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by Julian Roberts
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 132
Views: 7099

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

With apologies to Danny for whose work we're all very grateful. Coronation Scot actually composed by Vivian Ellis https://www.naxos.com/mainsite/blurbs_reviews.asp?item_code=8.570575-76&catNum=570575&filetype=About%20this%20Recording&language=English Coronation Scot was composed by Vivia...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 132
Views: 7099

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

I'd suggest music that isn't pompous or arresting - actually totally unemotional music that doesn't actually say anything but gives a background suggesting constant movement and momentum, preferably busy and light, and just not noticeable. The old BTF films had just the right feel, the music seems t...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: tracklaying: turnouts
Replies: 2
Views: 505

Re: tracklaying: turnouts

This took me 4 and a half days. ;) Chairs are not all on yet, no tiebars, not installed on as yet imaginary baseboard, but it does work! viewtopic.php?t=7028
by Julian Roberts
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 21
Views: 2049

Re: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction

Yes, a rhyme always helps learn something Martin. I'm afraid a close examination of my track for key direction may reveal considerably greater sins, my aim is rather the general impression coupled with the strength and adjustability of soldered construction. I'm rather pleased that my first undercut...
by Julian Roberts
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CSB for a Single Driver
Replies: 12
Views: 1167

Re: CSB for a Single Driver

As I have the honour to have my name mentioned by Will above :) let me just say my philosophy that I wrote about in Snooze 199 was primarily in the light of my experience with 0-8-0's, 0-6-0's and 4-4-0's or 0-4-4's. My experience with a 2-6-0 is that carrying wheels need a lot of weight but I would...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 21
Views: 2049

Re: Masokits etched chairs

Ah thanks Keith so I was both right and wrong!
by Julian Roberts
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 21
Views: 2049

Re: Masokits etched chairs

Thanks Keith for that useful tip. Regarding the subject of key direction in general, is it right that rails generally creep in the direction of travel, so keys are driven in against it? I.e. generally from the left. In the case of a single line or siding is there a custom/practice? Another complete ...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 30110

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Apologies John I didn't see your post. The Masokits stretcher bars are very robust so I will use them to drive the switch. The little ears with holes through which to thread an operating rod can be removed before construction if you don't intend to use them. I'm still intermittently playing around w...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Wheel loading
Replies: 1
Views: 456

Wheel loading

From the RAIB https://www.gov.uk/raib-reports/report-07-2020-freight-train-derailment-at-willesden-high-level-junction?utm_source=0b5eaafa-860b-4ec1-b3cf-7631371dfb5e&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate At around 21:30 hrs on 6 May 2019 a single wagon ...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Aug 21, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 21
Views: 2049

Re: Masokits etched chairs

I forgot to say above that with the triangular gauge on the diverging route, the widening was approx the same as the C&L + 0.1 gauge, so I used that through the crossing where the triangular gauge isn't usable. I found I had made a slightly suboptimal alignment on the main route closure rail (wh...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 30110

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Thanks John. I'm trying out Masokits. I'll describe on my Etched Chairs thread when I've got them done. Great layout by the way, an inspiration.
by Julian Roberts
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 30110

Re: South Pelaw Junction

John what are you doing for turnout switch tiebars (you mentioned them April 25th)? And I think you use Screwfix trestles for some parts of the layout?
by Julian Roberts
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 21
Views: 2049

Re: Masokits etched chairs

Turnout road complete and tested, wagon runs sweetly. The long timbers are for part of the parallel line.
by Julian Roberts
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 21
Views: 2049

Re: Masokits etched chairs

CHECK RAILS The important thing here is that the rails are at least the specified distance from the crossing (18.15mm distance from outside of check rail to running rail) - not less. Attaching them relatively straight forward. Remembering that the absolute accuracy of the check gauge is compromised ...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 21
Views: 2049

Re: Masokits etched chairs

THE CROSSING My particular way of making the crossing is not necessarily the easiest nor the conventional one, so any reader must ignore that aspect of this resume of using the chairs, but I can't write this without incorporating my procedure. The crossing is an X, not just a V - the wing/knuckle ra...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Spur gears
Replies: 37
Views: 3245

Re: Spur gears

Just writing to concur that double UJ is far better than single, even in my 0-4-4T loco where the motor is almost but not absolutely in line with the gearbox. Previously I had a Branchlines single UJ as there wasn't room for a double, the Markits double UJ makes the loco able to run considerably bet...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 21
Views: 2049

Re: Masokits etched chairs

Afternoon session took me to the switch area complete. I found that I got a neater result by applying the soldering iron to the opposite side of the rail when fixing on the outside half chairs, and this more reliably fixed the rail to the chair as well as chair to the sleeper. This time I put in the...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 21
Views: 2049

Re: Masokits etched chairs

Hi Martin Thank you for noticing this and putting me right. I meant to preface all the above stuff about chairs with the words "as far as I can see". I'll go onto the Exactoscale website and do as you say, and set about getting my head round that! Meantime I've just been doing what I think...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 21
Views: 2049

Re: Masokits etched chairs

I thought I'd write a kind of blog to recount my efforts with the Masokits system, having been spurred on to give it a go from the replies here and on the Templot Club forum. I thought it might be helpful for anyone else in my situation. I have made about 7 unchaired turnouts in P4, soldering direct...
by Julian Roberts
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Spur gears
Replies: 37
Views: 3245

Re: Spur gears

Doesn't the High Level "Tender Riser" - (or is it "Tenderiser"?) do the same job, more quietly and cheaply? There was an article in a recent Snooze about this by Mike Ainsworth. He used a flexible tube. I recently used a Markits UJ for a remote motor within loco, which works perf...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Nu Cas/Ks t reintroductions
Replies: 4
Views: 873

Re: Nu Cas/Ks t reintroductions

I have a GWR 72xx that I'd love to have a reason to build, but am unlikely to find one, if anyone is desperate for some serious pulling power...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 21
Views: 2049

Re: Masokits etched chairs

Hi Bob That is certainly inspirational! Kings Cross, as in MRJ a while back I think? (Which number was it I wonder?) Thank you for showing those pictures. I will order some. The catalogue lists a choice of two bolt chairs and three bolt chairs, I assume I will need both. Do you use the Masokits tie ...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 21
Views: 2049

Re: Masokits etched chairs

That looks excellent Martin. Thanks, I'll do as you suggest tomorrow.

Tim most of the layout is plain track which will be done as easily as possible!
by Julian Roberts
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 21
Views: 2049

Masokits etched chairs turnout construction

Hi folks I've done a search of the Forum using various combinations of the words of this subject heading. Not much comes up. So I wonder if there is anyone who is successfully using this way of making bullhead track - Masokits (or any other?) etched chairs on copperclad sleepers/timbers? I'm intendi...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 2105

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

Yes Noel, I see now, and the photo at the top of this page shows the same thing if I'd only looked properly - thanks for pointing that out. It was this photo that had me thinking locos were emptied of their ash on this road - https://thetransportlibrary.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&prod...

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