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PenrithBeacon

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  1. Looking at this from a very personal viewpoint the only 'crowds' I mingle in are at Tesco, Model Railway Shows and Air Displays. Tesco is essential the other two aren't. Providing I feel safe then I'll attend otherwise not but it all depends on the progress of the disease and ways of coping. I've had face masks on order from Amazon and eBay only to have the orders cancelled by suppliers at short notice, but keep on ordering on the assumption that one day I'll get lucky. I shall download the 'distancing' app when it's available and I'm looking apprehensively at progress because I might have to cancel the B&B booking in July, so that will mean no summer holiday this year. Good news is that I've managed to get a HL Quadriver gearbox to work, really pleased about that otherwise a bit low. Agree with the comments about the Guardian, I've been reading it since the mid-sixties and can never remember a time when it was persistently negative all the more so because it now confuses fact and opinion. 'Comment is Free, but Facts are Sacred', the newspaper is losing it's heritage. Regards
  2. I can't help but think that the reputation of the Type 4 Sulzers has suffered over time because of later reliability issues. In steam days cruising at 60mph was considered to be the gold standard and this these engines did day in day out on the Midland mainline out of St Pancreas. I vividly remember returning to Manchester in 1965 or so and the locomotive just hit a mile a minute for tens and tens of miles to Derby. At the time I thought this was extraordinary but in truth they were doing it all the time which made it even more special.
  3. True, and there were applications before that, but diesel engines were too heavy in an aeronautical context.
  4. It's the Delrin system and it does include 4mm in the range, just checked to make sure
  5. The Middleton Railway Centre has an ex LNER one which they have restored to working condition. Not too far away from you and they're a very friendly museum. Perhaps this isn't the right time though. I have the Model Rail Sentinel and I have just piled coal up over the bunker/water tank, Roger Carpenter has photos showing this. I have the gubbins in the cab and two crew hanging out of the windows to hide the motor and the electronics, but the vertical boiler was at the back (there's a spare one to be seen in the car park at Middleton) and the control panel at the front. The windows at the side are fixed I think and those at the front IIRC slide inwards and might overlap but I'm not sure. Cab colour is black below the window sills, white above but it probably got pretty dirty in there. I think the LMS ones had Midland pattern whistles, AGW do lost wax castings. Don't know what type whistles for LNE, GW or industrials, sorry. Cheers
  6. If the HL Quadriver angle doesn't work out, could you use the chain drive system that Branchlines market? Cheers
  7. These models are like hen's teeth! I have had a search active for one for several months on eBay.
  8. I'm astonished that BR(W) couldn't see the value of a double chimney 9F on the Fawley oil trains or the S&DJR summer passenger trains. I think it did and this is just enthusiast talking not professional railwaymen.
  9. Yes, but that isn't relevant to a comment on Elle's work. Basically he gave an 8P Pacific two chimneys each intended for a Class 2 0-6-0. Crackers. His work was predicated on the inherent superiority of a small Victorian locomotive. Not good engineering.
  10. Not sure I'd want to use a chuck for drills of less than 2mm. My Chester drill press has a very good collet, but it uses a lot of space on the desk which passes as a bench. I get by. Cheers
  11. Sam Ell wasn't always a successful guru; Duke Of Gloucester being a case in point.
  12. I'm assuming that this is an enhancement to the Proxxon. EDIT: I cannot find a reference to a Rohm chuck except at a great price
  13. While I like the Proxxon, it looks like a good machine, it's maximum drill size is 3.20mm or 1/8". I find that I do need to drill holes of 4-5mm from time to time so it will be too small This is why I've never bought one but soldier on with my Chester drill press. Cheers
  14. There is a B&R video which includes footage of the Brymbo branch. IIRC it includes a sequence of a banked train, but I might be wrong. Cheers
  15. Jim, What you say here is true, but it is also true that this applies to all designs of this type. By the 1920s other railway companies, particularly the GWR, had evolved lubrication systems that mitigated the problem. It isn't the size of the bearing that is the issue but the way that oil was given to it. The LMS introduced the oil pad underneath the bearing at the behest of Stanier when he was instructed to sort out the Scots soon after he was recruited. It was this design that was going to be applied to the 7F (the 4F was considered to be obsolete and not worth it, scrap and build beckoned) but planning for WW2 intervened and it was never done. The underkeep method of lubrication was introduced pretty well symultaneously in France and the US in the 1890s. Not sure who was first. Cheers
  16. Actually the LMS was very much alive to the issue and was in the preliminary stages of planning a mogul replacement for the 4F and replacing the axleboxes on the 7F but planning for the coming war stopped both projects dead. The issue of the steaming of the Ivatt 4F is very much a separate matter and has a lot to do with Ivatt wanting the engine to have a double chimney. A mistake for such a small locomotive.
  17. I appreciate that this comment might be controversial, but the waste was in building these engines in the first place they really should have been diesels. The LMS decided in the thirties that it would build no more small steam engines because diesels were far more effective for that class of work. For BR(W) to make around a thousand (?) 0-6-0T in the late forties and Into the fifties was a colossal waste of tax payers money.
  18. I don't know definitively the answer but I would have thought that both duties described by Northmoor didn't require superheating so it was best to forgo the additional expense at a time when the economy was in a mess. Were the original 10 locomotives converted to being saturated? Cheers
  19. In LMS Locomotive Profiles No5 pp90 there is a photo of a very clean Glasgow Highlander's nameplate which suggests a pewter background but no date. I think it might have taken around the time the name was applied. Not much use, sorry.
  20. I have always thought that the problem with the 5AT was that it couldn't possibly have hauled a paying load on the mainline; just too small.
  21. Is that the engine shed at Cromford? Cheers
  22. I gather that the shade that the S&DJR used varied from time to time and it could be very dark indeed. While I appreciate that this is very self referential, my car, a Honda Jazz, is painted in what Honda call 'Deep Sapphire Blue' and it seems to be much the same colour that the 7F was painted once. Having said that 'Deep Sapphire Blue' and 'Midnight Blue' might be the same colour! Cheers
  23. I think that was the loco that was used in a Yorkshire to Lancashire coast tour in the mid-1960s. The last L&Y engine to go the full width of the L&Y system
  24. Rather like the Met 4-4-4T but that Wirral loco looks good too
  25. Yep, I'm for real, but I'm not appreciating North American insults. My comments were about superheating in British heritage railway conditions not out on the mainline. Having said that the use of the superheated Fowler 2-6-2T on suburban duties, where there would be a station stop every 15 minutes or so did nothing for its already fragile reputation; it just couldn't get its superheater up to temperature so it was one of the reasons it performed badly on these services.
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