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by martinm
Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:45 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Type of track ballast
Replies: 49
Views: 24312

Re: Type of track ballast

Creosoting sleepers One firm, Calders and Grandidge in Boston, Lincs, appears still to be pressure treating timber with creosote, although their web site now only mentions telegraph poles. There is a photograph of their treated poles stacked to dry a...
by martinm
Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Examples of really short sidings?
Replies: 40
Views: 13909

Re: Examples of really short sidings?

Simon, There is a photo of this on NRM site, reference: 1997-7059_HOR_F_2622, there's more info at There's a lot of stuff about the L&Y onli...
by martinm
Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Wagons
Replies: 3
Views: 2196


Lanarkshire Models & Supplies do:
Pneumatic Buffer BP05 Pneumatic buffer 2'0"1/2’’ 18’’head, later Oleo
Later design Oleo buffer, modern fitted wagons, parcels stock and some DMU/EMUs
which seems to be a good match,
by martinm
Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:01 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Fryers Lane
Replies: 39
Views: 15760

Re: Fryers Lane

Phil, The original Point Motor – Micro-Servo Mount, Kit 675, seems to have been repaced by Kit 681 and the conversion to horizontal operation is Kit 682. This last seems intended to replace theTortoise adaptor seen above. I'm not quite sure how these could be used under the baseboard though. regards...
by martinm
Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:56 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Buffers for BR 21 Ton Hopper
Replies: 7
Views: 3654

Re: Buffers for BR 21 Ton Hopper

I'm building a Parkside Dundas BR 21 Ton Hopper and the buffers supplied with the kit leave something to be desired so can anyone recommend a source of replacement buffers. John Although you don't say which versio of the wagon you are building, or what modifications you are incorporating, I don't t...
by martinm
Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Fryers Lane
Replies: 39
Views: 15760

Re: Fryers Lane

Hi there, I think that the crossing timbers have been changed because the common crossing has crept to the right of its intended position. This may be a result of the way in which the template was prepared, looking at the other images it is not clear that this crossing nose is defined by the templat...
by martinm
Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2014
Replies: 197
Views: 59285

Re: Scaleforum 2014

Excellent show!
Top marks to the exhibitors, demonstrators and stewards.
by martinm
Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 606
Views: 179473

Re: Brettell Road

Thanks guys Is there some sort of event soon where I can buy these I wonder? ;) Jim I think there is an exhibition this weekend, where Dart are exhibiting. It's quite a way away, if you were just going for these levers. ;) Here's a bit of a picture to show one in use a little while ago. regards, ma...
by martinm
Wed Aug 20, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Trackwork options for newbie
Replies: 75
Views: 29049

Re: Trackwork options for newbie

modelling modern FB rail and concrete sleepers Well, it all depends what you mean by "modern"! There is a very thorough expose on flat-bottomed track by Colin Ceraig at although it currently stops at new track of 2004. Network Rail is using UIC6...
by martinm
Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:09 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Printed buffers for wagons
Replies: 62
Views: 22604

Re: Printed buffers for wagons

The 1923 drawing (1002) of a standard 13 ton wagon reproduced in "Railway Wagon and Tank Construction and Repair; Francis Ogden, I. Pitman, 1948 show capping and capping clips, but only the draw bar face plate at the opening end which is as per the above photograph. This is a very helpful book,...
by martinm
Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Onward from Ambergate
Replies: 99
Views: 41190

Re: Onward from Ambergate

Got it in one!
Go to which even has the google view.
by martinm
Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Perhaps a not so good idea...
Replies: 58
Views: 25399

Re: Perhaps a not so good idea...

Unusually a matched set of 3 wagons on the quay - PO coke wagons, but whose?
by martinm
Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Perhaps a not so good idea...
Replies: 58
Views: 25399

Re: Perhaps a not so good idea...

Did you mean something like this, Terry?
by martinm
Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Perhaps a not so good idea...
Replies: 58
Views: 25399

Re: Perhaps a not so good idea...

