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by Albert Hall
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 122
Views: 28551

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Paul, you really missed out there. Barrow Road was a haven for big chunky LMS and Standard locos in the heart of Western Region territory. As a teenager in the early sixties I lived about 6 inches (in 4mm scale) off the southern end of Barrow Road viaduct. I saw the decline including the influx of W...
by Albert Hall
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Attaching track to base board and bending photo etch
Replies: 22
Views: 6380

Re: Attaching track to base board and bending photo etch

I agree with Paul. I have used old Contiboard for shelving in garden sheds where it starts to delaminate within a few years due to temperature and humidity variations. So unless you are building in a properly heated room or are prepared to invest in some sort of climate control I would definitely av...
by Albert Hall
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: DMUs hauling freight
Replies: 8
Views: 3366

Re: DMUs hauling freight

I'm starting to wonder about the role of the guard in all this. One of the guys I worked with in the eighties said he started work as a goods guard but apart from some obvious differences I have no idea how the role differed from that of passenger guard when it came to shunting and brake tests. Roy
by Albert Hall
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: DMUs hauling freight
Replies: 8
Views: 3366

Re: DMUs hauling freight

John Palmer wrote: So I wonder how far the GA's instructions in this respect were observed in practice.


Reminds me of the expression I was taught in the carriage works at York - Rules for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.

Wise men being supposedly plentiful at this time of year of course.

Roy
by Albert Hall
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Securing supplies of track components
Replies: 31
Views: 9241

Re: Securing supplies of track components

When I worked for Pete one of the problems with e-mails was the need to weed out those which related directly to orders and those which were general requests for information and unlikely to result in a sale of any kind.. Some people tended to treat us as an advice bureau which we were just not equip...
by Albert Hall
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wheel diameter of "Queen Mary" brake van
Replies: 7
Views: 2900

Re: Wheel diameter of "Queen Mary" brake van

The drawings in these books seem to be reproduced in our scale and this is confirmed by measuring the wheelbase of the 8 foot bogies at 32mm. The wheels come out at around 14mm across the treads. Interestingly, wheel sizes are generally quoted on the drawings in volume 1 but not volume 4. I'm not su...
by Albert Hall
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wheel diameter of "Queen Mary" brake van
Replies: 7
Views: 2900

Re: Wheel diameter of "Queen Mary" brake van

Terry The one we have at Midsomer Norton is from the 1936 batch (diagram 1550) and that has standard coach wheels of 3'7" diameter. I did find a quote saying that these vans were fitted with standard coach bogies. The drawings and photos in "An Illustrated History of Southern Wagons" ...
by Albert Hall
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth in Broad Gauge era
Replies: 40
Views: 15173

Re: Dartmouth in Broad Gauge era

As a means of proving and demonstrating the principles of automation I think the scale and gauge is largely irrelevant. Probably better to be small and compact so it can all be seen within a narrow field of view. Think about how some DCC traders demonstrate their wares, usually with a very tightly c...
by Albert Hall
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 34475

Re: Scaleforum 2017

No John I didn't read that into your comment. Personally, car sharing is not the ideal for me as I probably have a higher risk than most of being recalled for a domestic emergency (elderly parents who are becoming increasingly infirm and dependent). It does work for some people with the bonus of red...
by Albert Hall
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 34475

Re: Scaleforum 2017

Regarding John P's comment re the car journey, I was pleasantly surprised to have to have made the journey in an approximation of the estimate given by Journey Planner. Although my car is capable of a lot more, I did stick to well within the speed limits for most of the time. I suppose one solution ...
by Albert Hall
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 34475

Re: Scaleforum 2017

This was also my first visit to Scaleforum since Leatherhead. My last trip to Stoke Mandeville was in the early days of Railex and the journey was half the distance that it is now. Parking was a bit of a 'mare back then. Somehow I had convinced myself that it was too far to drive and my body would p...
by Albert Hall
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 34475

Re: Scaleforum 2017

We seem to be drifting off thread here so maybe it could be moved somewhere more appropriate. When my old Epson printer stopped printing to an acceptable quality after a period of misuse I thought about replacing the ink cartridges. This was going to cost over £40 for the set but a very helpful chap...
by Albert Hall
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L Flexitrack
Replies: 21
Views: 6683

