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by knottinbotswana
Fri Feb 05, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Intermodal container gooseneck tunnel dimensions?
Replies: 2
Views: 1007

Re: Intermodal container gooseneck tunnel dimensions?

I think you can scale it fairly accurately from this picture on Wikipedia's Intermodal container page. 2.44m wide. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/37/Downburst_wind_damage_vaughan_CN_rail_yard_east_side_near_Keele_street_23_04_07_%28cropped%29.jpg/1280px-Downburst_wind_damage_...
by knottinbotswana
Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: This might be blasphemy....
Replies: 3
Views: 1152

Re: This might be blasphemy....

Haven't you basically described the Chippenham - Thingley Junction - Melksham - Holt - Bradford on Avon - Avoncliff - Dundas - Bathampton - Bath Spa line? The first bit of the line up to Bradford on Avon is definitely branch line size, also nice canal aqueducts as you get closer to Bath if you like ...
by knottinbotswana
Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:44 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Unusual sign at Appleford station
Replies: 16
Views: 2208

Re: Unusual sign at Appleford station

Peterm wrote:drunks on a bus


I believe that movie went straight to VHS.
by knottinbotswana
Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Vic Berry's S/yard- class 25 & 27 stack - how many & format?
Replies: 5
Views: 1352

Re: Vic Berry's S/yard- class 25 & 27 stack - how many & for

Given that sishades is of a Leicester persuasion, would this be the scrapyard at the end of Gaul/Briton/Saxon/Roman Streets off Narborough Road in Leicester? Spent many school holidays round there in the 80s and 90s looking with awe at the heaps of old carriages. Wasn't there a fairly major fire the...
by knottinbotswana
Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Electrification- overhead vs 3rd rail?
Replies: 16
Views: 1307

Re: Electrification- overhead vs 3rd rail?

Bufferstop wrote:... a travelling earth fault rushing by every few minutes ...


This needs to be worked into a Wikipedia article on electrified railways.
by knottinbotswana
Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:24 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Any railway engineers interested in working in South Africa?
Replies: 3
Views: 540

Re: Any railway engineers interested in working in South Afr

As an engineering type in a country adjacent to South Africa: you could expect a salary that allows you a standard of living similar or slightly higher than you would have in an equivalent position in the UK. Due to the unfavourable exchange rate ZAR -> GBP it will look less on paper. Don't let the ...
by knottinbotswana
Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:04 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hello I am Newbie
Replies: 4
Views: 945

Re: Hello I am Newbie

I just reported Mr Turner for what looks very much like a spam-sig.

On the flip-side, he probably deserves bonus points for artistic interpretation of scale modelling!
by knottinbotswana
Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Extreme Trains
Replies: 5
Views: 870

Re: Extreme Trains

want a big train, then check this out! oh 'eck! Impressive but this one more so, I'm sure if you follow the tracks you'll find a train to measure. I did plug this a little while back . These 41,400 tonnes total mass, 3780 metres long trains (8 locomotives and 342 wagons), are the longest production...
by knottinbotswana
Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Train crew transport
Replies: 0
Views: 446

Train crew transport

We've all heard about supertankers having bicycles on board for the crew to get from one end to the other, how about this? From an article on the South African Class 9E : "a compartment houses a small motor scooter for use by the crew" Plenty of other interesting links within the article, ...
by knottinbotswana
Sun May 26, 2013 10:58 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Loading Chevrolets onto a train
Replies: 3
Views: 552

Loading Chevrolets onto a train

Some of you will have probably seen these images before, but some might not. Even if you have, there are other fascinating links on Retronaut that forumites may be interested in. Happy procrastination! Chevrolet had an interesting solution to maximising the number of cars they could fit inside the U...
by knottinbotswana
Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Concrete trunking
Replies: 4
Views: 759

Re: Concrete trunking

Somebody with more railway engineering knowledge than me will likely be along shortly, but having recently installed some largish electrical cables (6" diameter) the first thing that comes to my mind is cable slack.

Were they close to junction boxes or some other power related installations?
by knottinbotswana
Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Unnamed 00 in a bedroom - Distractions...
Replies: 109
Views: 22389

Re: Unnamed 00 in a bedroom (large diagrams)

I think it looks good, particularly the possibilities of shunting puzzles in the sidings. You say you're thinking of going rural. What about having that end as a country market town with agricultural goods: grain silo, livestock market pens, milk, etc.? Replace the fiddle yard with a rural station a...
by knottinbotswana
Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Poundland Find
Replies: 14
Views: 4752

Re: Poundland Find

Flashbang, I can see your reasoning but why single out "modern" track? I understand that different alloys have different properties (strength, hardness, resistance to corrosion, etc.) but is there that much difference to hardness (resistance to scratching) at a model rail level? Following ...
by knottinbotswana
Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Class 70 Ooops
Replies: 107
Views: 17532

Re: Class 70 Ooops

spudfan wrote:I see that the first class 70 to be assembled in Europe, at a plant in Turkey, has just rolled off the production line.

Laterally or longitudinally?
by knottinbotswana
Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: EWS TMD, N Gauge, Modern Era
Replies: 152
Views: 23858

Re: EWS TMD, N Gauge, Modern Era

Fantastic! Almost brings a tear to my eye! Your next mission, should you choose to accept it, is related to your comment about painting and blending on the paving. Fresh from standing on street corners and staring at kerbs go and stand on some street corners and gaze at the detritus in the road. I'v...

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