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by martin goodall
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 242
Views: 49274

Re: The Burford Branch

In answer, first, to Keith - Yes, the 'cage' around the ladder is purely required by modern rules on "Elfen Safety". In the good old days, there was no such protection, just a plain ladder, although a handrail was provided near the top for climbing onto and off the roof, and this handrail ...
by martin goodall
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 242
Views: 49274

Re: The Burford Branch

'Traditional' semaphore signals with wooden posts were braced by guy lines, which countered any instability in the potentially flimsy structure itself. The modern steel support for the bracketed semaphore display shown above has clearly been designed to be self-supporting without needing guy lines t...
by martin goodall
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 242
Views: 49274

Re: The Burford Branch

I hadn't previously considered the fixing of the prototype tank to the bearers, but this prompted me to look more carefully at the photos. Fixing bolts can in fact be seen which kept everything in place, even if gravity was the main adhesive force. I am certainly not aware of any of these GWR tanks ...
by martin goodall
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 242
Views: 49274

Re: The Burford Branch

I have come across at least one photo that shows diagonal bracing wires fitted to one of these GWR tanks, but this is very much the exception. Perhaps, as Doug suggests, bolting them down firmly to substantial concrete pads was found to give sufficient stability in all except a very few cases. Maybe...
by martin goodall
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 477

Re: Suitable paint for goods vehicles

I would have to disagree with Bill Bedford's assertion that any grey paint would become progressively darker between repaints. It would depend on the materials actually used in the mix. There is ample photographic evidence that L&Y grey, which started out as a medium-dark shade, was particularly...
by martin goodall
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 477

Re: Suitable paint for goods vehicles

Re MR grey, I forgot to mention 'Smudge'. This was a dark grey produced by mixing freight grey with black. The MR and the LMS both used Smudge for repaints of goods wagons, but photographic evidence suggests that practice was not consistent, and there were examples of light grey being used for some ...
by martin goodall
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 477

Re: Suitable paint for goods vehicles

I am not sure about NER grey, but LSWR goods brown was the same shade as SR goods brown. I believe that MR goods grey was the same as LMS goods grey. At the end of WW1, the MR bought a large quantity of Battleship Grey from the Admiralty as war surplus. TVR goods livery was a red oxide. I am not sur...
by martin goodall
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: GWR rectangular covered water tower - dimensions?
Replies: 7
Views: 409

Re: GWR rectangular covered water tower - dimensions?

As promised, I have now posted further information on this topic on my Burford Branch thread.
by martin goodall
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 242
Views: 49274

Re: The Burford Branch

Here are the rest of my photos of the Toddington water tank. Digital camera 2011-12358.jpg Digital camera 2011-12369.jpg Digital camera 2011-12368.jpg Digital camera 2011-12361.jpg B847.JPG B848.JPG Digital camera 2011-12363.jpg B843.JPG B855.JPG B852.JPG B851.JPG That's it for now. I am currently w...
by martin goodall
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 242
Views: 49274

Re: The Burford Branch

Here are the promised photos of the tank at Toddington. The first few shots were taken in 2011 before all the plumbing had been installed. The later shots show some extra pipework. The rising main has now had timber trunking erected around it, although the GWR used separate planks, rather than the s...
by martin goodall
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 242
Views: 49274

Re: The Burford Branch

A WATER TANK FOR BURFORD On Wednesday, Dave McCabe (“junctionmad”) started a short thread in Scenery & Structures asking for the dimensions of a ‘standard’, or typical, GWR rectangular water tank. I was able to confirm these, and promised to post here the prototype photos I had taken of the res...
by martin goodall
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: GWR rectangular covered water tower - dimensions?
Replies: 7
Views: 409

Re: GWR rectangular covered water tower - dimensions?

Sorry, I overlooked the question about the wheel and weight. This is a depth gauge. As the water level goes down in the tank, the indicator on the outside of the tank rises. The tank is full when the indicator is at the bottom of the gauge, and empty when it's at the top. There is a float inside the...
by martin goodall
Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: GWR rectangular covered water tower - dimensions?
Replies: 7
Views: 409

Re: GWR rectangular covered water tower - dimensions?

