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  1. Thanks for this comment and it is much appreciated. We have lots more interesting features in the pipeline over the next few issues.
  2. Well seeing that BR05 running is a bit of a surprise. By the way my father saw one 05:003 still streamlined at Hamburg Altona in 1946.
  3. I am sure this is true in many cases and of course that is a perfectly good reason to read a book or magazine. I count myself very fortunate as I find almost any subject to do with railways or model railways of interest: steam, diesel, electric, multiple units, carriages, wagons, British, Irish, anything overseas, signalling, track, the commercial and operational side of railways, history, the future. In terms of model making much the same applies as I find that almost any aspect of model making is relevant in some way to my own. On this basis I would always encourage others to broaden their interest and not be, as one reader once told me, "I'm only interested in what happened in the Preston area." Stephen
  4. Thanks for these comments ThaneofFife. My aim robD2 was not just to list what I saw but to explain the background to many of the workings that I saw during that evening and night. With the help of several enthusiasts we've been able to piece together much of the complexities of operation at the time. The 1975 WCML is almost as far away from todays operations as is the steam age. By presenting the article in both a tabular listing and an explanation of the nature of operations I'd hoped that I could satisfy at least two different audiences - the number crunchers and those with an interest in operation. Look again at the text and see what I mean!! Stephen Rabone
  5. Beautiful modelling on that SER van. Once you've painted it I suspect the roof issue will be less obvious.
  6. I really like the way the track flows on this project. Keep posting your progress. Stephen
  7. For various reasons I used Peco code 100 on my Deutsche Bundesbahn branch line. At the time I built the track I'd had a lot of trouble with nerve damage to my right hand and I wanted to avoid the amount of heavy filing needed to produce the point blades and stock rails when using code 100 rail. In Germany all rail is flat bottomed and code 100 looks about right for S Scale German track. I modified existing Peco pointwork as shown in this section of my layout blog. Whilst it worked alright and running is good I wouldn't do it again. Click on the link below. Stephen http://www.steverabone.com/sscalewebsite/new_german_s_scale_layout.html
  8. As Regularity says I'm having a great deal of enjoyment pursuing my own goals and have accepted the fact that my stock won't run on layouts built to the finescale standards. I do, however, set the wheels so that they are gauged with the SSMRS L shaped back to back gauge. Of course many of my other locos weren't built from Alan Gibson kits - he certainly didn't produce a Deutsche Bundesbahn 2-6-2T with Walscaherts (Heusinger) valve gear!!! Perhaps I better not mention those German diesels with tram bogies regauged to S Scale. Also mentioned in this thread are issues to do with buffer locking on sharp curves. These can be overcome by using something like Sprat and Winkle couplings with a wire bar soldered across the buffers or the method I've standardised on using the NEM type plug in tension lock couplings. Of course I'm the first to admit that scale wheels, gentle curves and three link or screw couplings look much better.... Stephen
  9. You are correct. Both the Alan Gibson EM profile wheels and the Markits wheels on S Scale axles are considerably thicker in profile than the thinner S Scale profile wheels. To get sufficient clearance on outside cylinder locos behind the cross heads and slidebars you do need to move them out a bit otherwise the leading axle crankpin washer will hit them.
  10. It's actually possible to run large S Scale locos around 3 feet radius curves providing you accept compromises and, in my case, don't stick to SSMRS standards for the wheels. As I want a main line layout in a small room I've had to accept many compromises and one of those is 3 feet radius curves. All my track is built slightly over gauge as referred to elsewhere in this thread. Over the years I've built almost all the Alan Gibson S Scale LMS kits - Crab and Stanier 2-6-0s, 2-6-4Ts, Class 5, Jubilee and Patriot 4-6-0s and Stanier 2-8-0s. These have used both Gibson wheels (with the EM gauge profile wheels) and more recently Markits 4mm scale wheels on S Scale axles. The Markit wheels are now my preferred wheel because of the automatic quartering although again I'm prepared to accept that there might be 2 or 3 spokes too many. The main compromise is that cylinders and motion support brackets have to be moved out about 1.5mm from their correct position so that the crossheads clear the front axle crankpin. All the chassis are built rigid and for tender locos are free rolling with a powered tender. The 2-6-4Ts obviously have the motor in the tender. I don't allow any side play on the leading axle, a little on the rear axle and plenty on the middle axles. The frames are built up exactly as Alan Gibson supplied them with S Scale spacers. The frames may need to be modified slightly to allow pony trucks/bogies to move freely. The locos run perfectly happily at normal layout speeds around 36" radius curves on plain track and through 48" radius through points. Should I wish to they would go around the layout at a scale 50 or 60mph without problems. Of course if you use "scale" wheels with narrow treads and shallow flanges then you would have a problem - it depends what S Scale means to you!! Stephen
  11. TRACTION issue 259 is published on 24th July. We start this issue of TRACTION with a detailed look at Lincoln Central which, in the 1980s, possessed a marvellous selection of semaphore signals and signal boxes. Michael Vanns used the signals as an integral part of the photographs he took there. Back in his younger days the editor was more than happy to spend long periods of time overnight at major railway stations observing operations. In July 1975 he travelled to Stafford and spent fifteen hours watching an incredible number and variety of trains during the late evening and night hours. In the first of a multi-part photo feature Gavin Morrison looks at the Trans Pennine line between Manchester and the western end of Standedge Tunnel at Diggle. It is a line that is now seeing regular Class 68 hauled services, although their introduction into service has been problematic. Mick Humphrys concludes his article about driving electric multiple units on the North London Lines. It’s good to learn more about the less glamorous side of passenger operations. Until the decline of King Coal Milford Junction in Yorkshire was something of a Mecca with the frequent freight services attracting many enthusiasts. Chris Lenton recalls to visit he made in the late 1990s. We start a three part series of images taken on the Midland Main Line by photographer Kevin Lane and backed up with detailed captions by David Hayes. The first part covers the line south from Kettering to just north of Luton. In TRACTION MODELLING we feature a fascinating layout Devonport Road which is based in Plymouth and features a leisure centre, naval dockyard and parcels traffi c as well as rolling stock maintenance and repair activities.
  12. Yes Traction can now be read on Readily. https://gb.readly.com/products/magazine/traction?q=traction The cost is £0.99 for the first month and then £7.99 a month for which you can read any magazine on the website. There are lots of British railway and model railway magazines and some overseas ones such as Eisenbahn. Stephen
  13. Good to hear that you enjoyed this issue and that Traction has escaped the recycling! Stephen
  14. I can't answer this question precisely (especially for a question at the weekend!!). The copies for contributors have been sent out so I expect subscription copies will have gone at the same time. Obviously there are some delays in the postal system, as my own mail is a bit erratic in arriving so you may need to be patient. The digital issue is now on line. Stephen Rabone
  15. Thanks for your kind comment. According to Wikipedia "German 2-6-2 T Class 64 No. 64.305. Built in 1936. Now stored awaiting overhaul. Original intentions had been to start work once 1178 (Swedish 2-6-2T) was completed. However, due to the potential costs of asbestos removal this now looks unlikely." https://davesrailphots.weebly.com/64-305.html
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