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by chris_mccarthy
Wed May 29, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Electrically operated prototype turntables
Replies: 16
Views: 2096

Re: Electrically operated prototype turntables

Hi Phil, Our “closely based on” prototype, but not intended to be an absolutely exact reproduction, is Ewer Street in Southwark. This has been said in our pretty extensive searchings over several years to be electric but the very, very limited available photos and narrative comments in various sourc...
by chris_mccarthy
Tue May 28, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Electrically operated prototype turntables
Replies: 16
Views: 2096

Re: Electrically operated prototype turntables

Many thanks, Keith and Noel.Very helpful. I did Google quite extensively with a range of search strings but for some reason none of these materials came up; strange. The Crossrail document is a veritable goldmine of info and photos of how the t/t was built and operated. I’ve not seen a better source...
by chris_mccarthy
Mon May 27, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Electrically operated prototype turntables
Replies: 16
Views: 2096

Electrically operated prototype turntables

We are building a well-type turntable model for our group layout where we know that the prototype was electrically powered. No photo or info for that aspect of our prototype has emerged. Despite looking pretty hard we are surprised that we have not been able to find a photo or info on ANY electrical...
by chris_mccarthy
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Lemaitre chimney for SR Q-class 0-6-0?
Replies: 4
Views: 1670

Re: Lemaitre chimney for SR Q-class 0-6-0?

Thanks very much, Richard, for spotting such an old request.
I did in fact manage to get a white metal one from SEF and also a turned brass one was given to me but I don’t know the origin. Might well have been the PDK one you mention.
Again my thanks for following up,
Kind regards,
Chris
by chris_mccarthy
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Superb colour loco pictures from the 60s
Replies: 11
Views: 2414

Re: Superb colour loco pictures from the 60s

I have the clearest possible recollection of a very dirty green liveried 57xx Pannier tank at Kensington Olympia in what must have been the early'60s with the full "Great Western" lettering on its tanks. Likewise in the same period a black, not just dirty green because I gave it a rub to c...
by chris_mccarthy
Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: ZTC 215 decider - its this suitable for regular DCC use?
Replies: 1
Views: 894

ZTC 215 decider - its this suitable for regular DCC use?

I have picked up a rather old secondhand P4 loco which has a ZTC 215 decoder installed. Does anyone know whether this decoder is suitable for use on "regular" DCC control systems? My system is Lenz and my locos are a mixed bag of DCC decoders from many sources, all of which work just fine ...
by chris_mccarthy
Sun Dec 25, 2016 6:38 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Peckett saddle tank
Replies: 30
Views: 6753

Hornby Peckett saddle tank

Did anyone get one of these delightful models from Santa and have any thoughts about the ease or otherwise of conversion to P4? I have one coming in a few days time so it would be nice to have early advice. In "another place" there is a short thread about them with some useful photos, moto...
by chris_mccarthy
Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Sludge wagons ex-loco tender
Replies: 6
Views: 1893

Sludge wagons ex-loco tender

Can anyone help with a photo, drawing, reference or whatever showing, especially, the TOP of a sludge wagon converted from a loco tender? My model will be based on an ex SR (exSECR) type but since ex-tenders seemed to be adapted/converted fairly randomly at many works and places across the country i...
by chris_mccarthy
Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Lemaitre chimney for SR Q-class 0-6-0?
Replies: 4
Views: 1670

Lemaitre chimney for SR Q-class 0-6-0?

Does anyone know, please, where I can get a Lemaitre chimney of a size suitable for a SR Q class 0-6-0? A few suppliers have the larger sized version for a Lord Nelson but I can't track down one suitable for a Q class. Craftsman kits used to make one for a King Arthur (which would at least have been...
by chris_mccarthy
Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: White metal wagons
Replies: 10
Views: 3642

Re: White metal wagons

I seem to recall it is a K's kit from way back. I have several made up. Note that they tended to have 3ft (ie 12mm in our terms) Mansell wooden centred wheels rather than spoked or other disc type. I don't know if some got spoked sets in later years They seemed to last quite a long time and I have s...
by chris_mccarthy
Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2014
Replies: 197
Views: 41554

Re: Scaleforum 2014

Thanks, Terry. FWIW, I feel it essential to have a direct transport link to this venue, which is relatively awkward otherwise to reach by public transport. Scaleforum is our flagship event and people who rely on public transport would be somewhat disenfranchised, not to say less inclined to attend, ...
by chris_mccarthy
Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:09 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2014
Replies: 197
Views: 41554

Re: Scaleforum 2014 - shuttle buses

Sorry if I've missed this in a thread somewhere but will there be shuttle buses from/to Aylesbury Sation this year - and if so to what timetable, please?

