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3 minutes ago, Tony Teague said:

 

There are a few more gravestones, some trees and a bit of shrubbery to go, but overall, I think it is an improvement!

 

 

 

Can't disagree with that. The trees make a big difference, and I like the stile in the wall.

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Not sure how others are finding 'Lockdown' but  whilst I have lots of jobs that I can do, they are all within a narrow group and it has been easy to lose motivation whilst hankering for the social side of things and those activities that can't currently happen - well that's how I feel anyway! :blink:

 

With such a long "to do" list on the railway, it has been rather to easy to start multiple jobs and not finish anything, which can also be frustrating; I currently have four main tasks in hand and so for the last week I have been trying to knuckle down and get something completed by working on just one job only, with just one other in background for those times when I have to wait for the glue or paint to dry, etc.

 

So having reported two days ago on the all but finished St Giles Church, Churminster, I am now also able to say that the rake of incomplete wagons that have been occupying my workbench for way too long are now also almost complete:

 

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Two of these (furthest from the camera) are complete, whilst the only thing that remains to be applied to the rest is a coating of Testor's Dullcote; normally I do this outside and today it has been raining pi$$istently! :(

So when you look at the individual wagons there may be some signs of transfer carrier film which should vanish once they are sprayed.

 

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The first two are a pair of Peco / Parkside GWR prize cattle wagons, followed by an LNER fruit van - from the same manufacturer:

 

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One thing I really hate is having to number some these vehicles one digit at a time! - very slow and frustrating!!  :mad:

Next are a pair of SR 12T plywood sided vans - from Ratio kits:

 

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And these are followed by two of the very recent Hornby LSWR 24T brake vans; these are nice models but the factory applied livery was so wrong that like many others, I just had to re-paint them; this sounds simple but involves removing everything and later, putting it all back together:

 

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I took the opportunity to re-letter one of these in post-1936 livery.

Finally there are two Slaters MR / LMS 10'6" covered goods vans, which are the only two that have already undergone the Testor's treatment - and I think it shows.

 

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All of which of course, excludes weathering, which I have deliberately set as a separate task, simply because I have so many vans and wagons to weather, but once I have my four current tasks completed, it looks to me like weathering a large batch of goods vehicles might just have to be one of the next jobs! (Mr Bonwick shoud be happier! :yahoo_mini:).

 

So, weather permitting, this lot should be cleared into the operational fleet tomorrow, leaving me to get the last bits of shrubbery done in the churchyard - oh, and there are actually two last vans remaining....

 

One is the rather difficult SR Shark ballast plough & brake van that has been around for months - but I can't ignore it much longer - and the other is the equally difficult ex-SECR 6-wheel 20T brake van from a very rough Shapeways 3D print:

 

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I reached the point with it where any further addition of filler-primer and related rubbing down was becoming fruitless and so what we have is what I am going to choose to live with - actually at normal viewing distance, once weathered and on a (?fast?) moving train it should look reasonably presentable! :crazy_mini:

 

So "all" I have to do to finish it is to build a chassis; the sharp-eyed may have noticed that it currently has no wheels!

 

That then will be two of the four current jobs finished; the other two being completing the build of my first ever brass coach kit - started at Missenden but dumped immediately afterwards, when a few problems emerged, plus soldering and installing the last 19 LED's to the Control Panel, which again, I dropped out of sheer soldering boredom!

 

Nevertheless, all in all a good few days work and much more gratifying when something gets finished (almost).

 

Tony

 

 

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Now that's what I call productive! Splendid achievement despite your frustrations and the weather. You're right about the weathering. :D

 

I'm looking forward to the new churchyard completion. And seeing a complete control panel. And watching weathered trains go by. And . . . . . . .

 

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They all look splendid and when weathered will look even better.

 

I look forward to seeing a video of weathered trains rattling past and the control panel in full operation with switches and lights glowing.

 

Like you, I'm getting all those 'silly' little jobs done that I put off for a rainy day or just couldn't be bothered to do so got on with something else....

 

Keep smiling and keep safe.

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Thanks Mick, Kevin

I'm sure its inevitable that motivation and enthusiasm go up and down a bit, but it certainly helps when you get some jobs finished!

Tony

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The nine wagons / vans that I showed the other day have duly been "dullcoated" and accepted into the operational fleet; I won't show them again until such time as they have been weathered - which could be several years!

 

In the same post, I mentioned in passing the two incomplete brake vans that remained outstanding and it seems that I first referred to the incorrect livery of the SR Ballast Plough & Brake Van last June! - 11 months and 10 pages ago!

