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by steve howe
Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:14 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Lever frames & Slow-mo point motors
Replies: 3
Views: 2331

Lever frames & Slow-mo point motors

I am thinking about using the Society lever frame for my current shunting plank since it will only require four levers for the points. In the past I have made my own slow action point motors using 6v motors with integral gearboxes that I get from a Robotics supplier. I want to put the frame onto a d...
by steve howe
Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: The Gentle Art of Couplings
Replies: 62
Views: 23378

Re: The Gentle Art of Couplings

John[/quote] There speeks a true masochist, the Exactocasle coupling look good but they are a total B*****r to put together and actually where I tried to use them they didn't last long, Will[/quote] Knuckles' experIments give me renewed hope in finding an auto coupling that is reasonably simple to i...
by steve howe
Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Colliery Loco depot
Replies: 16
Views: 6194

Re: Colliery Loco depot

Alan Turner wrote:
Coal shed.png
From the ranks of the Damned.

I'm sure the Devil will be along soon.

You can have the box file if you repent of thy sins!

regards

Alan


Oh go on then....
(reaches for another bottle of communion wine) :twisted:
by steve howe
Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Colliery Loco depot
Replies: 16
Views: 6194

Re: Colliery Loco depot

[quote="Russ Elliott is there enough running clearance between the 'mainline' and its siding?[/quote] Hi Russ, Probably not, I think it would run parallel to the loco shed ending in some sort of grotty ash pit with the adjacent running line dropping away below. Having been defeated bt Templot (...
by steve howe
Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Colliery Loco depot
Replies: 16
Views: 6194

Re: Colliery Loco depot

What radius curves and what gradients are you looking at? Gordon A Bristol The main radius is about 18" but I haven't worked out the detail full size. My original thought was to make the left hand lines join at datum I.e. baseboard level, and the front branch then rises on a lesser gradient to...
by steve howe
Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Colliery Loco depot
Replies: 16
Views: 6194

Colliery Loco depot

Is this cheating? :D its 4' 8and a bit long... and 4' 8and a bit 'wide' ? loco shed project.jpg Its an idea for a small industrial loco depot situated in a colliery, two lines converge near the bottom of a steep -ish bank curving around the loco shed and disappearing up the hillside under a narrow r...
by steve howe
Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:39 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Manston Brewery Ltd - A Brewery Railway
Replies: 112
Views: 36676

Re: Manston Brewery Ltd

Smashing layout Rob, :thumb any chance of a track plan and some dimensions?

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:25 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Building my first p4 points
Replies: 20
Views: 7085

Re: Building my first p4 points

I'm not sure if this also appears on this forum, but it raised a lot of interest on RMWeb as an easy way to make crossing vees. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/37678-handbuilt-track/page-2?hl= crossing vee I didn't believe it either so gave it a try and it works beautifully :thumb ...
by steve howe
Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Building my first p4 points
Replies: 20
Views: 7085

Re: Building my first p4 points

Here's a simple idea which costs nothing and is a good way to make precise symmetrical bends in bullhead rail. It needs a bit of practice to know how hard to tap Must give that a try...I'm in the habit of putting a fine piercing saw cut across the rail just to the depth of the head and foot on the ...
by steve howe
Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:24 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Sticking things down
Replies: 56
Views: 20022

Re: Sticking things down

Thanks Les, I have some Klear somewhere that I used for sticking coach glazing in place, I also stumbled over this thread which covers the matter in some depth. http://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=312 Perhaps I ought to trawl the forums more meticulously.....but then, when would ...
by steve howe
Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Sticking things down
Replies: 56
Views: 20022

Re: Sticking things down

Not wishing to re-open the noise v PVA debate, but can anyone suggest an alternative for holding ballast down? I have recently laid some ply and rivet trackwork on my new plank, and used Copydex to stick the sleepers to cork underlay, which itself was stuck down with Evo-Stik Timebond. I believe Cop...
by steve howe
Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Trackbuilding questions
Replies: 12
Views: 5236

Re: Trackbuilding questions

I use wood stain, Rustins or similar, it should be the type with an alcohol based solvent rather than the turps based variety as it soaks in better, dries quicker and smells a lot less. You want a dark grey with a hint of brown, probably a mix of ebony and teak depending on what you find in stock. ...
by steve howe
Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Old-fashioned Bullhead Turnouts
Replies: 62
Views: 19499

Re: Old-fashioned Bullhead Turnouts

A turnout leading to a short length of track slightly curved away from the running line could look good, and is a very 'Great Western' feature. As Terry says, a good place to park the resident Toad or a couple of PW wagons.

Might investigate that one!

