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by barhamd
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 17
Views: 3345

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

For those who haven't seen Brassmasters' blog or my blog on RMweb I've been making progress on a EasiChas kit for the Hornby J15. The first test etches have been put together and I now have a running sprung Hornby J15. The brake gear and tender chassis needed some changes and I've made these to the ...
by barhamd
Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Re-armed signals
Replies: 1
Views: 606

Re-armed signals

Pre-grouping (in my case GER) lower quadrant signal were pivoted on a hole drilled through the wooden post. When these were given replacement upper quadrant arms (on the original post) am I right in thinking that this pivot would not have been used and a new casting, similar to that used on tubular ...
by barhamd
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4
Replies: 23
Views: 2023

Re: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4

The only thing I've found when rewheeling Bachmann wagons is that sometimes the axles provided with P4 wheels from Gibson are a little shorter and have a different pin-point angle than the original axles. This can lead to a rather sloppy fit, In most cases I just pull the OO wheels of Bachmann's axl...
by barhamd
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Anyone know of a current source of 1/8" OD/ 2mm ID bushes
Replies: 2
Views: 375

Anyone know of a current source of 1/8" OD/ 2mm ID bushes

I'm after a bush or some tube to sleeve a 2mm axle into a 1/8" bearing.

Any ideas of a source, I believe Exactoscale used to do something but I need a currently available source.

thanks

David Barham
by barhamd
Wed May 08, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Token apparatus - have I got this 'all right'
Replies: 3
Views: 516

Re: Token apparatus - have I got this 'all right'

No technical reason to prevent the presence of different types of equipment in any given box. Incidentally, I'm highly impressed by your 3D printed frame, which seems to have turned out very well save for the loss of a handle on one of your 'spares' - can that be easily remedied? Yep, I noticed the...
by barhamd
Tue May 07, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Token apparatus - have I got this 'all right'
Replies: 3
Views: 516

Token apparatus - have I got this 'all right'

The web site http://www.trainweb.org/singleline/stour_valley_line/stour_valley_line.htm shows two tokens for the sections of the Stour valley line for Clare. One is a Tyer number 6 token http://www.trainweb.org/singleline/stour_valley_line/cavendish_clare.jpg which is a large brass disk type token f...
by barhamd
Tue May 07, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 17
Views: 3345

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

I just managed to print off and paint a lever frame for my box. It took two goes to get the support structure right so that the levers came out straight but I think the result is not bad. This was printed on my Anycubic Photon at .05mm layer height. The route is set for a train from Clare to leave f...
by barhamd
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 17
Views: 3345

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

I thought I'd post a few more pictures as I know not everyone here follows the updates on my rmweb blog. The first area of countryside now has its first layer of static grass on it. This needs a lot more work to get a variety of textures and colours but it is coming on. IMG_7004a.jpg I made the firs...
by barhamd
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Papier mache coaches?
Replies: 3
Views: 823

Papier mache coaches?

While in Penzance last week I was reading the Oakwood Press book on the West Cornwall railway. I was somewhat phased by the description of certain coaches as being made of wood and Papier Mache (This would be ~1850). How and where did you make a prototype coach out of Papier Mache?

David
by barhamd
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Materials and Techniques
Topic: Ready-made wire tree armatures
Replies: 4
Views: 638

Ready-made wire tree armatures

I thought folks might like to see my progress with product I'd not come across before. Model Scenery Supplies sell a packet of tree armatures under the brand name 'Footpath'. These seemed good value to me at £9.85 for 5 armatures about 140mm tall. As supplied they are a little squashed together in t...
by barhamd
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Advice sought on point rodding routing
Replies: 7
Views: 902

Advice sought on point rodding routing

I'm trying to work out how to route the point rodding on my layout based on Clare in Suffolk. Photographs only help a bit but I can see a run of rodding down the signalbox side of the tracks only. The photographs I have show this on the original track arrangement which had a siding and kick-back whi...
by barhamd
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 17
Views: 3345

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Hi Dave, Nice video and good to see the full extent of your layout. You have a steel? locking plate and slide bolt in the corner near the houses - is this home made or a bought in item. The reason I ask is I am looking for something similar to lock and align the lift out section on my layout. Keep ...
by barhamd
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 17
Views: 3345

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Some further work has resulted in the second line in the fiddle-yard getting wired and the two turnouts at the ends of the cassette roads being worked with servos. I've fitted these with 'Pocket money Kits' controllers from the MERG which cost only around £2.50 each. These just have a 12v input and ...
by barhamd
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 267
Views: 62765

Re: The Burford Branch

Hmm. I wouldn't put it past Apple to make the colour balance on the camera worse with each software release until you are forced to buy a new one. They already have been shown to make them get slower.

David
by barhamd
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 2309

Re: Signal box diagram - views please

Thanks for that Keith, very useful.

Now, I can think about painting the lever frame to avoid concentrating on building the fiddle yard!

David
by barhamd
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 2309

Re: Signal box diagram - views please

Hi John I'd seen the picture you mentioned, the large target on the gates is wonderful. Ultimately this is all a compromise and I'm pretty happy that I'm now getting close to something which I can live with. I'm not going to be able to extend the room by another 17 feet just to get more space for th...
by barhamd
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 2309

Re: Signal box diagram - views please

Hi Noel In reality the level crossing was about 1/4 mile away from the river bridge. This meant that the gate keeper would have had a lever which locked the gates and 'the mangle' which pulled the slot off on the distant signal coming from Stoke and also on the distant arm on the Stoke bound starter...
by barhamd
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 2309

Re: Signal box diagram - views please

And a revised diagram..

clare-diagram-v3.jpg


David
by barhamd
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 2309

Re: Signal box diagram - views please

The photographs I show seem to show the pick-up goods either left on mainline or shunted into the siding at the front of the yard. The other side of the diamond was only a short cattle dock and not long enough to really be used as a head-shunt. Between points 10 and 11 sat the goods shed and I suspe...
by barhamd
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 2309

Re: Signal box diagram - views please

so, for example
1 should be written as 'released by 2,3,4'
2 should be written as 'released by 5, locks 7'

Is that the right idea?

Thanks
David
by barhamd
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 2309

Re: Signal box diagram - views please

Thanks Howard To your points.. I've corrected the 'distance' to 'distant'. The original arrangement was apparently a drum which had signal wire leading to the slot on distant 1 and the distant arm on signal 23. It was wound with a crank handle and locally referred to a 'a mangle'. The red lights and...
by barhamd
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 2309

Re: Signal box diagram - views please

Thanks Keith

I'd wondered which way around the FPL would be. If it is more common for the points to normally be unlocked then I'll do it that way. Presumably the point only needs to be locked when signaled in the facing direction?

David
by barhamd
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 2309

Signal box diagram - views please

Hi All I've been making progress on my Stour Valley Dream, based on Clare and have drawn up a signalbox diagram based on the original on signalbox.org https://signalbox.org/diagrams/clare1933.jpg Because my frame is 'round the other way' I've decided to renumber the levers left to right to match the...
by barhamd
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Bridge arch question
Replies: 12
Views: 1984

Re: Bridge arch question

Hi David, No, it might look like that but the bridge isn't skew, there is just a slight gradient on the road over it. It is easier to see if you have the 'full colour' version at a decent size. IMG_0258a.jpg You still have the white sighting painted area behind the advanced starter. IMG_0259a.jpg Da...

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