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by martin goodall
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 51
Views: 1628

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: 582

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: 1467

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: 1467

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: 54
Views: 3108

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: 1467

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: 54
Views: 3108

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: 54
Views: 3108

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: 247
Views: 56679

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: 56679

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: 56679

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: 5159

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: 5159

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: 5159

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: 5159

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: 5159

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: 5159

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: 720

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: 1211

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: 720

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: 1382

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: 1673

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: 1125

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: 1231

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: 1125

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...

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