Thanks very much,

Chris McCarthy
by chris_mccarthy
Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spray Booth Article
Replies: 7
Views: 4262

Re: Spray Booth Article

Doug - can't honestly think of any change I would make to the original design. Nothing strikes me. It just plods away when needed (not all that often in my case, as I don't do a great deal of spraying) and I scarcely give its design a thought. This suggests that I intuitively find it fit-for purpose...
by chris_mccarthy
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:03 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spray Booth Article
Replies: 7
Views: 4262

Re: Spray Booth Article

As it was me that made the item and wrote the article you may want to know that it has performed perfectly ever since and proved very satisfactory to my way of thinking.

Saying that, and by the laws of such things, I expect it will now break down....!

Chris McCarthy
by chris_mccarthy
Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum I have known
Replies: 94
Views: 32400

Re: Scaleforum I have known

Fortunately, I seemed to have missed being photographed in those early pictures but, as others who were there have remarked, these photos do capture the atmosphere remarkably well and the memory floods back.... Hmmm.... As I vividly recall, we committee of the day decided to start membership at 1000...
by chris_mccarthy
Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Zeus tables
Replies: 3
Views: 4152

Re: Zeus tables

This is a most useful reference - I have had the original 1976 edition since it was new and use it frequently on my model workbench. The on-screen pdf version will be handy, too, so thanks for the link.

Chris
by chris_mccarthy
Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Buffers for SR utility vans/CCTs?
Replies: 4
Views: 2196

Re: Buffers for SR utility vans/CCTs?

Thanks, chaps, for the info. Dave Franks' buffers have now been ordered!

Chris
by chris_mccarthy
Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:01 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Buffers for SR utility vans/CCTs?
Replies: 4
Views: 2196

Buffers for SR utility vans/CCTs?

I have a batch of various Parkside (and even a Dapol!) 4-wheel SR utility vans/CCTs to convert or make up soon. But does anyone know if correct buffers are available and from where - preferable spung but even if not? I have Googled and looked at various forums (but RMWeb is down at present), all to ...
by chris_mccarthy
Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Kernow Beattie Well Tank to P4?
Replies: 16
Views: 5683

Re: Kernow Beattie Well Tank to P4?

Thanks for the description, Paul. I haven't yet received mine (coming any moment, I'm told) but a friend has so we have been musing about the drive train issue as he, too, has dismantled it. His inclination is to junk the rear axle gear (thereby making the motor drive only to the front axle), carve ...
by chris_mccarthy
Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:27 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Flangeless centre drivers in short w/b 0-6-0T - any issues?
Replies: 3
Views: 1827

Re: Flangeless centre drivers in short w/b 0-6-0T - any issu

Minimum target track radius for this loco is about 2ft 9ins.

The loco's prototype wheelbase is 10ft 3ins overall, with equally spaced axles.

Chris
by chris_mccarthy
Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Flangeless centre drivers in short w/b 0-6-0T - any issues?
Replies: 3
Views: 1827

Flangeless centre drivers in short w/b 0-6-0T - any issues?

I have just realised that the prototype for a short wheelbase industrial 0-6-0T on my "to do" list has flangeless centre drivers. Any advice on this for P4, please? I'm inclined towards CSBs for this chassis but am not wedded to that solution if they cause problems with this configuration....
by chris_mccarthy
Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Kernow Beattie Well Tank to P4?
Replies: 16
Views: 5683

Kernow Beattie Well Tank to P4?

The first batch of Beattie Well Tanks has been delivered to Kernow customers but I have seen no references or comments as yet on the prospect of converting them to P4. There are a number of OO ones shown running in forum video clips elsewhere. Does anyone have any P4 experience as yet or know if the...
by chris_mccarthy
Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Dapol/Model Rail Sentinel
Replies: 40
Views: 13032

Re: Dapol/Model Rail Sentinel

it may get in the way of smooth wiper pick-up contact to the back of the tyre. But, don't you use the paint specifically to avoid having wipers? Hmm, this may be a senior moment but on the other hand I can clearly remember that happening - why and under what circs is lost in my mist of time. I wond...
by chris_mccarthy
Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:54 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Dapol/Model Rail Sentinel
Replies: 40
Views: 13032

Re: Dapol/Model Rail Sentinel

I have also used the conductive paint method but find it is most applicable when applied to wheels which are solid metal with plastic insulating axle bushes, such as Brian has used for his conversion. Our "normal" P4 wheels with a metal tyre and moulded centres don't lend themselves well t...
by chris_mccarthy
Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Dapol/Model Rail Sentinel
Replies: 40
Views: 13032

Re: Dapol/Model Rail Sentinel

Cracked it, chaps! Took me just 40 mins, topside, to convert it to P4 once I had worked out the method below. Thanks to Tim and Brian for the inspiration to have a go - and its not even my loco! 1. Remove the body by gently levering it along its sides and it will readily upclip from the whole chassi...

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