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by John Palmer
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: G.N.R. 32ft Luggage Brake
Replies: 7
Views: 920

Re: G.N.R. 32ft Luggage Brake

May be worth asking HMRS whether they only offer 7mm GNR transfers. Applying a '4mm' scale filter didn't exclude the GNR/ECJS coach insignia sheet from the list, and, whilst the details page gives the price as £21.00 per sheet (!), the list of available sheets says 'Price from £8.20' for this item. ...
by John Palmer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 1777

Re: Non Railway Modelling

The snow and mud in the two AFV dioramas are first class, and exactly illustrate the point I sought to make in the 'Festive Thoughts' thread about cross-fertilisation of ideas and techniques between different areas of modelling interest. I've seen a few layouts that represent winter frosts, but the ...
by John Palmer
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 24
Views: 3874

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

OK, for comparison I have attached a shot of my first ejector, as fabricated without the assistance of the Unimat. Ejector on 43216.jpg You can see that I made fairly liberal use of 14 BA nuts to represent the big pipe unions, but the 'lever' at the top representing the control arm on the steam admi...
by John Palmer
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 24
Views: 3874

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

I'm sorry to have to say that making a reasonable representation of these large ejectors is an exacting and fiddly task, involving the manipulation of tiny pieces of brass that end up with more holes in them than one of those Dutch cheeses. The drawing is of limited help because it fails to capture ...
by John Palmer
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 28
Views: 3695

Re: Turning a chimney

Thanks for the clarification, Jeremy; I thought that must be how you had set the job up. Thin rods like that can flail around alarmingly when rotated at speed - on occasion I have to apply a steadying finger and thumb to a long length of stock I am feeding through the spindle, as otherwise it will w...
by John Palmer
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 102
Views: 29648

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

I think I recall having been taken aback by a photograph showing a gradient post on the Werneth Incline marked 1 in 27. An even more compelling reason not to take a loaded train down that particular hill.
by John Palmer
Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 28
Views: 3695

Re: Turning a chimney

A very useful video and set of pictures. I was very taken with Jeremy's idea, shown in the video, of the setting up tool held in the chuck to ensure that the bar is set at right angles to the centre line of the lathe before the seating is cut. A very simple idea which I shall adopt. Learn something...
by John Palmer
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems
Replies: 9
Views: 1064

Re: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems

Receding childhood memories play me false again - I have no recollection of the extensive Bristol & Exeter C&W works on the southern fringe of Bridgwater, even though I must have passed it many times on the train as a child. It was here that the Bridgwater sub shed must have been located, an...
by John Palmer
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems
Replies: 9
Views: 1064

Re: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems

As a Burnham boy I too have a soft spot for 1338. In addition to working Bridgwater GW yard she also worked Dunball Wharf, a couple of miles to the north, and Bridgwater S&D, gaining access to the latter via the chord line connecting the GW Docks Branch to the S&D station after the rest of t...
by John Palmer
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: SR fence posts
Replies: 14
Views: 1018

Re: SR fence posts

Before seeing this thread I had never been aware that these fencing components had been manufactured in 4mm scale - obviously I never saw the relevant MRJ article! If cast in brass then in principle I would be interested in acquiring a quantity, if the price is right. This thread has prompted me to ...
by John Palmer
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 4069

Re: Catch Points

Putting in a plug here for Percy Parsons' recently-published '50 Years on The Railway' (Pub. Kingfisher Productions) for anyone interested in the Branch (Evercreech Jc to Burnham). Although there's a bit too much in the way of listing names of Percy's work colleagues, there's lots of interesting det...
by John Palmer
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: GWR Mica Diag X2
Replies: 9
Views: 766

Re: GWR Mica Diag X2

Don't know whether your library is more limited than mine, but the 2 volume History of GWR Goods Wagons by Atkins et al has some information. Suggests that representatives of all the X diagrams survived into Nationalisation years, but no more detail than that. Russell's Wagon Plans book seems to con...
by John Palmer
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Valencing
Replies: 1
Views: 322

