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On 07/08/2021 at 22:51, Ian Morgan said:

... the only other private owner wagons on the island that I know of were a small number of tank wagons used to transport paraffin. At Freshwater, there were a pair of storage tanks supplied by these wagons. The traffic was important enough for plans to be prepared for two more storage tanks, although I do not think they were actually installed.

 

Interesting... and news to me. Any idea where the paraffin tank traffic originated? I'd hazard a guess at a coaster from Fawley (Esso had several coasters) and then offloaded at one of the island ports and pumped into railtanks. Just a guess though.

 

Do you have any details for the prototype photo? ... like location and year maybe?

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5 hours ago, D869 said:

 

Interesting... and news to me. Any idea where the paraffin tank traffic originated? I'd hazard a guess at a coaster from Fawley (Esso had several coasters) and then offloaded at one of the island ports and pumped into railtanks. Just a guess though.

 

Do you have any details for the prototype photo? ... like location and year maybe?

 

The Transport Library webpage says Newport MPD in the 1930's.

 

https://thetransportlibrary.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=153387&search=A1+isle+of+wight&page=3

 

The Medina Wharf, just north of Newport, seemed to be mainly for the receiving of coal. St Helen's Quay or Wharf seemed to be used for more general goods traffic.

 

 

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14 hours ago, Ian Morgan said:

 

The Transport Library webpage says Newport MPD in the 1930's.

 

https://thetransportlibrary.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=153387&search=A1+isle+of+wight&page=3

 

The Medina Wharf, just north of Newport, seemed to be mainly for the receiving of coal. St Helen's Quay or Wharf seemed to be used for more general goods traffic.

 

 

Cheers Ian.

 

It's a fascinating bit of traffic. Begs all kind of questions... like how they dealt with maintenance of such a tiny and specialised set of wagons. Maybe they brought people in... or maybe they swapped the tanks with fresh ones from the mainland when they became due for overhaul.

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On 21/07/2021 at 21:40, Valentin said:

After an hour of work in putting the bits together and less than £30, I assembled a DCC++ Wi-Fi Command Station.

 

 

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I just got around to building mine from the parts I ordered a few weeks ago. Worked first time which surprised me. I haven't done the WiFi part as I have discovered you can get an Arduino Mega (clone) with the WiFi chip on the board so have ordered one of those. I powered mine at 12V for now which seems to work fine but have ordered a 14V power supply which is recommended.

 

Just getting my head around how cheap all these micro-controller parts are and the amazing things you can do with them. I think I may have found a new hobby...

 

Next up is assembling a DCC accessory decoder that can run Fulgurex (and perhaps H&M) point motors via a relay board.

 

Chris

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Well not strictly on the workbench any more as I got them finished today - some of the work was done during our LAG meeting and then I made and fitted the last few DGs this afternoon while Management was having her siesta (she will get up at 5am to go to the gym....).

 

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Following on from my previous post where I had been re-doing some Matheson wagons, these four have been done in what the Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club thinks is the livery for this firm of coal and builders merchants.  According to BRJ and other sources, Bennett's wagons were "a common sight up and down the branch" from Watford to St Alban's.  The I&WEMRC built a layout back in the 1990s which appeared in RM in 1996 (I think) and this was what inspired my interest aged 21 in a location a long way away and a time a long time ago.

 

The transfers are our home printed ones and the original plan had been to paint the wagons red, put a black decal (minus the words) on to mask up the stripe and then paint black.  Scatter brain me managed to paint these four (and a spare Farish PoW) black first so instead I used Amity's Silhouette to cut out accurate masks for the black bits and sprayed the red over the masks.   Because I draw the transfers in Adobe Illustrator I am able to use the dimensions to make the masks the same - the only issues arise in me having to place the masks accurately!

 

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In this shot we see my almost finished 2mm Jinty Conversion heading a train of empty coal wagons through Ale Dock (the DJLC entry I am hoping will make it to DJ+2 next year) with my John Greenwood built LNWR Coal Tank hauling an NGS Inspection Saloon along the branch at the back.  I experimented with weathering one of the Bennett wagons as I felt the white was very bright and unlikely to remain so - the toned down look I think is much better but light was fading, dinner preparation was looming and stumps was called.

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5 hours ago, Chris Higgs said:

Just getting my head around how cheap all these micro-controller parts are and the amazing things you can do with them. I think I may have found a new hobby...

 

Next up is assembling a DCC accessory decoder that can run Fulgurex (and perhaps H&M) point motors via a relay board.

 

 

You should check out Merg. Lots of ideas being discussed for Arduino projects, and kits and bits for operating all sorts of point motors.

 

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2 hours ago, Sithlord75 said:

I experimented with weathering one of the Bennett wagons as I felt the white was very bright and unlikely to remain so - the toned down look I think is much better but light was fading, dinner preparation was looming and stumps was called.

