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by martin goodall
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

BrockleyAndrew wrote: Was there, in your dismantled railway room, "gold - everywhere the glint of gold", or more the exotic gleam of steel rail!

Andrew


I wish! No, only the dull sheen of oxidised nickel-silver rail, which will need cleaning before any trains run on it..
by martin goodall
Sun Aug 09, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

Moving Day Moving day was hot, hot, hot! But at least it was dry all day. And it all went quickly and smoothly. The removal crew arrived promptly and got straight on with loading. IMG_6457.JPG The layout, various book cases, tables, chairs and other paraphernalia were all loaded in about 75 minutes...
by martin goodall
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

Politics? No, not really. Just a passing analogy (but an accurate one, nonetheless, for which no apology is offered).
by martin goodall
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: GWR Autocoach control gear
Replies: 16
Views: 2389

Re: GWR Autocoach control gear

Very useful indeed. I have the detailing kit from MJT, but this obviates some of the tricky assembly work. I could probably use two or three sets. I clambered under one or two autrotrailers at Didcot some years ago, and was amazed at the crudity of the control mechanism. It's no wonder that crews we...
by martin goodall
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

Avoirdupois A couple of weeks ago I boasted that the layout was now all trussed up and 'oven-ready' for its forthcoming move, but this proved to be no more accurate than Bojo the Clown’s claims about his Brexit deal. The layout had been successfully transported in this form on previous occasions, b...
by martin goodall
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: How tall should cattle dock fencing be?
Replies: 24
Views: 3551

Re: How tall should cattle dock fencing be?

I came across a copy of an official GWR drawing this morning for their Standard Cattle Pens design (apparently dating from the 1930s). The dimension to the tops of the supporting posts was 4ft 11ins, which is very close to my original guess of 5 feet. Rails comprised second-hand signal rodding (1.37...
by martin goodall
Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks, Philip. Fingers crossed. I bought the hand drill (at least 55 years ago!) from Woolworth's, of late blessed memory. It's still useful for some drilling jobs where an electric drill would be too fast or too fierce. This was a good example - drilling blind pilot holes for wood screws in softwo...
by martin goodall
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

The final job before the removers come was to screw fibre board to the underside of the two main baseboards to protect the wiring and fittings (such as electro-magnets). IMG_6396.JPG IMG_6397.JPG IMG_6395.JPG ………and then to wrap the backscenes in bubble-wrap to avoid their being scraped while they a...
by martin goodall
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: EBMA Material Stand
Replies: 51
Views: 7284

Re: EBMA Material Stand

Andy,

I got your email, and replied (via S4 administrator). But now my personal email has gone down (!!!)

So I am temporarily unable to receive and send emails. This may take a few days to sort out.
by martin goodall
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: How tall should cattle dock fencing be?
Replies: 24
Views: 3551

Re: How tall should cattle dock fencing be?

Strangely enough, this same question occurred to me at the weekend, when I was looking at a photograph that showed the cattle dock at Ashburton. I gained the distinct impression (although not by measurement) that the pens at Ashburton were 5 feet tall. I have used the Ratio GW cattle pen on my layou...
by martin goodall
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: EBMA Material Stand
Replies: 51
Views: 7284

Re: EBMA Material Stand

LesGros wrote:The HobbyCraft stores stock a range of "Really Useful" Boxes in sets of handy sizes for component stowage.
The clear plastic, Ferro Rocher choc boxes are good too.


