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by hughesp87
Wed May 06, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard
Replies: 18
Views: 1471

Re: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard

David,

Fascinating! Thanks very much for this. I will study it at my leisure and push some pieces of paper around the layout plan!

Best wishes,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Tue May 05, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 845
Views: 11550

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

Noel,

I have just successfully removed the numbering from a Hornby Peckett using a small amount of Mekpak applied with a cotton bud. Be sparing with the solvent though, or else you might take the paint away as well!

Regards,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Sun May 03, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard
Replies: 18
Views: 1471

Re: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard

David, Examination of the working timetable for 1963/4 shows the Friden Goods leaving Buxton at 09.00, arriving at Parsley Hay at 10.00, leaving at 10.27 and finally getting to Friden at 10.40. The High Peak goods (Target 75) left Middleton Top at 09.00, with the last scheduled call at Longcliffe (0...
by hughesp87
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard
Replies: 18
Views: 1471

Re: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard

It's not that I find inclines boring - more a case of "done that"! For many years I exhibited Middlepeak and must have completed a few thousand incline operations, many with a running commentary for interested onlookers. Having said that, both top and bottom were locations for only one loc...
by hughesp87
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard
Replies: 18
Views: 1471

Re: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard

A brief note to thank you all for the interesting and thought provoking contributions to date. There is certainly some mileage in the concept that regular crews would have developed their own understanding and methods of working over the years. Certainly in respect of the crews at Middleton Top shed...
by hughesp87
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard
Replies: 18
Views: 1471

Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard

As I embark on a new P4 project, this time of a prototype location, I'm left pondering how the real thing would have been operated safely. Perhaps someone out there may be able to help. The prototype is Friden yard, at the west end of the Cromford & High Peak Railway, where wagons from the High ...
by hughesp87
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Water Tenders. Modified?
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: Water Tenders. Modified?

Pete,

That's a McConnell 4-wheel tender. 6-wheel tenders were also used, with the centre axle removed to allow them to negotiate sharp curves and changes of gradient on the inclines.

Regards,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Water Tenders. Modified?
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: Water Tenders. Modified?

Jon, My experience of these relates to the Webb, McConnell and Canada Works tenders used to convey water supplies to the isolated houses and industries along the Cromford & High Peak Railway right up to 1967. All the evidence there suggests that there were no changes made to the coal space to cr...
by hughesp87
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Rolling a roof
Replies: 4
Views: 583

Re: Rolling a roof

Mark / Pete,

Many thanks for your thoughts. Can I just ask - did you roll the tight curves before the main curvature of the roof, or afterwards?

Regards,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Rolling a roof
Replies: 4
Views: 583

Rolling a roof

Can any of you experienced carriage builders help with a question of technique for rolling a roof? I am scratchbuilding a small boxcab diesel in P87. It has a three-arc roof profile, with tight curves down to 2.7mm radius at the gutters. The bodywork and roof have been etched in 0.3mm nickel silver,...
by hughesp87
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Etch folds question
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Re: Etch folds question

Andy,

I've found that using a fold width equal to the material thickness doesn't always produce a clean 90 degree bend. I've since widened it to 1.2 times material thickness and this works perfectly.

Regards,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: SHMRC Show Saturday 16th November
Replies: 6
Views: 884

Re: SHMRC Show Saturday 16th November

…. And a P87 layout as well Tim!
by hughesp87
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters J94
Replies: 42
Views: 5911

Re: Brassmasters J94

Thanks for that reassurance Gordon - I haven't got the guts to start again with it, so it will stay as it is!

Regards,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters J94
Replies: 42
Views: 5911

Re: Brassmasters J94

Jim, Apologies, have battled hard to find a way of attaching a photo to a PM and finally give up! To answer your question, my J94 has two short Ross Pop valves mounted along the centreline of the recess in the top of the saddle tank, with a single whistle offset to the right hand side. 20190619_1245...
by hughesp87
Mon May 20, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters J94
Replies: 42
Views: 5911

Re: Brassmasters J94

Jim, I've found a photo of the etches supplied, which confirms that aside from brake hangers and shoes, there are no etched parts for other parts of the brake gear, such as pull rods. Checking through the instructions, the designer (Allan Sibley) recommended the use of 0.7mm dia brass wire to form t...
by hughesp87
Sat May 18, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters J94
Replies: 42
Views: 5911

Re: Brassmasters J94

Jim,

Yes I do. It suffered some minor damage a while back and is in my queue for repair and resurrection for my new Cromford & High Peak layout.

What in particular did you want to check on?

Regards,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Fri May 17, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters J94
Replies: 42
Views: 5911

Re: Brassmasters J94

Apologies, trying again!

Sam's Engine.pdf
(14.07 MiB) Downloaded 142 times


Geraint
by hughesp87
Fri May 17, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters J94
Replies: 42
Views: 5911

Re: Brassmasters J94

Hi Jim,

Scanned copy of my review of the kit in a 1995 issue of MORILL attached. Apologies for the grainy reproduction of the photos. I still have the originals here and could scan them again separately, if that would help.

All the best,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: NLR 060T pipework
Replies: 17
Views: 3449

Re: NLR 060T pipework

Another issue of detail relating to the North London 0-6-0Ts. Originally these were fitted with a lever reverse, but the preserved example (58850) clearly has a screw reverse, from the photos available. Does anyone know if this was a standard fitting in later years? Was it fitted to all locos in the...
by hughesp87
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 367
Views: 60545

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Dear All, I'm not one to normally post theories on here before I have at least a fair amount of proof to back them up, but given the recent posts on this thread about track underlay, I thought I would describe an experiment that I'm part way through. My two current projects, one reasonably well adva...
by hughesp87
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Foamex
Replies: 6
Views: 1881

Re: Foamex

Monty, My experience of Foamex has been primarily for display boards in public exhibitions. It's strong, dimensionally stable and it's possible to print onto it. I had the nameboard for my Obbekaer layout printed onto it and the reproduction was excellent, although it can't tell you exactly what pro...
by hughesp87
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 177086

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

Tim, Apologies if you're already aware of this, but I have just been browsing through the Derbyshire Records Office website to find some information for my new Cromford & High Peak project, and an initial search on "railways" produced the following item: Ref D504/110/4/2. Plan depictin...
by hughesp87
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: NLR 060T pipework
Replies: 17
Views: 3449

Re: NLR 060T pipework

Hi Sapper, I've just done an etch to produce parts to improve my North London Tank, primarily cylinders, smokebox, tank fillers, cab floor, etc. Quite a straightforward job in CAD (TurboCAD in my case), and the usual excellent service from PPD to produce the finished article. I'd suggest that you st...
by hughesp87
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: NLR 060T pipework
Replies: 17
Views: 3449

Re: NLR 060T pipework

Gareth,

Thanks for tracking the picture down. Was that part of a specific article about the Park tanks? I'll have to try to obtain a copy.

Geraint
by hughesp87
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: NLR 060T pipework
Replies: 17
Views: 3449

Re: NLR 060T pipework

Hi Sapper, Oddly enough, I'm doing exactly the same thing, this time with a 40 year old version of the Mallard kit which did sterling service on my Middlepeak layout for many years, but which now looks very "80's" in terms of the level of detail. IMGP8951.JPG IMGP8952.JPG The attached phot...

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