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by Wolseley
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Steam loco choice ?
Replies: 44
Views: 5747

Re: Steam loco choice ?

The problem with the Heljan class 17 was binding gear trains causing the (small) motor to overheat and burn out. True to prototype then....... On the subject of choice of locomotives, and the reference earlier to Scottish locomotives in particular, there is one locomotive I mentioned a while ago on...
by Wolseley
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New / Old - Little Weldon
Replies: 320
Views: 36592

Re: New / Old - Little Weldon

TimberSurf wrote:I think Flock has been around since day dot!


I seem to recall that my first encounter with it was around 1965.
by Wolseley
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Help for a not so young beginner
Replies: 15
Views: 368

Re: Help for a not so young beginner

Here's what my layout looks like when all three boards are joined together, which they normally are - it was designed as a permanent fixture but with the ability to dismantle it if need be. I went for a bit of overkill in giving each board four legs - I could have left the centre board without legs ...
by Wolseley
Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Help for a not so young beginner
Replies: 15
Views: 368

Re: Help for a not so young beginner

For the legs I used screw in table legs, from the local hardware chain. They work perfectly well and are very stable. Another suggestion I have that, if the layout is in an ordinary room in the house, is to make it so that it can be taken apart if needed. I constructed mine (which is 8' x 4') in thr...
by Wolseley
Sat Dec 19, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Help for a not so young beginner
Replies: 15
Views: 368

Re: Help for a not so young beginner

1. How do I go about choosing what to use as a baseboard - what are reasonable options I used 9mm plywood on a framework of whatever the metric equivalent of 2" x 1" softwood is. Prior to starting on my layout, my woodworking skills (and tools) were fairly minimal, but I learnt quite a fe...
by Wolseley
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: UK 55 gallon oil drums.
Replies: 23
Views: 495

Re: UK 55 gallon oil drums.

Well here's the drum, mate. You are correct in Oz. 44's are 44's here. Its an American thing. Their 44's are 55's because they want more gallons than us in the same drum. So they have smaller gallons. Gallons were one of the few things which we have that are larger than the American equivalent. Unt...
by Wolseley
Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann Midland, LMS, LMR 1P 0-4-4T
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Bachmann Midland, LMS, LMR 1P 0-4-4T

Proportional to its size and loco stock, the most 4-4-0 dominated line in the UK; it could probably claim to be the leading UK exponent of this wheel arrangement. True, and a characteristic that should, but apparently doesn't, make it attractive to the modeller. What is less well known is that in t...
by Wolseley
Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Dublo Three Rail Layout
Replies: 23
Views: 959

Re: Dublo Three Rail Layout

A Trix Flying Scotsman for a change. This is the later Trix two rail version and not the earlier Trix Twin one. It has been three railed using a Marklin skate. There are a few detail items still to be attended to on this loco.

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by Wolseley
Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Lowmac
Replies: 30
Views: 831

Re: Lowmac

Dad-1 wrote:Hi Wolseley, Those look like plastic wheel sets ?



Yes, they are. The plastic wheels were introduced to the Dublo range about the same time (possibly about 6 months before, but I'm not sure) as the two rail locomotives and track were introduced.

Jim
by Wolseley
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Lowmac
Replies: 30
Views: 831

Re: Lowmac

I could be wrong, but I think the inclusion of a steel dropper pin in the Peco version was to allow magnetic uncoupling, not unlike that used with Kadee couplers.
by Wolseley
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Outdated, but still usable ?
Replies: 20
Views: 894

Re: Outdated, but still usable ?

They were of their era and were, at the time, pretty good as long as you put some care in their construction. Whether they still have a place on a layout today would depend on how much importance you place on accuracy to the prototype, as there are, as has been mentioned, compromises made in the des...
by Wolseley
Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Lowmac
Replies: 30
Views: 831

Re: Lowmac

Unfortunately I can't compare the Dublo and Wrenn Lowmacs, as I only have the Dublo version. My recollections of the Wrenn versions go back a number of years to when I saw them new in the shops.

Behold the Dublo Lowmac:

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by Wolseley
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann Midland, LMS, LMR 1P 0-4-4T
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Bachmann Midland, LMS, LMR 1P 0-4-4T

Go for it. I have never seen a GNoSR layout in the flesh, very rare subject. I won't be constructing a GNoS layout, as my main interest is in running vintage (mainly Hornby Dublo) three rail. I do, however, have a slowly growing collection of Caledonian and Highland Railway models and I am, at pres...
by Wolseley
Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Lowmac
Replies: 30
Views: 831

Re: Lowmac

Dublo must have made a Lowmac, as I have one in a box in the cupboard. I must say though that it's not one of my favourite Dublo models.

Mike Parkes is right, the Dublo ones did not have loads but the Wrenn ones did, of the types he describes.
by Wolseley
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann Midland, LMS, LMR 1P 0-4-4T
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Bachmann Midland, LMS, LMR 1P 0-4-4T

As soon as I saw this, I started thinking that, with a minor alteration to the cabsides, it would make a passable representation of one of these:

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