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by Tony Wilkins
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Maindee East for sale
Replies: 9
Views: 460

Re: Maindee East for sale

I would have thought that "Passed" meant reached the reserve price.
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fret Saw Blades
Replies: 13
Views: 644

Re: Fret Saw Blades

As a general rule one should have at least 3 teeth in contact with the material being cut to avoid snagging, so the thinner the material, the finer the blade should be.
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 41
Views: 1591

Re: Catch Points

Hi All. Back to the catch point. I am right in thinking the derailing stock rail has been bent down towards the end? Dave Hi Dave. Highly unlikely. The diverging stock rail (which would be part of a standard switch unit) will be supported on timbers and chairs for its full length and thus will be l...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 3299

Re: Track cleaning

My preference for many years was a glass fiber brush, sold as commutator cleaning brushes, but I ultimately got fed up with the glass splinters. I currently use a 240 grit abrasive block if the grot is really bad followed by a cloth with lighter fluid. I then prefer to use just the cloth and lighter...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Hessle Haven
Replies: 23
Views: 3514

Re: Signals for Hessle Haven

Also exciting is the thought of the pointwork shown in your track diagram!! Are these 6 way crossings!? - I assume no such thing existed but wonder if you have more of your wonderful photos to show the trackwork there? They certainly existed, although I don't know that 6 way crossing is the right d...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 38810

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Julian Roberts wrote: I'm trying to work out if my eye is deceiving me - are some of the E switches curved on both roads?

Hi Julian. I think the answer is yes as they are all curved. That is why I had to use E switches as these were the shortest I could get away with for the minimum curvature I wanted.
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 38810

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

As a matter of interest, how many tie bars/stretchers does a set of E switches have and how many functional ones do you intend to fit? Dave. Hi Dave. An prototype E switch has 3 stretcher bars, I am hoping to get away with 2 spaced slightly further apart. For the record A, B & C switches have 2...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 38810

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Following on from my previous post, these sections of track have now been done, so here are some more pictures. The E-16 turnout was the first thing to be finished. DSCF0852.jpg Here is a closeup of the switch unit complete with 20 slide chairs. Nice, but a lot of work. DSCF0853.jpg The next board t...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 61
Views: 4881

Re: Joggled Stockrails

Surely the switch blades are not going to bear the whole weight of the wheel until the switch blade is wider than the wheel tread? Allan F Hi Alan. The wheel tread must always be wider than a rail thickness. The point at which the switch blade will bear all of the weight will obviously vary with th...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 38810

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Another month passes. There has not been much progress with the baseboards as I have been concentrating on building the next sections of track, much of it pointwork, which I had been reluctant to make until I had resolved the baseboard issues described in my previous post. I had 12 items of pointwor...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed May 29, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 61
Views: 4881

Re: Joggled Stockrails

Hi Julian. Don't get Straight cut and Straight switches confused. It took me a while to appreciate the difference. Straight switches can be either undercut or straight cut, but only straight cut are used with a joggle. Undercut switches are used with a set. As Martin has already explained, the gaugi...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun May 26, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 61
Views: 4881

Re: Joggled Stockrails/undercut blade considerations

I'm extremely grateful, Martin and Tony, for your responses to my questions on this thread. To me you are the ultimate authorities on track matters. I see no paradox if there is a minute subtle disagreement between you, on the height of the undercut blade at its tip. So I'm writing this simply to p...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu May 23, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 61
Views: 4881

Re: Joggled Stockrails

I had some experience of this many years since, with Heckmondwike, wagons began to derail mysteriously. On examination there was very little flange showing above a thick layer of crud. The finer your flanges the more susceptible they are to this. It is not just on switch blades either. Slightly misa...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed May 22, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 61
Views: 4881

Re: Joggled Stockrails

This is what Tony Wilkins wrote on the related thread. He is saying exactly the same as you, except what I've italicised clarifies the aspect that seems critical to me. Here is a diagram of an undercut switch showing the section at the toe or tip of the blade. Obviously we cannot hope to produce su...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed May 22, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 115
Views: 17968

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

I have followed that in the past to make such a turnout. I haven't found a similar description of how to make a straightcut switch for joggled pointwork. From your reply earlier today I get the impression it's not much different. However I found in making the undercut style that 0.2mm at the runnin...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu May 02, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 38810

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Thankfully for me {I hope anyway} my layout is basically single line {ish}. I've also decided not to have board joint breaks in the rail now and build continuously across all joints. I don't plan on moving my layout {unless the wife kicks me out} so will have joints in the underlay etc but not the ...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed May 01, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 38810

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Serjt-Dave wrote:ME! Not paying attention? Sorry what are we talking about? LOL.

Thanks Tony, will give it ago. I'm getting tantalizing close to laying my first bit of track.

All Best

Dave

You'll only learn by trying.
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Wed May 01, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 38810

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Just one question. I know you've probably have already said but what do you stick your underlay and track down with please. All Best Dave Clearly, someone hasn't been paying attention. The cork is stuck to the baseboard with a 'cheap' PVA wood glue. Mine was actually a mix of two, one thick and one...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 38810

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Thanks Mark. This is the result when fixed down and adjusted DSCF0830.jpg and the rest of the next board. The two sections of track to the left were joined to the tracks on the right, but are too short, as are most of the others. DSCF0831.jpg Several problems are apparent with this baseboard. The re...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 38810

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Onwards and upwards, or maybe not as we shall see shortly. One of the reasons for wanting to get the next few baseboards dealt with is that I knew there were potentialy problems with them. This stems from the fact that the last baseboard I constructed ended up somewhat different to that as designed....
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 38810

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I also have a new definition of tedium, cutting 9' sleepers down to 8' 6". Here's a saw trolley, used to cut 9' sleepers down to 8' 6" so that old track panels, once lifted, could fit between the stanchions on a Morris Tracklayer. There's a prototype for everything! Hi James. I have seen ...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 38810

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

If it's in the hidden sidings, why bother? Phil. Because, if you hadn't already noticed, I can be a fussy B****r at times and like to do things a certain way. Tony. So has this fussy B****r made any progress on tie bar design....? We’re, or at least I, am expecting great things from you Tony :) Kin...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 38810

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Phil O wrote:If it's in the hidden sidings, why bother?

Phil.

Because, if you hadn't already noticed, I can be a fussy B****r at times and like to do things a certain way.
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 65
Views: 13762

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Lucky you!
You could hold Scaleforum in there.
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 4315

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

In an earlier post, John mentions the slowness of introducing ATC or AWS. One of the things that stuck me as odd was that the Lee valley line in the 1960s although track circuited, was not then fitted with AWS. The exGE lines electrified at the end of the 1950s were so fitted as part of that scheme ...

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