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by stuartp
Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann Thomas the Tank Engine Models
Replies: 106
Views: 22895

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...
by stuartp
Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:04 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Railroad Patriot
Replies: 5
Views: 1573

Re: Hornby Railroad Patriot

You might want to check the Hornby Patriot against some prototype dimensions - I've got a nasty feeling it has some dimensions distorted to accommodate Margate 'parts bin' design. Replacement Bachmann chassis turn up on Ebay from time to time, or about £35-£40 from your dealer but you'll have to ord...
by stuartp
Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Station Ideas Please
Replies: 3
Views: 1516

Re: Station Ideas Please

Chock it up on old sleepers (as in the photo) to raise it off the damp ground a bit, board over a couple of windows, couple of benches inside, maybe add a stove and stove pipe, can't think of anything else major that would need doing.
by stuartp
Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Oil Lamps
Replies: 4
Views: 910

Re: Oil Lamps

The wires used could easily have carried enough current to light a bulb and it would have still been possible to monitor them. I'm getting dangerously out of my territory here (I just pulled levers and trimmed lamps, a couple of hairy-a***d S&T fitters fixed them) but I think it's more complica...
by stuartp
Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:15 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Oil Lamps
Replies: 4
Views: 910

Re: Oil Lamps

They've been steadily replaced as the old signals become life-expired, but there are still a few in remote areas. It's not usually the cost of the lamp that's the problem, it's the miles of wire from the nearest mains supply so they're usually uneconomical to do as an isolated job, better to wait un...
by stuartp
Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:40 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: PLANES
Replies: 3
Views: 1011

Re: PLANES

The nearest aircraft scale is 1/72, 00 is 1/76. Not that much difference that you'd notice though, a lot of the vehicle kits sold to go with 1/72 aircraft are actually 1/76 mostly because Airfix started doing theirs in this scale.

So anything in 1/72.
by stuartp
Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Class 20 buffer lock
Replies: 7
Views: 1818

Re: Class 20 buffer lock

Try it with a longer coupling if you really want to use a cosmetic screw coupling. Bodge one from wire to experiment with until you find the length you need, then solder one up by adding a longer link to one half of an etched one (MJT, Smiths, others). You won't have the buffers in contact on the st...
by stuartp
Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Buxton 00 Gauge early 1990s
Replies: 25
Views: 6978

Re: Buxton 00 Gauge early 1990s

Had some fun with those pesky Peco track pins, resorted to predrilling the holes to get them going. I remember the old Hornby ones being shorter but a lot stronger? See if you can find Gaugemaster pins - as long as Peco and as strong as Hornby (and better quality than both). Somewhere in the loft a...
by stuartp
Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby (ex Lima ) Models
Replies: 33
Views: 5137

Re: Hornby (ex Lima ) Models

...what I was getting at was that at the time it wasn't any worse that the stuff Hornby was churning out. True, and I bought one and corrected the errors. It's been eclipsed by the Bachmann ones but the body is still in the loft somewhere awaiting resurrection one day. I'm not sure reintroducing it...
by stuartp
Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Parkside Dundas /Hornby couplings
Replies: 5
Views: 1729

Re: Parkside Dundas /Hornby couplings

They're designed for the old pressed steel Tri-ang type which were current when the earlier Parkside kits were tooled, not the modern NEM forked tail type. Parkside and Chivers both do bulk packs of NEM holders, best described as a block with a wedge cut out for the wedge on the rear of the NEM sock...
by stuartp
Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby (ex Lima ) Models
Replies: 33
Views: 5137

Re: Hornby (ex Lima ) Models

... At pence short of £100, its premium money for railroad hack. ... What was wrong with the crab anyway? Agreed that's a bit pricey for the 2P (I'll wait until Hattons clear out their overstocks when no-one else wants them at that price either !). I think the difference is because the Hunt and Com...
by stuartp
Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Cost savings
Replies: 11
Views: 2052

Re: Cost savings

Would you do it if you were only saving less than £14? I'm guessing there's one at each end. No reason why it shouldn't work, it might even be more reliable without everything crammed in together. It would certainly be cheaper to replace individual elements if you do get a fault/damage rather than ...
by stuartp
Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:30 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby (ex Lima ) Models
Replies: 33
Views: 5137

Re: Hornby (ex Lima ) Models

... what should Hornby bin never to be seen again... Don't know about steam... Body mouldings not as crisp as Hornby's, dire mechanisms. It would be a step backwards in every way imaginable if Hornby ever revived these. Totally in agreement on the chassis for the looks etc. - but the steamer body m...
by stuartp
Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: coach kit suitable for light railway??
Replies: 7
Views: 1508

Re: coach kit suitable for light railway??

Ratio also do MR clerestory and arc-roofed bogie coaches which wouldn't look out of place sold out of service to a light railway. The advantage of bogie coaches is that you don't have to get a long rigid wheelbase absolutely dead square. (Depends what you fouled up on the chassis of course...) [Edit...
by stuartp
Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Point numbering conventions & use of catch points
Replies: 26
Views: 4260

Re: Point numbering conventions & use of catch points

There's a prototype for your no.7 points at Sheffield Fuelling Point. Not only that but the points proper (7a in your case) are hand-worked and lie between the motor-worked trap points and the main line connection ! All three ends are co-acting - i.e. both set to trap when the points are set main li...

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