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by steve howe
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Best wire for collectors
Replies: 10
Views: 401

Best wire for collectors

Are there any recommended wires for current collectors? I have tended to use 0.35 phosphor bronze in the past, but with steel wheels am wondering if steel on steel might be a better option?

Steve
by steve howe
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 542
Views: 113249

Re: Brettell Road

I had never heard of Archer rivet transfers... had to Google it!

Who is your supplier Jim and which sheet did you use? :thumb

Steve
by steve howe
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: High Level 03 Chassis Build
Replies: 44
Views: 7889

Re: High Level 03 Chassis Build

I've made the decision to replace all the wheels with a brand new set as I originally fitted the AG wheels without using the GW wheel press, which I didn't have at the time but have one now. This is more than likely where the damage to centres has arisen. So after practicing with the press and pick...
by steve howe
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Roseladden Wharf development
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: Roseladden Wharf development

Great stuff, thanks gents. Unfortunately there isn't enough length to get a crossover and a separate junction point in without making the layout unduly compressed, I can invent a geographical reason for having the double slip arrangement! I agree one exchange siding will be sufficient for the minera...
by steve howe
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Roseladden Wharf development
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Roseladden Wharf development

The long-awaited refurbishment of my old layout Roseladden Wharf edges closer to reality and I have been looking at the potential of adding a small through station to the rear of the wharf layout so as to introduce passenger workings and increase the depth of the scene to something more proportional...
by steve howe
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 276
Views: 71748

Re: The Burford Branch

Nice to see Crichel Down again :thumb

Why not be really cheeky and enter it for the MRJ cameo challenge?! :twisted:

Steve
by steve howe
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bodmin General (1955)
Replies: 52
Views: 10219

Re: Bodmin General (1955)

The buildings look very nice Jeremy, any possibility of some close-ups and a comment on construction?
Steve
by steve howe
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 2210

Re: Bodmin

It would be interesting to know how much, if any, clay was worked away by the Southern over the old Withered Arm, given that there were china clay pits in Devon as well. I suspect not a lot. Boscarne Junction was the frontier post between the GWR and the SR with exchange sidings. My guess is the cla...
by steve howe
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 2210

Re: Bodmin

Graham,
You may also find the Cornwall Railway Society website useful, there are a lot of galleries covering the clay country, and some fascinating nooks and crannies with sidings. All now gone sadly.

http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/cornwall-galleries.html

Steve
by steve howe
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 2210

Re: Bodmin

You might find contacting the china clay museum at Wheal Martyn worthwhile. They hold an extensive archive from ECC and others, and, for what its worth, I recently deposited with them a pack of track plans, notes, scale drawings of typical Dries, and photos taken in the early 1970s when much of the ...
by steve howe
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 2210

Re: Bodmin

I stand to be corrected, but I seem to remember the NLG having a number of specially commissioned PO china clay wagon transfers made for the original Bodmin. I acquired a set but then was told that the wagons they referred to were scratchbuilt because (at the time) no suitable kits existed. I still ...
by steve howe
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Steel Code 60 Flat Bottom Rail
Replies: 5
Views: 2547

Re: Steel Code 60 Flat Bottom Rail

The code 55 rail from the SS is a different profile to the Peco conductor rail, having a wider foot. I guess the Code 60 rail being nickel silver is no good? If its non-functioning could you paint it with Humbrol Metalcote Steel? presumably its only the head that appears shiny.

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: concrete block walling
Replies: 7
Views: 921

Re: concrete block walling

There are a couple of items in Slater's embossed plastikard range which offer possibilities. The sizes aren't precisely right but the regularity of the embossing gives precisely the right impression, particularly if you use a very fine coloured plaster mix to almost fill the embossed cracks and bot...
by steve howe
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: concrete block walling
Replies: 7
Views: 921

Re: concrete block walling

Thank you Noel. I have researched this and measured several structures which date from the 1920s & 30s. Concrete block made an early appearance in Cornwall as a building material when enterprising local firms began using shingle from certain beaches or crushed mine waste – of which there was a p...
by steve howe
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: concrete block walling
Replies: 7
Views: 921

concrete block walling

I have some pre-War industrial stuff to make requiring concrete block walls. Before I sit down and laboriously scribe several feet of the stuff... :? does anyone know of a pre-formed product? I thought S E Finecast had included it in their range, but the only one I can find is "textured concret...
by steve howe
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4721

Re: Plywood disaster

Getting back to the ply problem. The principle of the open-top system in my understanding is that any horizontal plane is stiffened by a vertical one either below or above it. In other words, a strip of ply forming a base for the track should have at least one corresponding strip glued and pinned, o...
by steve howe
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR number plates
Replies: 12
Views: 1442

Re: GWR number plates

Kings Cross plates are still available:

http://www.gcrsociety.co.uk/kingscrossplates.html

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 2235

Re: Road and platform surfaces

Lindsay[/quote] I'm sure Hull Docks has wooden blocks. End grain uppermost, I guess so that when it's wet, it swells and doesn't come loose. Also better grip.[/quote] I certainly remember wooden block paving, end grain uppermost, outside the Humber Dock Tavern and around what is now the Marina from ...
by steve howe
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 308
Views: 49380

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

We used Cobalt motors on our 00 club layout which represents a medium sized urban terminus. They were set up for push-button route selection (one of our members is a ex-Railtrack signal engineer) so anything up to six or seven motors fire simultaneously! The motors were bought relatively recently, w...
by steve howe
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hattons RTR period stock
Replies: 4
Views: 791

Hattons RTR period stock

I don't know if anyone has seen this press release from Hattons… they appear to be planning a range of 4 and 6 wheel carriages in a range of pre-Grouping liveries. Presumably the coaches are not to any specific Diagrams to be able to cover so many companies, but its an interesting step in the right ...
by steve howe
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Local Show Publicity
Topic: Cornish Model Railway Show 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 1761

Cornish Model Railway Show 2020

Helston & Falmouth MRC are pleased to announce their April 2020 show has moved to a new and more convenient venue: Pool Academy, Church Road Pool, Redruth TR15 3PZ is located centrally between Redruth and Camborne and just 3 minutes off the main A30 at Tolvadden Junction. April 2020 poster COLOU...
by steve howe
Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Drill for rivets.
Replies: 18
Views: 1417

Re: Drill for rivets.

My trick (which I'm sure is not original) is to put small broach or fine needlefile through the hole, into the rivet, position, and press...
seems the most painless way ;)

Steve
by steve howe
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 49498

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

They are nice little buildings. I did one in local stone for our Club layout a few years ago using the 'Pendon' method of card and watercolour using the drawings in Karau's book, but slightly adapted the floor plan to provide a forecourt entrance: trenance1.jpg trenance2.jpg The goods shed was also ...
by steve howe
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 49498

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

ralphrobertson wrote:Well done Jeremy. Like the station building!

Ralph


Indeed, the whole project looks fascinating, :thumb Is the station building a William Clarke design? they seemed to crop up all over the GWR area in a variety of disguises.

Steve
by steve howe
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 2235

Re: Road and platform surfaces

Getting back to Neil's original query, pre-tarmac roads, especially in rural areas were just crushed stone and grit which (in Cornwall at least) the local clay worked its way through in wet weather making them muddy in winter and dusty in summer. I replicate tarmac surfaces on platforms etc. by pain...

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