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by stuartp
Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: BR 12 ton vans - braked or un-braked?
Replies: 17
Views: 2612

Re: BR 12 ton vans - braked or un-braked?

I've just had a look at your layout thread Paul (very nice btw !). I should have done that first I suppose ! I'm guessing your Widget Factory is producing maybe a few van loads a day rather than block trains of 30 vehicles at a time all to the same destination. In that case it is unlikely that the t...
by stuartp
Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: BR 12 ton vans - braked or un-braked?
Replies: 17
Views: 2612

Re: BR 12 ton vans - braked or un-braked?

Ah thanks; insulated vans, I forgot all about them. They're fitted ( I think) so treat as goods vans just like the bauxite ones. They might even have been in general merchandise use by the 1970s as their traffic was lost to refrigerated lorries but that's a bit outside my era. I was thinking of the ...
by stuartp
Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: BR 12 ton vans - braked or un-braked?
Replies: 17
Views: 2612

Re: BR 12 ton vans - braked or un-braked?

As a general observation from my interest in this period, in the '70s even fully (vac) fitted trains used brake vans although technically not neccessary. That's interesting. It's possible that the train was booked to run as a Class 8 or 9 (partly fitted or unfitted) in which case a van would be dia...
by stuartp
Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:26 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: BR 12 ton vans - braked or un-braked?
Replies: 17
Views: 2612

Re: BR 12 ton vans - braked or un-braked?

So bauxite and blue 12 tonners in mid 70s would not have required a brake van then? If the whole train was fully fitted then the bauxite ones would not require a brake van, the guard would be in the back cab of the locomotive. A limited number of piped-only vehicles would be allowed. If there were ...
by stuartp
Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:28 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: BR 12 ton vans - braked or un-braked?
Replies: 17
Views: 2612

Re: BR 12 ton vans - braked or un-braked?

6C wrote:Not sure - but weren't grey vehicles un piped - i.e. no vacuum...?

Whilst Brown/bauxite/maroon vehicles were fitted...


Correct (generally). Sorry, I've re-worded that third paragraph slightly as it was potentially confusing.
by stuartp
Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: BR 12 ton vans - braked or un-braked?
Replies: 17
Views: 2612

Re: BR 12 ton vans - braked or un-braked?

Very (very) generally - Up to about 1968/9 (I forget the exact date) all goods trains had to have a brake van. After that agreement was reached that on fully fitted trains the guard could ride in the back cab except for certain classes of dangerous goods. 'Fully fitted' meant that every vehicle on t...
by stuartp
Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: making plaster level crossings???
Replies: 12
Views: 4162

Re: making plaster level crossings???

If you really want to use plaster (or polyfilla, Das or any other sort of clay/filler type stuff) then I can't add much to the advice already given. But it's possibly the messiest way of building a level crossing or inset track. Also, very few real crossings are/were made by tarmacing up to the rail...
by stuartp
Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: help with this place
Replies: 17
Views: 1948

Re: help with this place

can any tel me why there a half demolished shark ballast van there I can't pick out the Shark on Bing or Google Maps but depending on how long it's been there, either it's going to be scrapped but nobody has got around to it yet, or it was 'forgotten' on privatisation and never claimed by the FOCs....
by stuartp
Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:11 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Foamboard supplier
Replies: 4
Views: 1639

Re: Foamboard supplier

1). Good Suppliers? Stores or internet ? I live near wigan (no local model shop or arts n craft shops) tried staples but search gives no results A nice man in our advertising department supplies me with as much as I can carry once they've finished with it. If you work anywhere vaguely corporate you...
by stuartp
Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New Layout Pre-lims. thread; p.54 - by PeterH
Replies: 805
Views: 105117

Re: Burniston Station by PeterH; a question on signalling - p.50

Many thanks for that, I felt that the top one was perhaps a bit off. I read on the Signal Box website that two main arms on a single post indicated a junction; the top arm applying to the left hand side (in which case my diagram would be wrong anyway, the small arm and the main arm should be the ot...
by stuartp
Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:47 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New Layout Pre-lims. thread; p.54 - by PeterH
Replies: 805
Views: 105117

Re: Burniston Station by PeterH; a question on signalling - p.50

Unless there's some regional variation of which I'm not aware, the bottom one is correct for a loop diverging to the left. I'm not even sure the top option is a permitted combination as drawn. If the minature arm had a horizontal white stripe it would be correct for a subsidiary signal, i.e. one all...
by stuartp
Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Buffer Stops
Replies: 3
Views: 1371

Re: Buffer Stops

It was largely down to the preference of the building/operating companies, each of the pre-grouping companies had their own designs. The Big Four either perpetuated these or designed their own, and BR introduced a couple more designs. Several different designs could be found in the same place if odd...
by stuartp
Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Ballesting between Sleeper's
Replies: 3
Views: 1381

Re: Ballesting between Sleeper's

Hi. Two methods I have used: 1. Mix the ballast with Cascamite powdered woodworkers glue, spread it on dry, tamp it with your finger or a small brush until satisfied with the appearance and then spray with water with a couple of drops of washing up liquid in it. It sets like concrete but you may str...
by stuartp
Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:09 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Track Building
Replies: 2
Views: 958

Re: Track Building

PC board is usually soldered direct to the underside of the rail. It is strong (comparatively) and easy to adjust if something needs 'tweaking' at a later date - you just apply heat and adjust. Disadvantages are that almost every prototype track fastening system involves the rail sitting on a basepl...
by stuartp
Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann Thomas the Tank Engine Models
Replies: 106
Views: 22859

Re: Bachmann Thomas the Tank Engine Models

Hmm...maybe its just me but theyre a bit too toy like.... Id prefer this version...though admittedly its a fair bit more pricey! http://www.caley.com/class812.php Oh yes. :D 57572b.jpg One day I'll get round to fitting the handrails. For those who don't already know, 'The Twins' was the name by whi...

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