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  1. PS Waverley - Thames 2017

    The Waverley is a very nice ship... and was built for the London & North Eastern Railway Company! The current livery is basically the LNER livery... We went on a trip from Newhaven to Off Dugeness via Eastbourne Pier and Hastings Pier in both directions, and around the Royal Sovreign Light Tower (which replaced a Lightship) on the return from Eastbourne Pier to Newhaven. It was a long day, but utterly fascinating, and I can still hear the "drumming" of the paddle wheel floats in my mind, yet alone the whistle and hooter! That was quite a few years ago now...
  2. Something I have been working towards for some time now... A model of the Brush Type 4 Co-Co (Class 47) D1677 named 'THOR'... This was actually the second '47' to receive the nameplates August 29th 1966), as the first, D1671 (September 1965), was scrapped after being involved in a fatal accident on the night of December 16th/17th 1965 , involving derailment by a landslip and susequent collision with a Class 37 (EE Type 3 Co-Co), D6983, which was also scrapped... D1677 was later numbered 47 091 (1974), then 47 647 (1986), then 47 846 (1990) This is a Lima body (Lima L204633) in BR Two tone green with yellow front and canb windows, on a Hornby Railroad chassis, with TTS DCC Decoder fitted. The nameplates are from Modelmaster. I have removed the old numbers, 47 369 and backdated the cab areas into Yellow Panel livery, from the Yellow end and windows. The new numbers are 'Wolf' rub-down from Modelmasters... a pity there wasn't a complete number for D1677, it was fun! I have also cut out the headcode boxes, and drilled out the tail lights... and fitted a driver in each end. Lighting is a distinct possibilty... sometime! ;) The headcodes are temporary ones, from an old Hornby Class 37 sheet... Couplings are Kadee NEM, #18 or #19 I think...
  3. Oxford Rail 6 Wheel 'Toad' Later Plated Version...Modified The Later 'Plated' versions of the Oxford Rail GWR 'Toad' Brakevans have a few small problems... The plating does not extend to the ends... The 'rear' window is wrong. (Being apparently based on a preserved Toad with modifications!) There are two lamp irons on the 'rear' sides, that should not be there. (Very early Toads had hatches in the sides to allow side lamps to be placed on these lamp irons, but the model does not have the hatches... which were done away with by the GWR anyway!) Dismantled Toad...there are two screws under the NEM pockets. The body is a bit awkward to remove, as the spigots of the buffers protude through the buffer beams, and get in the way of removing the body...the body is also a very good fit onto the base... But with much struggling I succeeded in parting the parts from each other! The base, whch has some details, which are basically invisible when assembled. The representation of the stove is not very good though! The body inside...the partition is not glued in place, so can be removed easily... Chassis underside, shewing the screw holes ....access will usually involve removing some ofthe delicate brake rodding! The 'rear' window and the side windows,are one piece of clazing, glued in place. The large 'wrong' window was cut out very carefully from the two side windows. The window framing was cut out very carefully, and the framing around the outside of what should in fact be a hatch to allow acess to the 'rear' lamp bracket, made good. I used a new Hornby GWR Toad model to copy the details! The two side windows were kept to one side, to be re-fitted after painting... The hole was patched on the inside with a plasticard patch, slightly bigger than the hole. The hatch was made from plasticard scribed for planking, and glued into the hole. Plating on the 'rear' was added using plasticard, again the Hornby model was used as a pattern... unfortunately, I got two thicknesses mixed up, and the 'rear' plating was made too thick... and I didn't notice until it was glued in place! Some rivet detail was added by using a pointed tool on the 'inside', using the Hornby Toad as inspiration! The 'rear' lamp iron needed moving. The actual iron is metal, 'L' shaped, and fits into a hole. The base of the lamp iron is moulded into the this needed carving off, and a new hole and lamp iron base added to the plating... The two 'rear' side lamp irons were removed, lamp iron bases carved off, and the small holes filled. The 'front' or veranda end was plated in the same way... but I used thinner plastic card this time! A representation of the lever to operate the 'rear' sandboxes mounted on the veranda side of the partition was made from a piece of wire, painted with a white end. Also, some plastic strip and rod was used to make a representation of the veranda end sanbox operating lever and rods...Again copied from the Hornby model... The result is not in any way perfect, as the framing should be on top of the plating... but I think it looks a bit better than planking? The body was re-painted BR unfitted stock grey, as there was a small diffeence in the colour applied by Oxford Rail. New lettering (Croes Newydd) and numbers to be added... and the small holes need a little more filling...