Cheers

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Old-fashioned Bullhead Turnouts
Replies: 62
Views: 19499

Re: Old-fashioned Bullhead Turnouts

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but my query concerns catch points on freight only lines. My current project is a shunting plank based on the Inglenook principle with the addition of a run-round loop. Lower rose goods plan1 copy.jpg I have suggested a catch point at the exit fro...
by steve howe
Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: P4 in the garden - has it been done? Is it practical?
Replies: 25
Views: 7553

Re: P4 in the garden - has it been done? Is it practical?

inspect it for spiders/mice before a session. I recall reading many years ago a decription of an O gauge garden railway where the owner's cat was fond of sleeping on a section of the track and had to be removed before a running session could take place. Terry Bendall I recall that article too, but ...
by steve howe
Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:35 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: soldering steel
Replies: 9
Views: 6401

Re: soldering steel

Maybe easier to obtain than I thought... the local Wickes sell it, I guess this is the same stuff? says its non-acidic and contains a cleaning detergent. http://www.wickes.co.uk/laco-flux-125gm/invt/227181/?source=123_74&tmcampid=104&tmad=c&tmplaceref=PPC_ggl_0006635&tmcustom=mkwid|W...
by steve howe
Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:29 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: soldering steel
Replies: 9
Views: 6401

Re: soldering steel

That's most useful chaps, thanks. I am indeed using ply and rivet construction as to my mind it feels 'right' (but don't ask me why!) I'll check out the La-Co with Squires, although I scrub everything after each session I find I still get a bit of corrosion in places, hence the query about a chemica...
by steve howe
Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: soldering steel
Replies: 9
Views: 6401

soldering steel

Can anyone recommend a suitable flux for soldering steel? I am embarking on some new turnouts using steel rail and am concerned that my usual paste flux will cause rusting. Also I am wondering if Bicarbonate of Soda in solution would make a suitable neutralising rinse?

Steve
by steve howe
Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:00 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Old-fashioned Bullhead Turnouts
Replies: 62
Views: 19499

Re: Old-fashioned Bullhead Turnouts

Can anyone advise on this.. I've built a few Masokits stretcher bars for my project but not yet installed them, they appear to be a sort of generic version of the flat bar type. Would there have been two of these used per turnout, or would there have been one at the toe end connected to the rodding,...
by steve howe
Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:04 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Recommended wheel cleaning solutions?
Replies: 21
Views: 7576

Re: Recommended wheel cleaning solutions?

I run small 4 wheel industrial locos at slow speeds, steel rail and steel wheels seem the best combination. I cleaned the wheels and track on Horsley Bank with meths and cotton buds several years ago, then applied a light film of soft graphite (6B pencil) to wheeltreads, backs and collectors and a l...
by steve howe
Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Contractors track
Replies: 13
Views: 5729

Re: Contractors track

I seem to remember, (longer ago than I care to) a layout in Railway Modeller called the Maddwy Valley by Malcolm Cross (I think) where the track was made using code 40 FB rail soldered to P4 rivets as per Brooke-Smith but with the sleepers laid upside down (the underlay being recessed to accommodate...
by steve howe
Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Appropriate turnout angles
Replies: 3
Views: 1943

Re: Appropriate turnout angles

[/quote]
Prototype designers used the longest switches and shallowest vees they had space for.[/quote]

Thanks chaps, That seems to answer the query, the layout is intended as a testbed for my foray into AJ couplings, and designed to sit on a set of bookshelves.

Steve
by steve howe
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Appropriate turnout angles
Replies: 3
Views: 1943

Appropriate turnout angles

My current scheme is going to be a variation on the Inglenook principle but with the siding lengths increased to slightly more realistic proportions (9 wagons plus Toad). I am interested to know what crossing angles were most common in freight only yards. I have worked out variations using A6, A7, B...
by steve howe
Sat Dec 08, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Bit of advise, any ideas?
Replies: 17
Views: 7704

Re: Bit of advise, any ideas?

This probably won't be much use in sourcing components, but the quality of modelling by Chuck Doan is exemplary and features many interior workshop and machine tool cameos: http://public.fotki.com/ChuckDoan/model_projects/ http://public.fotki.com/ChuckDoan/model_projects/railroad_repair/dscf4174crop...
by steve howe
Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Topic: Watermouth Project update
Replies: 2
Views: 3770

Re: Watermouth Project update

Following a query on RMWeb, I append below a brief update of progress (or lack of!) Rather sadly the project has somewhat slowed, mainly due to having to remove the layout from its previous spacious premises at the back of Inter City Models shop when Pete moved his business. The layout is now stored...

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