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by martin goodall
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Can I drive a Seep motor from a lever frame?
Replies: 8
Views: 442

Re: Can I drive a Seep motor from a lever frame?

Being a simple-minded soul, I shudder at the mention of relays, control circuits end other electronic complications. The levers supplied more than 60 years ago by Tri-ang (some of which I still have in my spares box), and also the modern equivalent from Peco are simply passing contact switches. It s...
by martin goodall
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fret Saw Blades
Replies: 13
Views: 1153

Re: Fret Saw Blades

The other point is the angle of cut. I don't know whether this works for piercing saw blades, but as a general rule it has always been may understanding that when cutting thin material the cut should not be at right angles to the material being cut, but that the saw blade should be held at an angle ...
by martin goodall
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 157
Views: 13211

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I have never yet done any actual modelling at a show when demonstrating.

I just spend the whole time talking, explaining and answering questions.

If you're a demonstrator, then that's what you're there for.
by martin goodall
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 157
Views: 13211

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I didn't see MODELU among the traders listed so far. I hope they've been invited. They are continuing to develop interesting 3D-printed products, and I'm hoping to see what they have on offer in September, with a view to buying more of their excellent products.
by martin goodall
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 267
Views: 62621

Re: The Burford Branch

"Finally, we had the rare sight on this layout of a goods train actually being marshalled and departing – an almost unheard of event. The engine is a Bachmann Collett Goods (No.2221), which is a very steady performer now that I have fitted a set of current collectors to the tender as well as t...
by martin goodall
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 267
Views: 62621

Re: The Burford Branch

Before dismantling the layout commences, I have taken a final opportunity to show the layout to various friends before it moves up-country. This involved getting the layout working properly for the first time in two or three years (due to my having concentrated exclusively in the meantime on constru...
by martin goodall
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 267
Views: 62621

Re: The Burford Branch

Martin, Loved the photos of the station and auto coach, but who’s model is it? Dave The Autotrailer (No.202 of Diagram Q) was built from an old K's [N & KC Keyser] whitemetal kit, but with the moulded plastic roof. (Early examples had cast whitemetal roofs.) My model is over 40 years old. I des...
by martin goodall
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 267
Views: 62621

Re: The Burford Branch

For the benefit of those members using Apple equipment (iPhone, iPad, AppleMac, etc.) I am re-posting the three 'upside down' photos here in their original format. They will be upside down for everyone else, but Apple users will now be able to see them the right way up (I hope). IMG_5338.JPG IMG_533...
by martin goodall
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 267
Views: 62621

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks, Alan, for sorting out the three shots above which I could not get to display 'right way up'. They were fine on my PC, but the iPhone had been turned upside down to take these shots from a low angle, and the computer code embedded in the images seems to instruct other programs that, as they w...
by martin goodall
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 267
Views: 62621

Re: The Burford Branch

The planned move of the layout that I mentioned in previous posts is likely to take place in the next couple of months. So dismantling will start shortly. But don’t panic; this layout was designed on the assumption that it would undergo several house moves over the years, and ease of dismantling and...
by martin goodall
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 3573

Re: Track cleaning

On the subject of accented French vowels (Does this come under the heading of getting it all right ????), I was typing on an iPad. On my PC (using MS Word), there is the option of inserting symbols, including all the usual accents. Using the Louis Jadot cork (which in this case is a composite cork) ...
by martin goodall
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 3573

Re: Track cleaning

One of the more unexpected discoveries from exhibiting regularly in France has been that French modellers use wine to clean their tracks - and very successfully too. The procedure is to firstly select a wine which isn't in a screw-capped bottle, secondly drink the wine, sharing it with your fellow ...
by martin goodall
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 3573

Re: Track cleaning

May I throw another pebble into the pond? The article referred to cited micro-arcing producing metal oxides. I have no means of verifying or refuting this analysis, but I was under the impression that for those of us who use nickel silver rail there is a problem of the nickel silver simply oxidizing...
by martin goodall
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Eames 40 flux
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: Eames 40 flux

I am told that Cola can be an effective emergency flux (due to its phosphoric acid content)! However, if you want a less sticky solution, phosphoric acid flux is readily available from various hobby suppliers, without the need to brew your own. Most on offer seem to be about 12%, which gives you a f...
by martin goodall
Mon May 27, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon fleet compostion
Replies: 19
Views: 1842

Re: Wagon fleet compostion

I am well aware of FRUIT Ds being used as parcels vans, but I am not so sure that FRUIT Cs would ever have been used in this way (but if anyone knows better then please let us know - I would welcome this excuse to justify my FRUIT C.) However, it seems to me very unlikely that a FRUIT A would have b...
by martin goodall
Sun May 26, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon fleet compostion
Replies: 19
Views: 1842

Re: Wagon fleet compostion

Noel has picked up on a point that I didn't mention, but which I seem to recall was covered in Don Rowlands' article. In the pre-grouping era, and on into the inter-war period, goods were far more likely to be carried in an open wagon (protected if necessary by a wagon sheet) than in a covered goods...
by martin goodall
Fri May 24, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 65
Views: 5769

Re: Joggled Stockrails

I mentioned the other day that I have built the turnouts on my layout with admittedly overscale joggles, but Dave Bradwell's post reminds me that in at least one case I resorted to filing a rebate in the stock rail instead. I freely accept that this is totally unprototypical, but I I believe in taki...
by martin goodall
Sun May 19, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon fleet compostion
Replies: 19
Views: 1842

Re: Wagon fleet compostion

I was always a little sceptical of Don Rowlands' article in Model Railways . There was no such thing as a 'typical' line on which the proportions of wagons from each of the Big Four would have been exactly (or possibly even approximately) equal to the figures shown in the article. Local conditions, ...
by martin goodall
Sun May 19, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 65
Views: 5769

Re: Joggled Stockrails

I meant to add that my method of forming a joggle in the stock rail is to use a jig made from a small door hinge, with pieces of 20-thou nickel silver soldered to the inside of each leaf of the hinge, leaving a slight gap between them when the hinge is closed. The stock rail is then placed in this j...
by martin goodall
Sun May 19, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 65
Views: 5769

Re: Joggled Stockrails

My approach to all forms of engineering, including point and crossing work, is 'Suck it and see', and I apply this to (among many other things) setting out the switches of turnouts. I found a good few years ago that a joggle in the stock rail is a far more reliable way of ensuring that wheel flanges...
by martin goodall
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 267
Views: 62621

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: 267
Views: 62621

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: 267
Views: 62621

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: 6944

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: 6944

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 ...

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