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by Tony W
Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:20 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: An Electromagnet Alternative
Replies: 14
Views: 4511

Re: An Electromagnet Alternative

Nigel I agree with everything you say (and apologies, I wasn't aware you'd made such a test rig several years ago) but Mikes view is, "since I've already installed the necessary control logic boards for operation of the turnouts it means we already have a power supply, so why go to the trouble ...
by Tony W
Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: An Electromagnet Alternative
Replies: 14
Views: 4511

An Electromagnet Alternative

Recently, there has been quite a bit of discussion again on this forum about the use of electromagnets, particularly in relation to the operation of AJ couplings. A common thread to this, and previous discussions, has been about the required amount of power needed to operate the coupling effectively...
by Tony W
Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Craig Welsh U/F kits
Replies: 2
Views: 1493

Re: Craig Welsh U/F kits

Dave The wire can be brass or nickel silver. The only steel wire is the 10thou guitar string. Hope that clarifies things. Tony ps When folding up the brake lever make sure you are certain which way the various folds go before you start bending it to shape as the etch doesn't allow for mistakes and w...
by Tony W
Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: THE Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2015
Replies: 6
Views: 2764

Re: THE Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2015

Thanks to everyone for their comments. Irrespective of the financial side of things the show seems to have been a success given the tone of feedback we have received so far. However, there's still plenty to improve upon for next year! Looking out of the window right now I'm glad the show was last we...
by Tony W
Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: THE Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2015
Replies: 6
Views: 2764

THE Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2015

Just a quick reminder that the Manchester Show is this weekend, Saturday 5th (10:00 to 17:30) and Sunday 6th (10:00 to 16:30) in the Barnes Wallis Building, Manchester University Northern Campus (formerly UMIST) very close to Piccadilly Railway Station. Admission: £8 per person. Up to 2 accompanied ...
by Tony W
Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Hinged Alex Jacksons
Replies: 29
Views: 16161

Re: Hinged Alex Jacksons

One of the problems with the Branchlines hinge plate is that the holes for the wire have been etched through. Unfortunately the etching process restricts the minimum diameter of the hole to slightly more than is required for the 11thou wire, hence the need for tubing. The Palatine plate has a half e...
by Tony W
Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Jigs for AJ Couplings
Replies: 8
Views: 3787

Re: Jigs for AJ Couplings

Steve The jig in your first photograph was designed by Martin Brent and allowed you to form the hook, check (some of) the angles and check the height of the coupling. It was really better at the latter two as forming the coupling against a relatively sharp point was not really conducive to accurate ...
by Tony W
Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 86
Views: 26184

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Errrrrrr............!! :o
by Tony W
Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 86
Views: 26184

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Not many pics of the 90th Birthday bash I'm afraid. The trouble with events like this is that you get heads in every picture. The picture below was taken during a quiet time! DSC07389 1.jpg However, the photo's below show the shape of things to come on Slattocks Junction. We actually had 3 Black Fiv...
by Tony W
Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 86
Views: 26184

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

As has been said at various times in the past Slattocks has to be dismantled at fairly frequent intervals if the space in Dean Hall is required for something else. Although this inevitably slows us down (sometimes quite considerably if it has to be down for a few weeks) it does tend to focus work a ...
by Tony W
Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:56 am
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 86
Views: 26184

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Just regarding your baseboard-joints-in-the-middle-of-turnouts... one suggestion would be to put checkrails on the insides of the curves - the one advantage of the break being on such an angle is that there would be an unbroken check rail opposite, thus considerably reducing the risk of flange clim...
by Tony W
Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 86
Views: 26184

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? Well fly as it might I'm more than aware that it has been nearly two years since I last posted on progress of the layout. In fact there has been more posted about it in Scalefour News during that time! The reason for this is because much of the work has taken...
by Tony W
Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:19 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Jigs for AJ Couplings
Replies: 8
Views: 3787

Re: Jigs for AJ Couplings

The most comprehensive explanation of the use of these jigs can be found at:
http://www.mmrs.org.uk/technical/ajcoupling.htm

