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by martin goodall
Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks, Howard. I had just worked out that JFS and Howard Bolton were one and the same person, and had edited my last post accordingly just before your latest note. I admit that I missed this point when originally replying. I did quite a bit of research into GWR structure colours some years ago. I w...
by martin goodall
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

Since I wrote my response to Howard, I have just seen his second comment. The goods office at Burford is at the left-hand end of the shed, and the chimney is at that end. The lean-to brick extension at the right-hand end (together with the corrugated iron extension next to it, which has yet to be ad...
by martin goodall
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

Many thanks, Howard. Close-up photos of the goods shed at Thame seem to be as rare as hen's teeth, so this is a very helpful reference. Ian Harrison kindly sent me a copy of his drawings of this shed some years ago, which he had surveyed before it was demolished. A unique feature of the shed at Tham...
by martin goodall
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

More than a month has elapsed since I last reported progress on the Burford Branch, because there really hasn’t been any more progress since then. I decided last November that I really ought to try to get the Goods Shed finished. This model is a prime example of the ‘slow modelling’ that has always ...
by martin goodall
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Boats. Of all shapes and sizes...
Replies: 12
Views: 1371

Re: Boats. Of all shapes and sizes...

Just took a look at this website.

Not just boats, but also canalside and dockside structural items and fittings.

Could be useful for anyone building a canalside / riverside / dockside scene, not to mention the vessels and their fittings.
by martin goodall
Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

(The lighting rig was illustrated in a post in this thread on 31st October.) I am going to leave it for now, and take time to reconsider the lighting issue. I might be able to live with the shadowing effect inside the Train Shed. The bleakness in the recent photos may have been due to some extent to...
by martin goodall
Wed Dec 09, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

Orange filters? This might be effective in changing the quality of light from an Autumn afternoon to a Summer evening, but the problem of the long shadows would remain. Not only does this throw the platform side of the station building into shadow (as shown on my recent photos), but it makes the sh...
by martin goodall
Wed Dec 09, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

I really like the shadows Martin. It’s not something a lot of railway modellers think about aiming for a flat even light. I don’t think ‘rural grim’ as opposed to my preferred urban grim would really work in your case though. Can you make the light warmer and just say it’s a summer evening? Obvious...
by martin goodall
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

At one time, quite a few years ago, I did seriously contemplate an Autumn setting for the layout. I was impressed by the attractive Autumn colours on Jas Millham’s Yaxbury Branch layout. But in the end, I decided that I would prefer to set the layout in high Summer, with parched grass and the deep g...
by martin goodall
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

Further progress on the Burford Branch has been rather slow recently. One thing I did the other day was to put the Station Building and Train Shed back on the layout. This revealed a potential problem that arises from the layout lights being positioned some 18 inches further from the layout than pre...
by martin goodall
Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: 00/EM wheels turned down to 18.83 standards
Replies: 19
Views: 1930

Re: 00/EM wheels turned down to 18.83 standards

Don't let Martin Goodall read this thread! Seriously, Martin would say push the wheels out to BtoB, and try them - you have nothing to lose :D Markits flange thickness 0.7mm P4 flangeway gap 0.68mm er... I did read this, but did not comment at first, because I knew from personal experiment that Mar...
by martin goodall
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

Up to now I have paid very little attention in this thread to the rolling stock for this layout, mainly because most of the items worked on so far are either unfinished, or have been subject to a lengthy process of refurbishment, after they were first built many years ago. Two of the latter will for...
by martin goodall
Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Frame Spacing
Replies: 26
Views: 2158

Re: Frame Spacing

Keith's reference to the wheel boss is important. Ultrascale driving wheels (unlike some others) have a substantial boss at the back of the wheel. On one occasion, when retro-fitting Ultrascale wheels to existing frames which had previously been fitted with different wheels, I had to pare off the bo...
by martin goodall
Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: Unimat SL spares
Replies: 11
Views: 1641

Re: Unimat SL spares

I was under the impression that compatible drive belts can still be obtained from other sources. In the past, I have purchased spare [not EMCO] belts for my Unimat 3, but unfortunately I can't remember who supplied them. (Sorry about that. Not very helpful, but at least it indicates that spare belts...
by martin goodall
Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

Keith wrote "....................you have enough current leaking though for you to see the LED lighting up, and it cannot be induced when using a battery.............." Just to clarify: (1) The LED glows only very dimly when power is supplied to the layout, unless one of switches for this ...
by martin goodall
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks, Tony, and also Keith. The original switches for the electro-magnets couldn't handle the 3-amp demand placed on the circuit by these particular electro-magnets, so they were replaced with higher-rated switches, which I largely avoided using other than for testing , before the diodes were inst...
by martin goodall
Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

I have had very little time for any hobby activities in the past few weeks, due to having to spend all my time completing a professional writing project to meet a tight deadline. I did, however, find the time to do the battery test on the layout suggested by Keith Norgrove. With no electrical equipm...
by martin goodall
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks, Tony.

I was thinking of looking at it with my multi-meter, and this is something I'll do next week, in addition to the battery test mentioned above.
by martin goodall
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 17/18 October - Missenden Virtual Autumn Weekend
Replies: 10
Views: 1346

Re: 17/18 October - Missenden Virtual Autumn Weekend

I would have been interested in this virtual event, but simply didn't have time last weekend to go online.

Is the recorded material by any chance still available, and if so can a link be provided to it?
by martin goodall
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

As I mentioned yesterday, I won't be able to try the battery test suggested by Keith until next week, but I should perhaps make it clear that the dull glow from the LED when it is switched 'off' doesn't greatly bother me in itself. My real concern is whether the 'stray' current that makes the LED gl...
by martin goodall
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks, Keith. I'll try that. I'm currently 90 miles away from the layout, so it will have to wait until next week. (By the way, just to show my complete ignorance of electricity, I had gained the impression that current flows from the negative terminal of the power supply to the positive terminal, ...
by martin goodall
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

At Keith’s suggestion, I have prepared a simplified circuit diagram, which shows the entirety of the circuitry for the LEDs powered from the 12v DC output from the controller. I don’t understand electrical and electronic symbols, so please excuse the crude form in which this diagram is presented. LE...
by martin goodall
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

An LED conundrum Some time ago, I decided to add a panel indicator to the switch panel that controls the electro-magnets for uncoupling the magnetic couplings on the layout. At the time, there was a risk that a switch might inadvertently be left on (as I was not using push-buttons for this purpose ...
by martin goodall
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2021
Replies: 19
Views: 3057

Re: Scaleforum 2021

That's a rather good venue, with a light, airy atrium, and a large exhibition hall upstairs "Wycrail" is held there each year (although not this year, obvs.), using both the atrium and the exhibition hall. I can't remember what the catering is like, but the atrium provides convenient seati...
by martin goodall
Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 117300

Re: The Burford Branch

I haven't had time to do much on the layout in the past few weeks, due to other calls on my time, but one job I did get done was to connect the wires from the transformers to the layout. I showed a photo a few weeks ago of the new choc-block under the baseboard after it was wired up. The final job w...

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