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by Ian Everett
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Queensbridge Road Wharf
Replies: 62
Views: 25209

Re: Unnamed Inner City Wharf

It's good to see another SGW layout leaving the starting blocks. This really is Hepton Wharf come home - in Iain's planning books there is a multitude of London-based layouts, usually involving some water, although not, as far as I can recall, Regent's canal, usually mud-flats and river wharfs. Inci...
by Ian Everett
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: London Road Models new products
Replies: 7
Views: 2978

Re: London Road Models new products

All very nice indeed. I think Bradford North Western needs a few trolleys and/or hand carts. Did they last to the BR era? The NER equivalents were still around Hull Paragon etc. in the early 60s. The water tower is the same as I made out of bent plastic tube, scraps of brass etchings and lead shim f...
by Ian Everett
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: CRAG Meeting 9/2/17 Bradford North Western
Replies: 10
Views: 4009

Re: CRAG Meeting 9/2/17 Bradford North Western

No I don't but on reflection it might be a good idea to have one such as back up. When I first started to use the Z21 there were a few worrying moments when nothing moved. The lights on both boxes were correctly lit, the controllers looked o.k. and the track was energised - but still there was no re...
by Ian Everett
Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: CRAG Meeting 9/2/17 Bradford North Western
Replies: 10
Views: 4009

Re: CRAG Meeting 9/2/17 Bradford North Western

Thanks fot that link, Tim, however £91 is a lot to pay for what I would consider to be a poorer system. Maybe I should get the phonophobes to have a whip-round? However, I suspect that it will be like getting used to the Compspeed Rambler. "What, buttons on a controller but no knob? Whatever ne...
by Ian Everett
Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: CRAG Meeting 9/2/17 Bradford North Western
Replies: 10
Views: 4009

Re: CRAG Meeting 9/2/17 Bradford North Western

I found resistance among my fellow modellers to using a smart phone to control trains - and I don't particularly like it myself. ' Luckily several of our group are happy with smart phones but it must be said that a couple don't like them and at least one does not even have one. There are lots of pl...
by Ian Everett
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: CRAG Meeting 9/2/17 Bradford North Western
Replies: 10
Views: 4009

Re: CRAG Meeting 9/1/17 Bradford North Wesrtern

I have on pre-order the new cordless ROCO controller that interacts with the Z21 - due out shortly! So I guess you already have a Z21? I wonder what advantage buying a Roco controller gives? I had thought that one the Z21's main selling points is that the cost of additional controllers is effective...
by Ian Everett
Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: CRAG Meeting 9/2/17 Bradford North Western
Replies: 10
Views: 4009

CRAG Meeting 9/2/17 Bradford North Western

It had been more than two years since we had had an operating session on the Bradford North Western branch, delayed by a house move and the conversion of the layout to fit its new, smaller room. But it's been worth all the pain! Thursday's operating session went pretty well. There were five of us, t...
by Ian Everett
Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shallcross Yard
Replies: 13
Views: 4266

Re: Shallcross Yard

Welcome aboard, Neville. The LNWR around Buxton was a fascination subject. I just love that water tower straddling the track - full of character. One of the features of my latest Bradford North Western is a three-road sorting yard and I am spending lots of time shunting wagons according to a random ...
by Ian Everett
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: CRAG Meeting 12/1/17 - Liverpool Lime St
Replies: 0
Views: 1000

CRAG Meeting 12/1/17 - Liverpool Lime St

This was a very special and memorable meeting, a visit to John Holden's house to operate his staggering EM scale model of Liverpool Lime Street. I had been following his thread on RMweb - http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/33141-lime-street-station/ so had a good idea of John's projec...
by Ian Everett
Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903
Replies: 96
Views: 27106

Re: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903

I would never have thought of using blue on stonework but Geoff Taylor, creator of the buildings on MMRC's Dewsbury, advocates it rather than black.

I wish I'd listened more to Terry Sattersford, our wonderfully-named art teacher!
by Ian Everett
Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings
Replies: 9
Views: 6446

Re: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings

Phil has very kindly sent some pictures of our meeting at David's:

Phil Brakevan.jpg
Jon's Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay break van
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Bob's NBR "Long-back" for Burntisland
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(l-r) Ian, Chris King and Chris Pendlenton doing what CRAG does best
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Phil GNR Loco.jpg
Jon's first attempt - not bad, eh?
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Phil BR Loco.jpg
Chris Pendlenton's ancient J39. It sounds just as good as it looks.
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David, Bob and Chris Pendlenton admire the J39 negotiating David's layput
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by Ian Everett
Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings
Replies: 9
Views: 6446

Re: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings

The December meeting of CRAG was held in the beautiful, remote, unknown part of Cumbria "back o' Skiddaw". Having eventually found David's house (via post code, satnav David's copious notes and a few wrong turns down muddy farm tracks) we then went off to a super pub where the sole person ...
by Ian Everett
Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903
Replies: 96
Views: 27106

Re: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903

Another option is the foam that kebab boxes are made from. I've not used it myself but seen articles on its use. Ask your local chippy for some boxes. Advantage is it's nice and thin but one potential problem might be that a derailed wagon might leave marks in the surface too. I can see this might ...
by Ian Everett
Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903
Replies: 96
Views: 27106

Re: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903

Guy Rixon wrote:There is this for pennies on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Foam-Sheets-1- ... B007P55XYG - would it be a viable substitue for Safeprint?


