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by GeraldH
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Fold-away Buildings
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Re: Fold-away Buildings

The Hornby Engine Shed, Goods Shed & Station Canopies can be disassembled and effectively flattened, as long as you haven't glued them together. I've found this very useful when storing layouts during a move. They are of course 00 gauge rather than N.
by GeraldH
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 382
Views: 70723

Re: The BNR (another way)

The BNR's extension will include an automated ore unloading facility. A second-hand bridge ore unloading bridge was acquired a long time ago, but was never closely examined by engineering staff. The bridge was recently retrieved from long term storage and a number of issues were identified, includin...
by GeraldH
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 382
Views: 70723

Re: The BNR (another way)

Reattaching the snapped off valve gear support proved to be extremely difficult. It was eventually managed by supporting the pieces with Blutac while dripping some superglue between the parts. Once the superglue had set, some wire was fixed across the previous breakage with a blob of epoxy. Mainline...
by GeraldH
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 382
Views: 70723

Re: The BNR (another way)

After quite a bit of experimentation and head scratching, the workshop team evolved a rescue plan for the Mainline 4MT. The front bogie wheels were degreased, the hollow axles filled with JD Weld Epoxy and the assemblies clamped together. Mainline4MT_4.JPG As the wheels were still quartered, the axl...
by GeraldH
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 382
Views: 70723

Re: The BNR (another way)

I noticed that Peters Spares has started to sell replacement axles for old Mainline locos. It is worth a check to see it they sell one for this loco. Thank you. I was aware of their replacement axles. As the wheels appeared to still be correctly quartered, I decided to strengthen the existing axles...
by GeraldH
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco Setrack/SCARM
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Re: Peco Setrack/SCARM

I've been using XTrkcad with Peco and Hornby track and not had any problems. It's free and might be worth a try if SCARM is misbehaving.

http://www.xtrkcad.org/Wikka/HomePage
by GeraldH
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Edgware GN,
Replies: 468
Views: 55287

Re: Edgware GN,

Great work on the viaduct and it's nice to see such creative use of ready to run locos to create more obscure classes.
by GeraldH
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 382
Views: 70723

Re: The BNR (another way)

In classic BNR style the loco department have got carried away and decided to try and rescue a Mainline Standard Class 4, rather than helping with the extension to Pewsley. This does look to be a very tricky restoration. The loco appears to have had very little use due to a valve gear failure early ...
by GeraldH
Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Heljan Spares from Gaugemaster
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Heljan Spares from Gaugemaster

The good news is that some Heljan Spares are now available from Gaugemaster. The bad news... try finding the part you need by using the Heljan spares section of Gaugemaster's website... :)

https://www.gaugemasterretail.com/magen ... es/id/834/
by GeraldH
Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.
Replies: 25
Views: 680

Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Very tidy work there, Gerald 8). Have just taken a peak at your layout ... love it! Not only are you an outstanding train layout artiste, but a very entertaining writer, and I tell you, that hedge is drawing interest far and wide hehe ... Thank you :) . Here's a very simple use of stirrers as wagon...
by GeraldH
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 382
Views: 70723

Re: The BNR (another way)

The hedge was supplied by a purveyor of military foliage. One wonders whether it was contaminated with depleted uranium. Passengers have been advised to close the windows when passing this section of the line until further analysis has been carried out :) .
by GeraldH
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.
Replies: 25
Views: 680

Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Benches made from cast off wooden stirrers in a batch to speed things up. i used a razor saw to get nice cuts and any gaps were filled with wood filler. They are now painted in the BNR's French Blue and seem to be very popular with passengers ;) .

Bench2.JPG
by GeraldH
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Longest Peco rigid code 100 track?
Replies: 9
Views: 493

Re: Longest Peco rigid code 100 track?

Dealers don't often keep large stocks of them as the majority of set track layouts don't need them. I'd say the majority of them go to flexi-track users who want/need a proper straight. Oh and and James May who used ten miles of them! I wonder what happened to them? I seem to recall them being sold...
by GeraldH
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Longest Peco rigid code 100 track?
Replies: 9
Views: 493

Re: Longest Peco rigid code 100 track?

They are very useful in stations and fiddle yards where dead straight track is often required. It's also easier to lay than flexi track. I think Bachmann also make an equivalent which is sometimes cheaper than the Hornby or Peco one.
by GeraldH
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Railroad Black 5
Replies: 43
Views: 8486

Re: Hornby Railroad Black 5

Thanks! That looks really neat, wish I'd bought yours! Was that achieved with a special tool and years of experience or is this achievable with a hacksaw and enthusiasm? A junior hacksaw and a Dremel clone with a cutting disk. Quite a few years of experience and plenty of mistakes along the way, bu...

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