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by Barry Davis
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Colouring Sleepers
Replies: 24
Views: 3250

Re: Colouring Sleepers

Hi Jeremy, Many years ago I purchased a litre of Charcoal colour Gold-X Linseed Oil Timber Stain. I have found that for me it gives the right amount of a weathered timber sleeper colour. As brushes clean up with mineral turpentine, the turps can also be used to thin down the colour of the stain on t...
by Barry Davis
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Coach Rake Couplings
Replies: 15
Views: 3054

Re: Coach Rake Couplings

Are your coach sets kept on your track or removed for storage etc? Mine have to be taken on and off tracks and being able to just push coaches together to couple with Kaydees is a great advantage. I don’t worry about pipe work as it’s mostly under the corridor connection and like couplings not very...
by Barry Davis
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 6558

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Have you tried lwb 4-wheel stock such as Tubes or ex-LNER CCTs and SR design CCTs/PMVs on those curves, and, if so, with what outcome, please? Hello Noel, As they say a photo says a thousand words, so today following your suggestion I took photos of a short parcels train travelling round my small r...
by Barry Davis
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Coach Rake Couplings
Replies: 15
Views: 3054

Re: Coach Rake Couplings

Hi All, still ploughing through a 3 car Bullied set that I'm building. But now the time has come to think about the intermediate couplings between the coaches. They will remain as a permanent rake only having working couplings on the extreme ends of the set. I did buy some of David Bradwell's {Box}...
by Barry Davis
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 6558

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

There is another potential issue with bogie coaches [and bogie bolsters, etc possibly]. R-t-r coaches have solebars which are much thicker than the prototype, and the tops of the wheels are normally behind them. In OO this doesn't normally matter, although even then the wheels will eventually foul ...
by Barry Davis
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Working point rodding from DCC Concepts
Replies: 8
Views: 1988

Re: Working point rodding from DCC Concepts

Hi Monty, I can relate to that. My advancing age and family storage under my layout are the main reasons for my decision to now install turnout operations and TOU above (base)board on my layout. I do have one or two turnouts that are quite unacceptable at the moment, but using the DCC Concepts point...
by Barry Davis
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Working point rodding from DCC Concepts
Replies: 8
Views: 1988

Re: Working point rodding from DCC Concepts

What a great idea Martin. I have have been using wire-in-tube and angle cranks to operate turnouts on my layout for years. Even though I worked in the electrical industry for many years, I prefer the simplicity of a wire-tube operating system. To date I have 34 working turnouts and not one is electr...
by Barry Davis
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 78418

Re: Construction of a Test Track

Hello Colin, Nice to see how you layout is progressing. As you know I live in Napier in New Zealand, and our out side temperatures range from approx -2 deg. in winter to + 33 deg. Celsius in summer. When I lay track in the summer I allow an expansion gap of approx .25 to .5 mm and when I lay track i...
by Barry Davis
Thu May 11, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Conductor Rail Supports Kit
Replies: 51
Views: 7642

Re: Conductor Rail Supports Kit

'Southern Way' did a series of articles on conductor rails, and although I didn't see all of them, I was disappointed. I can't recall seeing any references to dimensions. That's correct and thanks for the reminder Russ. They were in SW issues 4,5 and 6. Good for pictures of hook switches and genera...
by Barry Davis
Wed May 10, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Conductor Rail Supports Kit
Replies: 51
Views: 7642

Re: Conductor Rail Supports Kit

Raphael is hiding his light under a bushel re. Southerham. It is now a vast project compared to the original! I have been keeping an eye on the progress here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hardneasy/sets/72157602880309300/detail/ A huge number of CRSs needed indeed... Colin Hi Colin, Wow that is a ...
by Barry Davis
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Conductor Rail Supports Kit
Replies: 51
Views: 7642

Re: Conductor Rail Supports Kit

Hi Barry, The Brighton Belle project sounds interesting to say the least. Rather you than me with all the lining out on that Pullman livery. There are still some Hornby BB motor bogie side frame components (original suspension) available here from Peter's Spares if you wanted them: http://www.peter...
by Barry Davis
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Conductor Rail Supports Kit
Replies: 51
Views: 7642

Re: Conductor Rail Supports Kit

Ah, you are the one doing Barnham in P4. In that case, I would know you as 'Bazza' from your postings on RMweb! You had made some very nice buffer castings for your EMUs, I seem to remember. Regards, Colin Hi Colin, Yep that's me. How are you keeping Colin ? I have taken your advice all those years...
by Barry Davis
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:00 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Conductor Rail Supports Kit
Replies: 51
Views: 7642

