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by Bufferstop
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: UppyDownyRoundyRoundyRailway
Replies: 19
Views: 705

Re: UppyDownyRoundyRoundyRailway

As well as back to back, check the end float on the axles, as an old hand in maintaining small mechanisms used to put it, "It'll be OK if you can tell there is some but it's too small to measure" Excessive end float, combined with bogie mounted couplings is a recipe for bogie wheels trying...
by Bufferstop
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Any new skills you have learned?
Replies: 29
Views: 358

Re: Any new skills you have learned?

If we hadn't converted the 2 car+ garage into bedrooms, I could have had my pick of quite respectable machine tools by taking a tour round nearby Redditch, the receivership graveyard of so many small engineering concerns. It got to be standard practice to get the Official Receiver's signature before...
by Bufferstop
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Any new skills you have learned?
Replies: 29
Views: 358

Re: Any new skills you have learned?

The problem I have with lathes is what I know about them is what I learned from my father, as a consequence nothing costing less than a couple of grand meets the minimum spec.
by Bufferstop
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Transition curves
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Re: Transition curves

I used to do them by eye, but there's a better way to do them now. Get a tracksetta and decide what radius you want for the centre of the curve. Set the whole length to the tracksetta radius, then leave the guide at the centre of the curve and gently push the ends outwards. You may have to shift the...
by Bufferstop
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann GWR 4331
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: Bachmann GWR 4331

I've consulted the book, none of the photos taken in service show any lining at all. It's not possible to determine whether they are black or unlined green. The only photo to have any lining is the official "works grey" one which has lining as per Ben's model, plus a thin line applied to e...
by Bufferstop
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Brass Etched kits
Replies: 8
Views: 119

Re: Brass Etched kits

I'm not sure about superglue, but you may succeed with two part epoxy glue. I would imagine you would need to roughen the surfaces to which it was applied. One downside to using superglue even if it works is that it breaks down with heat. Subsequently trying to solder something to the body may well ...
by Bufferstop
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann GWR 4331
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: Bachmann GWR 4331

The demise of the GWR happened at around the time that colour film was starting to become available in the UK so your chances of finding an actual photo are pretty slim. I have GWR Locomotives in two volumes I'll have a look, see if there's a lining diagram or any information on the 43xx livery, but...
by Bufferstop
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bizarre Shortcircuit
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Bizarre Shortcircuit

The clue may be in the description "reverse then on a different corner its shorts out." My guess would be that part of the wiring is being moved by the rotation of one of the bogies and causing a short circuit. DCC power supplies have a very sensitive detector for short circuits so by the ...
by Bufferstop
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: By Passing DCC
Replies: 5
Views: 102

Re: By Passing DCC

If you have no intention of running the loco on DCC and no intention of selling it, you don't need the link to the tender. Two of the wires come from the pickups and two go to the motor. Connect one pickup wire to each motor wire. If the loco runs the wrong way swap them around. You may loose the be...
by Bufferstop
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Any one used one of these??
Replies: 12
Views: 199

Re: Any one used one of these??

From my reading of it: if there is a box all it will contain is the software, you may not need that as he may just send you a link to download it. All of the hardware is sourced via Ebay.
by Bufferstop
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Track identification...
Replies: 12
Views: 251

Re: Track identification...

If you're planning to buy Hornby Thomas models, get in quick. Hornby haven't taken up the option to renew the Thomas licensing, so current production is likely for the last. Take a look at the American versions from Bachmann. A firm called Tootally Thomas imports them. They are better models than th...
by Bufferstop
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: 11 Aug 2018 it was Fifty Years Ago today
Replies: 1
Views: 46

11 Aug 2018 it was Fifty Years Ago today

That BR put on a special last ever train pulled by steam. A celebratory tour to mark the half century planned many months ago to run behind Tornado it was still quite a good day. The loss of Tornado due to the need for some testing which can't happen until fire restriction is lifted, John Cammeron s...
by Bufferstop
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: who provides the best DCC steam sounds?
Replies: 13
Views: 177

Re: who provides the best DCC steam sounds?

Don't forget to look on the Greater Manchester and Cheshire pages as well. They'll add (amongst others) details of The Locoshed at Besses o'the Barn and Waltons in Altrincham both of which have helpful staff. The Locoshed will even put the kettle on when you walk in! They are closed Mondays and Walt...
by Bufferstop
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: MOD Kineton and its Railway History
Replies: 5
Views: 72

Re: MOD Kineton and its Railway History

It has been used as an overnight stop for the royal train from time to time, easy to secure, and the never used "Night Star" coaches were hidden there for a while in an attempt to avoid embarrassment. The tracks cross the B-roads in a couple of places, it's not unusual to get flagged to st...
by Bufferstop
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Tri-ang R242 55t Trestrol waggon
Replies: 9
Views: 140

Re: Tri-ang R242 55t Trestrol waggon

The tooling was wrecked by altering it for the Battlespace range.

A common occurrence at the time, It cost Wrenn a fortune to restore the tooling for the HD 08 after it had been used to produce an 0-4-0 for the "starter sets".

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