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by JFS
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 15
Views: 643

Re: Turning a chimney

Jeremy Suter wrote:The Flair Jig is another home made tool.


Hmm - rather brilliant. One of those things which is blindingly obvious once you have seen it - but I have never seen mention of one before!

Many thanks for the tip Jeremy!

Best Wishes,
by JFS
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (meandering into the Quintinshill disaster)
Replies: 22
Views: 1275

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

... nor how innapropriate the layout was for the traffic, nor how poor the provision of signals and other fixed equipment was So far as Quintinshill is concerned, the year was 1915, and traffic was much heavier than it had been, not least because of the Jellicoe specials, and finance, materials and...
by JFS
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (meandering into the Quintinshill disaster)
Replies: 22
Views: 1275

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

I was sure we were in agreement! Of course, it is hard to know where the buck should stop in these things - I know that on the Southern, in very busy areas with either "Closed Block" or Sykes L&B, there was a very common slack method which, basically, avoided sending any bell signals a...
by JFS
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (meandering into the Quintinshill disaster)
Replies: 22
Views: 1275

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

A bit of a deviation from the original topic, but since the Jim, the OP, has raised the question about collars I guess he won't mind a bit of thread drift. Well, in for a penny ... I can't disagree with anything you say there John - but notice that I was talking about the USE of callars - not their...
by JFS
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (meandering into the Quintinshill disaster)
Replies: 22
Views: 1275

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

The Hawes Junction accident of 1910 showed what could happen; the MR at the time didn't use collars, and there were no track circuits. Spot on - and the Caledonian failed to learn the lesson from that episode and were still not using collars in 1915 - even though they regularly shunted trains onto ...
by JFS
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (meandering into the Quintinshill disaster)
Replies: 22
Views: 1275

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

Three Midland examples from john's site to show the signals not "at the ends" of the frame. https://signalbox.org/diagrams/bakewellc1960.jpg https://signalbox.org/diagrams/bromsgrovesouthjcn1934.jpg https://signalbox.org/diagrams/bedfordjcn1975.jpg The Midland is a good example of a compan...
by JFS
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (meandering into the Quintinshill disaster)
Replies: 22
Views: 1275

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

What sort of box are we talking about Jim? Something large? Or small? A junction? A terminus? Speaking in the broadest terms, there are two basic ways of doing the job. One is to have all the running signals in centre of the frame under the block instruments, with points and ground signals spread &q...
by JFS
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 3935

Re: Carriage loading docks

Just to mention that in the photo I posted of the two PEs above, the engine which we can half-see already loaded is a "Special EE" class" - two sizes bigger than a BB1 and although we can't see much in the photo, it is clear that the flywheel has been removed. This is by no means the ...
by JFS
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 3935

Re: Carriage loading docks

although the edition of 'GWR Goods Wagons' I have refers to some being strengthened at some time after 1922 "to carry 20T steam rollers and traction engines" which, frankly, I don't understand My guess is that it is to do with the weight being concentrated on four wheels rather than being...
by JFS
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 3935

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 w...
by JFS
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 125
Views: 15446

Re: Alpha Mill

ralphrobertson wrote:Changed all the windows
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This is the kind of dedication we so admire - well done Ralph!

Best Wishes,
by JFS
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 125
Views: 15446

Re: Alpha Mill

These are the best I can do for the Devon. I'm fairly sure that is the Manor - the Devon is not on a sloping site and there were no electrification cables over the boiler house as it was steam driven up to closure in 1962. I never saw the engine though I do have the maker's plate in my garage! Best...
by JFS
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 125
Views: 15446

Re: Alpha Mill

Sorry to make more work...

Here is a (hopefully!) clearer extract from the same photo...

Warwick (2).jpg


Edit:- Do I also notice that the side windows should only have 3 panes rather than five? Maybe Dave has a better photos from the Kent or Devon?

Best Wishes,
by JFS
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 125
Views: 15446

Re: Alpha Mill

Looking great Ralph! Just a small concern with the front window - there appear to be a couple of bits which are timber which I think should be glass:- ER Wondow.jpg (this one is from a - still-existing - Sydney Stott mill, but they were all the same) These things were very characteristic so I though...
by JFS
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 3935

Re: Carriage loading docks

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 practicable... That version is a model of 15145 whic...
by JFS
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 3935

Re: Carriage loading docks

... This machine doesn’t seem to be as large as the model I was proposing to use, and it makes me wonder whether the Oxford Diecast model I have may be over-scale, although it is definitely labelled as 1:76 scale. I am coming to the conclusion that this model is just too darned big to be used as a ...
by JFS
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Locomotive fire irons
Replies: 14
Views: 928

Re: Locomotive fire irons

Looking first-rate-excellent as ever Dave! The answer to your question is very clear to me - they would be the "Midland Railway Standard Fireiron Length". Since the Greater Midland did not worry about such trivia as the tender being the same width as the loco cab, I doubt that the dimensio...
by JFS
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Colin Parks, Scalefour member
Replies: 20
Views: 1803

Re: Colin Parks, Scalefour member

I have emailed Barry privately, and here I can only echo everyone else's comments. I am very proud to be the custodian of Colin's 4SUB - one of those models that the closer you look the better it is. Perhaps the kindest compliment came from an oberserver at the Warley show who remarked "You can...
by JFS
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 247
Views: 53943

Re: The Burford Branch

... whatever we may think of the methods of an earlier era, they don't seem to have given rise to any problems in practice. I fully agree. I always smile when I see a "modern" Semaphore signal - which typically has more steel in it than would have been used to build a loco in pre-group da...
by JFS
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 247
Views: 53943

Re: The Burford Branch

Maybe the example I noticed with the diagonal bracing wires was in an exceptionally windy location. I confess to having done no calculations, but I hypothesise that the buckling load of holding a dozen or so tons of water in the air is at least an order of magnitude greater than the bending load du...
by JFS
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 125
Views: 15446

Re: Alpha Mill

Dave Holt wrote:A bit naughty, I suppose ...


I don't think Roger will mind helping the project - he did go to the Manchester show especially to shake Ralph's hand!

Great news that Alpha Mill will be at Scaleforum.
by JFS
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 125
Views: 15446

Re: Alpha Mill

Fair to say this is a somewhat more grand terrace than yours Ralph, but it does show the kind of thing we are talking about. Even though windows etc have been "modernised", they have struggled with the rainwater ware! Tearrace1.jpg This one is from overseas (Burnley) but is a similar examp...
by JFS
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 125
Views: 15446

Re: Alpha Mill

I wonder if Howard B has any recollections of this? Dave. When ah wer' a lad wi' mi Mam an' mi Dad... cast-iron gutters were non-existent on older buidings, and I would not be too surprised if there were not at least a few which have still not succummed to "modern" materials. I can also r...
by JFS
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Mk2 Lever frame musings
Replies: 54
Views: 6747

Re: Mk2 Lever frame musings

Just to confirm that I have uploaded a new version of the notes - Dave if you were able at your leisure, to re-download and confirm that I have done the necessary, I would be very grateful.

Best Wishes,
by JFS
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Mk2 Lever frame musings
Replies: 54
Views: 6747

Re: Mk2 Lever frame musings

Hello Dave, Firstly, many thanks indeed for the kind words re-the etches, and well done for making a great job of it judging by the photos. You might also be the first one to post a pic with the turned handles and very nice they look as well. Now to your queries on the dimensions, regarding the 1.4 ...

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