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by Steve Holland
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Best garden railway - or noisy neighbour?
Replies: 0
Views: 76

Best garden railway - or noisy neighbour?

Just found this on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLzJ153EpDU It looks like someone's large back garden - from the title it is somewhere in Obersulm, Germany. The Diema is wonderfully grotty and the track is not much better. I do wonder what his neighbours make of it (Oh @£$%^& he's pl...
by Steve Holland
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: An interesting train
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: An interesting train

Wow - a sort of diesel-electric caterpillar! Thanks for sharing :D
by Steve Holland
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #4
Replies: 14
Views: 673

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #4

The cylindrical thingy is for spark suppression. Having bodged a few Nellie chassis over the years removing the suppressor makes no difference to the running - if you get the motor working. Maybe the magnet has weakened with age? I have seen adverts in the modelling press for a place called Peter's ...
by Steve Holland
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: This may be of interest some ideas perhaps.
Replies: 8
Views: 595

Re: This may be of interest some ideas perhaps.

Peter, You can see the Bromyard terminus (might be a bit too grand calling it that) on Google Earth street view. Look for Station Road, Bromyard - loads of RNAD box vans gradually decaying in the open and loads of Hudson V skips as well. The street view images are dated 2009, so I guess that there m...
by Steve Holland
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: This may be of interest some ideas perhaps.
Replies: 8
Views: 595

Re: This may be of interest some ideas perhaps.

Thanks for all the links and further information. Judging by all that equipment it looks like someone had links with a signalling engineer, or was a signalling engineer who was a frustrated train driver. I am in signalling design for the day job but fire Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland locos at weeken...
by Steve Holland
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: This may be of interest some ideas perhaps.
Replies: 8
Views: 595

Re: This may be of interest some ideas perhaps.

What an incredible find! Does anyone know where it has all got to? I would agree that it is 2 foot gauge, based on the photo of the Ruston. Frame extensions would be needed if it was any other gauge. The lever frame was a bit of a surprise. It is a BR standard 1943 frame, an evolution of something f...
by Steve Holland
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 24
Views: 2059

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

Looking at the date of these postings I think you had a better day than I did, stuck in phone conferences all day :( At least your chassis kit went together easily. I am currently struggling with (whisper it quietly here) an O scale loco kit where someone re-designed the frames and put the holes for...
by Steve Holland
Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 28
Views: 3446

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

You could always just nail them together like that and have a Heywood Fairlie :roll:

I'll get me coat - but I cannot go out anywhere!!
by Steve Holland
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: It's time to pay our hosting bill again - again
Replies: 12
Views: 25097

Re: It's time to pay our hosting bill again - again

Donation sent.
Now all I need to do is build some more Gn15 stuff - and something to run it on. B!@£$%^ work (and all those "essential" little jobs my wife keeps discovering) keeps getting in the way :roll:
by Steve Holland
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Stockers' line: the Pell Wall Agricultural Tramway
Replies: 83
Views: 45896

Re: Stockers' line: the Pell Wall Agricultural Tramway

Wow, seriously impressive.
After getting a certain new book by James Waterfield and as your line is 7 1/4 inch - it looks like 'Arf a Heywood :D

I'll get me coat............
by Steve Holland
Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: New Heywood books coming
Replies: 15
Views: 7577

Re: New Heywood books coming

My copy arrived today :D :D
It got hidden away as it is my Christmas present from my daughters so I can't look at it yet :(
But it is only 8 days to Christmas :D :D
by Steve Holland
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch in Archive
Replies: 0
Views: 3095

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch in Archive

The latest issue of Archive magazine (issue 104) arrived today and has the first of a two part article on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. This covers the line from Hythe to New Romney, so I guess part two will cover New Romney to Dungeness. There are a lot of photos from the earliest days of...
by Steve Holland
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: 15 / 18 inch Fairlie
Replies: 22
Views: 14346

Re: 15 / 18 inch Fairlie

The Yorkshire Engine Company built some Fairlie type locos for a 2 foot 6 inch gauge railway in Bolivia, and these did have separate boilers instead of a common water and steam space on a "proper" Fairlie. It is the top image on https://railwaywondersoftheworld.com/fairlie-locomotive.html ...
by Steve Holland
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: New Heywood books coming
Replies: 15
Views: 7577

