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by stuartp
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Railway room safety
Replies: 14
Views: 475

Re: Railway room safety

So anyone decorating their home should be thinking the same, then... Yes, A&E departments are full of DIY experts. I presume your house has a fire extinguisher, smoke alarm, first aid kit and some means of phoning an ambulance if you need one ? If your railway room is in the house (spare bedroo...
by stuartp
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Railway room safety
Replies: 14
Views: 475

Re: Railway room safety

Just on a few of those points: Calling for help - shout? If not I always have my mobile phone to hand, but again, I'm really struggling to think of anything model railway related that could do you harm. 1. Trip over trailing cable, bit of half built baseboard, pile of boxes of stuff, any other bit ...
by stuartp
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What would be in the ground floor of a signal box?
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: What would be in the ground floor of a signal box?

When I was training as a signalman we were given a working model of a lever frame. complete with locking to show how it worked, but no box diagram. After we had all stopped "oohing and ahhing" at it we were challenged to draw the box diagram by reverse engineering from the locking - the ma...
by stuartp
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What would be in the ground floor of a signal box?
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: What would be in the ground floor of a signal box?

The concept was that RKB221 padlocks and keys were solely for use by S & T staff, no "operations" person should ever hold one Quite. I acquired it from my predecessor, in as far as it was in his/my desk when I took it over. I never asked where he got it from but given some of the othe...
by stuartp
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What would be in the ground floor of a signal box?
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: What would be in the ground floor of a signal box?

Hi again GaryB, Contact your local preserved railway and you will find they are usually very helpful to arrange a visit to one of their real , modelling size, signal boxes. and as many photos as you can take... Yes, but... Locking rooms tend to be a bit more difficult as by convention signalmen are...
by stuartp
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches
Replies: 34
Views: 1658

Re: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches

I've had experience of six wheelers that run OK, with and without being Cleminson. And I really wouldn't judge all RTR 6 wheelers by the standards of the unfortunate Hornby magazine example - which, I should point out, was made by Dapol, not the mag; do you need to guess who was involved in its des...
by stuartp
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Parkside Kits - Add Weight?
Replies: 11
Views: 410

Re: Parkside Kits - Add Weight?

I find 8p worth of tuppences is about right, evo-sticked to the floor. Opens are a bit more challenging.
by stuartp
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Location based freight stock
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Location based freight stock

If you go to local shows, have a look at the second hand traders' stalls and see what they've got. Hornby, Bachmann, Dapol, and before them Mainline, Lima and Airfix have all done PO wagons over the years. Some as main range releases ("Moy" coal merchants of Colchester and the Devizes Sand...
by stuartp
Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Trap point, catch point, which?
Replies: 8
Views: 380

Re: Trap point, catch point, which?

Trap points stop unauthorised right direction movements, catch points stop unauthorised wrong direction movements. That was the BR operating definition, as far as the engineers were concerned they were all trap points.
by stuartp
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Signal box redundant levers
Replies: 8
Views: 358

Re: Signal box redundant levers

A lot depends on the region and the date the signalling system was upgraded. The first couple of boxes I worked were track circuit block (TCB) on a single line, converted from double track in the late 50s. It was all colour lights and motor points, but worked from the original lever frames. The leve...
by stuartp
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Signal box redundant levers
Replies: 8
Views: 358

Re: Signal box redundant levers

If there are still mechanical points and signals left then it's likely that the frame is still being used to control the main line as well with the levers working colour light signals and motor points. Paint them as you would for semaphore but cut the handles down to half height so you can only get ...
by stuartp
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Making coupling rods/valvegear
Replies: 16
Views: 862

Re: Making coupling rods/valvegear

Another vote for Comet here, I'd use their frames too. If you make your own frames use the comet rods to position the axle holes, they absolutely have to match.
by stuartp
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: A question on L brackets
Replies: 5
Views: 540

Re: A question on L brackets

Half my layout is held together / up with those. The dimple inside the bend on the Homebase ones seems to make all the difference.
by stuartp
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Platforms
Replies: 3
Views: 456

Re: Platforms

Scupltamould is great for uneven surfaces but even decrepit platforms will appear reasonably smooth once scaled down. Assuming you're not working in a scale larger than 'O' (where texture shows up a bit more) card painted grey, with a bit of pepper or talc dropped into the wet paint is as much relie...
by stuartp
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist
Replies: 43
Views: 2377

Re: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist

rb277170 wrote:If you go down the Bachmann root you end up with £80 coaches , £55 modern wagons and £300 multiple units...


As opposed to the £59 wagons from Hattons (FEAs) or £75 coaches (Devon Belle obs car, Hattons price) from Hornby, or £200 single railcar from Rails presumably.

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