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by JFS
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Exactoscale wheels and axles.
Replies: 7
Views: 819

Re: Exactoscale wheels and axles.

One advantage of the proper retainers is that they expand on hardening, centring the wheel on the axle. I agree - the first set of Exactoscale wheel I assembled, I used super glue simply because I had some. Result? A wobbly and useless set of four axles which cost more to throw in the bin than it w...
by JFS
Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 45858

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

This was the colour when I photographed it at Didcot in 2014. I would urge plenty of caution here! I first saw the SRM in 2011 at Didcot when it was fairly new. I next saw it on the Churnet Valley in Feb. 2014. In the intervening three years, the colour had changed some fair bit - whereas in 2010, ...
by JFS
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Pre-Grouping locomotive photographs
Replies: 5
Views: 1000

Re: Pre-Grouping locomotive photographs

Thanks for this Gents. I am guessing that since Webb was still in charge at that date, this was yet another of his useless inventions. If that is the case, there should be a patent in his name somewhere, but I could not see it in this list: http://www.steamindex.com/people/webb.htm#patents Since we ...
by JFS
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Pre-Grouping locomotive photographs
Replies: 5
Views: 1000

Re: Pre-Grouping locomotive photographs

Interesting! Does anyone know anything about this:- https://www.flickr.com/photos/hisgett/5673571305/in/album-72157626617067470/ I am no LNWR enthusiast but this is new to me and I ask because it looks suspiciously like a double chimney in a photo taken before / about 1900. That would be interesting...
by JFS
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 151
Views: 25753

Re: Alpha Mill

Some people might remember this film, shot almost 50 years ago now:- 0DvgE3DDMog 1970 does not seem that long ago to me, but it looks like ancient history when seen like this. The engine room scene - though not the weaving shed - was filmed at Joseph Johnson's Deane Shed in Bolton, and the engine wa...
by JFS
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 151
Views: 25753

Re: Alpha Mill

Ah well... If you have a look back to page 1 of this thread, there is a link to one of my animations which shows an example of one of these Saxon cross compounds. Although it is a "recreation", you can take it as being pretty accurate (albeit that the last survivor - the Kent - was painted...
by JFS
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 151
Views: 25753

Re: Alpha Mill

Excellent work as ever Ralph - well done! I am sure you are one jump ahead of me here, but the only refinement I would suggest would be the colour of the cylinders - these were always clad in blued-steel and so would benefit from some blue paint. Similarly, the area under the connecting rods / crank...
by JFS
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 151
Views: 25753

Re: Alpha Mill

It keeps getting even better Ralph - excellent job! Just to mention that on the Arthur Roberts site, there are two photos of the Engine at the Rutland Mill, Shaw, and that was an identical design to that at the Warwick.

Best Wishes,
by JFS
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Eames 40 flux
Replies: 10
Views: 1192

Re: Eames 40 flux

I am by no means certain here Steve, but I seem to recall that the "40" refers to 40% phosphoric acid, People might foam at the mouth at such a high percentage, but phosphoric acid is a very weak acid (it is a food stuff after all). Its low level of water explains its low corrosive effect ...
by JFS
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG Meeting 6th June 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 368

Re: NAG Meeting 6th June 2019

Just to mention that, 400 crimps later, Howard has finally finished the Electric Locks just incase any readers thought it would never end (I certainly did!)

Locks testing_s.jpg


Testing this Thursday evening then ...

Best Wishes,
by JFS
Wed May 22, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 126
Views: 21406

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please. Temporarily diverted into joggled turnout switches.

I take your point haha Howard but have to say the joggles on the layout this is intended for do not give any trouble in the trailing direction. I was actually talking about the real thing - LUL has a prohibition on joggled switches which are trailed though it uses them for "A" switches us...
by JFS
Sat May 11, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Singles and suspension
Replies: 14
Views: 1162

Re: Singles and suspension

Not done one myself, but faced with the design challenge, I would be tempted to look at driving all three tender axles via spur gears using an adapted diesel loco mechanism - there are planty of them out there. The biggest challenge would be hiding it from view within a pretty sparse tender underfra...
by JFS
Fri May 10, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5200

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)

Provocative, moi? Many thanks for clarifying the "Green Book" situation for 1960 Jim. It is a bit of an irony that we all castigate the WR for marching out of step, yet in truth it was the Southern that was most different in signalling matters - mainy because they were a very different ra...
by JFS
Thu May 09, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 151
Views: 25753

Re: Alpha Mill

Excellent work Ralph - very well done. Looking foward to seeing how the engine bits come out.

Best Wishes,
by JFS
Wed May 08, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 126
Views: 21406

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

Just to mention that joggles can be a nuisance. Although they can help keep facing movements on the rails, they are equally likely to cause trailing movements to derail - Especially if they are a tiny bit overscale (which they always are!). So if your points are facing only then fine but If they are...
by JFS
Tue May 07, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5200

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)

Just to go back for a moment to the question of when the RCH Regulations began to apply, I was brought up on the Green Book dated 1st October 1960 (you can tell I have it in front of me as I write, and it is full of stuck-in amendments). Can I just ask what the publication number is of your edition...
by JFS
Tue May 07, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5200

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)

I could never understand the reasoning/cussedness of the Western signalmen who objected to the introduction, with this Green Book, of Call Attention before giving TOS. Not like you to be provocative Jim! Well, that one is easy to answer - it is quite the most stupidly pointless requirement imaginab...
by JFS
Sat May 04, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5200

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (meandering into the Quintinshill disaster)

... another meander, and a moan about "model railwayisms" ... Recent exhibition: layout is a representation of a small through station on a main line; there are "sort-of" signals. Observation; small 0-6-0 trundles through on a short goods train. Tail and side lights correctly in ...
by JFS
Sat May 04, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5200

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (meandering into the Quintinshill disaster)

Any thoughts on what the collars are being used for in the video? Jim Very hard to say of course, and "last days" cannot ever be "everyday" situtations! But I would not like anyone to think that the use of collars was in any way an unusual occurance - very far from it. Any situa...
by JFS
Fri May 03, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5200

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (meandering into the Quintinshill disaster)

Actually, what interests me about this in a modelling sense, is whether Jim was interested in depicting any operating situations in model form, possibly some which might involve the signalman in Bretall Lane signal box using a lever collar. Well, we can always send the boys round to make sure he do...
by JFS
Fri May 03, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5200

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

Well, I was speaking about the fact that British Railways established a standard, one company set of Rules and Regulations, which were distributed to all those staff who had need of them. I fully agree in terms of the Rules, (which the RCH standardised decades before nationalisation) but as far as ...
by JFS
Thu May 02, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5200

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

The design of the lever frame, block instruments and reminder appliances may differ, but their application in accordance with the Rules & Regulations would not have differed by the British Railways era. Well, that is a sweeping statement if ever there was one and, off hand, I can't think of mor...
by JFS
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: RAILEX 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 6684

Re: RAILEX 2019

It’s a free bus but it’s cash only? :D :D :D Of course - like when I used to have to tax my ploughing engine at the Post Office. It is exempt from Vehicle Excise duty, but I still had to go along to pay my £0.00 - for which they gave me a receipt. These days you can do it on line - you are warned t...
by JFS
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 19
Views: 2165

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 (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5200

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...

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