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  1. On the subject of weight, may I please share my progress on my N gauge O2 build? The current state of the locomotive with its test weights fitted. These are made out of tungsten rods and took three diamond cutting discs and a hammer to cut/break to the required length! The chassis is milled brass and the wheels are 3D printed and pressed onto steel tires. Slightly earlier photographs showing the 7mm motor and gear train. The chassis was placed on some old Farish wheels at this stage for testing. The gears are also Farish spares (from a 4F) and freely rotate on brass pins soldered to on side of the chassis. The gear reduction is a smidge under 70:1.
    25 points
  2. Kilsby Tunnel this morning. Once again lost ones re added. Kilsby Tunnel 86205 Blackpool to Euston June 75 J4370 Kilsby Tunnel Class 85 down parcels June 75 J4368 Kilsby Tunnel Class 86 E3157 up parcels March 67 J836 Kilsby Tunnel Class 86 Euston to Wolverhampton June 75 J4371 Kilsby Tunnel Class 87 Euston to Glasgow June 75 J4372 David
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  3. Now we have the arrival from Harwich, and the usual Saturday shortage of motive power means that we get a Claud rather than a B17. Could there be a nicer sight than a Claud at Platform 6 on a bright summer's day? And what would we give to see it now? From that upstairs window, 60523 is seen starting away.
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  4. A picture from the archives...
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  5. Enforced and extended resting for my beautiful bronzed body, except for my left hand which is doing gripping and flexing exercises. As the fingertips come back to life, they are extremely sensitive to heat, cold and pressure. Although I can fold the fingers into a form of fist, the middle finger sticks out, not dissimilar to the ball turret on a B17, and if it catches on something, it can be somewhat uncomfortable. I have been playing around with various power tools, on the same principle as getting back onto a horse after falling off. Gripping electric tool triggers is difficult, and I have problems with activating sprung slide switches. Proper shooting is a non starter as I cannot use my index finger tip (yet) or get it inside the trigger guard. I also get fatigued very quickly, although whether it is a delayed reaction or not I have no idea. I need/want to make a ply table top by the weekend which will involve using the track saw to make the two cuts required to reduce the 8 x 4 sheet down to the required finished size. Normally a 10 minute job, it will probably take all morning. Perhaps the book will arrive and I can read that instead
    15 points
  6. Something a little different, took the decision to have a pristine out the box DP1 weathered professionally. I am very pleased with the outcome ....
    14 points
  7. That is likely to last for quite a while, years possibly! Phantom pains is something else that may manifest itself over time, that too could last for years. Go on, ask me how I know! It was an industrial accident 35 years ago. Temperature and pressure are not so much an issue now, but my finger ALWAYS feels cold to the touch, the last time I had phantom pains was as recently as 4 years ago!
    13 points
  8. Today is cycling around the city day, rather than some mad inter country adventure Only problem is Szczeczin looks quite hilly. I shall see what railway delights we can get near. I'm in charge of the map so we may get back today, or, be doomed to endlessly cycling round in circles, lost but very fit Andy
    12 points
  9. The 3.00 Newcastle, a prestigious job for a local A2/3. Sun Castle is not that long out of Plant after overhaul though.
    12 points
  10. Even the S&T team found COVID lockdowns a hindrance, but we never ground completely to a halt, and the latest development is the installation of an "eNtry eXit"-style panel at Leeds West, controlling the hidden sidings representing Leeds City South and also Canal Junction between the Routes from Farnley Junction and Leeds City Junction boxes. We did consider using digital technology for this (given it was always going to be complex) but in the end opted for our existing and well-proven Relay Logic approach. From the operators veiwpoint it looks simple enough:- .. but its innards (seen here part complete) tell a different tale! We used our own design of PCB for the each of the modularised relay controllers for each point/route - 23 of them in total - as well as for the diode array boards which contain the logic for the route selection, interlocking and display controls. All that involved no small learning curve in designing PCBs as well as having them made to order on the other side of the planet (and delivered within a week!) There is an additional panel of 30-odd relays which provides the interlocking and block controls for the Track-Circuit-Block Section to Leeds City Junction. All that amounts to almost 190 relays and a couple of hundred Diodes. Perhaps for the next one, the decision regarding a Digital Solution might need to be re-examined ...! Hope that is of interest, Howard (edited for gramatical and arithmetic errors!)
    11 points
  11. At last I've managed to fit the snow ploughs to one end of the new Bachmann 37 37422. What a difficult job this was. I've had to modify the snow plough and fix it to the buffer beam using a couple of pieces of brass rod. I'm pleased with the end result but it would have been much simpler if Bachmann had designed the fitting of the snow plough to both the bogie (via the NEM pocket) as well as a fixed installation to the buffer beam. I dislike the fitting of the plough to the NEM pocket, it looks strange when the snow plough moves around when the loco goes round a curve.
