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  1. No problems Tim, that's the benefit of converting a RTR model as the balance is already sorted. I have weighted the CSB tender at 100g as recommended by Dave Franks. Robin
  2. My latest conversion of a RTR loco is Bachmann Compound 4P 41157 which I have renumbered 41140 as I have a photo of it on shed. Conversion follows my now standard method using Alan Gibson wheels with Markits 10BA crankpins, reusing the Bachmann motion. The tender has a Dave Franks chassis but this time I had to leave off the water pickup gear in order to add extra pickups on the two rear axles of the tender. I'm pleased with the conversion. Here is a video of 41140 on a Gloucester to Bristol TM passing Barrow Road MPD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWIO-gKhAkU
  3. Thank you for the steam memories link Phil, I've not seem that before although I did find your RMweb question during a web search. Robin
  4. Phil, I have used information for the train makeup from a book by XPress Publishing 'Operation Midland' which gives details of all Midland coach formations and train times for 1955. The Devonian is shown as operating Monday to Friday with two trains in operation one Mon;Weds;Fri, and the other Tues; Thurs and vici versa. In 1955 both trains are made up from BR & LMS stock but I believe this changed when the regional boundaries changed in 1958. My guess would be the chocolate and cream western region stock would originate from around this date. There is photographic evidence to back this. Turning to the 1955 train make up: Set 33 - Brake third corridor [LMS]; Third Corridor; Third Corridor; Composite Corridor; Brake Third Corridor. The destination for these five is shown as Paignton Set 35 - Brake Third Corridor; Third Open; Restaurant Car [LMS]; Composite Corridor; Third Corridor; Brake Third Corridor. The train split at Newton Abbot and these six went through to Plymouth. The other train consisted of sets 36 and 34 [ similar make up]. All the other stock consisted of BR Mk1 coaching stock. I am aware there are differences in the train make up for post 1955 - ie 10 coaches rather than 11 and different catering vehicles, whilst others have argued that the catering vehicles went to Paignton rather than Plymouth. I have seen no direct evidence to support this either way and have based my train on the above data right or wrong. As someone said 'Rule One' it's my layout:-) Hope this helps Robin
  5. Thank you for your kind comments chaps. Ian you are quite correct that the northbound was a turn for Barrow Road to provide the engine and crew but that does not mean they would not return a Holbeck engine on the turn.
  6. David, The total coach weight is 1513g after I removed the Bachmann metal weight which weighed 33g per coach. Bengal can manage the gradient on the two curved end boards at the speed on the video but much higher speed can induce a little bit of wheel spin. Robin
  7. John, A photo of Bill's etched sprung bogie with white metal mjt frames glued on.
  8. It's been a while since I posted anything on this blog however I have been very busy on the layout during the past year completing several small buildings in and around the shed yard and cladding the Barrow Road viaduct with Wills Coarse Stone sheet and making all the scenery along the front of the layout. My latest completed project is the conversion of 11 Bachmann mk1 coaches to P4 using Bill Bedford sprung bogies with MJT frames; Masokits gangway connectors plus other detailing. Here is a video of Barrow Road Jubilee 45577 Bengal passing the shed with the southbound Devonian with the 11 converted coaches. In the foreground is the new scenery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOevUys7E28
  9. Love your terrace of houses Tim what is their source? Robin
  10. John, All my conversions of the Jubilees and the Patriots use Alan Gibson wheels - the 3mm axle conversion version for the drivers. I reuse the coupling rods. Crankpins front and rear drivers are Markits 10BA ones - the more expensive version. I drill and tap the wheels to take these. The centre crank is again Markits - there is a photo on one of my other blog entries - these are expensive at £9.50 a pair - especially as I only use the pin from this. This is the only semi difficult bit as it requires a bit of filing back and a slot cut across the top to accept the original Bachmann crank. I like doing it this way as I can reuse the coupling and motion. The front and rear of the coupling rods require re-bushing with Alan Gibson bushes. Part of the underside of the lower cab - the inside edge needs some metal removed to give clearance in P4. The tenders both Stanier or Fowler have Dave Franks chassis conversions. Are you considering doing one? Hope this helps. Robin
  11. Has anyone got any photos of the ferry that crossed over to the Staithes at North Blyth. I'm interested as a remember crossing early in the morning for an official group visit to North Blyth Shed in the early 1960s? Robin
  12. Dave, Thanks for your kind comments. It will not be good to have another meeting when you can bring your Scot for a run. Robin
  13. It has been a while since I posted anything on the forum. I have just received a John Brighton built DJH Crab 42778 from David Clarke which is fitted with sound and the attached video is a trial run on a section of the down main line past Barrow Road shed. Before anyone comments I have noticed that the front bogie is off the rails! Since my last post my lockdown modelling has come on leaps and bounds. The viaduct is now almost finished and has been clad with coarse stone courtesy of Mr Wills and with assistance from an article by Karl Crowther in MRJ 247. Having completed the viaduct various small buildings have been added but the main work has been on the scenery at the front of the layout. Here the scenery is made up on four jigsaw sections which are removable to give access to the track if needed. I have tried to keep the scenery as realistic as possible and have used photographic evidence to achieve this. The two houses in Tenby Street are still standing and use of photos on estate agency websites, Zoopla and Rightmove, proved useful. Video of DJH Crab 42778. https://youtu.be/qbtvyngqlQg
  14. I am seeking some advice on the correct wiring of Pentrollers. I have been donated a Panel mounted Pentroller and a Handheld Rover Unit. The Panel Unit is contained in a plastic box. Inside this box there is a small square circuit board fixed to it's base. The box has 2 white cables which enter the box at the rear. These 2 cabled have been cut off on the outside, Each cable has 4 wires, one red, one black, one blue and one yellow. The 4 wires from one cable are soldered to the small circuit board. The 4 wires from the other have the red and black screwed to a terminal block on this small circuit board whilst the blue and yellow are loose. The photos below hopefully explain:- The Panel Mounted Pentroller is in a plastic Box and the Rover Unit alongside. Underside of Panel Unit with box open to reveal a small square circuit board. Close up of small circuit board. Close up of underside of Panel Unit. I believe the small circuit board is associated with the Rover Unit and the cable with the 4 soldered wires is intended to go to a 5 pin DIN plug for the Rover. Is this correct. I believe the wires in the other cable are:- Blue = AC input Yellow = AC input Black = DC output to track Red = DC output to track Is this correct? Finally the terminal blocks - one on the rear of the panel unit, the other on the small circuit board - have 2 terminals marked AC. Which of these do the loose blue and yellow wires go to?
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