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by Albert Hall
Mon May 25, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Right Track DVD series
Replies: 18
Views: 1838

Re: Right Track DVD series

I agree some of these videos could be quite relaxing. I recall one in particular was very informative and instructional but the dialogue was so slow and monotone that I kept nodding off then having to rewind. The 'bastard file' was a term I first came across during the first year of my apprenticeshi...
by Albert Hall
Sat May 23, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Right Track DVD series
Replies: 18
Views: 1838

Re: Right Track DVD series

We started selling these DVD's during my last few years C+L up to 2016. Very few actually sold and they were eventually given away by the then owner. My understanding is that we were allowed to sell existing stock but no further copies could be produced, which I assume was down to a copyright issue....
by Albert Hall
Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: When did aerials become common place?
Replies: 11
Views: 917

Re: When did aerials become common place?

I remember our first television set was when I was about 4 so that would be 1957. I'm sure we weren't the first to have one. The picture was initially a 'snowstorm' then when it was tuned in properly the only programme on was horse racing, in black and white naturally. Fascinating when you switched ...
by Albert Hall
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 1937

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

Would be even more impressive it was all plugged into a ceiling light fitting :idea: :shock: Ah! Those were the days. I can remember mother ironing with a bayonet plug connected into the light fitting and water running down the flex from the leaky roof. :shock: Obviously it could only be done in da...
by Albert Hall
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 1937

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

Interesting! Wouldn't mind betting that with a quick clean up of the dirt it would all pass muster. The only criticism would be a lack of insulating sleeves on the live and neutral pins. This ensures that the circuit is broken before wandering fingers or foreign objects can get under the body and ma...
by Albert Hall
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 1937

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

I seem to recall a story that in the early days of the Wales & West show at the Victoria Rooms in Bristol it was discovered that the building was supplied with mains at 110 volts. No idea how that was overcome in short order on the day. Can anyone remember that far back? We are probably talking ...
by Albert Hall
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 1937

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

Incredible! And the usual response when you come across one of these is 'I know which end to disconnect first'. :(

Roy
by Albert Hall
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 1937

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

A great shame as I'm sure Chris would already have put many man hours into preparations for this year's show. For myself it ruins my entertainment during set up on Friday afternoon and evening. As chief PAT tester I marvel at some of the electrical equipment offered up as good examples of safe kit. ...
by Albert Hall
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L track base
Replies: 5
Views: 1771

Re: C&L track base

How old are they? It was a known problem under the previous ownership when I was the track assembler. Track gauge regularly came out at around 18.75 but there wasn't the will to correct it. Whenever I raised concerns I was told that it was 'near enough' which might just about work with straight trac...
by Albert Hall
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 213
Views: 22790

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Pete

I probably have copies of those in my shed. I'll have a look over the weekend.

Roy
by Albert Hall
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought
Replies: 24
Views: 2728

Re: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought

IIRC there was a link to Rocar in the old Comet coach kit catalogue including an address in Scotland. It was definitely on the website which no longer seems to be active. Does anyone have a copy of the catalogue squirrelled away somewhere. I may have one but I cannot get to it at the moment.

Roy
by Albert Hall
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 11595

Re: Chairs and Rail

This problem only came to light when the rail was used to make flexitrack. We noticed that it would not lie down flat but we quickly ruled out a problem with the sleeper bases. It was initially thought that once the track was fixed down to a base material the problem would go away but the tendency o...
by Albert Hall
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 11595

Re: Chairs and Rail

To the best of my recollections from working at C+L, all of the steel rail sold was that which was handed over to Pete in 2011. There was more than sufficient stock to meet demand over the following 5 - 6 years although much of it had started to corrode in the damp workshop. A batch of HiNi tended t...
by Albert Hall
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 25111

Re: Scaleforum 2018

Totally agree and well worth the temporary back pain incurred after 5 hours of driving. Poured with rain in both directions and the M4 was a bit of a mare going home due to those who don't know how to drive properly. Many thanks to all those who did the organising, entertaining and educating. :thumb...
by Albert Hall
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest (Railwells) 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 3866

