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by John Palmer
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 31
Views: 1180

Re: Track Laying

A litre bottle of MEK was going to be a good deal at price less than £10.00, I thought. Meet most of my plastic welding requirements till I turn up my toes, I thought. Well, I dare say it is entirely satisfactory for welding plastic chairs to ply sleepers, and I am glad that some have obviously foun...
by John Palmer
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Operations on the Lickey
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: Operations on the Lickey

But what about the sequence at 17:22 showing a Nine backing down the incline wrong road - was that a regular feature of the incline's working to maximise line occupation? Does it not mention that the down road was under possession and make a comment about the huge loss in line capacity as a result?...
by John Palmer
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Operations on the Lickey
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: Operations on the Lickey

Apparently they could follow trains down as long as they could see them. Plainly visible at 17:20 in the Age of Steam film: a 94XX following a freight down the incline at a distance of not much more than 100-200 yards. Well, that's all right, like a form of permissive block working. But what about ...
by John Palmer
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 72
Views: 4980

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I try, not always successfully, to remember to take my Society name badge with me to events such as Scalefour North, and indeed I think there's a picture of it in one of the retrospectives. It is so old that it's in black and white and thus pre-dates the Society's 'blue' corporate image, but it shou...
by John Palmer
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 30
Views: 1203

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

... My sources were Michael A Vanns' Ian Allan ABC "Signalling in the Age of Steam" and http://www.railsigns.uk/sect2page6/sect2page6.html , both of which agree on 1925. Neither is a primary source obviously, and it is possible that they are not independent, either, but this was sufficien...
by John Palmer
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 30
Views: 1203

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

The use of yellow for conditional ground signals [and distants] dates from the MoT 1925 requirements Noel, are you able to clarify this reference, please? I note that reference is made to such use of yellow in the MoT's 1928 document "Requirements for Passenger Lines" etc, but this seems ...
by John Palmer
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 30
Views: 1203

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

It's outside my own particular area of interest, but is the layout typical for the GNR? It appears to be a small station so is the (running) loop for the goods yard normal? Instead of the 2 crossovers at the left hand end I would have expected a trailing connection from the lower main line with a s...
by John Palmer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 53
Views: 9434

Re: Cheddar

Although you should now take anything I say with the full salt cellar, I would be wary of the ABS42 product, as to me that looks like ordinary pantiles. ABS33, on the other hand, seems to resemble much more closely the Tasma Products item used on Burnham. Of some additional interest is the product s...
by John Palmer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 53
Views: 9434

Re: Cheddar

With much trepidation in view of the sins acknowledged in my previous post I'll make a further suggestion, namely to take a look at Slaters Old Dutch Pantile (part no. 0311) - the only item in what Slaters describe as their European Moulded Plastikard range. I can find no good picture of these on th...
by John Palmer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 53
Views: 9434

Re: Cheddar

Paul, I am very sorry to have provided information about a product that is unfit for your intended purpose. I did so in the misguided belief that the various retailers of the double roman tile sheets must be re-badging an imported product all manufactured in the same mould. I must admit that when I ...
by John Palmer
Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2018 Retrospective
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Re: Scaleforum 2018 Retrospective

These are Alan Goodwillie's 'Wemyss', part of the West of Scotland exhibit. See the retrospective for Scalefour North 2018 . Quite correct. Love Alan's work on the Wemyss system, but these three are definitely interlopers in the Burnham section, an eventuality that obviously I must have anticipated...
by John Palmer
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Hessle Haven
Replies: 23
Views: 3216

Re: Signals for Hessle Haven

Now that I've looked more closely at the photograph of the West Parade signals I see that the 'subs' do indeed have a stumpier version of the M&H pinnacle. I've just completed CAD drawings of the elevations for the hotel to be represented at the western end of our Burnham layout. Whilst I'm quit...
by John Palmer
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 2946

Re: Track cleaning

As requested...
MRH Track Cleaning Article.pdf
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by John Palmer
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 2946