Tony
by Tony W
Sun Nov 02, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Manchester is Back - in 2015
Replies: 16
Views: 4241

Re: Manchester is Back - in 2015

Hopefully the new venue will stop all the mohne's who didn't like the previous location. :thumb

The music we could play is endless but it has been suggested we get a barrel of Lancaster Bomber in to celebrate our return!! :D

Tony
by Tony W
Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Manchester is Back - in 2015
Replies: 16
Views: 4241

Re: Manchester is Back - in 2015

Towards the end of the summer we received news that changes to the timescale of the redevelopment of the Shudehill area of the city would mean that the New Century Hall would probably no longer be available for us. The exhibition team were all determined to press on with our objective of staging the...
by Tony W
Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Manchester is Back - in 2015
Replies: 16
Views: 4241

Re: Manchester is Back - in 2015

Terry Bendall wrote: The change of date will also avoid the longstanding difficulty caused by the Manchester show coming a week after Scaleforum which will make it easier for the Society to support the event.

Terry Bendall


It makes it a bit easier on the domestic front as well, Terry! :)

Tony
by Tony W
Tue May 20, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Forthcoming product - thin motor/DCC wire
Replies: 20
Views: 5760

Re: Forthcoming product - thin motor/DCC wire

The problem is that wires frequently need to be stripped in situ. Mike Bolton, of MERG fame, recently showed me that, for thin wire, strippers were completely unnecessary as he went on to use his soldering iron for this purpose. When I suggested that such action would mess up the bit he merely wiped...
by Tony W
Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2014
Replies: 97
Views: 25017

Re: Scalefour North 2014

I hope we'll be able to get through the crowds at the Bring and Buy to start serving!! Please note that it will be difficult to check any goods in for at least an hour once the show has opened on Saturday morning. And anybody caught deliberately collapsing the scrum will receive 10minutes in the sin...
by Tony W
Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: A head above the parapet
Replies: 5
Views: 2714

Re: A head above the parapet

Nice one John, whats the view like above the parapet? I'm not sure where you're going to fit an AJ Coupling in all that lot though. ;)

Tony
by Tony W
Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: The Gentle Art of Couplings
Replies: 62
Views: 20840

Re: The Gentle Art of Couplings

But you'll never be sure which is the best, Andy, because even 3 links couplings are a compromise. :D

Tony
by Tony W
Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Alex Jackson page update
Replies: 0
Views: 1540

Alex Jackson page update

Just to let you know that the Alex Jackson pages on the Manchester Model Railway Society website have been updated to include further details about the jigs and parts by Palatine Models which are available through the Stores. This update does not supersede much of the information contained in the bo...
by Tony W
Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: The Gentle Art of Couplings
Replies: 62
Views: 20840

Re: The Gentle Art of Couplings

For those of you who are interested I will have a test track on the Society Stand at Scaleforum this weekend to demonstrate the Alex Jackson Coupling. There have been a few views expressed in this thread that need to be put right.......! ;)

Tony
by Tony W
Tue May 07, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 86
Views: 26184

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Track laying has now commenced on the Bury lines heading towards the fiddleyard. This gives a much better representation of what the actual junction will look like once completed. Compare the picture below to the one in the post dated 7th May 2010 (the original post in this thread). DSC05843 1.jpg D...
by Tony W
Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:41 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2013
Replies: 84
Views: 21315

Re: Scalefour North 2013

I went in at 10, thoroughly expecting to be "in another place" at half twelve. As it happens I left the show at 15:15 having had a really good day, jaw aching from talking to so many people. I never got to the other place, which is the first time in years that little lapse has happened :D...
by Tony W
Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 86
Views: 26184

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

philip-griffiths wrote:Am I alone in being more excited by the excellent LMS carriages, rather than the beautiful locos? Wonderful rake Mike; any notes on the diagram nos, and kit origins? I spotted some LNWR carriages in that formation.


Hi Philip

Next time I see Dick I'll ask him

Tony

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