Re: C&L Flexitrack

Does this also mean that contact between the offside wheel and railhead migrates from the cone to the flange or at least the root of the flange resulting in more frictional drag?
Roy
by Albert Hall
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Railwells 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 5621

Re: Railwells 2017

Latest information is that the £3 charge on Palace Field for Saturday is correct.
Roy
by Albert Hall
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L Flexitrack
Replies: 21
Views: 6683

Re: C&L Flexitrack

Comments? I find the slight undergauging of C+L P4 thin flexitrack is tolerable on straight track but bear in mind it is not available with flat bottom rail. The flat bottom version of flexitrack uses the thicker Fast Track bases. I see that Phil is listing the P4 version on the revised website so ...
by Albert Hall
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L Flexitrack
Replies: 21
Views: 6683

Re: C&L Flexitrack

Thanks for that Philip. I used it in EM gauge back in the 1970's when P4 was in its infancy. It seemed like a state of the art product back then but somehow it looked a bit odd connected to copper clad pointwork.
Roy
by Albert Hall
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L Flexitrack
Replies: 21
Views: 6683

Re: C&L Flexitrack

Purely out of curiosity, does anyone have experience of SMP track in P4? How does it compare for dimensional accuracy, sleeper spacing and representation of chairs?
Roy
by Albert Hall
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L Flexitrack
Replies: 21
Views: 6683

Re: C&L Flexitrack

There was a rumour about a year ago that IL115/code 82 was going to be discontinued by Peco. We used to buy it in packs of 6 yards because they would not supply it in bulk, which was obviously not very economical for a manufacturer of track. As such we only bought in about 10 packs a month which sho...
by Albert Hall
Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L Flexitrack
Replies: 21
Views: 6683

Re: C&L Flexitrack

Keith is correct. When I worked at C+L until recently we did not produce thin base flexitrack with flat bottom rail in any gauge. Concrete sleeper thick bases were available in the Exactoscale range but we never got round to putting together the jig for assembling flexitrack in P4 as no one had ever...
by Albert Hall
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Exeter Show 1st & 2nd July 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 2507

Re: Exeter Show 1st & 2nd July 2017

I ventured down from North Somerset on Saturday and found this to be an excellent local show. The venue is very good with plenty of room and well lit. Really easy to get to on the frequent Matford Park and Ride buses from the High Street just round the corner from Queen Street station (sorry Central...
by Albert Hall
Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Railwells 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 5621

Re: Railwells 2017

Seems to be working fine and dandy but still only shows traders and societies. Layouts and demonstrators to follow. There is a Committee meeting of the Fraternity on July 11 so I will raise it with Chris then if nothing appears in the meantime. I'm not sure if Chris updates the website himself or if...
by Albert Hall
Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Bristol
Topic: Bristol Group workshop night
Replies: 10
Views: 6178

Re: Bristol Group workshop night

Tim

Do you have room for new members in the Bristol Group? Since being made redundant at C+L last month I have at last managed to knock up a workbench in my little shed so it's time to start dabbling. I would like to come along to your next gathering if you can PM me the location.

Thanks

Roy
by Albert Hall
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Disposing of old flux
Replies: 17
Views: 6829

Re: Disposing of old flux

In the case of the green flux there is the additional statement 'Refer to special instructions/data sheet 231-592-0'. This turns out to be a Safety Data Sheet for zinc chloride - although there is no mention of this compound anywhere on the bottle. Zinc chloride is the principal chemical used in gr...
by Albert Hall
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Disposing of old flux
Replies: 17
Views: 6829

Re: Disposing of old flux

The fluxes at least in the Carr's range are made from a mixture of chemicals and not just acids. I think to suggest that they might be safe to drink even in jest is foolhardy. A number of them are designated as harmful to aquatic organisms so should not be allowed to enter water courses even in dilu...
by Albert Hall
Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: East of Scotland
Topic: Burntisland 1883 at Model Rail Scotland
Replies: 8
Views: 3048

Re: Burntisland 1883 at Model Rail Scotland

Indeed, as we both know!
Roy

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