Re: Track cleaning

Interesting article. One of the problems I have with USA texts is the difference between their nomenclature and ours. If the article is correct then the optimal cleaning fluid is kerosene, as it is known in the USA. However, this may be better known in the UK as paraffin, and although the two substa...
by John Palmer
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Hessle Haven
Replies: 23
Views: 3216

Re: Signals for Hessle Haven

I wonder whether the line diagram Mike has posted may be a bit misleading as to the complexity of the crossings. The diagram seems more concerned with structures than with track, and when I magnify the West Parade picture I see nothing other than conventional diamonds. Although it's qualified as bei...
by John Palmer
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Highbridge Wharf
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: Highbridge Wharf

Paul, this is a splendid development and I look forward to learning more about it the July edition of the News. The way in which you have managed to capture the essential features of the track layout at the east end of the Wharf is particularly impressive. However ;) , there's a mistake with the sig...
by John Palmer
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 95
Views: 14838

Re: Resistance Soldering

With a combined spring and axlebox, try soldering just the axlebox. I think you may find this sufficient. That was rather the way my thoughts were going. I assume that tinning of the white metal component is essential in order to get a satisfactory joint. Fortunately I have a temp. controlled Hakko...
by John Palmer
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?
Replies: 23
Views: 1436

Re: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?

Thanks, David. I would have thought that a slot drill might have been better for this application, given that a plunge cut is going to be required before you can start milling out the slot. I see that a suitable slot drill is also available from Drill Services at the same price. This leads on to the...
by John Palmer
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 95
Views: 14838

Re: Resistance Soldering

Of particular interest because I am approaching the point where I have to attach the combined axlebox and spring castings to four very elderly etched SR bogies. This is a very neat piece of work, David, but the prospect of tinning those castings is one that fills me with dread - how did you go about...
by John Palmer
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?
Replies: 23
Views: 1436

Re: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?

I hope the problem does not lead to discouragement, as the photo above reveals neat and careful work. I strongly agree with this. I recall there being a number of posts to this forum about the variations encountered in pinpoint bearing depth. An overdeep boring of the pinpoint and/or an axle less t...
by John Palmer
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 53
Views: 9434

Re: Cheddar

Paul, try https://www.aliexpress.com/i/32891296599.html?spm=2114.12057483.0.0.67632726jlGIFZ . Our (Burnham layout's) principal source of supply for these sheets was Penduke Models, but their website no longer carries this item. I reckon some factory in China is knocking them out and that a variety ...
by John Palmer
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 53
Views: 9434

Re: Cheddar

Excellent; glad to see the double roman roofing has turned out so well! No modeller of Somerset buildings should be without them... On a roof of that length I expect you needed to splice together at least two sheets, but I can't detect any trace of it - a lovely neat job. My own practice is to chamf...
by John Palmer
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?
Replies: 23
Views: 1436

Re: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?

As a result, I had to space them off the Bedford bearing carriers with washers to achieve the correct ‘back-to-back’. However, this leaves an insufficient length of bearing protruding on the outer face to guide the carrier neatly in its slot. The axles therefore have too much lateral freedom (as vi...
by John Palmer
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: Why the big windows?
Replies: 23
Views: 2555

Re: Why the big windows?

That was some DMU journey. GER East Anglia to Wales? via the North Eastern. Were they McKenzie and Holland signals at the end? The gents at 7:00 are consulting their map in an attempt to fathom how they have been magically transported from East Anglia to Wetheral on the Newcastle & Carlisle Rai...
by John Palmer
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Derby 2019 MRE
Replies: 4
Views: 791

Re: Derby 2019 MRE

The buildings on Sidmouth are an inspiration. I like particularly that Edwardian semi, which nicely illustrates what, for me, is one of the attractions of modelling a real prototype rather than a freelance design: you have to find ways of representing what was there , whatever the challenges of doin...

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