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by Albert Hall
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 7533

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: 7533

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: 17569

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: 2569

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: 76
Views: 18255

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: 74684

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: 56
Views: 7882

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: 3408

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: 1845

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: 1845

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: 4999

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: 1569

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: 1569

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: 9512

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...
by Albert Hall
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 20125

Re: Scaleforum 2017

No John I didn't read that into your comment. Personally, car sharing is not the ideal for me as I probably have a higher risk than most of being recalled for a domestic emergency (elderly parents who are becoming increasingly infirm and dependent). It does work for some people with the bonus of red...
by Albert Hall
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 20125

Re: Scaleforum 2017

Regarding John P's comment re the car journey, I was pleasantly surprised to have to have made the journey in an approximation of the estimate given by Journey Planner. Although my car is capable of a lot more, I did stick to well within the speed limits for most of the time. I suppose one solution ...
by Albert Hall
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 20125

Re: Scaleforum 2017

This was also my first visit to Scaleforum since Leatherhead. My last trip to Stoke Mandeville was in the early days of Railex and the journey was half the distance that it is now. Parking was a bit of a 'mare back then. Somehow I had convinced myself that it was too far to drive and my body would p...
by Albert Hall
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 20125

Re: Scaleforum 2017

We seem to be drifting off thread here so maybe it could be moved somewhere more appropriate. When my old Epson printer stopped printing to an acceptable quality after a period of misuse I thought about replacing the ink cartridges. This was going to cost over £40 for the set but a very helpful chap...
by Albert Hall
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L Flexitrack
Replies: 21
Views: 3640

Re: C&L Flexitrack

Does this also mean that contact between the offside wheel and railhead migrates from the cone to the flange or at least the root of the flange resulting in more frictional drag?
Roy
by Albert Hall
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Railwells 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 3537

Re: Railwells 2017

Latest information is that the £3 charge on Palace Field for Saturday is correct.
Roy
by Albert Hall
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L Flexitrack
Replies: 21
Views: 3640

Re: C&L Flexitrack

Comments? I find the slight undergauging of C+L P4 thin flexitrack is tolerable on straight track but bear in mind it is not available with flat bottom rail. The flat bottom version of flexitrack uses the thicker Fast Track bases. I see that Phil is listing the P4 version on the revised website so ...
by Albert Hall
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L Flexitrack
Replies: 21
Views: 3640

Re: C&L Flexitrack

Thanks for that Philip. I used it in EM gauge back in the 1970's when P4 was in its infancy. It seemed like a state of the art product back then but somehow it looked a bit odd connected to copper clad pointwork.
Roy
by Albert Hall
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L Flexitrack
Replies: 21
Views: 3640

Re: C&L Flexitrack

Purely out of curiosity, does anyone have experience of SMP track in P4? How does it compare for dimensional accuracy, sleeper spacing and representation of chairs?
Roy
by Albert Hall
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L Flexitrack
Replies: 21
Views: 3640

Re: C&L Flexitrack

There was a rumour about a year ago that IL115/code 82 was going to be discontinued by Peco. We used to buy it in packs of 6 yards because they would not supply it in bulk, which was obviously not very economical for a manufacturer of track. As such we only bought in about 10 packs a month which sho...
by Albert Hall
Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L Flexitrack
Replies: 21
Views: 3640

Re: C&L Flexitrack

Keith is correct. When I worked at C+L until recently we did not produce thin base flexitrack with flat bottom rail in any gauge. Concrete sleeper thick bases were available in the Exactoscale range but we never got round to putting together the jig for assembling flexitrack in P4 as no one had ever...

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