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by Highpeak
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 2019 S4 North
Replies: 37
Views: 6566

Re: 2019 S4 North

It was my second visit to S4 North and every bit as enjoyable as the first. I'd like to extend thanks to all who made it happen, and especially Jeremy Suter and his wife for a very warm welcome at the Stores stand and Paul Gittins for very patiently answering my beginner's questions on chassis const...
by Highpeak
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Queensbridge Road Wharf
Replies: 62
Views: 16756

Re: Unnamed Inner City Wharf

If I had known you needed PCB sleepers I could have mailed you some, I have a fair few that are surplus to requirements.

I like the building as a view blocker, and as you said it does add to the scene.
by Highpeak
Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1049
Views: 137251

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

During my recent visit to the Peak District I walked the line from Millers Dale to Bakewell and measured up the dock at Monsal Head. Starting at the Millers Dale end, the height (and these figures are approximations because it is not very easy to determine where exactly the ground level is) is 4'. T...
by Highpeak
Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2017
Replies: 67
Views: 12278

Re: Scalefour North 2017

I think I managed to get just about everything on my list and can look forward to a productive year ahead. There were some additional impulse purchases including a LRM Chopper. I managed to also fill Mr. Dishman's list which will be shipped on to Ohio on my return to the USA. I think though it was e...
by Highpeak
Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2017
Replies: 67
Views: 12278

Re: Scalefour North 2017

Shopping list generation? I've spent most of my spare time the past two weeks planning the next 12 months program of modelling, taking stock of what I have and drawing up a list of what I hope to buy. Since it is probably my only shopping trip for the next year it's a pretty big list :D The list of ...
by Highpeak
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: London Road Models new products
Replies: 7
Views: 2216

Re: London Road Models new products

They all look very good, but there is something about that luggage trolley that is especially appealing. I have no real need for one but I suspect I'll be buying one anyway because it just looks good.
by Highpeak
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rumney Models - New Items Now Here
Replies: 87
Views: 24383

Re: Rumney Models - Wagon Castings, Anchor Mount Tank Wagon Parts & Detailing Bits

I've spent some time in preparation for my visit to the UK coming up with a project list for the Highpeak Wagon Works and came up with 14 projects for the next 12 months, most of which will incorporate some of these offerings, especially the castings. Looking forward to seeing you next weekend. Iain...
by Highpeak
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation
Replies: 467
Views: 64322

Re: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation

nor do W irons appear in any US models I know of. There were these, they are at least a similar concept if not proper W irons: MEC_scaleCar.jpg For the uninitiated, it's a scale test car. It's about the only four wheeled vehicle other than early 4 wheeled bobber cabooses that I can think of in the ...
by Highpeak
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2017
Replies: 67
Views: 12278

Re: Scalefour North 2017 trade

That's an excellent albeit wallet-draining line up of traders, very close to one-stop shopping. I am looking forward to my trip to Wakefield!
by Highpeak
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Screw couplings
Replies: 8
Views: 1976

Re: Screw couplings

I managed to find them in the jumble of part-used etch frets, there are it seems parts to do half a dozen. Rather than try to cut the fret up I'll just mail it to you along with a couple of the pencil leads. Somewhere I have the instructions, I'll scan them later tonight, the rest of the afternoon i...
by Highpeak
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Screw couplings
Replies: 8
Views: 1976

Re: Screw couplings

Gareth, if you want to try the Masokits ones I think I may have some left that I haven't assembled. They look good and go together well (recalling always that they are Masokits products), the reason I decided not to use them is my eyesight just isn't up to using 3 links in an operating session. I'd ...
by Highpeak
Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shallcross Yard
Replies: 13
Views: 3121

Re: Shallcross Yard

> Terry: The scenic board for Shallcross comes in right at your maximum. It's not exactly lightweight but at the moment is wieldy enough to tip it up on edge single-handed. I received Iain Rice's latest work on layout design a couple of days ago (first rate service from Titfield and the combined eff...
by Highpeak
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: A beginner's first essays
Replies: 11
Views: 1938