    10 points
  12. I got pulled up in my black mini for allegedly speeding in a 30mph zone. This was in the 1980's when every other car was red. This was about the third time I had been stopped for some offence in that car by the Kent force. Each time I was pulled I had to take my licence and insurance documents to the local station. I was never formally accused of anything. It was only years later that I discovered that I was a victim of "Traffic Snooker" where our local force endeavoured to get the highest break in a shift by pulling a red car followed by a coloured car, then a red car etc. Obviously I became a target as my black car was worth 7 points. . . . .This resulted in me being variously pulled for speeding, a random drugs search and being breathalised for drinking Appletizer. I found that asking a policeman what speed they had to do to catch me doesn't help your case. Anyway, different times. Today I would be a victim of police harrasement. . . .!
    9 points
  13. I see you've been having a bit of fun..... SOME modelling work continues, but these 2 pics are hot off the press having been taken at around 2.20 and 3.08 this morning. Just a quick bit of processing, that will be refined, before I go to bed in order to see what I've "captured".
    9 points
  14. One thing I have learned; I have never worked with a friend. I did convince myself several times to the contrary as they seem so much like friends, but I was wrong each time. I might as well quote Rimmer from Red Dwarf the few times I have made a leaving speech..."over the last few years I have grown to think of you as...people I met." Never mind the rule of thumb, I employ the rule of arm's length when it comes to work.
    8 points
  15. When it rains it pours, I've also discovered this week a complaint has been raised about something me and a few colleagues said in Teams chat. Nothing sexist/racist/homophobic etc, just seems a 3rd party has taken exception to some banter between long-time colleagues. Its an anonymous complaint but it doesn't take a genius to work out who it was. Pissed off as its just added to the current stresses and strains. We've got some good people fighting our corner thankfully. I thought I could trust this person, but now I feel utterly betrayed. I know to the outside it may seem like we're a nasty bunch, but if I shared the actual comments, you'd wonder what on earth the complaints are about. Apart from one or two I have a close bond with, any personal thoughts and feelings are not being shared outside of my very limited circle. I have returned to work but explained I'm taking a passive role for a while, which they're happy with.
    8 points
  16. A lot of it is religious. Like Northern Ireland the Catholic/Protestant divide is significant. The history also parallels NI in as much as they suffered a potato famine as much as the Irish did in the 1840's. The principle difference was that it was the agricultural protestant north that suffered more than the more industrialised catholic south. Antagonism between the two communities only reduced in the 1960's when economic changes took place. The potato blight did not only affect Ireland and Belgium but spread across Europe and even affected parts of England. The other countries were not affected as much as the potato was not a staple food as it was in Ireland and Belgium.
    7 points
  17. As long as its not a whining noise?
    7 points
  18. Thank you, you've got that spot on. They eventually fall trip themselves up and show themselves for the toxic influence they are.
    7 points
  19. Nope - 100% British built - Aveling & Porter 1911. Two cylinder Shay pattern engine with the crankshaft and big ends running in an oil bath and geared drive from the crankshaft to the rear wheel. Fascinating machine and it goes rather well. These are soem of my photos of it at a past Woodcote Rally
    7 points
  20. Turbots finished and starting on a WCR rake, together with a support coach and the rescue HST power cars: first up Turbot time! really pleased with these Then from tatty to a bit more cared for. Bachmann Mk1s being broken down for respray, Then clipped together after decals Then a coat of satin before They are reassembled The support coach is an ex Hornby Mk1 in intercity- not as easy to break down as the Bachmann versions so lots of masking so first up prepped for primer Then primed:- Followed by the roof:- Then the red:- Ends need painting next then decals so they’ll be on my next update. Last up are the Virgin HSTs, these have had all the Virgin grey repainted, yellow cab roofs, one has been repaired after being split in half - literally - then new numbers ,names, XC logos and a weathering today. I’ll get these back together over the next few days and post some finished pics
    7 points
  21. I've moved the build on a little since the last post. Continuing the theme of naming businesses for my friends I've sign written the rendered end of the shop. Now the shop is a grocers and will bear the name of my late, great aunt who I was extremely fond of (she worked in a grocers) who taught me to play cards and still brought me bags of sweeties well into my twenties but Farmer's tree surgery business will occupy a yard at the side of the shop. The chimney is bodged together from four segments included in the kit and will be properly finished with brick cladding. The roof has a plasticard sub base which allows it to plug into place. On an all plastic build I'd be quite happy gluing the roof directly to the walls but as the shop has an mdf carcass with thin plastic overlays on just three walls I thought I'd better attempt a proper job.
    6 points
  22. Here's an update on the 'Tower' project. Lower / narrower section at the base will fit inside a ventilation shaft and will be partially hidden. Started adding steps with two levels now complete. Another view on the steps. This new platform will replace the top platform and will give access to the 'Mono Rail' boarding platform. Monorail boarding platform in the design stage. Thanks for looking.
