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by Neil Smith
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

Thank you Noel, I will follow up those suggestions. And thank you Ted, that does make sense. I think I will perhaps do some experimenting and see what works best, or perhaps even just well enough, for me. **writes note to self.. Better hurry up and make that test plank too....** :D Final question fo...
by Neil Smith
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: bogie coaches

All vac braked bogie coaches were fitted with an independent brake cylinder for each bogie, these were usually arranged diagonally opposite to each other, with gas tanks or battery boxes in the spaces directly opposite. Secondary springing tends to be a personal thing. Some people think they are th...
by Neil Smith
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

Thank you Noel - I stand corrected!

So if there were indeed two brake pots, do I presume that the second V hangar was just past the centre line of the coach (i.e. between the centreline and the gas cylinder on the opposite side to the vacuum cylinder)?
by Neil Smith
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

The brake pull rod to the bogies had to be on the centre line of the coach (think about it). So the inn v-hanger was placed on a longitudinal stringer on the opposite side of the coach to the v-hanger on the solebar. This arrangement was universal for vacuumed braked coaches. See the plan of a six-...
by Neil Smith
Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

Hi all, I have been voraciously exploring this Forum for a couple of months, learning loads in the process, so thank you all for creating such a wonderful resource. And while I have made the odd post already, this is my first topic, so I better start by introducing myself. I have been away from mode...
by Neil Smith
Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Sleeper spacing
Replies: 11
Views: 2961

Re: Sleeper spacing

Wow Brian I hadn't come across that. What an amazing resource! It's possibly not quite yet what I need as I suspect things will have moved on in terms of rail weight, and therefore sleeper size/spacing in the 18-19 years from the 1895 drawings of plain track, but that is a very helpful step forward!...
by Neil Smith
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Sleeper spacing
Replies: 11
Views: 2961

Re: Sleeper spacing

Thank you Martin I will have a look at that. Just need to nail down what the numbers are first...!

All the best

Neil
by Neil Smith
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Sleeper spacing
Replies: 11
Views: 2961

Re: Sleeper spacing

Thank you Peter, yes I had spotted that feature in Templot. What I am still not yet certain of is which settings to put into it!

Best wishes

Neil
by Neil Smith
Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Sleeper spacing
Replies: 11
Views: 2961

Re: Sleeper spacing

Talk about reviving a very old topic, but... Lionel, did you get to the bottom of this please? I also plan a pre Great War Furness Railway layout, and have come across conflicting information about the track used. Counting sleepers on photos of FR PWay from the right era suggests 12, 13 or 14 sleepe...
by Neil Smith
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 54
Views: 2460

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

Thank you Noel I thought so. But the terms kept switching depending on who was posting!
by Neil Smith
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 54
Views: 2460

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

From another newcomer.. I feel I learned from this too. But.. One small confusion. At some points in this thread there was reference to W Irons. At others Axleguards. The RCH drawings that Tim produced suggest that they might be one and the same. Or maybe not. Can someone clear this up for me please...
by Neil Smith
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 188
Views: 31139

Re: Ulpha Light Railway

Some good idea there! The old Furness railmotor was, I understand, built into a house near the foot of the incline at Kirkby in Furness and apparently it is there to this day..
by Neil Smith
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 188
Views: 31139

Re: Ulpha Light Railway

Absolutely - blink and you miss it at both ends, especially the north which is a somewhat desolate spot! There was a piece in a local paper a few years ago about a local shepherd up there who was trying to dry washable nappies outside in midwinter, taking them back in a solid sheet of ice! Just a th...
by Neil Smith
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 188
Views: 31139

Re: Ulpha Light Railway

I don't get up the valley as often as I would like but it is a gorgeous part of the world and only the relatively isolated position, narrow road, and the lack of a lake somewhere along there prevent it from being a tourist honeypot! Had there been a railway, that would have opened it up in a way it ...
by Neil Smith
Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 188
Views: 31139

Re: Ulpha Light Railway

Glad to see you're moving forward after the blow of the flood! This thread was one of the first that I read right through after I joined the Society just over a month ago, because I live pretty close to Ulpha, and the Furness Railway is my particular area of interest - your thread flagged up on a se...
by Neil Smith
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 30
Views: 5544

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Hi David, Thought that must be the case. Begs the question about protecting the entrance to the section in that direction should a loco need to run round a train in that direction, but rules are made to be broken (or the existence of the push back siding from platform 2, plus the arrangement of the ...
by Neil Smith
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 30
Views: 5544

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Wow - that is quite something!
Two questions - which I presume are prototypical in origin, but there doesn't seem to be an advanced starter heading towards Cambridge, and I am also curious about what looks on our signal diagram like a secondary arm/doll on the only starter in that direction?

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