 

I was fascinated to find out that white lettering on wagons was often applied using a chalky type of paint, so that when it rained, the dirty top layer would be washed away leaving clean white letters on show again. I don't know how many layers were possible, or how often they needed repainting though.

 

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9 hours ago, Chris Higgs said:

 

I just got around to building mine from the parts I ordered a few weeks ago. Worked first time which surprised me. I haven't done the WiFi part as I have discovered you can get an Arduino Mega (clone) with the WiFi chip on the board so have ordered one of those. I powered mine at 12V for now which seems to work fine but have ordered a 14V power supply which is recommended.

 

Just getting my head around how cheap all these micro-controller parts are and the amazing things you can do with them. I think I may have found a new hobby...

 

Next up is assembling a DCC accessory decoder that can run Fulgurex (and perhaps H&M) point motors via a relay board.

 

Chris

 

 

As Ian has said it is worth looking at MERG. 

WiFi has shown some problems at shows not tried with a DCC++ Ex system yet. I like hand held throttles ther than using a phone (they seem to ignore my fingers. So I have built my own currently just a test rig using a pro micro next step is to use a 433MHz radio link to make it cordless I will then fit it into a small box should be smaller than those that Gaugemeaster use.  I have also done the coding for an interlock unit that will take the lever settings from a frame and check whether a lever is locked or locks other. It wont stop a lever beng hysically pulled but it willturn a warning LED on and nothing else can be done until the lever is restored. There is a choice to use the output from a lever being pulled to operate sevos or point motors directly, send the command to a DCC++Ex system,  or via a control bus.

I find working out the logic most satisfying beats doing crosswords to keep the grey cells active.

 

Don

 

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12 hours ago, queensquare said:

Just back from a great few days with John and Edna Greenwood down in Wadebridge. John's workbench has been very busy during lockdown with no fewer than three completely scrtachbuilt locos, a major upgrade on a Farish Spamcan and a new chassis for an M7. The Radial, Jubilee and 4-4-0 were stripped ready for painting but John gave me a disc of pictures to sort for a future MRJ article so I've included a couple here. Not a bad output for someone who told me eighteen months ago he was concentrating on finishing the layout and wasn't going to be building any more engines!!

 

Jerry

 

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Does the creator of the Jubillee have any notes or a guide on how it was built, Jerry? Currently drawing up the artwork (for etching) for one of these myself! Gorgeous work! 

 

Adam

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14 hours ago, A. Bastow said:

 

Does the creator of the Jubillee have any notes or a guide on how it was built, Jerry? Currently drawing up the artwork (for etching) for one of these myself! Gorgeous work! 

 

Adam

 

None at the moment Adam but John has promised to do me an article on his scratchbuilding techniques. Unfortunately he is much happier with a file and soldering iron in his hands than a pen but I'm hopeful!

 

If you do an etch for a Jubilee I'd be up for one - they were occasional visitors to Bath in my period with freights from Templecombe.

 

Jerry

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2 hours ago, Yorkshire Square said:

Buildings for Hull Bridge currently being worked on:

 

Small row of cottage, workshop and shop. This now needs gutters and downpipes.

 

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Not as advanced is the stable block for the yard. Plenty yet to do on this.

 

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Very nice indeed 

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10 hours ago, -missy- said:

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I have really been fighting with this so far today. I have been suffering from Nicks 'lots of random fibres' issue plus its been a pain to try and get a decent photo of it. This is about the best I have managed to do so far with the required pound coin for scale. It really needs some couplings sorted for it, perhaps I should brave it and give them another go.

 

I built a Parkside 4 mm scale kit of one of these and thought it was small...

 

How do you get enough weight in it to keep it on the rails?

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9 hours ago, Compound2632 said:

 

I built a Parkside 4 mm scale kit of one of these and thought it was small...

 

How do you get enough weight in it to keep it on the rails?

 

Hi Stephen.

 

I have added lead weight between the etched chassis and printed body. Hopefully there is enough in there to keep it on the track.

 

Julia.

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5 hours ago, -missy- said:

 

Hi Stephen.

 

I have added lead weight between the etched chassis and printed body. Hopefully there is enough in there to keep it on the track.

 

Julia.

 

I don't think the aerodynamics would induce too much lift at speed :rolleyes:

 

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Do you know all these historical photos of prototypes where exactly at the parts you are intersted in - there is a staff member standing in front of it?

Possibly the loco finally will get an appropriate colour. As well as the figurines.

After I´ve solved the problem with the expansion links which could cause 4 electric shorts each revolution of the wheels. Or I´d simply cut them on top. I had to do some not so accurate modifications anyway to gain the necessary clearance for all the parts of the motion work...  [... p.s. after some twiggling with a 0.25 mm PET shim between chassis and body there are no shorts now. How do I deserve this luck?...]

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