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by John Palmer
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: MR 1P 0-4-4T detailing
Replies: 16
Views: 2269

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: 287
Views: 39387

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: 173
Views: 14884

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: 167
Views: 23899

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...
by John Palmer
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 173
Views: 14884

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I shall have to see whether better times are attainable via the Berks & Hants, Alternatively perhaps someone coming by car can provide a lift. Worth asking around or on here. :) Thanks for the suggestion, Terry, which quickly prompted the offer of such a lift from one generous spirit. Fortunate...
by John Palmer
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 24
Views: 2056

Re: None specific model products

Shellac, it appears, is a resinous secretion of the lac insect that can still be purchased in flake form but is probably more often found nowadays in liquid form as a sanding sealer. Gordon Gravett recommended it for sealing card used to form road surfaces, and I've used it to good effect in that ro...
by John Palmer
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 173
Views: 14884

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I suspect the latter of your two options for the tunnel, but I'm not sure. Thanks Rod. Yes, I too thought that was the more likely option. The topography here on the model is a bit of a compromise because we had to slew the yard sidings a bit nearer the main line to avoid having unmanageably wide b...
by John Palmer
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 173
Views: 14884

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Having the platforms pass through the tunnel is an unusual and interesting feature of Balcombe. Was the tunnel formed by 'cut and cover' or was the flank of the hill left in place to provide a route for the road over the railway? It's somewhat reminiscent of the 'Long Arch' at Midford where a minor ...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 24
Views: 2056

Re: None specific model products

Bought a litre of mek on Amazon for about the same price as a bottle from Slaters. Should last a while. Andrew, may be worth taking into account the cautionary tale I posted at https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=6459&p=68764#p68764 . There may well be situations and materi...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 167
Views: 23899

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

Back to the book, I see there is no date of publication, but it was produced in LNER days and I would not want to reproduce a PDF of the chapter here unless I was sure we were no longer within the copy write period-not sure how long that is. It is at least 70 years since the publication was first p...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 167
Views: 23899

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

For information about telegraph poles and their fittings there's much useful information in 'Railway Signalling and Telecommunications', with similar information in the instructions that accompany the Masokits kit of poles and their fittings. Even so I found that wasn't enough to cover all the varia...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: A source of very fine sand
Replies: 11
Views: 940

Re: A source of very fine sand

Would talcum powder or similar be too fine?
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: MarkS
Topic: 1P 0-4-4T chassis by Rumney
Replies: 40
Views: 8862

Re: 1P 0-4-4T chassis by Rumney

Really good work to have accomplished those changes without upsetting all the previous, equally good work on the painting and lining - congratulations! The first thing that caught my eye was the dramatic improvement of those tank fillers. I've just discovered that my 2228 class engine's failure at S...
by John Palmer
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 167
Views: 23899

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

Lovely stuff, Allan, please keep it coming. Particularly good to see the attention paid to things like the pole route and electricity supply apparatus. The arrangement for tensioning the pylon stays is quite intriguing.
by John Palmer
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Berry Wiggins tank wagon movements
Replies: 11
Views: 1154

Re: Berry Wiggins tank wagon movements

Yes, a route via Hither Green looks eminently feasible; fork left rather than right at Dartford, and the route via Nunhead can be regained at Lewisham. The only reason I plumped for Newton Abbot rather than Swindon was that the photograph triggered a fading memory of a walk round Hackney Yard in the...
by John Palmer
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Berry Wiggins tank wagon movements
Replies: 11
Views: 1154

Re: Berry Wiggins tank wagon movements

The South Eastern line between Reading and Tonbridge was (is!) very useful and was my route of choice for visits to Scaleforum at Leatherhead. However, having just taken a look at the pictures of BW tanks on Paul Bartlett's website, I am struck by the number of photographs of these tanks that were t...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Berry Wiggins tank wagon movements
Replies: 11
Views: 1154

Re: Berry Wiggins tank wagon movements

A quick trawl through my collection of wagon photographs taken in the second half of the 1960s has revealed three shots that include Berry Wiggins tanks. Berry Wiggins 1.jpg This was taken primarily for the Lowmac in the foreground; the raft of 4 BW tanks behind just happened to be there. I was drea...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Another cattle wagon query
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Re: Another cattle wagon query

Steve Banks' website contains quite a lot of material on cattle traffic and may be worth a look. In particular, at https://www.steve-banks.org/banbury/270-banbury-merton-street-station there is a shot looking along the platform with a lengthy rake of cattle wagons on the left, of which the nearest l...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Re-armed signals
Replies: 1
Views: 626

Re: Re-armed signals

I have no knowledge of LNER practice specifically, but in general yes, you are correct in thinking that a new casting would be bolted to a wooden post when refitting it with an upper quadrant arm. The new casting would act as a combined mounting for the arm pivot and the lamp. Conventionally the cas...
by John Palmer
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought
Replies: 24
Views: 1414

Re: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought

An address for Rocar can be found in http://www.clag.org.uk/russ/supplier.html. The original intended terminus of the West Highland Extension.
by John Palmer
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 41
Views: 1964

Re: Catch Points

I noted Gordon's reply to my query about nos. 7 & 8, but am inclined to discount it, as it still seems an unnecessary duplication to me. So, on the above assumption, is 7 the signal to permit direct access to the bay? It appears from your comments about clearing points that 4 [which must read t...
by John Palmer
Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 41
Views: 1964

Re: Catch Points

Wow, Dave, what a fascinating pair of photographs! So much of interest to be noted from them. My surmise that the traps were all single tongued is partly borne out by the one visible on the Bridgwater Siding, so now you only need to find a picture showing the Down siding trap – ideally one that also...
by John Palmer
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: MR Cattle Wagon
Replies: 8
Views: 916

Re: MR Cattle Wagon

Another possible sighting in "Railways in Northumberland" by Alan Young, pub. Martin Bairstow, ISBN 1 871944 26. At page 86 is a photograph of a J21 on a Rothbury excursion at Reedsmouth Jc. On the extreme left of the shot is the right hand 'panel' of what may well be one of the M.R. cattl...
by John Palmer
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 41
Views: 1964

Re: Catch Points

Anyway getting back to the question in hand. ... Andrew. You mention about trains being able to depart from the Down platform in the Up direction. Passenger trains from the Bridgwater Branch would arrive into the Down platform then the loco would run round it's train {ECS} then shunt back {either d...
by John Palmer
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 41
Views: 1964

Re: Catch Points

Reference to Chris' article indicates that for a time 16 and 26 points were fitted with/worked by Black's Economical FPLs, and I suggest that the symbology of the 1948 diagram may reflect this so far as 26 points are concerned. I can't find this anywhere in the article. The Black's design was a Mid...

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