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by stuartp
Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:29 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Point numbering conventions & use of catch points
Replies: 26
Views: 4024

Re: Point numbering conventions & use of catch points

Trap* points would normally be co-acting with the points giving access to that siding - i.e. on your diagram 2 and 10 would be worked together (and would be numbered 2A and 2B or 10A and 10B usually, with the 'A' end usually being nearest the box). Like m8 says there is no need for separate traps 8 ...
by stuartp
Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: DJH K8 Caledonian 439 0-4-4 Kit Build
Replies: 55
Views: 12631

Re: DJH K8 Caledonian 439 0-4-4 Kit Build

They are indeed oil feed thingummies, and I can't see them on the half dozen or so BR-era pics readily to hand so I assume they were removed or repositioned by the LMS. I think Caley Coaches do them as a spare but it wouldn't take long to turn some up from brass pins if you've got a mini-drill. Ther...
by stuartp
Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:27 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: DJH K8 Caledonian 439 0-4-4 Kit Build
Replies: 55
Views: 12631

Re: DJH K8 Caledonian 439 0-4-4 Kit Build

Geoff, The motor fixing instructions look like a throwback to the days when this kit came with a bomb-proof Anchoridge open frame motor (with fixing screws), no gear box, and a set of Romford gears. You had to spend hours faffing about with shims getting the motor to sit just right on the plate so t...
by stuartp
Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Dapol Cattle Wagon
Replies: 8
Views: 1770

Re: Dapol Cattle Wagon

Depends on whether you are weathering it... In use they were often cleaned with lime - which gave a whitewashed appearance to the insides.... Not by BR days (the Dapol kit is a BR standard wagon), limewash was banned in the 1920s. It disinfected the wagons but it also damaged the animals' hooves. I...
by stuartp
Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:45 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Signals How And Where
Replies: 6
Views: 1612

Re: Signals How And Where

Bending prototype principles to a fully visible roundy roundy and being limited to only using Hornby signals means taking an awful lot of liberties, but I'll have a go: Model%20Train%20Layout.jpg I have only used R169 and R171 signals, distants will just get in the way on such a busy layout. I've al...
by stuartp
Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:32 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: how does the hardness off water affect boilers?
Replies: 9
Views: 1214

Re: how does the hardness off water affect boilers?

It's exactly the same process as makes your kettle fur up in hard water areas - when you heat the water Calcium Carbonate dissolved in it comes out of solution and deposits itself all over the heated surfaces reducing the efficiency of the boiler. Soft water can be just as bad if it's been collected...
by stuartp
Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Station to platform height difference
Replies: 4
Views: 1736

Re: Station to platform height difference

Railway modellers build on perfectly flat boards, the prototype doesn't so there is always spoil to be got rid of. Often this is used to build up the area behind the platforms so the forecourt/building etc has level access to the platforms as m8 suggests, though the forecourt itself is rarely comple...
by stuartp
Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Pedestrian Crossing
Replies: 18
Views: 4095

Re: Pedestrian Crossing

Flashbang wrote:I would suggest you find (if there is one?) and join an Electronic forum - do a Google search to find any.


Here's one for starters - http://www.merg.org.uk/

Here endeth my understanding of electronics but I had heard of this lot.
by stuartp
Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:22 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Disruption to services caused by....
Replies: 40
Views: 4411

Re: Disruption to services caused by....

The issue is that we in this country only have a few days per year where the weather is really bad enough to bring things to a halt... The equipment needed to keep things moving would, however, cost millions, and would be sitting rusting away for the rest of the year... Then there's the problem of ...
by stuartp
Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:25 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: MTK KITS
Replies: 19
Views: 5210

Re: MTK KITS

I have used the revell plasto with great success on ply and stripwood when building my model boats That's because it will key to the (comparatively) rough surface of the wood so the difference between solvent based and epoxy based doesn't really matter. I should perhaps have stated that I was refer...
by stuartp
Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:18 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: MTK KITS
Replies: 19
Views: 5210

Re: MTK KITS

Ah, MTK. The only kits on which I've ever had to resort to using woodworking tools. Personally I'd use the two-part car body epoxy fillers on these rather than hobby fillers. The car stuff is designed to bond to metal (the sheet metal parts of MTK kits are usually aluminium) and it's generally tough...
by stuartp
Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Over Crowding
Replies: 29
Views: 2962

Re: Over Crowding

The only two practical solutions are longer trains, or more trains (or both). Both require infrastructure changes over and above the cost of the trains themselves, which critics often forget. They could always do a Ryanair and take all the seats out. If everybody was standing there would a lot more ...
by stuartp
Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Loco scrapyards
Replies: 19
Views: 3819

Re: Loco scrapyards

Thanks M8, If this locomotive was earmarked for scrapping, then would tyseley have cut the remaineder up themselves or would it have gone to somewhere like booths for fully cutting up ? & assuming the body, chassis, wheels & bogies were in sound condition, would this have been dragged via r...
by stuartp
Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: MK1 Blue/Grey Pullmans
Replies: 19
Views: 4526

Re: MK1 Blue/Grey Pullmans

Sorry, yes, I meant 'bogies of a type used on Mk1s' rather than specifically the BR1 bogie. I think the Pullmans only ever got Commonwealth bogies as used on later builds of normal Mk 1s. According to Mr Parkin's book ("BR Mk1 Coaches"), Pullmans and 'normal' Mk 1s were both 9'0" wide.
by stuartp
Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: MK1 Blue/Grey Pullmans
Replies: 19
Views: 4526

Re: MK1 Blue/Grey Pullmans

They're different in the same way as a Mk 1 brake second and Post Office sorting van are different - all the doors and windows are different - but it's a Mk 1 chassis, bogies (several variants), ends, gangways, roof, brakes, body profile etc etc, and built on the same jigs. I'm fairly sure they were...

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