  4. Dapol and Hornby OO Gauge Terriers… Some Model Rail Magazine Terrier Coverage... Issue 40 FEB 2002. Pages 34 - 42 Real and Model. Full details. Class History 1872 - 2002. Improve the Hornby Model. . Prototype and model photos. Extending the bunker Isle of Wight Style. A1X front sandbox removal. A1 Smokebox Wingplate construction. Alan Gibson cast brass Salter Safety Valves. Issue 246 APRIL 2018. Loco Spotlight Stroudley's 'Terriers' Part 1. Getting closer to classic locomotives. Pages 80-85. Class history. List of preseved locos. List of building dates and basic specifications. Side view of "Knowle" with some basic dimensions added. 5 small photos shewing livery variations from LBSC IEG to BR Lined Black. Prototype photos including some detail photos of "Boxhill" (NRM) as A1. amd BR liveried "Knowle" (Kent & East Sussex Railway) as A1X. No actual modeling features, pure prototype information. Issue 248 JUNE 2018. Loco Spotlight Stroudley's 'Terriers' Part 2. (The Locos sold by the LBSCR) Pages 88 - 93. Pages 88/89 Introduction and large photo of "Freshwater", W8 in Southern Green at IOW Steam Railway. Pg. 90. Details of 6 destinations. 3 small BW pics, (K&ESR, L&SWR & SECR) and one colour pic (Newhaven Harbour. Fenchurch 1958). Pg.91. Details of 4 destinations. 3 B/W pics. (S&MR, WC&PR & EHLR). Reccomended Reading. What's Next (Details of Part 1backnumber!). Pg.92. "Second-hand 'Terrier' walk-round". 7, mainly detail pics, of BR 32670 (Ex K&ESR, with unique modified bunker...) Pg. 93. Isle of Wight.The IOW Terriers. 2 BW photos, inluding 1 with Stroudley type coach set 49 (Both 1936). List of details of IOW Terriers. Photo Below: 32670 is a Hornby model. It represents a loco that was sold to the Kent & East Sussex Railway (Where it was re-boilered, and had a unique extended bunker, not modelled, fitted.). The loco was later, after Nationalisation, transferred to the Hayling Island Branch. It is now preserved, back on the K&ESR!. "Stepney", No.55, is a Dapol Model. It now (after minor modifications) represents the loco as preserved on the Bluebell Railway, where it was re-painted into LBSCR livery, but in A1X condition, vacuum braked only, with no Westinghouse air brake pump. Link to a photo of "Fenchurch", No.672 in a "Brighton Works" livery. (2012) This loco has been restored to represent later A1 condition. The Dapol (& now Hornby) model is a hybrid, with A1X sandboxes on the chassis, and an A1 length smokebox (some models have a spacer ring pre-fitted at the factory to lengthen the smokebox to A1X length.). The models also have A1 (pre-re-build) splasher mounted sandboxes, the "vents" on the tank tops (from the A1 condensing system I believe), but no "wings" on the front of the smokebox/sandboxes on the footplate. Most models seem to be fitted with the added Vacuum braking ejector pipe, which runs from the cab front to the smokebox, as well as a Westinghouse Air Brake pump on the eight hand cab side, but only have one brake pipe fitted, which looks more like a Vacuum brake pipe than an Air Brake pipe… With the locos when new is a bag of parts, which can, with some modification to the base model, be used to convert the locos to other varieties. There is a pair of pipes, which are the condensing system pipes, which run from the top of the tank fronts into the sides of the smokebox (Copper coloured on Boxhill, see the recent Model Rail article). There is a plain (not Salter Safety Valves) boiler dome, and a set of Ross Pop type safety valves. I, would assume these are for one of the "sold on" locos... There is a spacer ring to lengthen the smokebox to A1X length. This fits onto the smokebox front, after this has been carefully removed (the glue bond can be strong!) from the boiler. The smokebox front mounting flange is long enough to go through the ring and still locate into the boiler. There is a set of coal rails, with a coal load moulded in. This is the simplest part to fit, as it locates into the top of the coal bunker Fitting the A1X smokebox extension ring. The smokebox front can be pretty well glued in place. It needs careful persuasion to part the glue bond. There is a small location pin on the bottom of the smokebox front, which locates into a slot in the bottom of the boiler. When the smokebox front finally surrenders, it may well be found easier to fit the extension ring over the location flange of the smokebox front with the handrail removed. The location pin on the smokebox front locates into the cut out in the extension ring. The two recesses are designed to clear the handrail knobs, but may prove too shallow. I glued the extension ring to the smokebox front, and when the glue had set hard, drilled out the handrail knob locations with a small drill, before gluing the handrail back in place. (The first attempt I made, without drilling the holes out a bit, the handrail knobs pushed the extension ring away from the smokebox front!) It will be noted that there is now no positive location pin to align the smokebox front onto the boiler! This is where care and attention will be needed when gluing the smokebox front to the boiler, to get the hinge vertical… If you are going to remove the splasher sandboxes, do not glue the smokebox front into place yet! Speaking of “vertical”, the lower handle on the smokebox door should point vertically Down, as this is the catch handle. The model comes with this handle at the “twenty-five to “ position! I carefully carved the handle away from the bottom, meeting with a cut across the top at the centre boss. I then re-glued the removed section in the correct place! I have removed the weight from the boiler (held in by a screw from underneath) and made a hole from the boiler to the motor area by chain drilling around the inside of the boiler from the smokebox end. This makes an access to the