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by Albert Hall
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Small hut at Swanage MPD
Replies: 8
Views: 385

Re: Small hut at Swanage MPD

Thank you Neil. That is a book which is already in my friends library.

Looking at the author Brian L Jackson I believe he passed away last year. He was due to give a talk on the Railways of Portland to my club in a few months time.

Roy
by Albert Hall
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Small hut at Swanage MPD
Replies: 8
Views: 385

Re: Small hut at Swanage MPD

Thanks Neil. I expect that will be a useful shot so I will pass it on.

Roy
by Albert Hall
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Small hut at Swanage MPD
Replies: 8
Views: 385

Re: Small hut at Swanage MPD

An accomplice of mine from Evercreech, who is also building a model of Swanage up to the road bridge, says he has seen drawings showing this as an oil store. He wonders in return if you have any photos of the cattle pens and coal staithes you might be able to share.

Roy
by Albert Hall
Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Adding operational interest to a engine shed layout
Replies: 15
Views: 1455

Re: Adding operational interest to a engine shed layout

Indeed! The wheels on the skate were around 6 inches in diameter so only 2mm on a model. I once had the conundrum of one of the wheels on the skate running a 'hotbox' only 2 miles into the journey from Bristol to Gloucester. It was actually a lump of ballast which had flicked up and wedged itself be...
by Albert Hall
Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Adding operational interest to a engine shed layout
Replies: 15
Views: 1455

Re: Adding operational interest to a engine shed layout

I cannot speak for the steam depot as main line steam ended the year before I started my apprenticeship. But in diesel depot days, if a loco was crippled purely due to the lack of a component there was a system of priority ordering through the stores known as UVS - urgent vehicle standing. Naturally...
by Albert Hall
Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Lanarkshire Models & Supplies
Replies: 27
Views: 8378

Re: Lanarkshire Models & Supplies

May I thank Dave for his excellent service this week. An order for loco lamps arrived from Scotland to North Somerset via Royal Mail within 48 hours. If only onward shipment to Vancouver Island on the far side of Canada could be as efficient! Just need to wait for items from other suppliers to arriv...
by Albert Hall
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Solder paint
Replies: 13
Views: 2060

Re: Solder paint

ColinMcC wrote:I think that you can use one of the non-acidic fluxes, either Carrs orange or yellow.


Yellow is dilute phosphoric acid so it will be orange. I can't remember what it is made up of but the main ingredient was an obscure chemical which I'm sure was not an acid.

Roy
by Albert Hall
Mon May 25, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Right Track DVD series
Replies: 18
Views: 3878

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: 3878

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: 1913

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: 3360

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: 3360

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: 3360

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: 3360

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: 3360

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: 2304

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: 228
Views: 37518

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: 4341

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: 14925

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: 14925

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: 31939

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: 4990

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: 30721

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: 141441

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 ...

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