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by Russ Elliott
Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:12 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Modifications to the html version of Digest 41.0
Replies: 0
Views: 1323

Modifications to the html version of Digest 41.0

In the immediate future, I will be making amendments to some figures in the html version of Digest 41.0 . These amendments will change the attachment of springy beams to transverse pivots from being above those pivots (as currently shown) to below the pivots. I now regard the current depiction as a ...
by Russ Elliott
Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:13 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: High-speed Brighton tankies at Railex
Replies: 6
Views: 3374

Re: High-speed Brighton tankies at Railex

It's not my film, David - it's by Mike Ball. Yes, it is nice, and much better I think in its intended size - I can't get it to embed here properly at that size, possibly there's a forum code restriction to the old youtube settings, so here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-Q7Wl-miMg
by Russ Elliott
Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:54 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: High-speed Brighton tankies at Railex
Replies: 6
Views: 3374

High-speed Brighton tankies at Railex

[youtube]f-Q7Wl-miMg&feature=channel[/youtube]

(The picture is a lot bigger if you view it at youtube.)
by Russ Elliott
Fri May 01, 2009 12:57 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout Operation (TOUs etc.)
Replies: 33
Views: 12299

Re: Turnout Operation (TOUs etc.)

Ok, Bob, I'm with you now. I'm not acquainted with the Tortoise adaptor actuator thingie, and do not know whether it has predrilled holes in it for tubes. But you'll need to pitch the tubes to be the same as that in the Maso tiebar. I would say use a thin-walled tube to be an easy sliding fit on the...
by Russ Elliott
Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:20 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout Operation (TOUs etc.)
Replies: 33
Views: 12299

Re: Turnout Operation (TOUs etc.)

I'm not sure I quite understand your question, Bob, or why you asked it. I'm envisaging you have two 0.7mm wires, each secured to the tiebar, and descending through an unknown length into tubes. It's not clear what the tubes are attached to, nor how that below-baseboard attachment is linked to or mo...
by Russ Elliott
Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Machining nickel silver for main frames
Replies: 4
Views: 4448

Re: Machining nickel silver for main frames

We had a natter about this at CLAG - the feeling was that the effect you describe was a characteristic of milling/machining nickel-silver. Using a smaller diameter cutter might alleviate the situation a little, but we reckoned you will just have to put up with cleaning off the inevitable burring, an...
by Russ Elliott
Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: What are the correct chairs for period modelled?
Replies: 6
Views: 3453

Re: What are the correct chairs for period modelled?

Hopefully, Keith will move this thread into the trackwork section of the forum, but in the meantime, have a look at:

http://scalefour.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=167
by Russ Elliott
Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:21 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: P4 Track Co Standard and Gauge Widened Bases
Replies: 17
Views: 6944

Re: P4 Track Co Standard and Gauge Widened Bases

The items are: 4FT 101A P4 FastTrack 18.83mm gauge for BH rail (2 metres) 4FT 102A P4 FastTrack gauge widened for BH rail (2 metres) Ah yes, my mistake, Andy - I couldn't read the Exacto page properly. I don't know what the design GW is on the widened base - I can only suggest e-mailing Exacto agai...
by Russ Elliott
Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: P4 Track Co Standard and Gauge Widened Bases
Replies: 17
Views: 6944

Re: P4 Track Co Standard and Gauge Widened Bases

Andy - there are no absolutes in the gauge-widening game. If you've only got 2-axled things, you won't need any widening. I would suggest your approach to the problem should be based on what your loco wheelbases, and their inner-axle sideplay allowances, will dictate or need. Useful information abou...
by Russ Elliott
Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: wooden sleepers
Replies: 18
Views: 7395

Re: wooden sleepers

Andy - I wouldn't think in terms of a plain 'gradient' but would concentrate on the requirements of the vertical curves. vertical-curve.gif We've got some track on Green Street where a goods line goes down to a lower level (by a thickness of 1/16" cork, i.e. about 1.5mm), and I think the total ...
by Russ Elliott
Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: ex Airfix B coaches
Replies: 19
Views: 10358

Re: ex Airfix B coaches

The Airfix truss rods are moulded flush with the outside face of the solebars, which are I think set far too wide anyway. The headstocks should be straight rather than bow-ended. The door handle recesses are also not quite right on the model, and are too prominent, with the handles sticking out (as ...
by Russ Elliott
Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:36 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: GWR Timber stations
Replies: 10
Views: 8835