boiler from the motor area when the smokebox front is re-attached. I have not yet reattached the smokebox front; it is at present just slotted into place. I have yet to fit a DCC chip, and may need access! Removing the A1 splasher mounted sandboxes. The front splasher sandboxes need to be removed. This is not so easy, as the earlier Model Rail article found. I worked out that there are a couple of places where it is not so dangerous to cut with a fine razor saw. Cut 1 is across the diagonal from the end of the splasher, to the side of the smokebox saddle, horizontally to form the base line. Cut 2 is again a diagonal cut, but vertically downwards to meet cut 1, across the corner of the sandbox top. Cut 3 is across the remaining sandbox part, just above the top of the splasher, until just before the smokebox. The top flap thus made can be prised up with a small screwdriver (or similar), and then cut off with a sharp modelling knife. The remaining sections of sandbox then need to be carefully trimmed away, hopefully leaving the splasher side intact, and a squared off vertical flat smokebox saddle. There should be a rectangular hole. About half is in the footplate, and half in the front part of the splasher top. The first repair section I applied was a piece of plastic card, running from the rear of the splasher hole, to the position of the front of the smokebox extension ring, where it meets the smokebox front (This bing plugged loosely into place to get the measurement.) The height of this plastic section should be the same as the smokebox saddle. The real smokebox saddle has a distinct concave curve to it. This could be ignored, or fiddly job made to get it right (I do not think it worth while, as the splasher and clack valve pipes would also need attention, as both are joined to the boiler!) I used round files, and put a groove into the vertical smokebox saddle side…better than nothing? Patching the holes!... The hole in the footplate is patched from the inside with a piece of plastic card. Making sure that it does not obstruct the wheels… The hole now left, in the splasher, is patched with a pre-curved section of plastic card. If required, careful application of filler may fill any gaps… I was lucky, and managed to retain the splasher lining. Check photos, but most A1X locos did not retain the tank top vents, in ront of the tank filler caps. These have locating pegs that protude into the tank tank tops inside the body. In my case, using a flat item, such as the handle of a craft khife or screwdriver, I simply pushed them out from inside, breaking the glue bond. The holes were patched with plastic card squares on the inside, and plastic rod in the hole, with glue as filler. You may find some plastic sprue or rod of the correct daimeter, which could be glued into the holes, and then trimmed off flush with the tank tops. Or make small circular "blanks" to attach over the holes, like the real thing! The prominent lubricator bowls for the cylinders have been represented with brass handrail knobs, inserted into holes drilled into the smokebox saddle. I will be fitting these to the other (BR) Terrier, which represents KESR No. 3; BR 32670, which had an A1X boiler fitted by the K&ESR, but retained the tank vents, and splasher mounted sandboxes. (It does have a unique bunker extension though!) On these A1 sandboxes, the lubricators are mounted on the front, nearest the smokebox. On A1s the lubricators are in the same place, on the smokebox wing plates. Vacuum, Air or both forms of braking? From photos, Stepney has had the Westinghouse air braking system removed. . (By BR I believe...) http://www.semgonlin...eam/a1x_07.html This loco is preserved in A1X (Re-built) condition, with extension "coal rails" on the bunker, but in Stroudley livery. The Westinghouse Air Brake system and pump has been removed, therefore this loco should only have vacuum pipes on the buffer beams, and the Vacuum ejector pipe on the Left Hand side of the boiler. Dapol and Hornby models seem to all come with this pipe fitted. It is the plastic pipe that runs from the front of the cab to the smokebox. The vacuum brake control would be mounted on the rear of the cab front where the pipe joins the cab. The Westinghouse pump also seems to be a standard fitting, on the right hand cab side. On Vacuum only braked locos, this needs removing. (It is best to see a photo of the real version of your loco to check!) This is held on by two pins in two holes, and can be carefully prised to break the glue bond. The holes then need plugging. Colour matching touch up paint may be a small problem…. Brighton Works, No. 32635 Brighton Works, No. 32635, in the September 1962 photo (Earlier Model Rail article, and on the web.), was dual braked, and retained the Westinghouse pump. From... There is a photo of the Westinghouse pump side on this site...which is of more Brighton interest! http://thebrightonmotivepowerdepots.yolasi...on-loco-men.php This loco also has both Air and Vacuum brake hoses on each buffer beam. The standard fitted brake pipes most closely, in my opinion, resemble Vacuum brake pipes. I fitted two new brake pipes from a batch of spare parts. I think they may be Dapol parts These, being smaller, make very good Air Brake pipes. Couplings and DC fitting. Kadee couplings, or NEM sockets, are still to be fitted. DCC is still to be fitted. DCC is still to be fitted.
  5. Couplings

    Hi. Have you considered fitting NEM pockets? Then you have the choice of a lot of coupling types, including Tensiin Lock and Kadee couplings... Parkside make the mountings... Also see here? Regards, Sarah.
  6. The "finished" model... WRENN CCT Modified chassis. BR "Crimson" livery. BR Lettering.from HMRS (PC Models) BR Sheet. Hornby Van C (Untouched save for NEM Kadee Couplings added...) and Wrenn CCT.
