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Phil Traxson

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  1. And you can ,of course, preset the vernier and lock it to the correct size, what ever that may be.
  2. With British civil service and bean counter spec. interference!!
  3. I've found a Gloucester works photo of the North Wales Narrow Gauge coach in "The Welsh Narrow Gauge Railway" By J.D.C.A. Prideaux showing the panels and beading but unfortunately it is quite dark and doesn't scan well. However here is my take on it in model form, although I think i may have the shallow centre beading a little too wide. If you click on the picture it should take you to my Flickr pages and there are half a dozen pictures of these contained in 2 albums there. They have real working Cleminson chassis too.
  4. If it helps, and supposing you haven't seen the photo's before, there are a couple of Gloucester Wagon works pictures of Severn and Wye coaches in the Oakwood press book "Carriage Stock of Minor Standard Gauge Railways" (Locomotion Papers 109) with quite a lot of the underframe and solebar detail highlighted. The body panelling of these is similar to the "Cleminson" coaches of the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway built at around the same time by Gloucester Wagon company. I built a 7 mm scale model of the 1st saloon in one of these pictures some 25 years ago using this picture and a drawing fro
  5. Exhaust steam pipe from the Vacuum ejector, the other end should go into the side of the smokebox.
  6. That's how I started 30+ years ago, and then 5 years later some one showed me how to make moulds from my coach sides and ends and resin cast from those moulds. Then I moved up a scale and bought the moribund Port Wynnstay Models business and I'm still doing it. It's my iteration of the business's 25th birthday of going public this year. Just a warning of the possible consequences of what you are making a rather nice job of!!!
  7. Around the end of WW2,it was interrupted by National Service and he was de-mobbed in 1946. The motor was a pre-war device that lasted until the forge closed around 1962, it stood on the floor but was around waist high only a few feet away from the forge, not very powerful for all its size. You could see all the works inside it through the large vents in the cast ends, it also had a big star/delta starter box on a cast column alongside it. There were two semi circular brick built forges about 10 ft diameter with rails full of different shaped tongs, often custom made for specific jobs and forge
  8. Now all that needs is a big old electric motor on the floor driving a line shaft fixed high on the wall with flat belts down the machines and to a fan alongside the forge to provide draught for it and it will resemble the forge that my Dad served his apprenticeship and then worked in until it closed when I was about 15 years old! Phil T.
  9. Here you are 5 ft long, 19 inches wide and 17 inches high. Fiddle sticks clip on both ends. The top track also goes through the left hand end scene and can have a fiddle stick clipped to it. This is DCC, including the points, but would be easy without, just feeds at either end through on/off switches and insulating gaps between the points. May be less fun without DCC as it often needs two loco's to shunt the sidings as it has no on-scene run round loop which is why I suggest on/off switches for the two feeds. Can't go into detail on the electrics as they were installed by the previous owner, s
  10. Don't know what your intentions are Neil, but I binned the green piece with the curtains altogether, even if the curtains are cut off it completely covers the toplights in the coach. It didn't affect reassembly at all. Phil T.
  11. Pity it's not a wooden derrick you need. But you may be able to make use of the castings I have for the pivots, pulleys and ground fittings at considerably less cost. If you have nothing before you visit Porthmadog next time give me a shout and you can see them in the flesh. Phil Traxson
  12. That was probably my original intention many moons ago, it is very Colonel Stephens railbus shaped and the body parts from the chassis easily, the chassis is plastic too so would be carveable to provide the wings etc. I wonder if the Airfix Railbus motorizing kit that used to be available ( Branchlines? ) would do for the railway bits?
  13. Yes it is the Rio model, bright yellow out of the box, with grey wings and green luggage rack. I gave the metal, yellow, body parts a swim in neat Dettol for 24 hours and the factory paint just wrinkled up and washed off. What does show is the difference the underlying paint colour layer makes to the top coat. The Lucam and the top half of the bus are from the same can but the bus is on the blue, the Lucam is on white primer but looks more cream than it does on the bus. As BGman says it strips down really easily, you only have to remove the front axle by easing one end cap and wheel off and th
  14. A little more lockdown work in progress. As a change from wagon building I've started to build a Lucam to add to the front of Salmon & Ellis's bakery using some photo's of the Midland grain warehouses in Burton on Trent for inspiration. I think that this wooden addition will help break up the mass of brickwork across the back of the scene. Still a work in progress but opinions will be appreciated although they may not be acted upon. At the moment it is held in place with a couple of dabs of Blu-tac The plan is to paint the vertical corner cover timbers in the same green a
  15. Coming in 4+ years late on this thread and living in Burton for most of the first 25 years of my life, up until 1973, I suspect that the uncovered load in the two wagons is actually spent hops, spent grain would not "pyramid" as much, levelling out to almost flat when bounced around during wagon shunting. I base this on experience working in a provender factory on the outskirts of Burton for a few years where spent hops was dried and mixed with molasses and other additives to produce a soft feedstuff for cattle, the spent hops had the same appearance as the stuff in those two wagons. Phil
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