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by martin goodall
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 247
Views: 54077

Re: The Burford Branch

When posting the photos of the last few brewery buildings, I had intended to post copies of my photos of the prototype. So (slightly belatedly) they are now reproduced below. The models are a mirror image of the originals (as they fitted into the scene better that way round), and so I have also reve...
by martin goodall
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 247
Views: 54077

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks, Jim. Yes, I made a deliberate decision right from the start to restrict the palette to a very limited range of colours. I adopted this approach when painting the backscene and I have tried to ensure that this is carried through to the buildings as well (which is why some of the roofs are lig...
by martin goodall
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 247
Views: 54077

Re: The Burford Branch

I have at last completed the final group of buildings behind the goods yard, except for some minor detailing. It seems to have taken a long time, although this is due at least in part to various pauses and interruptions. My model-making is never intensive or continuous, and so progress is inevitably...
by martin goodall
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 4022

Re: Carriage loading docks

I have now had a chance to look at my 1936 General Appendix, and have also consulted my copy of Atkins, Beard & Tourret. I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that if I pursue the practicability of carrying my Oxford model of the 20-ton Fowler ploughing engine any further, the tail is going ...
by martin goodall
Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 4022

Re: Carriage loading docks

I had been thinking alomg the same lines as Jon Price. It appears to me that several of the companies in the north-west / north-east of England might well have had suitable wagons. I suspect that the reason the GWR seems (until some time into the inter-war period) not to have had a wagon capable of ...
by martin goodall
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 4022

Re: Carriage loading docks

Since British WW1 tanks were 27-30T, a Rectank should be OK, provided that the higher floor doesn't present a problem . Regrettably, I have already established that a Rectank, which would be ideal from every other point of view, is too high in the floor to allow a ploughing engine to be carried wit...
by martin goodall
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 4022

Re: Carriage loading docks

My thanks to both Howard and Noel for this further information. I will make a point of looking in my copy of the 1936 General Appendix. I had assumed that this information would not be found in the GA. I should have looked at it earlier. The Oxford version of the Fowler ploughing engine weighs 20 to...
by martin goodall
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 4022

Re: Carriage loading docks

I had decided that detaching the chimney would be unavoidable. My main concern was the width over the outside of the driving wheels, which on the Oxford model is 34mm. The figures quoted by Howard (8'0" or 8'3") suggest to me that I might be able to shave a little off the insides of the wh...
by martin goodall
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 4022

Re: Carriage loading docks

Many thanks to Howard for this information. Unfortunately, my Oxford model is in rusty/muddy condition, so it will require a repaint to something closer to the photo in Howard's post. I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that using this model as a wagon load on my layout is not really practicab...
by martin goodall
Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR, London Transport lines safety trip-cock
Replies: 10
Views: 525

Re: GWR, London Transport lines safety trip-cock

The ex-Metropolitan locos went to the LNER in 1937 (together with most of the goods wagons), but the LPTB retained sufficient small tank engines to work service trains through the Met tunnels, and sufficient wagons to cater for the needs of the PW Department. I am under the impression that the large...
by martin goodall
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Locomotive fire irons
Replies: 14
Views: 935

Re: Locomotive fire irons

Noel's reply reminds me that a fire iron tunnel was a retro-fitting to some of the larger 4-6-0s (such as Castles, among others). This fitting was on the near-side, which was the fireman's side on GWR right-hand drive engines. The fire-iron tunnel opened into the cab, but manoeuvring a long fire iro...
by martin goodall
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR, London Transport lines safety trip-cock
Replies: 10
Views: 525

Re: GWR, London Transport lines safety trip-cock

Just to throw another pebble in the pond, would GWR steam locos working through the Met tunnels to the GWR depot at Smithfield (including possibly also the H&C for coal trains) have been fitted with trip-cocks, as well as condensing gear, from quite early on? (Possibly from electrification of th...
by martin goodall
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Scalescenes Industrial Box File Layout
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: Scalescenes Industrial Box File Layout

With the purpose of, hopefully, spurring me on to actually complete something, I've started to work on a P4 version of the Scalescenes Good project, I've suggested this to certain members of the Bristol group who never finish anything :D It's not just the Bristol group who never finish anything - t...
by martin goodall
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Dullcoat
Replies: 11
Views: 1167

Re: Dullcoat

I used a Testor's Dulcote spray can to spray some POWsides rub-down transfers a few months ago. The results were excellent. No problems at all. I also have the brushing version of Testor's Dulcote, but have only used the spray can so far. As to the formulation, I have no idea. The standard advice wh...
by martin goodall
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Protofour W iron units
Replies: 8
Views: 963

Re: Protofour W iron units

I have a lot of wagons with these W irons, but I used two track rivets instead of the bolts. A piece of plastic with two holes, the rivets against the floor, low cost solution :) I assume Tim melted the rivets into the plastic 'pivot bar' with a soldering iron. I tried this, but the rivets parted c...
by martin goodall
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Correct Roof Colour?
Replies: 9
Views: 1071

Re: Correct Roof Colour?

For what it's worth, I have always used a 50/50 mix of Matt Black and Dark Earth for carriage and wagon roofs. It seems a reasonable rendition of the weathered appearance of roofs after a period in service (as they "hover through the fog and filthy air" to quote the Bard).
by martin goodall
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Protofour W iron units
Replies: 8
Views: 963

Re: Protofour W iron units

Agreed. I have several wagons with these W-iron units, which I built in the 1970s. I didn't use screws or pins, but simply stuck the W-iron units to thick rubber band with Evostik - a narrow (1 to 1.5mm strip) at one end, and two broader strips at the other. The flexibility of the rubber and the Evo...
by martin goodall
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 247
Views: 54077

Re: The Burford Branch

Any of you who are “Friends of Pendon” will have received an emailed Newsletter in the past day or so, which contains a very well produced newsreel, covering last year’s ‘Diesels in the Vale’ event, the guest appearance at the museum of ‘Much Murkle’, and a well-illustrated explanation by Tim Peacoc...
by martin goodall
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 247
Views: 54077

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: 247
Views: 54077

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: 247
Views: 54077

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: 247
Views: 54077

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: 725

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: 725

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: 725

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...

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