Agreed. I have made good use of both. Very useful (although not really suitable for Evergreen strip).
by martin goodall
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: EBMA Material Stand
Replies: 51
Views: 7284

Re: EBMA Material Stand

To hold packets of Evergreen strip, each compartment needs to be 60 mm wide. Rather than trying to separate every type of strip, I find that 8 divisions 40 mm deep suffice for the whole collection (in two boxes, with 4 compartment in each). A height of 200 mm is more than enough to hold the packets ...
by martin goodall
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: EBMA Material Stand
Replies: 51
Views: 7284

Re: EBMA Material Stand

I have wanted a reliable and tidy means of storing my packets of Evergreen strip for years. I did cobble together a couple of containers, but the internal dividers quickly came adrift, and so the neat and tidy ordering of the various sizes of strip rapidly broke down, and it was back to sifting thro...
by martin goodall
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 171
Views: 19276

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I am reluctant to hijack a thread on another topic, but in response to two of the recent comments, I well remember the slip working on the Long Suffren layout. It was at the Bristol Show when we took the NLG’s Bodmin layout to the same show in 1982 – it was during the Falklands War. Much to our surp...
by martin goodall
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

The backscene is standard 3mm hardboard. It is curved naturally (as the curve radius is fairly generous) - so there was no need to use water or steam to bend it. It comprises 2-foot wide sheet, so it stands about 21" high above the baseboard surface, and is screwed to the baseboard frame (with ...
by martin goodall
Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chivers Kits Return...
Replies: 18
Views: 3188

Re: Chivers Kits Return...

I assume that it is the 'new' range of plastic kits that is being re-introduced?

The Chivers kit that has been on my wish list for many a year was an etched kit for the SR Special Cattle Van. What chance is there that the etched kits will also be introduced?
by martin goodall
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

With chests of drawers and other items of furniture removed from the railway room, dismantling of the layout could commence. IMG_6346.JPG The first component to be removed was the smallest of the three baseboards (‘Baseboard C’), together with its backscene. The legs were removed after this shot was...
by martin goodall
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

Final preparations for dismantling the baseboards have now been completed. The joint in the middle of the backscene is disguised by the chimney of the Blanket Mill, and a plume of smoke issuing from the chimney. The chimney is modelled from card in very low relief. IMG_6013.JPG The chimney is fixed ...
by martin goodall
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks for your good wishes, Howard. I wrote yesterday that the next news from ‘Burford’ would consist of the resumed dismantling process ; but yesterday evening, I decided while the baseboards were still in place, to take a last-minute opportunity to set the Water Tank on its legs. The feet are loc...
by martin goodall
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

Back to ‘Plan A’ With the coronavirus restrictions about to be eased, the Big Move is back on, after three months’ enforced delay. I have made good use of the time while we were all largely confined to barracks, although I have hardly dented my long list of ‘Things To Do’. (To be realistic, they co...
by martin goodall
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Day to Day Track Maintenance: Part 2: Switches and Crossings (1952)
Replies: 2
Views: 800

Re: Day to Day Track Maintenance: Part 2: Switches and Crossings (1952)

The film reminded me that a sole plate needs to be modelled on top of the timber that supports the toes of the switches. On the GWR, if these switches were equipped with a facing point lock, the timber should be 14" wide (rather than the standard 12" for point timbers), but I confess that ...
by martin goodall
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Pull the Other One!
Replies: 24
Views: 3329

Re: Pull the Other One!

Looks very nice indeed.

Out of curiosity, is it the Mark 1 version or the newer, Mark 2, version?
by martin goodall
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks, Andy. I'm reasonably pleased at the way the model is turning out (but am acutely aware of the errors, particularly the slight misalignment of some parts of the capping on the parapet - I may have to rework these bits). In the end, though, the success or failure of this model is going to depe...
by martin goodall
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

Adding the parapets to the bridge has proved to be surprisingly time consuming, due in large part to the incorporation of pilasters above the buttresses. This was an optional extra – not all bridges had them; in quite a few cases, the parapet above the buttresses was plain and unadorned. My reason f...
by martin goodall
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 399
Views: 126514

Re: The Burford Branch

Yes. Back to Burford . I really do seem to have set a hare running with my remark about taking measurements from the model rather than the drawings, once you have got beyond the earliest stage of assembly. Admittedly, the work on the layout is unvarying at the moment, concentrating exclusively on th...

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