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by Tim V
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Throwing single slips
Replies: 7
Views: 1058

Re: Throwing single slips

The diagram shows that the interlocking precludes that kind of thing happening.

Say I want to go from the down main onto the branch. Reverse 24, 26, releases 23 or 27, but not 25 or 28.
by Tim V
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Throwing single slips
Replies: 7
Views: 1058

Re: Throwing single slips

Not necessarily true on the GWR/WR. The two sets of switches on a double slip were worked independently. Only 'other' railways were perverse.

For information, here is the Mells Road diagram. Note the different numbers on each end of the slip.
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by Tim V
Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: GWR Locomotive colour
Replies: 5
Views: 760

Re: GWR Locomotive colour

I was looking through a book on BR Mk1 coaches (of little interest by the way to me), but what struck me was the different rendition of the blue and grey livery in the colour pictures. And that livery is within living memory ( I jest ...). Very few of the pictures satisfied me as being 'correct'. Fa...
by Tim V
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: GWR Locomotive colour
Replies: 5
Views: 760

Re: GWR Locomotive colour

Ignore what other people say. The most important test is what satisfies you. Stick with that and s**f what anyone else says.

Whose train set is it?
by Tim V
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Block Bell wiring
Replies: 19
Views: 1876

Re: Block Bell wiring

What volts and what are you driving the strikers with?
by Tim V
Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 54
Views: 4291

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

For information, the RCH diagram for a metal underframe shows the same dimension as the wooden underframe.
RCH metal.jpg
by Tim V
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: A question of colour
Replies: 18
Views: 2438

Re: A question of colour

In the pictures I have, freshly painted black engines are definitely black. Engines in use exhibit a brownish tinge (as do coach underframes), I put it down to brake dust dirt etc.

So I think you need to brush up (!) on your weathering skills ...
by Tim V
Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 54
Views: 4291

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

I'm with Jim on this, get a non digital calliper, I've had mine 30 years and no batteries need replacing!
by Tim V
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 54
Views: 4291

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

Regarding the 'spec', here is the RCH drawing giving the inside dimensions of the W irons.
RCH Spec.jpg
by Tim V
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 54
Views: 4291

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

I don't "recommend" these dimensions, they are the dimensions that items should accord with. Unfortunately, I have checked the S4 Digest (and the EMGS manual!) but these fundamental dimensions are not specified. No wonder more than one manufacturer got it wrong. Of interest, the 2mm Scale ...
by Tim V
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 54
Views: 4291

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

I have just got back to my 'workbench' and decided to look at my stock of Society w irons and society supplied 3 hole disc wheels. Following on Tims comment on the 14 Jan i find the following dimensions: Axle length is 24.2.. (what happened to a standard 26mm?) The back to back on the society W Iro...
by Tim V
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 21
Views: 2045

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

Yes they are dearer (£3.80 per axle IIRC) but without 'error' and well worth the extra IMHO. Also they're now double insulated. Worth every penny. Pity they are double insulated, the original ones could be used for pickups - for coach lighting for example. I do remember with the single insulated on...
by Tim V
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 21
Views: 2045

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

Well that's good to know.

They cost a lot more than ordinary wheels, but the reject rate (I found) was zero, whereas I was lucky to get 50% success rate for the other wheels.
by Tim V
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 21
Views: 2045

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

I see that you are using ordinary P4 wheelsets, get hold of some of the top quality ones - and see the difference. Given that there are limited suppliers of P4 wheels, from whom do I purchase top quality wheels? It used to be Branchlines, but I think it's now moved to another supplier. They were tu...
by Tim V
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 21
Views: 2045

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

Of course some of us were using coaches with the wheels changed and no other modifications - and getting reliable running! On my retired Clutton layout, I just changed the wheels. But I chose to put top quality wheels on, not your ordinary P4 wheelsets. It was that, I am convinced, that resulted in ...
by Tim V
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: EMAG Meeting 9th January 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 585

Re: EMAG Meeting 9th January 2020

Looks like you need to rename your part of the forum :)
by Tim V
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 54
Views: 4291

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

Tim, Something in the back of my dusty mind says someone was/is producing small brass washers of varying thicknesses, presumably to help with the variations you describe? Dave H I think it was Masokits again. Trouble is it's a workaround for poor quality components. Also squeezing the W irons in ju...
by Tim V
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 54
Views: 4291

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

Where to start? What length are the axles? A lot of axles are under the recommended 26mm. Most I measured were 25.8mm. This can lead to slop. Only 'some' of the pinpoint bearings are actually accurate and within tolerances. Mike Clark (Masokits) used to do a little etch to help you decide what depth...
by Tim V
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 188
Views: 37233

Re: Ulpha Light Railway

If this is about lightweight baseboards, you may be interested to know the next News contains an article on building them.
by Tim V
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 3232

Re: Bodmin

A long time ago, when I joined the society, the joining leaflet had on the back a reading list of P4 related articles. I thought I'd find the answer there as to which MRC the NLG's decisions were set out in. A very comprehensive set of articles were in the MRC on the building of Bodmin. Unfortunatel...
by Tim V
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 3762

Re: Non Railway Modelling

There was an interesting editorial in the November HMRS Journal. In it the point was made that finescale society journals (I wonder if he's referring to the News?) are full of articles that have little to do with railway modelling, and a lot to do with getting the things to work. Hence articles on m...
by Tim V
Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Loco current consumption tester
Replies: 5
Views: 2604

Re: Loco current consumption tester

I put a bridge rectifier across the ammeter, no need for any switches. Worked fine with DCC.
by Tim V
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?
Replies: 12
Views: 1449

Re: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?

I found on Clutton I could just swap wheels (for good ones!) change couplings, and provided I pulled them, never pushed them, they were very reliable. If you want to shunt them, then I think that compensation/springing becomes necessary. For building wagons I can thoroughly recommend the Brassmaster...
by Tim V
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 5541

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Here you are. Mine is the Unimat 3. IMG_0474.JPG My original motor packed up with worn brushes, so I bought a new motor for it (seen on the lathe). Then I made an extra pole to support the old motor - by now fitted with new brushes (from a Hoover of some description) to create the precision vertical...
by Tim V
Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 5541

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

No one has mentioned the Unimat, which covers all the bases - precision vertical drill, small milling machine and lathe.

I've had mine about 30 years - a very good investment.

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