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by John Palmer
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems
Replies: 9
Views: 2155

Re: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems

As a Burnham boy I too have a soft spot for 1338. In addition to working Bridgwater GW yard she also worked Dunball Wharf, a couple of miles to the north, and Bridgwater S&D, gaining access to the latter via the chord line connecting the GW Docks Branch to the S&D station after the rest of t...
by John Palmer
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: SR fence posts
Replies: 30
Views: 8936

Re: SR fence posts

Before seeing this thread I had never been aware that these fencing components had been manufactured in 4mm scale - obviously I never saw the relevant MRJ article! If cast in brass then in principle I would be interested in acquiring a quantity, if the price is right. This thread has prompted me to ...
by John Palmer
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 8985

Re: Catch Points

Putting in a plug here for Percy Parsons' recently-published '50 Years on The Railway' (Pub. Kingfisher Productions) for anyone interested in the Branch (Evercreech Jc to Burnham). Although there's a bit too much in the way of listing names of Percy's work colleagues, there's lots of interesting det...
by John Palmer
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: GWR Mica Diag X2
Replies: 9
Views: 1927

Re: GWR Mica Diag X2

Don't know whether your library is more limited than mine, but the 2 volume History of GWR Goods Wagons by Atkins et al has some information. Suggests that representatives of all the X diagrams survived into Nationalisation years, but no more detail than that. Russell's Wagon Plans book seems to con...
by John Palmer
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Valencing
Replies: 1
Views: 756

Re: Valencing

York Model Rail offer what, at first glance, looks like quite a good match for the canopy valance on the Marlborough LL station building - see https://www.yorkmodelrail.com/00-scale/valances/00-scale-valance-101

Hope that helps.
by John Palmer
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: fitting small driving wheels
Replies: 13
Views: 2357

Re: fitting small driving wheels

Using a wheel that has a wobbling crankpin sounds to me like a sure recipe for long term frustration. Whilst I dare say the wheel concerned can be corrected and made wobble free, I question whether the time and trouble spent doing so can be justified relative to the alternative of buying a replaceme...
by John Palmer
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 8985

Re: Catch Points

Well, my previous post on this subject turns out to be wrong, as I have now located an online copy of the photograph showing the Down Siding trap. The picture appears in a Facebook thread about David C Bown's book 'The Bridgwater Railway through Bawdrip', and is on page 41 of the book, showing 58072...
by John Palmer
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 8985

Re: Catch Points

Thanks John, that's good to know. Are these images available online at all? All Best Dave No, this was the result of my thumbing through Chris' personal collection of accumulated photographs. A number of them, including the one in which the Down Siding trap can be seen, looked like purchases from t...
by John Palmer
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 8985

Re: Catch Points

A quick supplement to this thread: over the course of the weekend just gone I had the opportunity to look through Chris Longley's set of photographs covering Edington Junction (I think mainly from the Roger Carpenter collection), from which I was able to confirm that the Down Siding was fitted with ...
by John Palmer
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: SHMRC Show Saturday 16th November
Replies: 6
Views: 1496

Re: SHMRC Show Saturday 16th November

Looking forward to my annual visit. If you haven't previously attended, this is a one-day show I highly recommend.
by John Palmer
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Buffer Stops
Replies: 7
Views: 1796

Re: Buffer Stops

That doesn't look bad, though the nicks made to form the sharp bends will need careful making good. I managed to get acceptable bends in n/s rail without having to nick the rail foot, but had some fractures on the ouside of sharp bends and consequent rejection of some components. Annealing the metal...
by John Palmer
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 8985

Re: Catch Points

Really good to see in the latest pictures in this and your parallel thread on Edington Jc the great progress you are making with the layout. Forgive me for making a nitpicking observation, but the prototype's check rail on 19 points (shown adjacent to the trap protecting the exit from Bridgwater Sid...
by John Palmer
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Buffer Stops
Replies: 7
Views: 1796

Re: Buffer Stops

I was going to say that the LSWR design of rail-built stop block was universally used throughout the S&D system, but that isn't quite true as exceptions can be found - e.g. the blocks on the dead end beyond the turntable at Templecombe are of a pattern I've never encountered elsewhere. All the b...
by John Palmer
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: MR 1P 0-4-4T detailing
Replies: 42
Views: 8696

Re: MR 1P 0-4-4T detailing

Pete, the RMWeb thread at https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/134455-craftsman-0-4-4t-lms-1p-kit-build/ includes a reproduction of three pictures of Midland half-cabs which I believe appeared in B. Fesank's series in 'Model Railways' on scratchbuilding one of these. The group includes...
by John Palmer
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 291
Views: 70240

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Your anchor link seems to reach an awkward angle - is the drop link a bit long? As DaveH says it's all about appearance. I agree about the angle of the anchor/union link, but I suggest that the reason may lie in the combination lever either being too short, or its point of attachment to the valve s...
by John Palmer
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 46779

Re: Scaleforum 2019

According to a post on the LNER Forum at https://www.lner.info/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=13375&sid=3a392246ab7115b7f759b8bff1d7aa74 , there will be re-surfacing work on the Wendover Bypass that may well involve the closure of the Bypass on both days of the Scaleforum weekend. For anyone who...
by John Palmer
Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 194
Views: 47711

Re: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie

Lots of good stuff on this thread, with that lovely Glen and now the sleeper infill! Of possible interest is another application of sleepers to form a coal yard stockade, as seen in this photograph: Sleeper stockade.jpg In this case we used wooden strip (not ply) for the sleepers. The imprint of the...
by John Palmer
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 46779

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I shall have to see whether better times are attainable via the Berks & Hants, Alternatively perhaps someone coming by car can provide a lift. Worth asking around or on here. :) Thanks for the suggestion, Terry, which quickly prompted the offer of such a lift from one generous spirit. Fortunate...
by John Palmer
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 6429

Re: None specific model products

Shellac, it appears, is a resinous secretion of the lac insect that can still be purchased in flake form but is probably more often found nowadays in liquid form as a sanding sealer. Gordon Gravett recommended it for sealing card used to form road surfaces, and I've used it to good effect in that ro...
by John Palmer
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 46779

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I suspect the latter of your two options for the tunnel, but I'm not sure. Thanks Rod. Yes, I too thought that was the more likely option. The topography here on the model is a bit of a compromise because we had to slew the yard sidings a bit nearer the main line to avoid having unmanageably wide b...
by John Palmer
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 46779

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Having the platforms pass through the tunnel is an unusual and interesting feature of Balcombe. Was the tunnel formed by 'cut and cover' or was the flank of the hill left in place to provide a route for the road over the railway? It's somewhat reminiscent of the 'Long Arch' at Midford where a minor ...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 6429

Re: None specific model products

Bought a litre of mek on Amazon for about the same price as a bottle from Slaters. Should last a while. Andrew, may be worth taking into account the cautionary tale I posted at https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=6459&p=68764#p68764 . There may well be situations and materi...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 194
Views: 47711

Re: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie

Back to the book, I see there is no date of publication, but it was produced in LNER days and I would not want to reproduce a PDF of the chapter here unless I was sure we were no longer within the copy write period-not sure how long that is. It is at least 70 years since the publication was first p...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 194
Views: 47711

Re: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie

For information about telegraph poles and their fittings there's much useful information in 'Railway Signalling and Telecommunications', with similar information in the instructions that accompany the Masokits kit of poles and their fittings. Even so I found that wasn't enough to cover all the varia...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: A source of very fine sand
Replies: 11
Views: 3977

Re: A source of very fine sand

Would talcum powder or similar be too fine?

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