If you were to opt for a slightly later period, there was always the Karrier ro-rail lorry.
Go to for more info.
by martinm
Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:19 am
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: Sharing some learning
Replies: 16
Views: 6926

Re: Sharing some learning

i find the slot a bit narrow

Is that because it's made for OO?

by martinm
Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: Converting to DCC
Replies: 33
Views: 16273

Re: Converting to DCC

John, The only place I've seen the 21 pin socket is as a spare for a Hornby Duchess. "New Modellers" Online Shop sells: Hornby Spares - 21 Pin PCB Socket for Hornby Sound Locos, Product Code: X6101 8 pin sockets, bare or on flying leads, seem relatively easy to obtain via that well known a...
by martinm
Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Looking after tools that can rust
Replies: 29
Views: 9741

Re: Looking after tools that can rust

In reality, for what we are doing, the sensible precautions would be to use a face mask if you are spraying paint (or use an extraction system or open the window), use a face mask if you are cutting lots of MDF with a power tool, (or use an extraction system) and use eye protection if you are using...
by martinm
Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Midland Main Line
Replies: 2
Views: 2389

Re: Midland Main Line

Thanks, Keith, for this link.
It's full of little gems, though the illustrations are annoyingly unsharp. Looks like a trip to York is on the cards!
Do you have a link to the "trackwork" Yahoo group? Google couldn't find anything sensible today
by martinm
Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:20 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Starting From Scratch - SGW meets Inglenook
Replies: 87
Views: 45764

Re: Starting From Scratch - SGW meets Inglenook

Now how do I get my hands on the Elevation Plans noted in the Drawing Register? If you go back to the Planning site and search for 122 Fazeley Street, you will find a whole load of applications. Some of these have linked at the bottom of the page, at least one, 2012/05065/PA, has two elevations att...
by martinm
Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split axle jig
Replies: 22
Views: 9083

Re: Split axle jig

paultownsend wrote:
Phil O wrote:Hi Terry

I think there is a national shortage of round tuit's, I haven't found any months. :shock:

Its all Derek Russan's fault. He lost the key to that stock cupboard in June last year! :twisted:

And I thought they were all hidden in the back of the Maturing cupboard. ;)
by martinm
Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:59 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2013
Replies: 476
Views: 134103

Re: Scaleforum 2013

Congratulations to all concerned with the show - the organizers, the exhibitors and the stewards. Most importantly, some really good modelling was on show, just the inspiration we need. An excellent show; more space for layouts and, perhaps more importantly, for demonstrators. Despite the extra spac...
by martinm
Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Will L
Topic: Buck Jumping on Mass
Replies: 126
Views: 54551

Re: Buck Jumping on Mass

For more information on Aldeburgh, there is quite a lot available on the internet, particularly in Wikipedia and I also just happened to have been browsing a recently acqired copy of 'Designing a Layout' by Barry Norman which has a suggested scheme for a model of ...
by martinm
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Water Mills
Replies: 10
Views: 4862

Re: Water Mills

Dust explosions
An arcane subject, this.
Google for 'dust explosions' and start worrying.
All those working in a wide range of industries are at a significant risk - wood dust is the one nearest to us as modellers, but not the only one!
by martinm
Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:55 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Gedge Hooks
Replies: 4
Views: 3183

Re: Gedge Hooks

Hi there, I hope this helps. A bit of ploughing through my favourite search engine found reference to a Mr Gedge who was a patent agent. I continued through a few references to model components that did not offer any explanation and then found this little gem at
by martinm
Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: GER (Norfolk) single arch under bridge
Replies: 64
Views: 26267

Re: GER (Norfolk) single arch under bridge

Tim, "the supporting hinge concrete bits were added sometime after the 1920's" - could the beam at the entrance have also been wood, and replaced at the same time? "there appears to be no support for an awning or canopy out of the side wall over the main doors" - I agree there is...

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