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by williambarter
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 903

Re: 1938 SR coaches query

I wonder if one reason that these 100-seat thirds were not used in electric stock is simply that they were thirds not composites. In I think every incarnation of a 3-car unit for the SR electrification, the motor coaches were full third , and the middle trailer coach was a composite. That makes it q...
by williambarter
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 903

Re: 1938 SR coaches query

Certainly some of the coaches involved dated from the 1880s, others were a decade or so younger. I don't think any came from the SECR (post-1899) era.
William
by williambarter
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 903

Re: 1938 SR coaches query

Thank you! And logically if the maps were fitted, the full height partitions to attach them to must also have been present ... It looks as if the half height partitions, which would have been in the Diagram 665 and 666 motor coaches at the inside end, had been made full height either at conversion o...
by williambarter
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 903

Re: 1938 SR coaches query

Thanks for those recollections. Prompts another question - do you recall the third class compartments as well as the ex-seconds and firsts as having maps/advertisements each side of a mirror, as I was familiar with in the EPB stock? The steam thirds as built had simply matchboarding for the partitio...
by williambarter
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 903

Re: 1938 SR coaches query

For whatever interest it may be, here's the artwork I drew up for the wonderful day when I have both enough eyesight left and enough time to have etchings made for the Eastern Section 1925 stock. Diagram 755 has the void where the steam bodies didn't meet in the middle, indicated by the big blank pa...
by williambarter
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 903

Re: 1938 SR coaches query

Yes from this angle telling LSWR and SER bodywork apart is not easy. From the side the panelling is quite different but I could not make out which it was in this photo. As you remember the steam stock conversions, can you help with something that has been puzzling me? Some of the SER bodies reused a...
by williambarter
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 903

Re: 1938 SR coaches query

Is that not the double doors of a brake compartment in the top right? That implies we are looking at multiple unit rather than a trailer set. But I now think the stock is ex-LSWR mounted on new underframes. SER stock had two rows of ventilators, with those for each compartment opposite each other; t...
by williambarter
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 903

Re: 1938 SR coaches query

They are part of an electric multiple unit. Not quite clear but they seem to be bodywork of SER origin as mounted on new underframes in 1925. Most confusing!
William
by williambarter
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Branchlines SER/SECR Class O kit
Replies: 17
Views: 1056

Re: Branchlines SER/SECR Class O kit

Philip, Thanks, that's encouraging. It looks as if the High Level 'Roadrunner +' could drive the rear axle without fouling the firebox backhead, and if I can get away with a small motor then the necessary cutaway in the boiler underside will largely be hidden by the splashers of the middle axle. Nex...
by williambarter
Tue Aug 18, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Branchlines SER/SECR Class O kit
Replies: 17
Views: 1056

Branchlines SER/SECR Class O kit

I'm just about getting my act together to build one of these, bought several years ago. Wondered if anyone has any experience or advice to offer, particularly as to motorising it?

William
by williambarter
Sat May 02, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock
Replies: 14
Views: 3047

Re: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock

I never did my own etchings for these, but when I did the 6-wheel thirds that were converted to brake coaches to work with them, I provided for the close coupling by incorporating a fold up ear behind the headstock to retain a buffer spring. Photo attached, also some to show the close-coupling arran...
by williambarter
Sat May 02, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock
Replies: 14
Views: 3047

Re: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock

Guy, what is your plan for the close-coupling buffers within the set? Between each pair of coaches, one had a sort of dished block, and the other had two short buffers with rather more spherical heads than conventional. This is shown on HMRS drawings and photos from the Gloucester RCW archive. Reaso...
by williambarter
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Cal-Scale couplers
Replies: 0
Views: 1593

Cal-Scale couplers

Some years ago, I bought a couple of pairs of Cal-Scale HO "Standard E" couplers, thinking they would be a decent representation of buckeye couplers for 4mm scale use. Now I've got round to trying them out, they will do very well for my application. But I can't remember where I bought them...
by williambarter
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 65
Views: 11454

Re: Joggled Stockrails

Sorry, trying again ...
by williambarter
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 65
Views: 11454

Re: Joggled Stockrails

And ...
by williambarter
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 65
Views: 11454

Re: Joggled Stockrails

Out of interest (I hope) here's a couple of examples from the Suvvern.
by williambarter
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought
Replies: 24
Views: 3282

Re: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought

I can assure you that John Arkell is alive, well and active! Did you e-mail him, if not, please do try the address I gave.

William
by williambarter
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought
Replies: 24
Views: 3282

Re: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought

You could try John Arkell of Meadow Road Models, based in Tunbridge Wells - john.arkell@meadowrd.demon.co.uk - though he does say he has a fairly full workload right now.

William
by williambarter
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Adhesive for coach glazing
Replies: 3
Views: 916

Adhesive for coach glazing

I've always struggled to glaze coaches to my satisfaction, through lack of an adhesive that actually works but doesn't form strings. But quite by chance I picked up a tube of EverBuild Stick2 Hard Plastic Adhesive - apparently intended for applications such as guttering. This is the best I have come...
by williambarter
Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Brake Force and Stopping Distance
Replies: 18
Views: 4496

Re: Brake Force and Stopping Distance

Reading back, 50 tonnes brake force is about right for a Class 37, but if the driver were to apply the brake in full all at once I'm sure the result would be derailment of the following wagons. In fact I've seen it happen, smashing 15 vanfits (it was my fault, as I had just said to the chargeman &qu...
by williambarter
Sat Aug 13, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Rooves
Replies: 11
Views: 4909

Re: Rooves

I use brass roofs with planking lines etched on the inside to assist forming into an ellipse. My practice now is to have a bracket within the coach locating below the top flange of the etched sides - this takes a bolt that matches a nut within the roof. So unless you are looking up into the coach fr...
by williambarter
Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 12688

Re: Signals for Minories

Thanks anyway, Howard, I'm sure another use for this material which is new to me will come to mind as soon as I see some.

William
by williambarter
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 12688

Re: Signals for Minories

Can you suggest a source for the self-adhesive vinyl you used on the arms? Presumably it is quite thin and I was wondering about using it for wagon lettering if I can cut letters out of it.

William
by williambarter
Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Coaches with wooden armatures
Replies: 29
Views: 7040

Re: Coaches with wooden armatures

Sorry, trying again. The buffers are Guy's 3D printed.
by williambarter
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Coaches with wooden armatures
Replies: 29
Views: 7040

Re: Coaches with wooden armatures

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