  7. Wrenn (Ex Hornby Dublo) SR CCT modifications... As part of our SR PLV/PMV and CCT collection (See kit built versions elswhere on this Forum...), this Wrenn BR Blue CCT (with opening doors!) is going to be re-painted into BR "Crimson" livery...Or possibly late Southern Railway livery... The roof vents will be getting changed... Going by the "Shell" type roof ventilatores, this model is based on a 1950s BR Built example. (The vents on earlier builds were of the "Torpedo" type...) So far, the chassis has bore the brunt of the modifications. The trussing has had the extra vertical braces removed, and also the V hanger on the "wrong" side, away from the vacuum cylinder. There is to be another "V" hanger added alongside the Vacuum Cylinder, as in the Parkside Dundas kit built example...and possibly some brake linkage... the spare part box is to be raided. The supplied wheels were spoked, and I believe that they "should" be coach sized disk wheels. The Wrenn axle hangers were the "simple" plain ones... Hornby Dublo used some neat axle hangers that have a representation of th ebrake shoes, in line with the wheels. So, the wheel hangers were replaced with brake shoe ones from the spares box, the plastic moulded brake shoes attached to the solebar and springs being cut away. The new wheels are Wrenn Disk Wheels, so probably a tad small, but they work better in the hangers than Hornby Pin-point ones...I did try! Possibly brass bearings inserted into the holes in the hangers would work with pin-point axles, but we don't have any the right size...Yet! ;) The Wrenn "Tri-ang" MKIII type couplings were unscrewed, and the mountings cut off carefully. Parkside Dundas NEM mountings were modified by carefully trimming off the "upstand" so that the base fitted directly onto the bosses for the PECO type Hornby Dublo Couplings. This made the mountings just about the correct hight, matched to another NEM fitted wagon... Hornby Nem Pockets and Narrow Tension Lock Couplings have been fitted. The "scale" type coupling hooks are some of the last of the batch of white metal hooks from the spares boxes... The opening doors will enable some posed pictures of loading and unloading... It came missing one door, so has had a spare door fitted, a brown one! The uneven planking on the body would make it an early BR example, as some later builds used Plywood sides. The uneven planking dates from the War years...
  8. The "finished" model... Parkside Kit SR PLV SR Malachite Green "Southern " lettering and number transfers from the. HMRS (PC Models) SR Sheet.
  9. Parkside Dundas PC36 SR (Ex SECR) PMV. Even Planked Version. Plastic Kit. This is an older issue of the Kit, going by the packaging and instructions...C 1989... This kit makes up into the South Eastern & Chatham Railway type van, and includes optional parts to make a Southern Railway Built version (1930s, Even Planked type). The optional parts are the Chalk Boards, and side vents. The chalk boards may have been fitted to SECR vans, as the Bluebell Railway has one in SECR colours. (But this may not be fully authentic.) Southern Railway version... Romford metal disk wheels (Coach, 14mm type) and brass beraings are supplied, as are mountings for a Tri-ang Type MKIII Tension Lock Coupling. Kit Packaging... Instructions The partially made up kit... The roof is not glued on yet... painting and glazing to do first! All the parts in the photos are supplied in the kit, except for the coupling hooks, which are whitemetal ones from out parts stock. Plastic hooks ARE provided though! I was wondering about the colour of the window bars. Some real ones seem to have galvanised bars. Of course, the RTR ones have white lines printed onto the glazing (see Hornby Dublo / Wrenn / Dapol models...). Parkside Dundas kit...Part 2... Couplings fitted. NEM Couplings Fitted...using Parkside Dundas NEM mountings (PA34) on plastic card spacers. The coupling pocket and hook are Hornby parts. (X.9289) I am working on fitting NEM pockets on most of the Ffrwd Locks Rolling Stock...I may later fit NEM Kadees... all options open!
  10. The "finished" model... Ks Plastic Kit SR CCT. (Roof Vents still needed...) SR Olive \Green "Southern Railway" and number transfers from the Ks Kit. Added BR Lettering. from HMRS (PC Models) BR Sheet.
