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by Armchair Modeller
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 144
Views: 8851

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

Hi Richard. Yes, it was a good evening. I was on the train towards the front outbound. I spent a pleasant day wearing my other hat in the Derby Lightweight power car sat in platform 1 at Wirksworth station for the weekend. Shame I missed you. Today by comparison was wet and cold with rather less in...
by Armchair Modeller
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 144
Views: 8851

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

The remaining piece of main line narrow gauge track has now been laid to the baseboard joint. Ulph084.jpg I still have to cut an insulation gap in the PCB. The board is now back in store in the garage though, as the next few weeks are heavily occupied with other things. Once I get back to working on...
by Armchair Modeller
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 144
Views: 8851

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

Methinks I would go initially for option (a)............if all fails then option (b)......and no.......not volunteeering........... Your comments aroused my curiosity, so I investigated the most accessible and least perilous upright to get a better idea of the challenge ahead. Looks like they are j...
by Armchair Modeller
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Wakefield Exhibition Nov 16/17/18
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: Wakefield Exhibition Nov 16/17/18

It is always a great show, P4 or not. I try to get there every year. Hopefully, Northern staff won't extend their rail strikes and upset your attendance figures.
by Armchair Modeller
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 144
Views: 8851

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

Richard,.....following with interest...........cringing at the thought of removing the gantry for the renewal of the track underneath............ Rob Does that mean you are volunteering? ;) ;) Shouldn't be that difficult. I will have to investigate, but either of these springs to mind... (a) dig do...
by Armchair Modeller
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 144
Views: 8851

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

Having sorted the baseboard dowels, I put some (nominally) 4mm ply down in the area near the trestle as a base for the narrow gauge track. I then put some PCB down either side of the baseboard joint. This will give a rock solid base for the rails where they cross the gap. I found a code 55 N gauge 3...
by Armchair Modeller
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 144
Views: 8851

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

More work in Templot! Having put the original plan in place on the layout, I realised I could make one or two slight changes to the plan to improve the flow of the trackwork. This includes a 3-way interlaced turnout where the waggonway joins the main line track. I belatedly realised too that I had f...
by Armchair Modeller
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 41
Views: 8047

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Excellent :thumb
by Armchair Modeller
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 41
Views: 8047

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Looking at the above image of how it looked in real life, the tracks seem to converge anyway towards the camera. Hopefully you can tweak things without affecting all the complicated trackwork in the foreground.
by Armchair Modeller
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 144
Views: 8851

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

I forgot the photo of the removed NG (narrow gauge) track, so here it is... Ulph078.jpg The base for the NG track appears to be quite solid, unlike the trackbed for the NG on the middle baseboard, which had to be completely replaced. Replacing it would have been a lot of work! The rock face below th...
by Armchair Modeller
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 144
Views: 8851

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

I have mentioned several times that the standard gauge track needs rebuilding to ensure long term reliability. Last night I got carried away and did a first stab at a Templot track plan for the track on boards 2 and 3. The scanned tracing I had done previously of the existing track was imported into...
by Armchair Modeller
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 144
Views: 8851

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

I managed to do a bit of destructive work on the narrow gauge this afternoon, ready for track relaying. The NG track was in a pretty bad state, unfortunately. All but the section on the trestle needed replacing. aDSCF5544.jpg The narrow gauge track will be slightly realigned to eliminate an awkward ...
by Armchair Modeller
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 144
Views: 8851

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

Whilst the layout was up in its entirety (fiddle yard apart), I took the opportunity to trace the remaining original track as best I could, ready for a spot of Templotting. I had some old A4 continuous printout paper ideal for the purpose. I cut out various bits of the paper to fit over and around t...
by Armchair Modeller
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 144
Views: 8851

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

* The Talyllyn loco was built by Fletcher Jennings at Whitehaven - quite local for Ulpha According to L T C Rolt she was built and delivered as an 0-4-0T, but the BoT Inspector took exception to her riding. He also states that she had no cab or weatherboard when delivered, so presumably the cab was...
by Armchair Modeller
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 144
Views: 8851

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

Richard, really good to see Ulpha in the flesh and to see and discuss its various problems. You have certainly taken on a task to bring it back to life what with the under gauge standard gauge track work , the narrow gauge section, the lack of detailing consistency on the 2nd board. I like the way ...
by Armchair Modeller
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 144
Views: 8851

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

A month or so on and there is not much to report on the layout, I am afraid. Decorating and other chores have filled much of my spare time. RobM and his wife Jen paid me a visit to see the layout today. It was very nice to see them. This gave me an excuse to put the layout up in its entirety in the ...
by Armchair Modeller
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Auto- Couplings , what choices - decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 2254

Re: Auto- Couplings , what choices - decisions

There is also the Lincs coupler, as another alternative

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by Armchair Modeller
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 855
Views: 62103

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Yes I would be almost certain there is a lamp at the base of the chimney, deep in shadow, and just the other you mention on the rhs of the buffer beam.

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by Armchair Modeller
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 855
Views: 62103

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

My query about the train was about the train classification. I thought it looks more mineral than goods. It has a different headcode to the train in the last photo too. I don't know enough about MR headcodes to understand the difference. The last train is carrying head code ACD post 1910 I think wh...
by Armchair Modeller
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 855
Views: 62103

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Bill's eyesight must be far better than mine - unless of course he has a better copy of the image ;) It looked to me as if the undulations above the wagons were a continuation of the gaps under the tree branches. The trees have had most branches removed at a low level. DSC_0204a.jpg Quite happy if I...
by Armchair Modeller
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 855
Views: 62103

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

My query about the train was about the train classification. I thought it looks more mineral than goods. It has a different headcode to the train in the last photo too. I don't know enough about MR headcodes to understand the difference.
by Armchair Modeller
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 855
Views: 62103

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

I wondered the same as I lived near the area for a short while. The only place I could see looking at old maps was looking north, just north of Lea Bridge station where the old Cambridge main line ran in parallel with the 2 tracks to the Lea Bridge Curve and Chingford. If you squint you can just abo...
by Armchair Modeller
Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 855
Views: 62103

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Le Corbusier wrote:You will have to bear with me on this .... is WTT the working time table? If so is it this?

1902 timetables.pdf


Yes.

The Appendix to the WTT is probably a separate document.
by Armchair Modeller
Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 855
Views: 62103

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

As Noel said, a regular shunting engine would be shown in the WTT. It would have to come from Rowsley or Buxton, probably daily (Sundays excepted). More likely, a local goods would spend time shunting there. The WTT would show if a train spent a lot of time there. The operation of the private siding...
by Armchair Modeller
Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 855
Views: 62103

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Don't forget that horses could be used for shunting. You don't always need a loco.

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