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by stuartp
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Location based freight stock
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Re: Location based freight stock

If you go to local shows, have a look at the second hand traders' stalls and see what they've got. Hornby, Bachmann, Dapol, and before them Mainline, Lima and Airfix have all done PO wagons over the years. Some as main range releases ("Moy" coal merchants of Colchester and the Devizes Sand...
by stuartp
Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Trap point, catch point, which?
Replies: 8
Views: 810

Re: Trap point, catch point, which?

Trap points stop unauthorised right direction movements, catch points stop unauthorised wrong direction movements. That was the BR operating definition, as far as the engineers were concerned they were all trap points.
by stuartp
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Signal box redundant levers
Replies: 8
Views: 768

Re: Signal box redundant levers

A lot depends on the region and the date the signalling system was upgraded. The first couple of boxes I worked were track circuit block (TCB) on a single line, converted from double track in the late 50s. It was all colour lights and motor points, but worked from the original lever frames. The leve...
by stuartp
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Signal box redundant levers
Replies: 8
Views: 768

Re: Signal box redundant levers

If there are still mechanical points and signals left then it's likely that the frame is still being used to control the main line as well with the levers working colour light signals and motor points. Paint them as you would for semaphore but cut the handles down to half height so you can only get ...
by stuartp
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Making coupling rods/valvegear
Replies: 16
Views: 1981

Re: Making coupling rods/valvegear

Another vote for Comet here, I'd use their frames too. If you make your own frames use the comet rods to position the axle holes, they absolutely have to match.
by stuartp
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: A question on L brackets
Replies: 5
Views: 944

Re: A question on L brackets

Half my layout is held together / up with those. The dimple inside the bend on the Homebase ones seems to make all the difference.
by stuartp
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Platforms
Replies: 3
Views: 897

Re: Platforms

Scupltamould is great for uneven surfaces but even decrepit platforms will appear reasonably smooth once scaled down. Assuming you're not working in a scale larger than 'O' (where texture shows up a bit more) card painted grey, with a bit of pepper or talc dropped into the wet paint is as much relie...
by stuartp
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist
Replies: 55
Views: 9064

Re: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist

rb277170 wrote:If you go down the Bachmann root you end up with £80 coaches , £55 modern wagons and £300 multiple units...


As opposed to the £59 wagons from Hattons (FEAs) or £75 coaches (Devon Belle obs car, Hattons price) from Hornby, or £200 single railcar from Rails presumably.
by stuartp
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Moving goods
Replies: 14
Views: 1083

Re: Moving goods

This is well worth a look - "Berth 24" by British Transport Films.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKvfzKMGPmA
by stuartp
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Diesel on the rear are they here to stay?
Replies: 17
Views: 1580

Re: Diesel on the rear are they here to stay?

216,000 staff in rail industry and its supply chain in 2015, figures from ORR's Rail Industry Key Statistics sheets on their website. So a bit more than double your 93,000, and how much of the supply chain does your figure include ? I suspect it's just directly employed staff. From 1994 to 2018 pass...
by stuartp
Thu May 02, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Dj models announcement
Replies: 40
Views: 4772

Re: Dj models announcement

He's clarified it now, or retracted it, or...er...something;

https://djmodels.co.uk/clarification
by stuartp
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Engine shed track distances
Replies: 4
Views: 935

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: 1773

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: 1135

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...

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