  11. Keyser (Ks) Plastic Kit. SR CCT 4-wheel Van. This kit dates from the 1980s. I have aquired two of these kits. As the sides are the same for the CCT (Covered Carriage Truck) as for the PMV (Parcels and Micelaneous Van) I am thinking of modifying one set of ends to make a PMV. The Southern Railway carried on building what was a South Eastern & Chatham Railway design, adding extra ventilators to the sides below the windows. The Ks kit has these moulded in, as well as the Chalk Boards below each window. The side planking is "even planked", so this wagon is most probably a pre-WW2 build, as some later builds used two widths of planking on the sides. There are no roof ventilators provided...some CCTs it seems did not have roof vents, or at least lost them later in their lifes. It seems that the Southern Railway called the CCTs "COVCAR", and the Luggage (PMV) vans "PLV" Passengers Luggage Van. Some were lettered "LUGGAGE" in the bottom right corner. So far, I have made a good start on one kit. I have opened out the rounded corners of the windows, as the real ones are squared off. The kit provides plastic Tension Lock Couplings, and Plastic "Mansell" Coach Wheels. I have fitted Hornby metal 14.1 MM Coach Wheels, and NEM mountings from Parkside Dundas (PA34), with Hornby NEM couplings and pockets. I have added a floor (not provided in the kit) and fitted a brake cylinder and other parts from a Parkside Dundas PMV kit (there are two sets in th eParkside kit). A chunk of metal has been glued to the floor as a weight. For the age of the kit, and the simplification made to the details to bring the costs down (one box has a price of £0.99 on it!) it isn't too bad. I also have an ex Hornby Dublo Wrenn version, and that is being detailed. It compares well with the Ks Kit! The Dapol OO gauge model is basically a re-toled Hornby Dublo / Wrenn body, but with the doors made part of the body, so they don't open! The Bachmann models are probably better, but there is also the Parkside Dundas kits... see other posts for The Parkside kit I have... The packaging and parts laid out... The rather basic instructions... Prototype pictures... Also some more information... including models... There were bogie vans, the bodies of which look just like 2 of the 4-wheel van bodies mounted on a bogie chassis... some were modified to carry elephants! Keyser (Ks) Plastic Kit. SR CCT 4-wheel Van. Part 2 The part completed kit... No weight fitted yet... Underside shewing the Vacuum Brake cylinder, etc, spares from the Parkside Dundas Kit (Posts on this to follow.... ). One end... Nem couplings fitted using Parkside Dundas NEM mountings (PA34) on plastic card spacers. The coupling pocket and hook are Hornby parts. (X.9289)
  12. A while ago now, some "exhibition layouts" had a more fun way of saying "Do Not Touch". Like the Southern Railway "Do Not Touch Conductor Rails" notices... Danger! Do Not Touch Conductor Rails 12,000 mVolts (This was before Zero 1 and the DCC revolution!) Also... Atchung! Ninen Fingerpoken! Now older Transformers had a loud "Hum", quite noticable. Modern "Plug-top" (Switch Mode?) Transformers are much quiter... so it can be hard to tell if they are working! That hum is the 50 cycles a second frequency of the 240 Volts AC mains... (Or 50 Hertz, not the car rental co, the measurement unit! ;) ) You get the same sound from a National Grid Substation, still 50 Hertz, but a few thousand volts (Or KV, Kilovolts!). Current (!) BR Overhead power lines are energised at 25KV...25 thousand volts. Most Model Railways are energised at 12,000 mV (millivolts) DC Control, or around 15,000 mV (DCC). That is 12Volts DC, and around 15 Volts DCC!
  13. A project that has been awaiting for some time... Converting an "open cab" Hornby GWR Class 2721 0-6-0 Pannier Tank loco to the "Closed Cab" version. The number will stay the same for now... it isn't that important! ;) The rear of the cab comes from a Hornby LMS 3F 0-6-0 Tank Loco ("Jinty") that I am converting to "open cab"!. (Using a Crownline kit….) The original 2721 roof has been re-used, extended with plastic card... Spare J94 reverser and handbrake parts have been used, but needed cutting down a lot! I think the reverser is still a bit tall... but will have to stay as is. The beginning... The early photo above shews the Handbrake and Reverser at full height, before being cut down... Almost completed building work... The rear of the cab and Bunker... After initial painting, adding Buffer beam numbers, and Yellow Restriction Spot (Not on the Railroad models...).. The whistles... Hornby provide one short type, and one long type (the ols type from the B12, etc... I have replaced the long thin B12 whistle with another of the "Short" type, but not pushed all the way in so as to resemble the slightly taller second whistle. GWR Locos had two whistles, the higher pitched "Road" whistle for warnings, and the lower pitched "Brake" whistle, which was used to signal to the Guard of a loose coupled loco to apply the brake... The "Portholes" (Spectacles) have had "brass" rims added using a "Brass" or "Gold" coloured fibre tip pen. These pens, including a silver one, have also been used to highlight the cab pipes, etc. Comparison between two 2721 locos... The Open Cab, and the Closed Cab versions... Another Hornby 2721...this one is staying Open Cab... After initial detail painting, fitting crew, Cut down J94 Reverser, and Hornby Handbrake... On this one, the top of a Hornby Handbrake has been attached to a section of plastic tube... Hornby Railroad 2721, just about "out of the box"... Another "Out Of The Box 2721... not so detailed as the later Railroad and Main Range models... less seperate handrails... Hornby Pannier Parade!
  14. Hornby 2017 Catalogue...

    Thanks for the link fixing Jack...
  15. Hornby 2017 Catalogue...

    Hornby 2017 Catalogue... Here is what I think is the chaepest offer at the moment? £6.99 Free Postage... The same company also lists some at £0.99 Start, BUT with £1.99 Postage... Some are paying more via auction than Buy It Now! New Low Price... £6.89 FREE POSTAGE... Just had a look at the Hornby Magazine site... (My Bold....) So... It looks like the combined offer is ONLY at WH Smith Branches, in Transport Locations (Railway Stations etc?) and High Street Locations.
  16. Happy New Year 2017...

    Wishing you all a Happy New Year... We will be asleep (hopefully!) when midnight turns tonight.... ;) Regards, Sarah.
