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by Bufferstop
Fri Jul 19, 2024 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme
Replies: 592
Views: 92080

Re: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme

I seriously wonder how long these units will keep working. I was impressed by the flame and smoke effects produced by a dummy log burner that uses this mechanism under the name of "Optymist" two units over a period of four years failed to continue to work much after three months of use, ev...
by Bufferstop
Thu Jul 18, 2024 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme
Replies: 592
Views: 92080

Re: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme

Experimenting with cotton wool steam, haven't tried that for ages. I'm waiting for someone to complain that their water mist smoke unit makes the scenery soggy!
by Bufferstop
Thu Jul 18, 2024 5:27 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Ken's workbench Bagnall meets hacksaw
Replies: 66
Views: 12397

Re: Ken's workbench Bagnall meets hacksaw

Hornby's attempts to cheapen the ringfield motor actually took a step further than someone must have thought was the limit. I've only ever found one of them and it was in a tender drive version of Mallard. Instead of the motor housing containing a ring of magnetic iron, or a circular band of steel a...
by Bufferstop
Tue Jul 16, 2024 5:01 pm
Forum: Model Railway Photography
Topic: My Peco 'O' brake with an old cattle wagon
Replies: 6
Views: 163

Re: My Peco 'O' brake with an old cattle wagon

Modelu's figures are masterpieces before painting. They are excuse enough to model in a larger scale. Their 00 ones are just as good but you have to use a magnifying glass to see the detail.
by Bufferstop
Sun Jul 14, 2024 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's
Replies: 77
Views: 2927

Re: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's

I like the depth of your side timbers, too many people make the top surface extra thick in an attempt to make it stiffer. A thin sheet fastened at right angle to the edge of another thin sheet is amazingly rigid. Some good carpentry going on there.
by Bufferstop
Thu Jul 11, 2024 9:11 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: cutting track.. razor saw
Replies: 10
Views: 342

Re: cutting track.. razor saw

That doesn't sound like a "slitting disc" the ones I use came from Expo, they are very thin and will cut paper without putting them in the drill What you describe sounds like a thin grinding disk. The other bit you need is a rail clamp, a roller gauge will do but is difficult to hold, a bl...
by Bufferstop
Mon Jul 08, 2024 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme
Replies: 592
Views: 92080

Re: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme

This must be some kind of record, the Planet Industrials has been on the layout for over a week and it still hasn't had the top off. No need it's heavy enough for the job and the gearing is perfect for the speeds it needs.
by Bufferstop
Mon Jul 08, 2024 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Maes Glas Riverside - A shunting Puzzle
Replies: 36
Views: 1573

Re: Maes Glas Riverside - A shunting Puzzle

Unless they have changed over the years the GEM omega loops are much too stiff for modern trackwork I'd make them from guitar strings. For use with my push rod system I use a 25mm piece of piano wire which gives enough pressure to keep switch rails against stock rails. I no longer cut the connectors...
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 28, 2024 3:11 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Too many locos? Is it possible?
Replies: 15
Views: 472

Too many locos? Is it possible?

You may have seen elsewhere that my fleet has expanded. This seems to have coincided with a milestone birthday. Here is a rather appropriate loco for this occasion. :- It is (was) Unique It has a look that says class It matched my years Here it is 20240628_143158.jpg A Class 80, "but" I he...
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 28, 2024 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme
Replies: 592
Views: 92080

Re: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme

I see I've been slipping in the too many department, so I thought I had better do something about it, this is part of it
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The other part calls for a post of its own.
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 28, 2024 1:09 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Steam Railcars/Railmotors of the UK
Replies: 16
Views: 246

Re: Steam Railcars/Railmotors of the UK

Indeed, the older autocoach at Didcot has (had) the mechanism and lever(s) but as it shuttles between two purpose built platforms you don't get to see it in action. Considering that busses are fitted with kneeling suspension to bring their platform down to curb height I'd be very surprised if a heri...
by Bufferstop
Thu Jun 27, 2024 4:10 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Steam Railcars/Railmotors of the UK
Replies: 16
Views: 246

Re: Steam Railcars/Railmotors of the UK

There was a step mechanism in the autotrailers which may very well be a descendant of something on the Ro Railer. It was operated by a huge lever (similar to a signal box lever) just inboard of the door. I think a version of it was later fitted to the 1950s four wheeled railbus, (the steps appeared ...
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 25, 2024 10:06 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Semaphore signalling help
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: Semaphore signalling help

Signalling is a huge subject and it's difficult to translate prototype practice into model terms. The only place I've seen home and distant signals working as the should is on Pete Waterman's making tracks layout where it's possible to stand at one end and see multiple four aspect signals changing i...
by Bufferstop
Sat Jun 22, 2024 11:20 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Any tips for easy locating of points throw springy wire!?
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: Any tips for easy locating of points throw springy wire!?

When I was but a lowly apprentice, pulling wires in a telephone exchange, I found a pair of diagonal cutters on the bench and asked whose they were. They belonged to a guy who had come in to do some work in connection with the change over from Button A/Button B coinboxes to the new STD ones. So I wa...
by Bufferstop
Sat Jun 22, 2024 11:03 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Steam Railcars/Railmotors of the UK
Replies: 16
Views: 246

Re: Steam Railcars/Railmotors of the UK

You mean like this one Ro-railers-Ahead-Of-Their-Time.jpg It operated into Stratford-upon-Avon on the old cross country route, drove into the station goods yard, dropped its road wheels and carried on through the town to one of the big hotels. The arrangement of the rear passenger door looks odd, es...