The BNR (another way)

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:52 am

The new points on the Pewsley extension have proved rather troublesome. Partly due to the scarcity of Peco points, a Bachmann curved point and three Hornby standard points were installed. The latest Hornby curved points have worked well at the junction and the Bachmann ones at first glance appear identical. There are, however, subtle differences in clearances which do seem to cause issues with some stock. The Bachmann curved point was causing regular derailments with finer profile wheels and was replaced some time ago.

The differences between Peco and Hornby standard Settrack points are more obvious and the Hornby point connecting the engine shed has been causing issues with departing trains. This is a real problem with some Mainline locos as well as the Triang DMU with its modern Hornby wheels.

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The Re-railing Team got fed up with being called out every few days and the Operations Department found it increasingly difficult to work out which locos would safely negotiate the points. Due to the location of the point some electrical work was required and to reduce ground works cables were connected directly to the point before installation.

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Installation is expected to take place shortly and there will hopefully be no more complaints about spilt beverages from passengers :) .

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Mon Apr 05, 2021 4:45 pm

The gangers have been busy replacing the troublesome point at Pewsley.

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Further comparison of the Hornby and Peco points have revealed that the curved check-rail begins slightly nearer the toe of the Peco point and this seems to be making a significant difference as no derailments have taken place since installation.

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Meanwhile some steps are being added to the end of Platform Two making good use of recycled materials from an old footbridge and some telecommunications equipment (SIM card packaging).

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:52 pm

The summer timetable has commenced and DMU services to England through the tunnel have been strengthened to 3 cars.

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Meanwhile further improvements and landscaping have been taking place on the Pewsley extension and the push pull service is seen awaiting departure from Platform 1.

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby Mountain » Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:40 pm

Love those Triang DMU's.

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:31 am

Mountain wrote:Love those Triang DMU's.


It has been detailed and re-wheeled and is an excellent runner. It also has a certain charm as well as being robust and easy to service. A Limby 101, a re-wheeled Lima 121 with a Hornby body and a Hornby 110 are also allocated to the line running passenger services to England through the tunnel.
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:38 am

The summer timetable means that the preserved steam locos get a bit more use. One of the three Mainline Collett Goods is seen passing through the cutting just outside Pewsley.

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The BNR goods service is seen passing in front of the new tree cover at the junction. Freight is generally handled by the line's diesels, so this is a fairly rare occurrence. The bogie bolster is seen loaded with timber (coffee stirrers secured with cotton) held in place by steel stanchions (panel pins).

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Tue May 25, 2021 8:53 pm

Now that summer has arrived more of the services are steam hauled. The preserved Black 5 was not a regular on the branch in the past, but now that the line has been extended some of the larger locos do venture up there. The front bogie was derailing at both Globble Island and Ivygale and closer inspection revealed that the ramps for the automatic mail coach were slightly lifting the front bogie causing it to derail. The engineers managed to squeeze in some extra weight over the front bogie using some lead offcuts. They also took the opportunity to modify the bogie to accept the BNR's standard medium couplers which are a necessity with the line's sharp curves. A test run has proved successful and the loco will return to service after a quick touch up in the paint shop.

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:25 am

Crews allocated to the recently restored Mainline 4MT have been complaining about the lack of glazing in the cab. There is plenty of discarded perspex packaging in the workshop stores and so the team set about resolving the problem. The curves inside the cab made fitting the glazing very difficult. After a couple of attempts and some careful scoring of the material a one piece section was created each side.

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Crews are much happier and the loco looks more complete as well.

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby Mountain » Sun Jun 20, 2021 11:19 am

Nice......


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