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  1. Jay, Sorry, forgot to acknowledge safe arrival. Looks like a workable solution. Just pondering over suspension arrangements! I have also paid my dues to the NRM, so hopefully the Gannet drawings will arrive soon. Unfortunately the hospital stay meant that I had to cancel a proposed visit to Friden, with a night at the nearby Jug & Glass. Later in the summer, maybe. G
  2. Thanks Curlew. I'll keep an eye open for that. G
  3. I'm afraid it is Jonathan, but testimony to the fact that some of the old techniques are as good as ever!
  4. Apologies for the deafening silence of late, but my wife has just endured another two weeks in hospital, and the daily round of visits as a carer has taken its toll on my modelling time, and to a degree on my sanity! Back to the workshop now though, and a start has been made on the bridge over the Youlgreave road. Various close up photos have shown that the stonework is formed of various "patches" comprising stones of different sizes. I wanted to capture this on the model, so I'm working on it course by course and stone by stone, using various sizes of Evergreen strip in 40 thou th
  5. Thanks John. I believe we are thinking along the same lines, which reassures me! Geraint
  6. A plea for help from the depths of the Fens ....... !!!! I've been puzzling over the vexing question of how to form the roof profile for the above diesel. The ends and intermediate strengtheners give the right profile for the roof, which basically consists of three arcs - two with a tight (2.5mm) radius at the gutter line and a much shallower arc in the middle. My rolling mill will easily form the central profile, but the problem comes at the edges, where the radius is far too tight for any rollers. The only solution I can come up with is to solder the edge of the roof
  7. Jay, I've got some spare Tortoises here, which I won't use. Do you want them? G
  8. Whilst the somewhat monotonous task of track building continues on my P4 model of Friden, I decided to pursue a bit of light relief this week and returned to the RGVJ's latest acquisition. My model of the Kalvehavebanen's B&W 3-axle diesel is a home grown affair, consisting largely of my own etchings designed from drawings sourced from the Skovbo Jernbane Arkiv and etched by PPD with their customary accuracy and efficiency. The basic body shell consists of a single folded box of 0.3mm nickel silver with intermediate partitions that slot into the sides and floor.
  9. Interesting! When you get started, it will be good to see a shot of all the components spread out on the workbench. What are the boiler fittings like? G
  10. Great stuff Jay. I presume there will be a video camera on hand to record the first train? G
  11. David, Thanks for comments, and I enjoyed your presentation on Nether Upton at VS4NI. I've already done a short film on Obbekaer for last year's S4um, which is still available on the S4 website and on YouTube. I suppose one option might be to pick a few exhibition managers and email them a link to that. Is there a similar situation "across the pond"? One of the other problems here is that potential invitations from Europe are likely to be much more difficult in future since we left the EU. Regards, Geraint
  12. Dear All, Very little to report in the way of progress with either Obbekaer or Ribe Skibbroen, but I wanted to explain the reasons for that and prompt some discussion around the circumstances surrounding it. As you will have gathered, both layouts have been designed with exhibitions in mind, and in fact neither of them are of a suitable size to permit permanent erection at home. Of course we all appreciate the hole that the pandemic has left in our hobby, with no exhibitions to attend. For the moment there doesn't appear to be much of a light at the end of that tunnel.
  13. Good stuff Jay. I appreciate the frustration of seeing track on baseboards but no way of running anything! A similar big job awaits me at Friden! By the way, how did the competition go? G
  14. Jonathan, A great set of photos. Thanks for sharing. I often wondered how the Midland yard at Buxton would be shunted. I suspect that any through traffic to or from the quarries at Hindlow or Briggs Sidings would have run direct via the High Sidings opposite the LNWR shed and then trip worked straight onto the Ashbourne line. Any local coal or general merchandise could have worked direct and have been subject to the sort of moves you've accurately portrayed here. These sort of shunting puzzles are fascinating - I'm having similar bouts of head scratching o
  15. I think etched it probably will be, but from my previous experience, the gestation period for such things can be quite long, including one or two test etch iterations courtesy of my good friends at PPD. First step is probably to get some design tips from other experts, starting with the acquisition of a couple of Justin Newitt's well respected creations. The Grampus detailing kit is probably the first port of call! Don't wait up for further progress on the Gannet, but I'll keep you posted! Geraint
  16. Jonathan, I've never found a photo of a bus on this service. Do you know of any? Best wishes for your hospital visit this week. Geraint
  17. Just going with the OS spelling Al - safest in the circumstances! Geraint
  18. OK, I'm getting ahead of myself here, but I mentioned the Youlgreave Road bridge in the last post. A few minutes on Google Earth produced a fairly square-on view of the north side abutment, which was then scaled up on TurboCAD, printed and stuck to a piece of foam board. A useful check on clearances and yes, the North Western single decker has strayed somewhat from the Manchester - Buxton route, but will be redirected with a change of destination blind in due course! However, you get the picture....
  19. A bit more progress today with the installation of the fourth baseboard that takes the tracks up to the Youlgreave Road bridge. This has really tested the design and assembly of the laser cut baseboards, with the long joint to board 3 proving to be the hardest to get right. The back siding serving the loading dock is now finished, complete with a Midland / LMS buffer stop from Lanarkshire Models. I cut the running rails away from the castings and Araldited the remainder to a short section of code 75 bullhead rail. Electrical isolation is provided by the Exactoscale pla
  20. A bit of a plea for assistance this time. Trawling through the mass of CHP photographs that I have in my collection (over 1500 at the last count), I have been noticing the prevalence of certain types of wagon in the daily freight working from Middleton Top to Friden. If we look at the 1960s, it seems that much of the output from the Prestwich Intake Quarry was carried in Gannet wagons (ex-LMS D1804 25T Ballast Hoppers). Source - GH collection, original photographer unknown There's a drawing from the diagram book in Essery's LMS Wagons Vol 1, but I'm af
  21. Jay, Sorry, the items concerned are in the loft and a bit inaccessible at the moment! It was a standard K&S brass tube. The wheels are 6mm in diameter and the axle sits in bearings soldered in to the top of the tube, with a small amount filed of the other two faces to give clearance for the wheels. On that basis I reckon the external dimension was 1/4 inch (6.3mm) Geraint
  22. Jay, When it comes to incline rollers, I used N gauge wagon wheels mounted face to face on a short 1mm diameter axle, which was then inserted into a 'box' cut from square section brass tube. They ran well on Middlepeak for nearly 20 years! Geraint
  23. Some progress to report at Friden, with the first baseboard now looking a bit more like a railway. You will recall that this is the eastern entrance to the yard, which also serves as a scenic fiddle yard with a removable cassette. With the side and end profiles of the board fitted and painted, the two anchor screws for the cassette were installed and a start was made on the landforms either side of the railway. This is my first effort with styrofoam or 'blue foam', which in this case is actually black. Pre-shaped layers were stuck down with No More Nails,
  24. Jay, I also ordered a p4 set of wheels from Precision for my second NLT, which have now arrived. First job will be to set them up on a mandrel to see how concentric they are, as a friend of mine had some problems with wheels from the same source fitted to a GE 0-6-0. When fitting them, best to file a slight chamfer on the end of the axle and do the same to the back of the wheel centre using a large diameter drill. This helps to set up the wheel square on the axle and reduce wobble. Regards, G
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