Restoration of the Toddington tank had not been completed when the two photos I posted above were taken in 2011. My later detail photos show the additional plumbing. What I now propose to do is to take some photos of my part-built model and post these on my Burford Branch thread, together with my ot...
by martin goodall
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: GWR rectangular covered water tower - dimensions?
Replies: 7
Views: 409

Re: GWR rectangular covered water tower - dimensions?

I am scratch-building a model based on the preserved tank at Toddington, with some help from a drawing kindly supplied by Chris Lamacraft of the principal elevation of a similar (but not identical) tank at Ashburton. By reference to Chris's drawing, my own photographs and some rivet-counting (!) I c...
by martin goodall
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

I would respectfully disagree with Tim Lee's suggestion that the two photos he has posted are "probably not helpful or relevant" (!) They are both very helpful, and entirely relevant. The use of steel plates as ramps is clearly in evidence. In the first shot, small plates are actually bein...
by martin goodall
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

“If all else fails, try reading the instructions.” (Or to put it more succinctly, “RTFM!”) I should have looked at the box of my Fowler ploughing engine. It gives quite a lot of information about this machine. It turns out that it is a model of a Fowler BB1 16nhp engine, built in 1918 (Maker’s numbe...
by martin goodall
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 242
Views: 49274

Re: The Burford Branch

Slow progress The last of the brewery buildings have at last had their roofs put on. Roofs 1.JPG Roofs 2.JPG These roofs will be laid with Cotswold stone slates. Quite a lot of other details remain to be added, including dormers on the Head Brewer's house, a slatted roof vent on the brewhouse, gutt...
by martin goodall
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

Loading the ploughing engine on timber baulks to overcome the problem of the driving wheels being wider than the loading well was an idea that occurred to me to solve the problem of loading my Oxford Diecast model on a Mac or Loriot, but I had no idea whether this would have been done in practice, a...
by martin goodall
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

Such engines commonly belonged to contractors, who would move around country areas. This confirms that it is not realistic to put a ploughing engine on a railway wagon (except on initial delivery from Fowler's in Leeds). I was aware that these engines were owned by agricultural contractors and take...
by martin goodall
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

. Airfix once produced a kit of the Avro, assuming the scale disparity is acceptable. If one wants to make use of a small-scale plastic aircraft kit, the standard scale of 1:72 has to be accepted. It produces an oversize model, but is a compromise most of us are prepared to tolerate for the sake of...
by martin goodall
Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

I deliberately fixed the level of the road behind the buffer stops at Burford to be at roughly the same height as the end loading dock, so no slope. As Noel has observed, most end loading docks would have been arranged in this way, or with only a minimal change of level. I can't think of any example...
by martin goodall
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

I was just looking through Volume 1 of Peter Tatlow’s work on LNER Wagons this morning, when I came across a photo on page 64 showing an ELD somewhere on the LNER, where hinged steel ramps were installed. Their length can be guesstimated by reference to the 16-ft long ex-GNR 9-ton light machinery wa...
by martin goodall
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

Somewhere along the way, I also acquired an Airfix kit for an Airco DH4 (dating from 1918). But I prefer the Sopwith Camel. Since the Burford Branch exists in a parellel universe, it doesn't take too great a leap of fantasy to imagine that some Sopwith Camels were retained for flying training into t...
by martin goodall
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

I forgot to answer Noel's question about military traffic on the Burford Branch. In the late 1930s an RAF aerodrome was opened at Little Rissington. This later became the RAF's Central Flying School. Other training aerodromes were established in the area during World War Two (including RAF Windrush)...
by martin goodall
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

One of the vehicles I intend to place for unloading at the end loading dock is a Fowler ploughing engine, and it was this 25-ton monster I had in mind. A separate problem is what wagon could carry this machine. It has a very wide wheelbase - 8' 6", and assuming these wheels could not be allowed...

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