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by Bufferstop
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos
Replies: 38
Views: 1133

Re: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos

It would make sense, as this sort of loco mainly shuffles back and forth in a relatively small area. You'd have to get recordings of a small shunter though, anything else would sound a bit daft.
by Bufferstop
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The Ffarquhar Branch - 6x4ft Replica
Replies: 11
Views: 312

Re: The Ffarquhar Branch - 6x4ft Replica

When I was young I knew a Glaswegian fitter who worked in Bescot sheds. Last time I saw him he was complaining about this young lad who was working with him who had no interest at all in the trains, always rattling on about pop music. I think about him every time I spot Pete Waterman at the NEC, the...
by Bufferstop
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Help Needed Dating A Livery (Please)
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Help Needed Dating A Livery (Please)

I've long had a suspicion that liveries like this for goods stock were only applied in order to get some initial publicity photographs, and the official framed ones that were put up in the corporate HQ. Beyond that maintaining the livery was of no interest to anyone. I might be entirely wrong but my...
by Bufferstop
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Goods shed operation
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: Goods shed operation

Failing all else a few spare wagons could be borrowed from the coal sidings to push or pull the required wagon from the far end. Same tactics that were supposed to be used to get wagons up the ramp to the top of a coaling stage.
by Bufferstop
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Labeling Idea. (Important!)
Replies: 8
Views: 175

Re: Labeling Idea. (Important!)

I would doubt that the manufacturing companies would agree on a common configuration. They can't even agree on a standard length for the tensionlock hook. AFAIK Triang never patented their original or tensionlock couplings, probably because they were a version of an earlier (the LANAL) design, so w...
by Bufferstop
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 30
Views: 722

Re: Financial Woes Continue

I've never thought of Thomas as a way into railway modelling. There seems to me a bit of an age gap between following the Thomas stories and understanding what goes on in main line or heritage railways.
by Bufferstop
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Triang transcontinental referb project (title change)
Replies: 11
Views: 987

Re: Triang transcontinental referb project (title change)

Examine the undersides of the coaches. You'll often finder a finger sized hole, on UK stock sometimes covered by the clipped in truss rods. Useful when trying to push out the roof.
by Bufferstop
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 30
Views: 722

Re: Financial Woes Continue

Wonder if Bachmann will pick it up, they already have most of the models.
by Bufferstop
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos
Replies: 38
Views: 1133

Re: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos

It seems almost as though they design the chassis starting with the assumption of a single worm and gear, which puts the motor into the most space consuming position then move it just enough to squeeze in an extra stage of reduction. A motor mounted horizontally (or vertically for small ones usually...
by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Base board wood question
Replies: 12
Views: 240

Re: Base board wood question

You have to watch out for deceptive bundling as well. It might look all straight and true till you cut through the wrappings then the twists and bends reappear. It was the poor quality of cut timber that converted me to ply. 6mm thick 100mm deep well screwed and glued with reinforcing blocks along t...
by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Real Life Use of Polystyrene Blocks for Scenery!
Replies: 5
Views: 109

Re: Real Life Use of Polystyrene Blocks for Scenery!

Whoops, no doubt just after someone had carefully set all those little clearance indicators on the platform face.
by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: NRM 2017 00 'Tour' STARTED
Replies: 267
Views: 9987

Re: NRM 2017 00 'Tour' STARTED

I'm up for one but let's start it in the Autumn when less people are likely to be away on holiday.
by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Real Life Use of Polystyrene Blocks for Scenery!
Replies: 5
Views: 109

Re: Real Life Use of Polystyrene Blocks for Scenery!

I've seen descriptions of its use in re-building railway embankments, particularly where they have been cut through for new bridges. Using lightweight polystyrene between the sloped off ends of the original embankment and the new abutments, reduces the dead weight that has to be retained. I think a ...
by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos
Replies: 38
Views: 1133

Re: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos

Hornby's UK franchise for TTTE doesn't seem to have been very profitable for them despite using existing models as the basis for much of the range. Could this be because it was over engineered for it's market. Bachmann's US product is engineered down to the toy market but manages to include features...
by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos
Replies: 38
Views: 1133

Re: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos

The commissioning of models by retailer/distributor (the distinction is disappearing) puts the role of the major manufacturers in a different light. Hornby found itself becoming a distributor of scale models despite it's roots in the toy trade, and has at times suffered from a lack of clarity of vis...

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