Re: Scalefour Southwest (Railwells) 2018

Woe betide anyone who falls foul of my PAT tester! I have amassed a bumper crop of books and DVD's for our charity bookstall this year and I might throw in some odds and ends which I haven't been able to sell so far. Might be worth bringing a carrier bag. All proceeds (100%) go to Railway Children s...
by Albert Hall
Wed May 09, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 78
Views: 25242

Re: Exactoscale Products

Andrew

Has any thought been given as to how the assembly instructions will be available when the transition happens? To the best of my knowledge they are currently only available as downloads from the C+L website under the Knowledge Centre.

Roy
by Albert Hall
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 108841

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

That would have been me! The undergauging problem was with the C+L thin sleeper P4 flexitrack and seemed to vary with each new batch of sleeper bases which arrived. Typically 18.75mm was not unusual towards the end of my involvement. I did discuss this with the new owner and he acknowledged that he ...
by Albert Hall
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 121
Views: 19240

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Paul, you really missed out there. Barrow Road was a haven for big chunky LMS and Standard locos in the heart of Western Region territory. As a teenager in the early sixties I lived about 6 inches (in 4mm scale) off the southern end of Barrow Road viaduct. I saw the decline including the influx of W...
by Albert Hall
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Attaching track to base board and bending photo etch
Replies: 22
Views: 4710

Re: Attaching track to base board and bending photo etch

I agree with Paul. I have used old Contiboard for shelving in garden sheds where it starts to delaminate within a few years due to temperature and humidity variations. So unless you are building in a properly heated room or are prepared to invest in some sort of climate control I would definitely av...
by Albert Hall
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: DMUs hauling freight
Replies: 8
Views: 2552

Re: DMUs hauling freight

I'm starting to wonder about the role of the guard in all this. One of the guys I worked with in the eighties said he started work as a goods guard but apart from some obvious differences I have no idea how the role differed from that of passenger guard when it came to shunting and brake tests. Roy
by Albert Hall
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: DMUs hauling freight
Replies: 8
Views: 2552

Re: DMUs hauling freight

John Palmer wrote: So I wonder how far the GA's instructions in this respect were observed in practice.


Reminds me of the expression I was taught in the carriage works at York - Rules for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.

Wise men being supposedly plentiful at this time of year of course.

Roy
by Albert Hall
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Securing supplies of track components
Replies: 31
Views: 6871

Re: Securing supplies of track components

When I worked for Pete one of the problems with e-mails was the need to weed out those which related directly to orders and those which were general requests for information and unlikely to result in a sale of any kind.. Some people tended to treat us as an advice bureau which we were just not equip...
by Albert Hall
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wheel diameter of "Queen Mary" brake van
Replies: 7
Views: 2240

Re: Wheel diameter of "Queen Mary" brake van

The drawings in these books seem to be reproduced in our scale and this is confirmed by measuring the wheelbase of the 8 foot bogies at 32mm. The wheels come out at around 14mm across the treads. Interestingly, wheel sizes are generally quoted on the drawings in volume 1 but not volume 4. I'm not su...
by Albert Hall
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wheel diameter of "Queen Mary" brake van
Replies: 7
Views: 2240

Re: Wheel diameter of "Queen Mary" brake van

Terry The one we have at Midsomer Norton is from the 1936 batch (diagram 1550) and that has standard coach wheels of 3'7" diameter. I did find a quote saying that these vans were fitted with standard coach bogies. The drawings and photos in "An Illustrated History of Southern Wagons" ...
by Albert Hall
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth in Broad Gauge era
Replies: 40
Views: 12156

Re: Dartmouth in Broad Gauge era

As a means of proving and demonstrating the principles of automation I think the scale and gauge is largely irrelevant. Probably better to be small and compact so it can all be seen within a narrow field of view. Think about how some DCC traders demonstrate their wares, usually with a very tightly c...

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