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by Tony Wilkins
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 93443

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Hi Howard.
It certainly is, which is why, like you I much prefer to glue my trackwork firmly to the underlay. One less variable to worry about, but each to their own.
The greatest enemy to good running that I have found is twist in the rail levels. Not always easy to rectify either.
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 93443

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

[quote="Philip Hall" I am going to have a go at soldered sleepers every inch or so on pointwork, but Tony's warnings of possible expansion problems have worried me a bit. All of the hidden sidings area is going to be handbuilt with PCB sleepers, widely spaced, and this has always been an a...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 93443

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Hi Tony, I am contemplating using white metal chairs on my layout, which glue would you currently recommend? Regards, Monty. Hi Monty. Not Evostick! It depends on what you want to achieve. Ideally a glue that produces a good bond yet can be broken if needs be for repairs to solder joints. We have b...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 93443

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Which is why the original P4 idea of "Turnout Bonding Strip" and "Wiring Connector Strip" were such bad ideas (showing my age now...) we all know which joints would fail... I mentioned this in a recent topic (learned the hard way) and was taken to task over it. It seems someone ...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 93443

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Since I last looked at this thread several days ago, there have been an awful lot of postings some of which I feel I should comment on. Regarding using ply and rivet construction for track, my preferred method, it is true that the rivets have changed over the years. Russ Elliot and I looked into thi...
by Tony Wilkins
Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NG meeting 13 July 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 861

Re: NG meeting 13 July 2017

When did we go Narrow Gauge?
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG meeting 29 JUNE 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 675

Re: NAG meeting 29 JUNE 2017

More bracing than Skegness!
by Tony Wilkins
Fri May 19, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's
Replies: 164
Views: 33167

Re: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's

Hi Julian. The outside slip on Green Street is in the goods yard where typically the scale speed would be about 10 MPH. Obtuse crossings are difficult to build accurately at the best of times as there are so many interrelated dimensions to control. Trying to build a 1:8 diamond in both P4 and S4 for...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's
Replies: 164
Views: 33167

Re: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's

I hadn't really intended to go into the standards in depth, but since the subject has been raised I feel I should point out that there is actually an error with the P4 standards which has been there from day one. In the published standards the quoted figure for the Check Gauge (BB plus EF) is 18.15m...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's
Replies: 164
Views: 33167

Re: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's

I would not disagree with Andrews comments as it is obviously highly desirable to choose one set of standards and work consistently to them. Trying to mix and match will not necessarily produce totally reliable results and I would certainly not advocate such practice. This applies to any set of stan...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's
Replies: 164
Views: 33167

Re: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's

Hi Knuckles. Martin Goodall has explained the history although I always understood that the society chose the name Scalefour to distinguish it from Protofour as they had to find a different name as Protofour was copyright. Since P4 are the recommended standards it seemed logical to refer to the exac...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2017
Replies: 67
Views: 12687

Re: Scalefour North 2017

I was on the Scalefour stand at the Nottingham show recently and we had several groups of young children driving trains on our test track. Somebody commented that the only thing available for the youngsters to have a go at was in P4. I thought that was rather nice and reflects well on the society.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2430

Re: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017

Remind me of a man............

And so it goes.
NAG will be performing live without the aid of a safety net at Nottingham on the 18th and 19th March.
Do pop along and see us if you can.
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2430

Re: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017

You do.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2430

Re: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017

The power of Voodoo.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2430

Re: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017

The man with the power.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2430

Re: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017

You remind me of a man.
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2430

Re: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017

I hasten to add that the hair drier was borrowed, I don't have much use for one these days.
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG Meeting 16th February 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 2238

Re: NAG Meeting 16th February 2017

I would certainly own up to having a wicked sense of humour. Ken did get his own back though, he always does. The idea was to help him build the double slip and learn from the experience. However he chose to build it using functional chairs, which left us both flummoxed.
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Templot
Replies: 69
Views: 14492

Re: Templot

Hi Dave.
My comments weren't aimed at anyone in particular, but were intended more as a general observation.
You can please all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time.
Regards
Tony W.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Templot
Replies: 69
Views: 14492

Re: Templot

I have just been catching up with this thread and rarely post on this forum, but feel I should make a few comments here. Firstly I am glad that the original reason for the posting has been resolved and Dave has got help with his track design although as has already been stated, the Templot forum wou...

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