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by Bilton Junction
Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Revolving crankpins
Replies: 7
Views: 2494

Re: Revolving crankpins

Many thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I currently have one side with a crankpin screw with a u shaped wire soldered into the slot and Araldited onto the back of the wheel either side of the boss and the other firmer screw with a wire Araldited in the slot and the back of the wheel. The replie...
by Bilton Junction
Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:17 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Revolving crankpins
Replies: 7
Views: 2494

Revolving crankpins

What is the easiest way to stop crankpins revolving with the return crank? I am using Gibson wheels which I don't really like because the crankpins have sliding top hats and I have had this problem before. I used Loctite and this time I even reinforced the screw head with a blob of Araldite. I have ...
by Bilton Junction
Fri May 14, 2010 10:29 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Switch blade spacing
Replies: 7
Views: 3004

Re: Switch blade spacing

I used Normon Soloman's technique and did find 15.5mm was slightly too close but splaying the lace pin out slightly still seems to produce a reasonable joint and none have failed so far. I tried using a larger spacing but if it is surely better to have slightly too large a gap than too small, otherw...
by Bilton Junction
Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Computer program
Replies: 29
Views: 9733

Re: Computer program

Templot is a fantastic program. It just takes a little getting used to but so does everything in P4! I would recommend it to anyone. It allows you to play around with designs and form set of customised templates that will flow and fit together. You make the mistakes on paper. I have neither the conf...
by Bilton Junction
Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:46 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Type of track ballast
Replies: 49
Views: 17956

Re: Type of track ballast

I have used C&L ballast which is apparently made from ground fruit stones. It seems quite good and stuck down well with PVA. It isn't badly priced and when recycled with a vacuum cleaner it goes a long way. The 4mm size used alone looks far too big The main disadvantage is that the colour variat...
by Bilton Junction
Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:12 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Type of track ballast
Replies: 49
Views: 17956

Re: Type of track ballast

Of course, what blew up a loco chimney was not collected, what was collected was that which had to be removed from the firegrate and smokebox at the sheds, shoveled from ashpits into wagons and disposed of somehow, what better than to use it building more railway. Yes but that wouldn't go very far i...
by Bilton Junction
Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Type of track ballast
Replies: 49
Views: 17956

Re: Type of track ballast

"most 'Main lines' would have had stone ballast originally, the prevalence of Ash ballast came later" I think that it may have depended on where the main line was and the industries that it served. In many areas the availability of "ash" preceded the railway. The "fastest tr...
by Bilton Junction
Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:17 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Suspension
Replies: 68
Views: 14192

Re: Wagon Suspension

Hauling RTR stock with P4 wheels (with no springing or compensation) round a main line may be fine I don't agree with that, I found a lot of difficulty getting unsprung coaches to follow an unsprung diesel around my track. The track was fairly well laid and checked, then ruthlessly ripped up and rel...
by Bilton Junction
Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:48 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Suspension
Replies: 68
Views: 14192

Re: Wagon Suspension

Surely it is always a matter of practice over theory? Were not the original society standards a matter of discussion/argument/litigation/compromise? I watched a lovely EM model at an exhibition recently, it looked wonderful. I told my eldest son that I wish that I had adopted those standards and tha...
by Bilton Junction
Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:34 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Suspension
Replies: 68
Views: 14192

Re: Wagon Suspension

I take your point Keith but it has been an interesting debate nonetheless! In truth I have only re-wheeled a guards van so far, to test the crossings, so perhaps I should not comment on goods stock at all! The Bachmann coach conversions were a bit of a pig until I discovered that some of the wheelse...
by Bilton Junction
Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:42 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Suspension
Replies: 68
Views: 14192

Re: Wagon Suspension

I don't know, but the idea sounds tempting. Not strictly a question about wagons, so perhaps not an appropriate question in this section. Four wheeled wagons and coach bogies don't seem to be the problem. Is it possible to use EM driving wheels on a pacific and get them through S4 track? I ask becau...
by Bilton Junction
Sun Jan 17, 2010 1:35 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Close coupling of coaches
Replies: 52
Views: 19280

Re: Close coupling of coaches

I have tried both the Sergents compatible shank and the narrow shank types. The narrow shank come ready with scale draft boxes and the compatible shank fit into Kadee type boxes which are a bit bigger. The compatible shank couplers are longer so I changed the initial coupling on the deltic to a narr...
by Bilton Junction
Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:23 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Mole point motor
Replies: 21
Views: 9026

