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by Noel
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Bachmann Mk1 Coach Upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 619

Re: Bachmann Mk1 Coach Upgrade

The original Bachmann.
by Noel
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 1220

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

Tim V wrote:round pin 13A


13A is the current oblong pin standard, Tim; the larger round pin standard was 15A.
by Noel
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Bachmann Mk1 Coach Upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 619

Re: Bachmann Mk1 Coach Upgrade

If you aren't going to use 'Southern Pride upgrade what do you advise? I have the whitemetal castings from an MTK GUV which I messed up irretrievably many years ago, which are quite reasonable. I haven't got as far as thinking about how to produce the central bracing yet; "T" section bras...
by Noel
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Bachmann Mk1 Coach Upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 619

Re: Bachmann Mk1 Coach Upgrade

I've got what is possibly [probably?] the same chassis under a non-corridor third acquired a few years ago, Mike, and am not particularly impressed. The major components are there, but there are also visible major compromises, presumably for production reasons. If I ever decide to upgrade it I would...
by Noel
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Bachmann Mk1 Coach Upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 619

Re: Bachmann Mk1 Coach Upgrade

The info Chris has given is in the Appendices in the Supplement to the original book, which is still available from the HMRS [although not just at the moment!] should you want it (Just for info and not intended as a criticism of asking on here). I was a bit concerned by the labelling on the moulded ...
by Noel
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 327
Views: 51747

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Iain Rice, in the very first edition of Modelling Railways Illustrated in 1993, described a home made version, using droppers from the point blades to a 'tie-bar' under the baseboard with vertical tubes soldered on, within which the droppers are free to rotate, but not lift. He gave the same issue o...
by Noel
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ground Signals
Replies: 21
Views: 798

Re: Ground Signals

you need to use the first yard point as the trap and have yellow discs. Not disagreeing with the principle of what Keith has said, but it depends on what period you are modelling [which we don't know]. Assuming no significant alterations to the layout since Victorian times, likely in a country term...
by Noel
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ground Signals
Replies: 21
Views: 798

Re: Ground Signals

There is a further issue with the length of the layout as well. You indicated that the length, presumably of the visible area only, is 9ft. As a rule of thumb, a B6 point is about 12 ins long; A5s are shorter, but a have a sharper curve which has its own drawbacks. Buffer stops are about 2.5 - 3ins ...
by Noel
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Brassmaster 4F The journey
Replies: 20
Views: 1789

Re: Brassmaster 4F The journey

Serjt-Dave wrote:the two glass thingies


Gauge glasses, behind protectors, for showing boiler water level. Incidentally, it looks as though the original casting was intended for a left hand drive loco, whereas your very impressive construction is for a right hand drive loco.
by Noel
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 62
Views: 2018

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

I have certainly seen the track flexing with the wooden sleepers moving in their bed. I had assumed that was why the track maintenance gangs were constantly patrolling to pack ballast back in and re secure chairs etc. Yes. Steam era main lines needed constant attention and were inspected on a daily...
by Noel
Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 62
Views: 2018

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Le Corbusier wrote:Watching the track sleepers and all flexing on the real thing, that would not be un-prototypical.


It depends on where and when you were watching. Modern high speed track is commonly concrete slab type, and therefore rigid. But then, it doesn't have to cope with steam engine hammer blow.
by Noel
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 62
Views: 2018

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Will L wrote: So a rigid 0-6-0 chassis is likely to have no more than 3 wheels in contact with the rails, so that's just one on one side or the other.


