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by Highpeak
Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shallcross Yard
Replies: 18
Views: 5801

Re: Shallcross Yard

I should have noted that I got the idea for using brass rod to fill the small gap from Mike Ainsworth's article on building a big tank engine in the newsletter where he used it to align the hornblocks he was using. I don't wish to imply at all that the Chopper kit is not a good kit, my point is that...
by Highpeak
Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:21 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shallcross Yard
Replies: 18
Views: 5801

Re: Shallcross Yard

Following passage of the "Shallcross Sidings (Extension)" bill progress suddenly became a bit derailed by derailments. Inspired by various accounts of locomotive building I decided to start work on the London Road Models L&NWR Chopper. I have no idea whether Choppers ever ventured to S...
by Highpeak
Sun Dec 20, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 220
Views: 44460

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

I think "old hat" is a somewhat weighted term for a method or process that as Terry Bendall observes still has a place as a one of several viable means of building track. As far as I can see there are some advantages to the process and some drawbacks, but I think this could be said of othe...
by Highpeak
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 599
Views: 167756

Re: Brettell Road

The crane looks very good, how did you modify the running gear? I have one somewhere and I think it was very basic, more or less pinpoints running in the frame casting.
by Highpeak
Mon Dec 14, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Eileens Emporium Newsletter December 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: Eileens Emporium Newsletter December 2020

Glad to see all this industry, may it lead to continued prosperity. As well it should given the old saying, elf makes welf.
by Highpeak
Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shallcross Yard
Replies: 18
Views: 5801

Re: Shallcross Yard

A surprise email from Derek Mather asking about the state of Shallcross Yard made me look at this thread and realize with some surprise that I have not updated it for over three years. Looking at other SGW entries I am not the only one but that is really just a bit of rationalization on my part and ...
by Highpeak
Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Adding operational interest to a engine shed layout
Replies: 15
Views: 1335

Re: Adding operational interest to a engine shed layout

Something to give the shed foreman a headache? This almost gave somebody a genuine headache. In the early 60s Royal Scot 46111 had to be relieved at Millers Dale on a St Pancras to Manchester train due to a hot axlebox. Buxton's fitters attended and the locomotive limped its way to Buxton. The left ...
by Highpeak
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Demonstrations and Talks
Topic: Resistance soldering
Replies: 27
Views: 1888

Re: Resistance soldering

I've used an RSU (an American Beauty model) for a number of years with some success but have never been entirely happy with it. Your video was excellent and has given me a lot of useful ideas to improve my use of it. I can only second the suggestion that you tackle other subjects because your presen...
by Highpeak
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First steps in track building and P4.
Replies: 34
Views: 3294

Re: First steps in track building and P4.

As a novice with just a couple of turnouts to my credit (for which I gave myself a C Must Try Harder) I am a bit reluctant to weigh in here, but nobody has mentioned the Mint gauge. I bought one of these at Scalefour North a couple of years ago and was embarassed at how much tweaking I had to do in ...
by Highpeak
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 245417

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Here's a short section of wall alongside the Buxton-Ashbourne line at Alsop Moor. That's not too far from Friden, but a bit more distant from Monsal Dale. I'm planning my first (and last) layout to be based on Hartington, and so have a keen interest on trying to represent stone walls as accurately a...
by Highpeak
Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 245417

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

I would strongly second Doug's remarks. The video showcases a lot of hard work that is turning out well, especially in what I think for most people is something of a pioneering area, battery power.
by Highpeak
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Boston Frodsham
Replies: 24
Views: 10169

Re: Boston Frodsham

I really like the representation of the water in those scenes, it looks very natural. I saw the links from Jim S-W to some products, which look quite interesting, but if you could share how you achieved that convincing surface effect I would appreciate it.
by Highpeak
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Hartington (Derbyshire)
Replies: 9
Views: 3034

Re: Hartington (Derbyshire)

Thank you again for some interesting responses which give food for thought and suggest ways the station was worked. The attraction of a real place lies mostly in the fact that somebody else did all the design of the track and signalling arrangements, so it's easier to get it all right. The Ashbourne...
by Highpeak
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Hartington (Derbyshire)
Replies: 9
Views: 3034

Re: Hartington (Derbyshire)

Thank you gentlemen for your replies. A 1962 photograph in Foxline's Buxton to Ashbourne book shows the turnout 10 to be a tandem three way turnout. From the headshunt direction the first diverging road (to the left, over the crossing) is controlled by the signal box, the next set of point blades gi...
by Highpeak
Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Hartington (Derbyshire)
Replies: 9
Views: 3034

Hartington (Derbyshire)

As retirement approaches I am trying to decide if I want to build a last great project, which actually would be my first project and so probably will need to be not particularly great. I grew up in Derbyshire and have been looking at some of the quieter parts of the Peak District's railways so that ...
by Highpeak
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 2019 S4 North
Replies: 37
Views: 10579

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: 67
Views: 27847

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: 1221
Views: 245417

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: 17467

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: 17467

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: 3230

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 - To Reopen 1st September
Replies: 105
Views: 37785

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: 98359

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: 17467

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: 3174

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...

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