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by jon price
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 40
Views: 2293

Re: Plywood disaster

My understanding is that to be effective as a girder there would need to be an L or T brace directly under the trackbed board thus making the trackbed the top of the girder. The transverse beams do not provide that kind of rigidity to the trackbed.
by jon price
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: jon price
Topic: Connah's Quay: The Layout.
Replies: 5
Views: 3061

Re: Connah's Quay: The Layout.

A long pause brought on by non-railway issues has now ended, and bridge building is actually progressing
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by jon price
Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Chris Wesson Cellulose Paints
Replies: 13
Views: 1387

Re: Chris Wesson Cellulose Paints

Thanks Mike

I think I need the RAL colour swatch book now.
by jon price
Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Chris Wesson Cellulose Paints
Replies: 13
Views: 1387

Chris Wesson Cellulose Paints

Is Chris Wesson still supplying cellulose poaints? And if so does anyone know how to get hold of them?
by jon price
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 179
Views: 26842

Re: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie

Please do post details of the work on the yard surface. There are lots of tedious things, like ballasting, that need to be done right. I'd be interested to see how you get on with filler.
by jon price
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?
Replies: 23
Views: 2296

Re: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?

After looking at my wagons with these W irons and bearings I can't see the slop being an issue once the weight of the wagon is bearing down on the suspension. It just looks like it will when they are hanging in the air. The insertion of washers is going to do two bad things. The first is the issue y...
by jon price
Thu May 30, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale PW023
Replies: 16
Views: 1636

Re: Exactoscale PW023

From the look of it you could assemble the track gauges using a piece of accurate straight track as a jig. Oh, wait.....
by jon price
Tue May 21, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 85
Views: 16621

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Where do the folding baseboard legs come from?
by jon price
Wed May 01, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: A complete set of classic P4 locos, wagons, etc on e-bay
Replies: 4
Views: 1149

Re: A complete set of classic P4 locos, wagons, etc on e-bay

Apparently they were bought with the intention that they would feature in an attraction/museum which never happened.
by jon price
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)
Replies: 31
Views: 3171

Re: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)

An obvious point is that wagons (real world) will ride lower loaded than empty, so as long as your low riders are all full, and your high riders are all empty they will be completely accurate.
by jon price
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 282
Views: 51560

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

I note that Etched Pixels sell 1:148 kits with etched sides and a printed armature. That would be attractive to me in 4mm scale if the price was not too high. Even after 35 years of soldering coach kits, the prospect of building up a brass monocoque with un-jigged butt-joints is off-putting. If the...
by jon price
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Operational entertainment...
Replies: 34
Views: 8117

Re: Operational entertainment...

On the LNWR (at least, probably many others) there were large numbers of passenger sets, far more than were required if they simply ran in and out of the main termini. Instead sets were often only worked a couple of times a day. An example diagram for a Crewe-Holyhead set in October 1913 spent eleve...
by jon price
Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 8504

Re: Carriage loading docks

The LNWR had several 20T boiler and platform trollies with a platform 2'4" above the ground. I guess that the NER was likely to have some as well. Is it possible that these specialist wagons were hired between companies, or specifically hired by the engine manufacturer?
by jon price
Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: jon price
Topic: Connah's Quay: The Layout.
Replies: 5
Views: 3061

Re: Connah's Quay: The Layout.

Bridge building now in full swing. Construction using Slaters plasticard sheets and rivets, and Evergreen plastic section. Archers resin rivets will be applied to the cover panel. The girder bridge at Connah's Quay is long gone, and I have located no photos of the outside, so I have used the bridge ...
by jon price
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: early platform height?
Replies: 3
Views: 867

early platform height?

Can anyone tell me the height of platforms in the pre-grouping period before they were raised to the current standard? My standard sources (LNWR Portrayed etc) don't seem to have this information
by jon price
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: jon price
Topic: Connah's Quay: The Layout.
Replies: 5
Views: 3061

Re: Connah's Quay: The Layout.

Yes John. The Buckley wagons shouldn't be there. If they did get onto LNWR metal it would have been via the exchange sidings behind the station off to the right of the photo, and as far as I can tell they could only have been picked up by a train heading West so wouldn't make it on to the line to Ch...
by jon price
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: jon price
Topic: Connah's Quay: The Layout.
Replies: 5
Views: 3061

Connah's Quay: The Layout.

On the basis that if I have baseboards, (some) track, wiring, buildings and stock this must constitute a layout I hereby declare, after much prevarication, Connah's Quay open! Mrs Gladstone having cut the first sod, and Mr Gladstone having wheeled the first barrow some years ago. (Facilities under c...
by jon price
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: jon price
Topic: Tracklaying
Replies: 16
Views: 3183

Re: Tracklaying

There's the problem. In 2017 I thought the scenic break would be just a backscene of the embankment. So I didn't think I would be laying any LNWR track, and the WM&CQR probably just used plain fishplates. I will just have to get some and saw them in half!
by jon price
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: jon price
Topic: Tracklaying
Replies: 16
Views: 3183

Re: Tracklaying

Bullhead fishplates from Peco. Too late. The track is laid. How irritating that I didn't know about them a week ago.
by jon price
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: jon price
Topic: Tracklaying
Replies: 16
Views: 3183

Re: Tracklaying

Well effectively this board is the workbench. It is about 1.5m long, as wide as you can see and about 200mm high, so it is easy to move about and work on. Also there are no turnouts, just straight track. Having said that the 60ft lengths are assembled before installation. I built the girder bridge b...
by jon price
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: jon price
Topic: Tracklaying
Replies: 16
Views: 3183

Re: Tracklaying

So the first track laying is actually finally taking place. This is the LNWR mainline from Chester to Holyhead which runs on an embankment along the back of Connah's Quay. The wings sticking out either side are where the Chester end of the platforms of Connah's Quay station (LNWR) will be built. The...
by jon price
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: how to interpret this diagram?
Replies: 26
Views: 2602

Re: how to interpret this diagram?

Ah Shotton. In fact there is no signal box there (no turnouts), although there appear to be signals (although none of the photos match the diagrams), so these signals would appear to be pulled by 5, 11, 54 and 60 at Queensferry box, and 1, 33 and 29 at Connah's Quay No1. The most obvious fly in the ...
by jon price
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: how to interpret this diagram?
Replies: 26
Views: 2602

Re: how to interpret this diagram?

Thanks for the multiple slot depiction Keith. I can now consider how to depict this.
by jon price
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: how to interpret this diagram?
Replies: 26
Views: 2602

Re: how to interpret this diagram?

no 13 belongs to No2 box. The distant appears to be No1 box lever 36. In most cases the number is specifically next to the signal, but in a few cases the number appears between the signals on the post. In the case of No2 box 14 for example this can only mean that both signals were pulled by lever No...

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