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DavidLong

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    Mostly Atherton. Sometimes Old Colwyn.
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    Steam, diesel, electric, heavy rail, light rail. If it has run on rails between 1825 and 2020 I'm interested. As my late friend Steve Sykes so aptly put it, "show me a side track and I'm off down it"!
    Model in 2mm Finescale but appreciate good modelling in any scale.

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  1. Ian, Andy has pretty much answered this for your purposes but I'll just add a few comments. For all unfitted 16T mineral wagons 2-070 is the type to go for. Some were fitted with a 2-rib version but it was never widespread enough for it to be worthwhile producing the 2mm equivalent. In theory the wagons that had 4-shoe brakes and were vac fitted should have had 20.5" buffers (2-076) but, as far as I can see, this wasn't necessarily the case and you could stick with 2-070. These wagons were a bit of a minority until the rebodying programme increased their numbers. The real
  2. 45632 was a Newton Heath engine for the last couple of months before withdrawal in October 1965. Looking at maps I think that the signal box in the background is Dean Lane and the platform fencing is Newton Heath station. The engine is standing on one of the tracks which were on a lower level behind the platform. The photo looks like it was taken after withdrawal as the smokebox number plate and name plate have been removed. Manchester Victoria was a colour light area so I assume that Dean Lane would be a fringe box to the Victoria area. David
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/oct/20/former-tree-of-the-year-felled-in-warwickshire-to-make-way-for-hs2 I've been a Guardian reader for over fifty five years but most of their coverage of HS2 makes me despair. David
  4. Photo of 69001 (56031) on Page 14 in the latest issue of Rail magazine. Looks a bit more civilized now it is back on its bogies! David Edit: Just noticed that it is the same photo as posted on Monday by Talltim. Unsurprisingly the photo is by Richard Clinnick who works for Rail!
  5. Hi Richard, What you need is a N Brass handrail jig: https://www.nbrasslocos.co.uk/kitimages/fitbr/n23284handrailjigweb.gif David
  6. Hi Richard, Some nice work on the 21T hopper but I have a small recommendation. For handrails it would be worth trying 0.2mm nickel silver wire as, even when the paint is thinly applied, it always contrives to make the handrails appear much thicker. The Albion Alloys product is excellent as it is straight and, being nickel, it solders well. In a shameless plug for my 2mm colleague Ed Sissling it can be found here: https://www.acsissling.com/?i=332639&f=332647 David
  7. I think that the yellow lines on the earlier post nicely demonstrate the problem. I suspected it on the first overhead view but the lines reinforce the point. The straight part of the upper wing rail isn't aligned with the nose of the crossing vee so that the front wheels of the loco are trying to pull the loco to the right but the movement is partly compensated for by the check rail but not completely so the wheels then hit the nose. Small four wheel wagons seem to be quite forgiving in these situations, someone with more knowledge may be able to explain why this is so. The small jig that I d
  8. There is also a handrail jig available from N Brass: https://www.nbrasslocos.co.uk/kitimages/fitbr/n23284handrailjigweb.gif David
  9. I think that they are from a batch of Dogfish wagons built for Southern Region that have longer side chutes that enable discharge clear of the third rail. David
  10. The GVT could be modelled in 4mm scale using 2FS components. At 1:76.2 using 9.42mm gauge equates to 28.26 inches. Not too far out I would suggest and also pretty close to the Snailbeach. And, yes, as a longtime 2mm Association member I have considered it . . . David
  11. The jig is made from two pieces of 15mm x 15mm pine strip of the sort available at DIY sheds. These sandwich a piece of ply which, as with all ply is a nominal size, in this case 0.5mm but is actually closer to 0.45mm. Interestingly the flangeway still works out ok and none of my locos or stock has any trouble with it. I should add that the square pieces of card at the ends are to keep the rails level when adding the nickel cross pieces. The sleepers are all ply or pcb. The pcb sleepers are from the Association and the ply versions are some that I had produced privately both as plain
  12. And there is another way. On this very forum there is a useful area concerning 'Handbuilt track and Templot'. Now most of the discussion is for scales other than 2mm but then through most of my modelling life I have picked up most of my information from scales other than 2mm! If you follow this link: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/156112-simple-to-use-common-crossing-jig/ you will find a description of a jig from the EM Gauge Society and how to use it. If you then page down to an entry for July 1st you will see my version of the same jig but scaled down for 2
  13. I am a bit puzzled by the point operation at Diss. The point in the foreground which gives access to the main line is hand operated. The point off the main line and the trap in the loop and the one in the loop siding must all be under the control of the signaller so why is there a hand operated point in the middle of them? David
  14. Remarkable Pete that the heading photo of Dungeness could double up as the windswept wilderness that is the Isle of Grain. Once seen, never forgotten! David
  15. I've found the BY at several retailers in the last couple of days as I'll probably be ordering one. Here's an example: https://www.hattons.co.uk/197002/dapol_2p_012_504_maunsell_brake_van_s766s_in_br_southern_region_green/stockdetail.aspx I better get the order in or they'll all be gone! David
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