based upon a reduced, revised and flipped track plan for Tenterden Town. As per the prototype, the upper yard will be the coal and cattle yard, whilst the lower yard is the general goods y
  11. Thanks for that Phil. Just one question. Are the four locations marked - To switch labelled "Platform and Loop" supplied by one (presumably double pole) switch, if so, does that switch source it's power from the Controller? Well two questions, Does the power supply to the switch labelled "Loco Release Spur" also come from the controller. To clarify my earlier post, it is a one section end to end layout, with a total length of less than 3metres without points motors, The illustraion I supplied was perhaps confusing because it included reference to points motors, wheras I meant to only show the
  12. Thanks for the suggestions. I understand the convention that the power should be fed into the toe end of the points which is the case with the first six points on the layout, but the seventh point is at the further end of the Passing loop, and I was not planning to feed any power into what is a half metre dead end beyond that point. It is really only there to add some visual realism and provide the facility for locomotives to change ends of the train. I also understand the consequences of allowing negative and positive to meet each other on the same rail, which would happen on the passing lo
  13. So far so good, I have produced some (paper) mock ups and the only remaining issue is the two tracks through the station. Basicly the layout is typical single track K&ESR with all the dead end sidings aproached from one direction. After all the sidings turnouts, the single track diverges into two tracks through the station and then reverts to single track after the station, creating what is basicly a passing loop. The problem is that changing the points at each end of the loop will cause a short, if there is even the slightest amount of power still reaching the track. I am not prepared to
  14. Having studied the diagrams and explanations, I have proceeded with a number of tests. Assuming that the geometary of Electrofrog points is the same as Insulfrog points I have concluded that the minimum 1.5 mm gap between the wheel back and the unselected point blade will ensure that there is no risk of shorting, and as the longest wheelbase on my small four wheel coaches is only 75mm, the angle across the curved rails is negligible. However, I am a cautious chap and in the first instance have decided to buy one set of Electrofrog points as an experiment, and try them out of the box un-modifie
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