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by Bufferstop
Sat May 16, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Extra Traffic for your Railway. Food for Thought
Replies: 11
Views: 304

Re: Extra Traffic for your Railway. Food for Thought

There was a regular traffic in outsize loads, transformers from Stafford north towards Sandbach. It had to transfer to road when the WCML was electrified (too much to take down once the masts were up. Still gets some use today, The islands along the A34 have straight through lanes gated at either en...
by Bufferstop
Sat May 16, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Interesting Wagons
Replies: 9
Views: 222

Re: Interesting Wagons

Hi Geoff, the two "German" ones look more British to me, the single one looks like something from Lima by the look of those couplers and the height of the wheels.
by Bufferstop
Fri May 15, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Thoughts About Couplings.
Replies: 21
Views: 387

Re: Thoughts About Couplings.

Pete there are some seemingly normal situations where close coupling can become a problem. A crossover on parallel tracks is one. It is effectively a reverse curve with no (or insufficient) straight at its centre. Both bodies will try to offset in opposite directions. Images of torn corridor connect...
by Bufferstop
Thu May 14, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Ply Or Chipboard
Replies: 39
Views: 906

Re: Ply Or Chipboard

I'm another of the bend 'em over school, pressed down hard along the length of the sleeper they are less noticeable than the little domes sitting on the sleeper. Been doing it ever since I moved to ply, Having to drill a pilot hole is no hardship.
by Bufferstop
Thu May 14, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Thoughts About Couplings.
Replies: 21
Views: 387

Re: Thoughts About Couplings.

Like Geoff I came to the conclusion that the Bachmann version of the tensionlock worked and looked ok, and in the interest of sanity I change couplings to that. I try to mount them so that their front curve if extended would just meet the buffer faces, which is as close coupled as I can achieve on m...
by Bufferstop
Thu May 14, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Thoughts About Couplings.
Replies: 21
Views: 387

Re: Thoughts About Couplings.

About the conclusions I'd come by, but why do so many supposedly experienced modellers bother with them.
by Bufferstop
Thu May 14, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 395
Views: 73817

Re: The BNR (another way)

I can remember a big bottle of "Gloy" glue, with a realy disgusting brush in it and a big thick rim of the stuff around the neck. At a guess it would have been around 1950-51. It must have been the schools official bottle as whenever it was needed one of us would be dispatched to to ask wh...
by Bufferstop
Thu May 14, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Thoughts About Couplings.
Replies: 21
Views: 387

Re: Thoughts About Couplings.

In my book there's one type which can be almost anything, I categorise them as the bit of bent wire. The daddy of these is the Alex Jackson design, it's practically invisible, the materials are cheap, but I suspect it's a bit of a B to bend it successfully. I've watched operations where they are fit...
by Bufferstop
Thu May 14, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Ply Or Chipboard
Replies: 39
Views: 906

Re: Ply Or Chipboard

Lofts just aren't all they are cracked up to be. Mine has a ten by five metre footprint, problem was the height. At it's highest point it was a couple of inches shorter than me. When I say it was a pain in the neck, that's exactly what I mean.
by Bufferstop
Wed May 13, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Hiding surface mount point motors
Replies: 5
Views: 207

Re: Hiding surface mount point motors

They scale up somewhat larger than the real thing, I have put dummy ones in for my manually operated points, in the section which I teat as LM(R) surviving through to end of steam. Then taken over by a heritage group. Putting in dummy point rodding under the edge of platforms was a struggle too much...
by Bufferstop
Tue May 12, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hattons/Bachmann
Replies: 5
Views: 265

Re: Hattons/Bachmann

Who's just shut up shop? Most likely explanation.
by Bufferstop
Tue May 12, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Double track at 3rd radius
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Double track at 3rd radius

If they are hidden from view you can afford to vary the spacing to clear your longest overhangs and bring it back to 50mm before it comes back into view. What the eye doesn't see and all that.
by Bufferstop
Tue May 12, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A 1944 themed layout
Replies: 133
Views: 9878

Re: A 1944 themed layout

They don't look cheap anymore, nice job. I got a chunk of polystyrene just like that, it's got the skeletons of 3 apple trees on it which seem very slow growing!
by Bufferstop
Tue May 12, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Ply Or Chipboard
Replies: 39
Views: 906

Re: Ply Or Chipboard

Over the years I've tried almost all methods except the US developed L girder system, which is really only suitable for permanent layouts in their own accommodation, no way is it portable. My conclusion is that open frame is for the very best carpenters, and requires very deep frames which can be th...
by Bufferstop
Mon May 11, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann Class 08
Replies: 16
Views: 556

Re: Bachmann Class 08

Know what you mean about Southend Pier, there's an inherent problem with NEM pockets and Tensionlock, both KDs and the continental horn and loop are considerably shorter than a tensionlock making it very difficult to move the pocket back into the chassis even if the nearest axle didn't get in the wa...

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