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  1. One thing that I have been considering for some time is how to get a large capacity Stay Alive into a Hornby W4 Peckett. People have put smaller capacity ones in, but they are electronics geniuses, who can make their own and can solder connections with great accuracy. People have also put larger ones in, but they simply stuff them into the cab - it looks ridiculous and I won't even consider doing that. My plan involves changing a few things and the use of the trusty Proxxon milling machine. It may not work and if it doesn't then that's eighty quid, or whatever it was that I paid for it, down the drain. I'll just have to add it to the non-runners to be shunted around Charlie Strong's scrapyard, but fortune favours the brave and all that... The chassis block and lower boiler casting. The gear tower will be cut off and the lower boiler casting will be milled out. This should allow the motor so be situated lower down. This in turn will allow the decoder to be sited above the motor. Currently, people (myself included) site the decoder vertically in the smokebox area - this space should become free to fit the SA in. The gears and gear tower will be replaced by a hybrid that uses a High Level Roadrunner and the existing Hornby gear and wheelset. Whilst I have the millling machine out, another alteration is to widen the gap in the frames to allow the fitting of a much larger speaker than is otherwise possible. I have also milled the front of the frames in order to thin the frame plates. This is purely for cosmetic reasons. It could yet all go tits-up, so tune in for a laugh if it does.
  2. This one has been across my workbench before but the owner wanted sound and a Stay-Alive to be fitted, so it's been back and has also had extreme weathering to suit the quarry layout that it runs on. Block buffers, electric lamps (with Stones turbogenerator) and an enclosed cab have been added, too.
  3. It is looking hideously glossy, but it is so for decals to be applied later. The cylinder sides have been shaved to put flats on them and the top of the tank has been drilled and the safety valves relocated. There are various bits of detail painting to be done, plus the reinstatement of some hand rails and the brake standard. Weathering will have to wait until the decals and an overcoat of varnish are applied.
  4. British Rail are promoting their Air-Braked Network service and a gauging trial has taken place, at Watery Lane, to ascertain if it is possible to run long wheelbase vans into the Metal Box sidings. If all goes to plan, tinplate will be brought from South Wales in coil form, in VBA vans.
  5. The bunker tops have been lowered so they will not stand proud of the cab sides. The footplate has been cut away at the sides to hopefully give the impression that the inside edges are part of the main frames, once the new footplate sides are in place. The DCC gear is in place and instead of the Stay Alive being in the milled recess, a larger speaker than anticipated has been fitted. The SA now rests above this. This all leaves the space inside the smokebox free to fill with lead sheet.
  6. All set up for two drivers now. I have just the L&Y bar signal to fix and everything's set for an operating session with @rsh7684 on Saturday.
  7. I got a thing similar to the Digitrax UP5, from Digitrains. No separate power supply needed. It was just plug and play.
  8. I didn't know that. Even if it is possible I don't even like to mix sound and non-sound locos on the same layout, never mind mixing DC and DCC. I am going to try and have everything that runs on this one to have a Stay Alive and sound. Once you've tried the full benefits of DCC, you don't want to go back.
  9. I think you've got the wrong end of the stick, Baz. The locos that I'm talking about can't run on Charlies Yard, and won't be able to run any longer on the CVMR, because they don't have decoders to set to 0, or anything else. They'll just burn out or run away. They're just shelf ornaments now, because I can't get decoders in them.
  10. Without a decoder on board there is no means of controlling, or even switching off, the 14-16v AC that is always live at the rails. If the motor doesn't burn out first, the engine would run away and smash uncontrollably into something.
  11. Thanks for the reply, Nigel. I'll try the Digitrax thing. Do you know what voltage power supply is needed or is there a special unit available as the power supply?
  12. Afternoon all, I have the above control system and it is supposed to be able to run a second handset. It has two "Loconet" ports in the back of the base station. When I plug in a second handset to the spare port it doesn't do anything. The screen doesn't even light up. I can find nothing in the instruction book relating to using a second handset, so does anyone know how to make it work? Thanks
  13. Charlies is DCC, so they cannot run on there. They are all too nice just to slather in muck and rust and be static items.
  14. Over the weekend I got a lot of work done on the 16-inch Barclay that I posted earlier. The chassis block has been hollowed out to allow a Stay Alive to be fitted. I have also replaced the motor with a smaller one. The weight lost by hollowing out the chassis block will be more than made up for with the lead sheet that can be fitted around the motor. Although it is a 16-inch the base model is the one that Hattons did in the CPC livery and has the smaller water tank of the 14-inch. This makes it more of a challenge to get all the DCC gear in. It is based on one that worked for the Scottish Gas Board at Provan works that had a cab that was open at the back, I have done an exchange deal to get a "Katie" cab and buffers. The chimney has been shortened and the cab trial-fittted.
