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by rockershovel
Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:35 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A New Locomotive
Replies: 52
Views: 23950

I'd say the 0-4-0 looks more balanced generally. the body and the original chassis just didn't seem to match. Reverting to the Arizona Porters, the front buffer beam looks about right for position but isn't visually balanced.. same for the cylinders, they are a little too obviously British-style cyl...
by rockershovel
Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Newbie, and The Gnoring Abbey Railway
Replies: 18
Views: 7687

so, is there going to be a suitably ecclesiastical backdrop?
by rockershovel
Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: First project
Replies: 26
Views: 9943

ball clay was mined underground at Hemerdon at one time; also Fuller's Earth in the Bath area
by rockershovel
Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Green Hill Mine
Replies: 56
Views: 23768

or if you are short of headroom... gold mining in South Africa http://tinyurl.com/2eyatzg
by rockershovel
Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:51 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Green Hill Mine
Replies: 56
Views: 23768

http://www.geevor.com/index.php?object=174

good detailed images on hand-drilled stoping in Cornwall. If you are doing a multi-level mining scene, how about this rather than the usual 'gnomes with picks' scene?

the ore would be drawn down from chutes into tubs on the level below.
by rockershovel
Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Out of Africa! (Or Letters from Uncle Dick)
Replies: 98
Views: 53380

I did like that'adit' model.. can anyone tell me anything about the rocker shovel model in one of the pics?
by rockershovel
Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Two Sister's Farm Saga
Replies: 282
Views: 145792

a quick flick around on Google Earth reveals several uses of the name, including what appears to be a bus stop on a dual carriageway in the Truro area, but not agricultural tramway. Of couse, I may have simply failed to identify it. oddly enough, the Lands End one doesn't appear, which surprised me ...
by rockershovel
Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:55 am
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Two Sister's Farm Saga
Replies: 282
Views: 145792

for a protype justification for this type of farm railway, go no further than the Trevaylor Farm Tramway, Cornwall. A short article appears in latest copy of The Narrow Gauge(no 211) . Unfortunately as the line is private on a working farm it is not possible to visit. The main reason for the line i...
by rockershovel
Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:06 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Barton Ings Tile Works
Replies: 215
Views: 86908

another model set by the Humber's red and smelly banks; http://www.hullmrs.org/barrowfleet.htm
by rockershovel
Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Howard Dwyer's Island Central Railroad
Replies: 7
Views: 4742

I do like that.. SOOOOOO much atmosphere... clever photography too.
by rockershovel
Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 342979

why not use a tension lock type coupler, like Tri-ang? Uncoupling by a simple strip of clear acetate between the rails. Then you don't need to turn the loco at all. Skip has whatever coupler it needs for surface use at the other end. The size of the cage, and the overall configuration, means you wil...
by rockershovel
Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 575
Views: 228806

surely the plastic crates and what appear to be bin bags, are much too recent for this essentially 1940s vehicle?
by rockershovel
Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 342979

I do like this layout. Clever concept.
by rockershovel
Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 342979

and a big white dial for the winderman to read the rope depth ( wwhere the cage is )
by rockershovel
Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 342979

how about a signlling system for the winder driver? A mine like that might well have a simple system of bells worked by wires....
by rockershovel
Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A New Locomotive
Replies: 52
Views: 23950

Re: the wheeel arrangement debate, I'd say an 0-4-0ST wouldn't look right because of the gap between the wheels - the pictures posted in this thread show 0-4-0STs with the wheels relatively close together - can't think of an operational reason for a wheel spacing that large. Also I think looking at...
by rockershovel
Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 342979

don't worry about a working light. Those old carbide lights went out when wet, or in a breeze; a loco driver in a shaft station would only use it for walking around in unlit areas and ignore it the rest of the time. The shaft station would be lit as a matter of course ( apart from anything else ther...
by rockershovel
Sun Jun 20, 2010 5:12 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A New Locomotive
Replies: 52
Views: 23950

I'd say the 0-6-0 looks more balanced
by rockershovel
Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:17 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 342979

why not give him safety glasses? Or, since your overall period appears to be 'soft cap' days, give him a peaked cap to shroud his eyes a little. A loco driver would still wear a lamp, a small carbide lamp on his cap would be a nice detail soft caps were replaced from the 1930s on by various forms of...
by rockershovel
Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:55 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Barton Ings Tile Works
Replies: 215
Views: 86908

that's a good point.. however I did rather think that photography for magazine publication was an important feature of the Craig and Mertonford layout.
by rockershovel
Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Barton Ings Tile Works
Replies: 215
Views: 86908

didn't one version of P D Hancocks' NG layout have a flight of swans suspended on fine spring wire from a viaduct?
by rockershovel
Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:02 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 342979

interesting idea... a real shaft bottom would work rather differently, because a shaft station is a very important place where cycle times are critically important. A real cage would be much larger, with twin tracks and probably, two decks. There is a shunting puzzle because the cage would almost ce...
by rockershovel
Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:40 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 342979

underground locos can be pretty big - the US coalmines sometimes used gauges from 3ft to standard gauge, and the NCB used some pretty big locos. The Channel Tunnel and Jubilee Line tunnelling ones were big kit. it's very big for a shaft shunter, though - shaft stations are busy areas and loads are, ...
by rockershovel
Mon May 03, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Quayside in a suitcase...
Replies: 337
Views: 127641

Tri-ang track.. standard; http://www.tri-ang.co.uk/OONew/TrackSAA.htm note moving frog on this type Series 3; http://www.tri-ang.co.uk/OONew/TrackS3Cat.htm blades move together, note fixed plastic frog; a sure recipe for stalling if track voltage was low, fishplates loose or loco wheels dirty or pic...
by rockershovel
Mon May 03, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Quayside in a suitcase...
Replies: 337
Views: 127641

I'm sure the old Lone Star Treble-O-Lectric track looked like that, too.

http://www.irwinsjournal.com/a1g/a1glocos/TrebleO.html

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