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by Jim Summers
Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: LNER Pigeon Van
Replies: 13
Views: 6417

Re: LNER Pigeon Van

Sorry, this isn't going to help your specific query, but folk might be interested to know that there is a bogie LNER Pigeon Van at the Scottish Railway Preservation Society site at Bo'ness, and it is in use by the carriage restoration volunteers.
Jim
by Jim Summers
Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:29 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Eastwood L&Y; A Layout in a Weekend – Can they do it?
Replies: 44
Views: 21122

Re: Eastwood L&Y; A Layout in a Weekend – Can they do it?

As someone who was not at the show, but whose thoughts were with those toiling in the public eye, can I, on behalf of the Scalefour Society, thank the whole team, not forgetting photographer and commentator Mark, for providing the watching world with first class entertainment. Not only was it entert...
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Suspension
Replies: 68
Views: 17185

Re: Wagon Suspension

The Society's Chairman's wee brain is beginning to hurt. At lunchtime he read the latest MRJ, which states Martin's layout is EM (and a very nice article it is too). He then managed to get a measurement wrong on a scratchbuilt engine he was working on this evening, so that the the cab footplate is w...
by Jim Summers
Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs
Replies: 41
Views: 14627

Re: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs

Clever clogs here has kept his examples of what Allan has pictured in the original plastic bag, with the label. It reads "Variflex Axle Jigs for Hornblock Alignment V001". I reckon they space frames to 14.6mm. Exactoscale did something similar called Loco Mainframe Assembly Gauge P4 Standa...
by Jim Summers
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 25356

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

Jack, Have a look at Scalefour News 141 February 2005 "Goods Sheds North and South", where there is a picture of what Mike Gilgannon did, showing the crane. (Previous issues are accessible on the website, if you don't have that one to hand). Beyond that, you'll want sack barrows and all ma...
by Jim Summers
Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: GW Wheel Press
Replies: 20
Views: 8915

Re: GW Wheel Press

Well, I reckon there is some wobble, Tony, and I seem not to be alone. I realise I need to be more precise and to compare Sharman and Gibson wheels in this respect. With luck, during this holiday period I shall be using the GW Press, and will report on my Wobble Factor. The wobbleness will have noth...
by Jim Summers
Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Help Needed!
Replies: 21
Views: 9494

Re: Help Needed!

Bob, You might like to consider including the International Railway Index, which lists over 225,000 articles on a CD available from Gerald Wildish, "Trees", 2 Worsley Road, Ansdell, Lytham St Annes, Lancs FY8 4DD. True, it is only an index, but it is searchable by company, rolling stock et...
by Jim Summers
Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: First turnout built!
Replies: 4
Views: 3130

Re: First turnout built!

Ian,
Great to see that you did it. Do make sure you let us see where it all leads to in due course and how you get there.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Mon May 11, 2009 5:32 pm
Forum: Tees, Ouse, Esk & Rye
Topic: TOERAG on the loose
Replies: 2
Views: 2877

Re: TOERAG on the loose

Just wishing you well for the Show. Unfortunately I shall be on the other side of the country at a rival show.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Distant Signal Locking
Replies: 17
Views: 11981

Re: Distant Signal Locking

I've come into this correspondence a bit late; but I always found one bit of the jargon useful when thinking through such things. And that is "Sequential locking". This enforces the pulling off of levers in a logical sequence, and prevents, for example, the Distant being pulled off before ...
by Jim Summers
Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:17 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system
Replies: 20
Views: 9835

Re: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system

Not necessarily the best way to do it (but it was an afterthought, and it was me) is seen in my article on bodging a J88 in the current Scalefour News. The photo is fairly clear. I filed away part of the frame to give a recess for the p.b. wipers, and slipped some sheathing from electrical wire over...
by Jim Summers
Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: Control Concepts
Topic: Lever Frame painting
Replies: 7
Views: 6545

Re: Lever Frame painting

John, I painted the outside only, black satin, leaving the uppermost parts of the slots unpainted, where they would get worn. As to the levers, the handles were always left bright metal, and signalmen used cloths in their hands when pulling the levers to avoid contaminating them. The levers themselv...
by Jim Summers
Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 12
Views: 5932

Re: Catch Points

I don't know how I missed my esteemed colleague William Barter's contribution to this in the summer, but his reference to the interlaced loop and runback catch points leads me to quote a further example. This was where the branch from down in the valley reached the main Oban line at Killin Junction,...
by Jim Summers
Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: DCC & Wheel cleaning
Replies: 5
Views: 4450

Re: DCC & Wheel cleaning

Tim,
It's a good notion, and I have tried to do it with my scratchbuilt frames.

However, now you have the wheels going round upside down, what magic formula or procedure do you use actually to remove the dirt from the wheels? P4Talk has had dire warnings recently about using WD40.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:13 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 96
Views: 22261

Re: Resistance Soldering

A really useful contribution. Thanks, Jim

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