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by JFS
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Mk2 Lever frame musings
Replies: 54
Views: 5011

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: 5011

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 ...
by JFS
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Mk2 Lever frame musings
Replies: 54
Views: 5011

Re: Mk2 Lever frame musings

Just a bit more progress to show on the Leeds City Wellington frame. All that remains is to make and fit the locking bridles and cut the ports in the tappets... Wellington Frameno locks.jpg Meanwhile, the locking design is now up to version 5, though I feel this might just be THE one... Here is the ...
by JFS
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 1138

Re: Signal box diagram - views please

I do have documented a freight train leaving Cambridge 'for Clare' which implies that on occasions a train may have been run around and send back the way it came. As a Lancashire Lad, I'm not too sure which end is Cambridge... :? but of course a loco CAN run round (from either direction), using the...
by JFS
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 1138

Re: Signal box diagram - views please

The coal siding accessed by points 14 was very short (about 3 wagons long) and a rebuild of the arrangement shown in John's plan from about 1952-3. I couldn't see how point 14 could ever be put back normal while it was being shunted and I would not expect a locomotive to ever be 'shut in'. Given th...
by JFS
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 1138

Re: Signal box diagram - views please

I'd wondered which way around the FPL would be. I agree with Kieth that it is more common for the FPLs to stand "out" (ie reversed when locking the point) but companies varied in their practice so if you know what your "prototype" did you can follow that. However, from a model p...
by JFS
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 22956

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Tony Wilkins wrote:Haven't found Snooze 181 yet as my easy to find ones go back to 187, but I will.
Regards
Tony.


Easy-find versions here Tony:

https://www.scalefour.org/members/newsarchive/

Cheers,
by JFS
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 22956

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hello Howard ... Do you know how Mike disguised the trench that would otherwise be evident? Kind regards Andrew Not quite sure which "trench" you are referring to, but if you mean a "gap" in the ballast, then this is present on the prototype also - ie the surface of the ballast ...
by JFS
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 244
Views: 22956

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hello Tony, Just a suggestion, but faced with a task like this, I always believe in seeing what others have done in similar circumstances. And I would suggest the type of stretcher described by Mike Norris in his article "Stretcher bars on Preston" in Snooze 181. I don't know how many stre...
by JFS
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 88
Views: 9991

Re: Alpha Mill

Many thanks and well done for plugging my mate's book Ralph - it was to Roger that I put the question which Tim asked. I also sent him a photo of Alpha Mill without any background information, and he came back with ... "What a splendid model of a George Stott mill!". And he IS the REAL exp...
by JFS
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 88
Views: 9991

Re: Alpha Mill

Interestingly William Stott was from Oldham and the son of a Mill owner but a painter rather than a craftsman or architect. I think the father was Abraham Stott, cousin of AH Stott Snr. who was the uncle of George Stott......... so they ARE all related. Abraham Stott's Osborne mills still stand - t...
by JFS
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 88
Views: 9991

Re: Alpha Mill

I suspected as much. For me Howard's photo was typical of both the period and the output of the Guild members. Stott I was not familiar with having concentrated more on the central figures of the movement in my research, but I am certainly curious now to see more. Interesting that such a humble pla...
by JFS
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 88
Views: 9991

Re: Alpha Mill

ralphrobertson wrote:I will use that design for the factory gates ...
Don't fancy drawing it up though!

More easily done in a drawing package than a CAD package perhaps?

Best Wishes,
by JFS
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Lever Frames
Replies: 86
Views: 64822

Re: Lever Frames

I’m an embedded systems engineer , so the technology is fully accessible to me Hi Dave, Ah - that makes a huge difference. Even though that might mean that such a solution will not be available to every one, I hope you will still post details of how it is done as I think plenty of people would like...
by JFS
Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 88
Views: 9991

Re: Alpha Mill

Le Corbusier wrote:or perhaps 'arts and crafts' style?
...
It would be interesting to know if the Stott's were members of the Art Workers Guild?


I think you are right Tim. I will put your question to someone who might know and I will let you know...

Best Wishes,
by JFS
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 88
Views: 9991

Re: Alpha Mill

A bit late perhaps, but this might be useful for the next bit of etching - this is from the Warwick (this is the boundary fence but much of the ironwork was in this Art Nouveau style.)

G Stott ironwork.jpg
G Stott ironwork.jpg (351.39 KiB) Viewed 714 times


Best Wishes,
by JFS
Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 88
Views: 9991

Re: Alpha Mill

Very impressive Ralph - superb job. Amazing how the details bring it all to life. Any visitors who are residents of Oldham will immediately feel at home!

Best Wishes,
by JFS
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Lever Frames
Replies: 86
Views: 64822

Re: Lever Frames

Personally with electric switching , I see no point in mechanically locking the frame, electrically interlocking is easier more flexible and easily updated Hi Dave, Not sure if you have actually tried this approach yet - or are you just assuming it to be easier? Have you decided on a way of physica...
by JFS
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Mk2 Lever frame musings
Replies: 54
Views: 5011

Re: Mk2 Lever frame musings

Hello Colin, I agree about having the rodding disconnectable, and it might be possible to use the spare clevises from the lever frame etch. You can bend up your own split pins from 1mm half-round brass wire. Regarding adjustment, the underbaseboard operating gadget gives you a fair degree of toleran...
by JFS
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Mk2 Lever frame musings
Replies: 54
Views: 5011

Re: Mk2 Lever frame musings

Hello Colin, When you have fitted all the bridles, you may well find that using .8mm wire in the tray holes is too "good" a fit - I therefore only fit wires where necessary and often use a thinner wire. As you imply, the half-etched holes are often a lot larger off the fret - even though t...
by JFS
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Mk2 Lever frame musings
Replies: 54
Views: 5011

Re: Mk2 Lever frame musings

Hello Colin, Many thanks for the kind words - and feel free to ask away - that is what the thread was for I thought (even though I did not start it!). The filing is a lot easier when you have done as much of it as we have! This frame is indeed for the same layout - just for the adjacent signal box. ...
by JFS
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Mk2 Lever frame musings
Replies: 54
Views: 5011

Re: Mk2 Lever frame musings

Certain members of NAG (AKA the Sweatshop), having been busy at their Thursday night meeting for some weeks now; here is the state of play with the 54-lever Frame for John Elliott's Leeds City Wellington - just a bit of paint needed... Wellington Frame bare metal.jpg .. and perhaps also some locking...
by JFS
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 88
Views: 9991

Re: Alpha Mill

steve howe wrote: Its not an actual mill as it had to be conjoured up to fit the space, but the link was very useful, thanks.


Hmm ... you might be about to get some stiffly worded guidance from Ralph... :D
by JFS
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 88
Views: 9991

Re: Alpha Mill

... the thing is the window in the engine house is large and even without lighting its going to need something inside! Assuming you are copying a real mill (why would you not be given the history behind Alpha Mill!) the type of engine should be fairly clear from the shape of the building. You can t...
by JFS
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 88
Views: 9991

Re: Alpha Mill

Were mill engines always horizontal cylinder or did some use rotative beam engines? I only ask because I am working on an inglenook project at the moment which features a Pennine mill in the background and the engine house is quite tall with a large arched window. There were a lot of rotative beam-...

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