The Burford Branch

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:21 pm

Thanks, Alan, for sorting out the three shots above which I could not get to display 'right way up'.

They were fine on my PC, but the iPhone had been turned upside down to take these shots from a low angle, and the computer code embedded in the images seems to instruct other programs that, as they were taken 'the wrong way up', they should be inverted! ('Intuitive' software can sometimes be too clever by half.)

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby jim s-w » Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:49 pm

Um, Alan’s pictures are showing upside down to me :(

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby Steve Carter » Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:25 pm

The photos originally posted by Martin were the right way up on my iPad but the reposts by Alan are upside down!
What’s going on?
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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby Noel » Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:41 pm

In Windows 10/Edge, Martin's were inverted, Alan's are correct...
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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby John Donnelly » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:16 pm

Noel wrote:In Windows 10/Edge, Martin's were inverted, Alan's are correct...


Same here in Safari on a MacBook.

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby Will L » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:32 am

And they are all the right way up on Windows 10/ Firefox

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:07 am

For the benefit of those members using Apple equipment (iPhone, iPad, AppleMac, etc.) I am re-posting the three 'upside down' photos here in their original format.

They will be upside down for everyone else, but Apple users will now be able to see them the right way up (I hope).

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby Steve Carter » Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:27 pm

All the right way up on my iPad Martin.
Thank you very much.
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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby Dave K » Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:28 am

Martin,

Loved the photos of the station and auto coach, but who’s model is it?

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby Tim V » Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:42 am

Martin's :D
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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby Craig Warton » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:00 am

They are upside down for me.

I have a Mac and live in Australia. Maybe they cancel each other out.

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby dal-t » Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:52 pm

Works as advertised on my ancient ipad running ios5.1.1 and (almost as ancient) Dell running Windows XP. Ain't that weird?
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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby Dave K » Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:17 pm

Tim V wrote:Martin's :D


Tim,

Do you scratch built?

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:21 pm

Dave K wrote:Martin,

Loved the photos of the station and auto coach, but who’s model is it?

Dave



The Autotrailer (No.202 of Diagram Q) was built from an old K's [N & KC Keyser] whitemetal kit, but with the moulded plastic roof. (Early examples had cast whitemetal roofs.) My model is over 40 years old. I described its original construction in an article in the January 1979 issue of Model Railway Constructor, but it has had much extra detail added since then.

["But observe, Watson, at the luggage end some miscreant has cut off the buffer heads.

"Good Lord, Holmes; so they have. But why ever would they do that?"

"It's elementary, my dear Watson. I suspect that there may in fact be an innocent explanation. Possibly, this vehicle was "in shops", as they say, having some work carried out on those buffers, and some inattentive foreman returned it to traffic without realising that the buffer heads were still missing."]

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:09 am

Before dismantling the layout commences, I have taken a final opportunity to show the layout to various friends before it moves up-country. This involved getting the layout working properly for the first time in two or three years (due to my having concentrated exclusively in the meantime on constructing buildings for the layout, to the neglect of both rolling stock and operation of the layout).

Getting everything working again was fairly straightforward, the main tasks being to repair a length of plain track that I had inadvertently damaged, and then thoroughly cleaning the track, giving the locos a much needed oiling, plus a few other miscellaneous tweaks and adjustments. I did not encounter any problem in getting the layout to work smoothly and reliably, once the locos had been warmed up and everything had settled down.

Ian Harrison took some photos when he and Ted Farmer came to see the layout in late June and, with Ian’s kind permission, I am posting some of these here. They show a mixture of Ian’s GWR stock and my current BR(WR) stock (mainly RTR in my case, to get something running until I have completed some more GWR rolling stock of my own)
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© IAN HARRISON (2019)

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© IAN HARRISON (2019)

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© IAN HARRISON (2019)

Ian also took some photos of the Brewery, including this shot of the Brewery Yard
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© IAN HARRISON (2019)

also the loading platform in the brewery siding
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© IAN HARRISON (2019)

and the Brewery Maltings
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© IAN HARRISON (2019)

The next two shots show a unique Through Coach working from Devon.
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© IAN HARRISON (2019)

