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by Jim Summers
Tue May 20, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: RAILEX 2014
Replies: 33
Views: 9545

Re: RAILEX 2014

Always great on the bus, David. And entrance tickets on sale aboard are a very good idea. But is there a timetable available? On an hourly service in the afternoon, the timetable does make a difference to how long one can stay if you have long-distance trains to catch, as I have. So a timetable in a...
by Jim Summers
Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2014
Replies: 97
Views: 26569

Re: Scalefour North 2014

Just got back to the computer after Scalefour North and associated travels. So belatedly, can I add my comments that it was a great show, and maintained the fine S4Nth traditions of a friendly gathering of like-minded souls. Thanks to James and the team, new and old, for making sure we can still enj...
by Jim Summers
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: 1964 Formation & Composition of freight trains
Replies: 8
Views: 2703

Re: 1964 Formation & Composition of freight trains

I used to earn my living with that very GN Loads Book. So I agree emphatically with all that has been said. Indeed I have pushed the Barrowmore resources at the talks on operating which I have given at Scalefour North and Scaleforum. It really is great to see folk interested in getting all these asp...
by Jim Summers
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: North Ballachulish - Blue diesels in the West Highlands
Replies: 34
Views: 12636

Re: North Ballachulish - Blue diesels in the West Highlands

What have I started! The loop with runback catch points which I had in mind was on the Killin Branch, which was a single line which fell away rapidly from Killin Jn. station. But there was the same idea at Auchlochan. Basically, you needed the catch points in one direction (going uphill) but wanted ...
by Jim Summers
Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:13 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: North Ballachulish - Blue diesels in the West Highlands
Replies: 34
Views: 12636

Re: North Ballachulish - Blue diesels in the West Highlands

Happy to give you ideas on the Caley signalling, Andy, as I have in hand a book on that very topic, but it might be better handled on a Personal Message. But can I be sure that is not an catch point on the single line which I am seeing at the bottom of the diagram? Intriguing signalling, if it is, a...
by Jim Summers
Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Securing of wagon loads
Replies: 10
Views: 3476

Re: Securing of wagon loads

Indeed, as Les says, the Barrowmore resource on the web should give most of the information, as I illustrated in my talk. You are looking for a series of green booklets, around A5 size (which wasn't recognised by BR in those days), but would fit a poacher's pocket in your uniform. They dealt with ro...
by Jim Summers
Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Trains on this line are subject to delays.
Replies: 6
Views: 2985

Re: Trains on this line are subject to delays.

Dramatic stuff, Natalie. It was bad enough a little further south, and those who complained about the railways, roads, bridges and ferries being closed, just didn't know what they were talking about.
All good wishes for the rebuild. One can't help reflecting on what a varied hobby this is . . .

Jim
by Jim Summers
Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Onward from Ambergate
Replies: 99
Views: 31134

Re: Onward from Ambergate

Inspirational, Tony. Congratulations.

Must try this business of setting targets . . . .

Jim
by Jim Summers
Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 272
Views: 69567

Re: The Burford Branch

Delighted to see these pictures, Martin.
What a pity MRJ didn't manage to include them in the first place, because they really do convey the atmosphere.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2013
Replies: 84
Views: 22960

Re: Scalefour North 2013

Another fine day of looking and chatting at Scalefour North. The Society at its best.
Congratulations to all involved.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: Mark Tatlow
Topic: A Highland Miscellany
Replies: 274
Views: 84596

Re: A Highland Miscellany

Mark said: "Just to save anyone pointing this out; I am told that the Highland did paint their distant levers green". Maybe I can still usefully point out that so did pretty well everyone else in pre-grouping days (and I believe Ireland continued to do so until power signalling). Distant s...
by Jim Summers
Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: LesGros
Topic: Footeryneuk
Replies: 9
Views: 5650

Re: Footeryneuk

An unspired title, Les, and mellifluous to boot. You remind me of the father of a friend of mind, whose home-built armchair at the ingle nook was such that he could lift the seat and produce his lathe from within. The hearth was painted black, so he could reach out from his chair and do his calculat...
by Jim Summers
Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Strathspey Railway
Replies: 3
Views: 4094

Re: Strathspey Railway

Well worth showing us, Les.