 

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At the time, I was urged to repaint it, as it should be in the Engineers Department livery with bauxite sides and vermillion ends - so in due course I set about this but soon found that the vermillion and bauxite paints that I had looked exactly the same!

 

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After life and various other tasks intervened, I eventually found a darker bauxite that in my view had sufficient contrast with "SR Vermillion" to go ahead, and so the job is now (almost) finally done:

 

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Here she is leaving the sidings adjacent to Churminster Station with a short Engineer's train:

 

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OMG !! No lamps!

 

I said (almost) complete because there are two things left to do, and one problem to solve; the first, very simple, job will be to add a tail lamp and a guard, whilst the second is slightly more complex in that the model is missing a set of lower step boards that the prototype had, so these will need to be fabricated.

 

I have posted the problem that needs solving on another thread as I have run out of ideas how to do it, but I shall repeat it here.

 

The body of the van is held to the chassis by two 8BA bolts that screw into captive nuts soldered inside the floor within the end vestibules of the van; one of these nuts has come unsoldered and despite several attempts, involving cocktail sticks, immense heat and unsavoury language, and ultimately a piercing saw to remove a bolt that I had soldered to a nut although neither were fixed to the bodywork, I have not succeeded.

 

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The location of the fixing is shown above and below; the captive nut is almost completely inaccessible and I do not want to take the van to bits!

 

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I can of course run the van with only one screw holding it together, but ideally I'd like to find a solution - all ideas welcome!

 

Nevertheless, despite this issue I think that on balance it has been worthwhile to re-livery the brake as it is an unusual prototype.

 

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Tony

 

 

 

 

 

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Can you make a lip that the unscrewed end slides into then held in place with the screwed end?

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Hi Tony,

 

Two suggestions for the elusive nut.

 

1.  Clean the seating for the nut thoroughly, similarly the mating surface of a Brass 8BA nut.

Tin the Brass nut and its seating. (If possible)

Use a Steel 8BA bolt and blacken it with Gun Blue.

Apply oil to the bolt thread and use it to lock the nut in place.

Apply heat to the accessible surface adjacent to the bolt head, cross fingers and count to not very many.

 

2. Recreate a copy of the captive nut on a small piece of brass.

Use epoxy glue to attach this where required, and use a bolt to hold it in place until the glue has cured.

 

Good luck,

 

Steve.

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1 hour ago, KNP said:

Can you make a lip that the unscrewed end slides into then held in place with the screwed end?

 

1 hour ago, Steve Hewitt said:

Hi Tony,

 

Two suggestions for the elusive nut.

 

1.  Clean the seating for the nut thoroughly, similarly the mating surface of a Brass 8BA nut.

Tin the Brass nut and its seating. (If possible)

Use a Steel 8BA bolt and blacken it with Gun Blue.

Apply oil to the bolt thread and use it to lock the nut in place.

Apply heat to the accessible surface adjacent to the bolt head, cross fingers and count to not very many.

 

2. Recreate a copy of the captive nut on a small piece of brass.

Use epoxy glue to attach this where required, and use a bolt to hold it in place until the glue has cured.

 

Good luck,

 

Steve.

 

Kevin, Steve

 

Both helpful suggestions which I shall chew on, before having a go in the morning.

Thanks!

 

Tony

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Looks like you need a very small Spire nut / J-Nut / U-nut.    I've seen them M3, but a #4 self-tap type might be a crude solution too.

 

Alternately, epoxy a short 8ba screw in place from the top, and put the nut on from underneath?  Tricky access, but probably possible - bit of loctite or dab of cyano will stop the nut falling.

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In case it is of any interest or use to anyone, I will just report that I have added an index to the whole thread into the first, original post on it.

It is mainly for my own reference as I can't ever find things, so as avoid duplication or contradicting myself! - but it may come in handy to others.

Now the issue will be keeping it up to date......:mda:

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I've not posted any progress reports for a couple of weeks but I have been making a determined effort to finish off the biggest of the four jobs that I listed a little while ago - re-wiring the Control Panel LED's. It has certainly prevented me from doing much else but I am much relieved to say that the job is finally finished!

 

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Well, when I say finished....

  1. There will be some connections to be made when semaphore signalling is installed in two phases, in due course - but all of the control aspects are already provided for
  2. The narrow gauge line that runs between the quarry and the RAF base is not yet operational; it will run on a shuttle module, but again provision for a number of indicator LEDs has been made and they will just need to be connected
  3. Three faults outside of the panel that determine what it shows (or doesn't show) have emerged during the re=fit and these now need snagging
  4. There is a small amount of cosmetic trim to be fitted, notably around the lever frame at the front, which will get done when lockdown is over

Overall I am delighted with the outcome and very pleased to have completed something which (in terms of fitting the new Panel top) were started back at the end of last October!

