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by Noel
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 919
Views: 72917

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

I am going to stick my neck out a little here. I think the bufferstop position changed between the 1910 pictures and the post WWII pictures. The earlier photos show a small office beyond the station building .... I assume connected with the wharf. The track is a fair distance beyond this. Here is a...
by Noel
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 919
Views: 72917

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Sleeper built buffer stops are basically, so far as I know, an open box filled with old ballast or whatever, and more or less the same height all round? If I'm right about that, I don't think any of the images are consistent with such a buffer stop. There is also the question of why sleeper built st...
by Noel
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 919
Views: 72917

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

I wonder if the buffer stop changed over time? It's very difficult to tell, especially given the small size of some of the images. To me, it looks as though all the photos are consistent with the same buffer stop being there in all of them [apart from the last, of course]. The changes in the lighti...
by Noel
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds
Replies: 73
Views: 4626

Re: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds

mikemeg wrote: best tools are my fingers; though most of my fingers have lost virtually all 'sense of feel


I hope you have taken medical advice on the cause of this?
by Noel
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds
Replies: 73
Views: 4626

Re: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds

John Bateson wrote:So who would build 50 loaded coal wagons to sit behind these - or has anybody got a hump-shunting layout which was what these were made for.Initially for Wath, some went to March.


Or the Urie G16 4-8-0T for hump shunting at the LSWR Feltham Yard (just over 95 tons)...
by Noel
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1462

Re: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018

John Donnelly wrote:I’d understood from a chat to Geoff that is is a fictitious place albeit all the building are based on real ones...


My understanding also; my reference to "the prototype" was intended to be to the prototype in general, not any specific location.
by Noel
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis
Replies: 18
Views: 1347

Re: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis

Guess the 1950s A38/A43 trailers must have been the same or they wouldn't have coupled with the 14xxs. All GW and WR autotrailers and auto fitted locos used the same system. Autotrailers inherited from constituent companies either ceased to be autotrailers or were converted to the GW system. The on...
by Noel
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1462

Re: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018

So, as I like shunting, I shunted. And what shunting! Every wagon on the layout, and Geoff K is known for wagons, has a load. Every empty wagon that arrives at Black Lion Crossing departs loaded and every loaded wagon is unloaded and departs empty I have yet to see the completed layout, but it's go...
by Noel
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: Goings on at the Norfolk Wagonarium
Replies: 105
Views: 17680

Re: Goings on at the Norfolk Wagonarium

Not having the photo in question, I can only speculate, but I would expect that both Plates have two sheets, at least into the mid-1960s [I haven't looked at later plastic sheets as they're outside my period of interest]. I haven't come across any reference to single sheets large enough to cover a P...
by Noel
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Blood and Custard
Replies: 16
Views: 822

Re: Blood and Custard

Even the two images I posted earlier in this thread show what seems to be two different shades and they are two new carriages. If you look carefully at the two pictures the cream is a different shade as well. In reality, of course, the variations are almost certainly down to variations in lighting ...
by Noel
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 834

Re: Signal box diagram - views please

In reality the level crossing was about 1/4 mile away from the river bridge Which in 4mm terms means about 17ft. I don't know how much space you have available, but given the usual sort of available space, I assume the crossing to be much closer to the station, and possibly even within station limi...
by Noel
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal box diagram - views please
Replies: 19
Views: 834

Re: Signal box diagram - views please

A few random thoughts: If the g/f is released by Annetts key, that lets the goods train guard shunt the mill siding, but causes problems for everyone else, since the g/f cannot be unlocked except by train crews, which means that the level crossing cannot be opened until the train gets to it... Which...
by Noel
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 237
Views: 20508

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Youre quite right, the detritus of life! This of course has given me another problem, how to model the an empty Coke can...well what would the equivalanet to an empty Coke can be in 1922 People were probably far less likely to discard rubbish on the track then. It was much less socially acceptable,...
by Noel
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench
Replies: 376
Views: 91499

