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by Noel
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 53
Views: 8808

Re: Cheddar

A bit more on south Devon slates: http://www.stoneroof.org.uk/historic/Historic_Roofs/Devon_slates.html . Note Totnes [misspelt on the map], from which slates could come down the Dart by water. Also https://devonassoc.org.uk/devoninfo/dartmouth-report-from-the-geology-section/ for more detail.
by Noel
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 53
Views: 8808

Re: Cheddar

I used to live in Torquay, and so went to Dartmouth from time to time, but that was a long time ago. However, my [definitely unreliable!] memories are of slate rather than tiles. From the 17th century onwards, Welsh slate was exported by sea in coasting vessels from a number of small ports, and in l...
by Noel
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4
Replies: 18
Views: 902

Re: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4

I've done a lot of Bachmann minerals with new wheelsets and found that in a short time the much sharper axle ends on the Gibson wheels cut a groove in the plastic I presume this is after removing and reinstalling wheel sets? If so, doing this enough to significantly damage the plastic is likely to ...
by Noel
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4
Replies: 18
Views: 902

Re: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4

I don't have any Bachmann conversions, as I have plenty of 16T mineral kits unbuilt; however, I have done other r-t-r conversions using the existing chassis. I don't bother with fitting brass bearings, on the basis that the chassis are designed to have metal pin point axles running in the plastic be...
by Noel
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Hessle Haven
Replies: 23
Views: 2880

Re: Signals for Hessle Haven

Though the geometry of the junction, in the above photo, is different, the overall function of this junction is the same as that depicted at Hull West Parade. Two separate diverging/converging twin track routes merging into a four track route. Just for info, Park Junction was a little more complica...
by Noel
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG Meeting 13th June 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Re: NAG Meeting 13th June 2019

RobM wrote:The star of the show was Howard Bolton who brought along his lever frame of Leeds City Junction to test the electronics which were produced by John Slack. This is a tour de force of modelling at the highest level.


Absolutely :thumb :thumb
by Noel
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 51
Views: 1617

Re: Track cleaning

And Gordon, would it be possible for you to test your WD40 Contact Cleaner on a bit of plastic to see if there is any reaction? Given the extremely large range of materials that the term 'plastic' includes, I suggest that it would be helpful if you could tell Gordon what sort particularly concerns ...
by Noel
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: REF: Rail wheel profile and "to do" list update
Replies: 25
Views: 1550

Re: REF: Rail wheel profile and "to do" list update

Andy, I have read your last post several times, and I'm afraid I am baffled by it. My position is that Nadel's formula is proven The Nadal [not Nadel] formula does not define the forces involved. What it does is use the expected vertical and lateral forces to define the minimum requirement for the r...
by Noel
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: Why the big windows?
Replies: 23
Views: 2215

Re: Why the big windows?

it can't have been taken very seriously. But it would likely be related to the designed line speed. The fastest rail motive power in the mid- to late-1960s were the West Coast electrics, all with sloped fronts but no extended noses. There were plenty of high-speed diesel classes with more or less f...
by Noel
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 94
Views: 13762

Re: Resistance Soldering

Seriously, though, does anyone have a definitive answer, or do I just need to erect a lead shield round it? I would think that the only sensible answer to this is to obtain a magnetometer to measure the field strength your RSU generates, and ask the technicians what value the manufacturers of the p...
by Noel
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: Why the big windows?
Replies: 23
Views: 2215

Re: Why the big windows?

Is there anything in the story that the full depth windows caused photo-hypnotic effects in the driver from the sleepers flashing closely below? So far as I know, there were no visible measures taken at the time to reduce any such risk, so presumably not. A driver's attention whilst the train is mo...
by Noel
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Gauge widening with C&L plastic track
Replies: 4
Views: 308

Re: Gauge widening with C&L plastic track

I use a combination of roller gauges and the rectangular ones the stores supplies (code 191).
by Noel
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 53
Views: 8808

Re: Cheddar

My understanding is that the Bachmann version is compromised in the same ways as the Mainline one, but I don't have one to check.
by Noel
Wed May 29, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Electrically operated prototype turntables
Replies: 16
Views: 1002