Re: Valencing

York Model Rail offer what, at first glance, looks like quite a good match for the canopy valance on the Marlborough LL station building - see https://www.yorkmodelrail.com/00-scale/valances/00-scale-valance-101

Hope that helps.
by John Palmer
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: fitting small driving wheels
Replies: 13
Views: 804

Re: fitting small driving wheels

Using a wheel that has a wobbling crankpin sounds to me like a sure recipe for long term frustration. Whilst I dare say the wheel concerned can be corrected and made wobble free, I question whether the time and trouble spent doing so can be justified relative to the alternative of buying a replaceme...
by John Palmer
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 4069

Re: Catch Points

Well, my previous post on this subject turns out to be wrong, as I have now located an online copy of the photograph showing the Down Siding trap. The picture appears in a Facebook thread about David C Bown's book 'The Bridgwater Railway through Bawdrip', and is on page 41 of the book, showing 58072...
by John Palmer
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 4069

Re: Catch Points

Thanks John, that's good to know. Are these images available online at all? All Best Dave No, this was the result of my thumbing through Chris' personal collection of accumulated photographs. A number of them, including the one in which the Down Siding trap can be seen, looked like purchases from t...
by John Palmer
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 4069

Re: Catch Points

A quick supplement to this thread: over the course of the weekend just gone I had the opportunity to look through Chris Longley's set of photographs covering Edington Junction (I think mainly from the Roger Carpenter collection), from which I was able to confirm that the Down Siding was fitted with ...
by John Palmer
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: SHMRC Show Saturday 16th November
Replies: 6
Views: 612

Re: SHMRC Show Saturday 16th November

Looking forward to my annual visit. If you haven't previously attended, this is a one-day show I highly recommend.
by John Palmer
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Buffer Stops
Replies: 7
Views: 854

Re: Buffer Stops

That doesn't look bad, though the nicks made to form the sharp bends will need careful making good. I managed to get acceptable bends in n/s rail without having to nick the rail foot, but had some fractures on the ouside of sharp bends and consequent rejection of some components. Annealing the metal...
by John Palmer
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 4069

Re: Catch Points

Really good to see in the latest pictures in this and your parallel thread on Edington Jc the great progress you are making with the layout. Forgive me for making a nitpicking observation, but the prototype's check rail on 19 points (shown adjacent to the trap protecting the exit from Bridgwater Sid...
by John Palmer
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Buffer Stops
Replies: 7
Views: 854

Re: Buffer Stops

I was going to say that the LSWR design of rail-built stop block was universally used throughout the S&D system, but that isn't quite true as exceptions can be found - e.g. the blocks on the dead end beyond the turntable at Templecombe are of a pattern I've never encountered elsewhere. All the b...
by John Palmer
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: MR 1P 0-4-4T detailing
Replies: 18
Views: 3041

Re: MR 1P 0-4-4T detailing

Pete, the RMWeb thread at https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/134455-craftsman-0-4-4t-lms-1p-kit-build/ includes a reproduction of three pictures of Midland half-cabs which I believe appeared in B. Fesank's series in 'Model Railways' on scratchbuilding one of these. The group includes...
by John Palmer
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 291
Views: 46866

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Your anchor link seems to reach an awkward angle - is the drop link a bit long? As DaveH says it's all about appearance. I agree about the angle of the anchor/union link, but I suggest that the reason may lie in the combination lever either being too short, or its point of attachment to the valve s...
by John Palmer
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 25829

Re: Scaleforum 2019

According to a post on the LNER Forum at https://www.lner.info/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=13375&sid=3a392246ab7115b7f759b8bff1d7aa74 , there will be re-surfacing work on the Wendover Bypass that may well involve the closure of the Bypass on both days of the Scaleforum weekend. For anyone who...
by John Palmer
Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 192
Views: 30984

Re: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie

Lots of good stuff on this thread, with that lovely Glen and now the sleeper infill! Of possible interest is another application of sleepers to form a coal yard stockade, as seen in this photograph: Sleeper stockade.jpg In this case we used wooden strip (not ply) for the sleepers. The imprint of the...

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