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by stuartp
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Headshunt length
Replies: 10
Views: 855

Re: Headshunt length

Agreed Jim. The short headshunt is long enough to run a pug round but not much else !
by stuartp
Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Taming Smokey Joe
Replies: 20
Views: 992

Re: Taming Smokey Joe

minipix wrote:End2End, those are exactly the sort of axles I'm interested in! My challenge at the moment is finding them within budget. DCC Concepts sells them in packs of 48, which seems a little excessive given that I only want 2!

Wind your own from a bit of phosphor-bronze wire.
by stuartp
Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Taming Smokey Joe
Replies: 20
Views: 992

Re: Taming Smokey Joe

The springs are above the footplate on some 264s and below the axleboxes on others, it varies between batches and sometimes between works visits as does the pattern of driving wheels, position of rear sandboxes (and presence/absence of same) and provision of buffers. For a comparatively small class ...
by stuartp
Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Taming Smokey Joe
Replies: 20
Views: 992

Re: Taming Smokey Joe

Duplicate oops !
by stuartp
Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Peco Track still in Short Supply
Replies: 13
Views: 769

Re: Peco Track still in Short Supply

What you have to consider is that like any other manufacturer the world came to a halt, no one was making products, this had a knock on effect. What stocks were available were rapidly bought up (supply and demand)... Quite. There are far more companies making bog roll than Code 75 bullhead track an...
by stuartp
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Taming Smokey Joe
Replies: 20
Views: 992

Re: Taming Smokey Joe

A lot of the 264 class (and the very similar NBR Y9 class) ran with wooden tenders, like a cut down coal wagon with the end nearest the loco missing. They gave the locos a much longer range and also seem to have acquired the usual detritus associated with shunting - spare lamps, couplings, chocks, e...
by stuartp
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Headshunt length
Replies: 10
Views: 855

Re: Headshunt length

As long as it needs to be, or as long as it can be depending on what it is constrained by and what exactly it is the headshunt to. Ideally it should be longest loco you expect to shunt with + longest rake you expect to shunt. If it's only loco plus half a rake you're going to have to do the shunt in...
by stuartp
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby
Replies: 25
Views: 3181

Re: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby

There is nothing in Rails' announcement to indicate whether Hornby have refused to supply Rails (which is what happened with Hattons/Bachmann) or Rails have decided to stop stocking Hornby. Bachmann acted when Hattons went head to head with them with the 66, competing with Bachmann as a manufacturer...
by stuartp
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Help needed to mix styles
Replies: 7
Views: 542

Re: Help needed to mix styles

All three operated together for a reasonably long period depending on where you look. Sticking to places that actually have RTR electrics available and excluding preserved steam: West coast main line south of Crewe/Manchester/Liverpool between 1960 and 1968, ex-LMS and BR Standard steam (with some r...
by stuartp
Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Crazy Prices
Replies: 17
Views: 1312

Re: Crazy Prices

Or buy it for 4.50 from somewhere that isnt one of their 'selected grocery stores'.
by stuartp
Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Crazy Prices
Replies: 17
Views: 1312

Re: Crazy Prices

The not really free mag appears to be a Sainsburys promotion, the cover price is still £4.60.
by stuartp
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Coaling locos
Replies: 4
Views: 528

Re: Coaling locos

Ratio do a small coaling tower, little brother to the concrete megalith types found at the big sheds and much easier to find room for. It's an LMS design found at Wick and Stranraer. Some LNER sheds had a free standing hoist which lifted tubs of coal up but I'm not aware of any kits for that type. O...
by stuartp
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What would you do in this area
Replies: 22
Views: 1011

Re: What would you do in this area

There needs to be something there which pre-dates the railway otherwise (in real life) that large and very expensive retaining wall would have been a cutting. A church is obvious (probably too obvious), how about a big house ? I.e. Georgian or earlier, probably now quite scruffy and run down, maybe ...
by stuartp
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: peco pl-11 point motor
Replies: 9
Views: 695

Re: peco pl-11 point motor

Oops on both counts, sorry. I've found the PL-11 to need even more fine adjustment than the PL-10 I was thinking of.
by stuartp
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Removing lettering without damage
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Re: Removing lettering without damage

If they are the old Gresleys now in the Railroad range then I think they are self-coloured plastic and you can use T-cut or possibly meths to get the printed numbers off. If they are the more recent superdetailed ones with the teak finish painted/printed on then then what Bigmet said. Dont press on,...

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