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by stuartp
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Engine shed track distances
Replies: 4
Views: 203

Re: Engine shed track distances

If you have an end-on photo of the shed in question you can work out the distance by comparing with the track. Remember though if working in OO that the rails should be about 19mm apart, not about 17mm ! If not, ten foot minumum is a reasonable assumption, plus a bit if there are structures between ...
by stuartp
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Choosing a brake van
Replies: 16
Views: 585

Re: Choosing a brake van

As Bufferstop says, potentially all varieties. For your period and region BR and LMS vans would have been in the majority. BR vans were mostly bauxite (piped or fitted) but there were a few grey (unfitted) ones around towards the beginning of your period. Towards the end of the 60s most will have be...
by stuartp
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: overly complicated point work in old photos
Replies: 9
Views: 302

Re: overly complicated point work in old photos

another example this one from lincoln central, can't find a clear real life shot, but this modeled example appears to be accurate, why is that crossing needed? The layout of that crossing has changed a bit over the years, latterly it was a simple main/main crossover, prior to that it was as your ph...
by stuartp
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: overly complicated point work in old photos
Replies: 9
Views: 302

Re: overly complicated point work in old photos

As the others have said - parallel routes, lots of light engine and attach/detatch movements (requiring even more parallel routes so that one movement doesn't tie up half the station) and absolute block signalling. The latter isn't a limiting factor as such but it meant that shunting movements were ...
by stuartp
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: People on the layout
Replies: 13
Views: 523

Re: People on the layout

A bit of 0.33 wire up one leg and a corresponding hole in whatever you want them to stand on. The hardest bit is not snapping the drill.
by stuartp
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby 75 ton Cowans and Sheldon Questions
Replies: 34
Views: 1101

Re: Hornby 75 ton Cowans and Sheldon Questions

The Crewe crane (ADRC96719) was built in 1939 as a 45tonner and would have had a fabricated jib similar to the old Hornby Dublo one. The current jib is a welded replacement fitted in 1968 which is why it resembles the modern Hornby one. It looks radically different to its as built condition. Its the...
by stuartp
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Recent changes to RMWeb
Replies: 26
Views: 734

Re: Recent changes to RMWeb

Whatever users think the answer will either be "it's for your own good" or "if you don't like it, leave".

Funnily enough Britmodeller uses exactly the same software and somehow manages to not fall over every time it's updated. And they still have "View New Content".
by stuartp
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby 75 ton Cowans and Sheldon Questions
Replies: 34
Views: 1101

Re: Hornby 75 ton Cowans and Sheldon Questions

I was thinking Red or Black for 1959 - 64 Most (all ?) cranes in 1959 would have been overall black. However, when the 75 tonners were ordered from Cowans Sheldon under the Modernisation Plan red was specified, apparently in an effort to boost morale in / recognise the efforts of breakdown gangs. A...
by stuartp
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby 75 ton Cowans and Sheldon Questions
Replies: 34
Views: 1101

Re: Hornby 75 ton Cowans and Sheldon Questions

1. Not that I'm aware of. 2. Red. Lined yellow/black at first, simplified to plain red from the late 60s/early 70s. 3. Released as R6104 in 2002, or R197 in 1999, both in red/black, which I can't find an example of in real life. Released in plain red in 1982 as R739. There is also R6602 in red/black...
by stuartp
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 'black 5' problem
Replies: 15
Views: 2053

Re: Hornby 'black 5' problem

The Black Fives do seem prone to bendy con-rod issues, two of mine have bent inwards and caught on the connecting rods. If you're lucky it jams and stops, if not it mangles the slide bars as well. The next one I have issues with will get a bit of NS or hard brass wire soldered along the inside botto...
by stuartp
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco 3-way Point
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Peco 3-way Point

If that's Streamline rather than Setrack it won't fit the standard Setrack curves. Use flexi instead, you can get a gauge to keep the spacing correct and a straightedge helps you lay it straight.
by stuartp
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Future Concepts and Traditions.
Replies: 24
Views: 721

Re: Future Concepts and Traditions.

This crops up on kit modelling forums from time to time, usually in the form of AMS - Advanced Modeller Syndrome. AMS is the inability to build a £10 plastic kit without adding at least £50-worth of resin and photo-etch accessories and spending three months applying a two-colour paint job. Not quite...
by stuartp
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Cr class 104 loco query
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Re: Cr class 104 loco query

I suspect the number of people who've built a 104 Class from anything (including the Caley Coaches etched kit) is quite small so you may be breaking new ground here. It's a very small prototype and there isn't much boiler to hide the motor in so any chassis designed to fit a tank engine is going to ...
by stuartp
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Legality or moral ethics
Replies: 43
Views: 1324

Re: Legality or moral ethics

In the same vein, if I receive an item I never ordered with no invoice or sender's address enclosed, assuming I allow a reasonable tme for the seller to realise that they've mailed it out to the wrong customer, can I legitimately put it in the charity bag ? I assume it's an ebay seller we've dealt w...

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