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by Bigmet
Mon Jun 27, 2022 7:56 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Another wild idea
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Another wild idea

'Snot the same on a screen as compared to a real trainset. In my opinion at least...

Seen many good layouts on my big screen, watch it through the operating sequence once and I am done. Whereas the same good layout in reality will keep me happy operating it 'forever'.
by Bigmet
Mon Jun 27, 2022 1:28 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...
Replies: 14
Views: 254

Re: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...

...My observations ... are based on experience as a guard... One slow speed ride in a goods brake van on a preservation line had me wondering how on earth the railway persuaded rational chaps to ride about in them to earn a living. How easily could older bogie coaches have been repurposed into brak...
by Bigmet
Mon Jun 27, 2022 1:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Another wild idea
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Another wild idea

Many possibilities, as it's 'scenery that moves'. The background from dawn to dusk, airport operation in the distance, ships moving on and off a dock, great smoking steelworks <substitute industry of choice> passengers arriving on a platform, train pulls in front and on departure there are the disem...
by Bigmet
Sun Jun 26, 2022 8:38 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Accurascal Class 55
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Accurascale Class 55

The pins can be tight, and not being able to grip the sides of the PCB won't help. For removal, what I would do is carefully lever up very slightly from each side at the end of the pin row, alternating a little movement one side, then the other. Patience is everything, you don't want to bend the pin...
by Bigmet
Sun Jun 26, 2022 2:56 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: 1950's Triang
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: 1950's Triang

...Would it be possible to replace the wheels with older deep flange wheels?... Unless 'someone' is producing the wheels to this pattern - it's a wider tyre as well as a deeper flange that is required - then the most likely source of wheels is from existing old chassis. The simplest path may be to ...
by Bigmet
Sat Jun 25, 2022 10:54 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...
Replies: 14
Views: 254

Re: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...

That's why a pair of rocking W irons were so popular in 4mm for P4, you could have compensation on one wheelset of a wagon, and the brake shoes and any other tackle attqached to them moved with the wheelset. The small gap to allow the movement, between the bottom of the fixed spring buckle and the t...
by Bigmet
Sat Jun 25, 2022 10:46 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Rapido OO 4-2-2 Stirling
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Re: Rapido OO 4-2-2 Stirling

The movement on the rails is exceptional, always so lovely to watch. Enjoy! There are good photos of these locos in action on the express work they were designed for: no suggestion of 'gliding along'! An eruption at the chimney top, immediately flattening into a long stream above the train; which ex...
by Bigmet
Fri Jun 24, 2022 1:26 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...
Replies: 14
Views: 254

Re: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...

...I've not gone for the 'compensation' option, the rod provided is that rigid it's difficult to bend with pliers let alone any movement in an axle box... The compemsation rod should act as a pivotted beam, so that as one axlebox moves the other should go in the opposite direction, such that all wh...
by Bigmet
Fri Jun 24, 2022 10:31 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Ex Milk Tank
Replies: 1
Views: 68

Re: Ex Milk Tank

One option is not to fix anything. Many will remember one such which was abandoned on a siding near KX, and which steadily fell to pieces over the years before removal. Sufficiently far gone that parts of the outer cladding rusted away to reveal the insulation...
by Bigmet
Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:02 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Question regarding replacing older wheels with new.
Replies: 17
Views: 348

Re: Question regarding replacing older wheels with new.

...If you have the old Hornby square axle wheels (marketed under the "silver seal" trade mark) in your rolling stock, Hornby metal replacements are a straight swap and instantly transform the coach or wagon into a lovely smooth running vehicle... Coming a little late to this topic, while ...
by Bigmet
Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:17 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Track cutters
Replies: 10
Views: 172

Re: Track cutters

... optional flexible drive... I wouldn't be without one of these. Cutting rails in situ is only the start of its applications. Much superior for 'dental work' such as excavating the interior cavities of loco bodies to make them fit on a different mechanism, or to create space for weight or a decod...
by Bigmet
Wed Jun 22, 2022 2:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Mini/Micro/Tiny Vaccum Cleaners
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: Mini/Micro/Tiny Vaccum Cleaners

Look out for a kit with an interceptor and filter and/or magnetic trap in the vac line to stop detail parts going straight into the dust bag. BVC produced such things for laboratory and workshop bench applications, but we're going back nearly fifty years now...
by Bigmet
Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:19 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Model railway inside Campervan: Opinions and ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 353

Re: Model railway inside Campervan: Opinions and ideas

... Could it be that the BR diesel types were just under specified and overweight? Some were significantly underweight when it came to traction for freight, all of the hydraulic disaster courtesy of Swindon for a start. But it is mostly down to the advance of technology, for optimised power product...
by Bigmet
Mon Jun 20, 2022 11:46 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Model railway inside Campervan: Opinions and ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 353

Re: Model railway inside Campervan: Opinions and ideas

... the British modeller has this fascination with passenger rail and services, which is secondary, if at all, on a great many North American layouts, whereas in Britain it is often the focal element... It's a small island, and rail is still competitive with road and air for getting around: today, ...
by Bigmet
Sun Jun 19, 2022 8:23 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Dummy Locos
Replies: 11
Views: 351

Re: Dummy Locos

...if you have a loco that is on its last legs then why not Don't forget to make the bodies easily swappable so you can have choices of different liveries on the powered chassis. Possibly some of the running gear detail will be incorrect, like wrong handles on access panels or bogie lightening hole...

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