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by Noel
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 33
Views: 1301

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

Humbrol Clearfix plus translucent paint [try your preferred search engine - Vallejo is one that does these, there are probably others].
by Noel
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 31
Views: 1197

Re: Track Laying

Butanone [in the form of a rather elderly bottle of DayWat Liquid Poly which currently hasn't been opened for some time]. I'm not sure if it is still available. I take your point, Paul [Flymo], but surely telling someone who, it seems, hasn't used them before about what these solvents are, and the n...
by Noel
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 31
Views: 1197

Re: Track Laying

Noel says MEK = Butanone. He is right if you say MEK = 2-Butanone.Flymo says Humbrol LP = MEK and that Plastic Weld = Butanone and is different in behaviour from Humbrol LP … I suggest that both Humbrol LP and Plastic weld containg Butanone= MEK as major ingredient but are diluted to different stre...
by Noel
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: N7 Chassis Question
Replies: 20
Views: 1186

Re: N7 Chassis Question

My goal was to explore otherwise realistic designs to allow long wheelbase locomotives to go around much tighter hidden track curves and turnouts, rather than stick to space consuming more prototypical ones used on the visible portion of a layout. The classic stock behind N7s from 1924/5 to electri...
by Noel
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 31
Views: 1197

Re: Track Laying

MEK [Methyl Ethyl Ketone] is actually Butanone under another name. However, it depends on what you are actually using; Slaters' Mek-pak, for example, is intended for use on Plastikard, which Butanone will attack, so probably isn't MEK [I seem to remember that they explicitly stated this some time ag...
by Noel
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 72
Views: 5000

Re: Scaleforum 2019

When it was decided to make badges available at Scaleforum virtually all of our area group collected theirs, and wore them. I still have mine. However, I would now feel very conspicuous if I did so, as so few other people seem to. It appears that this is one of those matters where members have 'vote...
by Noel
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 527
Views: 94696

Re: Brettell Road

That brake van looks great, you certainly managed to get the old and decrepit look. Agreed. I particularly like the state of the lettering. However, the Midland was already withdrawing 10T vans before the grouping, in favour of 20T vans, and the LMS continued this process. They also changed the liv...
by Noel
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: N7 Chassis Question
Replies: 20
Views: 1186

Re: N7 Chassis Question

In UK kits intended for all three gauges it seems to be common practice to provide separate OO, EM and P4 frame spacers.
by Noel
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 61
Views: 4395

Re: Joggled Stockrails

My understanding that an A switch had two stretcher bars was from this drawing. According to "GWR Switch and Crossing Practice": 'All switches … had at least two stretcher bars connecting the pair of switch rails.' The GW didn't use REA 'A' switches, but their equivalent had two stretcher...
by Noel
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 33
Views: 1301

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

I admit I was looking at Alan Turner's diagram when writing my last post. Ooops!
by Noel
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 33
Views: 1658

Re: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.

I often wonder about the economics of getting better components. Bearings for coupled axles are a good example: the cuboid kind that slide in hornguides. If the bearing blocks were accurately machined, then they could just slide in slots etched in the frames, without the hornguides, and it would be...
by Noel
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 33
Views: 1301

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

Going back to the track layout as modelled, and assuming that the loop is used as a running loop or refuge, what is more likely for trains passing from the loop to the next section: a dummy at the loop exit and an advanced starter; or a running signal, level with signal 8, to enter the section and ...
by Noel
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 33
Views: 1301

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

Alan Turner wrote:I give you Highley:


And 7 is a yellow arm dummy as well. Note that all of the starters are locked until an appropriate token is released.
by Noel
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 33
Views: 1301

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

A question which relates to the current discussion on the position of the starter: my rather basic understanding suggests that, as drawn, the ground discs only give a proceed with caution indication. Surely this would mean the driver proceeding through the entire block section at reduced speed unle...
by Noel
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 33
Views: 1301

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

Sorry, John, I don't have details of the official documents involved, I'm afraid. I was just making the point that the use of yellow ground signals, or not, depended on the date at which the layout was set. My sources were Michael A Vanns' Ian Allan ABC "Signalling in the Age of Steam" and...
by Noel
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 33
Views: 1301

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

I agree it's a matter of opinion, but I'd still put the second semaphore of the right-bound line well beyond the crossover, I think, Alan. That way it can act as the starter; with the diagram as it is, you need an advanced starter. Otherwise all shunting between the yard loop and the main at that en...
by Noel
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 33
Views: 1301

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

Alan Turner wrote:which I know doesn't help because the track is probably already laid.


https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=89&t=6356
by Noel
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 33
Views: 1301

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

The use of yellow for conditional ground signals [and distants] dates from the MoT 1925 requirements; before that it was common to use a normal red ground signal with white and green lights instead of red and green, although alternatives did exist. The rules were not applied retrospectively, so a lo...
by Noel
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 33
Views: 1301

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

I'm amazed how complicated/intricate signalling in reality is, unlike the simple explanations you get in some modelling books The basic principles are fairly simple; however, applying them to a given practical situation was often not, complicated by ostensibly similar layouts being used in differen...
by Noel
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 33
Views: 1301

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

Many thanks Noel. The photo is correct so that's probably my first mistake..(b....r). Shame about that. The modelling looks pretty good, too. Signal arms in the UK are always to the left of the post as the driver faces them. Tigley Sigs.JPG 1 is OK 2 should be before the crossover to 1, and probabl...
by Noel
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 33
Views: 1301

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

Is the photo reversed, or are the signals really the wrong way round? The ones on the diagram seem to have a problem too... So far as commenting on the diagram is concerned, I think it would be a lot simpler if you could number the signals. Any arbitrary order is OK; it would make it much easier to ...
by Noel
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 267
Views: 60047

Re: The Burford Branch

In Windows 10/Edge, Martin's were inverted, Alan's are correct...
by Noel
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 2953

Re: Track cleaning

Bill Newstead wrote:To get é press Num Lock on the numeric keypad


Unless, of course, you use the numeric keypad for numbers usually, in which case you should ignore both this instruction and the reminder to cancel it at the end.

Thanks for the link, though, Bill.
by Noel
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 53
Views: 9454

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: 9454

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...

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