Re: Tim V's workbench

If I remember the article correctly, it wasn't the bargees but the board of the Somerset Coal Canal that got trapped in a caisson https://www.coalcanal.org/features/Caisson/Caisson.php Apparently one of those inventions which contemporary technology wasn't really good enough to make practical, and ...
by Noel
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Blood and Custard
Replies: 16
Views: 822

Re: Blood and Custard

Looking at the Baugh notes again, it does state the the top crimson strip is 4" and has a asterisk next to it noting "dimensions must be adhered too" I presume that you are referring to the coloured diagram? I found the 2 inches figure for corridor coaches on page 7 under "Top l...
by Noel
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Blood and Custard
Replies: 16
Views: 822

Re: Blood and Custard

Brian Haresnape's Railway Liveries: BR Steam 1948-1968 gives a different way of arriving at lining locations. The cream panel extends 1 inch above and below the windows, with the black [3/4 in] and gold [3/8 in] lines beyond that [total 1 1/8 in] in as in Baugh [who gives 2 in for the top carmine ba...
by Noel
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 169
Views: 17592

Re: Crab Comet conversion

[quote="Will L"] our American fiends[/quote] !! [quote="Will L"] The use of either was primarily and originally driven by the need to stay within a given weight per axle. So as locos got bigger they needed extra carrying axles to carry the additional weight and to avoid the compl...
by Noel
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 169
Views: 17592

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Le Corbusier wrote:could someone define the difference between a 'pony' and a bogie truck


Pony truck = one axle, bogie = more than one axle [British descriptions, Americans describe bogies as trucks]. Note that some apparent 'pony trucks' are actually radial axles, which is a different thing.
by Noel
Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Chassis kit for Oxford Rail Janus 0-6-0 diesel shunter.
Replies: 9
Views: 844

Re: Chassis kit for Oxford Rail Janus 0-6-0 diesel shunter.

steamraiser wrote:Unfortunately I know nothing about the history of this loco.The Foxfield website does not give any historical information.


The Industrial Diesel RPG is marginally more informative https://idrpg.co.uk/projects.php
by Noel
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds
Replies: 73
Views: 4626

Re: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds

Oh and wasn't there an 0-8-4 tank from the same source (Great Central) which weighed in (all up) at nearly 100 tons? GC class 8H, LNER class S1, BR 69900-5. Weight 99 tons and a few cwts without booster, the actual weight depending on the sub-class. Presumably therefore over 100 tons when booster f...
by Noel
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 3323

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Just using what I had as the wagon wheels looked too small... Standard post-grouping wagon wheels were a nominal 3ft 1in - 3ft 2in, with Lowmac, etc wheels at 2ft 8ins. Post-grouping company coach designs used 3ft 7.5 ins wheels, and BR Mark 1 designs used 3ft 6ins. Before roller bearings, designer...
by Noel
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 919
Views: 72917

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Noel wrote:Le Corbusier wrote:... being pulled by a small shunting tank is it that odd?If you read the Wild Swan Profile of the 3F tanks, the Midland did not call them shunting engines. They were simply tank engines. Locations such as Toton employed horses initially to shunt wagons, only later were...
by Noel
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 3323

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

regarding the mention of an articulated chassis previously, I don't understand without reading the MRJ article what that can mean with an 0-6-0 It involved a joint in the frames behind the centre axle, effectively turning the loco into an 0-4-2-0. The joint itself is hidden behind the centre wheel ...
by Noel
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 3323

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

I remember an article in MRJ some time ago where Jas Milham had an S gauge layout with very tight radius curves. He got around the problem of a loco with a very long wheelbase (J17?) by articulating the chassis i.e. so that part of the frames pivoted. Unfortunately, I have no idea which edition it ...
by Noel
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: MarkS
Topic: Coaches corner
Replies: 26
Views: 5937

Re: Coaches corner

Lastly, I cleaned the parts and painted them a suitable steel colour. Mild steel rusts [very easily], which is an issue when luggage or whatever is then piled against it [which is why the bars are there in the first place in the van windows] or people touch it. So far as I know, they were always pa...

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