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by John Palmer
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: MarkS
Topic: 1P 0-4-4T chassis by Rumney
Replies: 45
Views: 19095

Re: 1P 0-4-4T chassis by Rumney

Really good work to have accomplished those changes without upsetting all the previous, equally good work on the painting and lining - congratulations! The first thing that caught my eye was the dramatic improvement of those tank fillers. I've just discovered that my 2228 class engine's failure at S...
by John Palmer
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 194
Views: 47871

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

Lovely stuff, Allan, please keep it coming. Particularly good to see the attention paid to things like the pole route and electricity supply apparatus. The arrangement for tensioning the pylon stays is quite intriguing.
by John Palmer
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Berry Wiggins tank wagon movements
Replies: 11
Views: 3971

Re: Berry Wiggins tank wagon movements

Yes, a route via Hither Green looks eminently feasible; fork left rather than right at Dartford, and the route via Nunhead can be regained at Lewisham. The only reason I plumped for Newton Abbot rather than Swindon was that the photograph triggered a fading memory of a walk round Hackney Yard in the...
by John Palmer
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Berry Wiggins tank wagon movements
Replies: 11
Views: 3971

Re: Berry Wiggins tank wagon movements

The South Eastern line between Reading and Tonbridge was (is!) very useful and was my route of choice for visits to Scaleforum at Leatherhead. However, having just taken a look at the pictures of BW tanks on Paul Bartlett's website, I am struck by the number of photographs of these tanks that were t...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Berry Wiggins tank wagon movements
Replies: 11
Views: 3971

Re: Berry Wiggins tank wagon movements

A quick trawl through my collection of wagon photographs taken in the second half of the 1960s has revealed three shots that include Berry Wiggins tanks. Berry Wiggins 1.jpg This was taken primarily for the Lowmac in the foreground; the raft of 4 BW tanks behind just happened to be there. I was drea...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Another cattle wagon query
Replies: 2
Views: 1056

Re: Another cattle wagon query

Steve Banks' website contains quite a lot of material on cattle traffic and may be worth a look. In particular, at https://www.steve-banks.org/banbury/270-banbury-merton-street-station there is a shot looking along the platform with a lengthy rake of cattle wagons on the left, of which the nearest l...
by John Palmer
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Re-armed signals
Replies: 1
Views: 1683

Re: Re-armed signals

I have no knowledge of LNER practice specifically, but in general yes, you are correct in thinking that a new casting would be bolted to a wooden post when refitting it with an upper quadrant arm. The new casting would act as a combined mounting for the arm pivot and the lamp. Conventionally the cas...
by John Palmer
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought
Replies: 24
Views: 4329

Re: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought

An address for Rocar can be found in http://www.clag.org.uk/russ/supplier.html. The original intended terminus of the West Highland Extension.
by John Palmer
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 9031

Re: Catch Points

I noted Gordon's reply to my query about nos. 7 & 8, but am inclined to discount it, as it still seems an unnecessary duplication to me. So, on the above assumption, is 7 the signal to permit direct access to the bay? It appears from your comments about clearing points that 4 [which must read t...
by John Palmer
Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 9031

Re: Catch Points

Wow, Dave, what a fascinating pair of photographs! So much of interest to be noted from them. My surmise that the traps were all single tongued is partly borne out by the one visible on the Bridgwater Siding, so now you only need to find a picture showing the Down siding trap – ideally one that also...
by John Palmer
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: MR Cattle Wagon
Replies: 8
Views: 2370

Re: MR Cattle Wagon

Another possible sighting in "Railways in Northumberland" by Alan Young, pub. Martin Bairstow, ISBN 1 871944 26. At page 86 is a photograph of a J21 on a Rothbury excursion at Reedsmouth Jc. On the extreme left of the shot is the right hand 'panel' of what may well be one of the M.R. cattl...
by John Palmer
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 9031

Re: Catch Points

Anyway getting back to the question in hand. ... Andrew. You mention about trains being able to depart from the Down platform in the Up direction. Passenger trains from the Bridgwater Branch would arrive into the Down platform then the loco would run round it's train {ECS} then shunt back {either d...
by John Palmer
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 9031

