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by Tony Wilkins
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 125
Views: 14361

Re: Alpha Mill

Hi Tony.
Perhaps not the correct place, but since you mention it, I would like to thank your group for your hospitality yesterday. Alpha Mill fully lived up to my expectations. Fabulous. I also appreciated the opportunity to give some of my rolling stock an airing.
Many thanks.
Tony (NAG member).
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 503
Views: 82155

Re: Brettell Road

... the NBL class 21s ... its reported that they did appear on the Condor's occasionally (anyone got any pictures of this?) Curious, this. The Cromptons were allocated to Derby and Cricklewood before they were exiled to Barrow, and their replacements on the Condor were Class 24s; the Condor was alw...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 262
Views: 28291

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Just a short update with a few pictures. I have been concentrating on getting as much track built and laid as I can for the moment. Here is the finishing touch for the above board as I have now added the end stops. Basic but functional. DSCF0812.jpg These are just glued to the cork. The holes are fo...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Colin Parks, Scalefour member
Replies: 20
Views: 1578

Re: Colin Parks, Scalefour member

I too would like to add my condolences to everyone else’s.
I did not know Colin personally, but always looked forward to his comments on my contributions, which have been noticeably lacking recently.
All is sadly now explained.
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 262
Views: 28291

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Back to the subject in hand. Further progress has been made with the North end of the Down storage yard to the extent that most of it has now been laid. This includes much curved track and pointwork. At the start of this section, it had been my intention to concentrate on the running lines. The poin...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 262
Views: 28291

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I often find it intriguing how the same old chestnuts arise periodically. One would have thought that someone would have cracked the sound transmission problem by now, but apparently not so. I am not an acoustics engineer, but what I do remember, from my Hi-Fi days is there are two methods of reduci...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: MIDLAND RAILWAY FOOTBRIDGE KIT ON EBAY
Replies: 5
Views: 743

Re: MIDLAND RAILWAY FOOTBRIDGE KIT ON EBAY

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Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 262
Views: 28291

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

And so another month goes by with Christmas in there somewhere. It may be recalled that I stated that one of the baseboards would come back to haunt me. Well the problem with it was the proverbial baseboard sag. I put this particular boards' problem down to the curved extension not giving sufficient...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 262
Views: 28291

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: 822

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: 262
Views: 28291

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: 262
Views: 28291

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: 262
Views: 28291

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: 262
Views: 28291

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: 262
Views: 28291

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: 262
Views: 28291

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: 262
Views: 28291

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: 262
Views: 28291

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: 262
Views: 28291

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: 262
Views: 28291

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: 2340

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: 262
Views: 28291

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: 955

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: 262
Views: 28291

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: 262
Views: 28291

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...

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