Re: New Heywood books coming

Volume 1 of "The Railways of Sir Arthur Percival Heywood" covering the Duffield Bank and Dove Leys railways has been announced on the back of Narrow Gauge and Industrial Railway Modelling Review issue 120. 300 plus pages, over 250 photos, 40+ scale drawings plus diagrams maps and plans, pr...
by Steve Holland
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Bachmann release ON30 Baldwin Trench loco
Replies: 5
Views: 3194

Re: Bachmann release ON30 Baldwin Trench loco

Its a shame that Bachmann forgot the valve gear, after all they managed it on the War Department Baldwin 4-6-0 in OO9. Or are the photos a pre-production mock-up?
by Steve Holland
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 41
Views: 12510

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

Your progress makes mine look positively glacial. I have made a simple coal stage for Smallbeach, maybe something similar will satisfy the Duke. Unless he considers it to be too scruffy........ http://my.gn15.info/sjh_coalstage.jpg As you can see, there is not much too it really. The frame is 1/4 in...
by Steve Holland
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: It's time to pay our hosting bill again
Replies: 28
Views: 62050

Re: It's time to pay our hosting bill again

Contribution sent. A small price to pay for the wealth of information and inspiration to be found here.
by Steve Holland
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Exhibition Presentation
Replies: 154
Views: 102949

Re: Exhibition Presentation

I will be making an exhibition myself demonstrating building something this coming Saturday, 18th August, at the Narrow Gauge Midlands exhibition. This is at Four Oaks Methodist Church Hall, 155 Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield B74 2UU. Opening times are 10:30 to 4:30, so I may have glued something ...
by Steve Holland
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 21
Views: 6855

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Are we allowed to use standard gauge rail as weights? :lol: I am guessing that it is 110 pound or 113 pound flat bottom, there is some lurking on my workbench as well. It also makes a useful mini anvil for bashing bits of metal on. It's not as heavy as another one of my railway souvenirs - a cast st...
by Steve Holland
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: regauging wheelsets
Replies: 6
Views: 3654

Re: regauging wheelsets

Slaters do the wheelsets in 16.5mm gauge, catalogue number 32512HUD, see https://slatersplastikard.com/wheels/32mmNGWheels.php if you cannot manage to push them in on the axles. I am not sure if the 1/32 wheelsets have shouldered axles (their O gauge wheels do), so replacing them may be the only opt...
by Steve Holland
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: A film worth a look
Replies: 1
Views: 2652

Re: A film worth a look

It was a cracking weekend. I got caught in action firing Taliesin at around 6mins 30sec and 17min 50 sec on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB2mMoU-vGo. All JGF :D
by Steve Holland
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: My first STEAMER
Replies: 43
Views: 20524

Re: My first STEAMER

A split chassis is (to quote a certain wood preservative company) "exactly what it says on the tin" - the main frames are held apart by insulating material, and the axles are electrically isolated in the middle, so there are no pickups. The wheels are electrically connected to the half of ...
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: My first STEAMER
Replies: 43
Views: 20524

Re: My first STEAMER

It sounds like with pick ups on only one side of the loco that the other side has uninsulated drivers, so the whole loco frames are at one rail polarity/voltage. One of the motor brushes will be connected by a wire to the pick ups, and the other motor brush will be connected directly to the motor ca...
by Steve Holland
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Phoenix Carvings
Replies: 1
Views: 2968

Re: Phoenix Carvings

Carlo, Just caught up with this, blame it on working nearly two weeks of 12 hour shifts over Christmas and New Year for a major commissioning at work. I think you may be after Phoenix Model Developments http://www.phoenixmodeldevelopments.com/index.html . The 1:24 stuff is at the bottom of the menu.
by Steve Holland
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Modelearth modelling: 1/12 on 00 track
Replies: 32
Views: 11687

Re: Modelearth modelling: 1/12 on 00 track

It looks like that loco could be a bit of an 'ankle biter' with the big end and flywheel so close to the seat -not to mention where it could be flinging oil out of its bearings :shock: Watch out for 'elf and safety - they will make you put guards round everything. As someone who has had a couple of ...

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