Of course the modellers over the pond would delight in modelling such workshops, but I don't think I've ever seen such internal detail here in the UK.

Someone prove me wrong . . . .

JIm
by Jim Summers
Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Switch and wheel diagrams in RAIB report
Replies: 1
Views: 1295

Re: Switch and wheel diagrams in RAIB report

Yes, I read it with great interest too, Martin, but I didn't find any discussion as to when the RAIB arrived on site and why it took them so long to get the railway running again. And that would be as important a lesson to disseminate, if only to dispel the suspicions of the old hands.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: A New Home for the Central Cheshire Lines
Replies: 30
Views: 13991

Re: A New Home for the Central Cheshire Lines

Good to see progress continues, John.
And I wish I had thought of using courses for rivetting sleepers.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2012 Advance Tickets
Replies: 25
Views: 8345

Re: Scaleforum 2012 Advance Tickets

I'm with John Bateson on this one, whoever he is.
I am sure the idea of namebadges will grow among our members and then in other shows.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Harvest time
Replies: 13
Views: 7108

Re: Harvest time

Thanks for those, David, and the notes on thatching, which should win a pub argument for me some time. Years since I saw stooks. The photos were so different from the usual fare and quite an antidote as I look out at (more) rain, but rejoice that I might as well pass the wet afternoon at the workben...
by Jim Summers
Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: A New Home for the Central Cheshire Lines
Replies: 30
Views: 13991

Re: A New Home for the Central Cheshire Lines

Congratulations on acquiring the layout, John, and I do hope you report progress, which will of course go swimmingly.
Without regular doses of the inspiring doings at Rhudall Heath and environs we would all feel very deprived.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: The Great 3F build off
Replies: 197
Views: 70420

Re: The Great 3F build off

Keep the bands off, I'd say.
Here is mine, and you can see the way I did the tender. It is an old photo. The tender and loco have a fallplate now.

JIm
by Jim Summers
Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: South London (SLAG)
Topic: St Merryn at Wigan Finescale, June 2012
Replies: 1
Views: 1709

Re: St Merryn at Wigan Finescale, June 2012

Thanks for the summary, Steve. Wigan is always a good show in my experience, whether you are exhibiting or visiting, and the organising gang should certainly be congratulated. I understand they brought it forward this year to June from the winter fixture in order to get better weather . . . . . Jim
by Jim Summers
Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: AGM 2012
Replies: 20
Views: 6472

Re: AGM 2012

Oops! How could I forget to mention the Perth Model Railway Show on the Sunday.

Always a good show, and this weekend it will have Tim Rogers, Tony Sissons and the good finescalers from the Wirral there this year.

JIm
by Jim Summers
Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: AGM 2012
Replies: 20
Views: 6472

Re: AGM 2012

Thought I should report that it has been a beautiful sunny day down Linlithgow way. Which is one way of reminding everyone that the locals are looking forward to meeting members at the AGM on Saturday. If coming by car, best approach from the East via the M9 or come early from other directions, as t...
by Jim Summers
Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:33 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2012
Replies: 59
Views: 17977

Re: Scalefour North 2012

Back home again and reflecting how fine it is to be able to spend a weekend at Scalefour North 2012. Chatting to folk, catching up with friends, watching model railways, exchanging ideas, learning who is planning what, spending money with traders who know what they are talking about. It's what the S...
by Jim Summers
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:19 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2012
Replies: 59
Views: 17977

Re: Scalefour North 2012

All good wishes to Len for a quick return to the roster. We'll all miss him and Exactoscale.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (March 2012)
Replies: 4
Views: 2227

Re: Fylde Area Group (March 2012)

Sad news indeed, Mike.
Roger was another of those stalwarts who supported the Society enormously yet largely unsung.
As you say, our thoughts must be with his wife and family.

Jim

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