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by stuartp
Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:26 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Glue removal from loco bodyside
Replies: 8
Views: 1255

Re: Glue removal from loco bodyside

One of the superglue manufacturers used to sell a little bottle of superglue remover packaged with the glue. It turned the glue into a sort of gooey mess; no idea what was in it but it didn't smell like acetone. Failing thatyou can scrape the glue off with the tip of a curved scalpel/X-acto blade, s...
by stuartp
Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:03 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Concrete Track
Replies: 5
Views: 1179

Re: Concrete Track

Concrete bearers in pointwork are a relatively modern feature, last 15 years or so I think, and only for major relaying projects at first. Prior to that all concrete sleepered track would have had timber bearers in the pointwork, and I'd suggest most of it still does. Both types look similar covered...
by stuartp
Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Dean Sidings "Killin Pug" conversion set.
Replies: 121
Views: 21092

Re: Dean Sidings "Killin Pug" conversion set.

I'll no doubt get myself all confused posting in both forums but never mind. (Looking good btw !). No crest, just a dot according to the Haresnape photo, but fully lined out including cylinders. Fox do transfers for the lettering. It looks to me like the darker blue but 'what shade was Caley blue ?'...
by stuartp
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: goods onto station
Replies: 9
Views: 1198

Re: goods onto station

Watch loads of people post pics proving me wrong now !
by stuartp
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: goods onto station
Replies: 9
Views: 1198

Re: goods onto station

Re: car parks. If your layout is set early enough to still be handling goods traffic it probably won't have a formal car park. There are plenty of examples of goods traffic being handled at passenger platforms on small stations, especially sundries traffic, but this was generally gone by the 60s and...
by stuartp
Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: One day there is going to be a horrible accident!
Replies: 16
Views: 1643

Re: One day there is going to be a horrible accident!

Given that Durham University has a Geoscience Lab at Boulby (where the train is going), I expect it's being monitored.
by stuartp
Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: 10 x 3 N gauge layout - I think my plan is there -last check
Replies: 17
Views: 3080

Re: 10 x 3 N gauge layout - Advce on running and operation pleas

* Access to the loco depot is by way of reversing on a headshunt - AFAIA it's not necessary if the connection has a catch point protection. Agreed. Get rid of the requirement for everything to reverse via the headshunt to get on and off the depot and the rest becomes a lot easier to operate. There ...
by stuartp
Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Adding signalling to my layout
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

Re: Adding signalling to my layout

If it's a traditional loop set up for left-hand running, you don't need the feathers. Just a home signal (red arm semaphore or 3-aspect colourlight) on the single line protecting the entrance to the loop, and a starter/section signal at the end of the loop (red arm semaphore or two aspect), in each ...
by stuartp
Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Platform surfaces
Replies: 7
Views: 1855

Re: Platform surfaces

Packed ash/clinker was common, railway companies had the stuff coming out of their ears. It was used for surfacing all sorts of things - paths, platforms, yards, and the coarser stuff used as ballast on some lines. The Comrie pics show it well. As for how you actually model it, fine sand and talc sp...
by stuartp
Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Why does this happen ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1381

Re: Why does this happen ?

As the others have said, it's largely insurance against breakdown although there are operating benefits too. The delay penalties from anything other than a very short out-of-course stop on the main line will wipe out most charter operator's profit, if not their entire turnover. Once you start holdin...
by stuartp
Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Headcode definitions of routes.
Replies: 17
Views: 1878

Re: Headcode definitions of routes.

To add to the other replies: Classes 6 to 9: Until recently(ish) these were all freights - the higher the number, the slower it was booked to run with brake force being the deciding factor. When I was a signalman Class 6s were fully fitted freights running at 60mph with Class 9s being unfitted (i.e....
by stuartp
Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Railway sleepers painted white or yellow
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Re: Railway sleepers painted white or yellow

If the numbered sleepers are on a curve, are at regular intervals and go up in 5s, they're to tell the tamper driver the number of millimetres to lift that end of the sleepers to set the cant on a transition curve.
by stuartp
Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Coach Interiors
Replies: 19
Views: 5436

Re: Coach Interiors

Triang certainly did BSK and CK interiors for their Mk 1 but they weren't supplied with the Caley coaches or the Thompsons. Although they all shared the same chassis, bogies and roof the compartments didn't match the layout of doors and windows on the non-Mk1 coaches. Or at least they weren't suppli...
by stuartp
Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: EWS 25 Ton Queen Mary Brake Van??
Replies: 4
Views: 1696

Re: EWS 25 Ton Queen Mary Brake Van??

I just thought you stick em on the back/front of trains and can help/bring them to a stop.. Sort of. Goods trains not fitted with continuous automatic brakes (which was most of them before 1950) had to have a brake van at the back, in which the guard rode. His job was to apply a handbrake to assist...
by stuartp
Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:26 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Coal depot thingy, what buildings?
Replies: 8
Views: 1816

Re: Coal depot thingy, what buildings?

Underground then by conveyor to the stock pile or straight to the boilers via the conveyors below the unloading point. I think the other unloading point (just above and across the road from the MGR train) is to unload limestone for the flue gas desulphurisation plant, which I'm guessing is that coll...

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