    6 points
  23. I seem to remember reading that when public spending on projects is agreed they alwsys have to spend the same amount in either half. Thus, as the north needed things more thsn the douth there are lot of expensive but not essential bits of infrastructure in the south. Jamie
    6 points
  24. I don't care what they sound like.....
    6 points
  25. The 9F runs very well thanks and much better than the DJH one you had in exchange, which I acquired second hand many years ago. The main issue I have with kit-built locos, and why all except a couple have gone, is that they are usually not built to be able to handle Peco slips, which are very tight, and some cannot handle the 2' 6" inside radius of the curved points. I don't need engines to be able to pull 14 kit-built carriages as the maximum length I run is eight or nine usually. I suspect that most modellers who have long, heavy, kit-built trains also have kit-built engines for them. The mass market is different to that and also very different to the sort of layout I have.
    6 points
  26. I am afraid that it may be a tattoo! Kind regards, Richard B
    6 points
  27. My Dobsonian was really manky. I had to wash it in the kitchen sink. To make matters worse I had to collimate it too.
    6 points
  28. Don't think they had trouble reading the maps then. Mind you all they had to do was keep driving west until they hit the sea. I believe that was wot the Russian generals said when Mr Putin asked and look where that's got them.
    6 points
  29. Didn't they try to do that 80 years or so ago?
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  30. Walloon is the other one I think. Cheers Don
    6 points
  31. We can't reveal exactly what will make up the next number of batches, but I'd expect to see 37/7 and 37/4 and 37/0 and 37/8 and 37/9 and 37/6 and more :)
    6 points
  32. Intermodal this morning crewe to hams hall, due to a burst water main in walsall that line was shut so I had to go via rugby to run round and head back via nuneaton freightliner My train Running round in rugby it was about then i discovered the loco didn’t have a spare tail lamp so I had to walk all the way to the back with the one off the other end! Hot air balloon floating by Into hams hall for unloading and fuel and back to rugby again to run round, still no spare tail light so had to have a walk again, from there it was back to crewe and home thanks to the water main problem my stone train is in the wrong place tomorrow which has totally messed my day up as I’ve got to go and collect it from small heath to take back to crewe then get another from bescot to take back to small heath too
    6 points
  33. The Class 37 brake chains are finer, all metal, and affix from the bogie to the heavy die cast chassis. We've been kicking them around quite a bit to positive results, and are already retooling parts of the Deltic for a future run.
    5 points
  34. It's always worth using a limited palette when learning colour mixing. You really don't need a huge amount of different hues. You can mix a lot of what you need with just the three primary colours plus maybe a burnt umber. And then after a time, you'll not need the notes. I never take my own advice though.
    5 points
  35. They sound interesting
    5 points
  36. You have my sympathies there, it's a typical example of the passive aggressive workplace politics that are responsible for a good deal of regressive issues in British industry. I have had personal experience of that kind of manipulative and malicious activity, where someone doesn't like the fact that you are perceived as a capable and trustworthy employee and as such a threat to those around you and those just above. Most of these people aren't very good at their jobs or very often coasting and the only way they can make themselves look good and put you back in your box as it were, is to make you look bad. They also know that they can play the "safe place" rules and come out looking like the victim with more weight to their spurious case if you respond to their actions in any way. As you say, you're back to work in a passive role and they're happy with it. All it does is tell the complainant that they can get away with it and get their own way, it doesn't do you or the company any good, but they're so fearful of legal proceedings nowadays they don't even want to hear the evidence, they just take the complainants word. There's more than one way to skin a cat though.
    5 points
  37. 150 219 forming 2F33 1947 Paignton to Exmouth. Pictures at Powderham cycle path bridge. Moon in the distance over the Exe estuary Heading into the sunset
    5 points
  38. The next loco from the Darlington works in St Albans will be a Skittle Alley, AKA a Raven NER 4-6-2 No. 2400. It will make a striking and exactly contemporaneous partner to Valour on CF. (Just needs someone to make a NER Dynamometer Car). A holiday start was made on the tender, reduced from the original Steve Barnsfield artwork for Mick Simpson: many thanks to Mick and Chris Higgs for letting me have some etches. The fit of the parts is excellent and so the body work made good progress. The tank and bunker are made as two layers (I did re-do the sides as the first attempt wasn’t dead flat): the inner top flare section is half etched. This was swaged around a 1mm diameter rod held on top of the vice for the inner layer. The three smaller half-etched outer flares needed another method, however. Rob Pulham has made one of these in 7mm scale, so I copied his excellent technique for forming the flares. This involved a 1mm diameter steel rod and some hard(ish) rubber sheet. The rod and narrow flare component were carefully aligned in a vice and then squeezed hard. This translates the curvature of the rod into the brass strip to make the flare, as can be seen in the photo with them as separate components. It was straightforward to solder these to the tender sides. The underframe sides and ends complete the work so far. The kit produces some nicely understated flares: it’s easy to make them too large in 2mm scale. Having said that, Bob Jones is making some full height coal side plates, as the kit design is too low. Work on the engine should continue at Missenden Abbey very shortly… Tim
    5 points
  39. May have some signs of cosmetic wear… Usual understatement from Rails’ describer of second hand items. “Comprehensively broken” might be more apt. Cheers Darius
