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by petermeyer
Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Horse boxes and race meetings
Replies: 28
Views: 7279

Re: Horse boxes and race meetings

The majority of photos of horseboxes in transit show them next to the engine. This presumably to minimise sudden movement as the train moves off. It would be possible for the train to be detached and the engine to shunt the horse box into the yard under such circumstances. Horses in Victorian and Ed...
by petermeyer
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Sleeper spacing
Replies: 11
Views: 3306

Re: Sleeper spacing

IIRC, and I am sure you will already know this, but you can set the sleeper spacing in Templot. I modelled mine to LNWR spec which had wider sleepers at the join too.

I can't remember how I did this but Martin Wynne helped me a the time.
by petermeyer
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 98
Views: 12939

Re: Dorset 1937

...The basic idea of the droppers is to get the job of making holes in the baseboard away from the rail heads. Numerous times I have drilled alongside the rail only to find the chuck hitting the top of the rail when breaking through the wood so these droppers were designed to reduce the risk of tha...
by petermeyer
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: On building track - straight onto the baseboard?
Replies: 82
Views: 21956

Re: On building track - straight onto the baseboard?

I to attached the templates onto cork with PVA with no ill effects including ballasting. The sleepers were also stuck down with PVA and only two had become detached prior to ballasting. I do not think I could have achieved the flow I was after without this method.

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Hereford end of layout
by petermeyer
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: 45xx Kit
Replies: 10
Views: 1254

Re: 45xx Kit

Since David Geen retired, the 4mm Mitchell range has been off the market. I believe ownership has reverted to the Pete Waterman empire. Others may know more. I managed to get a 517 just beforehand. PS: IIRC the 7mm range was withdrawn by JLTRT as that ceased trading so both are unavailable a present.
by petermeyer
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 177347

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

I always remove the chassis when working on the bodywork to avoid any damage including from handling.
by petermeyer
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 98
Views: 12939

Re: Dorset 1937

In the absence of any other instructions, I soldered wires to my droppers and bent them down through holes in the baseboard directly beneath the sleepers. All wiring is below baseboard.
by petermeyer
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: 45xx Kit
Replies: 10
Views: 1254

Re: 45xx Kit

I bought my Churchward chassis initially for a K's kit but then later the body kit only from Modelex whilst they had the range. Both are brass and the rolled parts are still flat on the etch. I do need to backdate mine but the small bunker is provided for in the kit according to the instructions. I ...
by petermeyer
Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Finney Kits
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: Finney Kits

I have kits from both and as far as I can tell there is no difference indeed the Brassmasters may have improved castings and the instructions are on larger paper.
by petermeyer
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 177347

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

Are you planning to represent the springs behind the wheels? If so, that might prevent the wheels from dropping out.

In terms of spacers, I have seen this done with small washers.
by petermeyer
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 177347

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

This may be P4 heresy but, as the axles are supposed to move up and down with the horn block guides, the wheelbase is a moveable feast.

For the same reason the brake shoes can't be too tight against the wheel.
by petermeyer
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR number plates
Replies: 12
Views: 1746

Re: GWR 44xx Kits

I have used Narrow Planet who are the only ones to do bespoke number plates to my knowledge. I have also bought from some of the others who have limited choice of numbers which are searchable online.
by petermeyer
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 177347

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

What you have built does not match the drawing in that the gearbox sides are now much lower than the axle centrelines. I would question whether this leaves sufficient clearance over pointwork. You can guess how I discovered this kind of problem using an underslung gearbox with relatively small wheels!
by petermeyer
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 177347

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

I have the cross slide; it's great for doing straight lines of evenly spaced rivets such as along the edge of a footplate.

It came with two 4mm points one of which is for half etched rivets. There are also 7mm and 2mm points.

Peter
by petermeyer
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis
Replies: 32
Views: 7313

Re: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis

David,

Which size Mashima motor did you use in the High Level chassis please?

I managed to use an old Sagami 1428 (I think) for mine in my etched GWR class 517 as I didn't need to shoehorn it into a DJH body. Still just protrudes a bit into the cab area but I can cope with that.

Cheers

Peter
by petermeyer
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 177347

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

Would there have been a seasonal local crop out such as sugar beat too? I only say this because such traffic was on my layout being modelled.

Largely agree with the previous two comments too and I face similar dilemmas as I am modelling Summer 1912
by petermeyer
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 11123

Re: Chairs and Rail

Should there not be some inclination in the rail. No. 4 seems straight to my eyes
by petermeyer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 11123

Re: Chairs and Rail

On attachment to the rail, mine were all bowed but, blissfully unaware that this was not how they were meant to be, I stuck them with Butatone but only with a count of 12! No problems to report thus far in over 3 years. I did mix in some soldered joints too based on the Iain Rice book. My bullhead r...
by petermeyer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Great Western brake vans
Replies: 8
Views: 2597

Re: Great Western brake vans

From gwr.org.uk: "...Brake van handrails were originally body colour (grey), but were thought to have been first painted white during WWI..." http://www.gwr.org.uk/liverieswagongrey.html I just happened to have researched this yesterday as I am finishing off an AA12 van
by petermeyer
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 215
Views: 50181

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Very impressive overall!

Can I ask how you did the road surface on the road bridge please?
by petermeyer
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 177347

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

Tank engines could possibly go a fair distance between watering locations. On my line, tank engines were rostered on local passenger trains from Ludlow to Hereford which is a distance of 24 miles.
by petermeyer
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Berrington and Eye
Replies: 7
Views: 2733

Re: Berrington and Eye

I have a explanation sort of, unsolicited, for the mystery building in the loading dock area from the current owner of the station building: "...in the picture, you can also see the black P.Way and staff building built where the goods platform was for the staff who maintained the small sleeper ...
by petermeyer
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: "Wye" Turnout templates
Replies: 6
Views: 1971

Re: "Wye" Turnout templates

David Knight wrote:Are there any templates for "Wye" turnouts? I'm thinking about either a number 5 or 6 for a layout currently in the planning stages.

Cheers,

David


Not sure this is what you mean or if it's of use. PM me for high res version scan. I have larger angles too.

Peter

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by petermeyer
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ballasting ply sleepered track
Replies: 28
Views: 5614

Re: Ballasting ply sleepered track

Before ballasting using the GordonS method I stained my sleepers with a mix of Colron wood dyes, thus preserving their wooden appearance. I did not seal the Templot base as i needed to see it in order to lay the track - had that not been the case I'd have painted it grey. The PVA did not seem to ad...
by petermeyer
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ballasting ply sleepered track
Replies: 28
Views: 5614

Re: Ballasting ply sleepered track

Peter, Although I laid my track after ballasting, my situation is pretty similar to yours. I stuck each sleeper individually onto the templot print out and the paper wasn't sealed. I ballasted portions of track dry and tamped down (I can't see that actually having the rails in place is greatly diff...

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