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by bécasse
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 830

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. It is rather ironic that the SE&CR built quite a substantial fleet of near-identical 10-compartment (100-seater) thirds with the intention that ...
by bécasse
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Formation (and size) of a pick-up goods train
Replies: 20
Views: 485

Re: Formation (and size) of a pick-up goods train

Returning to the make up of trains I wondered how intelligent the planning was? Noel pointed out that there would be delivery of empty wagons for loading and removal of empty wagons after unloading. Presumable goods clerks at each yard would tell control what wagons were needed and what empties wer...
by bécasse
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Formation (and size) of a pick-up goods train
Replies: 20
Views: 485

Re: Formation (and size) of a pick-up goods train

ran as "express goods" for part of the journey. Does this mean they had to attach the vacuum brakes or did express just mean non-stop in this instance and just a change of headcode? I'm not familiar with GW WTTs, but BR WR ones showed the class of train by means of a letter at the top of ...
by bécasse
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Formation (and size) of a pick-up goods train
Replies: 20
Views: 485

Re: Formation (and size) of a pick-up goods train

There is a superb article by Michael Clifton in the issue no.23 Summer 1997 of the Great Western Railway Journal (Wild Swan) entitled the Kingham Goods in which he describes in some detail exactly how the Banbury to Kingham and return pick up goods was worked. It may be Great Western but the procedu...
by bécasse
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Brian Rogers
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Brian Rogers

There is a report on RMweb with the sad news that Brian Rogers has died.
by bécasse
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 830

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 partiti...
by bécasse
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 830

Re: 1938 SR coaches query

As you remember the steam stock conversions, can you help with something that has been puzzling me? Some of the SER bodies reused as EMUs had half-height partitions in the thirds when built. Were these perpetuated in the EMUs, on conversion and if so later in their life? Or had they possibly been r...
by bécasse
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 830

Re: 1938 SR coaches query

Apologies for failing to spot that the carriages were of LSWR origin, SECR and LSWR vehicles can look remarkably similar from some distant angles and I had forgotten the business about the ventilators, not least because it can be very difficult to ascertain the precise arrangement in photos taken fr...
by bécasse
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 830

Re: 1938 SR coaches query

I think that only the largely hidden left-hand carriage is actually part of a classic electric multiple unit (usually referred to in more modern publications as 3-SUBs but known to the Southern Railway just as 3s). I think that the other two carriages are one of the two carriage trailer sets that we...
by bécasse
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1213
Views: 204083

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

Here is a photo of a pair of ancient ash trees (considered "arbres remarkables") taken today. They are located at an altitude of c.450m and on subsoil of late Devonian schist. I can also provide photos of various elms at different seasons of the year as I used to live overlooking Preston P...
by bécasse
Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: curved platforms
Replies: 8
Views: 603

Re: curved platforms

I believe that the sharpest curve on a passenger line in the UK was around 3½ chains radius either side of the S-shaped island platform at Sutton Bridge on the erstwhile Midland & Great Northern, and was subject to a 5 mph speed limit. That equates to 924 mm in 4 mm scale or almost exactly three...
by bécasse
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: brake pull rods on North British 0-4-0 shunter
Replies: 14
Views: 725

Re: brake pull rods on North British 0-4-0 shunter

Mike Edge (in the name of his wife Judith) does a kit for the earlier three 11700-2 which had the same brake arrangement. He is usually very knowledgeable in respect of the prototypes of his kits, so have you tried asking him?
by bécasse
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Phoenix Paints
Replies: 26
Views: 2356

Re: Phoenix Paints

I see on the Precision website that they are selling Sharman wheels but not at the sort of prices Mike charged! They are about twice the price of Alan Gibson driving wheels Well, there's an opportunity for someone to step in and do it cheaper with new technology :-) The photos on the Precision webs...
by bécasse
Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: brake pull rods on North British 0-4-0 shunter
Replies: 14
Views: 725

Re: brake pull rods on North British 0-4-0 shunter

If you look at various photos of members of the class (although they are rare on the web), it seems that the brake hangers and blocks are at differing different heights relative to rail level. I suspect that the top "lozenge" is in fact a floating (but fixed length) link pinned to each of ...
by bécasse
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: brake pull rods on North British 0-4-0 shunter
Replies: 14
Views: 725

Re: brake pull rods on North British 0-4-0 shunter

This sort of loco: NB0-4-0BRDieselShunter.jpg Apart from the rod going back from a crank under the brake cylinder at the front of the loco which you already mention, I can't find any photos which show details of the operating mechanism but that seems to be because it is hidden between the frames. Th...
by bécasse
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Weathered Wood
Replies: 7
Views: 709

Re: Weathered Wood

The first thing that you need to do is to find out what weathered wood looks like, it varies tremendously in appearance depending on which wood it is, how it was originally treated - and how long ago that was, and how exposed to the sun, and weather generally, it is. The most common base colour is g...
by bécasse
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 108
Views: 6937

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I have one that looks just like that, although it is matched with a Perseverance chassis with full handmade auto-gear added. The trouble is that it has looked just like that for 30 plus years!
by bécasse
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 29
Views: 2344

Re: Best Glue for the job!

Has anyone yet tried the new MIG/AK/Colle 21 black cyano? Since I can't seem to avoid applying oversized blobs of superglue, and hate the white mounds that result when it dries, I'm about to order some (unless anyone tells me its absolute rubbish and i ought to stick with the standard stuff - in wh...
by bécasse
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 109
Views: 37569

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Here are a few photos, taken several years ago at an exhibition at Laval in north-west France (and some 600 km from my current home in le Luxembourg belge ), of my contribution to "Les croisées de l'étroit", where, although there is some basic contour structuring, much of the 3D nature of ...
by bécasse
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Hardwicke
Topic: LNER concrete platelayers hut
Replies: 4
Views: 3501

Re: LNER concrete platelayers hut

Use a temperature-controlled iron set at 100° above the melting point of the solder (so about 180° is fine) and, with a large mass of white metal to solder, use a big bit, the bigger the better. Then, as you suggest, tack solder first until the whole thing is together - and right - and then fill eac...
by bécasse
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1986

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

It seems unlikely that a locomotive would have been used to shunt coal wagons into/out of the coal siding itself, but only as far as the mouth of the shed, pinchbars being used for the final/initial reverse shunt - a far more common practice, especially postwar when traders' horses ceased to be read...
by bécasse
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: A4 points out of 6 chain curves
Replies: 9
Views: 737

Re: A4 points out of 6 chain curves

A more compact turnout, with an easier radius, would be to use a 9ft switch instead of an "A" switch. Those "A" switches are "natural" at 1:7, and hence significantly mismatched at 1:4. Although you say A-4 is a prototypical size, and is in fact included in the REA lis...
by bécasse
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: A4 points out of 6 chain curves
Replies: 9
Views: 737

Re: A4 points out of 6 chain curves

Based on a problem I recently had with a printer not doing exactly what it should have done, may I suggest that, if possible, you add a scale rule in both x and y directions so the accuracy of the final print can be checked. I do in fact normally do that (for that very reason) when creating drawing...
by bécasse
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Milk Anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 1561

Re: Milk Anyone?

That can't possibly be a milk tanker, it is much too clean! Really nice model, though.
by bécasse
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: A4 points out of 6 chain curves
Replies: 9
Views: 737

A4 points out of 6 chain curves

I have recently, for my own purposes, produced prints of right and left hand A4 points out of an approximate 6 chain curve. The prints available on the Society database provided the basis for these prints but hopefully these prints have been corrected to eliminate the printing size problem. The &quo...

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