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by Armchair Modeller
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Advice sought on point rodding routing
Replies: 7
Views: 684

Re: Advice sought on point rodding routing

The 2mm Scale Association's new 'Point Rodding' book explains it all in excellent detail

http://www.2mm.org.uk/products/nms/

Scroll down the page to the bottom.
by Armchair Modeller
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 247
Views: 56679

Re: The Burford Branch

Philip Hall wrote:Martin,

On balance, I prefer the corrected version although the blue content might make it appear slightly ‘cold’.

Philip


A winter's day? ;)

Daylight is much whiter in winter.
by Armchair Modeller
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 247
Views: 56679

Re: The Burford Branch

Readers of this thread may not in fact be able to see any visible difference between the photos taken previously and the four shots I have posted today. Or can they? On my computer there is definitely a yellow tinge. I did a quick correction in Photoshop for comparison. Donnington-Jan-19-(4).JPG Do...
by Armchair Modeller
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 153
Views: 18233

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

I made a few final and very minor adjustments to the track plan this weekend in Templot, such that I am now very happy. The plan was printed out. The sheets for the central scenic board have now been stuck to 2mm MDF using contact adhesive. After a bit of trimming, the montage was placed over the ba...
by Armchair Modeller
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 153
Views: 18233

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

steve howe wrote:For Heaven's sake don't drop the box!!

Steve


Thanks for the concern - the box has a secure lid though, so all should be safe. ;)
by Armchair Modeller
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 153
Views: 18233

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

I have recently fitted the 'shelf' for the narrow gauge fiddle yard

Ulph096.jpg


I have mainly been busy with miniature brass origami, folding all the chairs for the remaining replacement pointwork on Ulpha.

Ulph095.jpg


Ulph094.jpg


Glad that's all over!
by Armchair Modeller
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 2394

Re: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018

Noel wrote:
I have yet to see the completed layout, but it's good to know it's operated in a way that shows what the prototype did. :thumb :thumb


I had always assumed it was a fictitious location. :? Didn't appreciate before that it was a real place.
by Armchair Modeller
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Layout Location
Topic: North Greenwich - minimum space project?
Replies: 11
Views: 1102

Re: North Greenwich - minimum space project?

Britain From Above has several good images post-closure, including this one

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This photo shows some of the atmosphere

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by Armchair Modeller
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Layout Location
Topic: North Greenwich - minimum space project?
Replies: 11
Views: 1102

Re: North Greenwich - minimum space project?

I have thought about this a lot over the years. I have a reasonable amount of info, including a copy of an HMRS article and lots of photos if ever you decide to go ahead. :D :D :D I offer it for general interest, I don't think I've enough life left for yet another 'wouldn't it be nice if....' Might...
by Armchair Modeller
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Layout Location
Topic: North Greenwich - minimum space project?
Replies: 11
Views: 1102

Re: North Greenwich - minimum space project?

I have thought about this a lot over the years. I have a reasonable amount of info, including a copy of an HMRS article and lots of photos if ever you decide to go ahead.
by Armchair Modeller
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 257
Views: 31844

Re: Crab Comet conversion

The arrangement of the Bachmann narrow gauge Baldwin 4-6-0 may be of interest. Whilst it should have a bogie at the front, they have made the rear bogie wheel part of the rigid frame. The front axle is a kind of pony truck - all neatly disguised. It works very well. The front axle has a large degree...
by Armchair Modeller
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 130
Views: 18181

Re: Alpha Mill

Amazing model - well done! :thumb
by Armchair Modeller
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Wakefield Exhibition Nov 16/17/18
Replies: 9
Views: 1817

Re: Wakefield Exhibition Nov 16/17/18

Well done to the P4 layouts (and all the others) at Wakefield today. A really excellent show - well worth making the effort to go and see if you possibly can !
by Armchair Modeller
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 153
Views: 18233

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

Work on Burghmire, my 2mm layout, is now long overdue after a 6 month pause. I plan to wind down work on Ulpha for the time being and make it low priority. I shall finish the back and install the base for the new narrow gauge fiddle yard and probably then work on the new standard gauge pointwork ove...
by Armchair Modeller
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 5853

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

I remember an article in MRJ some time ago where Jas Milham had an S gauge layout with very tight radius curves. He got around the problem of a loco with a very long wheelbase (J17?) by articulating the chassis i.e. so that part of the frames pivoted. Unfortunately, I have no idea which edition it w...
by Armchair Modeller
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 932
Views: 104251

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

I fear you may be grossly overthinking this one, Tim ;) You have a few nice photos of goods trains. Why not just model those? In any case, you are likely to build up your stock over a long period of time so what is available, what you fancy building etc. may come into play. Truth is, no one can real...
by Armchair Modeller
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 153
Views: 18233

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

Good to see the trestles were removed OK. I'm still trying to figure out where the short siding will go from the 3 way, the photos show it falling over the cliff.......... :? .... Will obviously become clear as you progress........ R Glad you are confident about that, Rob. You are one step ahead of...
by Armchair Modeller
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 153
Views: 18233

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

I removed the back of the quarry baseboard this afternoon. Nothing too dangerous, as the large hunk of blockboard that provides the standard gauge trackbed holds everything rigid. The reason for the removal is twofold. Firstly, I need to replace it with a curved back to match the other two boards. S...
by Armchair Modeller
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 153
Views: 18233

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

Work has begun on the remaining two boards, to relay all the track on the narrow and standard gauges. Until I have new track, these boards are technically non-functional. The first stage for the standard gauge work has been to carefully remove the trestle. I have now done this, thankfully with no re...
by Armchair Modeller
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 5853

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Dinghams and DGs are different. DGs have their own built-in buffing plates. You also normally have a loop on all couplers, whereas Dinghams have a loop one end of the stock and a hook the other. To prevent buffer locking with DGs you adjust how far they come out from the end of the vehicle. There sh...
by Armchair Modeller
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 5853

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Of course, there's always N gauge ;)
by Armchair Modeller
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 153
Views: 18233

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: 153
Views: 18233

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: 153
Views: 18233

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: 9
Views: 1817

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.

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