Re: Conductor Rail Supports Kit

Hi Barry, Like you, I am coming to the conclusion that SR conductor rail was seldom of the heavier type (cf. Russ Elliot's reply, 14 April) and from the pictures I have taken in the last decade, the lighter weight of rail is very much still in use (photo taken at Newhaven Harbour 11 Decemeber 2011)...
by Barry Davis
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Conductor Rail Supports Kit
Replies: 51
Views: 7642

Re: Conductor Rail Supports Kit

Hi Barry, Getting your own CR supports cast sounds like a good idea and you can then match the castings to the rail section of your choice. .. of course, getting the correct rail section drawn will be a doddle... I am looking forward to seeing the result! Best Wishes, Hi Howard, I was not thinking ...
by Barry Davis
Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Conductor Rail Supports Kit
Replies: 51
Views: 7642

Re: Conductor Rail Supports Kit

Re. the fixing of Scalefour Stores CRSs: perhaps an adhesive such as UHU would be a way of fixing the rail to the assemblies whilst allowing some degree of expansion. Though Peco CRS fixings are disliked by some, the are robust, durable, and cheap! Like JFS, Peco fixings are the type I shall use wh...
by Barry Davis
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Conductor Rail Supports Kit
Replies: 51
Views: 7642

Re: Conductor Rail Supports Kit

It was not my intention to open a can of worms, it was just a general inquiry into the possibility of the society offering 3D printed simplified SR conductor rail chairs. As I require at least 900 SR conductor rail chairs to complete the illusion of a SR model railway layout, I can not justify the c...
by Barry Davis
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Conductor Rail Supports Kit
Replies: 51
Views: 7642

Conductor Rail Supports Kit

Its been many years since the society produced the CRS conductor rail supports kit for LT and SR modelers. But as I modeler of the SR 3 rail system , I can only use half of the insulators supplied in the kit, as the LT 4th rail insulators are of no use to me what so ever. By throwing away half the i...
by Barry Davis
Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Trailing turnouts
Replies: 4
Views: 1258

Re: Trailing turnouts

Hi Keith, It works! I now have 7 fully operational trailing turnouts from my hidden/staging sidings on to my main line. And thanks to your advice, all it took was tweeking the turnout switch blades of the 7 turnouts, 7 lengths of blue coloured cable and seven switches to change the polarity of each ...
by Barry Davis
Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Trailing turnouts
Replies: 4
Views: 1258

Re: Trailing turnouts

Thank you for your suggestion Keith, On the B6 turnouts that I have used on my hidden/stagings sidings, there are 6 sleepers with P slide chairs from the toe of the switch rail to the first sleeper with a B chair where the switch rail is fixed/soldered to this sleeper. So I would think that the B6 t...
by Barry Davis
Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:51 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Trailing turnouts
Replies: 4
Views: 1258

Trailing turnouts

Has anyone any advice or experience with the spring tension required for trailing turnout blades on non-operating trailing turnouts. i.e the blades move as rolling stock vehicle wheels force the blades over. I would think that locomotives and coaching stock would have the necessary weight to force t...
by Barry Davis
Fri May 08, 2015 11:38 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Jigs
Replies: 31
Views: 7774

Re: Track Jigs

But some railways did - see around 4:15 here . And if I want to get it "all right" when it comes to putting my jig-built panels down, who does scale versions of the expansion pieces shown at around 10:25?[/quote] Hi David, I do, but for practical purposes, and not for show. I have two smal...
by Barry Davis
Wed May 06, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Jigs
Replies: 31
Views: 7774

Re: Track Jigs

Hi Nick, I have always used a jig when making lengths of track. From day one, the first thing I did was make a jig for making half metre lengths of curved or straight track, which has stood the test of time as I am still using it some forty years later. The jig has spaces for enough sleepers to make...
by Barry Davis
Tue May 05, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Advice on building diamond crossings
Replies: 18
Views: 4691

Re: Advice on building diamond crossings

What period is the layout Barry? Terry Bendall[/quote] Hi Terry. When I planned my layout it was going to be a modern image Southern Region layout in the early 1960's. I first discovered P4 after reading the then Model Railway Constructor, which made me decide to scrap all my OO ideas and started ag...
by Barry Davis
Tue May 05, 2015 8:16 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Advice on building diamond crossings
Replies: 18
Views: 4691

Re: Advice on building diamond crossings

Google maps shows most of the layout still extant, and the position of the platforms reveals the line across the diamonds as a passenger line anyway so traps not needed. Nice to see the old P4 templates in use after all these years. Regards Keith[/quote] Hi Keith Years ago I purchased most of the or...
by Barry Davis
Fri May 01, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Advice on building diamond crossings
Replies: 18
Views: 4691

Re: Advice on building diamond crossings

Hi Keith, Sorry nothing as grand as Derby. This is the track formation at the west end of Barnham station on the LBSCR's West Coast line from Brighton to Portsmouth. The line crossing it is the double track branch line to Bognor Regis. I can't see any trap points in all the photos that I have accumu...

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