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  1. Thanks Chris. I think you're right, occasional bits are best left here. If it becomes too regular I'll start a different thread.
  2. Found the stash of 2nd hand ratio carriages in the latest box I'm 'sorting through', along with a fleet of engines, some of which I cant remember buying. For some reason I bought a load of ratio carriages in varying states of build / disrepair 15 odd years ago, however the underframes will now come in handy for my own coach bodies. The paint jobs on them vary, this one is passable for now and has blanked out luggage windows, which is nice. I might use it for lining practice and see what it looks like. My 3d compartments don't fit the ratio carriages either, but that would have been too easy. Leading it is (I think) my first ever engine, the Hornby 4 wheel thing that doesn't resemble anything (I think). It doesn't work, seems to have a short somewhere, so it's back in the box. This carriage is built the wrong way (the sides are between the ends instead of the other way round), so it's being whisked off to Swindon by 2776 (I really don't remember buying this engine) for major works. The carriage underframe looks in good condition which is handy. 2776 runs, although the track is em gauge so it just lurched and rolled from side to side along the track. Fergus Dassenger (remember him?) has taken on a few adhoc jobs around the station for scraps of food, emptying and cleaning the toilets, cleaning up after ned, the horse, sorting and grading offal etc. On hearing a whistle and seeing the cloud of steam he rushes back to the platform to grab a lift to Swindon. But he was too late. I've done a bit more cutting out and shaping for a non Wantage road thing The Holyhead breakwater railway 0-4-0 Prince Albert, which is broad gauge so sort of relevant (albeit only 7 foot, no extra 1/4" ) It's just blu tacked together. I'm seriously thinking of araldite as I've got a soldering mountain to do anyway, and it is small, with even smaller bits to come. Maybe I need a workbench style thread for the other stuff like this?
  3. We sort of had something running looks a bit Heath Robinson, but I managed to get the tender moving using the pickups and electrified track which, I have to admit, gave me a fairly big sense of achievement. It's far from finished, one of the wipers doesn't meet a wheel, another is pushing down too much which is upsetting the balance, and I need to squeeze weight in instead of using various gauges plonked on top. I also need to wire up the remaining track instead of bodging it to give a decent and reliable run. Pictured beside it is a part-failed tender 3d print which I'm hacking bits off to try and get the tender chassis to fit it. Once I get it to fit, I'll fabricate a tender top and other missing bits from plasticard and 3d print toolboxes, filler cap etc. Finally, I know I wasn't going to start any new jobs considering how much is already on the go and with trying to tidy up and everything, but I woke up early one morning and fancied a change. Marked out various bits to cut out, donked a few rivets through and even started cutting some bits out. What I should have done was get one of the carriage kits/bits out. I'll do that instead next time.
  4. A few bits and bobs this week, but have finally started the wiring Don't think we've ventured to the Wantage road underworld before (I played too much Ultima IV in the 90's). What should have happened was the droppers soldered to the rail should protrude through the bottom. The red ones (the common rail nearest the platform) and one of the blue (Standard [or narrow etc] rail) worked fine, but several schoolboy errors have left one of the standard and all the broad stuck halfway through the baseboard. I tried drilling through and uncovered the green one, but the yellow must have been a tiny dropper as no sign of it yet. The big screws at the bottom, by the way, are securing the platform so are nothing to do with the wiring. Anyway I soldered up what we've got: common in red wire and broad in black, I also did the standard after the photo was took and taped them to the board, then checked with me multimeter from the track to wire and they work. I need to bridge to gap between the bridge rails (sorry couldn't resist that) on the standard and broad so current can flow along the length. Fingers crossed and that, but we might have something running over the weekend.
  5. Looks fantastic. Shame about the lining not matching.
  6. I tried to 3d print the E3 but had a 'lifting' failure again so I cleaned it all up and restarted the first half today, seems to have fixed it. I'm nearly out of resin now so that's it for carriages for now. I've been selling a few bits on the ebay, mainly carriage kits, and packing other bits away and generally sorting stuff out. I've also gone through some of my old railway mags and ripped out the articles I want to keep (pre-grouping, narrow gauge, building drawings etc) and binning the rest, it's surprising how much it has reduced the pile already. No date for moving yet, but I'm trying to avoid a last minute rush. For rover no2 (motorised tender and plastic main frame+3d printed body) I added some copperclad for pickups on the tender and finished off the rocker/wobblers on the rear wheels. Clearances on the loco wheels are very fine because of the splashers so I'm probably not going to fit pick ups to them. Rover 3 (new brass frames as above), I cut out the rear rocker/pivot, need to open out the holes for bushes and do the front rocker, then open out the holes on the frame to allow it to actually rock, make some frame spacers, then Ill be ready to solder. I'm going to get a proper motor and high level gearbox for this one, £1.60 ebay motors are a bargain and all that, but it adds another variable in if(or when) it doesn't work. Didn't do anything to rover 1 (scratchbuild one). I've only got the one set of wheels so not sure why I'm building 3 of them. I've only got 1 running line as well. a late addition, I managed to solder a pick up to each side and wires, it was a bit rushed and ran out of time to do the second pick up. The track isn't wired up yet, so couldn't test properly, but a multimeter showed one side was okay and the other temperamental. I still need to add a resistor to the motor as it's rated 6V.