  17. A new Home for Arboretum Valley

    This "Nellie" was one of the last... the "Somerset & Dorset" blue livery one... The blue looks very well faded, and the number on the tank sides is just fading away... looks rather good!
  18. Warning Signs For Model Railways?

    Nice tramway sign! From further investigation, it seems that DCC line voltage is actually 18,000 mVolts AC... or 18 Volts AC....according to a PECO Shows-You-How booklet... I am just starting on the DCC road....
  19. Hi all... I am looking for some parts to fit a Hornby "Unrebuilt" (As Originaly built!) West Country or Battle Of Britain China Made Loco. The main part is the metal Ballast Weight from the Loco Chassis. The original owner of this loco removed it for some reason! Another part is are the "firebox side" from the Drivers Side below the cab (Port Side). This is the black part that the pipes fit onto, in front of the Generator. Also required are the steps mounted on the tender chassis, and a ladder from the back of the tender. (This is the taller water tank tender, from a Battle Of Britain, "97 Squadron"). Regards Sarah...
  20. Tri-ang Railways and Tri-ang Hornby "Smoking" Locos. Tri-ang Railways first marketed Smoke Unit fitted model locomotives in 1961, using patented technology from Seuthe in Western Germany. These early smoke units were brass tubes, with a heating element inside. A wire from the bottom of the element was wired in parrallel to the loco motor, so the amount of voltage, and therefore heat was governed by the speed control setting. The "Smoke Pipe" (which is a very thin tube, a bit like a hyperdermic needle) takes the vaporised oil (smoke) up and out of the top of the unit, and the chimney. The smoke was expelled by the smoke pipe in "puffs" that were not synchronised to the driving wheel speed, and continued for a short time after the loco was stopped. These Smoke Pipes can get blocked. (3 Amp Fusewire is said by Tri-ang to be the right diameter to rod out a Smoke Pipe, or a strand of electic wire can be used) Removing the Smoke Pipe from Seuthe type units and cleaning it every so often is a good idea, though you have to be careful to get it the right way up putting it back!... The angled end is the bottom end... The Smoke Pipes can also fall out of the unit if the locomotive is turned upside down! So be aware! New locomotives had a label over the chimney to stop this happeneing in transit... Seuthe are still trading today, and make a wide variety of smoke units for locomotives, and buildings, etc. They also still make the Smoke Oil... In 1964, the Seuthe units were mainly repalced by the introduction of Synchrosmoke. (Earlier known as various spellings, Synkro-smoke, etc...) This was Tri-ang Railways own design, and was designed after seeing a Mr. Fry of Ireland's smoking locomotives. He wanted a good up-front payment to disclose his design, so the "men from Margate" went away and came up wiyh their own design. This used a cast metal box, with a piston in a cylinder, driven by a gear wheel by the motor worm, to push air into the box. The box contained a wadding material, and on top of this was a heating element, that looks a little like a fuse, with a metal conducting cap on each end. The element was wired in parrallel to the loco motor, so the amount of voltage, and therefore heat was governed by the speed control setting. The forced air expelled the smoke in "puffs" that were synchronised to the driving wheel speed by the gear drive. Complicated to describe, but it works! There were two main "Box" castings" Long" and "Short". The long one was used in the 4-6-2 locos, with different holes in the lid for the different chimney positions. The short one was used in the tank locos, and the B12 4-6-0, with different lids and extensions. The smoke oil has come in a variety of plastic tubes and sachets over the years. The last Hornby issue I have seen was a small plastic "pot" with a screw lid (R.8111) Hornby earlier supplied Smoke Oil as R.521 in a white Sachet. For the ultimate in originallity... the Tri-ang stuff can be found for sale on the "net"....[ Until the Hornby "Pot", the various packs of Smoke Oil had the part number R.521, including the sachets sold by Hornby to go with the later Smoke fitted locos that use a plastic smoke unit, including the 4-4-0s (Schools, Midland Compound, County, Hunt) and the GWR 2-8-0 Goods Loco. These plastic units are prone to overheat if run without oil for any length of time... These used a syringe with a plastic spout to transfer the oil to the unit. The first Seuthe type used a real glass "pipette" as a filling "funnel" Later a platic funnel was used. Most of the tubes were marked in various colours:- Tri-ang Seuthe Smoke Pat. Made in W. Germany. Some Examples of Seuthe Type smoke unit fitted locomotives. R.52S B.R. "Jinty" 0-6-0 Tank Locos (1961-1963) R.53S B.R. Green Princess Royal class 8p 4-6-2 Tender Locos (1961-1962) R.54S "T.C. Series" Transcontinental Pacific Tender Locos.(1961-1963) R.59S B.R. Class 3MT 2-6-2 Tank Locos (1961-1963) R.150S B.R. B12 4-6-0 Tender Locos (1961-1964) R.251S B.R. Lined Black "Deeley" Class 3F 0-6-0 Tender Locos (1961-1964) R.258S B.R. Lined Maroon Princess Royal class 8p 4-6-2 Tender Locos (1961-1963) R.259S B.R. Britannia Class 7 4-6-2 Tender locos (1961-1964) R.350S B.R. Class L1 4-4-0 Tender Locos (1961-1963) R.354S "Lord Of The Isles" 4-2-2 Tender Loco (1961-1962) R.356S B.R. Battle of Britain Class 4-6-2 Tender Locos (1961-1963) R.358S "T.C. Series" "Davey Crockett" Western 2-6-0 Locos (1962-1965) R.651S "Rocket" locomotive. (1963-1966) etc... Some Examples of Synchrosmoke fitted locomotives. R.51S G.W.R. 0-6-0 Pannier Tank Locos (1972) R.051 G.W.R. 0-6-0 Pannier Tank Locos (1973-1974) R.52S B.R. "Jinty" 0-6-0 Tank Locos (1964-1972) R.052 B.R. "Jinty" 0-6-0 Tank Locos (1973-1975) R.52AS L.M.S. Maroon "Jinty" 0-6-0 Tank Locos (1970-1973) R.52RS L.M.S. Maroon "Jinty" 0-6-0 Tank Locos (1970-1973) R.54S "T.C. Series" Transcontinental Pacific Tender Locos.