I don't see why not so I've ordered a pack and will let you know.

Ian
by Ian Everett
Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903
Replies: 96
Views: 27106

Re: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903

Brilliant work but I say again, I think it would be easier and cleaner with Safeprint, and no shrinkage/cracking problems.

Available on-line from Amazon, Ebay etc and...

http://www.craftycrocodiles.co.uk/adult ... ets-p12678

Ian
by Ian Everett
Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Starter pack steam loco?
Replies: 2
Views: 2006

Re: Starter pack steam loco?

I can vouch for the good running of Jon's J52 but am amamazed to discover that it has no suspension and picks up on only two axles. David's layout is a real switch-back, although the track is probably better than the prototype would have been in such a location. It is even more amazing that Jon buil...
by Ian Everett
Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:00 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903
Replies: 96
Views: 27106

Re: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903

I'm increasing thinking that Das is the solution to this problem. Have you thought of using closed cell expanded polystyrene, such as safeprint ? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Major-Brushes-Safeprint-Printing-Polystyrene/dp/B014F22OKC/ref=sr_1_1?s=kids&ie=UTF8&qid=1480719397&sr=1-1&keywo...
by Ian Everett
Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings
Replies: 9
Views: 6446

Re: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings

CRAG's November meeting saw members converging on the Midland Railway Station Master's House, home of Steve and Cherry Paulin, in Kirkby Stephen, from Carlisle (Chris, Phil and Sheila), Upper Swaledale (Ron, Patsy and terrier Bess), Leeds (Stuart) and Askrigg (myself). The weather was pretty dire, s...
by Ian Everett
Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Etched shorting strips for wheels on split axle chassis etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 2764

Re: Etched shorting strips for wheels on split axle chassis etc.

Andy W wrote:I wrote some nonsense here:


Very useful nonsense!

Do you remember what type of wire you used? I'm thinking of either .33mm brass or 5 amp fuse wire.

Ian
by Ian Everett
Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Etched shorting strips for wheels on split axle chassis etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 2764

Etched shorting strips for wheels on split axle chassis etc.

Bill Bedford used to do shorting strips in etched brass but they seem no longer to be available on ther Eileen's Emporium web site. I'm sure there was an alternative manufacturer but I cannot remember who. Can anyone point me to an equivalent, please? I believe some have used fuse wire. Can anyone c...
by Ian Everett
Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Templot
Replies: 69
Views: 18191

Re: Templot

I engaged in a similar exercise with a particular prototype favourite of mine: Leith Citadel, as shown on the accompanying image. Skeletal track design.jpg I had it in mind that this might be a suitable candidate for the Standard Gauge Workbench challenge, and, indeed, it's possible to fit the whol...
by Ian Everett
Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: West Midlands
Topic: West Midlands Revival
Replies: 12
Views: 7329

Re: West Midlands Revival

Have you thought of meeting in members' houses, taking turns to act as hosts? CRAG does this, mainly because we are so widespread - from Carlisle to Wensleydale - and it works pretty well, spreading the travelling load.

Ian (Cumbrian Region Area Group)
by Ian Everett
Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings
Replies: 9
Views: 6446

Re: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings

The September meeting of CRAG was held in my house, attended by 10 members (of which three were honorary members - i.e. two wives and a dog) - Ron, Patsy and Bess (the dog) Tyler, Stephen and Cherry Paulin, Stuart de Boer, Stephen Griffiths, Phil Tuer, Chris King and myself. Lunch and pints of local...
by Ian Everett
Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903
Replies: 96
Views: 27106

Re: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903

What is the correct spacing for switchblades? Michael Godfrey's article on stretcher rods came at just the right time for this layout, but it just says "held at the correct distance". I had a look through the digests on trackbuiding, but I didn't see anything there either. One of the beau...
by Ian Everett
Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903
Replies: 96
Views: 27106

Re: North London Goods Yard c.1903

Thanks everyone for your input. I've decided to stretch the layout to 48x15. I've also tweaked the track plan a bit to give more space between the tracks. Most of the new space will be between the tacks and the retaining wall to give more space for carts and horses. The ramp will be extended so tha...

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