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by stuartp
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: What to use for modelling/scratch-building (Materials?)
Replies: 15
Views: 233

Re: What to use for modelling/scratch-building (Materials?)

Another vote for styrene sheet here (Plastikard, Evergreen, other brands are available), especially for modifying RTR locos and stock as that is (usually) what these are made from. You can buy fancy sanding tools etc but the ones I use most are those flexible sanding sticks Boots and Superdrug sell ...
by stuartp
Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire (Scotland)
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Re: Train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire (Scotland)

The link in my post gives the cause of the derailment as debris from a washed out crest drain at the top of the cutting just prior to the viaduct. I expect the rest of the investigation will go into some detail over the design of crest drains as well as everything else. I presume it hadn't washed ou...
by stuartp
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire (Scotland)
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Re: Train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire (Scotland)

The interim RAIB report is out, there was flooding reported south of Carmont and north of Stonehaven, but none between the two and specifically none at the derailment site. The site was passed by the northbound train which was subsequently held at Stonehaven and nothing untoward reported. Having cro...
by stuartp
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby
Replies: 25
Views: 1841

Re: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby

So have I got this right? Bachmann are no longer supplying Hattons and Hornby no longer supplying Rails But both Hattons & Rails have stocks of Bachmann/Hornby items which they can sell to you? Whatever the rights and wrongs of all this I think all should sit down and discuss this as whatever y...
by stuartp
Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby
Replies: 25
Views: 1841

Re: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby

They tried that a couple of years ago, and closed their concessions network. It didn't end well.
by stuartp
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Headshunt length
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: Headshunt length

Agreed Jim. The short headshunt is long enough to run a pug round but not much else !
by stuartp
Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Taming Smokey Joe
Replies: 20
Views: 540

Re: Taming Smokey Joe

minipix wrote:End2End, those are exactly the sort of axles I'm interested in! My challenge at the moment is finding them within budget. DCC Concepts sells them in packs of 48, which seems a little excessive given that I only want 2!

Wind your own from a bit of phosphor-bronze wire.
by stuartp
Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Taming Smokey Joe
Replies: 20
Views: 540

Re: Taming Smokey Joe

The springs are above the footplate on some 264s and below the axleboxes on others, it varies between batches and sometimes between works visits as does the pattern of driving wheels, position of rear sandboxes (and presence/absence of same) and provision of buffers. For a comparatively small class ...
by stuartp
Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Taming Smokey Joe
Replies: 20
Views: 540

Re: Taming Smokey Joe

Duplicate oops !
by stuartp
Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Peco Track still in Short Supply
Replies: 13
Views: 449

Re: Peco Track still in Short Supply

What you have to consider is that like any other manufacturer the world came to a halt, no one was making products, this had a knock on effect. What stocks were available were rapidly bought up (supply and demand)... Quite. There are far more companies making bog roll than Code 75 bullhead track an...
by stuartp
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Taming Smokey Joe
Replies: 20
Views: 540

Re: Taming Smokey Joe

A lot of the 264 class (and the very similar NBR Y9 class) ran with wooden tenders, like a cut down coal wagon with the end nearest the loco missing. They gave the locos a much longer range and also seem to have acquired the usual detritus associated with shunting - spare lamps, couplings, chocks, e...
by stuartp
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Headshunt length
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: Headshunt length

As long as it needs to be, or as long as it can be depending on what it is constrained by and what exactly it is the headshunt to. Ideally it should be longest loco you expect to shunt with + longest rake you expect to shunt. If it's only loco plus half a rake you're going to have to do the shunt in...
by stuartp
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby
Replies: 25
Views: 1841

Re: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby

There is nothing in Rails' announcement to indicate whether Hornby have refused to supply Rails (which is what happened with Hattons/Bachmann) or Rails have decided to stop stocking Hornby. Bachmann acted when Hattons went head to head with them with the 66, competing with Bachmann as a manufacturer...
by stuartp
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Help needed to mix styles
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Re: Help needed to mix styles

All three operated together for a reasonably long period depending on where you look. Sticking to places that actually have RTR electrics available and excluding preserved steam: West coast main line south of Crewe/Manchester/Liverpool between 1960 and 1968, ex-LMS and BR Standard steam (with some r...
by stuartp
Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Crazy Prices
Replies: 17
Views: 923

Re: Crazy Prices

Or buy it for 4.50 from somewhere that isnt one of their 'selected grocery stores'.

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