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by Tony Wilkins
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hello Tony, There must be room for a tremendous amount of stock in those sidings. Colin Well, yes. Even though the Lea Valley line is / was a secondary main line, it still carried a lot of traffic over a 24 hour period. A lot of the freight traffic was carried overnight. I have fond teenage memorie...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Example prototype ride over VERY uneven track
Replies: 8
Views: 640

Re: Example prototype ride over VERY uneven track

There are some things that as a modeller we wouldn't dare!
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

The proof of this was well and truly put to the test after I discovered that the scissors crossover was misaligned and needed to be shifted to meet the end of the adjoining curves Probably a bit of encouragement to those with less experience that we all make mistakes at times regardless of how much...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hello Tony, Track laying on an industrial scale by the looks of it. Colin Hi Colin. It certainly feels like it at times, but is probably the only approach to such a challenge, hence my comment about getting a feel for what it must have been like to work in a real P way yard. Now that I have just st...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Looking back at my recent postings, I realise that it has been a while since I posted much about the storage yard sidings, so this may be something of a Christmas special edition. There has been steady progress and mention of my approach to the plain track panels is, I suppose, a fundamental part of...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

To bring this topic back down to earth with a thud, I would like to discuss plain track and how it relates to this layout. The standard track panels in my era were 60ft, which equates to 240mm in 4mm scale. This doesn't always coincide well with our chosen baseboard lengths. In my case the scenic ba...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Thank you for the detailed explanations of your track laying approach. It both very readable, clearly thought out and educative. And I must say getting very exciting. I’ve been reading your story now for quite a while and I’ve been finding myself going back to see the progress often. To witness thi...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Terry. Reminds me of the time when my Father wanted to silver solder a nut to a bolt for a job he was doing. We got some house bricks to form a work surface and back shield whilst cooking them up to temperature with a blow lamp. As the components reached a dull red, there was a loud bang and the ...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I know some of you are curious about the lead weights and I have briefly explained a bit about them under the NAG area group section. Many years ago. I used to cycle quite a lot. I noticed the balance weights from car wheels in the road occasionally and decided to stop and began collecting them. I a...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

You're a true master Tony! Thank you for your answer. Hi Julian. I don't know about that, but thanks anyway. My methods have just evolved over time and I devised the pin method to cope with Templot printouts although it appears I have reinvented the wheel, again. Can I clarify - you make two Templo...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I suppose I had better explain my track laying regime. There are at least two basic approaches these day. With functional chairs it is common to stick the templates down where the trackwork is wanted and build in situ. With Ply and Rivet construction it is customary to construct trackwork off site a...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

There are quite a few topics to reply to, some of which will be answered as I go along. To pick up the comments re rubbish. There was certainly less of it about in the distant past, but by the sixties things had begun to deteriorate. At the risk of sidetracking my own thread, Coke cans weren't aroun...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Colouring Sleepers
Replies: 24
Views: 1684

Re: Colouring Sleepers

I have been using an old stock of Coltron spirit base wood dye. One part Jacobean dark oak and 2 parts walnut if I remember correctly. It is a long time since I mixed it for Green Street. Rather than dip the sleepers / timbers into a tray for a good soak, after the track was built, I have resorted t...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi all. I go away for a weekend (I have been at Pendon museum with Bodmin NLG) and my thread gets taken over. I wanted to show where I had got too with the project and was expecting to be asked how I achieved it. This is I will cover shortly with illustrations, but essentially as per Martin's method...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: Progress Day 22nd November 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 803

Re: Progress Day 22nd November 2018

Now there’s an idea, I could do with some more lead weights! But seriously, they were made by me years ago from various scrap lead collected from several sources, old lead pipe and lost car wheel balance weights amongst others. Can't use them today as they are now made from Zinc. Another victory for...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Thanks for the suggestion Howard.
I'll check it out.
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Whatever I do needs to be reasonably easy to fit as there are some 82 switch pairs to operate in total. :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :? Hi Tim. I know! Everything about this project is vast. The storage sidings alone contain over four scale miles of track and a complete circuit will be approxima...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Steve. Thanks for the info. A photo or two would be useful i'm sure. One of the (several) reasons I chose Cobalts in preference to Tortoises was due to the 4" depth of my baseboard frames. My original scheme had been to mount the point motors near the edge of the baseboards with linkages to ...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: Progress Day 22nd November 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 803

Re: Progress Day 22nd November 2018

Certain similarities may be noticed in the track laying techniques to those in my Brimsdown thread except that I ballast as I go.
Tony W.
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Tony, I notice your pointwork has no stretcher bars fitted. I always try to fit these before laying. Please can you tell us what type you will be fitting and how it is done? Very impressed with what you are achieving. Regards, Tony. Thanks Tony. Ah, the perennial, but inevitable, question about ...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Serjt-Dave wrote:
Looking at your images, I notice a stack of made up track panels. Are you laying your plain track in panels even in the fiddle yard?

All Best

Dave

Hi Dave.
The short answer is yes. The reason in a word, expansion. The long answer will follow in due course.
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

For those of you who are getting withdrawal symptoms, I thought I had better post an update as it has been a while. Having finally assembled a complete circuit of baseboards it was a bit of a pain to have to dismantle large chunks of it, but needs must, as baseboards need to be moved around for acce...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 50
Views: 4661

Re: Chairs and Rail

There was a quality control issue with part of the 2013 batch which exhibited a significant twist along the length of each metre or curvature in the vertical plane. My understanding is that it was due to a tensioning issue as the wire was drawn. Once identified it was extracted and either returned ...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 23000

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

After the recent break for several reasons, I have began to make progress again. There has been some sorting out achieved although this is still ongoing. Further sanding of baseboard tops to improve levels has been done. The main focus now is on fitting the layer of cork to the storage siding boards...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 153
Views: 13023

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

Hi Richard. Yes, it was a good evening. I was on the train towards the front outbound. I spent a pleasant day wearing my other hat in the Derby Lightweight power car sat in platform 1 at Wirksworth station for the weekend. Shame I missed you. Today by comparison was wet and cold with rather less int...

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