(1964-1970) R.54NS "T.C. Series" Transcontinental Pacific Tender Locos. "1542" late production models with 8-wheel "Gresley" "Flying Scotsman" Non Corridor Type tender fitted with Exhaust Steam Sound (1971-1973) R.59S B.R. Class 3MT 2-6-2 Tank Locos (1969-1972) R.150S B.R. B12 4-6-0 Tender Locos (1964-1969) R.150NS N.E. Black "7476" B12 4-6-0 Tender Locos (1976-1978) R.251S B.R. Lined Black "Deeley" Class 3F 0-6-0 Tender Locos (1964-1965) R.259S B.R. Britannia Class 7 4-6-2 Tender locos (1964-1970) R.259NS B.R. Britannia Class 7 4-6-2 Tender locos with Exhaust Steam Sound (1971-1972) R.258S B.R. Lined Maroon Princess Royal class 8p 4-6-2 Tender Locos (1964 & 1969) R.258S L.M.S. Maroon Princess Royal class 8p 4-6-2 Tender Locos (1970) R.258NS L.M.S. Maroon Princess Royal class 8p 4-6-2 Tender Locos (1971-1974) R.356S B.R. Battle of Britain Class 4-6-2 Tender Locos (1964-1969) R.377S G.N.S.R. Brown "Jinty" 0-6-0 Tank Locos (1970-1972) R.452 L.M.S. Maroon "Jinty" 0-6-0 Tank Locos (1973-1974) R.558S Battle Space Khaki "Jinty" 0-6-0 Tank Locos (1966-1967) R.661S “Old Smokey Set” Weathered B.R. Lined Black "Deeley" Class 3F 0-6-0 Tender Locos (1965) R.653S "T.C. Series" Continental "Prairie" 2-6-2 Tank Loco (Red frames and wheels, two domes) (1969) R.866S L.N.E.R. Green B12 4-6-0 Tender Locos (1970) R.866NS L.N.E.R. Green B12 4-6-0 Tender Locos with Exhaust Steam Sound (1971-1974) R.869S S.R. Battle of Britain Class 4-6-2 Tender Locos (1969-1972) etc... From the instruction leaflet supplied with Synchrosmoke (Post 1964) smoke fitted models, 1969 edition... SYNCHROSMOKE (British Patent No. 961630) OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS Pierce the narrow end of the capsule of smoke oil with a household pin. Place the filling funnel in the chimney of the locomotive. Hold the capsule over the funnel and squeeze the capsule so that seven or eight drops of smoke oil pass through the hole in the cover of the smoke generator beneath. DO NOT OVERFILL. It is important that the fluid enters the generator and does not run over the body or chassis of the locomotive. In the case of locomotives R.259S, R.356S, and R.869S the reservoir is longer and four or five more drops may be added, if so desired, in order to give a longer run between refills. Blow gently into the top of filling funnel and then remove it from the chimney. Replace pin in oil capsule. Start the locomotive and run in the usual way. After the train has been in motion for a few seconds, smoke should appear and continue to be discharged from the chimney, while the model is travelling, until the supply of oil in the generator is exhausted. Best results will be obtained if the locomotive is run at a good speed. Additional supplies of smoke oil are available under reference number R.521. MAINTENANCE If, after a period of use, the smoke generator fails to operate when supplied with smoke oil, the element may need replacing. Elements are available as spare parts under reference number X.549. To fit an element, the body of the locomotive should be removed from the chassis. Next the lid of the smoke generator must be lifted off. In the case of models R.259S, R.366S and R.869S the screw in the centre must be withdrawn to release the lid, but in other models it is only a press fit. The screw (where fitted) retains the complete smoke generator in position on the chassis and care must be taken not to dislodge the unit whilst the screw is removed. For locomotives R.59S and R.653S the complete top section of the smoke unit must be removed. The cartridge-type element may be lifted out and the replacement inserted in its place. Any filling material, which may have been removed with the old element, should be repacked below element level before the new element is inserted. The element should be well pressed down into position, to make good contact at both ends, before refitting the lid. In R.259S, R.366S and R.869S the screw and the brass tag eyelet must be replaced correctly, before refitting the body. SPARE PARTS Spare Parts may be obtained either from Tri-ang Hornby model railway stockists or direct from the factory. Made in Great Britain by ROVEX TRI-ANG LIMITED WESTWOOD, MARGATE, KENT These days, spare parts can be found on Ebay, and other places... The last "Hornby" smoke unit was made from plastic (!) and is the one that can cause most damage if run too long without oil. The unit itself can melt, and the heat can damage the body. The other Tri-ang Units are made from metal, and are more robust. The Seuthe type can get hot, as the whole unit gets warm. The Synchrosmoke units are more likely to burn out the element (which is removeable) if run too long without oil. So, if you are worried about running without smoke oil, you can wire a switch in the loco to turn the smoke unit off...or with the Synchrosmoke unit, remove the element... Cleaning the oil out is not really neccesary, as the Synchrosmoke unit has a fibre wadding to soak the oil into... Smoke Oil for these units is available from various retailers. (Including Gaugemaster who are Seuthe Stockists...) One Brand Name to look for is Seuthe, who made the Smoke Oil used by Tri-ang Hornby for many years (Sold as R.521). Old Stock Smoke Oil, R.521, is also sometimes available on Ebay...