Re: GWR Timber stations

The drawing Jeff refers to is of GWR design. There is also a Chris Leigh sketch of Culkerton station of the same style in an old Constructor article. The best surviving 'non-preserved' example of this style is on the island platform at Didcot. The Lostwithiel style is completely different.
by Russ Elliott
Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:47 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: GWR Timber stations
Replies: 10
Views: 8835

Re: GWR Timber stations

Ah yes, Steve, thankyou for reminding of the architecture. Most definitely no connection with the GWR!
by Russ Elliott
Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:52 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: GWR Timber stations
Replies: 10
Views: 8835

Re: GWR Timber stations

Can't remember offhand what Lostwithiel looks like. Do you mean this style of GWR timber station or another style of GWR timber station?

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by Russ Elliott
Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:34 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Droppers on track
Replies: 40
Views: 16700

Re: Droppers on track

As a 'rail underside' fan, I do acknowledge that the joint doesn't have great mechanical strength, and thus pre-tinning of rail and ensuring a good joint to the dropper before the track is laid is essential. I've found tinning the TCW (yes, I know, sounds superfluous doesn't it) is also desirable, a...
by Russ Elliott
Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Weights
Replies: 4
Views: 2700

Re: Weights

Oh lord - there was a long thread on this one on P4_talk or E4um a while ago.

Anyway, I'd say between 35g and 50g for a 4-wheel wagon (and I would not purposely distinguish between a loaded one and an unloaded one), and between 120g and 180g for a coach.
by Russ Elliott
Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:35 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Droppers on track
Replies: 40
Views: 16700

Re: Droppers on track

I like to put droppers on the underside of the rail; the droppers (24SWG tinned copper wire) are put on before track panels are laid. Pre-tinning the rail is essential, but if quick with the iron, plastic flexi is not affected.
by Russ Elliott
Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:23 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Shunting at through stations
Replies: 9
Views: 8430

Re: Shunting at through stations

Dimensioned track plans are given in the Wild Swan book. I don't think there was a standardised way of shunting the stations on the line - loop lengths varied considerably, even after the WWII improvements. The diamond on some (but not all) of the stations on both the northern and southern parts of ...
by Russ Elliott
Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:25 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: 6 Leaf Springs
Replies: 2
Views: 1645

Re: 6 Leaf Springs

I don't understand; why will plan B provide more room for Bill's units than plan A?

If you are looking for plastic solebar section, Evergreen does 1/8" U section channel, which will probably suit.
by Russ Elliott
Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: London Suburban and Southern lines 1960 to 1985 tracks
Replies: 11
Views: 6462

Re: London Suburban and Southern lines 1960 to 1985 tracks

William Concerning concrete sleepers for 3-rail plain track, the type most commonly used was a derivative of F24. This type had a stepped-down level land at the ends of the sleeper on which standard conductor rail supports were mounted. The level of the flat land enabled the correct (3") differ...
by Russ Elliott
Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:09 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Wood for trestles.
Replies: 8
Views: 6331

Re: Wood for trestles.

Got a sketch?
by Russ Elliott
Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:05 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Recessed rods
Replies: 8
Views: 3798

Re: Recessed rods

Maybe it's a case where the 1.3mm bore in the front of an Ultrascale wheel could be deepened just a bit so that their 'combination crankpin tube and nut' can go into the wheel a little more?

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by Russ Elliott
Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: GWR - Interior colours
Replies: 3
Views: 2750

Re: GWR - Interior colours

Here's a couple of pics of preserved coaches, the first (sorry a bit out of focus) of a late Collett open 3rd, the second being a Hawksworth corridor 1st with an intricate and fussy royal blue and white moquette: DSCF0020(small).JPG DSCF0018(small).JPG Some pictures of preserved Toplight interiors a...
by Russ Elliott
Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:55 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout Operation (TOUs etc.)
Replies: 33
Views: 12299

Re: Turnout wiring / soldering

In the underboard rebuild of Pete Runnacle's Somersham, I used some bits of ply, tube, wire and copperclad for the new TOUs. No more than about 20p each, I'd guess.

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