  15. I like it. The transfer on the grass box of the mower really sets it off and adds realism.
  16. It was good to see the old layout again, at the Middleton Railway, today. Charlie Strong has sold the former Grimethorpe No1 to the British Steel Corporation.
  17. As no one wanted to buy it, and it's just sitting in the garage taking up space, the CVMR is about to have a revival. Apart from using it to test new and newly-built locomotives on DC, nothing has run since November 2019. A minor wiring fault stopped play and I never got around to fixing it and then my interest in it waned as I got Charlie Strong's yard up and running. I will soon sort the wiring as the layout is going DCC. This means that the majority of the locomotive fleet will not be able to run as they are not suitable for conversion to DCC, due to their small size and that they were all stuffed with as much lead as I could get into them so they could get up the bank with 6 wagons. The plan is to have just a small fleet of engines to run the railway as the late Victorian/Edwardian set up that it is. Some of them I already have, and can be converted. Others don't even exist yet. The planned fleet is: 14-inch Barclay - The Mercian kit-built one that I bought and that is currently P4 gauge. This is a nice heavy engine that can be used up to the colliery and quarries. The Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T - This has plenty of space inside and removing the extra weight shouldn't be a problem. This will run the low-level with the passenger service. Peckett B2 0-6-0ST - Hornby RTR. The flanges have been turned down, so it should be able to run on the colliery line. It has a decent amount of weight to it and I know that I can get DCC sound into it. Manning Wardle 0-6-0ST - Corbs' Railway Mania kit. This one is still only a bunch of pixels on a screen at the moment. Mixed traffic. I also have a couple of un-messed with Hornby W4 Pecketts that are in original condition, with the Salter safety valves etc. These are also possibilities to add in future. Providing I can get sound and Stay Alives in that lot, they will be reliable and sufficient to make running the layout an interesting and with two people running trains at the same time, without the hassle of switching sections in and out.
  18. They are what is known as a Rosce Displacement Lubricator. Steam is fed into it but, it isn't steam pressure that forces the oil to be fed into the cylinder. The steam passes through the reservoir of steam oil, and as it does, a small amount of steam condenses in the oil and falls to the bottom of the container, thus displacing some of the oil, which then flows through the control valve and down into the cylinder. On Mannings they seem to be either fitted as you have at the front of the water tank, or are mounted on the sides of the smokebox.
  19. I thought that the Austerity was just about finished. Most of the weathering is done and it doesn't look too bad at all. And then I hooked a train behind it. It set off out of the fiddle yard and as soon as it got to the track joint with the first scenic board, it threw itself off the track. I have to admit that it isn't the best laid track at that spot, but no other engine derails there, including the other 0-6-0s. Going around the curve it was as if the leading wheelset was slipping and out of phase with the others and by the time it got to the end of the loop it locked up. It got its gears and rods in a twist twice more in the next two feet, so I lifted it off the track. What idiot thought it would be a good idea to fill the chassis with over half a dozen gears, when rods would have worked far better? They've been working on the real thing since George Stephenson's day, so what made this idiot think he knew better? The wheels are like steamroller wheels. The original motor was a joke. There is no springing on the centre axle. There is as much as 2mm of side play in the wheelsets. I've done with it. The body is nice, and I've done the repaint and detailing, so that will live to run another day, but that awful chassis will be hit repeatedly with a lump hammer. It's no good to man nor beast.
  20. A former British Leyland-owned Fowler 422 diesel is the latest in a long line of shunting engines to work Charlie Strong's yard.
  21. Thanks, Chris, and thanks for doing the kit exchange that made it possible. It runs like a dream. I'm getting quite good at this chassis building lark, even if I say so myself.
  22. The Fowler 422 is finished. I did only a light weathering job on this one. It weighs in at a respectable 138g and I still managed to fit in DCC sound. The decoder is under the engine casing, above the motor, whilst the speaker is between the frames. The speaker and its connections are wrapped in Kapton tape to prevent short circuits and it is fixed with a blob of black tack to the underside of the motor. As shown previously, the Stay Alive is in the cab but well below visible level. That decal needs a bit of touch-up with green paint at the lower edge.
  23. Search for "The Ironstone Quarries Of The Midlands, by Eric Tonks". It's more or less all you'll ever need on the subject in nine volumes!
  24. The one in the posted pictures is not 411319, as shown in that link. That hasn't been at RBR for years. This one is 207103 and I believe it was new to Morris Motors, at Cowley.
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