    4 points
  40. That model looks just like the real thing.
    4 points
  41. I do feel for Accura with so many folks wanting a particular model. Perhaps I'm not a proper modeller as I just buy what suits my SR/WR 60-68 layout, and not worried about what No. a loco is, Just happy at last that models are now looking correct. I have a blue 37001 on order which will be my only second blue diesel after getting their Deltic which is on trial in my model world. No idea if 37001 ran in SW, just know it will look correct. Still teetering on 'Stephen Middlemore' before it goes but way past my era. Hmm.
    4 points
  42. Slow progress with still much deliberation, mainly regarding the possible repositioning of the NCL depot. The entire Quay frontage from the Custom House to the Lighthouse has been removed, a loop siding added (as this made shunting easier and more flexible in the previous incarnation) with another siding yet to be added. The loose yard of track in the left foreground is just one of 2 or 3 options and the Provender store is just plonked temporarily, but with the NCL depot moved up towards the Custom House it opens out this end of the yard area - the thinking being that an access road can skirt it and run right along the dock edge (possibly with disused track embedded - being the front edge of the layout, I don't want rolling stock to be vulnerable to being knocked off the layout), whilst giving more space for trackside unloading, a small coal yard, harbour detritus etc at this end. Much useful discussion was had with the guys at the Club last night regarding the various options and some ideas hatched which may or may not make the final cut.... Needless to say, nothing is final until it is glued down. As there are no exhibition invitations currently I'm not having to rush things; equally this isn't encouraging rapid progress either so a mixed blessing really...... Thanks for looking, Martyn.
    4 points
  43. The language difference is largely symbolic. There's a lot more to it than that.
    4 points
  44. Don't forget the Lord moves in mysterious ways
    4 points
  45. Control panel is almost done: The unmarked toggle on the far right will be used as a temporary toggle to energise the connected traverser track. The guts: The terminal strip at the bottom shows all of the outputs (P1-3 main, P1-3 buffer-end, Loop, Loco Siding, Empty (FY Controller), Station Controller, Down Main, Up Main. All the switching logic is kept inside the box. I have a little more to do: The big rotary knob is used in conjunction with the adjacent shunt signal to determine which target road to make live, so I need to wire up the rotary knob outputs (it's double pole so only half are being used) to the various shunting destinations. One of the poles on all the light blue DPDT switches needs to be bonded together and proxied through the Advanced Starter The Advanced starter needs connecting to the two Controllers. I have checked all the circuits for everything that's in place and it appears to work a treat. I've got some more wire on order so I'm hoping with its arrival I can finish up the box. The plan is to build the layout and use this box as an interim lever frame with finger actuated turnouts and then eventually transition to a S4S frame. I have wondered whether it might be prudent to set up the TOUs and the relevant polarity microswitches for lever frame actuation, but have the rodding terminating temporarily through the baseboard fascia? Though I don't get the full lever frame experience the layout could be fully operable much earlier. Thoughts? Speaking of the actual layout itself: the laser cut baseboard parts arrived today, but probably going to sit gathering dust for a little while... Slightly horrid to think that's about £700 sitting those boxes! Why did I ever stop with the tinplate 0 gauge?!
    4 points
  46. I must admit that I’m stuck for a prototype standard gauge tumbleholme-less vehicle with sliding doors- (or one with a tumbleholme and sliding doors for that matter) but otherwise possibly by Ashbury or Brown Marshall or somesuch? I like them though and I’m assuming a cancelled order for an overseas railway. That’s the joy of freelancing!
    4 points
  47. Back to the 2011 and 2013 pages on here for the line ups of the Haymarket number 1 link and number 2 link.
    4 points
  48. I have been trying to model the load of earthen ware pipes packed in straws per photograph I am working from. The pipes are small offcuts of Evergreen tube with the next size to make the collars. I struck them down to base of black plasticard before spraying them with red oxide from a rattle can. When this was dry I cut up lost of bits of hairy string into small lengths. I use two different strings that I had in my bits box for years. One was quite light but the other was better because it had obviously been used more than the pale one. I packed a mixture of both around the tubes pushing it into between the pipes before sealing it with a fine coat of matt varnish.
    4 points
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