Not disagreeing with your basic argument, Will, but I think this defies the laws of physics...
by Noel
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ground Signals
Replies: 21
Views: 798

Re: Ground Signals

May be worth noting for the purpose of these discussions that a level crossing does not count as an obstruction within the clearing point. Yes, apologies John, I got that bit wrong. Hopefully everything else is right :evil:. BR Rule 99 [which has a long ancestry] required crossing gates to be close...
by Noel
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ground Signals
Replies: 21
Views: 798

Re: Ground Signals

Maybe I should redesign the station throat/runaround such that entry to the goods yard is off the running line before the run around? But then how do I get to run around wagons without using the platform run around. I can't answer that as it depends on what you want to achieve; all I, and anyone el...
by Noel
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ground Signals
Replies: 21
Views: 798

Re: Ground Signals

Regarding the first paragraph, would I be right in thinking that posting an outer home sufficiently far out that the LC falls beyond the clearing point would solve the issue you raise about having to have the crossing closed to the road for all the time the incoming train takes to cover the section...
by Noel
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ground Signals
Replies: 21
Views: 798

Re: Ground Signals

And unless your line is "one engine in steam" consideration needs to be given to ensure that an engine running round which wrongly passes the advanced starter could still stop before colliding with a second incoming train held at the home signal. Not an issue, for two reasons. First, a dr...
by Noel
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ground Signals
Replies: 21
Views: 798

Re: Ground Signals

A double slip is maintenance heavy [which is one reason why the modern railway doesn't like them much] and would usually be avoided in a country branch terminus, which was rarely short of room. However, it's not impossible; it does however introduce a further problem or two. If you intend to regular...
by Noel
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ground Signals
Replies: 21
Views: 798

Re: Ground Signals

This seems to be a pretty unusual layout, for a number of reasons. The first is that the l/c implies a road that was there before the railway, which is fair enough, but I would have expected the line's Act to have extinguished it in favour of a road round the end of the line, to the station itself a...
by Noel
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Horse boxes and race meetings
Replies: 28
Views: 6649

Re: Horse boxes and race meetings

I don't really see a horsebox from a passenger train being taken to a cattlepen siding in a yard. I would assume that the journey times were usually short enough to avoid the need to water the horse and in emergency other arrangements would be needed as they would be unlikely to find such cattle pe...
by Noel
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Horse boxes and race meetings
Replies: 28
Views: 6649

Re: Horse boxes and race meetings

One reason for the majority of horse boxes being mostly marshalled next to the engine is the requirement to water the horses, the water being available from water cranes. I believe that similar arrangements were used with cattle wagons, for the same reason, the availability of water. I very much do...
by Noel
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Sheffield Bridgehouses
Replies: 3
Views: 587

Re: Sheffield Bridgehouses

Out of interest I recently picked up this postcard, allegedly of "Old Wicker Passenger Station". Is that Sheffield Bridgehouses? Wicker was built by a component company of the Midland, the nearby Bridgehouses by a component company of the Great Central. https://spellerweb.net/rhindex/UKRH...
by Noel
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9735

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

In my library I have a book by David Andrews about Churchward 2-6-0s. It includes two photographs of cab interiors, of 4366 in 1920 and 7320 in 1925. Both are credited to British Railways, so are presumably works official ones. The pipe runs have significant differences, as does the finish of the pi...
by Noel
Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: At the end of my garden.
Replies: 3
Views: 421

Re: At the end of my garden.

Familiar territory for me - I spent quite a few years commuting to Liverpool Street from Forest Gate.

For the wagons https://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2008/04/29-networkrail-tiltingwagons.html and https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/resources/tilting-wagon-6
by Noel
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Horse boxes and race meetings
Replies: 28
Views: 6649

Re: Horse boxes and race meetings

When did the mounted regiments of the British Army cease to move their horses by rail? And in a similar vein, when was the last foxhunt conveyed by rail, I suspect before WW2 but I really have no idea but I'm sure I've seen a record of this, possibly in Leicestershire? Can't help on the fox hunting...
by Noel
Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Horse boxes and race meetings
Replies: 28
Views: 6649

Re: Horse boxes and race meetings

presuming also that the horsebox wouldn't just have been part of the pick-up goods, at least when loaded.Also, what might the arrangements have been for the Lord's prize bull, as he is due to visit the Royal Agricultural Society show? Delivery of the empty for loading and the removal of the empty a...

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