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  1. 31A

    Dapol Class 21/29

    Some pegs would have been useful, but in the end I used Mek Pal, care and some difficulty.
  2. There's a Service Sheet for it: https://www.Hornby.com/uk-en/downloads/view/index/cat/23/ Basically you unscrew the two screws under the floor. From memory, I think you then have to be very careful of the control wheels, and their stays which plug into the van ends.
  3. Looks good Andy, I was thinking of trying one of the Isinglass kits myself. What did you use to glue it together?
  4. That's interesting, I hadn't heard of them. I've seen a few Continental and American kits for gas holders, but they don't always look very 'British'. Not sure I'll make another of those twins - I don't tend to like repeating things I've already done! My set will probably stick with the Mk1 replacements!
  5. I'd not particularly noticed the gas holders before but they look very impressive in that picture - how did you make them? I've only made one steel BSK / SK pair for my "Peterborough" set too; I'm not sure whether I'll make another one!
  6. Don't worry, it WAS an interesting question and the answers seem to have shown that there is no right answer. I went to Geneva once; I saw a big fountain but don't remember any turntables.
  7. Patience Phil and thanks as always for the support! I'd like to be getting on with ballasting etc, but holding off for the moment pending decisions as to what will go where in terms of buildings, water cranes, yard lamps etc. before I smother the ground in chinchilla dust or other random materials. Which will lead into a question that has been exercising my mind, when I decide how to phrase it!
  8. I use staples as well, usually superglued into holes in the loco / vehicle, which in my case is usually plastic. I must admit I've never had to solder them; I believe they are soft iron so would some kind of special flux be needed? I must admit I simplify things in not representing the short horizontal piece that the base of the lamp should sit on - I think this might be difficult as staple wire is thicker than the brass which is usually used for etched items.
  9. Half SR?? It's one of the Swedey's finest, even if Stratford couldn't be bothered to paint lining on the poor old thing by then. L. Poole-Street.
  10. I have wired them to the controller in the past, but wanted this one to have a separate power supply. Firstly because it is in order (and sometimes useful) to be able to move other locos around the yard while one is being turned. Secondly (and a bit more tenuous I admit), I wanted it to be part of the 'infrastructure' a bit like the points and signals, and independent of the movement of the locos. In fact I may not even wire in the electrical interlock with the traction supply that I have in mind, although I think it will be a useful safeguard against causing damage by inadvertently moving the wrong loco! I didn't think of a free motor with flywheels, but this one does have flywheels to give it inertia (see earlier post); however I thought it important for the table to stop in the right place hence the 'de-clutching' gearbox, which I was quite proud of! For avoidance of doubt and in case people hadn't guessed, my railway modelling is intended to be KISS in quite an old fashioned way so things like DCC decoders, stepping motors, servos, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis etc. are foreign animals to me. I HAVE got a Meccano clockwork motor and did seriously think of trying to use that, but thought winding it up would be too much of a faff ....
  11. The timetable sequence / loco rostering spreadsheet can throw up some strange combinations at times, and this is what a nocturnal spotter would have seen if he poked his nose over the wall at City Road loco at the end of today's session. If he'd been to the pub, he might think he'd had one too many! Perhaps it is the "Claud" that was rumoured to have been set aside for preservation? At the end of the sequence, the loco yard will contain one loco from of each of the Express Passenger, GN Main Line, GE Main Line and Outer Suburban links, and two from the Inner Suburban link, one of which will remain in the yard "Spare" the following day. Apart from fuelling, it isn't a place where much maintenance would be carried out so the "Spare" loco is just there to make the place look busier, get in the way and save me having to find somewhere to plonk it in the fiddle yard. In this case the "Spare" loco is 69531 on the right, which has been put on the coal wagon road for now but will be in the way when more coal arrives around midday tomorrow.
  12. Thank you; of course I should have thought of that before typing! The Wikepedia entry has a good explanation, and it does look as if it would work quite well. A very ingenious mechanism. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_drive However I'm not sure whether it would cope where there the inlet tracks are close together as there would need to be a short 'swing' followed by a long 'swing' - could a locking segment be designed to allow this? Also, I don't think I could make one from Meccano!!
  13. Derrrr..... Wot's one of them, then?
  14. Crumbs some good stuff here; not all of which I can pretend I understand, but thanks to all for the contributions! Having watched the video clips linked above and others, I think quite possibly the turntable does spin a bit too quickly, and will investigate using a lower voltage. I expect there will come a point where the voltage is too low for the motor to get the turntable started, but there's certainly room for experiment. The turntable electrics need some tidying up anyway; I intend to put a DPDT centre off switch in the circuit to act as a reversing / emergency stop switch, and also an interlock with the track feed section switch so that the table can't be operated whilst a loco is moving on it, and vice versa.
  15. Put the bit in the pin vice so that it only protrudes by the depth of a bearing.
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