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by bécasse
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: Stanier 3P - Judith Edge Kit
Replies: 72
Views: 7449

Re: Stanier 3P - Judith Edge Kit

True! Obviously any remotely sane person modelling both 4mm SG and 7mm NG would do it all on 16.5mm gauge track, to allow some common testing facilities etc. But my mustard is sturdy stuff so 18.83mm and 14mm it is! However, you are not alone, I first modelled in P4 in 1969 and O14 ten years later,...
by bécasse
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Scale Length Conversions
Replies: 34
Views: 1131

Re: Scale Length Conversions

It doesn't convert from chains though, which is a blindingly obvious omission now I think about it -- now on my to-do list. Chains to (4mm scale) millimetres - just multiply by 264, or, for a quick rough answer doable in ones head, add three zeros to the number of chains and divide by 4 (the result...
by bécasse
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: common crossing vee angles
Replies: 33
Views: 1496

Re: common crossing vee angles

Ben, you can run your Mac with a partition to allow a dual boot into either OSx or Windows. I run a small partition of the HD for windows in order to run Templot on a 2015 MacBook Pro. It will appear to run the fans a lot, some of the bios functions may not be so fine tuned, since there is not a he...
by bécasse
Fri Nov 06, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 36
Views: 5279

Re: Ralph's workbench

There are quite a few different bonds of brickwork on this building and it was quite tricky working out the sizes when I drew it all up for Rob. We usually work on a brick at 3mm long and courses every 1mm but on Alpha Mill that just didn't work out. The architects drawings showed dimensions and th...
by bécasse
Fri Oct 30, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Loctite
Replies: 7
Views: 999

Re: Loctite

Yes, there are dates, but those are for "full strength" situations. Important if building an aeroplane, or fitting parts to a motorcycle. Less critical for the gears on a model railway loco. A certain amount of judgement should be applied. I still use Loctite 601 which must be 30+ years o...
by bécasse
Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Eileens Emporium Newsletter October 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 1135

Re: Eileens Emporium Newsletter October 2020

After Derek posted his update on Monday, I thought that I had better get an order I was working on sorted out and sent, which I did Monday evening. I am very pleased to be able to say that the courier has delivered it here, in the far flung parts of Belgium, just before 15.00 (14.00 UK time) on Frid...
by bécasse
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Source for Branchlines Wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 1087

Re: Source for Branchlines Wheels

If you contact him by email at sales@branchlines.com he will send you pdf copies of such current catalogues as you require.
by bécasse
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: How can a chain securing link be made?
Replies: 11
Views: 1211

Re: How can a chain securing link be made?

Tony Wilkins wrote:I purchased some on a card not that long ago in Wicks.

Still a current Wickes product at £ 1,50 a card of the three sizes https://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Fuse-Wire---Pack-of-3/p/710136
by bécasse
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: SR fence posts
Replies: 30
Views: 8039

Re: SR fence posts

I note that you have incorporated slots to take the "wires". Experiments all but 50 years ago convinced me - and my modelling partners - that the wires would be invisible at normal layout viewing distances. I was very careful though, to add pin-pricks of dark paint to the posts where the w...
by bécasse
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 36
Views: 5279

Re: Ralph's workbench

510 and 512 Wilbraham Road are still there, although the shop occupancy has, unsurprisingly, changed. Courtesy of Google Streetview I can confirm that there is no separate access to the accommodation above the shops from the front of the building. I am inclined to suspect that, when built, the livin...
by bécasse
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Old photography
Replies: 2
Views: 342

Re: Old photography

There is another truly superb collection of some 7.500 photographs of Brighton and Hove in the James Gray collection hosted by Brighton's Regency Society. They are particularly useful because they have been thoughtfully captioned by someone who knew what they were doing and, in almost every case, th...
by bécasse
Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 38
Views: 3738

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

All of my turnouts are sleepered - the North British didn't like paying for long timbers! It wasn't so much the length that was important as the width of sleeper required to support 4-hole chairs necessarily mounted at an ever increasing angle as the two routes separated. Sleepers 14" (or even...
by bécasse
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: ModelMaster Jackson Evans
Replies: 7
Views: 794

Re: ModelMaster Jackson Evans

Horsetan wrote:Politics seems to be one of the few safe ways of making a living these days.

....... provided that you wear a stab-proof back plate!
by bécasse
Fri Oct 02, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Tanks (Septic?) as wagon loads?
Replies: 20
Views: 1791

Re: Tanks (Septic?) as wagon loads?

Looks like a fibreglass one to me. Ones of that general design were certainly used the other side of the pond.
by bécasse
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: 1938 SR coaches query
Replies: 18
Views: 1466

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: 973

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: 973

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: 973

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: 782

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: 1466

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: 1466

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: 1466

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: 1466

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: 1221
Views: 231306

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: 930

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...

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