  7. Thanks, what I'm trying to do is give a basic chassis shell that I can test various things on (I was hoping to get several chassisses milled from the one I'm making by a friend who works in a local engineering firm, but it may not happen). The old nickle silver chassis (fixed driver, all other wheels in opened out bearings with guitar string pushing them down) runs along okay when pushed by motorised tender but a motor on the driver just slipped (though I never added loads of weight). I've got several plans/ideas to test but 1) recreate this but in brass obviously the front method of deflection is too visible and needs hiding. I was going to open up the front chassis frame holes 0.5mm up and down (as in the 3d one above) and place a rocker on the axle 2) hornblocks, but it could take me years to set it up right 3) chassis in two halves, front and back. The front would only really be pushing down on the axles. I like the idea of a front inside bearing bogie, because of the splashers it can't have much movement except up/down. I can't see in my head at the moment how to pivot the driver with the bogie. I could change the CAD and do some test prints, but I'm not sure it's robust enough for the final thing. edit: old chassis for completeness
  8. 3d printed half a U20 It's a 4 compt composite with central luggage, and if you hadn't noticed from above, it's a 10ft wide one. The roof profile isn't quite right, it looks more 3 arc than single arc which is wrong (or generic if you prefer) so I've redone the cad but not printed yet. Next one I'll do is the E3 which I've been building up to for what must be 2 months now. Just need to add in another compartment for each half and adjust widths etc. Then I'll have the right thing to sit on top of the 46'6 underframe. I think the next cad I'll do is the clerestory side (the roofs I'm planning on using brass), and some oil lamps etc Also clamped both halves of the new rover chassis frames together and drilled through the axle centres and brake hangers etc. I then opened up the front and leading wheels to 2mm, haven't done the driver yet. Might go back to the tender next week, or the coach underframes, rotating things helps stop me getting temporarily bored on one thing.
  9. That could be the reason. I suppose it could just be the loading gauges line up worse the other way as there wasn't a period of mixed gauge so they weren't restricted by platforms for both. A quick search bought this up http://www.internationalsteam.co.uk/trains/holland02.htm, plus there seems to be other photos out there, but not of standard and broad together.
  10. Great pictures. Interesting that the third (standard/narrow ) rail seems on the platform half of the broad gauge width, so a standard gauge coach would have a big gap between it and the platform (or a wide loading gauge). If I didn't explain that well, the common rail is on the left, opposite to what the GWR did (they had common rail as nearest the platform).
  11. Little bit of work the past few mornings At the top, buffer beam bent up for the old scratchbuilt rover, then the new 'rover' chassis frames for the 3d body. Then, the 2-4-0 rods and frames. I've noticed the coupling rods are actually just over 31mm instead of 30 (7'6"), it seems to be the calipers at fault (I always blame my tools...) the slidey bit has worn over the years and it was a cheapish one. So I'll be checking measurements on a ruler until I get a new one, I guess I should have already been checking twice and all that, but it didn't happen. I'm doing a new set of rods, will keep the other just in case I ever need 7'9 ish ones. Back to the new rover frames, although it still looks visible between the leading wheels, and 2nd and driver wheels, The real thing's got a spring weight between the leading wheels, and the brake gear between the 2nd and driver. I think with a bit more sawed off just before and after the driver I think/hope I'll get away with it.
  12. Slaters plastikard and I think South East Finecast also do corrugated sheet, the wills ones tend to be thicker than the others.
  13. When I did my dean bogies I realised (too late) that top hat bearings were too big for the axlebox, I keep meaning to buy waisted bearings to see if they fit. Always good to plan/research the next four or five layouts in advance.
  14. I didn't make it clear I was on about a different job. I have got an unused inside motion fret, so have thought about making up a dummy representation. There's a frame spacer in the way on old version of chassis but the new half finished one should be okay.
  15. They're not for the rover, they're for a 2-4-0 and a 0-4-0 to connect the wheels together. I thought they were called coupling rods.
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