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by Tony Wilkins
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

18 months ago all that existed of Brimsdown was the crossover above, a Templot plan and some second hand baseboards acquired from the late departed Chris Archbold's layout Welwyn. Here are a couple of pictures I took when I used them to put out all my mineral wagons so I could sort through them to f...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Colin. Thanks for the kind words of support. I don't do things by half’s do I? Never have. But then if a jobs worth doing... The trouble is that once you have a reputation it can be difficult to live up to sometimes. At the moment, I have just finished riveting the timbers for a bullhead C-6 1/2 ...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 118203

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Hi Howard.
Sound advise.
In a sense, Green Street has been my test track, albeit a rather ambitious one. What was that about finishing it before starting my magnum opus?
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Going back to look at my first crossover for the layout in a bit more detail. Xover 1.JPG Compare with the real thing. Brimsdown037.JPG This photo was take on a cold frosty morning and really shows the timbers well. Note how the timber ends on the left hand edge are more or less in line, whereas tho...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Tony I think my request may have been to blame for starting this diversion; in any case I'm pleased you are thinking of covering these things in more detail in a separate thread. I will be interested in how you make the crossing without reference to any stock rail. On my limited experience so far I...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 118203

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Hi Tim. It seems I misunderstood the main gist of your meaning. It is easy to forget that my generation was the last to witness the steam operated railway first hand although it disappeared locally just before I became a teenager. To some extent, at first the steam operated railway carried on for a ...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Peter. That could indeed explain a lot. The 0.68mm one will be the Studiolith one. The 0.75mm one must be the new EM standard. Puts on tin hat! Seriously though, I am glad that this diversion from the main topic, which I feely admit that I started, has proven useful. I do intend to start a series...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I used to have a small rectangular ex-makeup mirror in my tool kit for just that purpose until I opened the toolbox one day to find it in several pieces. I never got round to replacing it.
I think you may find that some car mirrors are convex, particularly the drivers door mirror..
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 118203

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Don't forget many P4 models were successfully built before computers and fora became the norm. We of little knowledge way back then coped with just the Society'(s) skinny magazines. Its a mystery how we ever got them to work!! However Paul, I hazard you were starting from a much higher base as far ...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi guys. I learnt long ago that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Keith starts with the straight stock rail as a reference and for a single turnout this is likely to be fine. I never do, always positioning the crossing Vees first and working outwards. The reason for this is that with more co...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: RobM
Topic: Where will this lead......
Replies: 154
Views: 33527

Re: Where will this lead......

Absolutely brill Rob.
Regards
Tony.
+1
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Apologies to Tony that we seem to be drifting away from his project, although he started this knuckle bend business. http://85a.co.uk/forum/images/emoticons/smile.gif cheers, Martin. Hi Martin. No need to apologise. All interesting and useful stuff. Thoroughly explained to boot. If it helps to rais...
by Tony Wilkins
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

And last but by no means least I come to Tim's query. The real thing after the trackwork was simplified circa 1971. Check rails abound. So the simple answer is because they are on the prototype. But why? Is it because the train speeds are such and the radii are such that they become necessary to pr...
by Tony Wilkins
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Stepping back a bit! Tony, If you are unfamiliar with the 'Britain From Above' site, then do make sure you register with the site. Then log in on each visit. This allows you to see very large magnifications of the images. Apologies if you knew this already. No need to apologise. Not having used the ...
by Tony Wilkins
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

And last but by no means least I come to Tim's query. I think a picture and a thousand words is appropriate at this juncture. Curve 1.JPG Here are the sections of the curve into the industrial estate laid out on the conservatory floor. Curve 2.JPG The end point (bottom left) goes into a headshunt be...
by Tony Wilkins
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Julian. I was indeed the main contributor of the track construction section of the Scalefour digest all those years ago. The problem is that with experience one's methods evolve. Although they work just as well now as they did then, there are some things I do very differently today. For instance,...
by Tony Wilkins
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

With PCB sleepers, I cut them all to length and place them on the template, with double sided tape, to be able to mark the gaps with a felt tip pen. I then remove them in turn and gap them with a needle file. Not sure what the type is called, but it has two curved faces one slightly flatter than the...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Julian. For many years, I used to demonstrate track building at Scaleforum and elsewhere, until displaced by fellow NAG member and functional track guru Howard. One of the penalties of being a demonstrator is having to show the current society products. I started with a Studiolith press tool and ...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 118203

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Hi Colin. Further useless information. D3220 was reclassified class 08, it was previously classed as DE/360/1. The 09s were DE/360/5. The Southern region also had its own small class of English Electric shunters for a while, Numbers 15211 to 15236 with Bulieid pattern 4' 6" wheels. Later reclas...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bodmin General (1955)
Replies: 55
Views: 14495

Re: Bodmin General (1955)

Sorry to learn that the NLG's model of Bodmin put you off having a go yourself. I am always mindful of how ones efforts may be viewed by others. As you comment, the effect can be positive or negative. We always hoped that we would encourage people to aim that bit higher and possibly surprise themsel...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Here is the latest addition to the trackwork. A 1:7 single slip, which is part of the exchange arrangement with the industrial sidings complex.
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Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Tony your trackwork is inspirational, yet is for the fiddle yard. Can I ask the totally banal question, would you not have saved time, but without any disadvantage, by either or both missing out some of the sleepers (other than around switches and crossings) and/or building on pcb sleepers? Thanks ...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 118203

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Several questions sprang to mind when reading your description of using the 1:20 angled base plates in the construction of the turnout : how did you form the crossing and wing rails if everything is at an angle? Unless I have got things wrong (again!), the point and splice rails of a common crossin...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Tony, If you are unfamiliar with the 'Britain From Above' site, then do make sure you register with the site. Then log in on each visit. This allows you to see very large magnifications of the images. Apologies if you knew this already. No need to apologise. Not having used the site, all advise is ...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 420
Views: 75786

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Funny how that railway line stops halfway across a bridge over the River Lea... Hi John, Paul. That line went into the Royal Ordnance Factory, home of the Lea Enfield Rifle, amongst others. The line closed in 1962. The other side of the river Lea were a pair of massive iron gates. I walked along th...

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