 

Feels like it is time to run some trains!

 

Tony

 

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12 minutes ago, Tony Teague said:

Overall I am delighted with the outcome and very pleased to have completed something which (in terms of fitting the new Panel top) were started back at the end of last October!

 

Feels like it is time to run some trains!

 

 

 

Hooray! Excellent achievement.

 

Run lots of trains! :good:

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1 minute ago, Mick Bonwick said:

Hooray! Excellent achievement.

 

Run lots of trains! :good:

 

I am much relieved - I thought you would say "get weathering"! :shout:

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Very impressive

Now......

where's the on switch????

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4 hours ago, jamespetts said:

Gosh, that is an impressive panel! How many operators will this layout need?

 

It's designed so that it can all be operated by one person - which is why it all comes together in one place (and is so complicated!), HOWEVER.....

 

Since I started building this in the dim and distant past, I have realised that sometimes others might want to join in - so my first modification was to add walkabout controllers at either side of the panel, from which you can control the respective shed and shunt the adjoining yard, however, you do have to make use of "your end of the panel" in order to control points etc - there is no duplication of levers or switches. Control can be switched to these walkabout controllers from the main panel.

 

Then, when it came to installing the shuttle which serves the single track branch to the RAF base (which has only been seen on here fleetingly), the plan changed again so as to enable the shuttle module to be over-ridden from a small sub-panel located close to the RAF base; the shuttle is installed and operational but the side panel is waiting on completion of the main panel before it gets any attention (and it is nowhere near the top of the list!).

 

The side panel will also be able to over-ride the 2nd shuttle which has yet to be installed on the narrow gauge line; this wends its way up from the quarry / cement works, through (secret) tunnels to end up at the same station that adjoins the RAF base; it is, of course, becasue the tunnels are secret that we have not been able to talk about them. :blind:

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The main panel only has on-off switches for either of these two shuttle modules and it is fair to say that when I described in recent posts how the layout is laid out, and how it works, I didn't mention either of these lines at all! Perhaps I need to take some pictures, but most of where they run is currently in the "not sceinically developed" area.

 

Finally, it is of course possible for more than one person to work the panel, particularly because there are separate controllers for each of the Up & Down Main lines and for each of the two Up and Down branch loops - it's just that it would be a bit cosy and of course 'social distancing' would be impossible!

 

I hope that answers your question, but feel free to  ask anything else!

 

Tony

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10 hours ago, Tony Teague said:

Feels like it is time to run some trains!

 

9 hours ago, Mick Bonwick said:

Hooray! Excellent achievement.

 

Run lots of trains!

Ten at a time by the the look of it! Have fun testing.

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Having (almost) worked through three of the four projects that I had in hand a couple of months ago, my thoughts are turning towards what's next, and in scenic terms it will be to continue the 'refurbishment' of the Stowe Magna side of the layout.

 

I don't intend to completely replace many of the buildings, as I have with St Giles' Church, but there are a couple where drastic action is required, and the next one will be the Stowe Magna station building itself:

 

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The current station is the Hornby Skaledale cast resin model of Rye Station in Sussex, which at first sight looks like a reasonable enough model, until you look across the layout to Churminster Station, which is a scale model of Honiton Station. It's not just that this is a beautiful model (built by Geoff Taylor) but what really stands out is just how much bigger / taller than Stowe Magna station it is. In fact, one is left wondering whether the Hornby model is actually to the same scale - and perhaps it is not! (maybe HO scale?).

 

So my intention is to replace the Skaledale building with something which I hope will be an improvement - albeit within the confines of the site that is available - and I am wondering whether anyone on here has scale drawings of Rye Station - or perhaps another suitable SR station for the Central or SE divisions of the Southern?

 

I will also post my question elsewhere in the hope of finding a helpful answer!

 

Tony

 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Tony Teague said:

I will also post my question elsewhere in the hope of finding a helpful answer!

 

Wrong forum.

 

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Just now, Mick Bonwick said:

 

Wrong forum.

 

 

I agree - any suggestion as to the right one?

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Thanks Mick, I hadn't started any research, just posted my thoughts on what I wanted to do next, so this is a great suggestion that I haven't looked at.

Thx.

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2 hours ago, Tony Teague said:

I am wondering whether anyone on here has scale drawings of Rye Station

 

More of a cross section, hope this helps!

 

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2 hours ago, Mick Bonwick said:

Wrong forum.

 

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