  21. Railway Realism Hornby Magazine June 2016. Pages 108 and 109 I have spotted a couple of errors in the captions to two photos in this article. The photo of Birkenhead Central Station is looking towards Birkenhead Hamilton Square Station (and Liverpool), and the train (Number 29) in the platform is heading for Liverpool Central, FROM Rock Ferry. The Mersey Railway “drove on the left”, the same as most British Railways. (The photo caption has the train, in the Left Hand platform, as a service TO Rock Ferry.) The Mersey Railway, as finally extended, ran from Rock Ferry Station (on the "Birkenhead Joint" railway from Chester to Birkenhead Woodside Station) to Liverpool Central Low Level (Under the Cheshire Lines Committee Liverpool Central Station) via Birkenhead Central and Hamilton Square, with a branch from Hamilton Square to join the Wirral Railway at Birkenhead Park Station. Page 109 The Ex LMS Electric Train arriving at Southport had most probably departed from Liverpool Exchange, the former Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Terminus. (The 1964 dated photo caption has the Ex LMS Electric EMU train as a service to Southport from Liverpool CENTRAL, the CLC (LNER/LMS Joint) station.) The “link line” to Liverpool Central (Former Mersey Railway Low Level station) was not opened until 1977, as part of the “Loop and Link” project. There was no through electric line from Liverpool Central (Cheshire Lines Committee) or the Mersey Railway and Southport in 1964. The (not electrified) CLC line trains from Liverpool Central served Southport Lord Street Station.
  22. Workbench @4092

    Hi Bill. So good to see your 73 "eraning its keep"! Some good ideas there...
  23. CJR's Turntable Workbench (first attempt)

    Hi. The kit does not contain any Running Track parts. Only the deck and "Over-Girder" Sides, and a circle of plastic "rail" with a pivot boss on a cross piece in the centre. This plastic rail is for the carrying wheels either end of the deck to run on. You would need a length of track to fit the deck, and any approach rails would need raising to meet the deck rails. Connecting the power feeds to the deck would need some form of wiper and track, it is possibly the hardest part to set up! Original Airfix Turntable, modified with Tri-ang Series 3 track (1958-1962). Have you cosidered using the Hornby turntable? The basic unit has been around for ages now, and older ones can be quite reasonably priced. It is designed to fit into "Train Sets", so has almost everthing already done, ready to go. Some early turntables were hand operated, most newer ones are motorised. I have modified a Hornby Turntable using Airfix/ Dapol Turntable kit parts... Some Information here... Or another option...Hornby Turntable with Peco Girder Bridge Sides... More Hornby Turntable Information:-
  24. A new Home for Arboretum Valley

    Hi Jaz. Though it has been some time since I was at Sheffield Park, the pics brought back memories! One thing that I don't think has changed, is that the frontage of the station is normally closed to all traffic, except for "appropriate" vintage and classic vehicles. The main car park being down at the bottom of the station approach, alongside the "main" road from Chailey cross roads (where I used to have to get the bus to and from, and then walk!) to the Sheffield Park Gardens, etc. On occasions, the person making up the roster of staff would make an "error", and have the person on the ticket barrier to swap places with the person on the car park (collecting parking fees...). Both positions could not be left un-atended... so who leaves first? I remember being stuck on the car park for ages, before the ticket collector managed to get someone to take over for them, so they could walk down to the car park and relieve me! ;) Interestingly, the buildings at most of the stations from East Grinstead to Barcome were of the same design... even Horstead Keynes main building... It was very weird to walk around the semi-derelict buildings at Barcombe, after knowing Sheffield Park so well...the layout was virtually identical. Only Barcome was a single platform, with no loop! If I had had a camera, and a mock up dererict "Sheffield Park" name-board, it would shew what could have happened had the Preservation Society not succeeded... at least in getting the original 5 miles from SP to HK!