Re: Electrically operated prototype turntables

The electric drive may not have been original, could have been added later. Indeed, but demand would presumably have dropped greatly with suburban electrification from the 1920s. Charing Cross T/T at Belvedere was tou in 1951, which would have increased usage at Ewer Street to some extent [Cannon S...
by Noel
Wed May 29, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Electrically operated prototype turntables
Replies: 16
Views: 1002

Re: Electrically operated prototype turntables

The T/T at Ewer Street was installed in 1901, when the use of electricity was very recent, and in many respects still experimental [the first Bankside power station was built in 1891]. Manual operation would have been quite normal, and vacuum operation would have been available if power operation wa...
by Noel
Mon May 27, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Electrically operated prototype turntables
Replies: 16
Views: 1002

Re: Electrically operated prototype turntables

Documentation of GWR 70ft T/T at OOC being demolished https://learninglegacy.crossrail.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/OldOakCommonWorksitesNon-ListedBuiltHeritageRecordingof70Turntable-2.0.pdf (also courtesy of Google) Edit - I think Keith's links to photos may well be this T/T as well.
by Noel
Sun May 26, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon fleet compostion
Replies: 19
Views: 1467

Re: Wagon fleet compostion

But of course some of us will still be tempted to exercise modeller's licence to justify an unlikely choice of vehicles. I have both a Fruit A and a Fruit C on the Burford Branch, but I can more or less guarantee that in reality neither of these would ever have been seen on such a line. I'm not sur...
by Noel
Sat May 25, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Seeking a source of track and back to back gauges for a model of a 3foot 6inch gauge system
Replies: 7
Views: 911

Re: Seeking a source of track and back to back gauges for a model of a 3foot 6inch gauge system

Finescale TT3 uses 14.2 mm gauge; slightly too big, but might solve several problems?
by Noel
Sat May 25, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Queensbridge Road Wharf
Replies: 56
Views: 12799

Re: Queensbridge Road Wharf

The red brick mixed into the stock brick suggests a drastic repair. Was it wartime damage? I would suggest not. Wartime damage usually burnt out the buildings and left the walls unstable; the outcome was usually demolition not repair. The style of the building is consistent from top to bottom, sugg...
by Noel
Fri May 24, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon fleet compostion
Replies: 19
Views: 1467

Re: Wagon fleet compostion

including the need for many more basic opens than other wagons This does depend on the period. Definitely true for pre-grouping, less so thereafter, and not true for 1950s onward BR, with vans more common. Similar comments can be made about vacuum fitted vehicles: rare pre-grouping, with more appea...
by Noel
Thu May 16, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon fleet compostion
Replies: 19
Views: 1467

Re: Wagon fleet compostion

A wander around Google has produced https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/70924-world-of-wagons-by-don-rowland-model-railway-news-1967-1968/ and https://forums.auran.com/trainz/showthread.php?146240-Keeping-The-Balance-1974-Articles-by-D-Rowland , so two [different] series, not just one...
by Noel
Wed May 15, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Edington Junction
Replies: 30
Views: 4192

Re: Edington Junction

The backscene will be the most professional bit about my layout. It is very neatly done. It's a shame that it looks so unlike any English countryside I've ever seen, and in particular, the countryside around the Edington station site. England is green, mostly, certainly, but definitely not all the ...
by Noel
Wed May 15, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon fleet compostion
Replies: 19
Views: 1467

Re: Wagon fleet compostion

Hello, I am lookingfor some information about the relative numbers of LMS, LNER, GWR and SR wagons of all types in the wagon fleet just prior to nationalisation. Peter Tatlow's "LNER Wagons" vol. 4B gives the total LNER wagon stock at the end of 1947 [i.e. the day before nationalisation] ...
by Noel
Wed May 15, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon fleet compostion
Replies: 19
Views: 1467

Re: Wagon fleet compostion

It would be an interesting exercise also to think about whether or not the numbers Don Rowland quotes changed by the mid/late 60s, for example, neglecting the fact that British Railways had a variety of different locos, as a result of the modernisation plan across the power classifications, look at...
by Noel
Wed May 15, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon fleet compostion
Replies: 19
Views: 1467

Re: Wagon fleet compostion

I wonder if EditorTim could get permission from the copyright holder to do a reprint in the S4News?

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