Re: Catch Points

Reference to Chris' article indicates that for a time 16 and 26 points were fitted with/worked by Black's Economical FPLs, and I suggest that the symbology of the 1948 diagram may reflect this so far as 26 points are concerned. I can't find this anywhere in the article. The Black's design was a Mid...
by John Palmer
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 9031

Re: Catch Points

I'm sorry I am unable to assist further with additional diagrams and/or locking tables. My information is derived from Chris Osment's article on Bridgwater Railway signalling, which is available for all to read at http://trainweb.org/railwest/railco/sdjr/bw-branch.pdf . None of us is immune from mak...
by John Palmer
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 9031

Re: Catch Points

A couple of notes on the signalling of Edington Junction: 1. Andrew's reference to 11 should instead be to 16 points - 11 was a push-pull lever controlling the ground signals in/out of Down Siding. 2. The c. 1930 diagram shows 20 as bolting both 19 east end and 25 points, yet the locking table descr...
by John Palmer
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 47067

Re: Scaleforum 2019

In Wakefield, the Bull and Fairhouse offered a splendid combination of excellent beers and live bands until its untimely closure. I see it's now re-opened as the Polka Hop. As this is a species of morris dance I fear it may not have regained its former ambience.
by John Palmer
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 9031

Re: Catch Points

Now the trouble comes when, instead of the operating terminology you look at the permanent way department terminology for the physical object which sometimes called the object used as a trap point a 'Catch point' on the drawings. This has repeatedly been the subject of Templot discussions - e.g. ht...
by John Palmer
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 40
Views: 7980

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

"...from the operational point of view one of the most salient characteristics of Scottish signalling, as practised on the Caledonian, North British and Glasgow and South Western Railways, was the use of a truly green glass in the spectacles. There is, of course, a good deal of yellow in the li...
by John Palmer
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 9031

Re: Catch Points

Another sprung catch tongue can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/midsomer-norton-south-station/7264176960/in/album-72157629882634822/, in this case within a mile of the summit at Masbury.
by John Palmer
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 9031

Re: Catch Points

After looking at the picture as reproduced in the 'Norman Lockett Archive' I find it very hard to draw any conclusions about that stock rail. I'm inclined to think that the end of the rail is partially obscured by long grass, and that the rust/discoloration on the rail head where it diverges from th...
by John Palmer
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 9031

Re: Catch Points

Dave, single tongue traps seem to have been quite common on the Branch; you will find another example in pictures of the Ashcott siding, and we have one at Burnham protecting the goods yard exit. I don't think I had seen that shot of 43218 when I did the plan, so all I could do was put in full switc...
by John Palmer
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 40
Views: 7980

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

Model Signal Engineering supply packs containing four sheets of spectacle glazing material, one each in red, amber, blue and green. Each sheet measures about 2" X 2", so ample material for lots of signals. MSE components are available from Wizard Models and a pack of the material will curr...
by John Palmer
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 6949

Re: Track Laying

A litre bottle of MEK was going to be a good deal at price less than £10.00, I thought. Meet most of my plastic welding requirements till I turn up my toes, I thought. Well, I dare say it is entirely satisfactory for welding plastic chairs to ply sleepers, and I am glad that some have obviously foun...
by John Palmer
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Operations on the Lickey
Replies: 7
Views: 3988

Re: Operations on the Lickey

But what about the sequence at 17:22 showing a Nine backing down the incline wrong road - was that a regular feature of the incline's working to maximise line occupation? Does it not mention that the down road was under possession and make a comment about the huge loss in line capacity as a result?...
by John Palmer
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Operations on the Lickey
Replies: 7
Views: 3988

Re: Operations on the Lickey

Apparently they could follow trains down as long as they could see them. Plainly visible at 17:20 in the Age of Steam film: a 94XX following a freight down the incline at a distance of not much more than 100-200 yards. Well, that's all right, like a form of permissive block working. But what about ...

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