Mole point motor

Has anyone experience of the new "Mole" point motor listed on Reicherts Proto 87 Store? It seems a lot smaller and cheaper than a Tortoise. I just wonder how it compares for noise and reliability. Also whether anyone has tried them on a lower voltage. I run my tortoises on a 6V supply to k...
by Bilton Junction
Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:49 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Close coupling of coaches
Replies: 52
Views: 19280

Re: Close coupling of coaches

Many thanks Keith. The unexpected supplement was quite a disincentive to buy more.
Carl
by Bilton Junction
Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Close coupling of coaches
Replies: 52
Views: 19280

Re: Close coupling of coaches

Sorry that should read Sergent, at least I managed to spell Glatzl correctly
by Bilton Junction
Tue Jan 12, 2010 3:39 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Close coupling of coaches
Replies: 52
Views: 19280

Re: Close coupling of coaches

I have tried the Sergeants' couplings. They look very good and work well. I have fitted up an engine and the ends of a fixed nine coach rake. I know a deltic may look odd with a buckeye coupling but at least it looks structural and in scale even if non-prototypical! My curves are too sharp for AJ's ...
by Bilton Junction
Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:55 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Building vees - there's more than one way
Replies: 14
Views: 6010

Re: Building vees - there's more than one way

[quote="grovenor-2685"]I use Bill Bedfords purpose made etch for this purpose. Does he actually supply the metal with them or just the photo etch materials and tell you to source the rest yourself? :? I am still waiting for the "bears" :shock: ah he means the bearings....! the be...
by Bilton Junction
Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:04 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Sharpest Points
Replies: 11
Views: 4701

Re: Sharpest Points

Not sure what you meant by wired (weird :o ?) BB settings. I used the machined angle iron BB gauge and then the Exactoscale drop in gauge. I tried turning the plastic inserts down on the inside of Alan Gibson coach wheels to try to get the BB as tight as possible on the gauge but I still had problem...
by Bilton Junction
Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:17 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Sharpest Points
Replies: 11
Views: 4701

Re: Sharpest Points

The three point gauge does not appear to give as much gauge widening as recommended. I ripped up a lot of curved track because I only got 0.1 mm gauge widening with the gauge and things were derailing. The Exactoscale gauge-widened track base seemed to cure the problem.
Carl
by Bilton Junction
Sun Nov 15, 2009 12:59 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: The Origins of the P4 back to back gauge?
Replies: 2
Views: 1754

Re: The Origins of the P4 back to back gauge?

But perhaps it is just a gauge to keep the right gap when the next section is hoisted into place. You would still think that that farty little gauge would drop out in the ballast never to be seen again, pretty much like the model version. There is one good thing about P4, complete pain that it is, i...
by Bilton Junction
Sun Nov 15, 2009 12:51 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: The Origins of the P4 back to back gauge?
Replies: 2
Views: 1754

Re: The Origins of the P4 back to back gauge?

It looks more to do with packing the height of the track and checking that the cut ends are square rather than gauge. But it does look a bit small for 308 mm to the foot gauge. It is interesting to see that the rail appears to have been painted, presumably with bitumen in the area covered by the fis...
by Bilton Junction
Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:33 am
Forum: Devon Riviera (DRAG)
Topic: Track laying on TT2 progress
Replies: 25
Views: 12124

Re: First track now laid on Test Track 2!

Mmm "The Flood Tide"...,never read it; is it any good or just ballast? Nice track though.
by Bilton Junction
Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:32 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Droppers on track
Replies: 40
Views: 14749

Re: Droppers on track

That is wonderful. You have found prototype track that looks even worse than mine. Tell me that engine is running on a P4 re-wheeled rigid chassis and I will stop worrying about it all!
Carl
by Bilton Junction
Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:09 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Droppers on track
Replies: 40
Views: 14749

Re: Droppers on track

Jim and Andrew, Many thanks for your help and advice about the PCB, also to others who have made suggestions about droppers. I will definitely try the method of building in droppers as I hate putting them in afterwards. The combination of hot irons and plastic chairs terrify me, especially when havi...
by Bilton Junction
Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:27 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Droppers on track
Replies: 40
Views: 14749

Re: Droppers on track

That looks like a very neat solution to the droppers as well as reinforcing the rail. I presume you must be using thin sleeper base if it is the same thickness as PCB. Do you build all of your track in situ on the templates then ballast it? I couldn't otherwise see how it could be lifted off the tem...

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