The BNR (another way)

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby manna » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:06 pm

G'Day Gents

Are we about to see the line 'Third railed' :lol:

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby Bufferstop » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:21 pm

No need these days the 73s especially the Ultras seem to spend their days well away from the jiuce.
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:24 pm

No third rail planned, the 73 is running on diesel which might also explain its limited haulage :) . An extension might be on the cards in the next year or two though...
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:22 pm

The workshop's been a bit quiet over the summer months with staff enjoying some time off in the sun. Apart from routine maintenance, staff have been tweaking bogies :) .

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It was noticed that one of the Hornby Speedink wagons, which brings in freight from the mainland, was behaving erratically. It turned out the the moulded spring which centres one of the bogies had snapped off. Staff managed to drill into the end of the assembly and glue in some sprung wire to make the bogie self-centre. When re-fitting the wheelset, one of the securing clips snapped off creating another job. After some head scratching, it was decided the fill the hole in the chassis with Milliput and attach the bogie using a self-tapping screw. The tightness of the screw turns out to be critical, too lose and the coupling flops up and down, too tight and the bogie will not rotate. A wide washer just below the screw head also helps to reduce unwanted movement.

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Work has also been going on upgrading the bogies on one of the line's shortest Triang coaches. The old wheels were removed and replaced with metal 10mm ones from Peter's Spares. Bearings for old axle boxes were made from recycled timber (matchsticks). The old Mark 2 couplings were removed by making a vertical cut either side and the resulting gap filled with Milliput. Some additional material was then glued onto the outer edge of each bogie to provide a base for the newer Hornby couplings. Once trials are complete, the bogies will be off to the paint shop.

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Re: The BNR (4 ft 1½ in Gauge)

Postby Hymirl » Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:58 pm

GeraldH wrote:1:76 with 16.5 mm gauge which rather fortunately seems to come out at 4 ft 1½ in :)


How very convenient for your fine scale railway modelling! :D

Just finished the thread. I love all the conversions and swap jobs and modelling without breaking the bank (excepting 'accidental' locomotive purchases!)

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby Mountain » Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:13 am

Bufferstop wrote:The one Replica model I have has had no problems in 20yrs, and my Mainline Collet goods ran until the bearings were worn right through with just one replacement armature, I also have a very early Bachmann 0-6-0 split chassis mechanism which is showing no signs of wear or the dreaded swelling plastic wheels, so I must be darned lucky.


Good news. Peters Spares now sell replacement axles for Mainline locos and they also sell replacement insulators for Triang wheels if they start to crack with age. Its really good that these are now available as spares.
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:45 pm

Hymirl wrote:
GeraldH wrote:1:76 with 16.5 mm gauge which rather fortunately seems to come out at 4 ft 1½ in :)


How very convenient for your fine scale railway modelling! :D

Just finished the thread. I love all the conversions and swap jobs and modelling without breaking the bank (excepting 'accidental' locomotive purchases!)


Thank you. There are definitely ways of reducing the cost of the hobby with a little creative use of everyday items :) .
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:54 am

The line has some pretty steep gradients and this can cause problems with five coach mainline services. There is a particular problem at the top of the gradient on the mainline, just outside the junction where locos often started slipping. Management sent the track gang out to investigate.

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After a bit of digging, they discovered that there was a hump in the vertical alignment. It seems that when the line was constructed, a join in the track was located exactly at the point where the gradient changed. This was done to make reconstruction easier should there be any earthquakes in the future (should the layout need to be moved). This hump was in fact an attempt to create a transition was near the top of the gradient to prevent a kink in the vertical alignment, which could cause derailments. The gang manged to slightly improve the alignment and reduce the hump, but concluded that it would have to stay due to the long wheelbase of some of the line's locos.
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby Mountain » Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:56 am

You may need to introduce a HV vest policy for your workforce.... :lol:
And some track detonators. (Caps? Are paper caps still made these days?)
Like the scenes. Very nice.
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby manna » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:29 am

G'Day Gents

Looking good, when I first saw the speedlink wagon, I thought you'd bought a 'Pacer' :D

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:21 am

Mountain wrote:You may need to introduce a HV vest policy for your workforce.... :lol:
And some track detonators. (Caps? Are paper caps still made these days?)
Like the scenes. Very nice.


Of course paper caps are still made today, but you will need to take your birth certificate, explosives licence and certificate of competence in shot firing, before they will sell them to you :?
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby Mountain » Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:35 pm

Really? :shock: I remember staying a week at a farm where my aunt and uncle lived. My cousin and I walked the ¾ mile farm track to get to the village and we called into the shop. The only thing we could afford were a couple of rolls of caps so we went back with the caps. Out of Gordon we started to tear off a cap at a time and drop them in with my aunts chickens. There were about 25-35 chickens if I remember. They would peck and BANG! Then another would peck... The poor things became frightened to eat!
We went to bed early (About eight... ) and it was still light outside as it was summer. As I tried to go to sleep I could still hear those caps going off.
Then a couple of weeks later my aunt and uncle was over and I heard my aunt comment about her chickens had stopped layingand she didn't know why. We did know why but darent say anything!
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:42 am

The BNR's loco department has always had a weakness for Mainline and Bachmann split chassis locos, despite their well known shortcomings and they recently convinced management to invest in two new steam locos. The loco department have become quite adept at prolonging the life of these locos, but some are beyond even their capabilities. The first to arrive was a Mainline Collett Goods, which did not appear to have been run since it was constructed, as it still had the original congealed factory grease inside. A good clean, lubrication (plastic safe) and application of graphite powder to the axles has turned it into a good runner by Mainline standards.

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The Jubilee was supposedly in the same condition, but it turned out to have a cracked chassis block and part of the valve gear hanging off. This has now been returned and the loco department suitably chastised. Management are still looking for a tender loco that can take 5 coaches up the bank and negotiate the odd first radius curve on the line. The engineers prefer locos that are fairly robust, with a ready supply of spares and easily separable tenders. There are consequently rumours that a Black 5 could be on the way...

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:45 am

manna wrote:G'Day Gents
Looking good, when I first saw the speedlink wagon, I thought you'd bought a 'Pacer' :D
manna


Thank you. There was a Pacer on the line, but it caused no end of trouble. The engineers probably spent more time on that than on any other piece of rolling stock. In the end they gave up and it was sold.
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby glencairn » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:09 pm

An interesting layout. I like it.

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