Ian’s 45XX is heading his beautiful 3-coach set of Slater’s Toplights
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© IAN HARRISON (2019)

Finally, we had the rare sight on this layout of a goods train actually being marshalled and departing – an almost unheard of event.
The engine is a Bachmann Collett Goods (No.2221), which is a very steady performer now that I have fitted a set of current collectors to the tender as well as the engine.
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© IAN HARRISON (2019)

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[The large dark grey meteorite that has landed in the lane (seen in several of these shots) is a well-worn Peco track rubber. In other shots, the Beaujolais track-cleaning cork can also be seen.]
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© IAN HARRISON (2019)

The hand of the Fat Controller is operating the switches that control the uncoupling magnets.
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The Branch Goods is ready to depart.
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And as the train sets off for Minster Lovell, Witney and stations to Oxford, the brake van disappears in the distance, leaving the Train Shed empty and silent again.
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© IAN HARRISON (2019)

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby steve howe » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:20 pm

"Finally, we had the rare sight on this layout of a goods train actually being marshalled and departing – an almost unheard of event.
The engine is a Bachmann Collett Goods (No.2221), which is a very steady performer now that I have fitted a set of current collectors to the tender as well as the engine."


Lovely stuff Martin, can I ask if the Bachmann Collett is a conversion or a new chassis?


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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:59 pm

steve howe wrote:"Finally, we had the rare sight on this layout of a goods train actually being marshalled and departing – an almost unheard of event.
The engine is a Bachmann Collett Goods (No.2221), which is a very steady performer now that I have fitted a set of current collectors to the tender as well as the engine."


Lovely stuff Martin, can I ask if the Bachmann Collett is a conversion or a new chassis?


Steve


It has its original Bachmann chassis, motor and current collectors. Conversion of the loco was by means of a set of drop-in P4 wheels from Ultrascale, but I couldn't make the drop-in tender wheels work for me, so I rebuilt the tender frame with an old Perseverance etched kit (which has 3-point suspension) and fitted Ultrascale EMF wheels to the tender, set to the P4 back-to-back. At the same time, I added current collectors to all six wheels of the tender with a plugged connection to the loco, which means that there are now up to 12 wheels from which current can reach the motor. This has hugely increased reliability.

I found it necessary to lower the front buffers, removing the moulded buffer housings and substituting commercially available Collett buffers, which turned out to be a surprisingly easy exercise. The tender is close-coupled to the engine, although I am not completely satisfied with the way this works, and may have another go at this. I may also substitute wire current collectors on the engine, which simply had its Bachmann current collectors tweaked to reach the regauged wheels. (Various details have still not been added to this model, such as more realistic coal, a loco crew, lamps, etc.)

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby steve howe » Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:27 pm

Thanks Martin,

Encouraging news! The likelihood of getting Ultrascale wheels for the conversion is probably pretty remote at present, but it seems Alan Gibson does a conversion set:

4800/19 Bachmann GWR 2251 3 Axles 5' 2" 16 spoke - 3mm Axles Price AU 3 x 4' 1" 12 spoke, 4M42B

So I guess thats another one for the list,

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:29 am

No news is……….er, no news.

By now, dismantling of the layout should have been well under way, and my hope had been that the layout itself would have been moved to its new home before the end of this month. But progress has been much slower than expected, and so at the time of writing, the layout is still intact in its old home, although various other contents of the room (including books and bookshelves, tools, kits and components, etc) have been moved out, and more items will follow in order to clear the way for the layout to be taken down.

The main reason for the delay is that I have had to spend a lot more time than I originally planned in completing a major writing project, so that the resulting book can be published by the end of October. (The book has nothing at all to do with railways or model-making, and is in fact the Third Edition of one of my previous books, which was originally published five years ago. It is now three years since the Second Edition was published, so we are now somewhat overdue for this new edition.) I enjoy writing, but I find that hobbies tend to take a back seat when professional demands take over.

I’ll take photos of the layout as it’s dismantled, but don’t hold your breath. It may be a few weeks before I can get back to this.


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