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by Julian Roberts
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Spur gears
Replies: 18
Views: 1109

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
Replies: 11
Views: 918

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
Replies: 11
Views: 918

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
Replies: 11
Views: 918

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: 18
Views: 1109

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: 737

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
Replies: 11
Views: 918

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
Replies: 11
Views: 918

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
Replies: 11
Views: 918

Masokits etched chairs

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: 1665

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...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1665

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

Track plan re-designed to incorporate Martin's bespoke tandem. I've played with the dummy vehicle tool on Templot to make a Black 5 length vehicle (including tender). It "runs" on two bogies so the overhang will be less on curves. With a bit of luck there'll be just enough room for a loco ...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1665

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

I'm greatly privileged to have half my layout designed by Mr Templot himself! :D

Very many thanks indeed Martin. I haven't opened the file yet not having access to my pc till tomorrow.
by Julian Roberts
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1665

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

For what it's worth, having tried this several dozen times, I start with a very slight left hand curve from about half way between the water tank and the turntable. to the turnout that follows this tandem - so it's a single sided tandem. I think that when the turnouts are created from the LH curve, ...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1665

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

That's interesting Martin. Thank you! - a guide for where the first switch position (nearest the turntable) is, is on the photo of the water tower that I posted in the OP. And on this LMS map. Possibly I could have learned how to put this image and others like it into Templot to design the trackwork...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1665

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

That coal stage is on a rather higher level than the floors of coal wagons used for its replenishment, making it a bit easier to get coal into tenders. Possibly coal could be barrowed out of such wagons, but stern work with a shovel may have been the only way to get coal onto the stage. In that res...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1665

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

I expect they put the wagon in the sdg any way they could but the photos show there was space for the loco which was really my point. That Clan Goods has some ominous holes where there should be rivets holding the beam on. Duncraig platform is a fine place for a picnic on one of your jaunts, Julian...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1665

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

Hi DaveB Quote from Wikipedia (I had to look it up) Duncraig was closed between 7 December 1964 and 5 January 1976;[2] it was reopened after local train drivers refused to acknowledge the station's closure for the intervening 11 years Thanks for the idea! I think I've got enough here actually. Havin...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1665

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

Fantastic help from so many folks - thanks so much, just the Forum at its very best! Is that Ivo Peters' car in one of John's shots? "Exotic bodies" had me worried for a moment DaveB! These pictures give me a whole load more information than I had till now, very exciting to see new scenic ...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1665

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

Yes Keith - I realise I wasn't clear - I am supposing the locos were coaled standing in the turntable road, and that the siding would be for a wagon to take coal there. Yes, judging by the OS map the siding was added later, and judging by photos removed at some point. Really the issue for the trackp...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout
Replies: 33
Views: 1665

Kyle of Lochalsh MPD - track layout

The lockdown looked as though it would prevent me from testing and operating my steam locos on the West Scotland 4mm Group layout Calderside for the foreseeable future, and one afternoon I found what looked to be a perfect layout to make - Kyle of Lochalsh MPD. I'm attaching something I wrote explai...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh tandem turnout length and other questions
Replies: 30
Views: 1168

Re: Kyle of Lochalsh tandem turnout length and other questions

Thank you for those thoughts David. At least I won't have to chisel rocks to make any track adjustments!

And very many thanks Martin for redesigning the tandem for me. :)
by Julian Roberts
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh tandem turnout length and other questions
Replies: 30
Views: 1168

Re: Tandem turnout length question

Yes I have the book Jeremy. Here is a photo of the tandem which gives more detail and does suggest a slight amount more space for the tandem. The diagram is printed so small in the book I hadn't realised it would reveal as much as it does when blown up like this. And of the script re the new turntab...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh tandem turnout length and other questions
Replies: 30
Views: 1168

Re: Tandem turnout length question

Thanks all. It certainly looks to me as if the track alignment was changed when the larger turntable was fitted. The "modern" photos are just too far adrift from the 25" OS map for that not to be the case. Really David? - that's very interesting but I can't tell how you can see that. ...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh tandem turnout length and other questions
Replies: 30
Views: 1168

Re: Tandem turnout length interlacing and switch type questions

Thanks for the thoughts everyone. If you want to have a go at an interlaced one do it with a simple turnout. If you want to do a layout in which all turnouts are have interlaced sleepering I don't!! People get very excited about interlaced timbering but as far as I'm concerned it's just a niusance t...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh tandem turnout length and other questions
Replies: 30
Views: 1168

Re: Tandem turnout length question

Julian, The timbering is likely to be interlaced :twisted: Thanks Richard for the warning as well as the interest. Well I've just had a brief look around and it doesn't seem that interlaced timbering is something Templot will magic up for me. (I do know what it is!) I wonder how much it matters. I ...

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