Re: A beginner's first essays

Zap makes a debonder, from a spot of googling it appears to be mostly acetone, so you could try swabbing it with acetone if the thought of physical removal makes you uneasy. That said, Will L is quite correct, superglues joints are quite brittle.
by Highpeak
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: A beginner's first essays
Replies: 11
Views: 1938

Re: A beginner's first essays

It looks like you jumped in a long way over to the deep end, especially with a kit that doesn't seem to have made life easy and could well have turned lesser souls off for a while if not for good. But you appear to have done very well with it, and the bigger the challenge, the greater the reward of ...
by Highpeak
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shallcross Yard
Replies: 13
Views: 3121

Re: Shallcross Yard

Terry, I think that is extremely good advice, if I do any more Easi-chas conversions the engine will be thoroughly tested prior to even buying the kit! I have a couple of other Bachmann engines that are possible candidates and I put them through their paces on my HO layout, since I don't have an oth...
by Highpeak
Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Correct wire for CSB and chassis springs
Replies: 24
Views: 4574

Re: Correct wire for CSB and chassis springs

>I don't believe there is anything specifically in the form of a seminar on CSBs. I probably didn't word that especially well. I was thinking more if there were people attending on the same day with the same interest in CSBs whether anything could be coordinated to avoid Will having to go over the s...
by Highpeak
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shallcross Yard
Replies: 13
Views: 3121

Re: Shallcross Yard

Progress on the yard has been slower than expected. I had quite a lot of work still to do on the two turnouts before they could be laid and then lost a weekend due to going to the Amherst Railway Show and having to repair the exhaust on my partner's old Honda CRV. But I finally managed to lay one tu...
by Highpeak
Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Correct wire for CSB and chassis springs
Replies: 24
Views: 4574

Re: Correct wire for CSB and chassis springs

I am making the trip from the US to Scalefour North and will be there both days. I would be very interested in any sort of seminar or discussion of CSBs, I am sure I'd learn more from half an hour of that than any amount of reading on here, useful though that is.
by Highpeak
Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shallcross Yard
Replies: 13
Views: 3121

Re: Shallcross Yard

@Ian: I was thinking of some sort of random traffic generator as a way of setting shunting puzzles, along the lines you suggest. Over the years my interests have shifted somewhat from the operations to the construction side of things, but once the track is down I am sure I will find time for plenty ...
by Highpeak
Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shallcross Yard
Replies: 13
Views: 3121

Re: Shallcross Yard

Bryan, thanks for the link. I had actually come across that web site during my searches, it had some useful pictures and background information. There's often a broader view of subjects on local history sites than on sites that focus more closely on railways. The Sutherland collection is also a good...
by Highpeak
Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shallcross Yard
Replies: 13
Views: 3121

Re: Shallcross Yard

As Martin Wynne pointed out elsewhere, one problem a P4 beginner faces is that of having to build both track and a locomotive, and then if it isn't working wondering whether it's the track or the loco. At Scaleforum it was suggested that the Sutton Loco Works diesel would be a good way to get past t...
by Highpeak
Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shallcross Yard
Replies: 13
Views: 3121

Shallcross Yard

I seem to remember the SGW article appearing in the newsletter as if it were yesterday so I was a bit surprised to find that it is in fact several years since this initiative started. Better late than never I suppose. After my visit to Scaleforum last year I decided that the only way to see if I cou...
by Highpeak
Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1049
Views: 137251

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

I would imagine in the mine's final years (say, post WW1?) output that needed further processing at Long Rake would have gone by lorry. It is quite a long way to Youlgreave. This web page http://www.andrewsgen.com/photo/derbyshire/monsal_dale_bridges.htm has some pictures of the bridges down in the ...
by Highpeak
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1049
Views: 137251

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

I'm not sure how much deep you want to delve into the spar mine (sorry!) but some digging around turned up a bit of information on the Peak District Mining Historical Society website (http://www.pdmhs.com). The mine was referred to as the Putwell Hill or Putty Hill mine and there's a bit of informat...
by Highpeak
Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1049
Views: 137251

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

Re pictures of Midland engines in your time period: there are some very good shots from the first decade of the last century in the Foxline book The Railway from Buxton to Bakewell, Matlock and Ambergate (ISBN 1-870119-06-1).

Neville

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